Jessica and Kristopher

New York, New York

 

 

Photography | Everly Studios | @everlystudios

Ceremony Venue | Central Park

Reception Venue | Bistango

Gown | BHLDN | @BHLDN

Shoes | Bella Belle @bellabelleshoes

Hair Stylist | Justin Bowen Hair

Makeup Artist | Stephanie Michelle Beauty

Bakery | Krumville Bake Shop | @krumvillebakeshop

Ring Designer | Chasing Victory

Ring Designer | Leigh Jay & Co

From the Photographer

This pair pulled off what many New Yorkers would think the impossible: a romantic spring wedding in NYC for $14K. With a gorgeous Central Park setting, lots of DIY touche, and a little personal homage to Harry Potter, Jessica and Kris’s vintage-inspired wedding was the epitome of a romantic day done on a practical budget.

 

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

When deciding what vendors/larger components were important to us, two big things were at the forefront of our minds. Kris is a photographer and is very particular about photos. We were both in love with Jocelyn’s work and were so happy she was available. The second is that I have celiac disease and with that comes very specific dietary restrictions that prevents me from being able to eat at most catered events (I eat very strictly gluten free). A third of our guest list had celiac disease or other dietary restrictions, so we decided to rent out one of our favorite restaurants that is known for catering to celiac disease/food intolerances/allergies. Additionally, we wanted a small and intimate wedding so that we could spend more quality time with our friends and family. When we learned about Cop Cot in Central Park everything fell into place. It was so New York. Our theme was “do whatever you want and don’t care about what other people think as long as you’re being kind to your guests.” There are a lot of wedding “traditions” that we do not care for, so we got rid of them. For the style, we were inspired by the natural beauty of Central Park and the lace/blush in my dress. We went for a rustic/antique combination utilizing dark wood, blush/ivory/gold tones, and a pop of brighter pink.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Our ceremony was in Central Park – what more decoration could we need? For the reception we did nearly everything ourselves. We purchased mason jars and attached homemade table numbers to them with twine. My mother surprised everyone (including herself) with her natural floral skills. She created simple yet gorgeous floral centerpieces. On the restaurant’s bar we had our cake, cake serving set, the bridal/bridesmaid bouquets, our vow books, an anniversary bottle of wine, a personalized wooden box for the wine, and my sister sprinkled extra rose petals everywhere.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

The day before the wedding my mother and sister got up at the crack of dawn and went to the Chelsea flower market to buy flowers. We wanted a romantic antique feel and gave them a few photos for inspiration. They chose roses in shades of ivory and light pink with light purple tints, peonies and unique filler flowers. We sat on the floor of our hotel room together making bouquets and table settings. The flowers were one of my favorite visual components to the wedding, and it was a fun project for the three of us to do together.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We asked one of Kris’s friends (he was also Kris’s teacher in high school) to lead our ceremony. Kris’s brother played my favorite song on the guitar as I walked down the aisle. A friend of mine is the owner of a 100% gluten free bakery, and she made our wedding cake. Our reception was held at the restaurant we went to on our second date. And of course myself and all of my bridesmaids are giant Harry Potter fans, so we were thrilled to take a few Harry Potter-inspired photos.

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I walked into BHLDN and said, “I’m not a princess. I don’t like bling and beads. My dress needs to fit in a small restaurant. I’m really chill, and I brought my fiance with me to go dress shopping.” They said, “You’re in the right place! We love chill brides.” I think everyone should go wedding dress shopping with their significant other. Every time I walked out of the dressing room, Kris’s eyes grew wide and he said, “Wow, you’re beautiful!” We sent pictures to family members, and they all agreed that my favorite dress was the one to get. I picked out my dream heels that were both stunning and the most comfortable heels I had ever worn. Kris and I went shopping together for his suit and found the perfect fit. We chose an ivory shirt and blush tie/pocket square to match my dress, and we picked a unique fold for his pocket square that is still one of our favorite fashion details of the day.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met for the first time in 2009 on an online dating site. We went on two dates, and one of us forgot to text the other person back (oops!). As chance would have it, we met online again in 2013 and immediately hit it off in long dating app conversations about NYC life, Paper Man, and super power wish lists. Suddenly we both remembered meeting years ago and said, \”Great, I remember that you weren’t crazy.\” We met for hot chocolate for our second-first-date and have been inseparable ever since. Cut to catching the bouquet AND garter at two different weddings… cut to December 16, 2017 when Kris proposed, tricking me into thinking that the ring box was a cat toy complete with a bell and catnip (our cat may have been a tad upset that the gift wasn’t for her, after all).

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

We did everything ourselves, and there were so many small and personal details – it was so exciting to see them all come together perfectly. We had a blast and really enjoyed the moment. Also, we wrote our own vows, and we both think they were pretty special.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Three things. 1. Do whatever you want. You’re never going to please everyone, so as long as you are being kind to your guests then do what makes you happy. We received a lot of compliments about my dress, the flowers, the food, and the ceremony space, but our favorite compliment that we heard several times was that we did what we wanted. We got rid of things that weren’t necessary, didn’t suit us, were overly expensive, and what was left was simple, pure, romantic and beautiful. It was everything it needed to be. 2. When doing a lot of DIY stuff, know when to call it quits. I planned on doing my own makeup and my sister was going to do my hair. There came a time when I said, “It’s not coming together, so let’s get rid of the stress.” I found two amazing hair and makeup artists, and it was one of the best decisions I made during the planning process. 3. Remember what it’s about. It’s a time to celebrate. Kris and I had a rule – If it ever got too stressful, we’d drop everything and elope. Just setting that rule was a good reminder that all we needed was each other (and the cake – we would have taken the cake with us if we had eloped).