Nicole and Phil’s Aria at the Jeune Lune wedding is simply stunning. The romantic images were perfectly captured by Erin Johnson Photography. The beautiful floral design was by Soderberg’s Floral. Julie Swenson Beauty did the impeccable hair and makeup on Nichole. PHOS Events created the mood lighting. DJ & Photobooth provided by Studio Veil.
From the bride:
What is your story as a couple?
Phil, who is Australian, was working in London for their rugby team. He needed to get his working Visa, so the team sent him to America in April 2012 for the fastest processing. We met on his second night here, and fell in love immediately. He pushed back his return (to London) flight as long as possible – two weeks – with a promise we would see each other again. I went to London to visit him that June and we spent a romantic week there and in Paris. He came back to NYC in July for an early birthday present to me, and then finally moved in with me that same September.
That Christmas, Phil returned to Australia for work commitments and I travelled to Minnesota for family. When we both returned to NYC, he became increasingly persistent with his request to see Central Park in the winter. Being from Minnesota, and having just returned from the cold land, there was nothing that could convince me that I wanted to spend my Saturday in the freezing cold. Still persistent two weeks later, I finally caved and we spent a lovely afternoon in Central Park. Lunch and wine at The Boathouse, meandering through the Park and our favorite locations, and finally ending up at the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir. With a view of the city and park all around us, Phil proposed simply but beautifully, and I said yes. It didn’t seem as cold any more. 🙂
What made you chose your venue?
Neither Phil nor I have ever been drawn to ballrooms, and from the very beginning of our research sought out something unique that would kind of transport our guests. Aria Jeune Lune’s high ceilings, exposed brick and plaster walls, and pop-art installations throughout the space were exactly what we were looking for. One of our guests, who is a born-and-raised New Yorker said to us afterwards, “Never in a million years did I think I would feel like we would be in Soho – in the middle of Minneapolis! How great was that?!”
Also, the staff (Kastina Morrison) was incredibly communicative and helpful from the very beginning. Being an event planner myself, this was integral to the process – and in keeping me sane.
What inspired your wedding day outfits?
Classic / timeless. We wanted to look back on our wedding and not regret a fashion faux-paux.
Having landed on black-tie optional attire, I wanted to decorate in a way that lended itself to the formality of the attire but also the feel of the venue. Incorporating ivory lace overlays, hundreds of candles, uplights against the brick walls in an amber glow, and loose cafe lights over the dining tables felt perfect. It ended up feeling as if we were in a castle in Italy just off of a vineyard...
Take the time initially to figure out what you (as a couple) really want from this day. A friend told me early on, through trial and error herself, "Choose three words or feelings that you want your guests to feel on your wedding day, and plan your wedding around that." Ours were love, friendship, and laughter... and so many of our guests said we nailed it.
Also, enjoy the planning process and the engagement! During your engagement, you will hear this a million times, but the time really does fly by. Why not enjoy it?!
My Grandmother taught my cousin and I, when we were about 10 years old, how to fold origami cranes. She taught us the Japanese/Hawaiian tradition of women folding 1,000 cranes for their wedding.
"According to Japanese lore, folding 1,000 Origami Cranes is truly a labor of love. Tradition holds that the bride who finishes this task, called 'sembazuru', before her wedding day will be richly rewarded with a good and happy marriage. Paying homage to the magestic crane, which mates for life and is said to live one thousand years, the bride ensures her own good fortune."
She said we would do this for each of our weddings when we grew up, to ensure the above. She unfortunately passed away a few years later... but I have always carried her and this tradition close to my heart. I asked my mom, dad, and sister to help with this task and after about six months we finally had 1,000 (actually 1,100!) cranes completed in various shades and sizes of matte black, silver, and black/white patterns. We put hooks on each of them and hung them from wedding-trees. These pieces acted as our centerpieces for the long dining tables.
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