Intimate Music-Themed Summer Loft Wedding in New York

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 31, 2015


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Denise and Jason were married at Gary’s Loft in New York, N.Y. on August 9. “This was the first and only venue we visited,” Denise said. “As soon as we stepped off of the elevator, we knew. It’s just this beautiful all-white loft. It was a blank canvas to really play with and make the space our own. And then, to look up and see the Empire State Building through the skylights was just more than we could dream.” The bride wore a custom-made lace sheath wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a pair of Christian Louboutin peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short black dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath.

The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 72 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, milk glass vase and vessel centerpieces, and mercury glass votive candles, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We really loved the seating chart,” she said. “Our layout was an L shape, and we were able to have two long sections with all the tables connected. We loved getting to mix all of our family and friends together. It became one large family. Fun fact: Jason surprised Denise by performing two songs! The first song was “When You Say Nothing At All” and the second song was handwritten personally. “We absolutely loved having music throughout the entire night,” Denise said. “It really helped transition the spaces and also kept the mood lively and fun. We had a string trio for the ceremony on the roof, and they played a mix of classic and current music before the ceremony and during cocktail hour. Then, we had an amazing French jazz band (Jason proposed to me in Paris and many of our first dates were to jazz clubs in the city, so it was a little nod to our journey together). Finally, everyone headed back up to the roof after dinner, where we had a DJ and danced the night away!”

Multiple two-tiered buttercream-frosted cakes were cut for dessert. “The milk glass vases, dishes, and cake stands were another favorite detail,” she said. “I had collected a few pieces here and there and really loved their look. So, we decided to incorporate them into the decor for the wedding. Well, thanks to our family, friends, and two summers of visiting many, many flea markets, we had more than enough pieces for every flower arrangement and dessert. After the wedding, we used them to decorate the tops of our kitchen cupboards. Everyday, we have a special reminder of our wedding.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “We highly recommend a day-of coordinator,” Denise said. “It was so nice to not have any family or friends running around or stressing, but instead, getting to really enjoy the entire wedding and activities. It was a relief to have someone there who knew our vision and made sure everything went as smooth as possible. Something is bound to happen that wasn’t planned for, or something will get missed. It put us at ease knowing we had someone there to take care of it.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Thailand.

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Photography: Carole Cohen Photography | Videography: Between Sleep and Awake | Venue: Gary’s Loft | Event Planner: Dominique Bell of Big Juicy Events | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair and Makeup Artist: Amy Klewitz Beauty | Groom’s Attire: Z Zegna | Officiant: Will Mercer | Ceremony Musicians: Central Park Strings | Invitations: Paperless Post | Floral Designer: Christina Read Nilsson of Hawk & Hare | Caterer/Rentals: Bassett Caterers | Cake: Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery and Paris Baguette Bakery Cafe | Band: La Vie En Rose | Dance Instructor: Peter Jones 

Vintage, Farm Wedding in New York City

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 11, 2012

Mina & Daniel 

August 11

Glenn Oaks, New York


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I loved the vintage feel that the farm presented in New York City because it reflected a uniqueness that I wanted for our wedding day.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The three favorite details I loved were the flowers, the scenery and the warmth.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day that you cannot stop thinking about.

My favorite moment in the wedding was definitely when my husband gave his vows.