In a city as big as ours, it’s funny to think you can walk into a neighborhood coffee shop, looking for a cup of joe, and walk out having met the person you’’ll spend the rest of your life with. So was the case for Lori and John, who met at Grounded, a West Village coffee shop. John noticed Lori as soon as she walked in and approached her for her number. The two started dating soon afterwards. “We quickly grew close while exploring the city and traveling together.“ Lori tells Twirl New York. After a proposal in Paris, the couple decided to marry at City Hall in Lower Manhattan followed by a reception at The Standard, East Village.
When asked to describe the aesthetic of their wedding, Lori says it was modern, avant garde. And to convey that look and feel to their guests they mailed ivory-colored invitations with touches of metallic gold from Minted. Lori hand wrote each address on the outer envelopes putting her years of calligraphy practice to good use.
For the wedding’s color palette they mixed ivory with green, red, purple and gold, and worked with florist Adore Floral to design all the arrangements. “They knocked it out of the park!” the Bride exclaims.
Being adventurous eaters who rarely cook at home, Lori and John embraced the “foodie kingdom” of the East Village for their family-style Sunday supper celebration the night before their wedding. Root & Bone, a southern restaurant started by two Top Chefs, Janine Booth and Jeff Mcinnes, was the spot they chose to kick of their wedding festivities. Close friends and family from all over the country were present for the celebration. “John is from Charleston and I’m from Baton Rouge, so we had to integrate southern food at some point in our wedding weekend,” Lori explains. “Root & Bone was the dream spot! We rented out the entire restaurant for the night and shared course after course of shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, brisket biscuits, deviled eggs, custom crafted cocktails and scrumptious desserts!”
The East Village is one of the most vibrant, artistic neighborhoods in New York City, and The Standard East Village, along with our wedding elements, amplified the eccentric charm.—Lori
When it came time to shop for her wedding dress, Lori was really hoping to find one by Nicole Miller, because she had special ties to the legendary designer. “I have been visiting Nicole Miller’s showroom in the Garment District for quite some time and have done special projects with the designer. After browsing a selection of gowns in a safely guarded closet I found the winner after only trying on four dresses. It was really special to find my wedding dress in Nicole’s showroom surrounded by old friends and fashionistas.”
For her shoes, Lori chose an ivory satin pair with kitten heels and rhinestones on the toe from Benjamin Adams London’s bridal collection. “I was at a comfortable height throughout the night and sparkling with each step.”
For the reception menu, Lori and John worked closely with the chef and staff of Narcissa, the in-house restaurant at The Standard East Village. “We selected a few priority favorites, like the duck cigars and fried artichokes, and then left the rest up to the experts at Narcissa.”
For their wedding cake, Milk Bar was the natural choice since the couple often went there for treats during their courtship. “Their naked layer cakes also played into our artful avant garde reception theme,” explains Lori. “Plus they taste amazing.”
Possibly the most memorable aspect of their decor was the inclusion of ice sculptures.
“Okamoto Studios is incredibly talented and innovative,” shares Lori. “We worked together to sketch out the idea which was centered around freezing elements inside the ice in a grid. We selected flowers that were part of our florist’s palette and strawberries, because our cake was a strawberry lemon layer cake. The ice sculpture turned out to be a standout feature of the decor.”
And when it came to favors, they wanted them to be something that was a unique keepsake, so they hired Mara Cespon, an illustrator, to draw caricatures. “We didn’t want silly, exaggerated feature ones,” Lori explains. “She sets a 4-minute time limit while using colored inks to paint intricate details of your portrait. Mara was such a star at the reception and most of our guests have framed their illustration. You can’t say that about most wedding favors!”
Photography Lord Ashbury
Venue, Sunday Supper Root & Bone
Venue, Ceremony City Hall
Venue, Reception The Standard Hotel East Village
Floral Design Adore Floral
Wedding Dress Designer Nicole Miller
Bridal Salon handpicked in Designer’s showroom
Catering The Standard East Village, Narcissa
Wedding Cake Milk Bar
Music, Reception Groupo Irek
Hotel for guests The Ludlow Hotel, The Standard East Village
Groom’s Attire Bottega Veneta
Engagement Ring Groom’s Family Heirloom
Makeup Eric Holt, NARS