We had two major squeals of glee when we saw this wedding: first, when we saw the bride’s wedding dress, second, when we saw the reception took place at New York City’s Bowery Hotel, one of our favorite venues. Allison and Patrick married this past August, and it’s quite evident from the photographs that it was a bash the guests will not soon forget. Fresh cut pomegranates in the centerpieces? Love! Each moment of this vintage yet updated affair was captured brilliantly by New York City’s very own Dave Robbins. Be sure to see the whole wedding in the gallery!
From the sweet bride, Allison: I have always been inspired by the beauty created in pairing classic femininity with urban old world charm and wanted everything about our wedding to reflect this. Our rehearsal dinner venue, The Central Park Boathouse, juxtaposed with The Bowery Hotel for the wedding was a nod to the chic sophistication of New York City with charming downtown sensibilities.
The Bowery hotel was the perfect venue to bring this vision of urban romance to life. It offers a chic downtown vibe while maintaining a romantic aesthetic of New York City from another era. The event space is a gothic main room with wrought iron, mahogany bars and deer heads that our event designer would style with blush pink flowers in mercury tins of all sizes and illuminate in candlelight.
Patrick and I are both driven and hard-working New Yorkers – but we also know how to have fun and appreciate nothing more than sharing memorable times with the people that we love. Because of this, we wanted our wedding to be the opposite of what could be considered a “stuffy” affair, while remaining unmistakably New York chic. Many of the DIY accents we did [embroidered vintage hankies, PAL (our fun interpretation of our monogram) Patrick & Allison signature drinks, vintage skeleton keys with hangtags as escort cards, a “man” bar with accoutrements such as tequila filled-truffle chocolates and cigars, a huge dessert bar with vintage candy] really helped to make people feel like they were truly sharing in an experience rather than attending a run-of-the-mill wedding.
Any advice for future brides? There are a ton of very talented vendors out there — and even more if you live in a big city. Do your research — ask for references, and make sure your vendors understand and can interpret your vision. If this sounds like a daunting task (which it is for most of us), hire a Wedding Planner!
Dave Robbins. Be sure to see the whole wedding in the View all wedding photos here
Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
Beautiful Girl – Inxs
Groom: Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
Bride: Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins
Recessional: Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
Wedding vendors (New York City, NY):
Reception venue: The Bowery Hotel / Wedding photographer: Dave Robbins / Wedding coordinator: Clavin Kelly Events / Wedding gown and sash: Vera Wang / Wedding shoes: Chanel / Makeup artist: Reneé Majour / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Vera Wang / Wedding flowers: Frank Alexander / Wedding invitations: Cheree Berry / Paper goods and canvas coasters: Tie That Binds / Wedding catering: The Bowery Hotel / Music: Dexter Lake Club Band