New York may be a big city, but you never know who may be living next door or be stopping into your bar on a weekly basis. For Cara, that person was Fitz. As she was finishing her masters degree, she took a bartending job. Fitz had just begun working after graduating from the French Culinary Institute, and he and the other cooks used to stop into her bar throughout the week to chat. The duo discovered they were neighbors, and became close friends. Nearly three years into their friendship, Fitz worked up the courage to ask Cara out on a date, and they've been together ever since.
On Cara's birthday in 2008, the couple spent the day celebrating, going around the city to eat at their favorite places. After dinner, they got caught in the rain and were completely drenched by the time they arrived home at their Alphabet City apartment. Once inside, Fitz announced that it was time for him to give Cara her gift, and got down on one knee. "It was perfect," says Cara.
The New York City couple kept it local when planning their June 8th, 2013 wedding. The ceremony took place at Trinity Church on Wall Street, then headed out to the raw space of Brooklyn's The Green Building. "Our vision for the wedding was to throw the best party we could," Cara says.
It's all about the accessories. Fitz wore detailed derby shoes from Allen Edmonds, while Cara donned a pair of shimmering Christian Louboutin pumps. She chose an elegant diamond band to complement her engagement ring.
The couple sent out a blackboard-inspired Save The Date card, then followed up with simple invitations featuring a hand-tooled motif.
Cara's father escorted her down the aisle of Trinity Church. "We actually picked Trinity Church by accident," says the bride. "There's another Trinity Church in the city, but through some loophole we managed to get onto the calendar at Trinity Church Wall Street. It's so beautiful, so we went with it!"
Cara wore a drop-waisted lace gown by Watters. "I thought lace would be too conventional for me, but my mother and mother-in-law pushed for me to try it on," she says. "Once it was on, I could see myself getting married in the dress. Everyone agreed, and I had my dress by the end of our first day of shopping!" Fitz wore a gray suit with a playful purple tie.
An oversized chalkboard directed guests to their tables at The Green Building. Because both the bride and groom work in the culinary industry, food and cocktails were a priority. Cara's specialty cocktail was a cucumber-lime gin fizz, while Fitz's was a Meyer lemon and Bulleit bourbon cocktail.
Chandeliers lit the exposed brick walls at the reception. Cara's maid of honor did all of the calligraphy for the table numbers and escort cards. Guests dined on a wide variety of bites during cocktail hour, from deviled quail eggs to mini lobster rolls. The highlight of dinner, served family-style, was Fitz's personal fried chicken recipe.
Instead of a traditional cake, the couple served a huge variety of pies in all different shapes and sizes.
"I can't recommend a wedding planner enough," says Cara. "They can offer invaluable advice and really keep you on track with planning and budgeting. Our planner was so great at telling us when we had to let things go and make a final decision."
Ceremony Venue: Trinity Wall Street || Reception Venue: The Green Building || Wedding Planner: Michelle Newson of Onederland Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters, purchased at Lovely || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom's Suit: Family Britches || Bride's Wedding Band: Diamonds by Diana || Music: DJ Joe Ballance || Catering & Pies: Mary Giuliani Catering & Events || Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals || Transportation: New York Checker || Photography: Joshua Zuckerman Photography