Admittedly, we use black and white photos pretty sparingly around here. But every now and then a wedding comes along that’s a story best told with little to no color at all. Exhibit A: this gorgeous Gramercy Park Hotel affair planned in the hands of Ever Swoon. It’s every girl’s ballroom fantasy brought to life and with Glen Allsop behind the lens the photos (color or not!) speak for themselves.
From the Bride… Bob and I met on the first day of college and had a long history of friendship, but we really fell in love a few years after both of us moved to New York City. He proposed on a crisp fall day at a beach in East Hampton, a spot that had always been special to us both.
I started planning about a month after we got engaged and scouted venues in New York City, The Hamptons and my hometown of Hilton Head Island, SC. Ultimately we decided that a New York City wedding would be the most fun for our friends and family. We wanted everyone to experience the city we love and have lived in for 10 years.
My first step in the overwhelming process of planning was to choose the venue – I knew everything would follow the tone that my venue set. I was looking for something that would convey the emotion of the moment, but also allow people to let loose and have fun during the reception. Over the years, I had attended many events at the Gramercy Park Hotel and always loved the romantic, dramatic setting in the penthouse. The rooftop is one of the most stunning venues in New York City with a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline, eclectic works of art and twinkle lights everywhere to set an intimate, yet playful tone for everyone. After confirming the venue, I played off of the New York City theme for everything from our save-the-dates and invitations, to the welcome bags, menus and place cards. We used old maps of New York with city streets we had previously lived on to make the theme complete.
There were a few elements I knew would be extremely important to the both of us: the photography (it lives on forever!), the music, and someone to manage the day of. We had previously worked with Glen Allsop of Christian Oth Studio and knew he would be perfect to capture our day. We didn’t want cookie cutter photographs and I knew I could count on Glen to get shots that looked more editorial and less posed.
Music has always been extremely important to the both of us and I was extremely lucky to work with Moe Choi (Choimatic) after finding him through a mutual friend. He is not the typical wedding DJ – he worked with us over 9 months to learn our personalities and music preferences. Not only did he do our reception, I decided late in the process to use him instead of a string quartet for my ceremony. One of the most thrilling parts of the day was walking down the aisle to a instrumental version of the Pixies song, Where is My Mind. The music flowed seamlessly from the ceremony, to cocktail hour and dinner onto dancing the night away. Every guest from age 90 to 16 enjoyed something for them and dancing went on into the wee hours of the night.
The day itself was magical for us, our friends and family because of the team I chose. Tamra Sanford of ever swoon helped me with month of planning. After she took over, many of my wedding day anxieties vanished – she handled everything from confirming all of my vendors prior to day of, making sure we were on schedule, sticking to the run of show timeline and providing anything my bridesmaids could ask for during the event. Tamra worked well with Michele Condon of the Gramercy Park Hotel to make the day beautiful.
Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Event Planning: ever swoon | Floral Design: Adore Floral | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Cake: Lady M Bakery | Invitations: Ceci New York | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Make-up: Butterfly Salon | Hair: Antonio Prieto | Grooms Suit: Lauren by Ralph Lauren | Wedding Venue: gramercy park hotel | Bride's Ring & Groom's Cufflinks: Cartier Cufflinks | Groom's Ring: Tiffany | Groom\'s Attire: Prada | Music: Moe Choi (Choimatic)