Dave Robbins Photography and one cool couple are about to take you on a journey that begins only a few months ago in lower Manhattan, and ends back in the ’20s at a speak easy so stunning, you’ll swear you’ve died and gone to whiskey heaven. Between the beginning and the end is a super glam modern ceremony set up by A.a.B. Creates, in which the bride’s culture is not only kept front and center, it truly looks as though it’s taking place in the clouds. Where it’s really happening is the historic Altman Building (built in 1886!). This raw carriage house is warmed by pretty pastel and antique Melarosa florals, feathers, and table numbers made from vintage books in a way you haven’t seen them before (if you have, lucky you!). We know you’re dying to see how, so begin your back to the future trip now in the full gallery!
From the Bride… Jason and I were super excited to have our wedding in New York City, which is where we met and fell in love. The Altman Building, originally a carriage house circa 1886, was the perfect backdrop for a winter soiree that used history as inspiration. Jason and I are both drawn to “Prohibition Era” style because it feels very intimate and classic, so we tried to encapsulate some of that aesthetic — like using a real vintage oak bar from the 1920’s, dusty books with our table numbers cut out and table linens made of men’s suit fabric — without feeling like we had everyone in costume! While we were planning with Mayra and Xochitl of the awesome A.a.B. Creates, we focused on objects instead of just colors, like velvet headboards, leather chesterfield couches, deco illustrations of New York Ciy and even HBO’s Boardwalk Empire! We wanted our friends and family to feel like we had hidden them away in one of the city’s luxurious speakeasy bars, so guests were greeted with passed Manhattans and Moscow Mules, given carnation boutonnieres with their names instead of escort cards, and left at the end of the night with little muslin bags filled with whiskey stones and bottles of Maker’s Mark.
Our wedding was also an opportunity for us to fuse Jewish tradition (my family is observant) with our very modern lifestyles. For example, the bride usually sits on a throne during the Kabbalat Panim (the ceremony where the groom veils the bride), but we used a gorgeous vintage velvet sofa for my mom and I to use instead. Before Jason was escorted by the band to greet me on our “throne,” he was on the other side of the venue having a traditional Groom’s Tish, which is where all the men sing and drink and the father of the bride and the groom sign the Ketubah. Jason was skeptical at first, but said that waiting to see me (and having all of his favorite whiskey brands to keep him company) was a really special experience.
The whole night was very typical of us as a couple. Even though it was gorgeously designed and felt very surreal, neither of us could stop laughing! I tripped all over him and my dress trying to do the traditional seven circles around the groom during the ceremony, and we totally tried (in vain) to cut the wrong part of the cake. At the end of the night, we were surprised with an extraordinary dessert bar (think Willy Wonka), and my dad dared the rabbi to do the “Macarena” dance. You can see in the photos how it all came together — perfectly.
Wedding Photography: Dave Robbins Photography / Wedding Venue: The Altman Building in New York, New York / Event Design + Planning: A.a.B. Creates / Floral Design: Melarosa / Wedding Invitations + Monogram: M+E Design / Food: Glatt Kosher via Michael Scott Events / Linens: Nuage Designs / Band: Golem / Wedding Dress: Custom Pnina Tornai via Kleinfeld Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Hair: Anthony Joseph of Enve Beauty Lounge / Makeup: Edward Bess of Edward Bess / Bridal Party’s Hairpieces: Suzanne Couture Millinery / Bridesmaids’ + Mother of the Bride’s Dresses: Custom by Douglas Hannant / Groom’s Suit: Against Nature / Rings: Custom via Betteridge / Accommodations: The Standard Hotel