An Astoria Wedding Travels Down Memory Lane

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Meredith and Jonathan’s wedding on Saturday was a beautiful trip down memory lane.  From starting off with a ceremony at Jonathan’s family church, to finishing with a reception that brought friends and family together on the dance floor, the photos taken show how far they have come as a couple.  Here’s how it all went down.

Elegant Roosevelt Hotel wedding photo by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams
The elegant couple at the Roosevelt Hotel

We started off the day at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria.  This is Jonathan’s family church, and as you can see, the building is beautiful.  The church went through a recent renovation and the results are absolutely stunning.  After a few family photos, we headed out to the site of Jonathan and Meredith’s first kiss…the Roosevelt Hotel.

Astoria wedding photo at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

Astoria wedding photo at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

With a great Gatsby theme to their reception, this classy couple wanted a few sophisticated, Mad Men-esque photos at the hotel to mark the occasion.  While I was originally worried that the hotel would toss us out for shooting without a permit, we ended up being able to take photos with the hotel staff not even batting an eye.  Indeed, we weren’t the only wedding party on the mezzanine level taking photos!

Elegant Roosevelt Hotel wedding photo by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Elegant Roosevelt Hotel wedding photo by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Elegant Roosevelt Hotel wedding photo by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Elegant Roosevelt Hotel wedding photo by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Next stop for these consummate New Yorkers was a typical slice joint, a.k.a. pizza parlor.  Sharing a love of pizza meant sharing a slice at Little Bravo’s on 42nd Street.  The bridal party joined us, and they were troopers livin’ la vida high carb for the sake of photos.  The shots came out great, and since Jonathan and Meredith wouldn’t be doing the traditional cake cutting ceremony at their reception, eating a piece of pizza together was their own unique twist on tradition.

Pizza parlor wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Pizza parlor wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Pizza parlor wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Finally we landed at the Liberty, a bar and restaurant on 35th Street that Meredith discovered and Jonathan came to love.  The party had a hip-hop-meets-1920s-Gatsby theme to it, complete with Jack Daniels wedding favors to celebrate the end of prohibition as well as pearls and suspenders strewn about for decoration.  There was no cake, but a tower of doughnuts from the Doughnut Plant.  (I can personally vouch for the deliciousness of the Brooklyn blackout doughnut.)  And there was plenty of hot dancing to match the heatwave we had on Saturday.  Enjoy the pics, and congratulations again to Meredith and Jonathan!

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Ceremony venue: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

Reception venue and catering: The Liberty

Photo locations: The Roosevelt Hotel, Bravo Pizza

Reception decorations: Etsy

Wedding dress: The White Gown

Groom’s suit: Robbie & Co. Men’s Shop

Doughnuts: The Doughnut Plant

Cookies: Schmackary’s

Groom tying bowtie with Youtube video by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Bride getting ready for her Astoria wedding photos, by NYC wedding photojournalIst, Kelly Williams

Portrait of a bride at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria, by NYC wedding photojournalIst, Kelly Williams

Wedding ceremony at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria, by NYC wedding photojournalIst, Kelly Williams

Groom seeing bride for the first time, by NYC wedding photojournalIst, Kelly Williams

Wedding ceremony during Astoria wedding photos, by NYC wedding photojournalIst, Kelly Williams

Wedding ceremony at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria, by NYC wedding photojournalIst, Kelly Williams

Wedding ceremony at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria, by NYC wedding photojournalIst, Kelly Williams

Wedding ceremony at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria, by NYC wedding photojournalIst, Kelly Williams

Receiving line at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Astoria wedding photos at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Astoria, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Elegant Roosevelt Hotel wedding photo by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Elegant Roosevelt Hotel wedding photo by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Manhattan wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Manhattan wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

First dance at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

First dance at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

First dance at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

First dance at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Speech at a wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Wedding reception at the Liberty by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams


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