Courtney and John get married!

wedding date: October 14, 2011

venue: Bryant Park Grill

All images courtesty of Raw Photo Design. Thank you Amber, Eric, and Jill!

It was my husband’s birthday, but here I was, on my way to NYC alone.  With a slight feeling of guilt, I knew in the end, missing his birthday would be okay because this wedding was going to be the wedding of the year for us.  Maybe my husband knew too, because when the inquiry came in, he insisted I take the wedding.  So we celebrate a few days early, and he sent me on my way to NYC, secretly one of my favorite cities in the world (yes, Philly, you are my #1…)

After working with Courtney, the stunning bride, for months, I was looking forward to seeing their wedding come together.   All the final details were in place.  I went straight from Philly to the Bryant Park Grill, where we quickly went over their ceremony.  It wasn’t quite a rehearsal, but it was more than enough, and our practice really paid off.

Fast forward to the next day…

The weather wasn’t looking too promising.  The Bryant Park Grill has an amazing rooftop terrace, but the weather gods were not with us.  Apparently my “no rain” streak does not apply in NYC.  We held off as long as we could, and just before the ceremony was to start, we shifted the ceremony location to the clear tent adjacent to the restaurant.

*This is one of my favorite images EVER!*

This was a great rain plan area.  The clear tent allowed for guests to still feel like they are sitting under the stars (or rather the lights from towering skyscrapers) and the brass chandeliers gave off sweet ambiance to a very touching ceremony.

I have a love for Sigur Ros, the Icelandic band, and I have Courtney to thank for this.

She chose “Staralfur” as the processional music.  Take a listen.  It’s almost 7 minutes long with swells of music at the most intense moments.  We had timed it so that at the most significant part of the song, the beautiful bride would make her grand entrance.  I listened to this song nonstop for 2 days so I could essentially memorize all the nuances of the song… and months later, I still love it.

It was the ultimate theme song to this wedding.

Courtney and John love New York, and they integrated key NYC icons and areas throughout their wedding.

Vintage postcards of the city were used in lieu of a traditional guest book.  Guests really loved this idea! 

Tables were named after various New York neighborhoods.

I am such a sucker for ranunculus.  It’s such a sweet flower and really was a perfect complement to Courtney’s stylish dress.

Her something blue…

The bridesmaid’s bouquet…

At cHill Weddings, we love the nontraditional.  Having a wedding in a restaurant is definitely nontraditional!  The restaurant quickly changed over from brunch to Courtney and John’s wedding.  The tables stayed the same, which lends to unique seating arrangements, which guests seemed to enjoy.

All centerpieces were tall and the gave the room a feel of an urban jungle.  It really was beautiful and transformed the feel of the room, from restaurant to stylish wedding ballroom.  All florals by Verde Flowers.

The menus had the NYC skyline, which is always a great idea.

And delicious favors.  I think every guest made sure not to forget theirs!

A fun and sweet cake.

And the dance floor stayed packed most of the night, thanks to DJ NYC!  Special thanks to Dan!

Beautiful makeup by Blush Couture.

How amazeballs is this gown?  Not too many people can rock this, but Courtney, who works in the fashion industry, did not let the dress wear her… she wore it!  Dress by Alita Graham.

I included this pic because I thought it was cool to see behind the scenes of what it takes to take amazing pictures.

The couple walked around the corner to the NYC Library to take some of these awesome portraits.

For more eye candy and details, please visit Raw Photo Design’s blog post on this gorgeous wedding! 

Congrats Courtney and John! It was such a pleasure working with you! We at cHill Weddings wish you an amazing life together. ;-)