Just one look at this Bride’s face as she made her way down the aisle to meet her Groom was all I needed to fall head over heels in love with fête at The Foundry. It’s a priceless moment captured so beautifully by CLY Creation I can barely stand it. Those moments get me every.single.time. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the rest of the wedding is equally as beautiful – from the blooms to the cake and everything in between, and it’s all waiting for you with open arms right here.

The couple met in front of Butler Library eight years ago when they were attending Columbia University. The groom stood by the bride’s side when her mother suddenly passed way two years into their relationship, and she stood by his side when he was pulling all-nighters and working weekends while he was working as an investment banker. The groom proposed to the bride by the fountain in Lincoln Center in March 2011 and took the bride to Per Se for dinner to celebrate their engagement and surprised the bride by throwing a party afterwards surrounded by their friends. Soon after, the couple started searching for the perfect venue and the bride did not like any venues that they looked at in Manhattan. They wanted an intimate wedding of no more than 100 guests but did not want a crammed space. The groom suggested the Foundry, and they booked the venue on the spot. 

This wedding was a perfect DIY project for the bride and the bridesmaids. The bride chose ivory and lavender shades and later added pale pink and dove gray. The bride’s friend carefully designed the invitations and edited programs and menu cards from a DIY website. The bridal party and the bride’s friends spent hours tying ribbons on the programs and menu cards. The “Bride and Groom” sign also was a DIY job. At the bride’s request, one of the bride’s close friends made gorgeous copper wire stands for the table number cards. The wedding favors, mini doughnuts, were carefully put in open window, eco-friendly, brown boxes.

The couple did not hire a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator. They gave a detailed schedule to the wedding party and their vendors, and the groom stepped in on the day of the wedding to create a hiccup-free wedding. The couple worked with Larry from Stortz Lighting to create the breathtaking chandeliers that would seamlessly blend in with rustic brick walls and transform the place into a romantic venue. The bride worked with Larry every step of the way to create the chandeliers, and they were able to transform the raw, rustic Foundry into a timelessly romantic wedding venue. The bride and her bridesmaids carefully selected all the furniture and table tops, from the metal finished rustic tables to unpolished silverware to further create the rustic and romantic atmosphere. For the floral design, the bride chose cream and lavender. A family friend created the centerpieces and bouquets using seasonal spring flowers such as peony, lilac and ranunculus. Cherry blossom branches were placed on each side of the altar during the ceremony. Strings of white orchids were carefully hung on the big floor to ceiling windows of the main hall, the greenhouse and also on the fire place in the greenhouse. After the dinner in the main hall, the couple had their cake-cutting ceremony in the greenhouse. Their wedding cake, a green tea cake with raspberry buttercream topped off with white fondant, was created by Silk Cakes. Followed by the cake-cutting, the groom surprised the bride by serenading her. The couple ordered Laudree macaroons and Chikalicious’ petit fours in addition to cupcakes to create a yummy dessert station. The wedding came to an end when Korilla food truck came. The bride wanted a perfect hangover food for her guests. The guests enjoyed the Korean-style burritos and tacos.

Wedding Photography: Matthew Lee + Orlando Emmanuelli of CLY Creation / Wedding Venue: The Foundry in Long Island City, New York / Floral Design: Jenny Park (freshlime@msn.com) / Event Design + Coordination: Shinae Kim (The Bride — ms.shinae@gmail.com) / Catering: Michael Stuart / Wedding Cake: Judy Lai of Silk Cakes / Macarons: Laduree / Petit Fours: Chikalicious / Food Truck: Korilla / Wedding Invitations: DIY by a Friend of the Couple / Menu Cards: Wedding Chicks / Reception Entertainment: DJ Kahn of 74 Events / Lighting: Stortz Lighting / Wedding Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Hair Piece: Jennifer Behr / Bride’s Silver Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s White Shoes: Pedro Garcia / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / Hair + Makeup: Iris Makeup & Spa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Thread Social / Groom’s Attire, Shoes, Socks + Bow Tie: Paul Smith / Groom’s Cuff Links: StarWars.com / Groomsmen’s Attire: Theory / Rings: Marisa Perry

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