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When it came to kicking off this bachelorette celebration in Manhattan, it was no sweat. “If you know one thing about Christina, it’s that the girl loves to work out,” read the email that invited the bride-to-be and her celebrants to meet up—for a morning spin at SoulCycle. “There was no doubt in my mind that this would be a perfect activity for her,” says Emily Gertler, Christina’s friend and the brains—and brawn—behind the unique idea. “It’s like having a dance party on a bike, and you always feel so amazing at the end.”
To keep the July 18, 2015, festivities in motion, Emily; maid of honor and sister of the bride, Alyssa Ferrucci; and a few of the other attendees planned a full itinerary of events following the indoor cycling class. “We wanted make it a day for everyone, where they could pick and choose what they wanted to be a part of…less pressure, all fun!” Emily says.
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Let the Party Begin
To rev up the day of revelry, seven ladies reserved 11:30 a.m. spots at the SoulCycle Studio in SoHo. “Only two of us in the group had been to a SoulCycle class prior to our ‘ride for the bride,’ and we knew this would be up Christina’s alley,” Emily says of the bride-to-be, a neonatal and perinatal doctor. “She keeps in shape and loves to try new workouts.”
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The group had heard an instructor that goes by the name of Jaws was fantastic. “The great thing about going to SoulCycle is that each instructor brings their own vibe and style to the class,” Emily says. “She gave us a kick-ass workout, while having fun.” Another bonus: “She gave us a shout-out a few times, which was special,” she adds.
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Instead of asking all the attendees to coordinate their outfits for the evening festivities, which often happens at bachelorette celebrations, Alyssa came up with inspiration for having a uniform look for the morning class. Using the slogan “Ride for the Bride,” she worked with Embroid Me to create tank tops for the cyclists. “It was just our way of changing it up,” Emily says.
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Ready to Roll
Christina, who is getting hitched in September, paired her personalized tee with a bright pink arm band and black below-the-knee leggings.
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All of the guests who attended were a mix of family and friends, some who have known Christina since she was a little girl. “It was nice to bring all of the people from all aspects of her life together to celebrate her,” Emily says.
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Ladies Who Brunch
“You build up an appetite when you get in a good workout,” Emily says. To refuel and catch up with Christina on her wedding planning, the BFFs took a stroll and ended up at Brinkley’s. When the waiter got wind that the girls were there to toast the bride-to-be, he brought them a round of congratulatory drinks.
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The celebration picked up again in the evening, with drinks at NoMo SoHo, where many of the guests were staying, and then dinner at Beauty & Essex. Alyssa worked with event planners at the restaurant to create the prix-fixe custom menu for the party of 15. “It was fantastic, because everyone knew how much to budget for ahead of time,” Emily says, “and, unlike other prix-fixe dinner menus, this one actually had a lot of options for everyone. That’s rare to find in NYC for a big group!”
The “bach bash” menu included a tuna sashimi and market greens salad, beer-battered Maine lobster tacos, grilled salmon and asparagus, and oven-braised chicken meatballs with a cauliflower gratin. For dessert, the party could pick between red velvet cupcakes and a caramel mousse bombe.
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The planners chose Beauty & Essex not only for its food, but also for its vibe. “It’s totally Christina’s style,” Emily says. “Sleek, trendy, and sophisticated.”
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Just in time to hit the dance floor, the revelers headed to the Gansevoort on Park Avenue. To illuminate their way to the table they had reserved for their final outing, the hostess lit a sparkler, which she gave to Christina. “Sparklers make everyone smile!” Emily says. But the party wasn’t over yet. “After we danced the night away, we ended up back at the hotel and in sweatpants, just laughing and being girly girls,” she says. “It was the best end to a fun day.”