How did you meet your partner? Through a young professionals organization in NYC, Urban Green Council, part of the US Green Building Council
How long have you been together? 6 years
Do you have a proposal story? On our 5 year anniversary, April 28th, 2015, a picnic proposal in Tarrytown, NY overlooking the Hudson River, followed by an elaborate dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
What was your wedding date? Saturday, March 4, 2017
Ceremony and Reception Location? Housing Works Bookstore in Soho, NYC.
What made you choose there? We’d been to see an acoustic performance there and loved the unique charm of the space, the location off of a cobblestone street, and the surrounding neighborhood.
How was the weather on the day? FREEEEZING! But sunny!
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? 7 is my lucky number (3+4) and it was
The Wedding Details
Theme? We were very much inspired by the venue itself, with its Soho loft architecture – cast iron columns, wood floors, rich dark wood– and suspended café lights over the dance floor and ceremony nook. The bookshelves stay stocked during the event, adding some color and texture to the space. We went with charcoal gray for the table linens, ivory napkins, plates, etc. –and used a lot of rose gold and vintage/aged brass accents for the candle holders and décor. Our florals were mostly greenery, ferns, eucalyptus, etc. with some pops of ivory and jewel tones to complement the dark gold bridesmaid dresses.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The space itself, and my love for aged/patinaed metal!
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes! I designed all of the stationery, menu/place cards, and welcome bags. I also hand-lettered the place cards and seat reservation signs, as well as the table numbers.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Jill Goldfarb, sister, Maid of Honor
Jenna Blind, friends since age 9
Allison Gordon-Lopez, friends/roommates/sorority sisters of Sigma Delta Tau
Groomsmen – who/relationship? We called them our Groomsfolk!
Charles Marino, friend and coworker, Best Man
Ruben Martinez, friend from college
Elizabeth DiLauro, friend from NYC
Flower girls – who/relationship? Catalina Interiano, Roberto’s niece
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
Rachel looked stunning in our 'Serena' gown from our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes gown.
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I wasn’t finding dresses I loved at some of the typical NYC boutiques; I came across KWH in the New York Magazine wedding directory and sought to try it out.
How many gowns did you try? Maybe 5 or 6. I had 2 favorites, but the 'Serena' brought me to tears.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis holmes - New York - Soho, NYC. They had 1 left, and it happened to be my size!
What did you especially like about your gown? EVERYTHING. The geometric beading, the strap width and neckline, the color, the train, the silhouette.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Each bridesmaid chose her own dress, shoes, and jewelry; I only requested that it be a dark gold, and my sister (M.O.H) found the most beautiful dark gold with jewel-toned florals at Lord & Taylor. That dress also happened to be the last one in the store, and in her size!
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Suitsupply in Soho.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My jewelry was pretty simple – the dress had a lot of shimmery beading and I didn’t want to compete. I wore some simple rose gold Ralph Lauren earrings, an oxblood leather motorcycle jacket from Kenneth Cole, and of course my Anna Sheffield engagement ring and wedding band.
Where did you get your shoes from? I knew I wanted shoes that would be comfortabLe for the whole night while giving me lift and encouraging me to stand up straight! I found rose gold snake print heels by Seychelles.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I combined a couple of headpiece designs into a veil clip by designer Hushed Commotion. She has an Etsy shop, but she’s Brooklyn based, and she created both the customized veil clip and veil for me.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be organized and ask for help when you need it – whether that means hiring a professional for some or all aspects, or putting your Maid of Honor to work on some tasks. Take time to enjoy the process, because it does go quickly, and lastly, read your contracts carefully – make sure transportation for any deliveries is included (lesson learned on this one!).
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t settle!
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. We tried to use local New York products wherever possible, including the welcome bag treats such as Beigel’s cookies from Brooklyn and Just Water cartons from Glens Falls.
Something Blue? My something old and borrowed was a lace handkerchief from my maternal grandmother. For something new and blue, my sister gifted me a dress ‘pocket’ with our names and wedding date embroidered, to be sewn on the inside of my dress as a way to hold the handkerchief.
Photographer – Ein Photography and Design Inc. – the most stunning photography. We are beyond thrilled that we went with this vendor.
Florist – Lindsay Rae Design. She’s an absolute sweetheart, creative problem solver, and creates beautiful floral arrangements that showcase lush ‘wild’ greenery with seasonal flowers.
Videographer – Just friends and family.
Music – For the ceremony and cocktail hour, we went with a guitar/cello duo, New York Ceremony Music. They have a well-curated and multigenerational repertoire; our feature songs were by David Bowie, SigurRos, and Bright Eyes. My husband created an incredible playlist for the wedding reception and enlisted a friend to press ‘play’ so he could enjoy the evening.
First Dance – 'You’re All I Need' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
MC – None! We didn’t want the traditional MC experience, so we took turns with welcome/thank you speeches and the venue helped usher folks from one wedding segment to another.
Celebrant – Rabbi David Kline
Stationery – Designed by me, but printed through Paper Presentation in N.Y.C.
Menu – Same as above
Cake – Cupcake tower by Sugar Sweet Sunshine in NYC
Hair – Face the Day NY
Make-Up – Same as above
Extra features – Our seating arrangement chart was done in chalk ink on an antique mirror by local artist Chris Barreto.