What made the wedding special and unique?
Although we’re both from Florida, we decided to get married in New York. We really wanted our wedding to be a glimpse into the life we were building together. To that end, our rehearsal dinner was at the restaurant where we had our first date, we found our band at a “dive” bar on a random night out, and our wedding cake came from Milk Bar, which has a location right by our apartment.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
Living in New York, I was convinced that my dress would come from one of the many famous salons in the city. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my mom (and fashion role model), insisted that we go dress shopping in Miami – she wanted to avoid a trip to New York in the winter at all costs! On a whim we popped into a small store in Coral Gables, Silvia Tcherassi (sans appointment). We weren’t even sure there would be wedding gowns. I had told everyone that I didn’t want lace, beads, or a big skirt, I somehow fell in love with a dress that had all three! Three days later I had a wedding dress! I absolutely loved the dress, but even more importantly, I loved the experience of getting my dress from Silvia Tcherassi. They customized the top of the dress to fit me perfectly, and Silvia joined a few of my fittings to make sure she personally liked the way the dress turned out. My mom and I had so much fun there that she got her MOB dress and I got my rehearsal dinner dress from them as well!
What were some touches added to make it personal?
We wrote our own ceremony and my sister-in-law married us! It was so wonderful to have someone up there with us who we knew, loved, and felt comfortable with.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
David and I decided to write our own vows. What I didn’t know is he that had coordinated with our ceremony musician to sing his vows to me! He’s not a great singer, but there is just something I absolutely love about when he sings to me. I think we were all pretty shocked when he pointed at the pianist and said “hit it John”.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We met through our older siblings, who we were both living with at that time. David joined his older sister at my brother’s and my New Year’s Eve party. He surprised me with a kiss at midnight! It took a few years for us to be living in the same city, but we started dating pretty soon thereafter.
Our engagement was pretty amazing! I had dinner plans with a good friend, and she suggested we meet in Williamsburg, one of my favorite neighborhoods. We took the ferry over from Manhattan, and when we arrived in Brooklyn, David was standing on a pier with a brass band! He sang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” to me at the top of his lungs. After that we went over to the Wythe Hotel to celebrate with friends.
Photographer: Heather Waraksa // Event Coordination: Just about Married // Floral Design: Poppies and Posies // Stationery: Minted // Venue: The Bowery Hotel // Cake: Momofuko // Gown & Veil: Silvia Tcherassi // Wedding Bands: Cartier // Engagement Ring: By Design Jewelers // Hair Accessories: Hushed Commotion // Groom’s Suit Jacket: Burberry London / Pants Hugo Boss // Best Men Suits: Tommy Hilfiger // Bridesmaid Dresses: Aidan Mattox / Lauren Ralph Lauren / Adriana Pappel // Hair: Annie at Eva Scrivo // Makeup: Katiana at Eva Scrivo // Guest Welcome Bags: DIY // Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab // Choreographer: Stephanie Shapiro at You Should Be Dancing // Band: The Story Tellers of New York City // Videography: Well Spun Weddings