Rae and Noah fell in love with the otherworldly Metropolitan Building, with its chateau-inspired architecture and antique furniture; their choice was fitting given Rae's profession (she's an art historian), and her mother's (she's an antique dealer). The venue also felt a little less traditional, a little more magical, and a bit eclectic -- which were details the couple searched for in their potential wedding locations.
The Metropolitan Building also boasts several bird cages, which spawned a dove theme for the wedding; also fitting given the groom's name and its Biblical origins.
Together with designer and planner Xochitl Gonzalez of Always a Bridesmaid, they relied on the venue's unique charm to create the perfect vision of their wedding.
When Rae began researching stationery options, she looked for more of a scrawl than a traditional script, in the end turning to the calligraphy of Betsy Dunlap. The elegant serifs at once feel timeless with a vintage influence.
Sarah Parrott of Parrott Design Studio incorporated Betsy's work into the letterpressed white and navy invitation suite. To add a bit of pattern, she backed the card stock with printed paper that felt like old wallpaper.
Sarah also created the couple's save-the-date, a gocco-printed bookmark that read "You're booked," and included the couple's wedding website as well.
The traditional Jewish ceremony took place under a huppa made of two prayer shawls belonging to Noah's great-grandfathers, held up by first cousins of the couple. Led by Rabbi Phil Lieberman, the ceremony included readings by both the bride and groom.
The day's rainy weather interfered with the original plans for an outdoor wedding. Instead, the 140 guests filled a room on the top floor of the venue as Rae and Noah wed under a large skylight, where light poured through and cast a dreamy feeling over the room.
Rae worked with Brooklyn florist Saipua to create the whimsical, romantic, and traditional aesthetic she was looking for. Her tonal white bouquet included three types of dahlias -- cafe au lait, snowbound, and pom pom -- plus clematis, ranunculus, snowberry, dusty miller leaves, silver leucadendron, olive branches, and some majolica spray roses.
From the beginning, Rae and Noah knew they wanted their wedding to feel more like one of the great dinner parties they host in their apartment. The food lovers (who opened their own restaurant just a few months after their wedding) chose long farm tables with bistro chairs and a family-style menu.
The decoration was meant to feel seasonal while staying in the couple's white-and-navy palette. The muted tones of the flowers and tablescapes were inspired by some of the fine art Rae has studied, including the muted palettes of Puvis de Chavannes.
Small white gourds were scattered along the tables, which featured vintage mercury-glass vessels and blue glassware. The patinaed touches were meant to parallel the aging antiques present in the rooms.
The bride and groom's table featured a large floral arrangement similar to Rae's bouquet, but other tables were adorned with olive branches in mercury bottles atop decorative kale.
For a seasonal dinner that hinted at their shared European heritage, the couple developed a menu with Chef Rossi of The Raging Skillet. Two nights before the wedding, Rae and Noah were up until 3 o'clock in the morning finishing up the menus, which they typed on their vintage typewriter, attached to the same patterned paper they had used in the invitation, and wrapped around bare wine bottles.
The three-course meal was paired with wines and served family-style. Guests dined on roasted seasonal vegetables; couscous with saltannas, apricots, roasted almonds, and fresh herbs; Chilean sea bass in lemon herb peppercorn crust with red pepper sauce; and grilled flank steak in port wine sauce.
Cheryl Kleinman of Cheryl Kleinman Cakes created six single-tier cakes, using autumnal flavors and incorporating all things rustic yet refined.
One was a red velvet cake draped in a textured rolled fondant and decorated with a sugar-paste nest and marzipan quail eggs.
Two other cakes included a gold-pleated Valrhona chocolate cake filled with mocha buttercream and raspberry jam with "pleats" of white chocolate and dusted with edible gold; and a 1950s-inspired design of light vanilla cake filled with strawberry preserves and vanilla bean buttercream, covered in the same buttercream swirled with a spoon to appear more home-style, and topped with fresh strawberries.
A few days prior to the wedding Rae bought a short Fendi dress to which she added a navy velvet belt and velvet Miu Miu shoes to complete her second look, which she changed into partway through the reception.
Here, the newlyweds share a kiss with some very special wedding guests nearby -- a pair of doves. Borrowed from a local breeder, they continued the day's bird and peace theme, and certainly added a focal point and conversation starter.
Photography: Dave Robbins Photography
Bride's Earrings and Bracelet: Matisse Trading, 212-869-7021
Engagement Ring: Doyle & Doyle
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals; Party Rental Ltd.
Hair and Makeup: My Hair and Makeup
Bridesmaid Dresses: Badgley Mischka
Lighting and Sound: Luminous Designs
Videography: Well Spun Weddings
Transportation: Dav El Transportation