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The Metropolitan Building Wedding

The Metropolitan Building is one of my favorite places in the world to get married.  It’s like this perfect combination of vintage charm and Jane Austen-esque romance that just screams for a pretty party.  And when an adorable duo like this ties the knot amongst its historic charm (with the help of some of NYC’s most fabulous vendors), it’s more than a wedding… it’s an epically awesome celebration.  See it all captured by Kaitie Bryant right here.


From the Bride… It was only natural that we get married in New York City, since it’s where we met and fell in love.

I also knew that because I live in NYC, I had no ability to search yard sales, haul craft materials in a car, or go to giant discount stores to find the little details that so many brides use to make their wedding personal. So the minute I walked into the Metropolitan Building, I knew it was our venue – it was so breathtaking and didn’t need a thing added to make it a gorgeous setting for our wedding. I loved the vintage, whimsical feel of the venue and tried to incorporate that in our details, such as displaying our parents, grandparents and great grandparents wedding photos, and the luggage tags and skeleton keys used for the escort cards.

My dear NYC friend LeeAnne did our wedding flowers – she has such talent and vision that I didn’t even know what the flowers were until the day of the wedding (one less thing to plan). The flowers were so gorgeous, as one friend said; they “almost stole the show.”

While I found the planning process to be extremely exhausting, I was able to completely enjoy our wedding day. We both felt present in the moments of the day and were overwhelming blessed to have all our friends and family share in the joy God gave us in our marriage.

One moment I will never forget from our wedding was during our ceremony – we chose to sing “Come Thou Fount” and everyone’s voices filled the room in such a powerful way, I got chills. It was so beautiful.

Photography: Kaitie Bryant Photography | Floral Design: LeeAnne Rickey | Catering: Maia Pearl Catering | Coordinator: Sara Kate Events | Hair and Makeup: Team Beauty NYC | Calligraphy: Handwritten Lettering | Ceremony Music: Morningside String Trio | Bridal Gown: Ulla Maija | Cakes and Cupcakes: Sugar Sweet Sunshine | Getaway Car: The Checkered Guy | Second Photographer: Jamie Lefkowitz Photography | Second Photographer: Texture Photo | Venue: The Metropolitan Building

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Foundry Wedding

Modern meets industrial might be my favorite way to say “I do,” especially when that glorious gem of a day is planned by the genius that is Exquisite Affairs Productions, serves up yummy treats from Marcey Brownstein and is set against a stunning Foundry backdrop.  That’s what we like to call a dream team of vendors, and the result is pure magic, right down to the tulip-lined tables.  Get your city chic on in the full gallery captured by Brian Hatton.  It’s amazing.


From the New York Times… Ashley Ellen Windle and Andrew Lowell Gurman were married on Sunday 5/26/13 at The Foundry by Cantor Lisa Shapanka Arbisser at the Foundry in Long Island City, Queens.

The bride, is a violinist with the Muse String Quartet and also teaches violin at the Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen J.C.C. on the Palisades in Tenafly, N.J.

She graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins and received a masters in music from the Manhattan School of Music.

Mr. Gurman, 37, is a managing director at Michael Lord & Company, a Manhattan firm that recruits lawyers. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale and received a law degree from Harvard.

Photography: Brian Hatton | Flowers: Flowers By Emil | Catering: Marcey Brownstein | Makeup Artist: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Hair Stylist: Styles On B (Russell) | DJ: High Voltage Sounds (DJ Pete) | Cantor: Lisa S. Arbisser ( | Ceremony Musician: Jeanette Stenson, Friend Of The Bride | Venue: The Foundry | Wedding Planning: Exquisite Affairs Productions (Christine Viola & Tara Geremia)

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Long Island City Wedding from Christina Szczupak

The vision behind this New York day was perfectly simple: a minimalist approach to the traditional Hindu affair with whites, golds and greenery galore. A sort of urban garden party, if you will. And with The Foundry serving as the perfect backdrop, Naturally Delicious coordinating behind-the-scenes and Christina Szczupak capturing the day, it’s no wonder this gallery is chock full of cultural gorgeousness.

From the Bride…Munish asked me to marry him on a beautiful spring day in the most charming brick-walled garden in the West Village. Eleven months later, after five years together, we were married in an intimate ceremony surrounded by our closest friends and family at The Foundry in Long Island City, New York. I fell in love with the space at The Foundry even before seeing it in person. The atmosphere so perfectly fit with our vision for the day, and it also reminded us of the garden where we were engaged. I envisioned our wedding as an urban garden party with touches of the exotic, and we worked to create the perfect environment to merge Munish’s Indian heritage with both my upbringing in the Virginia countryside and our life together in New York City. Munish and I walked down the aisle together and met our four parents at the altar, or mandap, where we all exchanged hugs before beginning the Hindu ceremony. While Indian weddings are often extremely colorful with ornate decorations, we decided to take a more minimal approach, using a muted color palette of whites and golds with an abundance of greenery.

We wanted the mandap to look very organic, and our florist Ariel Dearie perfectly executed our vision with the structure she created from wood and delicate branches. We decorated The Foundry’s entrance with lanterns and vintage brass trays that I purchased from Etsy and eBay, and placed napkins screen printed with gold South Asian-inspired motifs at each table setting. We gifted Indian hand-carved woodblock stamps to our guests at the end of the evening, as well as CDs we made with songs important to our love story. Munish and I used deckle edge Italian stationary to create our programs, and we added our names with a beautiful stamp designed for us by Meagan Tidwell. Her calligraphy that graced our invitations, place cards, table numbers, and menu items added the loveliest touch to our wedding. She also created beautiful signs for our bars explaining our specialty cocktails: mine, a Pani-Puri Margarita, and Munish’s, a Perfect Manhattan. Shannon at Naturally Delicious worked with us to create a menu that reflected a wonderful fusion of Indian food and fresh, springtime Western dishes.

After dinner, our friends performed a Bollywood-style dance that they choreographed for us, which kicked off a dance party that lasted well into the night. Our fantastic photographer Christina Szczupak, who I am lucky enough to count as a great friend, captured our day with such a keen and beautiful eye, and Tree of Life, our videographers, created a film that perfectly reflects the spirit of our day.

Photography: Christina Szczupak | Floral Design: Ariel Dearie | Ceremony + Reception Location: The Foundry | Catering + Day-Of Coordination: Naturally Delicious | Rentals: Broadway Rentals | String Lights: Universal Light & Sound | Videographer: Tree of Life Films | Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell Design | Stamps: TaTa Indian Stamps  | Napkins: “Atavi” + “Prasanna” styles by John Robshaw | Invitation Printing: Mama’s Sauce | Hair and Make-up: Michiko Boorberg
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