Rustic Opulence at
a Boutique Hotel Wedding

Real Weddings
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Photo: Kathi Littwin Photography

Marcy and Aaron first met on a blind date, and went out for nine months before getting engaged. "We decided together to get married—there wasn't an actual proposal," Marcy says. The couple chose the Bowery Hotel for the ceremony and reception after a close friend recommended the venue. "It was the first and only space we looked at," says the bride. She wore a knee-length dress by Oscar de la Renta, purchased from Bergdorf Goodman. "A classic cocktail dress was perfect—I didn't want to wear something that would overpower me or the space," says Marcy. Her sister served as maid of honor and carried a bouquet of dahlias and fresh herbs.

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The evening ceremony was officiated by a childhood friend of the groom, and included readings of The Velveteen Rabbit and Bob Dylan's song "Forever Young." The chuppah and all the wedding's floral design was by Petal Design Studio.

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Escort cards were presented in a vintage library card catalogue. Dinner tables displayed centerpieces of weathered ceramic vases and terra-cotta pots filled with jewel-toned flowers, autumnal fruit, and fresh herbs. The couple's 185 guests sat at long tables; the meal was served family style, and featured Italian comfort foods.

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During dinner, the couple listened as both of their fathers offered touching toasts. Guests were given miniature pies (from meredithsbread.com) and bags of coffee (from portorico.com) as favors. For dessert, guests enjoyed slices of tiramisu, a specialty of Gemma, the hotel's restaurant, which provided all the catering.

Marcy and Aaron chose "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" by the Ink Spots for their first dance. At one point, guests lifted them up on chairs for the traditional hora, after which they embraced. Live music was provided by Raggs and the All-Stars. Later, DJ Jay McElfresh spun modern tracks. "We loved celebrating with our guests," says Marcy, "from the moment they arrived until the very end of the night."

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Photos: Kathi Littwin Photography

Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta from Bergdorf Goodman || Ceremony and Reception Site: Bowery Hotel || Flowers: Petal Design Studio || Dessert: Gemma || Music: Raggs and the All-Stars, DJ Jay McElfresh || Photographer: Kathi Littwin Photography

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