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 Hannah and Nat in Central park for their engagement session. It was a beautiful fall day!
You guys are so much fun! Hannah, when I look at this picture I can still hear you laughing.
Nat shares, “I met Hannah two summers ago through a blind date set up by a friend of a friend. This was a truly blind date, with neither of us having even looked at the other’s Facebook profile (we both have generic last names, and I didn’t even know what hers was at the time). Immediately after we started talking, I knew Hannah was special. Sure enough, what was planned to be just drinks turned into a four+ hour dinner – and neither of us have looked back since. We both soon felt as though we’d known each other far longer than we actually had, and it wasn’t long before I knew Hannah was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I’ve always felt completely comfortable around her, and she’s so warm and loving and has such a big heart that I well up now just thinking about it.”
Hannah remembers being very nervous for their first date, “Luckily, Nat didn’t seem to notice that my hands were shaking and that I almost spilled my beer. We had planned to meet for a drink at a bar by his office. One drink turned into dinner, which turned to dessert and the next thing I knew we had been talking for 5 hours. I had never felt so comfortable with anyone on first meeting them. It turned out that he was reading my favorite book, he made me laugh, was sweet, and the conversation was some of the easiest I’ve ever had. We talked about everything from our top names for dogs to my beloved banana costume. I could have talked to him all night. As I got on the subway I remember having a very odd feeling that I was going to marry him. A few months into dating, that feeling only intensified. Needless to say I was pretty pumped when I found out that Nat felt the same way.”
Nat continues, “By next February, I had bought the engagement ring and knew I wanted to propose not long after. Since I am terrible at keeping secrets, Hannah knew both that I’d bought the ring and that I’d soon be asking her dad for his blessing. Still, I wanted the proposal to come as a surprise in some way. The very day I’d gotten her dad’s blessing, I left work to get dinner with some friends. On the bus ride home, I thought to myself – Hmm, I’ve got the ring, I’ve got the blessing – why wait? I’ll propose the minute I get home. It’ll be a surprise for her because it’ll be one for me too! After making me do it over*, she said yes. I love her with all my heart, and I always will.
*Hannah was quick to point out that my initial proposal was “Will you make me the happiest guy in the world?” and so not technically one of marriage. I quickly rectified it.”
Happy engagement Hannah and Nat!
Melissa and Justin were married on a beautiful, windy day on Block Island, Rhode Island.
Melissa and Justin shared a first look at the lighthouse.
After we took photos at the Southeast Lighthouse, we drove over to the amazing Mohegan Bluffs. The bluff’s cliff’s are nearly 200 feet high and showcase stunning ocean views.
Melissa continues, “Early on in the planning process, I decided I wanted to knit the flowers for our wedding. Despite a lot of people thinking I was crazy, the idea quickly snowballed into incorporating yarn throughout all of our décor. Together with an army made up of my mom, sister, aunts and cousins, we made knit flower bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres, bow ties and over 1,300 yarn pompoms used in our centerpieces, ceremony aisle and backdrop. After all of the hours put in making everything, seeing it all come together on the day was amazing.”
Congratulations Melissa and Justin!
Venue and caterer: Spring House Hotel
Hotel Coordinator: Brittany Cardinal
Officiant: Mary Janigian (Melissa’s aunt)
Cake: Sugar Rush BI, Kate Musso
Cake topper: Deadcraft
DJ/Band: Silver Arrow Band
Invitations: Minted, Lace & Kraft design by Katherine Watson
Hair and Makeup: Beehive Hair Design, www.beehivehairdesign.com, Dorisa and Molly
Rings: Village Jewelers
Bride’s Dress Designer/Shop: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Jewelry: Earrings Macy’s, Necklace Jared
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux
Knit Flowers, ties, and pom pom decor: Knit by Melissa, the bride
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Autumn in New York’s Central Park is full of magic–the perfect place for an engagement session!
