John & Hannah’s New York Wedding!

John & Hannah – October 16, 2010
Ceremony Venue – The Church of the Heavenly Rest
Reception Venue – Central Park Boathouse
Event Planning – Elizabeth Allen
Hannah’s Dress – Rivini via Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Amsale
Hannah’s Hair – Aldo Giacomello
Hannah’s Makeup – Kimara Ahnert
Cake – Sylvia Weinstock
Dresser – Couture by Vassa
Florist – Lewis Miller Designs
Lighting – Levy Lighting
Music – Ludlow Street Band (Hank Lane Music)

Hannah and I went to grade school together way back when from Kindergarten to eighth grade. We lived a block away from each other so when we got old enough I’d walk to her house every morning and wait in the lobby until she came down. I was always type A so was typically at least 10 minutes early and calling up (this was before cell phones….oy!) to see when she’d make an appearance. I was also a morning person so would talk Hannah’s ear off while she stayed a bit quieter and woke up 🙂 We parted ways when we both went away to boarding school and if memory serves we haven’t really seen each other since.

It was so fun to receive her call and find out about her engagement at the beginning of this year and I looked forward to seeing her again and meeting her fiance John who I had heard good things about 🙂 All the bridesmaids had spent the night before with Hannah at her Mom’s house so it was fun to walk in to all the preparations the morning of.

Hannah’s beautiful dress hung in her Mom’s room with her something blue sewn inside 🙂 An amazingly stunning and detailed family veil stood ready to be worn (these initials are those of her Mother who wore it last 30 years ago when she was married in the same church!

Elizabeth Allen and her wonderful team built lots of time into the schedule on the front end so everyone was totally relaxed 🙂

Love this one of Hannah and her sister Elizabeth right after she put the dress on

We did a few portraits in the garden before heading over to the church!

The necklaces that the bridesmaids wore were so stunning and unusual – the flowers set them off beautifully

Love this one of Hannah looking over at her Mom as they drive to the ceremony 🙂

Happy happy happy 🙂

The church seemed more like a cathedral to me and had many neat spots and vantage points up above which provided a unique perspective on the ceremony unfolding below

Mr. & Mrs. 🙂

Making it official by signing the license!

Another favorite as we drive over to Bethesda fountain for some photos

I loved these looks I kept catching of pure joy 🙂

How cool are those necklaces? The boys looked pretty sharp too 🙂

Maybe my two favorites 🙂 It was a bit windy and we didn’t want Hannah’s veil to blow away!

Love 🙂

The light near the fountain was just perfect and glowing 🙂

The Boathouse was spectacularly decked out – I loved this display that greeted guests as they walked into the dining room

Inside the room was bathed in warm light and candles illuminated the tabletops

A happy couple share their first dance 🙂

Another grade school friend Hope served as Maid of Honor so it was fun to catch up with her as well 🙂

People were on the dance floor all night 🙂

More happy moments 🙂

The cake was a total work of art – all the decorations were made completely of sugar….incredible!

After cutting the cake John toasted his Father, Hannah’s Mother and then the bride herself – so beautifully done!

As Hannah & John snuck out to change I headed outside to grab a few shots of the cab that would ferry them away!

This was the first getaway I’ve photographed and it didn’t disappoint….such a fun and festive way to end the night!

The perfect end to a beautiful New York wedding!

Congratulations and much love to both of you!!

xxoo

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