February 18, 2011

Autumn in New York!  Like many of my fellow Gothamites, it’s my favorite season and the best time of the year for a city wedding.  Neither too hot nor too cold and usually sunny, October is prime time for never-miss nuptials.  This stunning wedding was no exception.  The classic church ceremony was followed by an al fresco photo session for the bridal party at Central Park’s famed Bethesda Fountain at the edge of The Lake. The lucky guests were treated to a mega-watt reception at The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.  Because the guest list of eager attendees swelled to over 250, I recommended that we buy out the whole place and clear the restaurant portion for the cocktail reception.  The evening was truly magical as guest dined, drank, and danced while looking out on the silvery lake with sky scrapers reflected on its shimmering surface.  The bride’s selection of lush purple orchids juxtaposed with varieties of green succulents against a backdrop of grey, silky burlap (yes, burlap!) table linens made for a sophisticated look that was a far cry from any expected autumnal color palette.  My wonderful clients trusted me to add the full array of spectacular lighting in warm tones of lavender and pink so that everyone looked and felt radiant.  The band rocked it and the mini red-velvet cup cakes kept the sugar buzz going for the enthusiastic, dance-floor denizens.  What a night!

Special thanks to The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, Ovando Floral and Event Design, Alpine Creative Group (invitations), Paul Lacano and The Cocktail Shakers (band/DJ), Frost Lighting, Brownwin Transportation, The Empire Hotel, The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Chelsea Market Baskets, and Bill Fredericks Studio (photography).

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