A Personalized Art Gallery Wedding in New York City

This creative couple used their own love story as inspiration for an exciting art gallery installation

New York City Bride and Groom

Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

Relationships and weddings are about more than just the moment when you say "I do." They're about everything that happened that got you to that point. So, whether you met online, were set up by friends, or have been dating since high school like Megan Flood, 27, and Timmy Beringer, 26, use your big day as an opportunity to share your love story with your family and friends, which is exactly what the couple did.

They invited guests to join them at the Prince George Ballroom for "The Voyage to October Fifth," where 215 guests helped them celebrate the momentous occasion, as well as all of the moments and anecdotes that got them there. Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio was there to preserve even more memories in the form of gorgeous photos for Timmy and Megan to celebrate in the future.

Read on to see just how this creative couple took guests on the journey from a New Jersey high school to their vintage-meets-modern wedding in New York City.

Purple Invitation Suite
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

Bold purple envelopes suggested the upbeat, celebratory nature of the event, but the invitation was left purposely vague. "All it said was '6pm at the Art Gallery,'" says Megan. "Guests had no idea what they were in for!"

Gold Bridal Heels
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
Wedding Dress Detail
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

Megan wore shimmering gold peep-toes to add a fresh twist to her vintage-inspired gown. Jennifer Dule, who shares a workspace with Megan, is an acclaimed designer, and helped bring her modern-meets-Downton Abbey dress dream to life. Megan and Timmy's initials and wedding date were sewn into the bodice.

Groom and Groomsmen
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
Groom in Black Tux
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
Groom's Tux Detail
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

Timmy and his groomsmen all sported classic tuxedos for the celebration. Timmy's was a bespoke piece from My.Suit that, like Megan's dress, had the wedding date embroidered on the lining.

Bride in Wedding Dress
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
Groom's Boutonniere
Photo by Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

"I wanted to feel like my dress wouldn't be out of place on the Downton Abbey set, but with a more modern fit," says Megan. Jennifer Dule did that, and then some, including creating Megan's flowing veil. The bride carried a bouquet of blush-and-white dahlias that matched Timmy's boutonniere, both created by Jeeyun Lee of Blush Designs.

Bridal Party
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

Megan's 'maids wore bright draped dresses, half in plum, half in fuchsia. "I liked the idea of having variations of purple throughout the event," says the bride.

Ring Bearer
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
Flower Girl
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

The flower girl wore a white dress and a floral crown. The ring bearers wore tuxes. The younger ring bearer made friends with the drummer before the ceremony, then acted "as the little mayor, waving to everyone as he went down the aisle," remembers Megan.

Ceremony Programs
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

The bride and her design company, Marine Lane, created all of the paper goods, including the purple-and-gold ceremony programs.

Church Ceremony
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
First Kiss
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

Megan and her father ("My biggest idol!" gushes the bride) walked down the aisle to the cathedral's organ, from 1868. The couple loved the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral's Irish history.

Vintage Getaway Car
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

Megan and her father arrived at the church in a vintage 1930s car, which the couple planned to use for their getaway. "Timmy was so excited about it," remembers Megan, "but it broke down as we pulled up to the church. My dad had to carry me over the green liquid spilling out of the car so my dress wouldn't get dirty!" The couple returned to the car after the ceremony for their favorite picture of the day, inspired by Bonnie and Clyde.

Welcome Sign
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

As guests arrived at the Prince George Ballroom, a sign out front, announcing "The Voyage to October 5th," gave them a hint of what was to come.

Signature Cocktails
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Wedding Reception
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

Cocktail hour took place in the space's gallery, where guests sipped signature cocktails, named for the bride and groom, while they perused artwork that told the story of the couple's relationship.

Custom Artwork
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
Custom Artwork
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

"We created images depicting hallmark moments from our relationship, from college visits to our semester in Italy to the proposal," says Megan. "We blew up our handwriting and turned it into vinyl stickers so that we could tell the story in our own words."

(To see more of the couple's gallery, click here to check out their quickie video by Fiore Films.)

Wedding Reception Tables
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
Tall Wedding Reception Centerpieces
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
Candles and Red Flowers Centerpiece
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

For the reception, guests walked into the restored ballroom, originally built in 1904, which transported them from a modern gallery to a vintage, romantic celebration. Candles gave the room a dramatic feel. Deep red and gold created a striking, cozy reception space, with mums, roses, and branches topping the tables.

Wedding Reception Menu
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

After a bevy of comfort food appetizers like truffle grilled cheese and coconut shrimp, guests chose between miso Chilean sea bass and filet of beef before indulging in wedding cake and an assortment of the couple's favorite sweets.

Wedding Cake
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

The two-tiered wedding cake was filled with layers of red velvet and Oreo cake. "I'm pretty serious about dessert," reveals Megan, "so we also had chocolate-covered strawberries, cupcakes, whoopie pies, and warm cookies with milk!"

Bride and Groom Kissing at Reception
Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

After the wedding, Timmy and Megan honeymooned in Italy, where they'd both studied abroad in college, touring Florence, Chianti, and the Amalfi Coast. To acknowledge their semester in Italy, as well as add yet another celebratory moment to their story, Megan and Timmy wed again at a private ceremony—just the two of them!—in Florence.

Megan's advice to engaged couples is to enjoy their engagement, as well as the planning process. "A lot of pieces had to come together during our 18-month engagement," says Megan, "and being able to create the wedding of our dreams, as well as a fantastic celebration for our family and friends, was worth all the effort!"

Wedding Team

Ceremony Venue: The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

Reception Venue: The Prince George Ballroom

Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Jennifer Dule Couture

Shoes: Michael Kors

Jewelry: Joseph Dule for Jennifer Dule

Hair: Patty Mocarski of Tosler Davis

Makeup: Tricia Catenaro Slocum of Ten Hair and Makeup

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose

Mother of the Bride's Dress: Jennifer Dule Couture

Groom's Tuxedo: My.Suit

Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Calvin Klein

Engagement Ring: Tacori

Wedding Bands: Michael C. Fina

Florist & Production: Blush Designs

Invitations & Paper Goods, Art: Marine Lane

Music: Bagpipes & Drums - James and Pat Dowdell, Reception - Current Affair

Catering: Real Food Catering

Cake: Baked NYC

Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

Lighting: Wizard Studios

Favors: Out of Town bags by Marine Lane

Videography: Fiore Films

Photography: Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio

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