Romney (a fashion editor at style.com) and Daron (a clothing designer and manufacturer) are a very style-conscious couple by nature. With the help of event designer and producer Adam Leffel, they created their dream wedding aesthetic: part Hollywood Regency and part minimalist, with hints of Asian-influenced details and plenty of urban elegance.
The couple and their photographer, Linda Wallace, drove around the city for a scenic portrait session. Though the weather was temperamental, with rain showers in the morning and late afternoon, the couple was fortunate enough to get clear skies for most of their photos.
"The energy was incredible," Romney says. "Cab drivers honked and waved, people gawked approvingly, and -- my favorite -- a group of South American girls on a school trip were filtering past us while we were standing in front of Tiffany's. They were so excited they started screaming -- it was really cute."
Their first stop was the southeast corner of Central Park.
Studio 450 -- a chic, white-washed loft space on the west side of Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River -- provided Romney and Daron with a blank canvas for their wedding. The venue could be tailored to fit the couple's vision, and the split-level space offered versatility. The ceremony was held downstairs, the cocktail hour on the upstairs terrace, and the reception back downstairs, in a space that had been transformed from its original state earlier in the evening.
Guests were treated to views of the iconic buildings in the New York City skyline.
The couple's cocker spaniel, Jah, spent a pampered morning at a dog-spa before getting "dressed" in his flower collar for his walk down the aisle.
Prior to Romney heading down the aisle, ring bearer Jah was escorted in by Romney's brother (with the help of Daron's whistling).
It wasn't the first time the dog had been called in to help execute an important task. He helped Daron proposed to Romney (the custom engagement ring was attached to his collar).
With a very mixed crowd of approximately 200 guests, Romney and Daron wanted to use their program to guide their non-Jewish guests through the ceremony, so definitions of key traditions were included.
The couple had arranged to plant trees in Israel in their guests' honor and noted this in the program.
Romney and Daron initially wanted a chalkboard seating chart for the reception. It was discovered that Studio 450 boasted a large mirror -- which lent itself to this idea and fit in with the other decor. Screen-printed vellum placed over the mirror served as a stylish seating chart display.
For dinner, an amuse bouche of chilled borscht and creme fraiche was served. Salads followed: baby heirloom tomato and red onion salad, and watermelon, mint, and feta. The main course consisted of another pairing: grilled flank steak over arugula with chimichurri sauce, and pan-seared halibut over vegetable couscous.
The menu was executed by Real Food Catering.