This San Francisco couple wanted a wedding that was simple & chic, and their nuptials at City Hall was both.
[images from Milou & Olin Photography]
This little elopement in Central Park really proves that sometimes, the only guests you need are your closest family. So beautiful!
From the bride:
Our wedding celebration was a hybrid of elopement and intimate family gathering. Nobody has been there to support and stand by us through the ups and downs in our lives like our parents and siblings, and that’s exactly who we wanted by our side when we made our vows as husband and wife. Being surrounded by the love of our families made the day even more beautiful than we had imagined. Our relationship has included countless adventures and romantic walks through Central Park. With our love for the park, my husband and I knew it was the only place for us to marry. Ladies Pavilion allowed our families to be gathered closely around us with just enough room for all of us underneath; it was dreamily intimate. The most important thing to us on our wedding day was that we could truly celebrate our marriage, but we still wanted a day filled with pretty details. Creating a beautiful day is easy when you’ve got so much love to work with. My talented sister, Kerry, graciously offered to make me a wedding dress. She thought of every detail, right down to including a button from my mother’s wedding dress and the surprise of my new initials sewn (in blue!) into the inside of the dress. My husband’s brother, Dan, did my makeup and our brothers Wayne and James also read two different works during our ceremony. My mom even learned how to use Pinterest and responded to me (via email) with her comments on every single item I posted to the secret board I shared with her and my sister. Etsy was a favorite for many of our details, and other friends and family contributed in the way of our flowers and paper designs. Perhaps the most special part of all of these contributions made by family and friends were the hours spent together enriching our relationships leading up to the day. I’m so grateful for the all of that extra time I was able to spend with my sister and brothers. In the busy lives we all lead, it’s hard to find that sometimes.
[images from Kate Neal]
This wedding was a great combination of Hindu & Western ceremonies, with a perfectly poppy palette that’s modern and warm at the same time. Some great details from the bride below…
There were so many things that we were happy with including the look and feel. But ultimately, it was the ceremony that we loved the most. We combined a Hindu ceremony and a western ceremony and personalized both parts. The Hindu ceremony is such a beautiful one. We modernized the script a little to make it our own but the essence is about friendship and involves all these wonderful traditions that incorporate our families. We wrote our own vows and had a good friend marry us and all of those personal touches helped to make that moment — that I think initially we didn’t think much about — so warm and memorable.
We knew we wanted our wedding in Brooklyn, NY, because thats where we fell in love with each other and the city. We looked at only a few other places beyond the Green Building, but once we saw it, tucked into our old neighborhood, it was a no-brainer.
Once we found the Green Building, the rest of the design fell into place because the space is so spectacular. It’s like urban rustic, so you don’t need much more. But we knew we wanted to incorporate some Indian touches, including some bright colors and imagery, which we managed to do in the decoration. Other than that, I wanted the space to feel warm and inviting like you never wanted to leave. That was done with candles littered on every surface and the big sheet of hanging lights, which was delightful. I went a little wild with the DIY stuff, but in the end I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I absolutely loved the way the space and the decorations looked. Especially the spray-painted silverware (really, a ridiculous project that thankfully turned out just awesome), the table seating chart, and the little snow globes filled with elephant figurines that Ronnie’s mom got in India. Oh and we did a surprise Bollywood dance, which was so much fun! Ronnie might not agree, I think he blacked out, but it was a blast, a fun touch for Ronnie’s family, and such a riot for our friends.
The photography was perfect because it captured the warm, happy, vibrant mood of the evening. Leigh Anna just blended right in with our guests and got these great intimate shots. Looking through them, it’s like we’re reliving it all over again.
Planning a wedding really is so much more work than you think, especially if you go the route where you do a lot of it yourself. (I don’t even mean decoration projects. if you aren’t doing an all-in venue that takes care of catering, there’s a lot of logistics to work out.) The thing is, it’s not bad work, it can be really fun, but everything will take a million more decisions and a lot more time than you think. So in regards to that, try to start early as much as you can. If you are making some of your own decorations, start early and ask for help. My mother-in-law came through in such a huge way, sewing these beautiful table runners that were above and beyond what I could have imagined. I would also recommend chatting with friends who have recently gotten married in your city. I got great vendor recommendations (ah hem: my photographer!) from recently married buddies. And it’s worth doing some research, checking out wedding and design blogs to see what people are doing to borrow some ideas, because otherwise it’s a great big wedding world out there. And have fun!!
[images from Moss + Isaac]
With it getting so cold over here on the east coast, this wedding is making me wish for more Spring like weather! I’m loving the palette of lemon, lime and crisp white…its always so fresh and happy!
Photographer: AE Pictures Inc.//Dress Store: Asos//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Barney’s New York//Cake Designer: elegantcheesecakes.com//Shoes: Holt Renfrew//Dress Store:Priscilla of Boston//Reception Venue:Rit-Carlton//Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.//Jewelry: Turgeon and Raine//DJ: Uptempo Productions//Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas//Dance Instructor: Allegro Ballroom//Musicians: Erika Eah Herren//Dress Store: Margene’s Bridal//Floral Designer:Yi-Chen Enriquez//
[images from AE Pictures Inc.]
I always love a good Public wedding…the space is so chic and perfect for any style of affair.
From the bride:
There are honestly not enough words to express how amazing our wedding was. From our family and friends, to the venue and vendors we worked with, it was perfect.
Not even a few rain drops could dampen our excitement and pure happiness! The day and night flew by and we never wanted it to end. There are those special moments in your life, when you just feel it’s happening, and this day was truly ours.
Getting Ready: Soho Grand
Wedding Location: Public
Photographer: Levi Stolove Photography
Make up: Kim Do
Hair: Kara Hurston
Dress: Anne Barge
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew
Groom’s attire: Baldwin Formals
Groomsmen attire: Baldwin Formals
Flowers: Antheia Flowers
Band/DJ: Drew Burrows of Beat Train Productions
Cake: Sophie Sophia
Officiant: Eugene Manlongat
[images from Levi Stolove Photography]
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