Jordan and Robert first reached out to me at the end of February to plan their New York wedding for an expected guest count of two hundred. The one catch was it needed to be on a specific Saturday in June. Some life events had occurred that made their desired date significant. Even though the task included finding a suitable venue on short notice during one of the most popular months for weddings and pulling this off in under four months, I felt up to the challenge. This was due to my immediate fondness of the grooms; the story of why they wanted to wed on this date; and quickly realizing they had different wish-list of wedding priorities.
We landed at Second, giving us just enough of a blank canvas for Jordan’s décor dreams. Mimosa created long rows of hydrangeas alternating with mirrored candles that reflected everywhere in the dining room. The look was complete with the cloud-inspired installation above the head table, specialty chairs in smoke, and stationery by Nancy/Reed Cohen Paper & Events.
Fulfilling Robert’s wish to decorate the night with music, The Best Wedding Band kept the dance floor busy all night and worked with a wide array of talented friends in attendance who made sections of the ceremony and moments like the first dance all the more personal. This also included a performance by the Robert’s college acapella group the Tigertones.
The night had many other personal touches, such as the fireworks and photos that went off after the ceremony, their Bar Mitzvah inspired sign-in board and photo cookies as a take-home favor. Seeing Jordan and Robert be so present with one another at the wedding and enjoying the pay-off of our accelerated planning really made the lyrics of one of their ceremony songs resonate.
“When the dance was done,
When I went my way,
When I tried to find rainbows far away,
All the lovely lights
Seemed to fade from view:
They were you.”
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Photographer: Tonhya Kae
Videographer: GT Modern Creations
Band: The Best Wedding Band
Stationery: Nancy/Reed Cohen Paper & Events
Lighting: Universal Light & Sound
Cake: Empire Cake
Chairs: ABC Fabulous Events
Rentals: Party Rental LTD
Make-Up: Creating Faces NY
Cocktail Hour Video Display: Big Screen Plaza