Bingqing and Han were married in a snowy winter day in New York. We had really lucked out as there was a big snowstorm the day before. The day of the wedding, the skies were clear, but the ground was blanketed in a bright white layer of fresh snow.
The bride is an architect and she had designed their invitation suite with a detailed hand illustration of The Foundry. Prior to the guests arriving they had a Chinese tea ceremony with close family to pay respect to their elders and receive good wishes for their marriage. This was followed by an intimate wedding ceremony, officiated by a friend of the couple. We kept the palette clean with creamy whites and crisp greens. Going into dinner, Poppies and Posies added more colour with blush, dusty rose and pops of burgundy in the florals. The two long tables were scattered with a sea of elegant tapers in different aged brass candlesticks and crackled amber and pale grey votives.
Their elegant wedding cake from Nine Cakes had two different flavours. The bottom tier was lemon cake with layers of lime curd and orange zest cream cheese buttercream. The top tiers were rich chocolate cake layered with cloud like caramel buttercream, fleur de sel and roasted pecans.
Bingqing loves to sing and instead of doing the traditional mother son and father daughter dances, they decided to have both sets of parents dance with each other and Bingqing sang a beautiful Chinese song. It was such a sweet and intimate winter wedding and we were so happy to be part of it!
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Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events | Venue: The Foundry | Florist: Poppies and Posies | Caterer: Creative Edge Parties | Photographer: Feng Rui at Story Teller Wedding | Videographer: Kevin Wang | Invitations: Designed by the bride | Day of paperie: Minted | Gown: Rosa Clara | Favours: Stick With Me Sweets | DJ: Sean at 74 Events | Photobooth: We Love Photobooths | Cake: Nine Cakes | Lighting: Universal Light and Sound | Strings: Elan Artists | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd
It is clear that the Bride and Groom love good food and wine when they host their wedding reception at Per Se. Each course was a work of art and Chennergy captured everything beautifully. Special thanks to Dan for sharing these stunning images. Especially for the foodies among my readers, enjoy!
During cocktail hour, the guests were offered tours of the kitchen.
A slideshow made by the Groom's sister of their first wedding in India was played.
“salad of globe artichokes” greenmarket carrots, pickled garlic, parsley puree, cipollini onion shoots and ‘pain de campagne’
“sauteed fillet of atlantic halibut” mushrooms ‘a la grecque’, compressed radishes, celery branch and watercress
“macaroni and cheese” butter poached nova scotia lobster parmesan crisp, creamy lobster broth and mascarpone-enriched orzo
“marcho farms’ nature fed veal” caraway seed ‘pain perdu’, roasted heirloom beets, horseradish-scented kendall farms’ creme fraiche, garden mache and ‘borscht’
“coconut and mango delice” lime curd, coconut ‘success’ and mango sorbet
“chocolate vs. vanilla” chocolate ‘financier’, valrhona chocolate ganache, madagascar vanilla bean custard, candied coco nibs and bitter chocolate mousse
The favours were signed cook books, Ad Hoc at Home.
Photography: Chennergy / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Dress: Carolina Herrera via Mark Ingram Atelier / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Rings: Cartier / Bridesmaid: Jenny Yoo / Hair: Mizu / Makeup: Marco Castro / Florals: Lotus / Favours: Ad Hoc at Home / Invitation: Minted / Getting Ready: Four Seasons / Ceremony Venue: St Bartholomew's Church / Reception Venue: Per Se
Do you remember that crazy snowstorm at the end of October last year? We had a wedding that day! This Bride and Groom were married at City Hall and had their dinner reception at Per Se. Thinking that New York in the autumn would be lovely, we had arranged a walking tour of Greenwich Village for their guests. Despite the snow and thunder, three quarters of their guests that had signed up for the walking tour donned their waterproof gear and braved the weather. Bravo! The entire wedding party made it to dinner on time too. When you're eating at Per Se, you would be crazy not to.
Despite the very challenging weather that day, all the vendors involved in the wedding were not only on time, but also early, and executed everything beautifully. I LOVE these people. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job.
This picture was taken near the entrance of the Mandarin Oriental, where the Bride was getting ready in a suite. Photography by Karen Wise, bouquet by Rountree Flowers, makeup by Lindsey Jones, dress by Jason Wu, shoes by Gucci, and a snowy Central Park in the background.
Even though we can plan a wedding to the smallest detail, there are unfortunately some things that we cannot control (thunder-snow being one of them). When something doesn't go exactly as planned, remember the important things about a wedding - that you are marrying your love, and that you are celebrating with the most important people in your life.
Photography by Karen Wise
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