City Winery wedding of Jennifer & Mike | Manhattan, NYC
About the couple:
We both work in the world of sports. Mike is a broadcast producer and director. Jennifer is a lawyer at a sports agency. Our first date was on October 30, 2014. Without the leap year…our wedding is exactly two full trips around the sun since the date we met.
How did you meet?
We both swiped right… (i.e., we met on Tinder). Surprised we did not meet sooner as our careers cross over and we have been at numerous events together, but never met.
Who proposed and how?
I have a special spot in Central Park where I sit after my runs. It has been my rock, literally and figuratively, since I moved to New York. On May 27, I had no idea why Mike wanted to go for a walk in our neighborhood, let alone why we were walking straight toward my rock. We sat down and Mike asked me to marry him, He surprised me and he made my rock forever our rock.
What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
My favorite part of our wedding day was exchanging our vows under the chupah. The exchange of vows is the reason everyone was there to celebrate, and it is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. I will never forget those few minutes when our world paused.
Tell us about your cake…
Our cake was from City Cakes in Chelsea. Chef Benny makes cakes that taste as delicious as they look! Mike’s favorite part of the planning was the cake testing. We chose alternating layers of decade chocolate and heavenly vanilla with dark chocolate ganache. The icing was buttercream with a deep purple ribbon.
Tell us about your dress…
Before I went with my mom to find my dress, I went to a few salons to get an idea of what style I wanted because I was scared of being overwhelmed or not finding any options. I fell in love with the first dress I tried on, but my mom and I still went around the city the following week in search of the dress. And after all the worry, I ended up with the first dress I tried on! Thank you, Amsale and Kleinfeld!
How did you choose your wedding venue?
City Winery was the gem of all of the places we visited. Both of us love wine, and City Winery is the only working winery in Manhattan. After meeting with the Emily, we knew immediately that the venue would provide a happy, easy-going and celebratory vibe.
Venue: City Winery – New York, New York
Dress Shop: Kleinfeld Bridal – New York, New York
Dress Designer: Amsale Bridal
Suit: Paul Stuart
Hair: Lauren Berrones – New York, New York
Make-up: Meagan Schmitz – Los Angeles, California
Flowers: Flowers by Richard – New York, New York
Cake: City Cakes – New York, New York
Invitations: Unique Unusuals – New York, New York
Officiant: Rabbi Roger Ross – New York, New York
Band/DJ: Doug Sounds – New York, New York
NYC wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro