Allison & Josh Exchange Vows in an Intimate, Late-Summer Ceremony

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Allison and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Chuppah - New York Botanical Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Allison and Josh Wedding – Bride and Groom Chuppah – New York Botanical Garden – Emma Cleary Photography

Having met and fallen in love in New York City, Allison and Josh couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. “We wanted to host our family and friends in the city that played such an important role in our relationship,” the bride says. “We looked at one venue in Manhattan before checking out the New York Botanical Garden. The second we stepped on the grounds, we knew it was the place for us.” Here, she looks back on their intimate, late-summer ceremony.”

Part 4: Ceremony & Chuppah

Amidst the hustle and bustle of NYC, the New York Botanical Garden offers escapism to a romantic fairytale setting pulsating with verdant flowers, botanicals, and woodlands. The splendid scenery greeted guests as they made their way to the location of Allison and Josh’s ceremony. August heat aside, the weather could not have been more picture-perfect for the outdoor garden nuptials about to take place.

Allison and Josh Wedding - Chuppah Detail - New York Botanical Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Allison and Josh Wedding – Chuppah Detail – New York Botanical Garden – Emma Cleary Photography

 

Allison and Josh Wedding - Aisle Arrangement High Centerpiece - New York Botanical Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Allison and Josh Wedding – Aisle Arrangement High Centerpiece – New York Botanical Garden – Emma Cleary Photography

Allison had been to a lot of weddings by the time she was faced with deciding how hers would look. “I’m a very detail-oriented person so florals were going to be very important. I also wanted our ceremony to have a very personal feel.” To achieve this, the bride put all her attention on the ceremony backdrop. She explains, “For our chuppah, I wanted the aesthetic to be lush and over-the-top.” The magnificent structure featured white and ivory stock, hydrangeas, blanca and spray roses mixed with lemon leaf, silver dollar eucalyptus, and Italian ruscus. She elaborates, “Since our chuppah was the focal point, we kept the rest of the decor fairly simple. Tall arrangements of white dendrobium orchids, hydrangeas, roses, and calla lilies on pillars marked the beginning of the aisle with a dusting of white roses petals at the sides.”

 

Allison and Josh Wedding - Bride and Parents Walking Down the Aisle - New York Botanical Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Allison and Josh Wedding – Bride and Parents Walking Down the Aisle – New York Botanical Garden – Emma Cleary Photography

After a tense twelve months of planning the big day during Covid-19, Allison was finally able to take her first step as bride. She made her way down the walkway, sharing the special moment with her parents on each side. The bride’s Maison Signore dream dress radiated ethereal beauty, underscoring the natural charm that could be felt all around.

Allison and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Chuppah - New York Botanical Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Allison and Josh Wedding – Bride and Groom Chuppah – New York Botanical Garden – Emma Cleary Photography

 

Allison and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Chuppah - New York Botanical Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Allison and Josh Wedding – Bride and Groom Chuppah – New York Botanical Garden – Emma Cleary Photography

The couple chose to have an interfaith ceremony that blended their Jewish and Christian beliefs. Allison remembers this part of their wedding with fondness and says, “Our vows were so heartfelt, funny, and perfectly ‘us.’ Hearing the laughter and sniffles from our guests confirmed that!”

Allison and Josh Wedding - First Kiss - New York Botanical Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Allison and Josh Wedding – First Kiss – New York Botanical Garden – Emma Cleary Photography

 

Allison and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Walking Down the Aisle - New York Botanical Garden - Emma Cleary Photography

Allison and Josh Wedding – Bride and Groom Walking Down the Aisle – New York Botanical Garden – Emma Cleary Photography

Look forward to next week when Allison shares the final chapter in her Real BB Wedding story.

Couple’s Vendor List:

Venue: New York Botanical Garden
Photographer + Videographer: Emma Cleary Photo + Video
Coordinator: Blossom Events
Bride’s Dress: Maison Signore from Kleinfeld Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Gionvito Rossi
Bride’s Veil: Toni Federici
Groom’s Tux: Zegna
Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Hair + Makeup: CEO Beauty
Invitations: Minted
Caterer: Constellation
Music: Hank Lane Music
Lighting: Universal Light & Sound

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