Natalie and David aren't originally from New York, but they've lived in the city for most of their relationship, and wanted to highlight the metropolis on their wedding day. So on September 7, 2013, they invited 200 guests to join them at a truly iconic venue: The New York Public Library. "It spoke to our commitment to higher learning and classic style," says the bride (who met her husband at a dinner with friends while studying at Vanderbilt University).
Though the space is spectacular on its own, the pair knew they needed to dress it up for the occasion, so they hired Leslie Price of In Any Event to transform the Celeste Bartos Forum into a space fit for royalty — and fittingly inspired by the gardens at Versailles.
Keep reading to see all the breathtaking details, photographed by Nathan Smith for Ira Lippke Studios.
The couple's formal gold-and-navy invitation suite featured ornate details that spoke to the elegant event ahead.
Natalie's bridal look was incredibly classic. On her feet were chiffon and satin Christian Louboutin pumps, complete with a bow on each toe. Her bouquet was an all-white combination of roses and greenery. And that dress? An intricately embellished strapless lace a-line gown by Monique Lhuillier.
The bridesmaids wore a combination of deep navy and gray-blue chiffon gowns in a variety of styles. Their seasonally bright yellow calla lily and dahlia bouquets added a fun pop of color.
The ring bearers matched the groom's tuxedo, but with an age-appropriate twist: Batman socks!
After the ceremony at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Natalie, David, and the wedding party hopped on decorated pedicabs for their trip down Fifth Avenue to the library.
The stairway leading into the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building were decorated with hydrangeas and lush greenery, creating a garden atmosphere from the moment guests arrived.
Inside, candles led the way to the Forum, where the glass dome ceiling was lit to mimic a starry sky. Waiters awaited guests at long and round tables.
Towering topiaries and box-like arrangements of roses and hydrangeas in blush and coral hues mimicked Versailles's manicured grounds.
The room glowed with candlelight, creating an intimate, romantic atmosphere for the celebration. Guests dined on heirloom tomatoes and braised short ribs, sipping champagne infused with lychee or cassis.
The bride and groom love ice cream, so they asked their caterer to create a Moose Tracks-flavored ice cream cake, a nod to David's Canadian heritage. "We couldn't display it, and it was a bit hard to cut, but it was really special — and delicious!" says the bride.
Ceremony Venue: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church || Reception Venue: New York Public Library || Wedding Planner: In Any Event || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier, from Mark Ingram Atelier || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Hair: Brush || Makeup: Nam Vo Makeup || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, from Bella Bridesmaids || Florist: Lewis Miller Design || Invitations: Ceci New York || Other Paper Goods: Ana Dolan || Music: Twilight Dance Band from Star Talent Inc. || Catering & Cake: Oliver Cheng Catering || Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. || Photography: Nathan Smith for Ira Lippke Studios