Courtney and Nathan went to the same high school together. “We weren’t high school sweethearts or anything,” Courtney says. It wasn’t until reconnecting after college in 2012 that they started dating. “We had known each other for what seemed like forever. Growing up in the same town as a person, there’s a sense that you share formative experiences and see the world in a similar way. I really felt this with Nathan,” she remembers.
We are excited to introduce Courtney, our BB Featured Bride for August. Courtney and Nathan married on an unforgettable day in June at Tribeca 360°. Here, she shares the first chapter in their Real BB Wedding story.
Part 1: Proposal & Planning
Geography played an integral part in the early stages of Courtney and Nathan’s relationship. Running in the same circle as teenagers, they were the only members of their group of friends to leave the east coast for school. She recalls, “He went to Northwestern, and I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nathan lived in Wisconsin before his family moved to New York. His parents, aunts, and uncles also went to Wisconsin-Madison. Meeting up again after graduating from college, we bonded over this fact as well.”
Family being important to the couple, Nathan planned to ask Courtney to marry him over the holidays when everyone could be together. “We were at my parent’s home for Thanksgiving. My entire family was there along with his mother and stepfather. We had done this before for Thanksgiving dinner, so nothing seemed out of the ordinary,” she recalls. But with a little help from Courtney’s two sisters, Nathan pulled off the ultimate surprise proposal. She looks back and says, “Being able to celebrate in the moment with our loved ones felt really special.”
Knowing that she wanted to get married in New York City, Courtney began researching places online, inquiring about pricing and catering. Her first (and only) onsite visit was to Tribeca 360°. “I actually did the walk-through of the venue with my Dad,” she remembers. “Nathan wasn’t even there.” Located in a historic downtown neighborhood, Tribeca 360° is housed in a building from the 1920s that has been fully renovated into a chic industrial event space. Here, past meets present in unique features such as floor-to-ceiling windows that open to panoramic views of Manhattan and easy access to charming cobblestone streets. Modern, elegant, and simple, Tribeca 360° had everything Courtney was looking for in a wedding venue. “It just made sense for us. I looked at my Dad and said ‘Let’s do it.’”
The bride wanted her flowers to accentuate the venue’s clean, airy atmosphere. She says, “I felt like there were two ways to go – either over-the-top and exuberant, which is not really my style, or more minimalistic.” Courtney’s floral décor took shape in a classic white and green palette followed by reception centerpieces punctuated by sleek candle accents.
Stay tuned next week when Courtney shares all the details about her stunning Monique Lhuillier wedding dress.
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: Tribeca 360°
Photographer: Josh Wong Photography
Planner: Classic Events NYC
Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair: Brushed with Honey
Makeup: Makeup by Ally Martin
Invitations: Dinglewood Design & Press
Music: Sterling Strings (Ceremony) + DJ Christopher Sealy (Reception)
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