Oh Wednesdays. We love them here at SMP, because that’s when our pretty production goes into overdrive and we get to sit and watch all the beauty unfold. It’s when we get to see snippets of seven soirees that couldn’t be lovelier dance across our screens, with galleries for each of them that are overflowing with goodness. Basically it’s a good day, beyond good, and it’s about to start right…now.
And why not kick off this pretty fest with a Tribeca Rooftop stunner captured by Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio? I think that sounds like a swell idea, because it’s the perfect combination of chic and charming, topped off with a some serious style – and that just makes us all do a happy dance at SMP HQ. But don’t put your dancing shoes away just yet, there is so much more waiting for you right here!
From the Bride… Alex and I met in 2008 while in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. I was finishing my last semester of law school and Alex was in his second semester at Wharton. We had a joint law school/ business school class together and ended up being selected for the same group for a semester-long project. Our interest in one another soon became apparent, and we started spending more time together and began dating shortly thereafter. After a short year of long-distance between Philadelphia and New York, we were soon both permanently in New York and moved in together. Alex proposed to me on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend in 2011 and we were married the same weekend a year later on May 27, 2012.
Our inspiration for the wedding came from the things that constantly energize us — our family, friends, music and food, and we couldn’t think of a better place to showcase this than New York City. We decided to get married on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend to give guests time to travel and to ensure some solid quality time with all of our friends and family throughout the weekend. We wanted our guests to have the time of their lives, but also walk away feeling a part of something really special. To us, a good time means great food, fun music, good and plentiful drinks and the company of friends and family. Our vendors nailed it. In terms of aesthetic, the only element that I had my mind set on before we started planning was yellow flowers. I have always loved the color yellow and thought flowers would be a great way to bring it into our wedding day. Paul from Spina did a fantastic job with the colors and making everything come together in a classy, but modern way.
We wrote our entire wedding ceremony, including our vows, which made each second of it that much more special. We loved being able to focus the ceremony on what we wanted to say to each other, along with some brief readings from our closest friends. Following the ceremony, guests were ushered upstairs to the rooftop of Tribeca Rooftop for a cocktail hour overlooking the Hudson. After a rainy week, we ended up with a beautiful Sunday and made it inside for dinner as a couple of stray raindrops began to fall. Following an impeccable dinner service, Alex and I danced the first dance to “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton. I think we were both relieved that we had taken a couple of dance lessons! Following several hours of dancing to Dexter Lake’s awesome renditions of all our favorite classic rock and ’80s songs, the night carried on next door at Tribeca Skyline Studios with DJ Phresh and more delicious food provided by Tribeca Rooftop. We were leaving for our honeymoon relatively early on Monday so instead of hosting a farewell brunch we gave our guests muffins and banana bread from Billy’s Bakery on the way out so they wouldn’t be empty-handed in the morning!
As we were waiting to board the plane on Monday morning for the 16-hour flight that awaited us, we finally had time to reflect on the weekend behind us. We agreed that there was not one thing we would have changed about our wedding weekend — it was simply perfect. And notwithstanding the food, drinks and festivities, our guests seem to above all be extremely moved by our vows, which, as it’s always nice to remember, was why we were all there in the first place.
Wedding Photography: Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio / Wedding Venue + Catering: Tribeca Rooftop in New York, New York / Floral Design: Paul Tsang-Diaz of Spina de Fiori / Wedding Day Coordination: Vanessa Chinga-Haven of Spina de Fiori / Wedding Cinematography: Drew Koze / Wedding Invitations: Regas / Band: The Dexter Lake Club Band / Blueberry Muffin + Banana Bread Favors: Billy’s Bakery / After-Party: Tribeca Skyline Studios / After-Party Music: DJ Phresh / Wedding Dress: Rivini / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair + Makeup: Liam Dunn / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Tuxedo: Canali + Tailoring at Wilfred’s Tailoring