Says Roz, “My fiance and I met and fell in love in NYC, and most of my family and friends are in NYC so it was pretty easy to choose the location we wanted to have our wedding. NYC was perfect since I was born and raised there, and the setting was still easy to get to for my fiance’s friends and family from Washington DC, Virginia, and Connecticut. I wanted shades of pink and green for the wedding colors, and garden roses and dahlias for our main wedding flowers. I absolutely loved my bouquet of dinner plate café au lait dahlias and buds, blushing bride, and geranium leaves. They were so feminine and lovely.
We had our invitation maker, Lion In The Sun, create a custom elegant and whimsical invitation from Bella Figura—we wanted it to be fun, classy, and showcase our personalities. I was born in the year of the mouse and my fiance in the year of the Monkey, so our Save the Dates had both a mouse and monkey hanging from a faux Bryant Park Grill backdrop.
My inspiration for the wedding dress was something form-fitting, romantic, and lacey -I ended up picking the first dress I tried on! I also wore a traditional red qipao Chinese traditional dress for the reception, and a pink glittery evening gown for cake cutting. The multiple dress changes incorporated aspects of a traditional Chinese wedding and I was happy that I was able to fit all the changes into the night!
When searching for the actual venue I wanted it to have a romantic, elegant, ‘garden tucked away in the middle of the city’ feel. Bryant Park Grill was the perfect fit! I feel in love with the venue when we went to visit and I loved that it had three spaces to utilize.
My hair and makeup artist did a great job creating my look from scratch based on dozens of pictures I sent to her — I wanted an up-do with braids but also wanted to be able to wear a veil and an ornament I purchased from BHLDN. I was worried about the look clashing but I loved how it looked! Lastly, I borrowed most of my jewelry from my mom and my something blue was the bottom of my Betsy Johnson shoes.
We ended up having our ceremony on the rooptop, and the cocktail hour in the outdoor garden next to the restaurant. It was a hot and humid night, and the Bryant Park Grill opened the restaurant doors facing the garden during cocktail hour and that led perfectly into the restaurant area reception for dinner and dancing.
It was not difficult to pick our DJ and photographer. The DJ came as a recommendation from a friend and he was great in making sure the music pleased both an older and younger crowd. We also had Anthology Strings help us with a string duo ceremony music and I walked down the aisle to a custom created tune. Our photographer’s fine art documentary style matched exactly what I wanted and her calm demeanor was really helpful throughout the wedding day and during our engagement shoot.
For our sweets, I wanted a dessert buffet rather than a traditional wedding cake to serve to our guests and we used Molly’s Cupcakes to help with our delicious Peanut Butter Nutella Cupcakes and 6 inch carrot cake topper—Bryant Park Grill took care of the rest of dessert.
Our hot sauce favors, dessert buffet (including chocolate covered coffee beans – my fiance works in coffee) and my DIY touches to the wedding gave a bit of the personal touch we wanted it to have. I handwrote all of the signs at the wedding, and could not have been more pleased with how our wedding turned out!”
Credits: Photographer: Patricia Kantzos Photography / Venue: Bryant Park Grill / Florist: Verde Custom Flowers / Stationary: Lion in the Sun / Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes / DJ: 74 Events / Makeup & Hair Artist: Reiko Utsugi / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander / Bridal Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J Crew / Groom’s Suit: My Suit / Officiant: Barbara Ann Michaels
Patricia Kantzos Photography is a current CBB sponsor but this is not a sponsored post.