A Watercolor-Inspired Wedding at the Central Park Boathouse

Updated 02/21/17
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Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

New York’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a hot and hard-to-get dinner reservation (not to mention a totally incredible wedding venue!), so it was no surprise when Daniel Sollof asked Samantha Krupnick to pencil in an evening in April for dinner. “We’d been trying to get a table for ages, and spring is a busy season for me, so I had no suspicions when we made a reservation two months in advance!” says Samantha. “We felt so fancy heading out of town for dinner on a Thursday, and that’s all that was on my mind.” After seeing the staff bring tables out of the restaurant throughout the evening, she paid no extra mind when the maître d’ escorted the couple out for a tour of the grounds and sat them in a small barn for their next course—until Dan got up mid-conversation and got down on one knee!

Dan and Samantha knew early on that they wanted a venue with water elements for their September 10, 2016, wedding, as well as one with ample space for their 210 guests. “But we didn’t want to worry about the weather, so we knew we’d need an indoor venue,” Samantha explains. After searching throughout New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, they found the perfect place right under their noses: the Central Park Boathouse. The art lovers (Samantha works for Paddle8, an online art auction house) have a favorite piece that they purchased in the Hamptons, and it inspired the watercolor theme and soft-color palette they wove throughout the day.

Shades of soft pinks, vivid fuchsia, and deep green created a light, organic vibe that was perfect for their classic and airy venue. Lauren Perry Events coordinated the evening, with gorgeous photography by Rebecca Yale. An elegant wedding and a wild dance party in the middle of New York City? Sign us up!

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

The deckle-edged invitation suite was dressed with swirling calligraphy, watercolor washes, and floral envelope liners.

We can’t get enough of Samantha’s stunning rings, including the pops of blue on her wedding band and a plain gold band for the couple’s Jewish wedding ceremony.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Bride Putting on Floral Wedding Shoes
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

As Samantha says, “When you know, you know!” She spotted the perfect wedding shoes in a magazine and spent seven months scouring every major retailer to get her hands on a pair. “I finally reached out to the designer, Paul Andrew, directly to find out where I could get them only to discover they’d never gone into production!” says the bride. But don’t worry, there’s a happy ending: “They ended up custom-making the shoes for me, and they were absolutely perfect!” With a cascade of blue blooms over a white pump, we can’t imagine anything better to wear down the aisle on your wedding day!

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Samantha’s strapless Francesca Miranda wedding dress was finished with hand-painted white-on-white blooms all over the skirt. “I knew I wanted something unique, and the hand-painting on the skirt made this one really different,” says the bride of her gown. “It was comfortable and light, but had a presence I didn’t find with any other dress.” She carried a full bouquet of white garden roses and ranunculus, with splashes of color from vibrant fuchsia dahlias. Italian ruscus added a rich note of deep green.

While the dress code didn’t require formal wear, of course, the groom had to stand out! Dan wore a blue custom Loro Piana tuxedo, topped with a boutonniere of ranunculus, veronica, and ruscus.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Instead of choosing a particular dress for her attendants to wear, Samantha created a color palette and inspiration board of over 50 gowns, then asked her bridesmaids to follow the guidelines and find something they loved. “I wanted it to fit in their budgets and make them feel like rock stars,” she explains. The groomsmen wore navy suits to complement Dan’s tux.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Though the Central Park Boathouse is secluded and surrounded by greenery, it’s just a few short steps from the bustle of New York City—truly the best of both worlds.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Dan and Samantha’s dachshund made a special appearance before the ceremony, entertaining the couple’s two ring bearers before their big moment. The boys wore navy slacks and vests, polka dot bow ties, and custom Adidas Stan Smiths embroidered with their initials and their aunt and uncle’s wedding date.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Inside the Boathouse, Samantha and Dan exchanged vows beneath a birch chuppah draped in curly willow, spray roses, dahlias, hydrangeas, and garden roses. They had a traditional Jewish ceremony—including the exchange of simple, unadorned rings—and invited aunts, uncles, and friends to read the Seven Blessings in both Hebrew and English.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Escort cards, written on hand-torn paper, were displayed on a moss board decorated with curly willow and succulents. The reception was filled with elevated centerpieces perched on birch branches. Italian ruscus, eucalyptus, roses, and dahlias in the couple’s watercolor palette filled the space, with a mix of solid, embroidered, and textured linens on each table.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

“The menu was like something we would serve at home,” says Samantha of the four-course dinner. “We started with pesto gnocchi with ricotta cheese, then had a classic caprese salad. Guests chose between filet mignon or salmon for the main course, followed by individual apple pies.” The signature cocktail was a mojito, affectionately called “the Crank” in honor of the friend who first introduced Dan and Samantha. When not socializing with their guests, the newlyweds sat at a sweetheart table draped in embroidered sheer linens and lit with glowing candles.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Instead of a traditional guest book, the couple invited their guests to sign a black globe. Dessert was a four-tiered wedding cake topped in white, gold, and pale-pink watercolor fondant. “It was hand-painted, had gold accents, and was topped with fresh roses. The vanilla cake with strawberry filling was delicious!” says the bride.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography
Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Samantha slipped an ivory lace topper over her gown for the reception. After dancing with Dan to “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band, guests stormed the floor for the hora. “Seeing our family and friends out on the dance floor, surrounding the two of us and dancing wildly, was amazing,” Samantha remembers.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

At the end of the night, a Mr. Softee truck pulled up to serve ice cream to the hungry revelers. “Dan and I snuck away for a treat and to have a minute alone. That was so special for us,” says Samantha.

We’re loving this bride’s practical—and totally important—advice. “Communicate with each other,” Samantha says. “We found that planning was easiest if we discussed the vision and decisions alone to get a sense of what we were each thinking, before involving vendors and family. Being on the same page made getting things done so much easier, and allowed us to enjoy the process!”

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Central Park Boathouse || Wedding Coordinator: Lauren Perry Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Francesca Miranda, purchased at Wedding Atelier || Shoes: Paul Andrew || Hair & Makeup: Bobby and the Bride || Groom's Attire: Loro Piana || Groomsmen's Attire: Generation Tux || Engagement Ring: Golda Jewelry || Wedding Bands: Rafaello + Co.; Bianca Jewelers || Flowers: Cress Floral Decorators || Invitations: Momental Designs || Escort Cards: Sydney Beth Designs || Music: Charles St. Paul || Cake: Palermo's Bakery || Photographer: Rebecca Yale Photography

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