Some weddings feel like the warmth of a fireplace on a cold winter’s night. This Harold Pratt House is just that, but a really fancy fireplace with ornate vintage molding: the kind you find in pre-war New York City architecture. Judy Pak Photography shot this stunner planned by Classic Events NYC with the most jaw dropping florals designed by Laura Remmert a bride could ever wish for and the result is pure Winter inspired deliciousness. Get ready to curl up by warm glow of the full gallery!
From the Bride… I sometimes think to myself that it must have been amazing timing and unbelievable luck that I met Benjamin. How else could I explain the meeting of two totally different cultures from two totally different hometowns? Despite these differences, after a few months of emails and phone conversations, we finally met for a casual drink, but knew after that first date, that there was something special worth pursuing. A year later we were engaged and started planning a wedding that would capture the true essence of New York.
We chose to let the authentic décor of our historic venue, the Harold Pratt House, shape our vision. We wanted to complement the mansion’s authentic 20th century decor but also pay tribute to our respective backgrounds. Because I am a native New Yorker and Chinese-American, and my husband is a native of Utah and of Greek decent, our heritages had a big impact on our special day. We wanted to pay tribute to our roots and to our families, while still keeping in touch with our New York lifestyle. We used New York City as an inspiration.
We even braced the chilly February air to have our photos taken on iconic Park Avenue, and it was fun! Tucked warmly inside the venue, we began our day of uniting two cultures and two families. It started with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. I wore a traditional Chinese red, silk “qipao” with gold embroidery and a New Yorker’s favorite beige, patent leather Valentino heels. I then changed into a classic white Vera Wang wedding gown and was led down the aisle to an intimate ceremony where we exchanged our vows in front of our closest family and friends to the sounds of a classical trio. The cocktail hour immediately followed, and shortly after, our main reception. The room had an amazing intimacy about it, from the fireplace and the warm décor on the walls to the welcoming and loving atmosphere our guests created. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate our marriage than with the people who mean the most to us. It was truly the perfect New York wedding day!
Wedding Photography: Judy Pak Photography / Wedding Venue: Harold Pratt House in New York, New York / Event Planning: Danielle Elder of Classic Events NYC / Floral Design: Laura Remmert / Wedding Cinematography: Bill Xie / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Food: Feast & Fetes / Linens: Party Rental Ltd. / Quartet: Venus Ensembles / DJ: Alberto Denis of Expressway Music / Accommodations: The Trump Hotel / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Qipao: Custom / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino + Jimmy Choo / Hair: Ai Sakai / Makeup: Nam Vo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Rings: Kestenbaum & Weisner