I am so excited to share with you the wedding of Katerina and William! In November 2009, Katerina contacted me to plan and design her wedding, but there was a catch...she was living in Singapore! So, we conducted an interview via Skype and quickly got the ball rolling to plan her September 2010 wedding. She was going to be in New York City for 5 days over the Thanksgiving holiday, so we had lots we had to do in such a short amount of time! Whoever said planning Bethenny's wedding in 4 weeks was tough? Try pulling everything together for Katerina in only 5 days! On her quick trip to NYC we saw venues, met with bands and DJ's, created her save the date, interviewed photographers, met caterers, tried on dresses (well I didn't, she did!) and then she left the rest up to me! From there on out we had meetings via Skype, emailed back and forth, and then I didn't see her again until two weeks before the wedding! She trusted me and my team to pull together the wedding of her dreams. As a result, we planned and designed a fabulous wedding at The Glass Houses in the Chelsea Arts Tower for an intimate group of 75 of her closest family members and friends, some even flew in from Russia!
Katerina wore this gorgeous dress from Bridal Reflections, which happened to be the first dress I found while we were out shopping and the first dress she tried on!
The fabulous team from Gloss and Glam did a beautiful job on the brides hair and makeup. Her stunning bouquet was designed with all white flowers including calla lilies, roses, and of course phalaenopsis orchids, the brides favorite! On the handle of the bouquet I placed three bands of crystals to coordinate with the beaded belt she wore with her dress.
For the groom, we kept the boutonniere simple, sophisticated, and classic with two miniature white calla lilies and one stephanotis with a crystal center.
The ceremony, which took place right at sunset overlooking the Hudson River on the 14th floor of the Chelsea Arts Tower at The Glass Houses, was a stunning display of all white flowers, which lined the aisle and surrounded the chuppa.
After the ceremony, guests made their way to the 21st floor for cocktail hour. When stepping off the elevator, guests immediately were greeted with this escort card table and stunning arrangement. Ana Dolan, from Invitations by Ana, created the criss cross pocket escort cards, which we also used on her save the dates and the invitation! I absolutely love Ana's creativity and designs! She even created Katerina and William's logo, which we also used throughout the entire evening.
Here is the KW logo that Ana Dolan created. We had Paratore Audio-Visual make a gobo so we could project the logo onto the wall in both the cocktail hour and the reception space. I love the way this turned out! These extra little touches of detail really made the evening special!
After cocktail hour, guests made their way back down to the 14th floor which was now transformed into dinner and dancing! We even kept the chuppa and placed DJ Shiran from Total Entertainment underneath!
At each place setting, guests could find their seats by locating their name on the criss pocket of the menu, created by Ana Dolan.
Guests enjoyed a fabulous meal prepared by Creative Edge Parties. As a hobby, the groom William is a chef, so food and beverage was a very important aspect of the wedding. Both Katerina and William fell in love with Creative Edge at the very first meeting and I have to say I knew they would not be disappointed! As I mentioned before, some of the brides friends and family flew in from Russia, so as a tribute to her home country I collaborated with Creative Edge to do a chive crepe with caviar and a shot of vodka for the amuse bouche! Delish!
Guests also enjoyed this fun hors d'oeuvres of a shot of tomato soup with a miniature grilled cheese sandwich! Look closely, we even branded the grilled cheese with the KW logo!
For the cake, Jill from The Cake Studio created this fantastic three tiered cake with phalaenopsis orchids made from sugar cascading down. Not only is it beautiful but was so yummy!
Gotta have some champagne with the cake!
And lastly, as guests departed they each received KW lollipop cookies, also created by Jill from The Cake Studio.
And here I am with my Event Coordinator Meagan! We hope you enjoyed looking at the photos of this great wedding! A special thanks to 4eyes Photography for capturing all of these moments!
Until next time, Cheers!