Even with the help of social apps, navigating the dating scene in New York City is daunting. Finding a match takes a lot of time and effort. But there are moments when someone, for some reason stands out from the rest. Just ask Sara and Mitch. “He had a lyric from one of my favorite bands on his Tinder bio,” Sara says. “I saw it and decided to say ‘Hello’ through the messenger feature.” Shared interests rank high on the list of qualities one seeks in a partner. With a similar taste in music, they were already off to a great start, even before having the first date.
We are excited to introduce Sara, our Bride & Blossom Featured Bride for May. Sara & Mitch exchanged vows on a beautiful day at The Foundry. Here, she shares the first chapter in their Real BB Wedding story.
Part 1: Proposal & Planning
When asked about the band that brought her and Mitch together, Sara responds, “Taking Back Sunday. We are both big fans of the pop-punk genre and loved the band growing up. We still do and ended up seeing them play together nearly a month after we met.” They hit it off immediately during those first months of dating. In addition to music, they bonded over a love for travel.
But what really drew Sara to Mitch early into their relationship was his positive energy. “He has an everyday excitement over the little and big things. I often compare Mitch to a puppy, in the most lovable way. He is always happy, up for anything and has the kindest, most generous heart.”
Sara had made plans to meet a friend at the rooftop of The Strand Hotel in Midtown for what she thought was going to be a casual evening of drinks. “When the elevator opened, Mitch was standing there in a suit ready to propose. It was a total surprise,” she says with a laugh. Mitch wasn’t done pulling out all the stops just yet. He had arranged for Sara’s entire family, close college friends from Iowa, and New York friends to be on hand that night to celebrate their engagement.
As they started planning and looking at venues, Sara was sure of one thing. “I knew that I wanted a summer wedding.” Their search led to The Foundry in Long Island City. A fully restored 19th century building, The Foundry offers a unique blend of industrial and modern details. During the warmer months, it transforms into an urban garden oasis sprawling with ivy, trees and flowers. “I immediately fell in love with The Foundry. My wedding vision really came to life there,” she recalls. The couple wanted their day to be a big celebration from start to finish. Sara continues, “And we liked that the different rooms allowed for a good flow throughout the evening. It would be easy to transition from the ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner while keeping the energy high.”
What’s so great about raw, open spaces like The Foundry is the creative possibilities they offer for wedding styling and design. “I love the juxtaposition between hard and soft elements,” says Sara. “So I chose soft, romantic colors, fabrics, and flowers to play against the hard, dark brick elements of the venue.”
Stay tuned next week for Part 2: Dress & Personals when Sara shares all the details about her beautiful gown and alternative choice of shoes.
Couple’s Vendor List
Venue: The Foundry
Photographer: Craig Paulson Studio
Bride’s Gown: BHLDN
Bride’s Shoes: Vans
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s Shoes: Vans
Rings: Ultimate Diamond
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie
Planner: Dream Makers
Caterer: Blue Smoke
Dessert: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
Music: 74 Events
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