The evening’s celebrations commenced with guests enjoying hors oeuvres and raising the first of many glasses to Laura and Charlie. While everyone mingled, the newlyweds took advantage of this time to finally relax and relish the moment. “I loved sneaking away with Charlie after the ceremony,” Laura remembers. “We were able to eat our cocktail hour food by ourselves and reflect on the fact that we were officially married!” Here, she shares the final chapter in her Real BB Wedding Story.
Part 4: Reception, Card Table, & Centerpieces
An extravagant card table welcomed guests to the Laura and Charlie’s reception. Marked by an urn arrangement of voluminous white florals and greenery, the display looked straight out of an Italian Renaissance garden, underscoring Cipriani’s classically inspired architecture.
The natural, elegant setting of the couple’s ceremony continued in a tablescape of eye-catching centerpieces. Some tables featured a soaring presentation of white hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, snapdragons, delphiniums, and green amaranthus complemented by rich lemon leaf, olive greenery, ruscus, eucalyptus, and curly willow. Other tables were topped with a dynamic grouped arrangement of white and green florals set in cylinder vases of varying height. A third style was composed of a low, lush pedestal arrangement illuminated by pillar candles. The décor’s juxtaposition between high and low created a sense of lyrical movement throughout the room.
It was clear from the beginning that while their wedding personified classic New York glamour, Laura and Charlie had included details to make the day a sincere expression of their love and fun personality. “Charlie’s aunt is wedding planner and does events in Minneapolis and Los Angeles. She worked with Charlie’s other aunt to make our welcome gifts. When guests checked into their hotel rooms, they were greeted with a gorgeous personalized box that contained photos of us, essentials for visiting New York City, and drinks. They even went out of their way to deliver boxes to those guests who were not staying at our designated hotel.” Cocktail hour entertainment was provided by the Napkin Killa. Armed with just a pen and paper napkin, the popular NYC artist made on-the-spot caricature portraits. “There was a line waiting for him… We actually never saw him and didn’t even get to have our portrait made, which was a little disappointing. But he was a big hit with our guests, which was great.”
Laura and Charlie’s wedding at Cipriani 42nd Street was filled with one cherished memory after another. When asked if she had a favorite, Laura answered, “There were so many, but I’ll never forget our first dance. We surprised Charlie’s grandparents who have been married for 65 years, by using their first dance song “My Funny Valentine” and asking them to dance with us. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.” She finishes, “Not to sound cheesy, but as perfect as our day was, it doesn’t remotely compare to the joy of being married every day to the love of my life.
Congratulations, Laura & Charlie! Thank you for sharing your Real BB Wedding story with us!
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: Cipriani 42nd Street
Photographer: Christian Oth Studio
Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tux: Thom Sweeney
Groom’s Shoes: Santoni
Hair + Makeup: Facetime Beauty
Cake: Lulu Cake Boutique
Invitations: Curated Confection
Place Cards: Bella Figura
Band: Kristi Shade (ceremony) Hank Lane Music (reception)
Favors: Napkin Killa
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