While many couples choose to have their ceremony and reception at the same venue, Christina and Ben chose a more traditional setting to exchange their vows – the Church of Our Saviour. BB Featured Bride Christina reflects back on this part of her wedding and says, ‘it was really special because this is the church where Ben and I go every Sunday for mass.” In fact, after the couple became engaged, Ben decided to convert to Christina’s faith of Catholicism. “He actually received his confirmation and first communion there,” she says. “And we had the same priest, Monsignor Sullivan, who confirmed Ben marry us.” This week, we look back at how the couple blended tradition with personal meaning on their wedding day.
Part 3: Ceremony
Located on Park Avenue in midtown, the Church of Our Saviour was established in 1955. Though one of the youngest Catholic Parishes in Manhattan, the church is regarded for its impressive Romanesque architectural style, ornate carvings, and statuary. Gathering inside, guests were met with an expansive interior, unfolding with soaring stained-glass windows, an ornate coffered ceiling, and gilded accents. The atmospheric feeling was spiritual and splendid, like being inside an exquisite jewelry box.
Guests watched as Christina, escorted by her father, stepped to the aisle. This marked one of the bride’s favorite moments – the couple made the decision to have the ceremony be the first time they saw each other. “I’ll never forget seeing Ben at the end of the aisle. He was filled with so much emotion, it just felt like the world around us disappeared,” Christina remembers. As the couple joined at the altar, the bride’s stunning Eve of Milady dress came into full view. With its sparkling detail and diaphanous fabric, the gown looked breathtaking against the grand backdrop.
Christina’s enchantedly classic theme was perfect for the church setting. Floral décor started with May Day baskets holding white and pale blue hydrangeas, delphiniums, lily of the valley, roses, lisianthus, and hyacinth placed at the entrance doors. Evoking a naturally romantic mood, the aisle was adorned with clusters of blooms accented with ivory satin ribbon, which led to alter arrangements of lush white and pale blue flowers complemented by cascading greenery.
The heartfelt Catholic ceremony ended with delighted family and friends looking on as Christina and Ben took their first walk as husband and wife. After taking post-ceremony photos, the couple were whisked away in a 1956 Rolls Royce Phantom. Stay tuned for next week when Christina shares the final chapter in her Real BB Wedding story.
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: University Club of New York (reception) + Church Of Our Savior (ceremony)
Photographer: Nela Kekic for Christian Oth Studio
Bride’s Dress: Eve of Milady from Bridal Reflections
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Veil: Galia Lahav
Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux
Bridesmaids’ Dress: BCBG
Bride’s Crown: Maria Elena Headpieces
Invitations: Til Dawn Dear
Music: Naked Twister
Favors: Olde English Crackers
Escort Car: 1956 Rolls Royce Phantom from Royal Luxury