From views of the park through a towering hotel room window to an evening overlooking the Planetarium–this wedding is full of gorgeous moments. Jena and Rahul were married on a lovely summer day in New York City. The day began with bridal preparations at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle.
The ceremony took place in the beautiful church, St. Paul the Apostle.
Rahul shares, “We had a lot of fun planning this wedding. Jena was the coolest bride! I kept waiting for us to crack under the pressure of wedding planning, but it turned out to just be lots of laughter! We wanted it to be a fun party! I cant speak for the rest of our guests, but we certainly had fun.
We loved that St. Paul’s and the Mandarin hotel are on the same block as our apartment, a daily reminder of the most beautiful day in our lives (also helpful when we forgot things the day of).
Seeing Jena for the first time walking down the aisle was amazing and very emotional and is definitely a memory I will treasure forever.”
After the ceremony the wedding party set off for portraits in Central Park before heading into the Museum of Natural History.
Jena’s favorite moments include a wonderful surprise toast Rahul gave in Chinese during the reception and she also says, “I loved taking pictures in the dinosaur exhibit. A fact about me that probably only Rahul knows is that I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a child.”
Rahul shares, “We loved how beautiful the venue was, with the outdoor cocktail space and view of the Planetarium. But it was pointed out to us (thank you, Krit!) that the Powerhouse was the perfect venue for us to celebrate our wedding since we met working together financing power plants – so we sealed our union on the site of the power plant that used to power the Museum.”
Specialty cocktails with Mexcal, grapefruit juice and jalapeño were served during the lovely outdoor cocktail hour.
The reception was filled with gorgeous bunches of white and purple roses, peonies and unique geometric vases.
Jena shares, “It sounds cliche but it was definitely the best day of our lives. A perfect day – much love and laughter. We are so grateful to all our family and friends, many of whom traveled great distances, for joining us to celebrate our special day.”
Congratulations Jena and Rahul!
Check out their engagement session here.
Special thanks to the whole team:
Hotel Venue: Mandarin Oriental
Church: St. Paul the Apostle
Reception Venue: Powerhouse at American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Catering: CxRA – Catering by Restaurant Associates
Planner: ever swoon
Hair: Pinned & Proper
Makeup: Jennifer Margaret
Florist: L’Atelier Rouge
Cake: Slyvia Weinstock
Cocktail Music: Justin Vance, Flutist
DJ: Beat Train Productions
Photo Booth: We Love Photo Booths
Rentals: Taylor Creative
Lighting: Levy Lighting
Transportation: Luxor Limo Inc. and M&V Limo
Videographer: Love in Progress
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz
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I met Melissa and Justin on Bow Bridge in Central Park for a mini-engagement session. It was a very hot day, but that didn’t stop us from getting some nice shots and celebrating this exciting time in their lives! You guys are so sweet. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding!
Melissa shares, “Justin and I both went to college at Bentley in Waltham, Massachusetts. We had a couple of classes together our freshman year, but we did not actually get to know each other outside of class until junior year when our groups of friends started hanging out in the same places. That was 2006, and we’ve been together ever since. After almost nine years of dating and two and a half years of sharing an NYC apartment together, Justin (finally!) proposed in Central Park last July.”
They will be getting married this fall on Block Island. Happy engagement Melissa and Justin!
Natalie and Dan were married at the incredibly designed, vintage-style Metropolitan Building in New York City. The day was filled with joyful moments, special details and a little bit of theatrics…
For Natalie and Dan there was only one perfect place to celebrate their wedding, and that was the Metropolitan Building. Natalie shares, “Dan and I had decided early on that we wanted a small, intimate, vintage wedding in New York. The Metropolitan Building was the first (and only) venue we visited. The minute we stepped foot on the second floor, we were in awe and knew right away that this was the place that we wanted to celebrate our union in marriage with family and friends. It is a beautiful space with French decor, gorgeous floor-to-ceiling library shelves, chandeliers, hand-painted hardwood floors, and old world charm that you couldn’t replicate if you tried. The entire third floor of the building is essentially a giant prop room full of vintage antiques and furniture that we were able to use to decorate our floor on the day of our wedding. The rest of our decor–including the flowers, signage, and space design–were DIY and truly a group effort. My mother and New York-based bridesmaids/bridesman designed and executed every element perfectly and did so on a strict budget. It truly felt like we were King and Queen for a day in this magical, vintage castle.”
I have to agree. I’ve been wanting to photograph a wedding at the Metropolitan Building for years. It was a dream come true to photograph this incredible space–a photographer’s playground–and to shoot for such an awesome couple made it even more wonderful!
