April 24, 2008

Ralph & Priya: April 19; The Rainbow Room

Of all the places to get married in NYC, the Rainbow Room on the top floor of NBC Studios in the Rockefeller Plaza, is surely one of the most spectacular places due to both its views and location. Ralph and Priya made good use of the location with photos by talented Dan Loh of Manhattan (photo above) as they excitedly waited for the start of the ceremony.

The bride- Vera Wang's assistant- was dressed in an incredible gown personally customized by Vera, who was escorted down the aisle just before the wedding party.

The Rainbow Room looked and sounded incredible with the flower petals and candles lining the runner and music from a live trio that included a harpist. Ralph and Priya could not stop smiling and looking into each other's eyes for the duration of the ceremony, which included a mix from both Hindu and Christian customs.

The first kiss as a married couple and ensuing exit resulted in a loud cheer from the large group of guests that had come from near and far.

After enjoying cocktail hour and its stunning views of NYC, the guests re-entered the Rainbow Room which had been transformed into an amazing party space.

The couple was announced and went into their first dance which was followed by non-stop dancing and partying the rest of the night, captured by Tim Alan Smith. Other highlights included the cake-cutting, two toasts, a speech by the couple and Ralph being hoisted in the air by his friends. All and all, a night the couple and their guests won't soon forget.

April 07, 2008

Chris & Laura; March 29; The Church of the Ascension and the Manhattan Penthouse

Chris and Laura had a beautiful yet brisk day to celebrate their wedding on March 29 with a ceremony at the Church of Ascension of Fifth Avenue and 10th street to start things off.

Laura looked beautiful as she came down the aisle towards her waiting groom. The vows were the highlight of course, and the couple hardly unlocked hands for the rest of the ceremony.

After greeting guests after the ceremony, the couple spent some time walking through the meat packing district with Tim Alan videographer, Dan, as well as the photographer. The wind blew Laura's veil (above) which always makes for good photos!

From there, they headed to Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue and 14th Street for a night of revelry. Guests enjoyed the spectacular city views from the grand windows that overlooked NYC as they enjoyed cocktails and appetizers before entering the great room for the reception.

Laura and Chris were then introduced and went right into their first dance. Other reception highlights included a few toasts, parent dances, a shot-glass toast by the bar, and spirited dancing that concluded with Sinatra's 'New York, New York' to end the night.

April 04, 2008

Sarina & Len, March 29; The Water's Edge

Sarina & Len had a beautiful day in NYC last Saturday as they celebrated their wedding with family and friends at the Water's Edge in Long Island City.

Sarina arrived first, getting ready in the bridal suite upstairs where I joined photographers Jared Charney and Coke O'Neal. When Len arrived about 45 minutes later, we arranged for him and Sarina to meet for the first time of the day at the bottom of the stairs.

The happy couple then took photos on the outside deck with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline behind them.

After family and wedding party photos and a quick rehearsal inside, the couple signed the Ketubah and got ready for the ceremoy. Guests arrived on ferries from Manhattan and were ushered to their seats.

After a very intimate ceremony under the Chuppah, the celebration began. Guests were ushered into the adjoining space for cocktail hour before being the entire room opened up for the reception.

Some of the reception highlights included toasts by the sisters and fathers, the Horah and first dance, Len's amazing dancing and a special song by Sarina for Len to end the night.