Victoria and Matthew knew NYC was the only place for them to combine their love, and they did so in a glorious way. Elegance and tradition lead the way with plenty of nontraditional elements to make the day truly theirs.
A pink and white color palette perfectly echoed an atmosphere of romance and elegance. Feel free to drool over all the swoon-worthy details from this classic white and pink wedding in the full gallery here, captured by Casey Fatchett Photography. Keep reading for tips on how to create and capture all the intimate moments on your big day!
Why you should have two videographers
From The Bride: I had one videographer for the day, who came to my moms house while the girls and I got ready, and the getting ready footage is some of my favorite from the day. I only wish I had hired a second videographer to do the same at my husband's family's house. I would have loved to have video footage of him and the boys getting ready! When I began to think of the vision for our day, two words kept coming to mind, romantic and whimsical. I wanted our love to be present in every detail. I wanted warm hues, tons of candles, and classic, traditional flowers. With the help and guidance of our talented wedding planner, Danielle Elder, of Classic Events NYC, my vision started to come to life.
stray from the traditional
We also strayed from some "traditional" wedding things -- after the ceremony, instead of hopping on the party bus with our wedding party, Matthew and I drove to pictures and then on to the reception venue in our own car - this gave us a chance to have a moment to ourselves to celebrate just the two of us. We did not have our band introduce our whole wedding, just us. We also made sure our pictures were finished in time for us to enjoy our cocktail hour with our guests because - let's be honest - that's usually the best part! We cut our cake off to the side of the party - the photographer & videographer were there, but we didn't want to stop the band and the party for it, and we had a cute intimate moment together amidst the celebration. My advice would be, don't feel like you have to do traditional wedding procedures just because you've seen them done over and over again. Your wedding is about you and your significant other, and you should mold it to fit exactly what you like!
Sneak a peek at even more of Victoria and Matthew's classic elegant wedding in the video below, filmed by Casey Fatchett Photography.
Read on to hear more from the bride about the love story, the planning, and how the day turned out!
Matthew and I met and fell in love in Manhattan, rented our first apartment together in Manhattan, and were engaged in Manhattan. Having our wedding anywhere else didn’t make sense. Plus, with Matthew being from Brooklyn, and me from Westchester, we knew NYC was a happy meeting place for both our family and friends We chose to have our ceremony at The Church of Saint Francis Xavier in Chelsea because it is the church associated with the high school Matthew attended, and because we are both products of Jesuit education. It also didn’t hurt that it is breathtakingly beautiful, and reminiscent of a European cathedral.
Once the ceremony site was decided on, I began my hunt for reception venues. I searched up and down the island of Manhattan for the “just right” venue but kept coming up short. I had heard of The Liberty Warehouse after seeing pictures of friends of ours there on Facebook. The “sky on fire” sunset and perfect views of The Statue of Liberty in the pictures I had seen had me intrigued. So across the river to Brooklyn I went! It was the last venue I visited, and as soon as I rounded the corner of the pier, I knew it was where we needed to celebrate our love. The views speak for themselves, but I also fell in love with the huge windows that allowed amazing natural light into the industrial, dark warehouse, the exposed brick, and the history of the space. I loved how it was a blank canvas we could completely transform to portray our style.
Patrick at City Iris used his creativity to construct timeless centerpieces of huge globes of roses and abundant candles! He incorporated my grandmother’s Juliet cap from her wedding day into my bouquet, and topped it off with an amazing brooch. The bistro lights provided by Pegasus Lighting that we decided on helped add a warm, romantic glow above our dance floor.
Big fans of Motown, and the classics from Frank Sinatra to Billy Joel, we knew we needed a band who would deliver just that. Hank Lane was the obvious choice. The Frank Simmons band helped us dance the night away. They played crowd favorite after crowd favorite, and kept the party going all night long.
One tip everyone gave us throughout our wedding planning process was “take a moment to sit back and take it all in, because it is over in a heartbeat.” Fearing this, I knew we had to hire a photographer and videographer who would accurately capture the emotions of the day, and the moments I may have missed. I looked no further than Casey Fatchett Photography. Upon meeting Casey, I knew I could trust him to do exactly what we needed. I hardly had to tell him the shots I would like – it was like he just knew. The pictures turned out more beautiful than I ever dreamed they could.
One of my favorite parts of the planning process was creating our invitations. We worked with Ariel at Village Invites. We wanted something timeless and classic, and something that gave people a glimpse of what our wedding would be like. I chose script fonts of ivory, black, and gold foil accents. Working with Village Invites was a complete pleasure. They worked with us on every detail – big and small, and produced gorgeous invitations. We are still receiving compliments about them from our guests!
My best memories of the day include hearing Matthew say his vows to me, seeing the room at Liberty Warehouse come alive with all of our visions, and dancing our first dance to King Harvest’s “Dancing in the Moonlight” (our song). In all the years I’ve dreamed of my wedding day, from when I was a little girl to the moment Matthew proposed, I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day and night. We are so thankful to all of our amazing vendors and everyone who helped make it a day we will never forget.