Oh my. Prepare to pick your jaw up off your desk. This New York City wedding, captured by the brilliant Meredith Davenport of Christian Oth Studio, is the epitome of Manhattan romance. It's gorgeous, it's soft, and it's what can happen when the best of the best in the Big Apple get together to work on one very special affair. I'm talking Sylvia Weinstock, Monique Lhuillier, Ceci New York, Karen Bussen Simple Stunning, the aforementioned Christian Oth, and so many more phenomenally talented wedding pros. No wonder I've been swooning for months (literally) over this killer wedding. Click here for more from Christian Oth Studio!
Growing up in New York, I always knew I wanted to be married in New York City - plus Jared and I met in NYC so it seemed perfect! It was really important to us to create a fun and memorable evening for our guests that included various special touches representing our relationship and sense of humor. We really wanted our ceremony to be simple but meaningful and for the reception to be elegant but an all out party!
Our wedding design inspiration was the history, grandeur and romanticism of New York City - and we were drawn to The Roosevelt Hotel because of the Grand Ballroom's gold-gilded 27-foot-tall ceilings, amazing Tiffany chandeliers, huge arched windows and overall classic New York experience.
Design elements included: the glow of candlelight, lush florals in large urns, heirloom-inspired flatware, gold-rimmed water goblets, "feast-like" tables, bleached peacock feathers, heirloom-style compotes and mint julep cups packed with lush roses, large candelabra flowing with lush white florals, candlelight hanging from floral designs and crystal strewn throughout. Each reception table was designed to be bespoke, special and romantic.
Welcome bags featured "I Love NY" t-shirts, cocktail napkins included funny quotes about marriage ("Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life", "The woman cries before the wedding, the man afterward"), the string quartet played hip-hop songs, baskets of silver & gold flip-flops were placed on the dance floor with signs that said "Kick off Your Heels", a hot dog and pretzel cart sat next to the valet stand so that people could snack on authentic NYC snacks while they waited for their cars.
In the end, our wedding night was everything we had dreamed of and we will remember every moment for the rest of our lives.
Photography: Meredith Davenport, Christian Oth Studio / Invitation & Printed Materials: Ceci New York / Cake: Sylvia Weinstock / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Wedding Planning & Design: Karen Bussen Simple Stunning / Band: The Soul All-Stars featuring Roy Bennett / DJ: Jason Fioto / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Lighting: Circa Pro / Videographer: Milk & Honey / Venue: The Roosevelt Hotel/ Hair: Courtney Benedetti of Brides By Benedetti / Makeup by: Jacqueline Phillips of Jacqueline Pasquale Spa