To me, there’s nothing – and I repeat, nothing – more timeless than ballroom nuptials in New York City. It’s the epitome of old world elegance and thanks to Roey Yadgar Films, we’re getting an up-close peek. He filmed what might be the most glamorous NY wedding to ever unfold, and all you have to do is sit back and press play.
From the Bride… Like all our married friends told us, the wedding day passed by as a blur. However, Andy was really incredible at reminding us to take mental pictures, and taking short moments to just be together and enjoy this day. I tried very hard not to stress out and because of the amazing help that Ferinoosh provided the day of (she was basically my day-of coordinator with no fee!) I felt that everything would be taken care of and all I had to do was enjoy the day. It was so amazing to have all of our closest family and friends watch us get married and celebrate with us. Saying our vows to each other was so special and emotional.
Ironically, I kept my cool when reciting my vows, but Andy couldn’t even start to say his without crying. He made the entire room cry as soon as he started speaking! And despite the stress and nerves and fatigue, we had so much fun!! I didn’t want the party to end! And none of the guests wanted to leave either. I was also very happy with the way my hair, makeup, and dress looked, I truly felt like the most beautiful woman in the world that day and the luckiest.
Describe the ambiance of the wedding reception, décor, food, special touches and special moments
The grand ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel has large chandeliers on the ceiling, Gilded Age architecture with gold, cream, ivory, and beige tones. There are mirrored walls on one side of the ballroom and large French windows on the other side. There is also a balcony that spans 3 of the 4 walls of the ballroom, and a booth at the front of the ballroom on the balcony from where two large staircases come (this is how my husband and I made our first entrance at our reception.)
For the venue décor, my florist, Maria Nino, owner of MC Designs, did a fantastic job bringing style and modernity to the venue. In the hallway leading up to the ballroom, she created three arches of laurel branches with white twinkle lights. Each table at the reception had a large centerpiece of Roses, Casablanca’s, Mums with Dendrobium Orchids and Greens in a stemmed glass vase with floating candles in glass-cupped vases of varies heights around it. The Chuppah was designed with draped chiffon fabric, and floral clusters in the corners. The escort table had floral spheres of soft peach blooms, on elegant glass vases, surrounded by cupped glass vases, with sparkling peach floating candles. By sheer coincidence, our catering manager at the Roosevelt Hotel used to work with my mother, who is also in the hotel business in Los Angeles. When my mom came to see the venue and help with other planning details, we were all shocked when they recognized each other! It really set the mood for the rest of the planning experience.
The Roosevelt was incredible in providing support, guidance, flexibility, and charm to our event. Besides the beauty and elegance of the hotel, the service and support that Ferinoosh Khosravi (our catering manager) provided was unparalleled. She took care of everything (coordinating with vendors, ensuring the catering was exactly what we wanted, helping with our room reservations and so much more.) They also created a very unique menu for us, since my family wanted the dinner to be more family “Russian” style, so we had cold appetizers preset on the table, family style, as well as warm appetizers served throughout the evening before dinner, which was a plated entrée. There was also both black and red caviar, and other traditional Russian dishes, in addition to great American fare. We had a large raw bar for the cocktail hour in addition to passed hors d’oeuvres. The wedding cake was included in the venue package from Sylvia Weinstock and was simply gorgeous. The venue also provided delicious Tiramisu as an additional dessert.
At the end of the wedding day, which was early the next morning, I felt that I had just experienced the most emotional, nerve-wrenching, loving day of my life (they say when you have your first child, that trumps this, but still :-) I felt like the most beautiful woman in the entire world, promising to spend her life committed to her soul mate…and all the stress of planning, paying, organizing the wedding was all worth it!
When we watched the same day edit that Roey Yadgar films made for us, that was the only time during the wedding when I started just sobbing, I was so overwhelmed with emotion from the entire day and the video was so beautiful and perfectly portrayed our love story, that it just felt amazing to see….