Intimate Wedding in New York City

by Bridestory Mar 23, 2015 | 08:30 in Real Weddings 


As a city that never sleeps, New York is known for its distinguished flavor of fun, food and music. This wedding combines all the three elements and become so especially beautiful in its own way. Basking in the metropolitan city theme however, the words grand and majestic are not the words to describe the wedding; instead it was close knitted and intimate.

Set at a French restaurant in East Village, their wedding reception was nothing but warm and romantic. We love the couple's choice to go with Marsala hues on the flower centerpieces that added extra elegance to the whole theme. The bride's look for the night was also a perfect fit. In that sleeveless V-neck mermaid dress complimented with a low-bun-do, she can move around easily to mingle with her guests. Matt and Sam even took the effort of writing each guest a personal note, how lovely is that?

Everything was affectionate and everyone looked cozy. Shortly, it's the wedding you can't not fall in love with. Snuggle up in your comfy chair as you enjoy these pretty-pretty pictures of Matt and Sam's intimate reception.

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Here is a little story from the photographer, Rebecca Yale:

Sam and Matt's story started in New York City. First meeting as co-workers and graduate students at NYU, where they shared a mutual interest in urban policy, they became quick friends with their love of the city, music, and food. Three years later, Matt proposed under a blooming cherry blossom tree in Central Park. Five months later, they were married by a close friend's father at a French restaurant called Lafayette in the East Village.

The ceremony and reception took place in a candlelit room dripping with romance. From flowers in gem tones, candles in every corner, bottles of wine lining the walls, and the occasional rumble of a passing subway train, the room glowed with old New York glamour.

The ceremony was a celebration of the friends and family that had traveled all over the world to be part of this special occasion. The ceremony started with the groom's best friend playing Bach's Prelude to Suite No. 3 and then the bride walked down the aisle with her father to an excerpt from Bach's Suite No. 4 Bourree II . Then two friends and the groom's sister and her husband did readings that the couple selected. Under a floral arch, the officiant then presented his reflections on marriage that was a perfect representation of what the Matt and Sam want to build together as partners. Friends and family wept and laughed through the entire ceremony; there was an abundance of love and joy in the room.

A quartet of drums, piano, bass, and saxophone then played jazz through the remainder of the evening. The dinner included delicious appetizers and entrees from grilled prawns to black macaroni with rock shrimp to dry aged steak with béarnaise butter. At every place setting, the happy newlywed left handwritten notes for each guest thanking them for being part of their lives and this special night. After dinner nearly every guest was dancing. The magical evening ended at Lafayette with macaroons, canéles, and a lot of love.


  • Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits
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  • Flowers: Raquel Corvino
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  • Bridal: Lovely Bridal Shop | Nicole Miller
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  • Invitations: Antiquaria
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  • Venue: Lafayette | The Bowery Hotel
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  • Jewelry: Anna Sheffield
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  • Hair & Makeup: Antoine Brechu
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  • Others (Unique Services): Calligraphy by Lauren Saylor from A Fabulous Fete
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  • Men's Formal Wear: Proper Suit

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