Julie and James envisioned an “Old New York” theme for their New York City wedding this past March. Although it was cold outside, the sun shone brightly over this gorgeous couple, who had their ceremony in the city, a photo shoot in Grand Central Station (complete with plenty of onlookers of course) and on to Long Island for their glam reception. Instead of a photobooth, they had a fun surprise in store for their wedding guests–a Slow Motion Booth (you’ve got to see the video of it below, it’s hilarious)!
When was your wedding and where did it take place?
James and I got married on March 1, 2014 at the Church of St. Xavier in Manhattan. Our reception was held at the Inn in New Hyde Park on Long Island.
How long did it take to plan your wedding?
We got engaged back in November 2011 and originally wanted a destination wedding. We narrowed our locations down to a handful of places down in the Caribbean, but it turned out that many key family members wouldn’t have been able to make the trip down, so we scratched that idea and opted for a local wedding instead.
When did you know that your dress was “the one”?
I had tried on more than 20 dresses at a few different bridal salons over the course of a few months but still hadn’t found a wedding dress. I didn’t have much luck at sample sales either, so when my friend told me about a sample sale at Mark Ingram Atelier, I went in without any expectations. None of the samples caught my eye, but on the way out I noticed a gorgeous trumpet gown in the style I was looking for, right by the elevator!
It was a Matthew Christopher gown with a beautiful lace overlay, which made it so different from all the other dresses I had seen. I quickly took a picture to show to my mom and sister and decided to make an appointment for a later date to try on that gorgeous gown. When I cam back for my appointment and slipped into the dress, it was love at first sight! I immediately knew it was “the one”.
Rank your top 10 favorite moments from your wedding day!
10. Seeing our vision and personal touches come together.
We wanted an “Old New York”-inspired look for our wedding, but we still wanted our style and personal touches to show through. James is a designer, so naturally he worked on our save the dates, invitations, menus, programs, wedding website, and anything else we could personalize. It was important for us to incorporate our culture into our wedding, so we included Filipino traditions during the ceremony and had a Filipino rondalia group play during cocktail hour. We also let our florist have creative reign, and she gave us some amazing floral pieces — including a wall of flowers!
9. Having fun in the Slow Motion Booth! We loved the idea of photobooths, but we wanted something with a bit of a twist. One of my bridesmaids sent me an article a few months before the wedding featuring something new — slow motion video booths! After a lot of research, I finally found a great company in the area and decided to book them for our wedding. It was hysterical seeing everyone do the craziest things in front of the camera and then watching it play back in slow motion.
8. Getting ready with all the important girls in my life.
It’s amazing how calm I was the morning of the wedding, but it was only possible because I was surrounded by my family and my best friends. We got dressed, had hair and makeup done, snacked, told stories, and sipped mimosas all while staying on schedule!
7. Spontaneous serenade from James and the groomsmen.
Instead of us throwing the bouquet or doing a garter toss, the groomsmen called over all the guys to the middle of the dance floor and serenaded me. It was a very funny and sweet surprise.
6. The photo shoot at Grand Central — and a random proposal to one of my bridesmaids!
Grand Central was such a great place to take bridal party photos after the ceremony. As expected in New York City, there were plenty of observers, some photo bombers… and one proposal! Apparently, this young man had it on his bucket list to propose to someone in public, and he actually carried a fake ring with him. Unfortunately for him, the bridesmaid that he dropped down on one knee for was already married, but at least he tried!
5. The limo ride from the ceremony to the reception.
I’m so glad the bridesmaids and groomsmen bonded and got along so well! Joking, singing and sharing stories with old friends and good company during the entire ride to the reception made the trip go by so fast.
4. Our wedding ceremony and the same-day video edit of it. I absolutely loved our beautiful church, the amazing music and wonderful officiant. We tried to have as many of our close family and friends involved directly in the ceremony as possible, and made sure to incorporate some cultural traditions. It was awesome to be able to relive it all over again at our reception through our same-day edit video.
3. The best men and matron of honor speeches.
James’s two best men, Omar and Eric, gave unrehearsed, off-the-cuff speeches filled with stories from their teenage years. You would never know they were coming up with everything on the spot, since they did such a great job! My sister’s words about us growing up together were so touching and made everyone laugh and cry — hallmarks of a great speech.
2. Walking down the aisle with my mom and seeing James waiting for me at the end.
My mother has been such an important figure and the rock in my life, and I’m so happy she was able to walk down the aisle with me. One thing I didn’t expect to see was James tearing up as I was walking down the aisle! I didn’t actually think he would get so emotional, but that definitely set off the waterworks for me.
1. Marrying the love of my life!
All the planning and anticipation led up to this moment. After seven years together, I finally married my best friend and love of my life. There isn’t a single thing about that day that I would change!
Photographer: Morgan Lynn Photography
Venue: Inn at New Hyde Park
Event Planner: Ted Martinez Event Management
Videographer: MPW Media Group
Florist: Ivie Joy Flowers
DJ: Lifetime Entertainment
Hair/Makeup: Sachiko Yanase and Sissi Chan
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Slow Mo Photobooth: Slow Mo Party