Robert Sukrachand is one of those photographers whose work made me do a little dance when I first came across it – there is something simultaneously classic and fresh about his style, and I love the way he captures those little details. Pair his talent with a stylish bride and groom and an incredible New York City venue – what more could you ask for in the way of inspiration!? Thank you so much to Shira and Geoff who were kind enough to share their beautiful day with us…
For their save-the-dates, Shira purchased vintage New York City postcards on eBay and stamped the backs with a custom stamp set and red ink. Shira and Geoff’s invitation suite incorporated whimsical fonts, Victorian flourishes, and vintage images. The background pattern on the invites came from an old French postcard that Shira had kept on her bulletin board, the envelopes were lined with soft gray paper, and everything was tied together with bakers twine. Shira wore a vintage-inspired dress by Vera Wang that she purchased at a Saks Fifth Avenue sample sale. Because she knew she would be dancing and moving around, Shira wanted to make sure she was comfortable – the chantilly lace dress with “wispy cap sleeves and a spray of sequins along the bodice that reminded [the bride] of fireflies” was perfect. After much difficulty finding the right pair of shoes, Shira ultimately settled on a pair of satin peep toes from Nine West. Shira shares a tip: After work I would slip into them and walk around my apartment until they were fairly broken in. They were super comfortable on my wedding day – no blisters! Yellow is Shira’s favorite color, so it played a starring role in her bouquet of peonies, garden roses, chamomile, fresh herbs, and feathers. All of the flowers were done by Naomi DeMañana, floral designer for Martha Stewart Weddings. The rest of the wedding day color scheme drew its inspiration from the St. Germain packaging: dusty navy blue, jadeite, rose gold, with hints of 1940s red. Appropriately, the couple’s signature cocktail included this elderflower liqueur. The June wedding took place at the utterly unique 632 on Hudson, a townhouse that gave the wedding the feel of a house party.
Some details about the day:
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted our celebration to feel homespun. I loved the idea of receptions from the 1920’s and 30’s that took place in the bride’s home. My real childhood home in Oklahoma would have been a hike for our mostly NYC and French guests, so when we discovered 632 Hudson, we found our imaginary, long-lost eccentric relative’s home in the West Village.
What inspired you when you were planning? Our inspiration for the wedding was based largely on our love of movies. At the time of our engagement, Geoff and I were in a deep Fellini phase. We wanted our celebration to have the intensity and joy and fanfare of his films. Our DJ played lively Nino Rota scores during the cocktail hour!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? I originally planned to make black-and-white cookies (a New York favorite), but just didn’t have enough time. In a pinch, I ended up buying my favorite chocolate chip cookies by Tate’s Bake Shop, and packaging them in cello bags tied with bakers twine for favors.
Do you have any advice for other brides? Especially for people getting married in their home city – book a great hotel room for the night before and the night of the wedding. I stayed in the room by myself the night before, and it was really calming – beautiful bathtub, comfy robe, huge bed, loads of space (and no cat hair!) And then the morning after the wedding, Geoff went out and grabbed us two lattes and a croissant to enjoy before we headed over to our post-wedding brunch with family. We had such a fun time that morning talking about the wedding and the party and everything. It was great to have that intimate, private break from all of the family and cameras.
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