September Wedding at the New York Public Library

Just finished another wedding at The New York Public Library and realized I never posted photos of the last one.  So, without further ado, N & D’s pics from their wedding at The New York Public Library last September, taken by the talented Nathan Smith of Ira Lippke Studios.

Getting dressed, with a little help from Maid of Honor and sister.


First Look:



Followed by photos around the library

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followed by family photos on the front steps of the Library. Bridesmaid dresses, French Blue and Electric Blue Chffon by Monique Lhuillier from Bella Bridesmaid.



love their super hero socks!


Touch ups in the Trustees Room before ceremony at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.  Make up by the lovely Nam Vo. Gown by Monique Lhuillier from Mark Ingram Atelier


Get me to the church on time…


Custom programs for ceremony by the crafty Ana Dolan


That’s me giving the boys a little pre-ceremony guidance.


There she goes….551and here they come!


Pedicabs took the bridal party straight down Fifth Avenue to the Library…


Where they were greeted by a bagpiper playing on the steps of the library as a nod to the grooms Scottish ancestry.


Note that his kilt matches the groomsmen’s boutonnieres. Lots of lovely little details.

402 (1)0551Astor Hall below, with a square center bar for more guest access.  Bayleaf garland swags and boxwood topiaries adorn the bar.  The large center urn is simply massed with lush silvery green Russian Olive Branches. All flowers, thanks to Lewis Miller and his incredible team at LMD Floral.0569


‘Bloody Mary’ baby tomato stuffed with vodka gelee, by the fabulous Olivier Cheng Caterers.0587

Classic escort cards displayed on stripes and flanked by topiaries and candles, plus a bit of uplight for added drama…0567

Candlelight ushers guests down the hall…

to the entrance of The Celeste Bartos Forum, a room (and hidden gem) for private functions only.0639

Guests were greeted by waiters in white nehru jackets, welcoming and helping guests find their tables.0657

Warm amber light filled the room, while the ceiling was washed in deep blue with star accents, giving the room a magical, luminous aura.  Thanks to Dan and the team at Luminous Designs.0643

Flower containers were covered in boxwood, giving the illusion of a hedge in a formal garden. Inspiration was taken from an editorial shoot I did a few years ago called “French Moderne’, a modern take on Marie Antoinette.

N & D fell in love with the library, but it wasn’t until the bride mentioned the grooms love of shrubbery that we came up with the idea of fashioning the wedding in the style of Versailles.  Invitation and Save the Date by Ceci New York0028For any sleepy kids, the Trustees Room was transformed into a kid friendly sanctuary with personalized sleeping bags, a big screen TV / DVD with kids movies, comfort food and the fabulous ladies from Sensible Sitters.


Back to the party…simultaneous service for dinner….0722

first course; Heirloom Tomato Trio – golden gaspacho, tomato tartar, caprese0764

Main Course: lager braised short ribs, corn succotash, pea tendrils, romesco.  Loom Gold rental plate by Party Rental Ltd.


followed by dancing with the talented Twilight Dance Band, from Michael Taylor, Star Talent.06610834

followed by an ice cream wedding cake (the flavor was Moose Tracks, for those of you wondering)…


followed by passed dessert (below, rice crispy treats covered in chocolate – and yes, the are as good as they sound)


and dancing into the wee hours.






and they lived happily ever after.  Yes, they did.

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