There are not enough words in the English language to describe my adoration for a rainy day wedding. It’s romance times romance and then some. And this Tribeca wedding by Heather Waraksa is no exception. The dimly-lit reception, the candles, the too-cute-for-words umbrella… Yes, this wedding is all about the amour. And, oh, how I love every last stunning image. Add to that the cutest cake topper ever and I think we’ve got ourselves a perfect New York soiree. Prepare to swoon and join me in the gallery for even more gorgeousness!
Oh, it gets better. Check out this lovely video by Timeless Films New York!
From the Bride… Jeff and I met a few days before Christmas in 2006 at Heathrow airport in London. Completely randomly, about 3 times and by sheer coincidence. Fate? Luck? Destiny? (We don’t like to give it a name.) It was the fog – actually. Heavy, thick, blinding fog that caused disruptions (which contributed to us bumping into each other outside the terminal for the first time), delays (which gave us the time to chat at the bar whilst waiting) and cancellations (which meant that we could go on a date the next day because our respective flights were cancelled). They say “you know when you know” and so when Jeff proposed at Heathrow (where we first met) on April 1st, 2010, I knew: this is our fairy tale. Jeff is from New Jersey, I am from Germany, both of us live together in London, and we decided to get married in New York. It makes total sense. Right? Up to the moment when you realise you have to organise the whole thing from London. Neither of us wanted a wedding planner (we like taking lead), so the challenge to put on the best party in Manhattan was on!
Finding true love at Terminal 2 is one thing, finding someone that loved organizing the wedding, and was in total control of the whole event planning is just like… well, winning the jackpot. Jeff, who referred to himself as Groomzilla, armed with spreadsheets, timelines and budgets, was going to run the planning “like a deal”. A timeline was drawn up and conference calls with all suppliers were set. Yes, without his impeccable, mind-blowing attention to detail and huge passion for the big day, our day wouldn’t have been as perfect as it was.
I was responsible for the design and style of the event. The venue was first on my list: I wanted New York skyline views. I saw pictures online of the Tribeca Rooftop and fell in love with this super cool, stylish venue. Its huge roof terrace, high ceilings and wonderful skylight gives this venue the jaw dropping ‘wow effect’ I was looking for. In addition to that the Tribeca Rooftop’s own caterers earned us an avalanche of compliments on the quality, presentation and amount! They also made the cake, which mimicked the vintage lace pattern of my dress. Simply gorgeous. I wanted flowers that played with the harmony of the venue’s look and feel. My brief was to create height and drama without the traditional grand flower arrangement. I wanted playfulness and creativity. I designed the invitations and the logo, which aimed to reflect love at the airport. The invitations came as two die-cut J and A letters. Recipients had to put these letters together in order to read the invitation, forming a mini paper sculpture. In fact personal touches were key to us, and so the order of services were all personalised and wax sealed with our logo stamp. Inside, we both wrote a message to each of our guests. It was a big task but made such a huge impact and showed our guests how much we appreciated them coming to celebrate with us. We felt that our friend David, who was there when Jeff and I first met, needed a significant task at the wedding. So we asked him to marry us. After registering as officiant and receiving is certificate from the state of NYC, he did.
Wedding Photography: Heather Waraksa / Wedding Cinematography: Timeless Films New York / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: Tribeca Rooftop / Wedding Invitations: The Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Pierre Hardy / Wedding Dress: Alba Eloisa / Bride’s Hair + Make-up: Prive / Floral Design: Rekemeier’s Flower Shop