The Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony is expressed through customs symbolizing the sacrament of marriage. Aerin and Steven chose one of New York’s most beautiful churches to exchange vows. This week, we take a look at how the couple blended modern details with tradition on their wedding day.
Aerin and Steven Wedding – Bride Groom Ceremony – Holy Trinity Cathedral Manhattan – Susan Shek Photography
Part 3: Ceremony
“I loved having our ceremony in a church. Holy Trinity Cathedral is the church that we attend regularly and our priest married us. Everything felt very close and personal,” recalls Aerin.
Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Holy Trinity Cathedral was the first Greek Orthodox Church to be established in New York City in 1891. The Romanesque Revival exterior opens up to a breathtaking space that evokes the look and feel of an exquisite box of jewels. The interior is adorned with Byzantine mosaics, stained glass imported from Italy, and a striking gilded dome over the altar. Read More
In planning her own wedding, Bride & Blossom Featured Bride Aerin made sure that every element was personal and full of meaning. This week, Aerin spoke to us about finding her perfect wedding gown and how she incorporated family heirlooms into her wedding day.
Aerin and Steven Wedding – Bride Bouquet – 26 Bridge Brooklyn – Susan Shek Photography
Part 2: Wedding Dress & Personals
Many brides-to-be approach the topic of wedding dresses with apprehension, knowing that the process can take weeks, even months in some cases. When asked about her experience, Aerin said, “ I was enjoying planning for my wedding so much that when it came time to find a dress, I was beyond ecstatic.” Early in her search, she came across a Pronovias dress in a bridal magazine. “My heart was set on it,” she recalls.” With fingers crossed, Aerin made an appointment with the designer’s flagship store in Manhattan to try the dress on in person. She remembers that special moment of looking in the mirror, “The dress fit effortlessly and I felt like it was meant to be.” Made of crepe and tulle fabric, the breathtaking Pronovias design features exquisite gemstone embellishment along the back trailed by a sweeping skirt. Read More
We are excited to introduce Aerin, our Bride & Blossom featured bride for February! On an early summer day, Aerin and Steven exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony at Holy Trinity Cathedral followed by a stylish reception at 26 Bridge in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. Aerin did double-duty as both bride and planner. Here, she shares the first part of their love story.
Aerin and Steven Wedding – Bride and Groom – 26 Bridge Brooklyn – Susan Shek Photography
Part 1: Proposal & Planning
Aerin and Steven share a passion for traveling to new places steeped with history and culture. Québec City was at the top of their must-travel list and the couple finally made the journey for a romantic winter weekend. Aerin recalls, “It was February, so we expected it to be cold. But Canada-cold is definitely a different kind of cold. The temperatures dropped to -40 degrees with the wind chill!” Read More
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. for weddings. We love working with our winter brides to create a day that is beautiful and captures the magic of the season. From the breathtaking snowfalls to playful embellishments to color palettes that range from whispery white and silver to rich berry tones, inspiration can be found everywhere you look!
Here’s a round up of gorgeous decor ideas for your winter wedding that won’t leave guests feeling like they are trapped inside a souvenir snow globe.
Ceremony: Make It A Walk to Remember
When it comes to planning your ceremony, draw from winter’s natural beauty for aisle and alter decorations, lighting, and accent details. Read More
In the age of social media and digital everything, more and more couples want something beautiful, handmade and unique to commemorate their special day. There has been a renaissance of the art of handwriting in recent years thanks to master calligrapher Laura Hooper. We sat down to discuss her beautiful art and business!
Calligraphy literally means “beautiful handwriting” in Greek. First appearing around 600 BC in Rome, calligraphy was a highly regarded form of artistic expression, later used to adorn the pages of sacred religious texts. In China, calligraphy was the most revered visual art form, valued above painting and sculpture. With its focus on speed, streamlined methods, and sleek minimalist design, the modern age sought a new way communicate words on the page. Print and typefaces were introduced and soon handwritten letters were replaced with ones generated on a typewriter. Today, notes, no matter how important, are often reduced to a quick text or email. Despite this digital age, we’ve definitely noticed this trend in the wedding industry and were actually introduced to Laura’s stunning hand calligraphy work through a Real BB Wedding. Read More
There’s nothing we love more than to see a couple use wedding decor to share chapters from their love story. Table numbers are a great way to add a personal touch to your reception. The idea is not to over do it. You don’t want your wedding table numbers to outshine centerpieces and disrupt the decorative flow you worked so hard to achieve! Rather, they should complement the table atmosphere while expressing your love and personality. For the bride in need of inspiration, we went through the Real BB Wedding archives and rounded up our favorite table number designs.
Christina & Damon – High Centerpiece – Book Themed Centerpiece – Windows on the Water – Stephen Govel Photography