Rehearsal Dinner Wedding

New York City Private Club Winter Wedding & Rehearsal Dinner

Happy 2016! This blast of cold air has me thinking back to this romantic winter wedding from last February, time for long white gloves and fur coats! I have to leave some details out due to the fact the even occurred at a private club in New York City, but I still think you will see lots of wonderful details and feel the warmth of these families!

The night before the wedding a rehearsal dinner was held at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The glass ceiling of the Palm House is a stunning setting, often used for weddings, but in this case the venue was selected for a very personal reason. The groom’s parents were involved in the board and I believe his mother also worked there during the early days of their marriage. He has since passed away, so safe to say the location was very meaningful to the family. Photos of the couple were on display around the room (I love when people do this!).

The wedding took place at a private club which made it able for everyone to get ready there before the ceremony. Always a plus in the winter! The couple opted for a first look and family photos before the ceremony. I had a lighting assistant on hand to make things faster, key for weddings with lots of indoor/night shooting, especially on rainy or dark days. (Thanks Megan!)

The bride had some gorgeous family heirloom jewelry as well as a fun art deco/1920s touch to her floral decor and cake. I’ve had to pleasure to work with Diana from Petals of Locust Valley numerous times and I especially like what she did for this wedding. The gardenia in the bride’s hair was a nice fragrant touch.

The wedding reception was cocktail style with a string quartet. My favorite moments of the reception came during the speech from the best man who was so excellent, perfect amount of humor and sentiment. The next came when the bride’s grandmother said a few words that I know touched everyone in the room. I just love seeing grandmothers at weddings, might I be so lucky to live to see my grandchildren marry!

Just before the couple changed to head to (what I KNOW was a roaring after party), we went on to Park Avenue and shot in the street. Perfect end to the wedding!

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