I’m such a sucker for a classic wedding. Throw in gorgeous photos, a fun venue, and a Sylvia Weinstock cake, and you’ve made my day. I’m pretty sure Katie and Matthew’s New York wedding from photographer Bryce Covey will make your day, too!
Flower girls were darling in pale blue dresses and jasmine and rose head wreaths.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds toasted with glasses of Champagne in the vintage checker cab that transported them to the reception.
What’s a New York City wedding without portraits in Central Park?!
With the brick venue and romantic flowers from Poppies & Posies, the reception struck a perfect balance of urban and garden.
I love the way Matthew tells about their gorgeous Sylvia Weinstock wedding cake: “On a table in the dressing room where Katie was looking for The Dress, there was a large book with a wedding cake on it. She comes home from this trip looking for dresses, and the first thing she wants to talk about is this book. Sylvia Weinstock immediately became an A-list celebrity in our lives, and it just so happened she works in NYC. She was so sweet when we met her, gave us an incredible amount of cake to taste, and sketched exactly the cake that Katie had been dreaming of after listening to her describe it for about five seconds. It was stunning; clearly, this woman has found her calling. Our cake came in two flavors: vanilla raspberry (the same kind Katie’s parent’s had for their wedding cake) and chocolate pistachio apricot. It was of course delicious, but the genius of this cake was its flowers. It was covered in a beautiful bouquet of completely convincing sugar flowers and succulents. Our guests – and even us! – were stunned how real these flowers looked. Needless to say, the cake was a big hit, and my wife was happy.”
Why did you choose this location? When we discovered The Foundry with its ivy-covered courtyard and brick-and-iron interior, not to mention the super cool history, we were in love. We knew from the outset that we wanted to get married in a place with character and charm.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Possibly our biggest inspiration was the city of New York itself. We have fallen hard for this city. Our paper designer created an icon for us that was based off the old NYC subway token and our getaway car after the ceremony was a checkered cab. We also had a pretty good idea of how we wanted the day to feel from the start. We knew we wanted a traditional, beautiful wedding that was still us – nothing too formal or stuffy. So that helped too as we looked around on awesome wedding blogs – like Snippet & Ink! We planned everything together, researched it all and just knew when something felt right for us both.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? From Matthew: Somehow we never quite found time for those dance lessons we had promised to take. We did a few trial classes at the Fred Astaire studio, and we vowed to practice at home, but suddenly the big day was upon us and we had nothing. So now we’re married just a few hours, have never been so happy in our lives, the day is more than we had dreamed, and then it’s time for our first dance. For the next 4 minutes and 37 seconds, we held each other tightly, very slowly turning around in circles in the middle of an empty dance floor, I spun her once, and we whispered I love you several times. Other than to look right into her eyes, my own eyes were closed the entire time, and the whole room might as well have been empty. And when the music stopped, I kissed my wife and my heart exploded. Favorite moment by far, of that day or any day.
Did you include any traditions? Katie’s family comes from a proud Polish heritage and funnily enough the hokie pokie is a Polish wedding tradition. So we insisted that James Mulry, our DJ, play it at some point during the night. I remember the look on his face when he asked, “Which version should I download from iTunes?”
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Don’t stress too much. Yes, it’s a big deal and yes, it’s a lot of money and yes, a million other scary things. But it’s the day you marry your best friend and at the end of the day, nothing else even matters.
What advice do you have for other brides? Strange as it may sound, learning about the etiquette involved actually made planning a lot easier. Who should sit next to whom? Who should be invited to the rehearsal dinner? When you can fall back on, well, what’s the proper thing to do? No one can really argue or be upset with that. Easily diffuses any possible family issues. Also, there’s a lot of mystique around finding The Dress. When I started shopping, this stressed me out. I felt I was waiting for some ah-ha, halo-of-light type moment and became terrified after a few trips to the store hadn’t yielded any out-of-body experiences. But then I just relaxed, enjoyed it, and found the perfect dress.
Do you have any budgets tips? Plan it yourself. It will take you so much time, way more than you can imagine, especially if you choose all your own vendors instead of go the all-inclusive route. But it’s totally worth it because everything is how you want it, the two of you work together to decide on everything – this is incredibly fun and rewarding. And you save a bunch of money.