Some of my most memorable 4th of July holidays were spent in New York City and I can tell you that one of the best places to be in the city is on a rooftop. It is an all-access pass to some of the best firework displays ever. This bride, groom and their lucky guests got to experience the exciting and festive show first hand at their incredible Independence Day wedding from Dave Robbins Photography and Always a Bridesmaid. I love that they didn’t go the traditional route with a red, white and blue theme but chose to incorporate the beach-vibe of the Hamptons into their urban, loft celebration. Check out the full gallery to see even more!
From Always a Bridesmaid…Elisabeth and Matt had been together for over a decade when they came to us to design and plan their wedding. Working mainly with Mayra, she focused on their goal of bringing the Hampton’s summer beach vibe to the city for their 4th of July celebration. Growing up and living in the city, they wanted to have their reception in a place that reflected their background and Skylight West, a raw loft space on the West Side not only had the urban vibe they wanted, but it also gave their guests front row seats to the amazing Fourth of July fireworks on the river.
Elisabeth is the owner of Ms. Elisabeth’s catering, so food was a priority to the couple. Because the space was multi-level, we decided to have the reception as a cocktail party with stations, passed small plates and hors d’oeuvers. Marcy Brownstein Catering did an amazing job and food flowed through the night. Guests were seated at a mix of high tables, cocktail tables and lounge seating as they mixed and mingled.
The groom, Matt, is a music producer, working with acts like the MeterMaids. So, music was a big part of the celebration. For their rooftop ceremony, we had a platform built below a billboard to serve as a stage for their friends that played for their entrance and recessional. During cocktail hour, a Cuban band took the stage before guests went downstairs, where stations awaited and DJ Rob Swift played for the crowd. When it was time for fireworks and cake cutting, guests were invited back to the roof, where the Cuban band once again took the stage and later on the couple were serenaded by friends, jammed with their jam band and kept the party rocking into the early morning.
Wedding Photography: Dave Robbins Photography / Catering: Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events / Venue: Skylight West / Floral Design: Verde Flowers / Lighting: Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging Design / Band: Yucaseca / DJ: DJ Rob Swift / Wedding Cake: Cheryl Kleinman / Wedding Invitations: Friend of the Bride / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Event Design and Planning: Always a Bridesmaid