From the Bride...We wanted our wedding to feel very personal and also wanted an iconic NYC feel since most of our guests were traveling from out of town. We were on a strict budget and the garden at The Park in Chelsea felt like the perfect reception area. It is naturally beautiful and would not require a ton of decor to make it gorgeous for our big day!
Since we were already in a garden, flowers seemed unnecessary. We bought about 20 different lanterns (iron and wood) on sale from Pier One to create a shabby chic look. Hurricane candle holders were also placed on the steps and corners of the planters. Paper chinese lanterns of different sizes were purchased on line and hung in the trees. Tables were named after NYC neighborhoods and a black and white picture of each neighborhood was placed on the table. Family wedding pictures were also displayed in the atrium. Silver frames were purchased cheaply from TJ Maxx. The chalkboard signs were a DIY project, using old picture frames, chalkboard paint, and paint pens. The guestbook was also a DIY project. Guests left a wish on a page based on where they traveled from (San Francisco, Arizona, Tennessee etc). Finally, the programs and menus were a last DIY project and were created to look like the invitation. I found a 1934 New Yorker cover with the church featured and purchased the copy and used it for the program cover.
Wedding Photography: Billy Joe Hoyle + Alissa Chandler / Bridal Bouquet: Designs by Ahn / Bridesmaid Bouquets: Whole Blossoms / Ceremony Location: Little Church Around the Corner / Reception Location: The Park / Wedding Invitations: Mercurio Brothers + Alissa Chandler / Bride's Shoes: Chinese Laundry / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier (Bliss) via Kleinfeld Bridal / Wedding Cake: A Simple Cake / Signs: A Simple Girl Design