After Jean and Bryan exchanged vows, guests gathered in the iconic lobby of the Bronx Post Office for cocktail hour. Everyone enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres amidst the backdrop of the famous murals by artist Ben Shaun. Once the newlyweds made their happy entrance, celebrations really got underway.
Part 4: Reception, Heat Table, and Centerpieces
As everyone entered the reception area, an atmospheric evening light had just started filtering through the venue to beautiful effect. Jean and Bryan along with thirty guests took their seats at the head table where they were welcomed by a magnificent floral display evoking a mood of enchanted romance. A gorgeous mix curly willow, blush cherry blossoms, white hydrangeas, roses, snapdragons, delphiniums, burgundy scabiosas, brunia berries, and greenery were arranged on tall metal stands. Accented by teardrop-shaped glass bubbled, the blooms gave the impression of a floral chandelier hanging above the tablescape. Complementing petite floral arrangements brought an intimate feel to the dining space.
Reception décor featured an array of various centerpieces in shades of blush, white, and burgundy. Some tables were adorned with high centerpieces featuring a spray of light pink cherry blossoms accented with glass teardrop votive holders. A lovely trio of cluster arrangements brought charm and whimsy to the display. The second style featured a low centerpiece of lush blooms illuminated by the soft glow of ivory floating candles set in elegant cylinder vases.
Guests found their places where each was greeted with a thank you card from Jean and Bryan decorated with a design inspired by the official envelopes of the United States Postal Service. The couple gave beautiful silk scarves as wedding favors.
The evening played out like a modern fairy tale brought to life. Laughter filled the room as Jean and Bryan had a playful go at the cutting of the cake, a stunning four-tier creation by the beloved Bronx based Gino’s Pastry Shop. All eyes were on the couple as they took their first dance together as husband and wife. When asked if she had any favorite moments from the day, Jean quickly answered, “Speeches! We love a good speech and all of the speeches were spectacular – from the cameo made by my seven-year old nephew to the video montages from past and present.”
From the venue, ceremony, and décor to the late night catering, it was clear that Jean and Bryan had written this fairy tale as their very own from start to finish. Jean remembers, “We loved throwing back some White Castle burgers – a fun inside joke – Bronx Pizza, Bronx Brewery Beer, and classic Italian desserts at the end of the night!” She concludes, “And the DJ killed it!”
In the case you are wondering, yes, that is Martha Stewart. A friend of the groom’s family, the lifestyle guru was one the 250 guests there to celebrate the newlyweds on their special day.
Congratulations, Jean & Bryan! Thank you for sharing your wedding story with us!
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: The Bronx Post Office
Photographer: Karen Wise Photography
Videographer: NST Pictures
Bride’s Dress & Veil: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Groom’s Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna
Groom’s Shoes: Paul Smith
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Hanbock
Caterer: Chef Aless Mac Carthy
Cake: Gino’s Pastry Shop
Hair & Makeup: Vicky C5 New York
Planner: Medium Rare
Music: JD Gluckstern
Invitations: Shine Wedding
Lighting: Oxygen Eventworks
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