City Hall Wedding in New York :: Lori & John

Now that the year is coming to a close, we thought it would be fun to share our top fifteen weddings of the year with you! We’re so grateful for our sweet brides & grooms who shared their stories with us. Our BEST OF 2016…

New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress

 

We love couples who aren’t afraid to be completely true to themselves while planning a wedding. Bride, Lori, says “Having met each other in a coffee shop in New York, we wanted an authentic ceremony. You can’t get more New York than getting married at City Hall.” Their intimate ceremony followed by an upbeat reception with panoramic views of the city was quintessentially New York, and we are so excited to share it with you.

Photography by Lord Ashbury.

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress

 

Your ceremony in three words. Official, genuine, animated

Who officiated your ceremony? A lovely city officiant with blue hair and cowboy boots was assigned to us.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? My engagement ring was the John’s grandmother’s ring. I decided to wear it as both the engagement and wedding ring, as putting a wedding band with it did less rather than add more.

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress, New York Bridge

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Nicole Miller Dress, New York Bridge

 

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Other than getting the marriage license, there was no planning required for City Hall. You show up, grab a number, and get hitched! We did have a chance to say some personal, unplanned vows which made it extra special.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Having family present truly made City Hall such a special ceremony. Only our parents and siblings attended the ceremony, so it was a unique circle of the most important people in our lives witnessing us get married in one of the greatest cities on Earth.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? After the ceremony, we walked to the Brooklyn Bridge near City Hall. It was an incredible setting to celebrate the first minutes as husband and wife. Making history surrounded by history.

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper Kraft Invitation

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone

 

We had a family-style Sunday Supper at the restaurant Root & Bone the night before our wedding. Both growing up in the south from Charleston and Baton Rouge, it was a southern feast to be proud of.”

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Simple Place Cards

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Floral Dress

 

Is there anything that helps tell the story of your wedding? There was a major hurricane heading to New York City just in time for our wedding day! As if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough, now we had to think about how Hurricane Joaquin may impact our wedding weekend. Luckily, the hurricane pushed out to shore at the last minute, and we avoided having Joaquin as an unexpected wedding guest!

What was the best advice you received as a bride? Follow your heart and don’t let social pressures, traditions or other influences dictate what matters to you as a couple.

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Tulip Plate

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Kraft Menu Calligraphy

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Vintage Plate

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Pink Deviled Eggs

 

“Our wedding reception was focused on passed hors d’oeuvres with stations for heavier food. Created by Chef John Fraser at Narcissa, menu items included lobster rolls, baked oysters, tuna tartar, duck cigars, pork tenderloin, beets and fried artichokes. Open bar was also a must with their crew!”

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Floral Dress

 

New York City Hall Wedding, Sunday Supper at Root&Bone, Floral Dress

 

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Nail down a few key things that are must-haves for your dream wedding then let the experts do the rest. That is why you hire them! Also, you can plan a magnificent wedding in a short time frame. We were engaged in June and married by October.

 

New York Reception, Modern Gold Foil Invitation

 

New York Wedding, City Skyline

 

The Reception

“Our reception was literally on top of the world! The Standard Hotel East Village penthouse has 360 skyline views of New York City. With food and drinks flowing, a rocking Cuban salsa band, and family and friends letting loose — it was so magical.”

 

New York Wedding, Red Dahlias, Pink Lillies

 

New York Wedding, Red Rose Boutonniere

 

Why did you choose this location for your reception? We had visited the penthouse of The Standard Hotel East Village for a small concert one night and fell in love with the venue right away. Once we got engaged, it was our top choice for a venue as we knew it would take our guests’ breath away. In addition, we wanted to keep as much of the wedding and vendors local to our East Village neighborhood.

 

New York City Wedding, Bride and Groom First Look

 

New York City Wedding, Bride and Groom First Look

 

New York City Wedding, Red Dahlias, Garden Roses and Anemone Bouquet, Black and White Ribbon

 

New York City Rooftop Wedding Reception

 

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our favorite moment of the reception is what our photographer called The Golden Hour. Right when the sun was setting over the Hudson River creating a stunning glow, we were having our first look as a couple and then later watched our guests’ mouths drop at the venue and views. After seeing everyone dressed to the nines with smiles ear to ear, we knew it was going to be a night to remember.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Focus the budget on your must-haves then be flexible with budget options on the rest. Think outside the box whether it is DIY or vendors that don’t typically service weddings.

 

New York City Wedding, Bride and Groom with Balloons

 

New York Wedding, Flowers and Fruit in Ice Sculpture

 

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The amazing talent of people that support weddings was so inspiring, and how much they cared about making our day special was unforgettable. Whether it was meeting with Nicole Miller’s team in her showroom selecting the perfect wedding dress, planning out the ice sculpture design with frozen flowers and strawberries with Okamtoto Studio, or doing trial runs with our photographer, Lord Ashbury, and make-up artist, Eric Holt from NARS, everyone brought their best ideas and skills to make our wedding truly wonderful.

 

New York City Wedding, Skyline

 

New York City Wedding Reception, Latin Band

 

New York City Wedding Reception, Latin Band

 

Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Since I’m from Louisiana, we had a Mardi Gras second line dance where guests paraded around the room waving napkins in the air to traditional New Orleans music. It’s always a crowd pleaser.

 

New York City Wedding Reception, Latin Band, Bride and Father's First Dance

 

New York City Wedding Reception, Latin Band, Groom's Dance

 

New York City Wedding Reception, Latin Band, Bride and Groom's First Dance

 

What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong. We got engaged in the Place des Vosges, the first planned park in Paris, so the French themed song was a gentle nod to that memorable day. The song puts you in such a good mood with a trumpeted build up towards the end which led John to give me a fancy, dramatic dip at the end!

Reception music performed by Cuban Salsa Band, Groupo Irek.

 

New York City Wedding, Custom Illustrations for Guests

 

New York City Wedding, Custom Illustrations for Guests

 

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? The wedding cake was an exposed strawberry-lemon layer cake from Momufuku Milk Bar. (We dream about it all the time.) We also had s’mores for guests to enjoy.

Cake by Milk Bar.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. One of the huge hits of the reception was the wedding favors. We hired an illustrator to capture each guest’s portrait in colored ink. Mara Cespon, the talented illustrator, is a friend of mine, and she created portraits each under four minutes with every last detail captured. Guests took home their illustrations — many of which have been framed. You can’t say that most wedding favors end up hanging on your guests walls!

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Not a single thing — it was perfection!

 

New York City Wedding, Milk Bar Cake

 

New York City Wedding, Milk Bar Cake

Colors

Style

City Hall

Season

Fall

Location

New York

Vendor Credits

Photography: Lord Ashbury / Venue: The Standard Hotel, East Village in New York, New York / Floral Design: Adore Floral / Dress: Nicole Miller / Jewelry: Dannijo / Alterations: Selene New York / Tuxedo: Bottega Veneta / Shoes: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Minted / Ice Sculptor: Okamoto Studio / Illustrator: Mara Cespon / Hair: Glamsquad / Makeup: Eric Holt – NARS / Cuban Salsa Band: Groupo Irek / Catering: Narcissa / Cake, Dessert: Milk Bar

 

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4 comments

  • SSK says:

    Lori and John. Perfection is the right word. Along with elegant, loving, and simply spectacular! The Charleston and Minnesota relatives loved the New York weekend!

  • Billie says:

    Do tell where the rehearsal dinner dress is from!. The crime with tiny flowers? It’s so lovely!

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