Heavenly Rooftop

Mary and Galen’s heavenly rooftop wedding was straight out of a fairytale. The west coast couple embraced the spring season with a gorgeous pink and green color palette and a stunning ceremony with a magical canopy of hanging flowers.


As told to BRIDES, Mary and Galen’s romance was straight out of a fairytale. In fact, the couple was watching Frozen when Galen proposed! He told Mary a story about a boy’s love for a girl, and by the end she realized he was talking about their relationship!


The couple took their time over two years to plan an intimate ceremony and reception for 50 guests with help from wedding planner Kate Werkin at Chancey Charm. The rooftop of the Hudson Hotel was the perfect venue for their intimate wedding and the perfect mix of a traditional Chinese and a Western wedding. Mary and Galen initially considered getting married in California’s redwood forest, but since they were moving to New York after the wedding, they decided to host their wedding in their new city. They settled on a beautiful verdant palette of light green, peach, pink and white, and carried those colors throughout their invitation suite, florals, decor and even their wedding cake!


The day started with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with both of their parents, who traveled from China to celebrate the wedding of their children. Mary and Galen then had a Western ceremony on the rooftop terrace of the Hudson Hotel. They mentioned to BRIDES that instead of reciting their wedding vows in front of their guests, they privately shared their vows with each other before the ceremony. We thought that intimate moment was such a beautiful decision! Mary walked down the aisle in a stunning Vera Wang gown and gold and pink crystal Christian Louboutin pumps that Galen had given her as a gift. We also couldn’t help but notice her cheeky rainbow rolling stone tattoo!


Mary chose to carry a bouquet of white and blush peonies wrapped in silk ribbon, which were absolutely gorgeous and in season in May. There were so many gorgeous elements to Mary and Galen’s ceremony, it is hard for us to pick a favorite! The end of the aisle was decorated with a stunning wedding arch made of eucalyptus, fern, Italian ruscus and lemon leaf and accented with beautiful pops of white blooms, including hydrangea, peonies, Tibet roses, vendela roses, and spray roses. The whimsical and natural design of the arch was perfect for their intimate ceremony. Over 2000 blooms made a breathtaking canopy over the top of the ceremony terrace. We suspended 600 blush stock flowers and 1800 blush carnations with Italian ruscus from the ceiling, creating a magical and enchanting floralscape that guests could enjoy on the beautiful spring evening.  


At the reception, the guests were greeted by a beautiful manzanita tree adorned with lush cream and blush roses, white peonies, cascading greenery and hanging terrarium bubble votives. The base of the card table arrangement was decorated with a lush mixture of white hydrangea, blush and cream roses, blush dahlias, green moss, seeded eucalyptus and fern accents.


Guests were all able to see each other by configuring the reception tables into a U shape, with the dance floor in the center. We love lush greenery garlands for rectangular table decor, because it allows the guests to really see each other and the happy couple. Using Italian ruscus, seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus ivy and asparagus fern, we created the greenery garland base. We then weaved in peonies, quicksand and vendela roses to bring color and lightness to the tables. The long tables were illuminated with simple glass votives and stemmed floating candles. Mary and Galen’s chairs were decorated with a sweetheart garland made from Italian ruscus, seeded eucalyptus, ivy, white spray roses, cream vendela roses and blush Cafe Au Lait dahlias.


During the reception, Mary changed into a gorgeous white lace dress embroidered with florals and greenery, that perfectly matched her wedding decor and her delicious floral wedding cake from A White Cake and A Simple Cake. It was the perfect sweet ending to a magical spring wedding!




Venue: Hudson Hotel

Planner: Chancey Charm

Photographer: Jacquelyne Pierson Weddings

Gown: Vera Wang

Bride and Groom’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Music: Highline String Quartet

Invitations: Yao Cheng Design

Cake: A White Cake and A Simple Cake

Hair and Makeup: Vicky C5

Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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Jenna and Matthew married on a rainy October evening; a sign of good luck, the inclement weather didn’t put a damper on their joyous and romantic festivities.

The couple chose the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park as the unique location to their nuptials. We personalized the museum with a jaw dropping chuppah, hundreds of blooms in their fashion forward palette of cream, mauve and lavender, textured greenery and warm candlelight.




