Long-time couple Jason Rubin and Cari Wolfert found each other as teenagers in New Jersey, but when fate landed them both in New York City, sparks really started to fly.
To honor the city that brought them together, Cari and Jason said their I do's in a traditional Jewish ceremony with Manhattan all around them -- both literally and figuratively. Lady Liberty stood tall outside the venue's floor-to-ceiling windows, black-and-white photos of street signs and sports figures served as escort cards and table numbers, and even the music played into their theme.
What’s a city-chic wedding without a view? Skyscrapers on the invitations and save-the-dates, along with a Statue of Liberty motif on the reply cards, forecast the venue’s panoramic perspective of the New York Harbor. Also inspired by the locale: a crisp palette of black and white, which echoed the room’s clean, contemporary lines.
The delicate huppa complemented Cari’s veil and let the gorgeous sunset pour through. At its base, candles and clusters of roses, mums, and tulips kept the focus on the couple. Jason only had eyes for his bride. "She looked so beautiful, but I was struck by her smile and how happy she seemed," he says.
A piano instrumental of "Empire State of Mind" accompanied the bridal party's walk down the aisle, and the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys version ended the night on a high note, with the promise of many more New York minutes to come.
Favor boxes holding miniature black-and-white cookies are wrapped in labels that matched the invitation suite by Hello Lucky. The desserts, considered an NYC delicacy, also honored Cari's Brooklyn-bred grandpa, who always brought them along on visits when she was a child.
Assorted treats were passed among the dinner tables.
From top left: Monogram petits fours by Dragonfly Cakes. Elderflower-chocolate diamonds and white chocolate truffles by Kee's Chocolates. Statue of Liberty squares by Edward Marc Chocolatier with artwork by Hello Lucky. Kalamata olive-and-white- chocolate truffle by Vosges Haute-Chocolat. Cupcakes by Crumbs Bake Shop. Chocolate-and-coconut truffles by Vosges Haute-Chocolat. Chocolate nonpareils by Edward Marc Chocolatier. Chocolate-Champagne pyramids and macarons by Kee's Chocolates.
Location and Catering: Battery Gardens
Flowers: Limelight Floral Design
Cookie Favors: William Greenberg Desserts
Bride's Dress: Amsale
Bride's Earrings: H. Stern
Menswear: Hugo Boss
Cake: One Girl Cakes by Francina
Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis
Bride's Shoes: Caparros
Men's Shoes: Cole Haan
Label for Tie Box: Namemaker
Tie Boxes: Luv2Pak "Everyday Rigid"
Tissue Paper and Boxes: Paper Mart
Clutches: Moyna Bags