Over the years, there have been a few venues that have taken up residence in our hearts as favorite wedding locations — without question, one of them is New York City’s The Metropolitan Building. Add in images from Redfield Photography, styling by Green Apple Weddings and Events, and floral arrangements from Xylem & Phloem, and you’ve got one heck of a winner in our books — Jess and Carmen’s wedding!
From the bride, Jess: We started designing our wedding with a theme in mind, but as time went on the idea evolved & the color palate expanded. We ended up with something that was so personal & unique to us. We began adding things that are reflections of our interests: books as centerpieces, wine bottles as vases & postcards as the guestbook. Every detail we chose seemed to mesh perfectly with the decor of the Metropolitan Building, which has such a beautiful shabby chic feel. It was also important to add a lot of DIY elements.
With some help from a lovely bridesmaid, I made the paper chains that lined the aisle & other garlands that covered the dance floor. I also hand stamped all the escort cards & hot glued the corks together for the stands. It all came together beautifully with the help of my ridiculously talented florist, day-of-coordinator & Metropolitan staff. When I walked into the room everything was exactly as I had envisioned it. It was overwhelming (& satisfying) to see a years worth of planning come to fruition & for the room to be filled with everyone that we love.
Favorite memories… when Carmen & I had our 1st look before the ceremony, walking up the aisle & seeing everyone that I have ever loved in my whole life smiling back at me and really being able to dance. There was no holding back on the dance floor from me or anyone else, it was amazing.
My advice to brides is definitely get a coordinator for the day of & when the stress of planning becomes slightly overwhelming remember that “it’s just a party” that was our mantra during the last few weeks before the wedding. It helped us to put it in perspective and not to get too wrapped up in the last minute stress.
Processional: “Baby’s Arms,” Kurt Vile
Bridal Processional: “Song for Jesse,” Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
Recessional: “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen
First Dance: “If I Should Fall Behind,” Bruce Springsteen
Father/Daughter Dance: “Imagine a Jump,” Mighty Mike Van Halen/John Lennon mashup
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Wedding Location: Long Island City, NY / Photographer: Redfield Photography / Event Planner: Green Apple Weddings and Events / Floral Designer: Xylem & Phloem / Venue: The Metropolitan Building / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham Bridal / Shoes: BCBG / Hair and Makeup: Jackie Schneider Beauty / Bridesmaid’s Dress: BHLDN / Caterer: Maia Pearl / Cake Designer: Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery / Invitation Designer: Rifle Paper Company