“My wedding vision really took shape after I found my dress – a unique, asymmetrical gown by Viktor & Rolf featuring a large statement flower,” BB Featured Bride Elana says. “Using the white flower motif as a point of reference, art-inspired design and styling punctuated our reception decor, from the sculpturesque floral centerpieces to the 72 black and white framed photographs displayed for guests to view during cocktail hour.” Here, Elana shares the final chapter in her Real BB Wedding story.
Part 4: Reception, Card Table, & Centerpieces
After a first round of celebratory drinks, everyone was welcomed to dinner by a card table display that looked more like a modern art installation. Utilizing her experience working as a creative director, Elana conceived of the design, and even made the name cards and hunted down the chic black bud vases. “We needed the vases in bulk and I finally found what I was looking for at a restaurant supply company,” she says with a laugh. “Originally I envisioned a single white rose in each vase, but a cluster of spray roses with their leaves showing ended up looking better,” she adds.
The bride’s edgy-meets-classic sensibility carried over to a captivating tablescape that filled the Angel Orensanz Foundation with dramatic beauty. Round tables were decorated with high centerpieces featuring verdant lemon leaf, Italian and Israeli ruscus, and silver dollar eucalyptus trimmed with white blooms set in elongated square vases. The influence of Elana’s avant-garde dress could be strongly sensed in a second style of centerpieces arranged across a series of oval tables. Flanked by soldiering rows of crisp white roses, five sleek cylinder vases featured soaring stems of grass accentuated by a base of delicate florals. The variety of heights and textures combined with golden candlelight cast a warm, intimate atmosphere throughout the vast space.
Making their entrance in grand style, the newlyweds took center stage for their picture-perfect first dance to I Wanna Be Yours by Arctic Monkeys. After enjoying the meal, speeches from friends and family, and many toasts, everyone was in the mood to do some serious celebrating. Fueling the charge was a live performance by Golem, an eclectic NYC-based band that mixes traditional Eastern European Jewish music with their own contemporary material, and plays an amazing wedding set with popular songs as well. The couple thought ahead and provided guests with more suitable footwear by Rescue Flats. “The dancing was phenomenal,” Elana remembers. “Everyone was on their feet all night, and even chanted for an encore from our band at the end of the last hour.”
We asked Elana how it felt to finally have the wedding of her dreams. “We postponed a year and took the necessary safety Covid-19 precautions in order to share this day with our loved ones. Greg and I kept looking at each other, taking in each moment to say how much fun we were having. We had waited SO long for our wedding, and it was so worth the wait!”
Congratulations, Elana & Greg! Thank you for sharing your Real BB Wedding story with us!
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation
Photographer: Dave Robbins Photography
Videographer: NST Pictures
Bride’s Dress: Viktor & Rolf
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino (Ceremony) Loeffler Randall (Reception)
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Rings: Diamonds Doing Good
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Halston
Planner: Cindy Altunis Events
Hair: Andria Tobey
Makeup: Deborah Altizio & Atelier Bridal Makeup
Caterer: Heavenly Events
Cake: By The Way Bakery
Invitations: By Invitation Only