When Lana Powers attended her cousin's wedding in New York City in February of 2011, she didn't expect to spend the whole night on the dance floor with Steve Shears, a charming stranger. But that fateful encounter, and their hours of dancing, paid off and Lana and Steve's relationship quickly blossomed. Three years later, on July 11, 2014, Steve planned to recreate the couple's first official date at Euzkadi, an intimate East Village restaurant. After ordering a fine bottle of wine and reminiscing about their relationship, Steve got down on one knee and proposed. Lana tearfully accepted the proposal and was so overjoyed that she admits she barely noticed the stunning engagement ring Steve was holding.
As they started planning their August 8, 2015, wedding, Lana and Steve kept a chic, romantic, and modern aesthetic in mind. "I always knew that I wanted everything to be white with pops of grey, glimmer and sparkle, and tons of candles," the bride says, so they chose a venue that lived up to such glamorous treatment: New York City's Metropolitan Club, which overlooks Central Park. Read on to see every last beautiful detail photographed by Meg Miller Photography.
As a publicist, Lana had planned many large-scale events and felt confident that she could turn her vision a reality, so she planned most of the details on her own but knew when to call in backup. Family friend and planner, Monique Banks, lent a hand in the weeks leading up to the big day and florist Emily Pinon of Bastille Flowers & Events helped the bride select flowers, vases, linens, and everything in between.
"Steve and I are a really fun couple and love to party, so it was important to us that our wedding was incredibly fun for all attendees," the bride says. "We wanted everyone on the dance floor at all times!"
Lana knew she wanted her wedding dress to be a sophisticated showstopper. After shopping at a handful of stores, she tried on a sexy ivory Lazaro gown with a jeweled illusion back, beaded trim, and cathedral-length train and immediately knew it was her dress. "I've always loved Lazaro, so I wasn't surprised when I chose my dress," she says. "As soon as I saw this one on me, I didn't look back." She paired the detailed wedding dress with a simple tulle veil for the ceremony and embellished Sergio Rossi sandals.
Instead of a traditional bouquet, the bride carried a trailing arrangement of white orchids and crystals.
Steve wore a navy blue custom tuxedo with black satin lapels and a black bowtie, while his groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos with bowties. Lana's bridesmaids wore matching Adrianna Papell sequined gowns, a nod to the wedding's sparkling vibe. Each woman carried a trailing orchid arrangement that was similar to the bride's, but without the addition of glittering crystals.
A pianist and flutist performed Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love" as both bride and groom walked down the aisle with their respective parents. The bride and groom wrote and recited their own vows for the ceremony; Lana's included a quote from her favorite musical "The Last Five Years," moving nearly everyone to tears. "There wasn't a dry eye in the house and everyone kept telling us that was one of the most unique, emotional, and special aspects of our wedding," the bride says.
The reception décor was certainly as Lana and Steve envisioned — every inch of the Metropolitan Club was brimming with sparkle and glimmering candles. Sequined tablecloths covered the guests' tables, shimmering brightly under the romantically-lit room.
The couple's head table stood out from the rest thanks to a frame-inspired arrangement of white roses and hanging crystal globes. For dinner, everyone enjoyed miso-glazed Sea Bass and strip steak paired with fresh veggies.
After the couple took their first twirl as husband and wife to Jack's Mannequin's "No Man is an Island," Lana shared a dance with her father while Steve invited his mother to the dance floor. The bride and her father chose Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" since it's representative of their family's motto while Steve and his mother shared a moment on the dance floor to "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack.
A drummer since the age of 10, the groom joined the Karen Lloyd Band on stage to play hits like Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" while his bride danced and sang along on stage. "We wanted the dance floor filled all night," Lana says. "This wedding was all about entertainment and matchmaking!"
The couple's four-tiered yellow wedding cake (which was filled with a tasty berry compote and chocolate mousse!) was embellished with edible silver beads. Guests with a sweet tooth had their choice of plenty of other desserts, too, including ice cream sandwiches, cookies, fresh fruit, and cheesecake pops.
The celebration didn't stop there. The couple also hosted an after party which was fueled by late night snacks courtesy of New York City staple Papaya King. "We all partied until 4 a.m. and closed the club down," Lana says. The couple then spent two weeks traveling in Greece and Croatia to celebrate their honeymoon.
"Write your own vows," the bride tells future couples. "I was a bit hesitant about doing it at first, but it completely enhanced our ceremony."
Venue & Catering: Metropolitan Club || Month-Of Wedding Planner: Monique Banks Party || Bride's Wedding Dress: Lazaro || Shoes: Sergio Rossi || Hair & Makeup: Mirna Jose || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell || Groom's Attire: My Suit || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Gelber & Mundy || Florist: Bastille Flowers & Events || Music: Hank Lane || Cake: A White Cake || Videographer: Michael Joseph Films || Photographer: Meg Miller Photography