Rachel and Brett were married at the modern Studio 450 in a Jewish ceremony that was joyful and bright. The open studio space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Manhattan was the perfect blank canvas for Rachel, an artist by day, to work her magic and transform it into a unique merging of tradition and whimsy. Thanks to Karen Hill Photography for capturing the day perfectly and sharing it with us!
The Couple: Rachel and Brett
The Wedding: 5.26.13 – Studio 450, New York, NY
The Goals: We wanted a NYC wedding with the ceremony and reception in the same venue. The location was a priority, as well as the feel of the space, and possibilities to make it our own.
The Design: Rachel is an artist, so she had a hand in everything related to the atmosphere and design of the wedding. She designed our invitations with a drawing of leaves and did hand gold-leafing on each one. She also designed the programs, menus and Ketubah with the same theme. Studio 450 in Manhattan was the perfect venue because it was a blank canvas with huge, wrap-around windows with stunning views of Manhattan, and a roof-top deck. We customized the space to our liking with square tables, gold chiavari chairs, and tall whimsical flowers. Instead of party favors, we decided to donate money to the Cancer Research Foundation. Rachel lost her father to cancer 6 years ago, and this is a cause close to our hearts.
The Look: Rachel got her wedding dress 70% off at a sample sale at Saks Fifth Avenue. The dress was an Ulla-Maija tulle ballgown, with a satin empire waist. She got all her wedding jewelry at an awesome vintage shop in NYC called Eye Candy. The guy there is a amazing and always searching for new, unique pieces. The bridesmaids wore different versions of a Jim Hjelm short dress that had layers of graphite and gold organza. The groomsmen wore black suits with black ties.
The Moments: The ceremony was the most special. The first dance was also a memorable moment, we remember looking around us seeing all of our guests, and then seeing these amazing views of the city surrounding us.
The Advice: The biggest success was that our family and friends had a great time. We spent a year planning for this one day, and to see everything come together perfectly in the end was priceless.
Thanks to Rachel and Brett for sharing their New York wedding with us!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Karen Hill Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Studio 450
Officiant: Rabbi Jeffrey Segelman and Rabbi Mordechai Scharf (Bride’s Uncle)
Invitation Designer: Rachel Kohn (artist and bride)
Catering: Main Event
Florist: Columbia Florist, Bronx, NY
Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija Couture
Bridal Accessories: Eye Candy
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Jim Hjelm
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: Jos. A Bank
Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: Jos. A Bank
Hair: Sam and Nica Salon
Makeup: Karen A. Makeup Artist
Live Music: Joel Young Band of Hank Lane Music
Transportation: Sky Line Limousine
Favors: Donated money to Cancer Research Foundation
Rings: Mark Henry