Haley And Matt Photo By Dorie Hagler Of Shoot The Cake

Haley & Matt

Real Weddings



Photography by Dorie Hagler of Shoot the Cake

As the International Fashion Manager at Elle magazine, there was no doubt that Haley’s wedding would be full of high style, modernity and sophistication. With her groom, Matt, she wanted a wedding that was “Warehouse chic, modern à la Calvin Klein, and with touches that made people feel like this is SO Haley and Matt,” the bride tells Twirl New York. What it lacked in hues (an all white affair with bridesmaids in black), it made up for in clever hashtags, (#matchmadeinmichigan), cute poetry and a colorful cake. With The Liberty Warehouse as their venue, this meant-to-be couple celebrated with lots of love, festivities and elation on all fronts.

Both the bride and groom attended the University of Michigan and met as juniors, but it wasn’t until their semester abroad in Rome that they fell in love. Their love story was summarized in a poem posted on their wedding website, matchmadeinmichigan.com. Though it all started in Michigan, their relationship was a world-wide affair, from Ann Arbor to Rome to New York and Chicago—it all came together with a proposal, on Haley’s birthday, in New York City. After a private moment where he proposed, the newly-engaged couple went to dinner and celebrated their engagement with their families at a local restaurant. Matt had planned a party for the following night that was changed from a birthday celebration to an engagement party and according to the bride, “It was absolutely perfect.”

The Liberty Warehouse was my dream venue. It was the only place I looked at and I knew it was the one the second I saw it. —Haley

Haley, a self-described “fashion girl” admits that when it came to the wedding it was all about the dress. She found the dress of her dreams by J. Mendel at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Bridal Salon. A very fashionable and fun choice, her pictures show the bride enjoyed every moment in her bridal gown. Prior to the wedding she kept calling the aisle “the runway” showing subconsciously where her head was at when it came to donning that sophisticated frock. She completed her wedding-day look with Manolos and borrowed jewelry, some of which was blue. This fashionista was ready.

For her wedding colors, Haley felt she could have a chic and traditional wedding yet it could be modernized in a cool way by using all white flowers, with bridesmaids in black for contrast. Haley enthusiastically adds, “My florist, Jade Rojas, from Ravens Hallow Guild, brought my vision to life completely. She listened and added her own touches to make it even more beautiful.”

When it came to her venue, she knew it the moment she saw it. “The Liberty Warehouse was my dream venue. It was the only place I looked at and I knew it was the one the second I saw it. It was exactly what I imagined – modern, beautiful views, and amazing staff,” she gushes.

While her wedding was white and black, she wanted to surprise her guests with a colorful wedding cake and worked with her favorite bakery, Empire Cake, to replicate a cake she had seen covered with rainbow sprinkles. There was nothing traditional in this decadent dessert, and the bride really got into the little details, “I actually custom ordered the sprinkles so they would be exactly as I imagined them.”

Haley doesn’t take all the credit for her fabulous fete, “The music was key to the entire experience we were trying to create – we knew we wanted a female DJ with live instruments (specifically an electric violin + drums). Matt led the charge on this and found DJ Alison Kinney from More Than Music. She was AMAZING and so was our female electric violinist.”

And while she had the dream dress, the ideal location, and of course, a great guy, Haley seemed to always have her pulse on what was most important. “I believe having a wedding is a test of how much you can endure and how many things can go wrong and how you can brush it off and not lose sight of the reason you are doing it….to marry the man of your dreams.”

Photography Dorie Hagler, Shoot the Cake
Month of Coordinator Candice Medenica at Everswoon
Venue The Liberty Warehouse
Floral Design Jade Rojas, Raven Hollow Guild Inc.
Wedding Dress Designer J. Mendel
Bridal Salon Saks Fifth Avenue
Groom’s Attire J. Crew
Groom’s Shoes Hugo Boss
Bride’s Jewelry borrowed from best friend and mother
Bride’s wedding ring from her mother
Groom’s wedding ring was his grandfathers
Invitations Judy Fineman at Noteworthy Designs in Atlanta
Officiant Rabbi Jonathan Blake
Catering The Liberty Warehouse
Wedding Cake Empire Cake
Videography Aaron Dienner,Lavon Films
Hotel for Bridal Party and Guests The Ritz Carlton – Battery Park
Music, Ceremony NY Ceremony Music
Music, Reception More Than Music, Alison Kinney
AV/Lighting Pegasus Productions
Transportation Coachman Limo
Make up Macaire Gigler
Hair Brian Devine