Intimate Per Se Wedding

Upcoming this year we have two weddings at The Foundry and two weddings at The Bowery Hotel.  Last year we planned two weddings at Per Se.  Things sometimes happen in doubles for us and with amazing venues like these, that is quite alright!  I am so pleased to be able to share these gorgeous images of the Per Se wedding from Karen Wise Photography here on the blog.This couple loved eating great food and wanted a really intimate dinner celebration for the wedding.  After looking at a number of delicious fine dining restaurants in Manhattan, they chose Thomas Keller's Per Se at the Time Warner Center.  They had their ceremony at City Hall on Friday and their dinner reception the day after.  With quite a few guests travelling in from out of town, we planned a walking tour of Greenwich Village through Big Onion.  Who would have guessed that a one day snow and thunderstorm would pass through Manhattan in October!  Despite the crazy weather, their guests were such troopers and still went on the walking tour (slightly condensed version).

The Bride wore a chic short black dress from Jason Wu with stunning platform leather pumps from Gucci.  Jessie from Rountree Flowers created a  bridal bouquet of white ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus and acorns, surrounded by sleek black feathers, and wrapped with a black satin ribbon with pearl pins.

The escort table was quite narrow, so instead of doing a large towering arrangement, a romantic loose garland of flowers and leaves was wound around the hand calligraphed escort cards.

The invitations had included an autumnal leaf motif, so for the wooden table signs, the Bride's brother continued the theme with laser cut leaves.  I absolutely loved the lush and opulent centerpieces that Rountree Flowers created.  The loose arrangement included kumquats, flowering jasmine vine, ranunuculus, scabiosa pods, garden roses, seeded eucalyptus and tulips.  Kumquats in a floral arrangement!?  Genius. Such beautiful texture and colours.  A natural acorn subtly dusted with fine brown glitter was placed at each napkin.  With a warm glow from the mercury votives, the tables had such a delicate sophistication about them.

The ombre wedding cake  was chocolate devil’s food cake with hazelnut nougatine and coffee cremeaux. The cake topper was three simple sugar ranunculus. Congratulations again to the happy couple!  I loved working with you on this special wedding.

Published on The Bride's Cafe

Photographer: Karen Wise Photography / Wedding Planner: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Designer: Rountree Flowers / Venue: Per Se / Getting Ready Hotel: Mandarin Oriental / Makeup: Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry  / Wedding Dress: Jason Wu / Shoes: Gucci / Welcome Bags: Make Merry! / Menu, Escort cards: Ellen Weldon Design / Table Signs: DIY  / Invitation: Paperless Post / Rentals: Party Rental / Walking Tour: Big Onion

Snowy Per Se Wedding

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