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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Elyssa and Mike were married on a beautiful fall day at New York’s Hilton Pearl River.
After Elyssa and Mike were done getting ready for the day they shared a very sweet first look.
The back of Elyssa’s dress is sooooo pretty!
Elyssa shares, “I am not a big fan of flowers, so we wanted to do something a bit different with our bouquets. After searching pretty much the entire Internet, we found an Etsy shop that made beautiful bouquets out of paper. I contacted the shop and they said we could choose what book/document the flowers were made out of. Our bouquets and boutonnieres are made of the Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized gay marriage in the US. Not only are we both lawyers, and love the idea that all are equal to share in the joys of marriage in the eyes of the law, but Mike actually worked on one of the previous gay marriage Supreme Court cases and we are both very proud of what he and the equal rights movement have accomplished.
We also included an excerpt from the Obergefell decision on our wedding program:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
Elyssa shares, “In the days leading up to the wedding we were worried that the weather wouldn’t cooperate for our ceremony to be held outside, but when we woke up on our wedding day and saw the bright blue skies we knew we were in for a treat! Simply put, our wedding day exceeded all of our expectations and was by far the best day of our lives. After a year of planning, we knew that we had included our own little touches to make the day special for us, such as our paper flowers and the grandfather(s) and bride dance, but we had no idea that all of our planning would come together in such an amazing way. Knowing that our friends and family had come from all across the country to celebrate the beginning of our lives together was awesome, in the literal sense of the word.”
The couple signed the ketubah just before the ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony two cannons burst a blizzard of beautiful confetti into the air!
Elyssa shared a special dance with her dad and each of her grand fathers.
Congratulations Elyssa and Mike!
Also, check out their Central Park engagement photos here.
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Pearl River Hilton
Cake: A Little Cake
DJ/Band: East Side Stories
Florist: Dramatic Innovation
Paper Bouquets: With Love and Petals
Invitations: Designed by Elyssa Feins, Printed by Thomas Printers
Makeup/Hair: Makeup and Hair by Dallas
Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with David Troncoso
Judy and Mike were married on a beautiful day at MyMoon in Brooklyn. The day was filled with friends, family, and lots of love, along with an appearance by their French bulldog puppy, Zoe, a combining of their cultures with a chuppah and Chinese tea ceremony, and lots and lots of dancing!
Judy and Mike shared a first look outside of MyMoon.
Judy shares, “Mike and I were able to incorporate our Jewish and Chinese cultures into our wedding, which made it really special for both our families. We got married under a beautiful chuppah and followed that with a Chinese tea ceremony where we served tea to our parents and aunts and uncles to show respect and appreciation. We also surprised Mike’s parents by getting a small replica of their wedding cake made. Mike’s mom was thrilled when she saw it; her reaction was priceless! Thirty seconds later, after realizing what he was staring at, Mike’s dad was ecstatic as well.
We wanted the wedding to be fun and for everyone to have a good time, and I think we set the tone with Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” as our processional song. I loved that we had funny moments during our ceremony, including Mike getting dizzy from circling me seven times during the seven blessings. Although we didn’t get to spend much time with her, I was so happy that Zoe, our French bulldog puppy, made an appearance and was able to walk down the aisle and be a part of our wedding day.”
Mike shares his favorite moments, “While there are many moments to choose from there were a few that stood out for me. Dancing with Judy surrounded by our friends and family was a moment when we were able to acknowledge the love and support in our lives. Staring into her eyes smiling, giggling, and dancing was pure joy. The party bus to the after-party was unforgettable as well. Everyone was radiating positive vibes and energy, and we were so happy that everyone was having a great time.
Also, instead of getting a wedding cake, we decided to mix things up with our favorite doughnuts from Dough. They were a huge hit…who doesn’t love a good doughnut?!”
After the ceremony, cocktail hour began and the Chinese tea ceremony took place under the chuppah.
The Chinese tea ceremony includes an exchange of tea and blessings between the bride and groom and close family. Judy’s parents also gave gold jewelry to each of them.
Judy shares why they chose MyMoon, “We both wanted a rustic urban vibe, and MyMoon was perfect. With dark wooden tables, high ceilings, amber lighting, and exposed brick all around, we kept our own decorations to a minimum because it was already so beautiful inside. The outdoor patio provided a great contrast for the ceremony with its lush greenery.”
Judy and Mike shared their first dance to the Drake cover of ASTR’s “Hold On We’re Going Home.”
Congratulations Judy and Mike!
Also, check out their engagement photos on the Lower East Side.
