Seth Greenfield, 34, was over an hour late to their first date, but Amanda Bicofsky, 28, didn't let that stop a chance at romance. "I let his tardiness slide and didn't cancel the date," she says. "It's the best decision I've ever made." Three years and many dates later, Seth proposed on July 4, 2013 as they watched the fireworks display from their apartment window.
For their September 20, 2014 wedding, they couple invited 100 guests to The Bowery Hotel for a night of dinner and dancing in downtown Manhattan. "We wanted a wedding that made you feel like you were having an intimate dinner with your dearest friends and family," Amanda says.
Keep reading to see their classic affair, featuring some of the top vendors in New York City — members of the LHE Collective — including photography by Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio and design by Laura Leonard and Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events.
Amanda and Seth worked with Ceci New York to create custom invitations with rose gold foil. "I had a hard time picking a design, but Seth was sure about the rose gold," Amanda says.
When Amanda went dress shopping at The Wedding Salon of Manhasset, she brought her mom, dad, future mother-in-law, two friends, and her dog, Bella, along for the trip. An illusion-neckline Reem Acra gown immediately caught her eye, and she said "yes" to the dress with the group's unanimous approval. "My friend Anthony told me it was The One and my mom started crying in agreement," she says.
She paired her dress with crystal-adorned Jimmy Choo sandals, which have since become her favorite.
The bride's bouquet was a creamy white mix of button ranunculus, Dutch tulips, mini phalaenoposis orchids, Tibet roses, and Vendela roses.
The groom and his groomsmen sported classic black tuxedos, and the bridesmaids looked equally as glam in sparkly Aidan Mattox dresses. Even pup Bella was dressed to the nines in a pearl collar.
For flowers, the ladies carried white calla lilies and the men added mini phalaenopsis orchid blossoms to their lapels.
Amanda walked down the aisle with her parents at her side.
The couple exchanged traditional vows beneath a chuppah made of birch branches and white dendrobium orchid blossoms.
After the ceremony, the group headed to the hotel's patio for mini short rib sliders, champagne, and a signature cocktail that featured Seth's favorite bourbon.
Guests sat at two long tables that lined the dining room.
The dining tables were dressed with gold linens, tall candlesticks, and arrangements of roses, dahlias, and silver foliage. The tables were named after Seth and Amanda's favorite neighborhoods in the city.
To add a personal touch to each place setting, the couple had each guest's name calligraphed on their dinner menu.
The bride and groom worked with Gemma's executive chef, Chris D'Amico, to create a custom menu of strip steak with braised black kale and creamy polenta, seared sea scallops with corn and red pepper relish, and chocolate tartlets topped with raspberries.
Seth plays the guitar and piano and loves jazz music, so Amanda had a 5-piece band play through cocktail hour and dinner. After dinner, a DJ took over, spinning John Legend's "All of Me" for the couple's first dance and Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl" for the father-daughter dance. A Chinese lion troupe performed on the dance floor, and at the end of the drumming, DJ Johnny Stuart mixed the live music into his recorded version of the hora. "If that isn't the epitome of a Chinese-Jewish wedding, I don't know what is," says the bride.
At the end of the night, the newlyweds continued the after-party with friends in their hotel suite before jetting off to Tanzania for a safari honeymoon. Amanda's advice for brides-to-be? "Include your closest friends and family in the planning," she says. "When it starts to get stressful, remember that they know you best and let them guide you."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bowery Hotel || Wedding Planner: Laura Leonard and Carrie Sartor for Lyndsey Hamilton Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Reem Acra || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: David Cotteblanche of Red Market Salon || Makeup: Luis Rodriguez || Florist: Belle Fleur || Invitations: Ceci New York || Music: DJ Johnny Stuart || Catering: The Bowery Hotel || Cake: Nine Cakes || Photography: Jack Jeffries for Christian Oth Studio
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