Lorenza & Pete Celebrate Saying ‘I Do’ With A Festive Reception


After exchanging vows at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, newlyweds Lorenza and Pete jumped into a vintage Rolls Royce and were whisked away to their reception at the New York Botanical Garden. Here, featured bride Lorenza shares the final chapter in her Real BB Wedding story.


Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Candelabras with Christmas Trees – NYBG – by the Hons


Part 4: Reception, Card Table and Holiday Tablescape

“Since I was a little girl, I dreamed of waking up on my wedding day to snow,” recalls Lorenza. Sure enough, when she opened her eyes on December 9th, the season’s first snowfall was blanketing New York City. The magical outdoor setting was the perfect complement to her and Pete’s winter themed reception.

Celebrations commenced in the Garden Terrace Room where everyone was greeted by a warm and festive scene. Guests grabbed a drink and made their way to a jaw-dropping card table featuring a towering centerpiece of white amaryllis, wintergreens, and mountain laurel branches illuminated by ivory pillar candles and gold votives.


Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Card Table – NYBG – by the Hons


“My mom and Rachel had really great ideas for reception décor,” said Lorenza. “They put their heads together and created beautiful white florals with seasonal greenery.” The head table was bedecked with an elegant display of silver candelabras complemented by fresh greenery. A backdrop of glistening Christmas trees cast an enchanted ambiance over the scene.


Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Candelabra – Centerpiece – NYBG – by the Hons


Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Candelabra – Centerpiece – Christmas trees – NYBG – by the Hons


Additional reception décor featured various centerpieces in shades of white and green. Some tables were adorned with low centerpieces of white, cream, and ivory flowers accented with greenery and berries. The second style presented a towering arrangement of hydrangea, roses, peonies, berries, and greenery enhanced with mountain laurel branches. The assortment of height and texture paired with soft candlelight created a warm and intimate feel throughout the space.


Lorenza & Pete Wedding – High Centerpiece – NYBG – by the Hons 


Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Low Centerpiece – NYC – by the Hons 


The invitation may have said formal, but the evening’s mood was all about having fun starting with Lorenza and Pete’s first dance. Guests joined the couple for a non-stop dance party with tunes provided by DJ Longfellow that lasted will into the night.


Lorenza & Pete Wedding – First Dance – NYBG – by the Hons 


Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Bride Groom Dancing – NYBG – by the Hons 


From start until finish, Lorenza and Pete’s special day was a sincere expression of their style and love for each other. And all of this was made possible by the couple’s parents. Lorenza looks back and says, “There are still not enough words of gratitude to properly thank them for the most beautiful day of our lives.”


Lorenza & Pete Wedding – Wedding Cake – NYBG – by the Hons


Congratulations, Lorenza & Pete! Thank you for sharing your wedding story with us!

Couple’s Vendor List

Venue: New York Botanical Garden
Photographer: The Hons
Videographer: NST Pictures
Planner: Vision Event Co.
Bride’s Dress: Pnina Tornai
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux
Hair: Laura Burns
Makeup: Jennifer Wobito
Caterer: Starr Catering Group
Cake: Everything LuLu
Rings: Sako Diamond Corp (Bride) + David Yurman (Groom)
Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations
Music: DJ Longfellow (Scratch Weddings)


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