For me, this New York City soiree had me at the bride's could.not.be.more.perfect Oscar de la Renta gown. And when I say had me, oh it had me. Hook, line and wedding-loving sinker. From there, it's all a complete wedding obsessed blur. The shoes (please tell me why I don't have those sparkly Choo's in my closet), the perfectly placed details, the stunning images by Jenny Ebert Photography - it's all enough to make a wedding blogger blush...and fully justify an entire Monday morning spent in the full gallery of images!
From the bride... Our wedding was so much fun! So wonderful! It was definitely a New York "moment" for me, and I think our guests felt that way as well. I am originally from Oklahoma, so I had friends who had never been to the city, as well as family from Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin and California. We really wanted our guests to experience the city and also one of our favorite things to do — eating — so we decided to have the reception in a restaurant, The Harrison. We had the wedding on a Friday night so that guests could enjoy the remainder of the weekend in NYC. The wedding was held at Grace Church Cathedral. It is a very old church in New York with beautiful details. It was under construction at the time but we really wanted to host the wedding there as it was special to us. Kind of funny side note... After the honeymoon, we attended service there, and the renovations were complete and scaffolding was down. I shed a tear and Dan said, "I know why you are crying — it wasn't perfect like this for the wedding?" He was right, but we decided scaffolding and all, it was a wonderful ceremony. We had the reception at one of our favorite restaurants, The Harrison. We filled the entire restaurant including their private room downstairs.
Guests stayed in various hotels in the city. Two days before the wedding, we had a driver that drove my friends and I all around the city to drop off the "welcome" bags. I was set on making sure we had welcome bags although there were 12 different hotels to stop at. It ended up being a really fun day and I think everyone was surprised. The bags included small New York treasures and a note that had ideas for things to do "up and down New York." (We used the children's book Up and Down New York as our guest book and guests signed the pages. It's now a coffee table book for us!)
One of my favorite moments was when the girls were all ready and stepped out of the Greenwich Hotel where we stayed and people stopped and clapped. And then they wanted to see our shoes. :) At the ceremony, my dad stepped on my dress as he stepped back to sit down. Everyone laughed. During the planning process, I became nicknamed 'High Octane' because I was always doing something, never sitting down. And "Keep Calm and Carry On" became our regular tag line. I included KCACO band-aids in the bridesmaids' kits the day of.
Wedding Photography: Jenny Ebert Photography / Event Design: Jillian Clark Designs / Ceremony: Grace Church / Reception: The Harrison / Wedding Reception Flowers: Rountree Flowers / Calligraphy: Love, Jenna / Wedding Invitations: Bird & Banner / Wedding Cake: Duane Park Patisserie / Wedding Gown: Oscar de la Renta / Bride's Sparkly Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Junior Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew Wedding / Bridesmaids' + Junior Bridesmaids' Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaids' Bracelets: Lee Angel "Henna Silk Ribbon Cuff" via Anthropologie / Hair + Makeup: Face Time / Frank Sinatra Music: Steve Maglio / Wedding After-Party: The Bubble Lounge / Rehearsal Dinner: Gradisca / Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Patricia Voto / Rehearsal Dinner Place Card Paintings: The Bride's Father /