After walking the red carpet, guests entered the lobby of The Suffolk Theater for Melanie and Nick’s wedding. A festive mood filled the air (literally) – a floating canopy of balloons trimmed with florals and ribbon hung overhead. While the movie theme was apparent, the couple kept the rest of their wedding details under wraps. Melanie reveals, “One of the surprises was that we made our own escort cards to look like tickets. The theater has an original ticket booth from the 1930s. Nick’s friend, who is an actor, stood in the booth handing out tickets and ushering everyone into the theater.” Here, she talks about sharing the spotlight with Nick to say “I Do” in front of family and friends.
Following the Tinseltown welcome, guests made their way to their seats which were topped with wedding programs in the form of mini popcorn boxes. A preview for what was to come, Paperman, a romantic comedy short by Disney, started to play on the theater’s big screen. “It’s one of my favorite pieces of art,” explains Melanie. “And the couple in the film actually looks like me and Nick.”
Then the performance lights came on announcing that the main feature, or ceremony, was about to begin. Décor captured the eye with dazzling colors, rich textures, and dynamic details. An alluring candlelit aisle led the way to the grand stage adorned with a spectacular display of garland and arrangements featuring vibrant roses, dahlias, hydrangeas, ranunculus, snapdragons, amaranthus, poms, astilbe, pampas grass and lush greenery.
Once the groom and wedding party hit their marks, Melanie took to the aisle way escorted by her father. Under the theater lighting, the dramatic silhouette and sparkling ornamentation of her Pronovias gown came into full view. With her beautiful bouquet in hand, she looked like a glamorous Hollywood starlet for the modern age.
As Melanie and Nick united on stage, it was clear that they had far exceeded their expectations of creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience for guests. Melanie looks back and says, “I love that I never saw Nick’s smile leave his face for a single second.” By incorporating thoughtful touches throughout the day that were so personal, they also invited their loved ones to join in on the passions and fun that first brought them together as a couple.
Stay tuned next week for Part 4 when Melanie shares all the details about their unforgettable reception. Spoiler… there was a point during the night when everyone danced until they actually dropped.
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: The Suffolk Theater
Photographer: Sean Gallery Photography
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Tux: John Varvatos
Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings
Hair: Nikki Avanzino
Music: Mod Society
Invitations: Laura Visconti
Program Design: Erickson Design
Menu Design: Reply By Design Studio
Caterer: Union Square Events