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: MyMoon, Coordinator: Lee Chappell
Cake: Sugar Couture
DJs: Dash Speaks and NSR
Florist: Stems Brooklyn
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Makeup and Hair: Love Your Face Beauty
Mike’s Ring: David Yurman
Judy’s Ring: Anna Sheffield
Bride’s Dress Designer: Jenny Packham at Gabriella
Bride’s Shoes: Pink Paradox London
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Jewelry: Engagement necklace from Mike’s mom, earrings purchased in Hong Kong by Judy’s mom
Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS
Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: My.Suit
Groom’s bow tie: Suited Man; Groomsmen’s bow ties: The Tie Bar
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Erin and Nayden were married at the beautiful Cana Vineyards in Middleburg, Virginia. Erin shares, “It was absolutely the best day ever. We were hoping for a “garden party” feel to our wedding day, and the weather cooperated to make it absolutely lovely!”
Nayden shares, “It sounds a bit cliché, but I can honestly say our wedding day was the happiest of my life so far. From the anticipation beforehand, to getting to see all of our friends and family gathering at Cana, to the moment I saw Erin walking down the aisle. Even the things that happened a bit outside of our plan ended up feeling entirely special and “ours,” so I wouldn’t change a thing.
Aside from the ceremony itself (which was the favorite part for both of us!), I was really touched by Erin’s wedding present – an antique pocket watch that had belonged to her grandfather, and which her dad and all her uncles had agreed I was worthy to receive. It was an incredible way to say “welcome to the family” and it was moving to line up right afterward with all of the men of the family for our photo.
Other highlights of the night were our first dance, which was magical despite my lack of dancing ability, the delicious food, and our send off, at the end of which we were surprised to find my car thoroughly decorated for the occasion! After planning for 18 months, it feels a bit surreal now that the wedding has come and passed. We had an amazing time and we’re looking forward to continuing our journey as Mr. and Mrs. Hitchev!”
After the ceremony we took a sunset walk through the vineyards for some photos.
Erin continues, “We had lawn games and outdoor seating, so were fully able to enjoy the beauty of the vineyard. I felt throughout the day that I was living in a Jane Austen novel!
I loved being surrounded by family and closest friends – I wish the day had been longer so we could have spent more time with each of them. I was grateful to have each of my four siblings and their families at our wedding. Each aspect of our wedding was fabulous and I wouldn’t change a thing! I can’t wait to relive all of the memories through photographs.”
The couple shared their first dance to Anchor by Mindy Gledhill.
Congratulations Erin and Nayden!
Check out their Georgetown engagement photos here.
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Cana Vineyards
Officiant: Scott Maurer – West City Fellowship
Flowers: L’Artisan Lily
Dress designer: White Swan Bridal
Hair: Nefertiti Powell, Bridal Beauty Associates
Suit designer: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Atom Attire
Rings & Jewelry Designer: Quest Jewelers
Recessional Music: Taylor Hughey
Caterer & Cake: John Feist, Culinary Delights by Feist
Cake Topper: Deliziare
Invitations & Programs: Watercolor Delight – Minted
Guest “Book” Quilt: Westbound Quilts
Wedding Consultant: Cynthia Donson
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz
Kenny asked Christina to marry him under the bright lights of Broadway. We returned to the whirlwind of Times Square to celebrate their engagement!
Christina shares, “Kenny and I are high school sweethearts. We met through mutual friends when we were sixteen years old in high school. We have been dating for a little over nine years and, come our wedding day, we will have been together just under ten years! Over the years, we have celebrated our anniversary by going into NYC and either seeing a new Broadway attending the Vendy Awards on Governors Island, or simply trying out a new restaurant. Going into the city is a reminder of all the good times we’ve had together and how we have grown as a couple so it was perfect that Kenny asked me to marry him in Times Square.
It was a cold Valentine’s Day evening and Kenny and I had gone to see the Broadway musical “Aladdin.” Afterwards, we stopped at a Starbucks nearby to warm up. While there, Kenny was taking his time to get ready and bundle back up to walk to our hotel. Little did I know, he was stalling to make sure the timing of his plan would work out. On our walk back to the hotel, Kenny had drawn my attention to the other side of the street where I saw a bright red billboard with the words “Christina will you marry me?” In shock, I turned to Kenny who was then down on one knee asking me to marry him and of course I said “YES!”
Getting engaged in NYC just adds to all of the great memories we’ve had there, so choosing to take our engagement pictures there was a no brainer. We chose Times Square because that is where we got engaged and have spent a lot of time together when we visit. We also chose the Brooklyn Bridge because we have always loved that bridge and its beauty and we felt it was a perfect location to capture the love we have for one another.”
Christina and Kenny will be getting married next September. Congratulations you two!
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!