I've been grinning since the moment I laid my eyes on this gorgeous Central park wedding by Sharon Bushman Photography... and there is just no way this smile is leaving my face anytime soon. With a charming location, sweeter than sweet DIY details and an uber-fabulous bride and groom (I can just tell they are AWESOME), it would be impossible not to be completely smitten with this darling affair. Plus, when you read the bride's description of the day, you'll be beyond inspired by the hard work and love that these two cuties put into crafting the wedding of their dreams. Like I said... they are AWESOME. So, join me in the gallery for every last amazing moment and then stay tuned for a sweet film by Storymix Media below!
As promised, a cute as can be film of the day from Storymix Media! Enjoy!
From the Bride... When Percy and I described our dream wedding day, words like home, welcome, delicious, meaningful, and joyous kept coming up in our conversations. We're both big foodies, I baked my way into Percy's heart in the early years of our relationship and I'm an actress in the Broadway community so a huge dinner, a dentist's-nightmare of a dessert bar, and a fabulous dance party were musts. Add to this list the fact that we were on a strict budget and decided to host our party in one of the most expensive cities in the U.S., we definitely had our work cut out for us!
We found our reception venue though a friend of a friend on Facebook of all places. The Arsenal building is a huge historical site on Fifth Avenue just inside the walls of Central Park. It houses various parks departments during the week and hosts events in their art gallery and on their beautiful roof deck on the weekends. Because they're not solely an event space, their rates were significantly lower than every other venue we visited. It was also just across the park from the tiny Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church so we were in business.
Since the majority of the day would take place around Central Park, I wanted the entire event to have a very "outside-in" look but to also feel very classic and clean. I started with a color palette of taupe and white with touches of dark green, light pink, and pops of red. Since the church was so small and we were expecting about 95 guests, we decided against a formal wedding party. It was still important for me to honor my closest girlfriends so I asked them (as well as our moms) if they wouldn't mind wearing a pastel dress in either a warm, earth-tone, or metallic color, no jewel-tones, blue or purple. They pulled it off beautifully and I got some lovely pics with my girlfriends and they got to enjoy just being guests.
The budget also meant a list of DIY as long as my arm so I taught myself Illustrator and designed every piece of paper from Save the Dates to Thank-You notes. I took a flower arranging class, then enlisted some helpers so we could handle all the flowers and decor. We draped the pews in Plumosa garland and built floral rings for the candles at the church. The roof was decorated with pink Juliette roses in mint julep cups, log slices from Percy's parent's land in Missouri, white luminaries and paper lanterns, and feet upon feet of white cafe lights. We used white roses, ranunculus, dahlias, peonies, and hydrangea for our centerpieces in recycled cans wrapped in wood veneer. I carried a bouquet of white peonies, seeded eucalyptus and rosemary wrapped in lace from my mother's wedding veil and secured with a vintage broach my step-mother wore on her wedding day.
Miss Elisabeth's Catering Co. provided an outstanding meal that included passed ceviche (Percy is half Peruvian), mac 'n cheese bites, Tabasco-spiked popcorn, among others, during cocktail hour. She created a beautiful three-course dinner menu with flavors from the south (I'm from Texas) that included a duo plate of braised short-ribs, corn pudding and a cheese course. Percy paired the dinner with 3 amazing wines as well as stocked the bar for the entire party. We also recreated a sangria we loved from a trip to Philly, white wine with peaches, mint and ginger liqueur for our signature drink. We created the dessert buffet with 4 different kinds of cupcakes from Robicelli's, cotton candy from Landmarc and various doughnuts from the Doughnut Plant. We filled out the selections with cheesecake bites and whoopie pies from two dear friends (who happen to be pastry chefs in NYC) and my Mom's go-to peach cobbler.
The amount of help and understanding we received to make all that happen in the days leading up to the wedding made us feel so lucky and loved. Our fab day-of coordinators, Christie and Steph of Sweet Bourbon Events (seen twirling my dress and blessing me with good marriage juju in one of the pics) were one of the best decisions we made. So creative and professional, they've become dear friends. DJ Max Salpetrier, who has hosted multiple Broadway opening night parties, kept people on the dance floor all night and people are still talking about him. Our photographer Sharon Bushman captured the day beautifully. Not only do we have breathtaking portraits that feature our dear city, but she captured the moment Percy started to cry, the way my father looked while we were dancing, my reactions to my best friends toasts. I think as brides we take those pictures for granted, I will always be grateful for the photographs of the way my husband looked at me on our wedding day. Also capturing moments were the adorable little flip-cams provided by Storymix Media.
Videography was not in our budget and Storymix provided the perfect solution. Seeing our friends take ownership of our day by filming the moments they thought we'd want to see was such a joy and the team at Storymix has been wonderful to work with. Our last bit of DIY was a surprise for our guests. Since Percy and I are performers, we decided to sing the songs for our first dance and parent dances. We met with a friend at his studio and spent two days singing and having a blast. The reaction from our parents and guests was priceless, you can hear a little on our teaser video below! Pair that with our favorite midnight snack (cheese and artisanal jams) as favors and a huge sparkler exit and we were all in heaven. I understand why we're only given one wedding day, all that love and joy in one room has left us spoiled for years to come. We are so happy and blessed.
Wedding Photography: Sharon Bushman Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Storymix Media / Flowers: DIY with Fifty Flowers / Caterer: Miss Elisabeth's Catering Company / DJ: Music by Max / Event Planning: Sweet Bourbon Events / Wedding Ceremony Location: Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church / Wedding Reception Location: The Arsenal, Central Park / Wedding Invitations: DIY / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Dress: David's Bridal / Custom Sash: The Bride and Friend / Jam Favors: Drake & Lou / Cupcakes: Robicelli's / Cotton Candy: Landmarc / Doughnuts: Doughnut Plant