Getting Ready at a Hotel

Images of the Bride getting ready surrounded by her bridal party and close family often create my favourite images of the wedding.  There is so much excitement and anticipation in the air.Think about what you want the background to look like when your Bridesmaids are helping you into your gown.  Maybe you are lucky enough to live in a beautiful spacious home with huge windows and plenty of light.  If not, consider booking a hotel room to get ready at.  Talk to your planner or your photographer and ask them for hotel recommendations.

It is so nice for the bridal party to relax together in a suite as everyone gets their hair and makeup done.  You can order room service for lunch and maybe a little champagne to start the celebration early.  Many of these hotels will have interesting backdrops where you can do your first look and bride and groom portraits.

The hotel will clean the room after everyone has left for the wedding and the Bride and Groom will have a nice hotel room to come back to that night.  It seems a little more special to me than just going back home.  Perhaps you can also host the after party at the hotel bar and then stroll back to your room at the end of the night.

A lot of my clients schedule their honeymoon a few weeks after the wedding.  Treat yourself to a nice hotel room for the wedding night and have breakfast in bed the morning after.

The penthouse suite at the Thompson LES

Image via Thompson LES

Angel Orensanz Wedding

I really enjoyed working with Katie and Adam.  Their Jewish wedding was full of symbolism and meaning.  It was a spectacular venue and they had a fun-loving bridal party.  Seeing a couple so much in love being joined in marriage is always a joy and an honour.The bridal party got ready at the Thompson LES hotel, just a few blocks away from the wedding venue.  They had a penthouse suite, which also served nicely as their after party venue after the wedding.  The floor to ceiling windows and balcony offered sweeping views of downtown New York.

The dress was designed by Birnbaum and Bullock, personal friends of the Bride.  An elegant strapless jewel encrusted lace gown with a lace edged veil.

Katie and Adam had their first look on the balcony of the hotel suite. It had an incredible view of the city with the Empire State Building in the background.

Portraits were taken around the stylish hotel.

The Bridesmaids wore Two Birds bridesmaid dresses in silver, with the Maids of Honour wearing dresses with an ivory bodice.  The bridal party joined the Bride and Groom for portraits on the New York streets around the hotel.  I love the contrast of the beautifully dressed group against the graffiti covered walls and grungy streets downtown.  Anthony and Barbara from Anthony Vazquez Photography captured the day beautifully with a striking edgy style.

Looking sharp guys.

I always remind my couples to eat the morning of the wedding.  Thank goodness nothing from the pizza dripped on the white gown!

The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts.  The Foundation is housed in one of the oldest surviving gothic-revival synagogues in New York, and has proudly kept its architectural integrity.  When it opened in 1849, it was the largest synagogue in the United States.

The chuppah was decorated using sheer white draped fabric with orchid blossoms and hanging votives.  A family heirloom, a talis, was incorporated into the roof of the chuppah.  The hanging chandeliers were draped with a mix of ivy and passionflower vine.

The tables were named for different cities that the Bride and Groom had visited together.  Each table had a framed name of the city and a framed photograph of the couple there.  The floral design for the long tables was a combination of vanda orchids, purple sweet pea, lavender snapdragon and lavender spray roses in antiqued silver vases.  A friend of the couple made the paper goods for the wedding.

Adam had proposed to Katie at a John Mayer concert a year prior.  When John Mayer saw this was happening, he made up a song on the spot and serenaded the newly engaged couple from the stage.  This was caught on video, which went viral after being uploaded to YouTube.  We played the video on four plasma screens just before the introduction of the Bride and Groom to a huge round of applause and laughter from the guests.  Later during the reception, the Adam surprised the Katie by jumping on stage, picking up his electric guitar and singing Wonderwall to her.  Together with the touching speeches from family and friends, it was an incredibly meaningful evening, so full of love.

Bernard Brim and the New York Players from Starlight Orchestras kept the dance floor packed the entire night.

Nine Cakes created a beautiful dessert table of five different flavored cakes on stands of varying heights and a selection of mini desserts.  The cakes were decorated with jewels in purples and blues with accents of silver.  It was a feast for the eyes and just as tasty.

Photography: Anthony Vazquez Photography / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Getting Ready Hotel: Thompson LES / Ceremony + Reception Location: Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts / Bride Dress: Birnbaum and Bullock / Cake: Nine Cakes / Caterer: The Secret Chef / Flowers: Studio Artiflora / Officiant: Rabbi Meir Berger / Cinematography: Well Spun Weddings / Rentals: Something Different Party Rentals / Band: Bernard Brim and the New York Players, Starlight Orchestras / Hair + Makeup: Beauty Collective / Bridesmaid Dress: Two Birds