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.
Angelica and Nicolas were married at the Olive Boutique Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico on July 13. “From the moment that we found it, we knew it was the perfect place because it is private and rustic,” Nicolas said. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with her hair in an updo and a pair of peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a navy blue suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests (all thirty of them) were greeted with a picture frame that said, “Thanks for your love and support” as well as sunglasses to beat the summer heat on top of the roof terrace. The ceremony took place right at 5 o’clock just before sunset with scenic views of the lagoon. “It was a beautiful day that had many details, but the best was the sunset the God gave us,” he said. Fun fact: it was even officiated by Nicolas’ father. The reception took place shortly after. Restored wooden tables were decorated with log centerpieces, votive candles, and coffee bean bags, which also served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by upholstered chairs. The food was one of the main highlights of the night. Why? Because it was inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine. Plus, not to mention the three-tiered naked cake. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Our wedding was made 85 percent by ourselves because it was very clear what we wanted and could do, so we suggest that on everything is the dream of the couple that will be reflected, whether made by you or a wedding planner,” Nicolas said. “Further, if you like our wedding, the best option is a renowened restaurant!”
Jessica and Ross were married in a traditional church ceremony at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University followed by a reception at Jefferson Memorial in St. Louis, Mo. on November 16. “Jefferson Underground has personality, and we wanted something other than a cookie-cutter wedding,” Jessica said. “We loved the unfinished brick walls and industrial feel to it as well as the outdoor space we could us for the bar and dance floor.” The bride wore a strappy satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with statement earrings, necklace, and sash, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, anemones, silver brunia balls, thistles, and succulents. “From the beginning, we wanted the theme of our wedding to be really neat lighting,” she said. “The Aries Company helped us realize that dream with the string lights and Edison light fixtures. It really stood out in pictures and added a special glow to the whole evening.” Dinner was all tons and tons of local flavors! “We wanted to show our guests a taste of St. Louis — Schlafyly seasonal beer, BBQ, and ice cream with ingredients sourced all over,” Jessica said. Tables were decorated with gray linens, assorted vases and vessels centerpieces, and yarn art numbers. Notice the goat cheese potato chip favor bags at each place setting? Plus, the personalized plastic cups that also served double-duty as escort cards. “After the first dance, it started to sprinkle and rain a little bit,” she said. “We were worried it would ruin the reception, but our guests weren’t deterred. We will never forget dancing in the rain with all of our family and friends, and it made for some unforgettable memories and hilarious pictures.”
Tanya and Adam were married at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, Calif. on May 18. “Not only do we love the city, we were lucky enough that the bay lights were up in time for our wedding creating the perfect backdrop,” Tanya said. She wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a Juicy Couture statement necklace, bracelet, and earrings, while bridesmaids wore blush dresses with cute bows at their waists. Notice how their bouquets feature succulents? We’re suckers for them! Following the rooftop ceremony, the newlyweds danced down the aisle and escaped to a room to spend a few minutes alone. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed hand-picked wines and heavy appetizers instead of a sit-down dinner. The cake even featured their pup!
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The rooftop, which was open and airy for the wedding ceremony and dancing portion of the reception, sold us on The White Room. It was absolutely the most ideal location for a wedding party of 80. Everyone stayed and danced even past the 11 p.m. deadline.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
2. Wedding dress
3. Dance party reception
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our wedding ceremony exit is something we will all always remember. Once our officiant officially announced us as husband and wife, we danced to “The Good Life,” by Kanye West on our exit down the aisle. It was totally unexpected by our audience, since our ceremony was so sentimental and sweet. However, it fit our personalities and following the exit, everyone switched gears and was ready for the dance reception to begin.