When former musical-theatre major turned power Manhattan real estate broker Jessica Waxman got engaged to fellow Corcoran group member Bryan Cloonan, I was honored to accept their best offer and plan the wedding. While many in the business of Million Dollar Listings can be associated with a ruthless, no-nonsense grit, these two proved quite the opposite. The love they have for one another was so evident it would pass the toughest of co-op board interviews.
As living and working together in the city is an integral part of their life, they settled on the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers for it’s incredible Hudson River views and in-house catering by Abigail Kirsch. For this late fall wedding, the simple and chic color palette was composed of black, white and gold. Bride and Blossom created a romantic installation of a tree behind their sweetheart table who’s branches reached over the entire ceiling of the dance floor, and were adorned with hanging lanterns and Edison bulbs. The tabletops elevated each centerpiece on raised mirrored boxes with square votives around the perimeter, causing the candlelight to be reflected throughout the room.
Several personal touches that were distinctly Jess and Bryan made this wedding exclusively theirs. The ceremony program was designed after a Playbill as a nod to the bride’s theatrical background. Her father also has cultural roots from Ireland, so it was great fun when a professional bagpiper made a surprise entrance at the end of the ceremony to play the recessional while guests traveled to cocktail hour. Shindig Bespoke created an interlocking display of escort cards that created one big circular puzzle. The father/daughter dance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was performed by friends/Broadway vocalists Zak Resnick & Alysha Umphress. And in honor of Jess’s grandmother Ruby who is no longer with us, the entire candy bar was created in her namesake color.
It was clear the guests at this wedding were having a wonderful time. But even more apparent was how much fun Jess and Bryan were able to have, especially by live music provided by the Sugar Lane Band with lead singer Chioma. One song after the next had this bride and groom throwing down on the dance floor, and stage at times, like any two people experiencing the best night of their lives.
“You got me sprung and I don't care who sees
'Cause, baby, you got me, you got me so crazy, baby
I'm looking so crazy in love!”