“From the minute we got engaged we kept saying “we don’t want a traditional wedding – we want a party!” Samantha told Twirl New York. And with that in mind, Samantha and Sloan created an event that was celebratory, and filled with New York-inspired touches.
The couple chose to wed in the city so family and friends with young children could be there. Originally they thought they would have a small City Hall ceremony, but instead opted for a black-tie wedding wedding, complete with an after party at The Union League Club on Park Avenue.
From the minute we got engaged we kept saying ‘we don’t want a traditional wedding – we want a party!’ With that in mind we kept the mood light and festive.” — Samantha
According to the bride, who had previous experience helping out with corporate events, “it was a big celebration, nothing was overly structured.” From shopping for her gown, to picking flowers, to choosing a cake, Samantha brought pictures of her ideas to every vendor, knowing the colors, feeling and statement she wanted to make with each and every detail.
Everything celebrated New York City. From the save the dates adorned with metallic fireworks, and big bold NYC letters, to the envelopes of the invitations showcasing city skylines, to the “I heart SB” (instead of the iconic “I heart NYC”) postcards, where guests could write well wishes to the couple, everything had a touch of a nod to the Big Apple. Even the photos they took after the ceremony, on the roof of the Union League Club, used our city as its magical backdrop.
Some personal touches were implemented to keep the event from feeling too formal. The escort cards had each guests’ name on them, but when guests arrived at their place setting, their nickname was used to mark their place. And the after party was a room at the Union League Club turned into a Billiard Bar, clad with a photo booth and DJ who played into the early hours of the next morning.
Venue and Catering The Union League Club
Floral Design Belle Fleur
Wedding Dress Designer Lela Rose
Bridal Salon Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier
Invitations and Calligraphy Cheree Berry
Wedding Cake Nine Cakes
Videography Well Spun Weddings
Ceremony Music New York Ceremony Music
Reception Music Vali Entertainment
Hotel for the Bride and Groom The Mark Hotel NYC
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Photo Booth Rental Smilebooth
Groom’s Attire Armani
Groom’s shoes Gravati Shoes
Groom’s cufflinks Thomas Pink
Wedding Ring Custom design by Daria decoding
Bride’s Hair and Makeup Frederic Fekkai at The Mark Hotel
Wedding Favors Custom Cookies
After-Party DJ JT Mudd
After-Party Catering Bareburger