Tarah & Tommy | Elegant Indoor Wedding in New York City

Tarah and Tommy’s wedding was a Gatsby-inspired affair held in two unique Gothic-style venues, and Karen Hill captured it all beautifully…

Tarah’s bouquet included peonies and lily-of-the-valley.

The cocktail hour took place outside the chapel in the courtyard immediately after the ceremony.

The table numbers were a special DIY by the bride. Says Tarah, “I am an art advisor and studied art history, so I incorporated my love of art in the table numbers. I found paintings by famous artists that depicted couples or images of love, and each table number had a different painting for its background.”

Tarah and Tommy had a small cake for cutting, plus tiers of cupcakes.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Tommy and I really wanted to get married in New York, even though his family is from Indiana and my family is from Pennsylvania. New York is where we met and where we call home. We wanted the convenience of a hotel venue but the charm of a more unique venue, and The Desmond Tutu Center was our perfect venue – it’s also a hotel, and we really wanted something easy for our guests. The reception took place in the Refectory which is a beautiful Gothic style hall inside the Desmond Tutu Center. Also, I always dreamed of getting married in an old church that felt intimate. The Chapel of the Good Shepherd was everything I have dreamed of and more. It’s a Gothic-style chapel that was built in 1888. Plus, Tommy and I first met on the street just three short blocks away from our venue!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Even though the setting of our wedding was surrounded by Gothic architecture, I kept going back to The Great Gatsby for inspiration. I envisioned having a party that felt like that it could’ve taken place in the 1920s.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I loved everything about the ceremony. I loved walking down the aisle. I loved standing up at the altar with my husband to be. I sitting behind the altar and watching the sun shine through the stained glass windows. I loved kissing Tommy for the first time as my husband. I loved walking out of the chapel with Tommy as husband and wife into the seminary’s courtyard while the Meetles played I Want to Hold Your Hand.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To take a moment during the day of the wedding and to watch what’s going on around and you, to really stop and savor the special moments. It all goes by so fast.

What advice do you have for other brides?  If you make sure you’re having fun, then most likely your guests will be having fun with you, so try not stress on the day of and truly enjoy it. Things will go wrong, and it won’t be perfect, but they are all minor in retrospect, so don’t have a meltdown. It’s not worth it.


Gallery coming soon!

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Karen Hill Photography / Ceremony Venue: Chapel of the Good Shepherd at The General Theological Seminary in New York City / Reception Venue: The Desmond Tutu Center / Officiant: The Rev. Dr. Patrick Malloy, Dean and President of the General Theological Seminary, (646) 717-9791 / Bride's Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore / Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom's Tuxedo: Black by Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Floral Designer: Tom Sebenius at Starbright Floral Design / Cocktail Hour Music: The Meetles / Reception DJ: Play Something Good / Cake: Billy's Bakery / Photo Booth: Ish Photo Booth Rental

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