When it comes to wedding day grandeur, nothing can quite compare (or hold a candle) to The Plaza Hotel in NYC. Want proof? Just take on peek at this pretty from Marcy Blum Associates. It’s an evening filled with ballroom elegance and Christian Oth behind the lens and we’ve got it all in The Vault!
From the Bride…When I was in my first year out of college, I went to my younger sister’s winter formal with her as her date. She was a Junior at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. While at her formal, we were hanging out with her friend Alex when he asked me if he could give his older brother my number. I was single and looking to date, so I happily obliged. Daniel texted me and asked me for a date the following week. He took me to Pravda on our first date, and my initial impression was that he was extremely sweet, mature, a little shy, and very cute! The conversation was easy, and I felt very comfortable with him instantly. Our first date was the week before Christmas, and I think that we were pretty much living together by March.
About 2-2.5 years into dating, Dan and I went on vacation to Anguilla, which is my favorite island that I have been going to since I was little. I knew he had a ring at this point because I had designed it, but I didn’t know when he was going to propose. It was the second night of our vacation, and we had a dinner reservation at the hotel. When we arrived for dinner, the hostess told us that we had a private table set up by the pool, which overlooked the ocean. The ring was set on the table. When we walked up, Dan took the ring and got onto one knee. It was the most beautiful and meaningful moment that I could have asked for.
Soon after we got home from the trip, we started the wedding planning process. We got Marcy Blum’s name through my mom’s friend, and from our very first meeting with her, we knew she was the perfect fit! Marcy and Gabby (her assistant) made the entire process so seamless and fun. Planning a wedding should be a happy and exciting time, yet sometimes it gets clouded by stress. With Marcy, I did not feel overwhelmed at all. People kept telling me that I was the calmest bride that they had ever met (on my wedding day, someone even asked me if I was sedated!!), and I owe that all to Marcy and Gabby.
Our wedding was at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. It was on June 18th, a beautiful warm sunny day. The entire day was like a dream. I woke up and did Pilates with my sister, and when we came back to the hotel, the bridal suite was decked out with hair and makeup stations, food, champagne, most importantly, my bridal party and mom! Hair and makeup felt like a party-we had champagne flowing, music playing, and matching pajamas (duh!). I think my favorite part of the day was the reveal, though. After getting ready, they had me walk down this beautiful grand staircase where Dan was waiting for me. It became very real to me at that moment that I was about to marry my best friend. Pictures followed, and our photographer Christian made the whole process so playful and fun. Even Dan said he had fun during pictures, which says a lot! We took photos in the hotel, and we also got to go to Central Park since it was such a beautiful day. The shots that he captured were truly amazing.
The ceremony room was the most whimsical, magical room I had ever seen. The design team (David Beahm) made it feel like an enchanted garden. Everything just felt very special and you could tell that so much thought and attention went into the décor. David transformed the Plaza into a beautiful garden, with rustic wooden tables, floral linens, and flowers like peonies, garden roses, and hydrangea. It felt so unexpected for the Plaza, which I loved. The food was great-everyone raved about the raw bar and the lobster rolls at the cocktail hour. My favorite touch was that there were freshly made doughnuts for guests as they were leaving at the end of the night-SO good!! Honestly, the whole day/night was such a blur-it went by way too fast and I wish I could do it all over again. It was the most special day of my life, and I feel so lucky to have had everyone I love in one room for a night. It was so whimsical and beautiful…a truly perfect way to start our marriage.
Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Event Planning: Marcy Blum Associates | Floral Design: David Beahm Designs | Venue: The Plaza Hotel