Jessica shares, “Our marriage is a long time coming, having been engaged for about 3 years by the time we tie the knot on May 6. Our engagement was a long time coming, coming over five years after our first date at a Starbucks in lower Manhattan. I knew Mike was the one shortly after we met. As for Mike, he took a long time to make up his mind and then a longer time planning things. So 8 years from “Hey you” to “I do” sounds about right.
Mike and I are Disneyphiles so getting engaged there made perfect sense. The date of our engagement started with a character breakfast at Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort. While awkward, it was a nostalgic way to begin one of the most memorable days of our lives. Our journey continued at the Senses spa at the Grand Floridian, where we were staying. Newly refreshed and rejuvenated, we took a walk around the grounds, since the spa was on one side of the property and our room was on the other. Mike seemed rather insistent on taking the long way back and stopping at every point of interest along the way. Of course, that’s because the magic makers at Disney were busy preparing a surprise for me, and (for once) Mike was able to pull off the surprise.
We opened the door to our room to find a trail of flower petals leading into the room. There were roses, champagne and chocolates, candles, a basketful of spa goodies, and an autographed picture of Mickey and Minnie wishing us well. You would think this would be where the story ends, but not quite.
For dinner that night, Mike had something special planned. We got dressed for dinner and went down to the lobby where I was greeted by a cast member with a rose. We were then taken up to a private dinner on the balcony of the Grand Floridian overlooking the lagoon and Cinderella Castle. As dessert was served, and the fireworks began over Cinderella Castle, Mike got down on one knee and asked the question that had been five years in the making. With tears in my eyes I said yes. The rest is happily ever after.”
Jessica and Mike will be getting married next year at the Garden Terrace Room at the New York Botanical Garden.
Happy engagement Jessica and Mike!
Samantha and Ben were married on a crisp autumn day in Union Square.
Samantha, you look gorgeous!
Samantha and Ben shared a very sweet first look in the hotel suite.
Samantha and Ben’s very dapper dog, Oliver, was an important part of the celebration!
The ceremony was held in the grand ballroom at the hotel.
Samantha shares some of her favorite parts of her wedding day, “I had so many favorite moments, but one was definitely the exchanging of vows. Ben and I wrote our own and didn’t share them with each other until we recited them, so that was really special.
I also thought our music choices – mixing 50’s and 60’s classics with soul and some of today’s hits – was awesome. So many people tore it up on the dance floor.
It was just really special to be with everyone we love as we celebrated our big day!”
Congratulations Samantha and Ben!
Also, check out their engagement photos here.
Special thanks to the team:
Venue and Caterer:W Hotel Union Square
Hotel Coordinator: Leah Maio
Officiant: Eric Morgenstern
Cake: Nine Cakes
DJ/Band: 74 Events
Florist: Petals and Roots
Hair and Makeup: Mable Pang
Rings: Richard Wasserman (Sam’s wedding bands)
Bride’s Dress: Anne Barge / Kleinfeld
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen Suit Designer/Shop: The Black Tux
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz
I met Leslie and Raj in Gantry State Park in Long Island City for their engagement session. It was a beautiful day with amazing views of the city skyline–the perfect place to celebrate their engagement!
Leslie shares, “We initially connected on OkCupid about five years ago. Our first date was at a Malaysian restaurant on a particularly cold winter evening. We were both nervous and made bad menu choices, but we still had a great time getting to know each other. It only took a few more dates to realize that we wanted to spend as much time together as possible.
We got engaged on my birthday this year, after we got home from my birthday dinner.”
Raj shares, “A few years ago we decided we wanted to be with each other forever and moved in together. I chose to propose to Leslie in our apartment because it represents that earlier decision.”
Leslie continues, “We often take walks from our home in Sunnyside to Long Island City to visit Gantry Plaza State Park, so it was a natural choice of location for our engagement shoot. We consider ourselves “city people” so we liked the idea of the skyline featuring prominently in some of our photographs. In fact, one of our priorities when searching for a wedding venue was that it had a city view.”
Leslie and Raj will be getting married in the summer at the Manhattan Penthouse. Happy engagement you two!