Indian-Southern Wedding at The Foundry

The Foundry is one of my favourite venues and it is always a delight when we get to plan a wedding there.  I met Hadley and Pree shortly before their move from New York to Paris.  Hadley wanted to work with a NYC based wedding planner as she would be planning her special day from Paris.  I had such fun working with them to incorporate special details into their day to reflect her family being from the South and his family being from India.the foundry wedding ang weddings and events catherine leonard photography-1

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The exposed brick and unique metal work always makes for an interesting background at The Foundry.

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The black bridesmaid dresses and tuxedos made for such elegant portraits.  Isn't a wedding a great reason to get all dressed up?

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It was such a sweet ceremony incorporating both American vows and Hindu vows.  At the end of the ceremony, Hadley and Pree exchanged flower garlands (varmala or jaimala), which signifies mutual acceptance of both Bride and Groom to each other as future husband and wife.

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Long tables in the main dining room work so beautifully with the space.  We used grey linens (one of my favourite colours as exhibited by my website) and the flowers were a mixture of ivory and blush.  The wooden cross back bentwood chairs, votives and cafe lights brought a welcoming warmth to the room.

Sonnier & Castle did a great job creating a menu with both Indian and Southern flavours.  Their Indian influenced hors d'oeuvres included bhel in phyllo dough cups, paneer chutney pakora and murgh hariyali.   The American dinner included Jerusalem Artichoke Velouté with Chanterelle Custard and Walnut Bread Tuile and Braised Beef Short Rib with Tomato, Swiss Chard, Rosemary Polenta, Beef Mustarda.  Guests were raving about the food that night.

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Guests were invited to write their words of advice on note cards for Hadley and Pree in their married life together.

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The banana cakes with cream cheese frosting were from one of the couple's favourite bakeries in NY Billy's Bakery.  Their dog did not get to join the festivities that day, but was given a place of honour as a cake topper.  So cute!

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Read about the Bride's inspiration on Style Me Pretty

Wedding Photography: Catherine Leonard Photography / Wedding Venue: The Foundry in Long Island City, New York / Event Planner: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Bride and Blossom / Officiant: Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway / Caterer: Sonnier & Castle / Wedding Cake: Billy’s Bakery / Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals / Lighting: Universal Light and Sound / DJ: Scratch Weddings / Ceremony Music: Penguin Music / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Christine / Ring Bowl: Paloma’s Nest / Wedding Dress: Victoria Nicole via Wedding Atelier / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Banana Republic / Groom’s Attire: Baldwin Formals

Featured on Merci - Per Se Wedding

I am so happy to see this chic New York City wedding featured on Merci New York. Thank you to Jackie and Meredith for a lovely post and to Chennergy for the stunning images.  Click below to see the full post and all the wonderful vendors involved. Congratulations to Bethany and Sage!

Photography by Chennergy via Merci New York

Bridgewaters Wedding in South Street Seaport

I am so happy to be able to share these images from Julia Newman Photography here on the blog.  This wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty, where the groom wrote a memorable and humourous description of the wedding day.Johan and Meghan are the sweetest couple and I feel so blessed to have met them and been part of their special day.  Funnily enough I met Meghan while getting my hair cut by the lovely Nercy of Alchemy Space Salon.   She was next in the chair after me and we struck up a conversation thanks to Nercy's introduction.  For Meghan and Johan, the wedding day was all about a celebration with friends and family.  They both come from large families and it was so lovely to see how close they are and how much they mean to their friends.  All together a very sweet and meaningful day.

They chose a quintessentially New York City inspired letter-pressed invitation suite by the ever stylish Ceci New York.

These first look images that Julia took just outside the Andaz Hotel are priceless.

The weather was glorious that day and the bridal party took advantage of that by taking portraits around South Street Seaport.  At this point I was at the church setting things up and greeting the musicians and officiant.  It was so lovely when I received these images and could see the magic that Julia was weaving.  Meghan was not even going to try on this gown at her Amsale appointment, but with some urging from her little niece, she tried on "the sparkly one" and ended up getting it!  I think it look fabulous on her.  So elegant, and with interesting details to make it really special.

....and they're married!

The reception took place at Bridgewaters, which has incredible views of the water, ships and bridges.  The weather was nice enough for guests to enjoy the terrace and the view.  Their band The Touch kept the dance floor packed the entire night.  It was the flower girl, Meghan's niece's birthday, so during the speeches, they brought out a birthday cake especially for her.  Inspired by halloween, we set up a table covered with glass bowls and different types of candy for guests to take home as favours.

Ceci New York also created the paperie for the wedding, with an apple motif to represent New York City.

One of the sweetest moments was when Meghan surprised Johan with this personalized cake topper, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background and Johan wearing an SF Giants hat.

Julia Newman Photography also provided a photo booth that the guests never stopped using throughout the reception.  It being three days before halloween gave everyone the incentive to really dress up and have fun!

I had a blast working with Meghan and Johan.  Congratulations again!

Link to Style Me Pretty feature

Link to video by Kiss the Bride Films

Wedding Photography: Julia Newman + Terence Law of Julia Newman Photography / Ceremony: Church of St. Andrew / Reception: Bridgewaters / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Garden Shop / Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films / Wedding Invitations: Ceci New York / Band: The Touch / Trumpet Player: Max Morden / Organist: Cynthia Weinrich / Singer: Nina Riley / Officiant: Father Anthony Azzarto / Hotel: Andaz Wall Street / Wedding Dress, Veil + Hair Piece: Amsale / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair: Alchemy Space Salon / Makeup: Lindsey Jones