Andaz 5th Ave Wedding

Samantha was one of the most relaxed Brides I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  When you are an ER doctor, who deals with high pressure situations on a daily basis, the stress of other things just pale in comparison!  She was a delight to work with also because she was happy to leave the details to her wedding professionals.  I always ask my clients for their preference (if any) on different aspects of the wedding. Samantha knew exactly the colour palette and feel she wanted for the wedding.  When she had an opinion on something, she was never afraid to give it, and when she didn't have a strong feeling on one of the little details, she would often say "whatever you and Jessie (Rountree Flowers) think would work best".  Music to a designer's ears. How gorgeous is this bouquet?

The wedding took place at the super stylish Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel, which Kevin had read about in an architectural magazine.  Apt 2E has a number of different rooms, which made for an interesting flow for the wedding celebration.  My favourite room was the library, where the ceremony took place.  Rountree Flowers styled the bookshelf using lush ivy, ferns, jasmine vine, lattice lanterns, candles, family photographs from the Samantha and Kevin, and the hotel's own props.  I love what a unique backdrop this created, like you were inviting your guests into your own home for your wedding ceremony.

We placed a wedding popper on each ceremony seat and during their recessional there was a joyous sound of poppers exploding and streamers flying through the air!

The location of the hotel made perfect sense as it was right by Bryant Park, where Samantha and Kevin had their first date.  The weather was beautiful that day and they were able to spend some time doing portraits around Bryant Park.

Cocktails took place in the open kitchen where guests were able to see Chef prepare the food.  Great fun for all the people who love food!

Dinner was in a room with spectacular views of the New York Public Library.  We used the hotel's dark wood tables and black bellini chairs for a sleek and contemporary feel. Along the tables, Rountree Flowers placed a silver runner with a lattice pattern and soft sheen that reflected the candlelight beautifully.  The varied arrangements included deep red dahlias, vanda orchids, black beauty roses, silvery grey dusty miller, grey brunia and a touch of seeded eucalyptus.  Samantha found red double happiness boxes in Taiwan, that she filled with Lindt Chocolates for wedding favours.

Congratulations to Samantha and Kevin!  It was such an intimate and unique wedding. I had so much fun working with you!

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Wedding Photography: Maggie Marguerite Studios / Wedding Venue: Andaz 5th Avenue in New York, New York / Wedding Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Rountree Flowers / Officiant: Carissa Templeton / Wedding Cake: A White Cake / Wedding Invitations: Invitations by Ajalon / Wedding Day Paper Goods: Minted / String Duo: The Juilliard School / Jazz Band: Koran Agan / Favors: Lindt / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Hair: Ken See / Makeup: Makeup by Tiffany / Groom’s Suit: Helmut Lang