Sometimes, a little Facebook stalking can be a good thing. Take Marsha, 34, and Kevin, 32, for example. The couple met working a summer job in college. They dated briefly, but lost contact when Marsha moved to London for a few years. Upon her return, the pair reconnected via social media, and they picked up their romance where it had left off.
With a love that started–and restarted–in New York, there was no question that Marsha and Kevin would take the plunge in the city that brought them together. They married beneath the stained glass windows of Riverside Church, then headed to Long Island City to celebrate surrounded by the exposed brick of The Foundry. Marsha used glowing candles and hundreds of flowers to create a theme that combined New York City's urban charm with delicate intimacy and romance.
Kevin and Marsha's wedding was an elegant combination of traditional and modern, with a ceremony at an historic New York City cathedral followed by a Long Island City reception in a raw, urban space.
The couple dated for four years before Kevin proposed. After a meal in downtown Brooklyn, Kevin suggested a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Halfway between Manhattan and Brooklyn, Kevin pointed out the dorm where Marsha had lived when they first met. He got down on one knee, saying that "not a lot of people get a second chance at love, and this time I want our love to last forever."
5" Jimmy Choo peep toe pumps sparkled beneath Marsha's lace wedding gown.
A crystal and pearl sash accentuated the bride's waist and gave her dress an elegant, edgy feel.
Marsha chose a wedding gown that was a combination of modern and traditional. The fit-and-flair shape showed off her curves, while the asymmetric lace overlay showed off an organza skirt.
The bride carried a blush and peach bouquet of Calla lilies, Juliet garden roses and spray roses. The bouquet carried extra sentimental meaning for Marsha: Kevin buys her different colors and types of roses every week.
Kevin and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres of Osiana roses, ivy leaves and lily grass.
The groom sported a sleek gray tuxedo with a silver tie, tying in to the traditional-meets-urban theme.
Kevin's custom cuff links resemble a car's gear stick.
Riverside Church's ornate doors provide a stunning backdrop for portraits. Says Marsha, "We knew right away that this was where we would be exchanging vows."
Marsha's three bridesmaids, carrying bouquets of Osiana roses, wore strapless chiffon dresses from J. Crew. They accessorized the coral-hued dresses with rhinestone belts.
She's incredibly close with her 91-year-old grandmother, so Marsha had her grandmother walk her halfway down the aisle. There, she met her father, who escorted her to her waiting groom.
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, and Marsha and Kevin didn't let it stop them from sneaking a kiss as they made their way to the reception.
Two long main tables were topped with light gray linens, allowing the colored centerpieces to pop and perfectly accenting The Foundry's exposed brick walls. Tall candelabras added a touch of glam.
The lush fuchsia centerpieces featured garden roses, hydrangeas, nerines, Calla lilies and ivy greens.
Chandeliers hung above the tables, catching the light that filtered through the venue's skylight.
The guest book was a graphic print of a tree with blush and lavender leaves.
Marsha wanted the wedding cake to be simple, yet elegant. They chose a red velvet cake topped with white fondant. White and blush petals and an embossed lace trim tied the design into the wedding's theme.
Marsha and Kevin's first dance was to "By Your Side" by Sade, a favorite of theirs from when they dated in college. Music was a priority for the couple, who had two DJs at their reception playing reggae and soca music.
The couple honeymooned in Punta Cana and, says Marsha, "married life is amazing!" Her advice for couples is to keep the day about them. "Many people may offer an opinion," says Marsha, "but it is important to stay true to your overall vision and not to be too influenced by those around you."
Ceremony Venue: The Riverside Church || Reception Venue: The Foundry || Bride's Wedding Dress: Marisa || Hair: Kisa Alexander of Neal Farinah Salon || Makeup: Face The Day NY || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Nadri || Wedding Bands: Blue Nile || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Invitations: Bella Figura || Paper Products: Village Invites || Florist: Verde Flowers || Catering: Real Food Catering || Cake: Made in Heaven Cakes || Music: Violinist from The Juilliard School, DJs from Music Mixed Intelligently || Rentals: Broadway Party Rental || Lighting: Universal Lighting & Sound || Photographer: Carmen Santorelli Photography