Whimsical Gardens Meets Black Tie Affair at This Lotos Club Wedding

May 11, 2024 | justine

Jessica and Brian’s Lotos Club wedding embodied the essence of a timeless celebration. With its picturesque venue, abundant blooms and greenery, classic color palette, and chic attire, their special day had all the ingredients of a dreamy wedding. It was a perfect blend of whimsical garden charm and sophisticated black-tie elegance, creating a truly magical atmosphere for their guests to enjoy.

The ceremony unfolded in the Tennyson Room, where the sparkling chandeliers and intricate window details set the stage. After sharing heartfelt vows, everyone gathered in the Ballroom for the reception, which was transformed into a magical wonderland that brought the beauty of the outdoors inside. Soft lighting, elegant table settings, and stunning florals and greenery adorned the space, creating an atmosphere of pure enchantment. As the night progressed, guests danced the night away in the cozy ambiance of the library.

Thanks to Junebug florist Laura Clare Design,  it had everything they could have hoped for and more. If you’ve been envisioning a classically romantic affair filled with timeless details and personal touches, then this is the perfect inspiration for you. Luckily, Michelle Scott beautifully captured this breathtaking day. These stunning photos are filled with ideas that will never go out of style.

The Couple:

Jessica and Brian

The Wedding:

Lotos Club, New York, United States

Creating Three Modern Yet Timeless Wedding Looks

I had an entire inspiration board for a modern, drapey silk charmeuse dress. I wanted a dress that felt sophisticated since I work in fashion, yet one that would fit in with the old-world aesthetic of Lotos Club. I wore my grandma’s vintage diamond and pearl earrings, my mom’s diamond necklace, and Loeffler Randall shoes. I also added a pair of custom sleeves to my dress to give it an edge. After the ceremony, I changed into a pair of Vera Wang lace sleeves. My after-party dress was a short, sparkly Johnathan Simhkai with sparkly Prada mules. My husband wore a custom-made suit from the notorious Martin Greenfield, which was midnight navy and Magnanni Tuxedo shoes.

Hand-Painted Details Created by the Bride

We hosted an intimate secret garden black-tie affair wedding. Picture enchanted details at every turn—from the fully watercolor invitation suites to the handmade watercolor menus adorned with hand-applied custom crest wax-sealed satin bows. Each romantic detail contributed to the nuanced romantic atmosphere. Every table number was illustrated and placed upon a mossy patch inside of a cloche. The tablecloths were hand-painted, and the napkins were custom-printed. Each hand-painted element, as well as the entire wedding design itself, was imagined and created by me, who is a designer and illustrator.

Discovering Old-World Charm: The Story Behind Their Wedding Venue

Although we initially sought a modern venue, our search led us to the enchanting old-world charm of The Lotos Club in New York City’s Upper East Side. Serendipity brought us here one day while wandering the neighborhood, and we were immediately captivated by its intricate charm, ornate architectural details, and elegant grand piano. Our wedding celebrated with our 75 closest friends and family members was beyond extraordinary—a perfect-sized gathering for a magical affair.

How Jessica Used Her Background in Design to Make Their Lotos Club Wedding Unique

At our wedding, everything was handmade and custom-designed, reflecting our personal touch throughout the event. I took on the task of creating all the branding and design elements myself. From the charming place cards with illustrations and keys to the elegant invitations, save the dates, and menus adorned with custom illustrations and sealed with bows, every detail was crafted with care. I also made the drink menus, signage, programs, party favors, packaging, table numbers, and even the tablecloths by hand. Each element contributed to the cohesive and unique design that made our wedding day truly special.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Michelle Scott
Event Planning + Invitation Design- JH Mintz
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Lotos Club
Floral Design – Laura Clare Design
Cake – Hide and Sweet
Videography – Rever Weddings
Makeup Artist – Amy Kate
Wedding Dress – Katherine Tash
Bridal Accessories – Loffler Randall
Groom’s Apparel – Martin Greenfield


Congratulations to Jessica and Brian on their whimsical garden meets black tie Lotos Club wedding. Thank you to Michelle Scott for expertly capturing every timeless detail and offering soon-to-be-wed couples valuable inspiration to share with their team of vendors. A special acknowledgment goes to Junebug florist Laura Clare Design for making this wedding a flower-lover’s dream come true For more breathtaking celebrations she’s helped bring to fruition, explore her profile in our directory of the world’s top wedding florists.

For a timeless wedding, you can’t beat a picturesque venue, lush florals, a classic color palette, and meaningful personal touches. If you and your partner envision an elegant affair like this, explore our planning and budget guides to kickstart your journey!

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