One of the best things about being a floral designer in New York City is working with brides who incorporate their own special traditions into their wedding day. The chuppah, a significant feature of a Jewish ceremony symbolizing the home of the soon-to-be married couple, lets a bride be creative and express their personality and style. This week, we talked with our featured bride Marianna about her jaw-dropping chuppah and how she felt on her wedding day.
Part 3: The Ceremony
As guests took their seats for the ceremony, all eyes were on the stunning scene before them. Anticipation was mounting because in just a few moments, the bride and groom would join together under an enchanted display of suspended blooms.
“The chuppah was definitely my favorite part of the ceremony décor,” says Marianna. “After looking at countless designs, I came across a suspended chuppah and thought it was just beautiful. It’s simple and classy, yet very unique. Then the idea hit me to try and take the design one step further and design a chuppah that appeared as though it was floating.”
Bride & Blossom Founder Rachel Trimarco worked closely with Marianna on décor and styling. She recalls, “While Marianna wanted some traditional decor elements, she didn’t want a formal or traditional chuppah. With the contemporary elegance of the Mandarin featuring exquisite views of Manhattan, we thought a suspended, “almost” chuppah would be best. The chuppah was the highlight of her wedding and I’ll never forget Marianna’s reaction to seeing it! She said it was better than she could ever have imagined, ‘just perfect,” as she ran over in her gorgeous gown to give me a big hug. These moments are what makes all the hard work that goes into the prep and execution worthwhile!”
The ceremonial structure featured a top of ivory chiffon draping adorned with lush white hydrangea on all four sides. From there, delicate white cymbidium orchid blooms descended down, creating a captivating atmosphere in the space below.
Marianna adds, “The overall simplicity of the design really spoke to my personal style. I didn’t want an elaborate chuppah overdone with flowers. I loved that it was open on all sides and the guests could see us, but still have that beautiful backdrop.”
The bride made sure that her walk down the aisle was as memorable as possible. A white ivory runner scattered with red rose petals marked the aisle. Elegant clusters of glass cylinder vases with pillar candles were placed at each side, creating a romantic, candlelit walkway for the wedding procession.
As the couple took center stage, the transfixing beauty of Marianna’s Vera Wang gown and veil came into full view. The bride’s ensemble heightened the sense of drama, enhancing the décor all around her. After the vows were exchanged, the groom performed “the breaking of the glass.” Guests celebrated as Marianna and Peter embraced in their first kiss as husband and wife.
When asked about how it felt getting married in such a gorgeous setting, Marianna said, “During wedding planning, people will say it’s just a waste of time, energy, and money. I have never felt like I did on the day of my wedding. It was the best day of my life, of our lives. The day was exactly how we wanted it, magical and beautiful. There’s nothing like having a room full of friends and family celebrating your love. We’ll never have that again. The celebration makes everything worth it.”
Next week presents Part 4: Reception, Sweetheart Table, and Card Table where Marianna talks about the final chapter in her Real BB Wedding Story.
Venue: Mandarin Oriental
Photography: Fred Marcus Studio
Videographer: Frank Ahn Films
Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Groom’s Tux: Tom Ford
Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Lighting: Fusion Lighting
Cake: Master Sweets
Stationery: RSVP Today
Music – DJ Gio