Where to begin with this NYC fall wedding at 26 Bridge. This one is quite simply a jaw dropper all so beautifully planned by the very talented Tara of Esquisite Affairs Productions. The floral design by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Designs is what fall bloom dreams are made of, that is just the beginning of the wedding details you are going to fall head over heels for. You will see sparkle in the form of Jimmy Choo, the dreamiest gown from Reem Acra, stunning beauty by Maureen and Claudia Pedala, dapper men’s attire by Alexander McQueen, and oh my those bridesmaid dresses from Amsale. Are you still with me because the dream team does not end there and you can find them all at the end after you relish in all the beauty captured by Sarah Tew Photography.
From photographer Sarah Tew, Becky & Avi had planned their wedding to be at Angel Orensanz in Manhattan, a venue I’ve longed to shoot at for some time– then when they told me that the Dexter Lake Club Band (only my favorite wedding band!) AND Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design (another favorite!) I knew I just had to shoot their wedding as it was practically a dream come true. Despite having to switch venues after Angel got stuck in a lengthy renovation process, this couple and their fabulous event coordinator pulled off an incredible wedding at the wonderful DUMBO event space at 26 Bridge St.
From the bride, From the moment we got engaged I knew we wanted a fall a wedding. But not just a wedding in the fall, what we really wanted was a wedding that made our guests feel like they stepped into a perfect fall day. Avi and I spent a long time searching for every one of our vendors and wanted to make sure each of them would help us to create an incredibly fun and relaxed day! When we first met with Rebecca Shepherd, we immediately clicked and I so loved her vintage-chic style. Together, we came up with the colors for the wedding, teal, coral, peach, yellow and gold combined with other fall elements, pumpkins, leaves, etc. I asked her to combine those ideas along with her own unique style, and that was it! I always feel like you get the best results when you let amazingly creative people do their thing and we were so happy with the results. We especially loved our pumpkin escort card table!
Of course Avi was focused on the band from the beginning and when we went to go hear Dexter Lake Club Band it was magic, and I’m not exaggerating. We both got up from our seats in their studio and started dancing. We basically hired them on the spot.
From there things really fell into place, we met with Sarah Tew, and fell in love with her approach and her creative and colorful photography. We loved our engagement photos and were just so excited to get to work with her again at the wedding!
We worked with the wonderful Chef Rossi of Raging Skillet to create at autumn themed menu filled with apples, pears, figs, and squash. I wanted to feed people things that I would want to cook and of course eat. We got so many compliments on Chef Rossi’s creative food, especially the one bite desserts!
As the wedding approached and the weather got colder, I started go get really excited about our fall themed wedding and began to gather things to help make the day more personal, more us. We ordered menu cards, table numbers and bar menus. Again, gold, and leafy throughout. We came up with specialty cocktails- an old fashioned for avi, of course, and a pear bellini for me! We decided on maple syrup favors, keeping with the theme, plus we loved the idea that people could enjoy our favor after the wedding!
Finally, in the weeks leading up to the wedding, we gathered vintage picture frames for a family photo table and last but not least a typewriter for our guest book table. I loved using etsy to come up with creative ideas and found some of the most creative and wonderful people on that site. We especially loved our cake toppers, which I ordered to look like us, from etsy.
More from photographer Sarah Tew, We shot their getting ready at the slick downtown hotel Sixty LES and then headed across the river to Brooklyn for portraits down by the water with the bridge views. A major thank you to Becky and Avi and their wedding party for bearing with me out there in the chilly weather– it was totally worth it! On the walk back to their limo my assistant photographer noticed a “light show” that he said was happening just that weekend under the manhattan bridge so I swept the couple up there to see what cool shots we might be able to get– sure enough I was able to quickly do an interesting silhouette against the colorful lighting and sculpture pieces they had set up there.
Once we got to the venue we took care of the family group shots and captured a sweet Ketubah signing before the ceremony and reception. Probably the highlight of the evening was Avi’s surprise serenade of sorts– after cutting the cake he was introduced and sat down to play an Elliott Smith song, but then with help from the band transitioned into an impressive hip hop number that had everyone rushing to the dance floor. The delight on Becky’s face was priceless and I was so thrilled to capture this fantastic performance. All in all this wedding just ruled. Congratulations to this amazing couple!