I often find myself so wrapped up in a wedding that before I know it, hours have passed. But in those hours I have poured over every gorgeous image, every sweet word of the description and every last detail – which, to me, is time well spent. I could have spent an entire day with this wedding at Ramscale Studios as seen through the lens of Rima Brindamour though, because not only is if filled with gorgeous (hello stunning florals from Quatre Coeur) but it’s filled with soul, making this gallery worthy of an entire weekend if you have it. See it all here.
From the bride… Severin and I met when we were both living in Zurich, 3 and half years ago. He’s from there and I partially grew up there. However, for a little over a year now, New York City has been our home. When it was time to plan our wedding, we weren’t sure if we should get married in Switzerland, where the majority of our friends and family members are, or if we should tie the knot in the Big Apple. We started researching venues in both cities, but once we stepped foot inside RamScale Loft in Manhattan’s West Village, we knew we had found the place!
We wanted to keep the guest list small and intimate, surrounding ourselves with our closest and dearest friends and family. Much to our pleasure, the vast majority of them were excited to make the trip half way across the globe to partake in our special day. By the time of the wedding, 30 of our 50 guests travelled from Europe and another 10 from other States in the US! In that sense, it was a destination wedding, which was really fun since it allowed us to spend several days with our friends and family rather than just the wedding day itself.
It was important to us that the wedding be a reflection of both of us and our styles. So many of the details that reflected this couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of our friends and family. It was so touching to see how much effort everyone put into helping make our day special.
My dad – who is not a professional baker, just really talented – made the cupcakes for our cupcake tower, decorating the whole thing beautifully with fresh flowers. Severin and Maureen, one of my bridesmaids, made the delicious English Toffee which was handed out as goody bags to our guests. My other bridesmaid, Saskia, who is a graphic designer, designed our beautiful invitations, menu cards, program booklets and all the other printed items. My friends arriving from Switzerland helped me in the days before the wedding, tying together all of the program booklets, goodie bags and menu cards. We had an assembly line of 6!
During the wedding ceremony, one of my closest friends, Bree, sang “Ave Maria,” which was sung at my parents wedding 31 years ago. Tears streamed out of them like waterfalls when she sang. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house! Bob, a longtime family friend from Severin’s side was our officiant and we created our vows together with him. Another longtime family friend from my side, Marianne, read a beautiful poem by James Dillet Freeman called “Blessing for a Marriage”.
One thing Severin insisted on was serving a specialty drink – spiked lemonade in mason jar glasses – which was a huge hit with our guests. And to top the evening off, our friends surprised us by organizing for us to be picked up in a vintage Bentley after the reception and taken to the bar where we held our after party. This gave Severin and me a few very precious minutes of alone time before continuing the party with everyone.
We were particularly touched by the amount of love we felt from our friends and family during this time. I had expected to feel the love between Severin and me – which we did of course – but I hadn’t expected to feel so overwhelmed by all the love we felt from our guests.
Advice to other brides: Make your wedding an overnight or weekend getaway affair if you can. It will allow for the party and bonding time with your friends and family be longer than just that 1 day. It may be the only time in your life that you’ll have everyone from both sides together at the same place at the same time!
Photographer: Rima Brindamour | Florist: Quatre Coeur | Venue: Ramscale Studios |Invitations + Paper Goods: Saskia Willi (Bridesmaid)| Catering: Tip of the Tongue | Cupcake Tower: Father of the Bride | Dress: Pronovias | Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew| Bridal party robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman