Happy New Year! Let’s ring in 2013 with a gorgeous rooftop wedding from photographer Susan Dean – urban romance at it’s loveliest.
Says the bride, “I love growing things and natural spaces and Vinny’s more of an urbanite, born and bred in New York. The High Line seemed like the perfect blend of the two. We loved that it felt both modern and timeless.”
The bride and groom designed the invites, menus and place cards, as well personalized lapel buttons for each guest with a little inside joke. Keep an eye out for their design shop, “Five and an Eighth.”
Says Carolyn, “In honor of Vinny’s heritage, we observed the traditional Chinese wedding customs of a grand dinner banquet and tea ceremony. I wore the customary red dress and we poured tea for all of our relatives.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted to bring the themes from our wedding ceremony through the brunch celebration: natural shapes and colors, modern design, and in homage to our later dinner banquet, Chinese characters.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? From Carolyn: “The first dance. We danced to You Send Me by Sam Cooke. The Vipers were amazing and it felt so sweet and romantic.” From Vinny: “When we first sat down to brunch and we were surrounded by all our friends and family.”
What advice do you have for other brides? This is a celebration of your love. Keep your guests in mind but make the story about the two of you.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Set your budget low and keep it simple. As you go along unexpected things will crop up and inflate your numbers. Plan for it!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We felt that the right music was very important—it sets the mood for the occasion. We found a band that helped to set a comfortable and relaxed environment, while also keeping the tempo up-beat. Music is something everyone can enjoy.