My favorite weddings are always the ones filled with personality, and this one? Well, it’s certainly a new favorite. The clouds parted for their fairytale ending, and this adorable bookshop romance brought along Shannen Norman to snap some pictures of their day. With images that are simply page-turning, this wedding is perfectly New York and you can see why I’m such a huge fan here.
From the Bride… Steve and I met while working together for a book publisher, so when we discovered that we could get married in a bookstore, we knew we had found the perfect venue for our wedding. In addition to offering a gorgeous event space in a historic Manhattan building, the Housing Works Bookstore is part of a non-profit organization that helps homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Their amazing staff helped us plan our celebration and transformed the store into a warm and romantic space for our intimate wedding.
Once we had our venue set, the rest of the details fell into place… except for the wedding dress. Luckily, after what felt like an endless search, I spotted Jenny Packham’s Joy gown and loved the vintage look. I was able to order it from the designer shortly before the wedding and crossed my fingers that it would fit. When it arrived, I slipped it on and it was perfect—elegant and comfortable. I added simple rhinestone earrings and a feather hair clip from Etsy.
Steve illustrated our Save the Date cards and we chose letterpress invitations in a chevron design that reminded us of a book’s end papers. We kept the wedding decorations simple, since the library setting was gorgeous on its own. On the tables, we used a mix of apricot, cream, and yellow flowers, along with tea lights. My mother-in-law designed the 50 floral arrangements in small glasses that we found on a shopping trip to Ikea. The bridal party flowers included cream and apricot roses, yellow craspedia, and seeded eucalyptus, designed by my mother and a family friend.
On the day of our wedding, Steve and I met in the West Village just as the skies cleared and the rain stopped. We took photos before the wedding in the garden of St. Luke’s and in the elegant rooms of the Down Town Association. Working with our photographer Shannen Norman was a dream. She kept things laid back and fun and captured the magic of the day.
Steve and I are so thankful for everyone who helped make our wedding special. We treasure the memory of saying our vows with family and friends gathered closely around us, among the candlelit bookcases. Reverend Carlton Elliot Smith led us through a very personal and heartfelt ceremony that included laughs and tears. And then we ate and drank and talked and danced as the hours whirled by. It was the best night of our lives.
Photography: Shannen Norman | Dress: Jenny Packham | Invitations: Sesame Letterpress | Catering: The Works Catering | Hair & Makeup: Expert Makeup Artistry | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Hair Clip: Brass Lotus