Each member of the bridal party received monogrammed champagne glasses.
Dan’s style incorporated a nod to his British heritage with flag cufflinks along with his new home in the states, American flag socks.
Dan shares, “My favorite moment of the day was our first look. I hadn’t seen Natalie very much in the few days prior to our wedding (except for the rehearsal dinner) as she was staying with her sister at a hotel, and my best men were staying with me at our apartment in Astoria. I missed her so much and couldn’t wait to have a special moment, just the two of us. Once she tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around we both burst into tears. She looked absolutely stunning. We were both speechless and just stood there gazing into each other’s eyes. It was romantic, and wonderful to steal away these few precious moments in the wake of our big celebration.”
One of the most iconic rooms in the Metropolitan Building is the Hall of Mirrors.
“In November 2013,” Natalie shares, “Dan was feeling pretty restless in his day-to-day routine, and decided he wanted to change up his life for a little while and go on an adventure. Next thing he knew, he had booked a plane ticket to New York City to study improvisational comedy for three months. He had been performing for years in the UK, but wanted to experience the thriving comedy scene in the Big Apple. Around the same time, I had just started taking improv classes. I come from a musical theater background, so when I saw that there was a musical improv class, I jumped on it. As fate would have it, Dan was also enrolled in that class and the rest is history. It was truly a whirlwind romance. We had our first date a week after we met, and were inseparable from that moment on. Of course, after three months Dan had to move back to the UK, but our relationship never faltered. I was lucky enough to have a job that allowed me to travel somewhat, so I visited Dan in the UK for a few weeks at a time every 2 to 3 months. In the times that we weren’t together, we Skyped almost every day. It sounds so cheesy, but Dan and I knew we had something special, so we weren’t about to let something as silly as the ocean get in the way of our love.”
Improv has been an important part of their history, and was also included in the wedding day with their official wedding hashtag #yesandtolove. “Yes, and…” is the most basic “rule” in improvisational comedy. It suggests that a performer should accept what another performer has stated (“yes”) and then expand on that line of thinking (“and”) to build a scene. The “yes, and…” theme continued as a part of funny stories and sweet toasts given throughout the evening.
Natalie tells the story of their engagement, “Dan was living in London at the time, and had just flown over to New York for a two-week visit for Christmas. His birthday happened to fall within those weeks, so I planned a big day full of surprises for him. Little did I know he had a surprise of his own. One of the places I took him to was the American Museum of Natural History, a favorite date spot of ours from when we first met. As we descended the stairs in the whale room (The Milstean Hall of Ocean Life), Dan told me he loved me and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Once we were perfectly positioned underneath the blue whale, he dropped to his knee and opened up a little black box to reveal the most beautiful ring I had ever seen – a vintage sapphire ring with cluster diamonds purchased from a vintage Jewelers in East London. I was so shocked and happy, I almost forgot to say “yes!” It was one of the best days of my life. Once we left the museum we celebrated with a glass of prosecco, and then continued on with the plans I had already made for his birthday, which then became a joint celebration of our engagement.”
Natalie continues, “It’s hard to choose my favorite moment, because the whole day was perfect, but one of my favorite moments was surprising Dan by singing during our recessional. Just after our priest had officially presented us as Mr. and Mrs. Titmuss, music started playing, and I remember Dan turned to me and asked if we should start walking back down the aisle. As I shook my head “no,” my sister slyly handed me the microphone and I broke out into a parody version of “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. It was so wonderful to see his face light up when I started singing. It was a fun and joyful way to transition from our beautiful and emotional ceremony into the “party” portion of the evening!”
“Hey baby, I’m glad I just married you!”
The band played La Vie en Rose for their first dance.
“Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be la vie en rose.”
Natalie shares, “After Dan and I got engaged, we officially applied for him to move to the United States on a K-1 Visa (fiancé visa). After about 6 months of paperwork, immigration interviews, and living across the pond, he was finally approved and moved to New York on July 4, 2015. With a K-1 Visa, the government requires you to get married within three months of being in the country or your conditional status expires. Since we didn’t want to plan and organize a full wedding in three months, we decided to get legally married at city hall for bureaucratic purposes and then plan the wedding of our dreams to happen exactly one year later. On our “legal wedding day,” we went out for a nice celebratory dinner. Once we finished, our waiter told us if we wanted a really good dessert, we should go across the street to an artisanal donut shop called Dough, and I’m so glad he did because the donuts are seriously little slices of heaven. Since these donuts had served as our “cake” on our legal wedding day, we thought having them at our real wedding would be fitting.”
