There is something incredibly magical about a wedding in the middle of New York City that is blanketed by a forrest of trees. It has that whole secret garden effect which is about as lush and romantic as you can get. So starting with a dream wedding venue and then layering in amazing vendors like The Designer’s Co-op who added to all the greenery with the prettiest shades of blue florals + The Boutique Group and their mad planning skills leaves a day filled to the brim with pretty details and gorgeous images. They are images by Rebecca Hansen Weddings that will stop you dead in your tracks. I promise. See them all in the full gallery.
From Rebecca Hansen Weddings…What a gorgeous wedding! Elaine and Josh were married in Fort Tryon Park in September. Elaine and her mother made all of the blue paper flowers which they mixed in with the incredible real florals done by The Designer’s Co-op. The weather was gorgeous all day, until the second the couple said “I do,” when a huge thunderstorm broke out. Everyone had to rush through the park to get to safe cover in the restaurant.
From the Bride…I’ve always thought it was amazing that we found each other, since our parents were born on opposite sides of the globe. And now, most of our family and friends are scattered around the country and the world beyond, so it was incredible just to bring everyone together to celebrate with us. We actually started off with a rainy morning, but it opened up to a stretch of sunshine just an hour before the ceremony. So we were able to fulfill my dream of getting married outside under a canopy of trees. The guests could see the Hudson river behind us. It was so naturally beautiful we didn’t need any decorations at all.
I loved my ceremony musicians – a guitar and cello duo. They created the perfect atmosphere to go with our eccentric but traditional style. My bridesmaids walked down to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. My father and I walked down to Oh What a Wonderful World, which was one of his favorite songs when I was growing up. We kept our ceremony short and sweet and thank goodness we did. Towards the end, every time the Reverend mentioned “God,” people could hear thunder rolling in the distance. We were oblivious until it was all over. I have such a clear picture of seeing my last guest walk into the restaurant, because the sky opened up and started to pour the minute she went inside. There were even tornadoes! While everyone was inside enjoying the New Leaf’s amazing hors d’oeuvres, twin tornadoes were touching down in the city. So we didn’t get the chance to take all the photos we would have wanted, but I was happy to have been able to spend time with people during our cocktail hour.
My mother and I (but mostly my mother) had spent months and months making flowers by hand. I had very specific colors in mind so I hand-dyed reams of crepe paper and sent them to her. Some of the roses she ended up making were so realistic that I would smellucinate the scent of flowers whenever I walked by. Bridget Vizoso (our florist) took the flowers and wove them into the most amazing tablescapes I’ve ever seen. Eventually the rain lifted and we opened up the tents. Everything from there on was amazing. The speeches, the music, the food, the photobooth. My only real complaint was that it ended too soon, but I’ll never forget how magical the day was, tornadoes and all.
Photography: Rebecca Hansen Weddings | Floral Design: The Designer’s Co-op | Event Planning: The Boutique Group | Ceremony Location: Fort Tryon Park | Reception Location: New Leaf Restaurant in Fort Tryon Park | Invitations: Paperfinger | Ceremony Musician: Penguin Music | Photo Booth: Photo Illusion LLC | Dress: Amsale | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew, Ann Taylor, BHLDNAmsale, Ann Taylor, BHLDN and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.