This beautiful couple met in truly modern fashion on OKCupid. Jenna was browsing through profiles and noticed that Matthew’s profile included the note, “I’m a pescatarian, which is like a vegetarian but you also eat fish. Now that I’m writing this I think it might sound a little ridiculous…hope you still like me.” This caught Jenna’s eye, as she was a pescatarian too! She responded, and the couple met for not one, but three dates in their first week of meeting. Call it love at first salmon.


Their proposal was nothing short of romantic. Matthew used Jenna’s father’s 60th birthday celebration in New Orleans as a genius cover for his family, food, and wine filled proposal. When the lights dimmed for “Happy Birthday,” Jenna was confused when the birthday cake was placed in front of her instead of her father. The cake was decorated with the phrase, “Jenna will you marry me?” and there was Matthew, dropped to one knee and holding out the ring.


We’re crying, are you?!


After the romantic proposal, Jenna and Matthew began their wedding planning. Jenna settled on a color palette of cream, lavender and mauve for her late October wedding. Jenna and her bridesmaids’ bouquets were contemporary and chic. Featuring ranunculus, dahlias, astilbe, scabiosa, a beautiful purple succulent and three varieties of roses – cream garden roses and lavender hued earl grey and amnesia roses, the bouquet was a perfect compliment to her stunning lace Mira Zwillinger gown.


Guests were immediately wowed upon entering the ceremony. The chuppah, a traditional four-post structure in Jewish wedding ceremonies, was absolutely spectacular! Dripping in white delphinium and stock, the romantic and enchanted chuppah was further adorned with gorgeous floating candles in terrarium bubbles and pillar and floating candles at the base. Our favorite element to the chuppah was the fact that Jenna’s bridesmaid surprised the couple by covering the chuppah with fabric of her mother’s wedding gown, bringing “something old” straight into her ceremony! We have to shout out Jenna’s lighting vendor, Fusion Lighting, who gorgeously lit the chuppah to enhance it’s whimsical vibe.


Guests then entered into the reception space, which was absolutely jaw-dropping. Jenna and Matthew brought texture and dimension to their reception room by including three different styles of centerpieces and a dramatic head table. The head table featured a stunning, multi-layered tablescape. Branches of curly willow were suspended over all trumpet vases and enhanced with dendrobium orchids and suspended terrarium tea lights. The table featured a low floral runner made of eucalyptus, moss, hydrangea, cream garden roses and earl grey and amnesia roses. Votive and floating candles finished off the dramatic family table.


Since their wedding had long, round and square tables, Bride & Blossom brought texture and dimension to the room by designing three unique centerpieces with a mix of their wedding flowers. Long tables featured a lush garland of seeded eucalyptus, roses and ranunculus, lit by stemmed floating candles. Round tables were emphasized with stunning high centerpieces elevated on trumpet vases and lit with beautiful hanging terrarium tea lights, gold mercury votives and smaller satellite arrangements. Square tables were decorated with low clusters of arrangements in mercury vases and stemmed floating candles. By featuring the same blooms in a variety of centerpieces, the room felt whimsical and enchanting, but not overdecorated. The center of the dance floor was adored with the piece de resistance, a beautiful hanging floral chandelier of roses, delphinium and stock flower! The vast number of candles, (over 200!) combined with warm and enchanting lighting by Fusion guaranteed the reception would be memorable to all of the wedding’s attendees.


We had a wonderful time working with Jenna and Matthew throughout their planning process. Seeing their smiles on the big day was the proverbial icing on the naked cake! With a modern and contemporary color palette of cream, lavender and mauve, beautiful details like their floral chandelier, and tons of candlelight, Jenna and Matthew’s wedding was one to remember!



Venue: Musuem of Jewish Heritage

Planner: Lindsey M Events

Photographer: Cody Raisig

Videographer: 15 Minutes of Frame

Caterer/Cake: Above & Beyond NY

Gown: Mira Zwillinger

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Groom’s Shoes: Hugo Boss

Groom’s Tux: Zenga

Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Rooey Knots

Beauty: Fox and Jane

Music: Erik Marshall and Hank Lane Music

Invitations: Kleinfeld Paper and Minted

Lighting: Fusion NY