Flavors included hibiscus, passion fruit with cocoa nibs, café au lait, mocha almond crunch and glazed. YUM!
Congratulations Natalie and Dan!
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: The Metropolitan Building
Venue Coordinator: Carlos Ortiz, The Metropolitan Building
Catering: Maia Pearl Catering
Officiant: Father Robert Feeney
Flowers: Jonathan Gilland
Makeup/Hair: Steven Harris
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Wedding Dress: Suburban Bridal
Wedding Shoes: Seychelles
Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker London
Groom’s Shoes: Gordon Rush
Ties: The Tie Bar
DJ: Peter Lori Entertainment, feat. Ryan Farnsworth
Band: Dan Reitz
Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas
Save the Date: Minted
Wedding Candle Favors: Etsy Bitter Willoughby
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Elyssa loves the outdoors and Mike loves the city, so naturally, we met in Central Park for their engagement session!
Elyssa shares, “Both recently out of long term relationships, Mike and I both decided to try (pre-Tinder) online dating in 2012. After exchanging a few messages, we became each other’s first in person date. We hit it off right away, and on our first date, Mike walked me home 35 blocks. Over the course of the next few weeks we continued to see each other. Even though we are quite different, we have very complimentary personalities. We liked each other so much that Mike, not one for sports, pretended to care about Olympic soccer (which I love), and I read the first few Game of Thrones books (one of Mike’s favorites). Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t right and Mike ended things with me after about 3 months (I don’t think I will ever let him live this down).
We both started dating other people, but always wondered about what the other was up to. Then, in early 2014, while I was on my way out to Queens to visit my niece, Mike and I ran into each other on the L train. Well, technically, I saw him on the platform and tried to avoid him; who would want to chat on the train with someone who had previously dumped them?! But Mike chased me down, and we chatted on the train for a bit until he had to get off the L in Brooklyn. Just before he stood to exit the train he checked his phone to make sure he still had my number–he did (I, on the other hand, had deleted his number). After a couple of weeks of back and forth (scheduling can be tricky with our work schedules), we grabbed a drink. While it was a bit awkward at first, pretty soon it was like no time had passed and we had a wonderful first “re-date” and have been together ever since.
Mike proposed to me on an empty beach in Cape Cod last September. We spent the rest of the week alone on Cape Cod celebrating the start of our lives together–it was the perfect proposal. Very shortly after that, we began planning our wedding (I am something of a “planner”). We cannot wait to get married on September 25th at the Pearl River Hilton surrounded by our close family and friends.”
Happy engagement Elyssa and Mike!
Sophie and Ryan were married in Washington, D.C. on a beautiful spring day. Preparations began in their suites at the Hay Adams.
Sophie shares, “I had so much fun getting ready in the morning with the bridesmaids. It was nice getting our hair and makeup done while having mimosas! It was truly a special moment that I’ll never forget.”
The ceremony took place at Saint Mary Mother of God. Sophie says, “It was amazing to be surrounded by all our friends and family. We were beaming with happiness the entire day!
One of my favorite moments that day was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Ryan at the altar. I was so happy and excited, that it brought tears to my eyes! It was such a sweet and emotional moment for us and I’ll never forget it!
A special thanks to our parents for making the day so special for us.”
Ryan shares, “My favorite part of the day was when the doors opened and I saw Sophie walk down the aisle. She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen. It felt like I had tunnel vision and the rest of the church went away. I had been nervous that morning but I felt totally calm and happy when I saw her.”
Sophie shares, “The moment we saw the Top of the Hay at the Hay Adams we knew it was the perfect place for our reception! The venue is lined with floor to ceiling windows, so the room is filled with lots of light. We loved the balcony that wraps around the room that overlooks the White House and the Washington Monument. The Hay Adams is such an elegant and magical place that we knew we wouldn’t be able to find anything else like it.”
Congratulations Sophie and Ryan!
Special thanks to the team:
Church: Saint Mary Mother of God
Officiant: Father Alfred J. Harris
Reception Venue: Top of the Hay at The Hay Adams
Flowers: Growing Wild Floral Company
Cake: Kendall’s Cakes
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero, Purchased at Bridals By Natalie
Veil: Bridals By Natalie
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Makeup: Jeff Enriquez at One 80 Salon
Hair: Lori Nansi
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: The Top Jewelers
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz
DJ: Steve Hershberger, The Davis Event Group
Invitations: Paper Source, Georgetown