Timeless, classic, elegant, perfect – this New York City wedding by the seriously talented Judy Pak is like a fairytale. From the bride’s gorgeous Grace Kelly inspired gown to her top hat-wearing groom to being whisk away in a convertible Royles Royce to every classically elegant detail – it’s easy to see why my wedding-loving self can’t get enough of this gorgeous gala. Lucky for you and me, there is even more of this fairytale in the full gallery of images!
From the Bride…Our love story feels like something out of a movie! We met at his own birthday BBQ in the Bronx (introduced by his sister!). We fell in love over a tray of pulled pork (we’re both Southerners at heart). We were engaged 7 months later after he proposed on one knee in my studio apartment with an art deco ring I “accidentally” picked out. And seven months after that we were married (at our parish church, the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, surrounded by loads of family and friends from all over the world)!
It was a scorching hot day, but the sun was shining and I was the happiest person in the world. A 1933 Rolls Royce convertible picked us up outside the church after the ceremony, and we created quite the spectacle. Tourists came in throngs to take pictures! Mark pulled out a bottle of champagne and let the cork pop for the entire crowd to see. People were clapping and cheering as we made our way down Fifth Avenue, all the way to the South Street Seaport, where our reception was at. The venue was perfect. Light flooded in the space that overlooks the water and the rock/country band that we hired because they were playing the night Mark threw me a surprise birthday party was a ton of fun.
When Mark and I first started talking about our wedding, we decided we wanted to have as many of the people who have loved and supported us through the years with us on our wedding day, and to celebrate by throwing a great fun party in the city that we met and fell in love in! Working on a budget in NYC was not an easy task. I spent hours scouring blogs and websites and magazines to find really AWESOME vendors at reasonable prices.
I fell in love with my stationery from a rockin’ place in Brooklyn called Lion in the Sun. To see those words in writing for the first time “request the honor of your presence at the nuptial Mass uniting their daughter”…it still makes me giddy with glee. Our photographer, Judy Pak, I stumbled upon on SMP’s website. I was inspired by an engagement shoot she had done. When we met over a cup of coffee at Starbucks for the first time, we just seemed to click and I knew she would do a fabulous job!
The DRESS…was an adventure. I tried on every single dress in the great city of New York and then some more when Mark and I went on vacation in Costa Rica. I kept waiting for that “THIS IS IT!” moment, but it never really came. Finally, as March was upon me and I still had no dress, I went by myself one day after work, saw my dress on the rack, tried it on, and bought it…feeling a little like Grace Kelly and knowing I would be comfortable. It wasn’t until my actual wedding day that I was completely head over heels for my dress.
After I selected each vendor, I trusted them to do what they do best and in the end, we could not have been happier. Everything was beautiful, classy, simple, yet lovely. And from what I can tell, everyone had such a fun time, especially us!
Getting Ready Location: The Palace Hotel, New York City / Ceremony Location: St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Reception Location: Bridgewaters / Caterer: Beth Pokotilow of Bridgewaters / Florist: Tara Simone Powell of Barbara’s Flowers / Cake Designer: Bridgewaters / Band: The Wicked Messengers / Make-up Artist + Hair: JAC Beauty / Wedding Photography: Judy Pak Photography