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.

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bride and groom on streets of NY at nightVenue: 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

City Winery Wedding portraits of Jennifer & Mike | Manhattan, NYC

A few portraits from Jennifer & Mike’s wedding! More from their lovely ceremony and reception at New York’s City Winery coming soon!

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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

Cairnwood Estate wedding portraits of Rebecca & Ben | Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Who proposed to who and how?
Rebecca: I had just spent the summer in Colorado and we flew back to London together. We decided to take a day trip to Cambridge because I wanted to show Ben where I had gone to university. He had it all worked and I had no idea!

Ben: I feel like it’s impossible to plan a great proposal, but you have to be prepared. I had the ring…

Rebecca: I had no clue that he had taken a photo of our hands, mine on top of his, the last time we were together. He showed the photo of our hands to the jeweler, who measured him, then from the photo estimated my ring size. It was a perfect fit. He kept suggesting we get a dinner reservation and I couldn’t figure out why that was so important. Every place was really busy and we ended up eating late. By the time we finished, the restaurant was almost empty.

Ben: I took the ring out of the box and put it in my wallet because I didn’t want to carry a big box around all day. I thought she’d figure it out otherwise.

Rebecca: We paid, then confusingly I saw him take his wallet out again. In that moment I was incredibly surprised and just filled with joy. I remember Ben sitting really close to me and I remember thinking “I want to remember EVERYTHING about this moment,” but of course, being so in the moment, everything but his words and his expression was a blur.

Ben: The proposal wasn’t a complete surprise, but the timing was. Becca didn’t think I was going to ask her for at least another year.

Rebecca: What took me aback was that he proposed in England around my family. I was very grateful for that.

What’s next for the two of you?
Rebecca: We’re settling in. I’m looking forward to joining the musical community in Denver. We’ve been enjoying the mountains and going on some hikes. We are looking forward to our honeymoon back to Banff in June – maybe a road trip… with toothpicks.

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Venue: Cairnwood Estate – Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
Dress: Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique – Beaconsfield, U.K.
Hair: Janelle on Location – Warminster, Pennsylvania
Flowers: Astrid’s Flowers – Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Cake: The Master’s Baker – West Chester, Pennsylvania
Caterer: Sage Catering – Berwyn, PA
Officiant: Grant Odhner
Band/DJ: Slippery Band – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Transportation: Sterling Limousine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro

Cairnwood Estate wedding reception of Rebecca & Ben | Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Tell us about your decor and flowers.
Rebecca: We had a combination of burgundy, ivory, blush pink and blue-green foliage hues. The flowers were a real group effort. Astrid and I came up with the colors and she was great at choosing flowers that would complement each other. During our wedding rehearsal fifteen people were downstairs in the Cathedral busily arranging flowers for us. It was lovely to walk down the aisle and know that our friends and family had helped with it all.

We designed the invitations with my sister Francesca. She came up with the idea of two trees bending toward each other with violins at the base. Ben and I met in the mountains and I spent the summer in Aspen at the music festival just before Ben proposed, so Aspen trees seemed appropriate. Francesca painted the stunning artwork for the front and inside and I then designed the back using her work as inspiration. A friend kindly helped us with the layout and prepared the invites for printing. Designing the invite with my sister was incredibly special for me and it was thrilling to see our wedding take on such a personal touch.

Tell us about your cake.
Rebecca: We chose alternating layers of apple spice with cinnamon butter cream and vanilla with lemon zest butter cream. I was dancing so much that I completely forgot about dessert and I almost missed the delicious cake. Fortunately there were a few pieces left in the kitchen.

Ben: Back in January, Becca and her parents came over to Bryn Athyn from London. We did a bunch of wedding planning stuff and the cake tasting was one of the last things we did. At that point, to be presented with a choice of over 30 different flavors was a bit overwhelming. We were exhausted and ended up taking home some mislabeled cake samples. We ended up choosing a seasonal flavor and something lighter that we thought we’d enjoy. It turned out great.

Tell us about your dress.
Rebecca: I bought my dress in Oxford at a little boutique my sister suggested. It was the first place I went for an appointment. I think my mum and sister picked out five dresses between them and I picked out just one – and that was the one. I just felt like the best version of myself in that dress. I felt empowered and radiant.

We had to bring the dress to the States and it had to be transported as a carry-on. My carry-on was a violin so I entrusted the dress to my mother and she brought it over. It was strange not having my dress in the country until about ten days prior to the wedding! Ironically, I bought my dress in the U.K. and was married in the U.S., whilst my mum purchased her wedding dress in the States and was married in London.

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Venue: Cairnwood Estate – Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
Dress: Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique – Beaconsfield, U.K.
Hair: Janelle on Location – Warminster, Pennsylvania
Flowers: Astrid’s Flowers – Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Cake: The Master’s Baker – West Chester, Pennsylvania
Caterer: Sage Catering – Berwyn, PA
Officiant: Grant Odhner
Band/DJ: Slippery Band – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Transportation: Sterling Limousine – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro

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