With the end of the year fast approaching, I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite weddings from April of this year. Carol and Chris are from the United Kingdom, and wanted to uniquely say their vows in the city they both love: New York. Their wedding was both a nod to tradition and a fabulous party that celebrated their individual tastes. For starters, in classic New York fashion, they got ready at the Plaza Hotel. The ceremony was held at All Souls Unitarian Church (my church!) on the upper east side and was simply beautiful. With only 22 guests, they had the sanctuary all to themselves. But why hire the church choir when you can get David Letterman’s own Late Show Gospel Choir? The choir was captivating, and their voices filled the space. It was a bit like having a theater performance during the ceremony.
A little rain couldn’t dampen the mood, and from here the party moved to Bergdorf Goodman for a wedding luncheon. Carol and her mother simply adore Bergdorf Goodman, so why not have the celebration there? Lunch was great: the meal started with deviled eggs and finished with tiny sweets. The wedding party had the entire private room in Bergdorf Goodman’s upstairs restaurant all to themselves. During the luncheon, the guests received mini hangover kits with candy and aspirin, which would definitely come in handy for the two after parties.
Yes, you read that correctly: TWO after parties. The gang started off at Faces and Names in midtown, which is a homey pub. Here the couple cut their cake (after dueling), which was the ever popular apple pie cake from Momofuku Milk Bar. After a few pints, the party moved to the Top of the Strand rooftop bar. The weather was not great, but with a glass enclosure no one noticed and it made for some uncanny views of the Empire State Building. Spontaneous dancing erupted, and a great time was had by all.
A few words of advice as an outside observer of this terrific event. First, definitely plan your wedding so that it reflects your taste. If you are not a big cake kind of girl, then go for pie, cupcakes, or whatever floats your boat. You can do traditional things in an non-traditional manner. Second, moving the party from place to place is a great way to keep the energy alive at your party. For the move from Bergdorf Goodman to the two after parties, Carol and Chris provided a party bus to get everyone from point A to point B. If you have older family members going with you or people from out of town who don’t know their way around, providing transportation is a must. Finally, keeping the party small enabled Carol and Chris to make their wedding dreams come true within budget. Having a guest list of 35 or more would have made this wedding impossible from both a financial and logistical point of view. Think small and mobile for the ultimate party.
Enjoy the pics!
Getting ready venue: The Plaza Hotel
Ceremony venue: All Souls Unitarian Church
Luncheon venue: BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman
After party venue #1: Faces and Names
After party venue #2: Top of the Strand
Cake: Apple pie cake by Momofuku Milk Bar
Wedding dress: Vera Wang
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