When you grow up in Manhattan and want a hometown wedding, you can't seriously consider a country club or vineyard. New Yorker Liz Moller and fiancé Rob Lemons looked no further than the American Museum of Natural History, near Central Park, for the reception. "I grew up right around the corner from the museum," Liz explains. "It's been my favorite place since I was a child." Following a wedding ceremony at the nearby Fourth Universalist Church, the couple decided to forgo limos and instead took a leisurely walk over to the Powerhouse, the museum's sleek event space.

A Big Apple bride creates her dream reception at a childhood haunt

When you grow up in Manhattan and want a hometown wedding, you can't seriously consider a country club or vineyard. New Yorker Liz Moller and fiancé Rob Lemons looked no further than the American Museum of Natural History, near Central Park, for the reception. "I grew up right around the corner from the museum," Liz explains. "It's been my favorite place since I was a child." Following a wedding ceremony at the nearby Fourth Universalist Church, the couple decided to forgo limos and instead took a leisurely walk over to the Powerhouse, the museum's sleek event space.

Gardenias floating in glass bowls decorate the cocktail tables. To complement the upscale-urban decor of the couple's reception site, a mix of classic details (round tables, clear vases, soft lighting) were matched with contemporary accents (lavender roses, periwinkle organza overlays, a long banquet table for 14 immediate-family members).

Location: New York City, NY

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