On Laura and Ron's first NYC date in 2008, a major snag almost derailed their relationship forever. Ron, a die-hard dessert lover, wanted to impress his date by ordering the perfect last course—only to find the restaurant served nothing but pudding. On their next date, Laura was appalled when Ron ordered his steak medium well and refused to try her mussels. Luckily, the two food lovers were able to overcome their differences, and on every date since (and there were many), they made sure to consult with each other before ordering. Five years later, Laura and Ron tied the knot in a city loft overlooking Manhattan, with plenty of flowers, gorgeous modern décor, and a menu befitting their gourmet taste. Check out Dave Robbins' photos of their beautiful New York bash below!
In October 2012, Ron proposed in true foodie style: he arranged a private lesson for Laura with a world-class chef, then played a video montage of their four years together. At the end of the video, Ron's daughter came on screen and asked if Laura could marry both Ron and her—as Ron got down on one knee. Laura finally managed to say yes when she stopped crying!
Laura wore a custom designed gown by Junko Yoshioka. "I fell in love with a fabric she'd used for a different dress, and Junko designed a new dress around it," Laura explained. "The fabric was amazing—very textural without being full of bling, beads or sequins." Paired with deep navy Brian Atwood shoes and a clean-lined veil by Stella Gabriel, Laura was every part the modern city bride.
Laura and Ron's florist, Designs by Ahn, helped create a birch-trunk chuppah with flowers suspended from fishing wire. At their Jewish ceremony, Ron's daughter walked him down the aisle—so sweet!
When searching for their venue, Laura and Ron had two priorities: it had to have a quintessential New York feel, and it had to have absolutely amazing food. They found what they were looking for in Press Lounge, a loft with stunning views of the city. "We loved the fact that it's not a typical wedding venue," Laura says.
Even though Laura and Ron got married in mid-summer, when some of the brightest flowers of the year were in bloom, they didn't want to stray from the modern, classic design they both love. They stuck with color palette of navy, charcoal, and white, and added natural elements—like woodgrain menus—to warm up their palette. Low, modern all-white centerpieces and plenty of candlelight added extra glam.
Instead of a single signature cocktail, Laura and Ron paired drinks with each hors d'oeuvre they passed during the cocktail hour. These cucumber margaritas went perfectly with lobster tacos!
For dinner, guests got the royal treatment. They started with either chilled corn voulette with crab, olive oil, lemon, and chives or salad with peaches and blackberries, followed by halibut, duck, or goat cheese gnocchi. Instead of a seated dessert course, mini chocolate ganache cakes, mini tiramisu, and mini berry trifle were passed. And as the dancing heated up late at night, guests snacked on churros.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Press Lounge || Planner: Anna Leath of Just About Married || Bridal gown: Junko Yoshioka || Veil: Sara Gabriel || Shoes: Brian Atwood || Hair: Mia Santiago Styling || Bridesmaid's Dresses: Amsale || Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Louis Purple || Invitations, menus, and Ketubah: Sideshow Press || Programs, signage, and cocktail napkins: Express Yourself Basalt || Table numbers, place cards, escort cards: CakeTopperConnection || Calligraphy: BPinvites || Flowers: Designs by Ahn || Catering and cake: Print Restaurant || Music: Storytellers Band || Rentals: Taylor Creative Inc., Broadway Party Rentals, Nuage Designs, La Tavola || Photographer: Dave Robbins