November in New York is a lucky time for Megan Sullivan and Craig Dacey. "We met through mutual friends while we were all cheering on the runners in the 2010 New York Marathon," Megan remembers. "We had a blast, and Craig asked for my number. We had our first date a few days later, and it went on from there!" Two years later, Craig brought Megan back to the site of their first date and, despite the cold, got down on one knee on the sidewalk. "It was such a New York City moment," says Megan.
On November 22nd, 2013, Craig and Megan invited 140 guests to the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, New York for a cozy celebration that celebrated the city — and the people — who brought them together. Keep reading to see all the lush details, photographed by Brookelyn Photography.
Megan's sister designed the invitations, which combined 1920s details, touches of gold, and movie marquee typography (a nod to Craig's love of movies and the site of the couple's first date and engagement).
Megan thought she'd already found her wedding gown — until she saw this one by Watters. "Since I thought I'd already found my gown, I spent my appointment at Lovely Bride in TriBeCa trying on things I wouldn't normally have picked," says Megan. That's when she fell in love with the intricate sparkling design. "We used some extra fabric to create cap sleeves, and I was sold!"
Megan's sister and sisters-in-law served as bridesmaids, choosing their own gray dresses. All four women carried bouquets of anemone, deep red tea roses, lambs ear, and berries.
"Craig and I loved taking pictures before the ceremony," says Megan. "It gave us some time alone, and we loved using the neighborhood's urban landscape as a backdrop." Megan traipsed down the sidewalk in silver embellished pumps by Betsey Johnson.
The couple worked with Kim Worley of New York Wedding Officiants to craft a personalized ceremony. They exchanged vows in front of a vignette created by their coordinator and floral designer, Melissa Lee of Bespoke Only, that included glowing candles and dramatic arrangements of anemones, roses, branches, and leaves.
Instead of a seated dinner, Craig and Megan hosted a cocktail-style reception, with passed hors d'oeuvres and entrée stations. Scattered throughout the venue were clustered arrangements of tulips, anemones, lambs ear, and roses in mismatched vessels. "Melissa styled the venue's furniture into little nooks and covered the surfaces with candles," says Megan.
With a late November wedding date, Megan and Craig decided to go seasonal with their favors. Megan's mom handmade Christmas ornaments using vintage maps of New York City, customizing each ornament with intersections and city landmarks.
"It was so special getting to be surrounded by all the people we love. Every time we turned around, there was someone important in our lives," says Megan.
The couple spent the holidays on an extended honeymoon, spending four days in Hong Kong and then three weeks exploring Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Phuket in Thailand. "The trip was full of many indulgences and beautiful culture," says the bride. Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building || Wedding Coordinator and Floral Design: Bespoke Only || Officiant: Kim Worley of New York Wedding Officiants || Bride's Wedding Dress: Watters, from Lovely Bride || Shoes: Betsey Johnson || Jewelry: Freida Rothman || Hair: Christine Gatto of Salon Caru || Makeup: Erica Travers Martell of Dana Bartone & Co. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell, Bill Levkoff || Groom's Attire: Robbie & Co. || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Artistic Jewelers Inc., (516) 777-7755 || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Bride's Sister || Music: ceremony & reception - Drew Burroughs of Beat Train Productions, cocktail hour - Marty Attridge || Catering: Bellport Country Club || Cake: Sweet & Shiny || Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals || Favors: The Bride's Mother || Videography: Craig Dacey || Photography: Brookelyn Photography