Laurel Pinson and Joel Weber joke that they met while watching television for a living. They were both working as freelance writers for a website that promoted television trivia. After a couple of years of friendship, a romance sparked. On October 9, 2010, they celebrated their nuptials in their adopted beloved city of New York. The ceremony (in an intimate garden they stumbled upon when they first started dating) and reception (in one of the city's most alluring hotels) were elegant and full of old-world charm.
A postcard with an old image of New York City was made by the couple, and personalized on the back with a pair of rubber stamps designed with a font called Archive French Shaded. The pair's initials and a large ampersand were stamped in different ink colors, and used again to decorate the rehearsal dinner gift bags and thank you cards.
Laurel's fashion background played a big part in her wedding attire. While attending a Phillip Lim sample sale, she spotted a dress on the rack for $200 -- it had come right off the runway and just needed a little TLC to repair some snags. "I could tell it was perfect, even though I tried it on over all my clothes in a crowded room," Laurel said.
Laurel accessorized the dress with her mother's diamond earrings and her grandmother's diamond-and-sapphire bracelet. The self-described shoe fanatic looked all over for a bold pair of shoes but ended up in a pair of Topshop gold platforms she already had in her closet.
On one of the couple's first dates, Laurel told Joel that if he wanted to make the relationship work, he needed to get a tuxedo. By the end of the week, he'd purchased a simple yet elegant Calvin Klein tux. It proved to be a smart purchase -- and a great look for his wedding day.
Laurel and Joel spent a lot of time writing and crafting their ceremony. "Those who attended the wedding left knowing us better than they did before," Laurel said.
The 100 guests encircled the couple during the ceremony in Jefferson Market Garden. Highlights included the couple's good friends reading an e.e. cummings poem, an instrumental performance of some of their favorite Beatles songs ("All You Need Is Love" among them), and a New Orleans-style jazz recessional. A double-decker bus transported guests to the reception.
Joel proposed to Laurel during a recording session with StoryCorps -- an oral-history project that gives you 45-minutes in an audio booth to talk to someone important to you, which later gets archived in the Library of Congress.
Black-and-white photos of the bride's and groom's grandparents were displayed next to mercury-glass votive candle holders and old card catalogs holding guests' escort cards. In addition to providing table numbers and guests' names, the couple -- both avid readers -- personalized the cards with fictional book titles that were inside jokes or reflective of memorable moments appropriate for each guest.
Before the ceremony, Laurel and Joel met up with their photographer, Tec Petaja, to take portraits at some of their favorite spots in downtown Manhattan: The Flatiron Building, a frequented magazine store, a favorite diner, and cobblestone streets. Later in the evening, they took a few more photos on the terrace of the hotel. The skyline of the city provided a stunning backdrop.
During the holidays, Laurel always makes Joel a banoffee pie, a traditional British pie of banana, toffee, and cream. In tribute to this sweet tradition, the couple served a Banoffee groom's cake from Tea & Sympathy. Cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine and a small, flower-dressed, tiered cake from Pinisi Bakery decked the dessert table.