It was just days before their wedding at the Bronx Post Office and Jean and Bryan still didn’t know how the space was going to look. Uncertainty wasn’t with the décor – they had all those boxes checked. It had to do with the fact that through out the planning and design process, the couple was continually working against the day-to-day changes that the space was undergoing in the midst of construction.
Jean and Bryan alleviated many of their anxieties by making sentiment and tradition ever present themes through out the day. And once the bride and her father took to the aisle, it was clear to everyone that the couple’s wedding vision had been realized, and ultimately exceeded all expectations.
Part 3: Ceremony & Arrangements
While the Bronx Post Office is marked with an undeniable character and history, it would take a lot of work and creative thinking to transform the interior into a stunning weddingscape. Bride & Blossom Founder Rachel Trimarco recalls, “Jean and Bryan planned many of the décor elements shortly before the wedding and were very open to ideas and our creative input. In working with such a raw space, accents like draping and candlelight were going to be key in bringing the venue to life.” To soften the space, white and ivory velour curtains were hung on the walls. The curtains were also arranged to create a stunning ceremony entrance for the bride and her wedding party. Gilded wooden chairs with ivory cushions were arranged for guests to sit on.
For their ceremony backdrop, Jean and Bryan decided on décor that reflected their modern romantic style. Towering floral arrangements featured a dramatic spray of white peonies, roses, hydrangeas, snapdragons, and delphiniums set in beautiful glass flute vases. The arrangements were placed on clear Lucite pedestals surrounded by candles, which gave the illusion that the white blossoms were suspended in air.
Jean made sure her walk down the aisle would leave a lasting impression on guests. The bride’s blush Monique Lhuillier dress looked like a diaphanous dream as she glided down the ivory walkway illuminated by elegant cylinder vases with floating candles.
The ceremony was heartfelt from beginning to end. Friends played a major role in Jean and Bryan finally getting together. The couple didn’t need to give the idea much thought before deciding that those friends should be included in the most important parts of their wedding day. “Charles is Bryan’s best friend from childhood and we all went to college together,” Jean says. “He’s actually the one who prompted us to start dating. His wife Jacqueline is now my best friend. The four of us are very close.” Charles became ordained through the Universal Life Church and he and Jacqueline officiated the ceremony. The bride looks back, “They are so integral to our relationship. It made perfect sense to have them involved in this very meaningful and special way.”
Stay tuned for next week when Jean shares the final chapter in her Real Bride & Blossom Wedding Story.
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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