A Quintessentially New York Wedding Beneath the 59th Street Bridge

Real Weddings

Marietta McEvilly, 31, and James Cowan, 36, knew they had something special from the beginning. And it's a good thing, too, because right after the pair met in December of 2010, Marietta headed to Thailand—for two months! A year later, on the morning of New Year's Eve, Jim brought his sisters to the yoga class Marietta was teaching. "He managed to sneak our family in to the studio, then he proposed at the end of class," she says.

The bride grew up hoping she could get married at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, and she and her fiancé were thrilled to be able to say "I do" there. For the reception, they headed east to Guastavino's, beneath the 59th Street Bridge. "It's everything we love about New York," says Marietta.

Keep reading to see the couple's elegant, old New York wedding on March 9th, 2013, photographed by Ashley Therese Photography.

The Big Apple lent itself perfectly to the couple's graphic invitations, featuring a photograph of the Chrysler Building.

Marietta chose her Pnina Tornai dress with tradition in mind. "I always imagined myself in a classic lace gown," she says, "and wanted a silhouette I could imagine my grandmothers wearing, but that I could also pass down to future generations." Her beaded lace gown with appliqued straps fit the bill perfectly.

Marietta paired her gown with metallic Jimmy Choo sandals and a sculptural bouquet combining white roses, ranunculus, and green and purple succulents. "It was slightly less traditional, but I was thrilled with it," she says.

The bride walked down the aisle hand-in-hand with her mother before wedding Jim during a full Catholic mass.

Instead of using numbers, each table at Jim and Marietta's reception was named after a New York landmark, like the Empire State Building or Grand Central Station

"We wanted the architecture of the venue to stand out," says Marietta, "so we kept the décor simple and used mostly greenery." Uplighting highlighted the arched ceiling, and strands of lights hung over the dance floor.

Centerpieces of leaves, vines, and orchids were simple enough to not distract from the incredible menu, featuring wild mushroom ravioli, filet of beef with roasted potatoes, and halibut with tomato and onion confit. Guests sipped on the signature Guastavini, a glass of champagne mixed with pomegranate juice.

The simple wedding cake featured layers of chocolate cake with salted caramel filling, all frosted in chocolate buttercream. A fondant outline of the New York skyline was wrapped around the middle tier.

After dancing 'til late to the Chris Michaels Band, the couple took a mini-moon to Niagara Falls. A few months later, they headed to South Africa for their honeymoon.

Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Cathedral || Reception Venue: Guastavino's || Day-of Coordinator: Marissa Mortimer of Lavish Occasions || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Pnina Tornai || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Tuula Pera || Makeup: Giggar Makeup Artistry || Wedding Bands: Razz Jewelers || Florist: Clarks House of Flowers || Invitations & Paper Goods: Bella Figura || Music: Chris Michaels Band || Catering: Guastavino's || Cake: Baked || Photography: Ashley Therese Photography

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