HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! We had the most restful and restorative holiday break, and we are so ready to kick-start 2019! And what better way to do that than share some real wedding inspo with you all! For all you couples out there that just got engaged over the holidays (Congrats!!) and are starting to plan your fall wedding, BOY, do we have something to show you. Lauren and Anthony’s fall NYC wedding was one for the books. I mean, what happens when two pastry chefs meet + fall in love, then decide to say “I do” at a fully functioning urban farm space in the heart of New York City?! PURE. MAGIC. That’s what. Just take a look if you don’t believe us…
When envisioning your wedding what was the one most important thing to you?
Anthony: The most important thing to me was making sure that our wedding day was a reflection of who we are, while creating an experience that our guests would enjoy as much as we would. We wanted a lot of details to be reflective of our life experiences and show our families what's important to us as a couple. I love honey, so my cufflinks were honeycomb shaped and our guests went home with mini jars filled with honey from our home states; the placecards were made from seed packets from a local seed company doing a lot of cool experimental varieties of vegetables, which tied into the venue choice; the cocktails were inspired by the places we've lived; the wedding cake "croquembouche" was made by my boss, a French pastry chef; and our rings came from our favorite jewelry store that handcrafts them in Brooklyn. Lauren is particularly artistic and designed and printed our invitations, programs, etc. from start to finish, which was another cool touch that made our wedding unique to us.
Lauren and Anthony said I do on the rooftop of the urban farm, and opted to have their guests stand around them. We loved the intimate feel of their wedding ceremony because of it!
What was the most stressful part of the planning process?
Anthony: For both of us, the planning part was stressful only because we don't have a lot of time together during the week. We work opposite schedules and really only get to spend time together on Sundays, so communication was important from the beginning. We created a joint email address for our wedding correspondence so that we both always knew what was going on, but sometimes one of us would have to make a decision without consulting the other, so there was a lot of trust involved there.
What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
Anthony: While it's hard to pick one part that was the absolute favorite, a special moment was when we sabered Champagne together in front of our guests. We got a real French Champagne saber and had practiced several times leading up to the wedding (it's hard work sabering, and drinking, all of that Champagne). I was pretty confident in my sabering abilities day-of, but the first attempt was an epic failure; the entire bottle shattered, there was glass everywhere, but luckily no one was hurt. I got the chance to try again, and this time the cork popped off perfectly and everyone cheered. It was a funny moment that I don't think anyone will soon forget, and a tradition that we plan to do on our anniversary every year.
Lauren: The first look was such a special moment for me. The morning of the wedding was a little stressful dealing with rain and logistics, but when I walked up the stairs and saw Anthony standing in front of the floral arch all the stress and anxiety about how everything would work just melted away. Having that moment to ourselves before everyone else was there was the perfect way to start.
What is something you wish someone had told you going into the wedding process? Or perhaps, the best piece of advice someone did tell you?
Anthony: I'm an especially adamant planner, and I wish that someone had told me not to sweat the small stuff. It sounds simple, but at one point we spent probably half an hour deciding the shape, size, and placement of candles in a couple lanterns that we got for our tabletops. In the end what matters most is being surrounded by family and friends who want to celebrate your marriage, and that's exactly what we had. It was an amazing day, despite the terribly rainy and cold weather and regardless of what the candles looked like.
Lauren: Day-of coordinator!
And don’t you just love their greenery branch exit?! We loved every second of this special, food forward, urban-farm wedding! Lauren + Anthony - thank you for trusting us with your big day! We are still thinking about it and are truly overjoyed to have been a small piece of it!
Cheers to many more happy years, and more sabered champagne bottles in cheerful celebration!
Photographer: Monika Photography
Venue: The Brooklyn Grange
Coordination, Florals, Lettering: Willow & Wine