Amanda Kloots and Nick Cordero are no strangers to the spotlight. The pair, who first met in 2014, while on set of the Broadway show Bullets Over Broadway, have showbiz in their blood: Amanda is a celebrity fitness instructor and former Rockette, and Nick currently stars in A Bronx Tale. So after getting engaged in Hudson, New York, the couple decided on a New York City wedding full of glitz and glamour. They fell in love with the Skylark, a new cocktail-lounge venue, the moment they walked through the doors. “We really wanted a nighttime classic NYC wedding,” explains Amanda. “We both have worked on Broadway, so being just south of Times Square, 30 floors up, right in the middle of the skyscrapers, seemed so perfect!”
The stunning venue served as the couple’s inspiration, which translated to an evening full of metallic gold touches and timeless style. On September 3, 2017, the couple invited 70 guests—mostly Broadway performers themselves!—to witness a special ceremony and dance party overlooking Manhattan. Andrew Holtz of Holtz Photography was on hand to capture it all, from the tender moments to the big finish. And based on these gorgeous photos, it’s safe to say that this glam New York City wedding is worthy of a standing ovation. See what you think below!
During her time as a Rockette, Amanda got used to elaborate costumes, and the attire for her wedding day was no different. “I wanted a dress that really showed off my legs and was something I’d never seen a bride on before,” she says. She found just that in her Lee Grebenau gown, which featured a sheer leotard-style bodice and a gold metallic skirt.
“Dress shopping was so much fun,” says the bride. “Each dress has a story, and I loved imagining the type of wedding each would have.” (We think she found just the one for her New York City affair, don’t you think?!)
The bride’s simple topknot was a nod to her days as a dancer, and she completed her classic bridal look with an all-white bouquet.
Nick and Amanda shared their first look in a ballroom at the Plaza Hotel, where the groom (decked out in a tailored Boglioli tux) was waiting for his bride. “The moment we saw each other, we both started to cry,” Amanda remembers.
Amanda’s bridesmaids each wore ivory Fame & Partners dresses of their own choosing. “I love that the company donates sales from each dress to charities that help women,” Amanda explains.
At the Skylark, the ceremony took place 30 floors above Manhattan, with the New York City skyline in the background. The bride made her grand entrance on the arm of her father.
“Nick and I wrote our ceremony script while on a vacation this past summer. We really wanted it to be special because our wedding was so intimate,” says Amanda. “Our best friend officiated. He concluded the ceremony with ‘By the power vested in me by www.howtogetmarried.com...’ and got a huge laugh!”
The married couple’s first kiss!
Amanda’s younger sister, Anna, played a major role in the event. “She’s great with calligraphy, so she did all of our place cards,” says the bride. “She also is the one who found our florist!” While Anna was shopping in Australia, she overheard a woman in the dressing room saying she was moving to New York to start a floral business—so Anna got her information and passed it on to Amanda. “Her name is Victoria Cleary of the Gathering Florist, and I was her first client,” says Amanda.
Soft-gray linens and dark-gray Chiavari chairs enhanced the venue’s modern feel, while organic centerpieces added a touch of femininity to the space. Guests sipped prosecco and cassis cocktails as they tasted a menu of tuna tartare and filet mignon.
Of course, the trained dancers had a killer first dance! In fact, the bride even changed into a Mark Zunino romper and skirt for the big number. The couple performed a choreographed routine to “It Had to be You” by Harry Connick Jr. “We practiced for days leading up to our wedding so it would be perfect. Everyone went wild!” says Amanda.
Adds the bride, “There is so much to do as your wedding approaches. Find someone who can help you, whether it’s a coordinator, family member, or friend, because you won’t be able to do it without them!”
Venue: The Skylark || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Lee Grebenau || Bride’s Veil: Daphne Newman Design || Bride’s Reception Dress: Mark Zunino || Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN || Bride’s Jewelry: Adina’s Jewels || Hair: Jason Joseph || Makeup: Michelle Cifuentes || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Fame & Partners || Groom’s Attire: Boglioli || Engagement Ring: Stephanie Gottlieb || Wedding Bands: Stephanie Gottlieb, Lazaro Soho || Floral Design: The Gathering Florist || Paper Products: Paperless Post, Minted || Catering: Abigail Kirsch Catering || Cake: Zac Young || Entertainment: David Katz || Rentals: My Wed Style || Videography: Daniel Kaufman, Slater Stark || Photography: Holtz Wedding Photography