New York City Chic Wedding

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This wedding is one incredible example of city chic style. Millie and Joseph married at The Standard Hotel in New York City, and had a reception full of utterly sweet vintage details designed by none other than Hatch Creative Studio. Both bride and groom are filmmakers by trade, so we knew their wedding would be ridiculously creative. Big thanks to Clayton Austin for sharing this beautiful city wedding with us!

the standard hotel wedding

From the bride, Millie: Joe and I are visual people (filmmakers by trade); we felt the aesthetic of the wedding should reflect our love of both vintage and modern. We wanted as intimate and personal an experience as possible: our guest list was 60.
the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

I handwrote notes to each of our guests, letting them know how much we appreciated their presence that day. Joe’s brother Mike helped me tie each note up with twine, a clothespin, and a Photoshopped image of Joe and me together as children. The notes were waiting for each guest at their place settings at the reception.

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

Joe and his sister Sarah put together a video piece in which he talked about our relationship and what I meant to him. Unbeknownst to me, he’d been working on this project for months while I was out of the apartment or asleep. I bawled when I saw it for the first time. We thought it might be fun to share it with our guests.

the standard hotel wedding

We also showed a compilation of clips from our favorite movies, and a funny video piece our friend Tim made about Joe. We connected my laptop to the projector and used Skype to call our friend Max into the storytelling hour of the reception. It was a great way to involve Max, who would have loved to be present in person but lives in Sydney, Australia. We were thrilled to book The Standard New York as our reception venue: in addition to its sharp and eye-catching design, it happens to overlook the High Line, the park in which Joe asked me to marry him.

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be overly concerned with convention. Your day can be whatever you want it to be.

the standard hotel wedding

the standard hotel wedding

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Wedding Vendors (NYC):

Ceremony Venue: Church of St. Ignatius Loyola / Reception Venue: The Standard Hotel NY / Photographer: Clayton Austin Love Stories / Wedding planner or event designer: Wedding planner: Gigi Dement / Event designer and Florist: Hatch Creative Studio / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: I bought my dress (from the WToo Collection: Marguerite) and accessories at Lovely Bridal / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Emma Heser @ Cutler 57 / Makeup: their own / Caterer: In-house catering at The Standard New York / Wedding Dessert: Assorted pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn, NY; cupcakes and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery / Wedding invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs / Videographer: we asked some of our friends/guests (also filmmakers) to shoot the ceremony and reception on 4 different HD and Super 8 cameras.

9 comments
  1. Nicky

    Sweet and intimate wedding. I loved the details, especially the handwritten notes for the guests. I’m sure they loved them.

  2. Lauren @ ELD

    Gorgeous photography of course! What an awesome bouquet!!

  3. lydia {ever ours}

    love the taxi cab as their getaway! so very new york!

  4. Julie

    wow what a stunning wedding!!!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Julie xx

  5. Erica Ann Photography

    Oh my gosh, that bouquet is amazing! All of these images are so creative and stunning!

  6. Anna

    I love how you did the seating arrangement cards, it’s so beautiful! Could you possibly include the information for how you made this?

  7. Shannon Kate

    Beautiful – you can see the love and the intimacy involved. xx

  8. Madison

    what a great wedding, love the ‘just married’ banner

  9. Klea

    Love the personal notes left at each person’s place; what a lovely personal touch! Do you mind my asking the designer of your bridesmaids dresses?

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