A Modern NYC Wedding
From the grooms...
Your ceremony in three words:
emotional, poignant, intimate
What was your favorite moment or part of your wedding?
There were so many. We loved getting ready together at home with our little cat Simon and zipping around Manhattan taking pictures with our incredible photographer in some of our favorite NYC locations. We spent a lot of time thinking about the ceremony and it was incredibly moving on the day. We’ll remember breaking the glasses and everyone cheering and shouting ‘mazeltov'. One other favorite moment was the two of us coming down in the elevator to our reception dinner, the doors opening and getting the warmest, most joyous welcome we could imagine from all our guests.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?
The idea of all our loved ones gathering together to share in our celebration was a huge inspiration for our wedding. We wanted the day to be as much about them as it was about us so we designed the wedding to include as many of our friends and family as possible in different ways. Aesthetically, the simplistic and modernist beauty of the New Museum was our touch point for the whole of the wedding design. We wanted a look that was elegant and cool yet informal and welcoming.
How did you go about planning your ceremony?
We spent a lot of time with our Rabbi talking about the ceremony and how we wanted it to be. It quickly became the most important and meaningful element of our wedding as we were doing the planning. We played around with lots of different ideas of how to include people in the ceremony. We ended up with a modern take on a Jewish custom called the Sheva Brachot- Seven Blessings. We picked seven friends and they each wrote a blessing for us tied to our core values and read them during the ceremony. It was extremely touching and heartwarming to hear their words. Writing our own vows was very special - trying to get the words out through streams of tears during the ceremony was a bit more challenging! Our wedding was just a few months after the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage so the ceremony took on extra significance for us. We didn’t have an official first dance but our processional song was the Adele cover of Make You Feel My Love. The words captured everything we feel about each other and the love we have shared for the last 8 years.
Any advice to planning a wedding?
Here are our top 3 tips (1) Do it your way. Your wedding should be a representation of you as a couple. Everyone will give you endless advice. Listen to it and capitalize on people’s past experiences but make sure you make the decisions on what you want so your wedding feels like you. (2) Planning a wedding is like running a small business. Give yourself plenty of time, don’t settle for second best and get a coordinator, at least for the last month. (3) As the day gets nearer, decide when are you are going to let go of everything and enjoy yourself. It’s your wedding so make sure you are fully present. Other people can deal with the details on the day.
Why did you choose this location for your reception?
We love living in NYC and wanted a true New York wedding. That said, we didn’t want a typical hotel or banquet venue. We are both interested in art and design (I own a contemporary art gallery) and we like all things modern, so the New Museum was the perfect choice.
- Photography By UNIQUE LAPIN Photography
- Second Shooter By Quyn Duong
- Planning By Polka Dot Events
- Design & Decor By Lea Frank Design
- Suiting By Black Lapel
- Shoes By Ferragamo
- Cufflinks By Dunhill
- Catering By Poppy's Catering & Events
- Rentals By Taylor Creative Inc.
- Music By Bobby Attiko Band
- Paper Goods Minted