Our venue criteria was pretty simple: we were looking for someplace in New York that had tons of character and great food but was also dog-friendly. That was really something of a deal-breaker for us because we knew we wanted Orin, our beloved French Bulldog, to be there. Immediately, we thought of one place: The Bowery Hotel (which is catered by the amazing Italian restaurant Gemma)! Our date, October 29th, was special for several reasons. October, as we saw it, was "our month," the 29th was my late grandmother's birthday, and it allowed us to incorporate one of our favorite holidays: Halloween! The Gothic design of The Bowery was the perfect setting for our theme of "dark romance with a modern-meets-rustic spin." That meant decorating the room with ornate birdcages, crow feather bouquets and centerpieces; covering the tables with gray, rattan wheat linens; silver antique mercury glass details; and lighting the entire space with candles. We had some amazing help to turn this vision into reality: Poppies & Posies, who provided most of the décor and all of the florals; Rifle Paper Co., who custom-designed our invite as well as all of our "day of" paper items; and Reem Acra, who designed my wedding gown. She even gifted me a beautiful, one-of-a-kind matching lace mask to wear for our masquerade cocktail hour! Thanks to them and all our family and friends, the whole day was filled with countless happy memories.
Two of our favorite moments were definitely the ceremony and the cocktail hour. We worked with an amazing officiant to create a ceremony that not only conveyed our love to one another but also showcased it to everyone else as well. From the music to our vows, everything was so romantic, emotional and personal — there wasn't a dry eye in the room by the end. And, as mentioned before, we chose a masquerade theme for our cocktail hour in honor of Halloween, and just seeing everyone get into the spirit, wearing their masks and taking pictures, was so much fun! Our day was all the more memorable for another reason: that morning New York was hit with its first October snowstorm since 1925! Naturally, this threw a bit of a wrench in our plans to take pictures at the place where our whole romance started — under the arch in Washington Square Park — but looking back, snow, in New York, in October is literally a once in a lifetime thing. Just like marrying the person of your dreams.
Wedding Photography: Brooke Fitts of Brookelyn Photography / Wedding Venue: The Bowery Hotel in New York, New York / Floral Design: Poppies & Posies / Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / Dessert + Cookie Bar: One Girl Cookies + Stick & Pop / Wedding Paper Goods: Rifle Paper Co. / Band: Bon Musique / DJ: Popshop! DJs / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra / Bride's Shoes: Valentino / Bride's Second Dress: Alice & Olivia / Bride's Hair Accessory: Sara Gabriel / Hair: Michiko Boorberg / Makeup: Sally Duvall + Nicole Sievers / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Milly / Groom's Tuxedo: J.Crew