Linda gives us the scoop on tying the knot—and finding bliss—in the city that never sleeps.
The Scene: September 2012: New York City.
Ceremony – Battery Park, Reception – Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe.
More than anything else, we wanted our wedding to represent us—our aesthetic, our values and our experiences. We didn’t want to do things a certain way just because it was expected, and we wanted to include people who were important to us in unique ways. It meant incorporating our own vows, and most importantly it meant a setting that was meaningful to both of us: Battery Park. Tim and I met 16 years ago at Stuyvesant High School, located just adjacent to Battery Park, and though we didn’t date until some years later, it was there that our paths first crossed.
For the dinner reception, two things were most important to us: food and music. By having the reception at Housing Works, we knew that in addition to a quintessential New York vibe, we would also be supporting a great cause. Keeping social and environmental impact in mind, we used a local, woman-owned chocolate artisan for our wedding favors, we chose flowers that were in season, directly from the flower district, and we kept disposable items to a minimum (no menus, escort cards, etc.). None of this would have been possible without our dream team of vendors and helpers!
Special Moments: It’s hard to choose just one special detail of the day—all of it was more than we could have asked for. After 10+ years together, our wedding sent us right back to the honeymoon phase. Only we got to kick it off with everyone we love.
My Wedding Stylist: Heather Bowser, Nordstrom San Francisco Shopping Centre
I pretty much stumbled upon the Wedding Suite, and I’m SO glad I did. The place looks deceptively small, and every time a dress came out it seemed like they were being pulled out of thin air—quite magical. The selection is more like a boutique, with unique dresses and an intimate feeling. They also understood my style right away and respected my budget, which I appreciated tremendously. Every time I visited, the dressing room was ready with the dress and everything else I would need to complete the outfit. Heather was always so willing to run up- or downstairs to get me whatever I needed. I also love that alterations were offered right there, and the seamstress and I bonded right away so I trusted her. For the parts they couldn’t help with—like the sleeves I wanted to add—they even referred me to a local fabric store.
My husband also ended up getting the John Varvatos Trim Fit grey suit at Nordstrom. Heather introduced us to someone in the men’s department, and we walked away with the perfect look.
My Dress & Accessories:
Theia petal gown, with custom-made sleeves
Nadri Pear Drop Earrings in Sapphire & ‘Bezel Station’ Collar Necklace
My Wedding Party: My bridesmaids wore the Donna Morgan Belted Chiffon Dress in midnight and powder blue.
Photography by Peter Zhao
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