A Modern White Wedding in a Loft in New York City
Romney & Daron
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.
Romney's strapless tea-length Fendi dress featured intricate layers of fabric and sequin embellishments.
Photos Around Town
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.
Photos Around Town
Romney and Daron took a few photos in different areas of Times Square.
More Photos Around Town
Their final stop in Manhattan before the wedding was The Highline, a new city park located on an elevated stretch of old rail line.
Afterward, they went to their wedding venue for a dress rehearsal of the ceremony.
As is traditional in Jewish weddings, the couple signed a ketubah, which they purchased from J. Levine Books and Judaica, just prior to the ceremony.
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.
Daron's parents, Ella and Ziv, accompanied him down the aisle to the huppa.
The Ring Bearer
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).
The Flower Girl
Flower girl Ariana wore a J.Crew dress and a wreath of flowers on her head.
The bridesmaids were asked to find simple, long black dresses. They carried bouquets of pink 'Sarah Bernhardt' peonies down the aisle.
To highlight the simple beauty of the vow exchanges, a birch branch huppa was erected in the center of the room. The huppa was topped with a tallith purchased on a trip to Israel before the wedding. Candles held in translucent urns dotted the aisle at the evening ceremony.
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.
Feeling that the ancient rituals of Jewish ceremonies were not only symbolic but beautiful, the couple incorporated as many as possible, including the circling of the groom, the seven blessings (shown here), and the breaking of the glass.
Guitarist John T. La Barbera played during the ceremony and cocktail hour.
The Other Flower Girl
Gaby, the second flower girl, didn't actually make it to the ceremony. She was too jet lagged and fell asleep.
Romney's brothers, Max and Bennett, and the other groomsmen wore black tuxedos and bow ties.
The boutonniere was made with green cymbidium orchids, lily grass, and bamboo twine (for a little touch of Asian flair).
The Seating Chart
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.
Clear acrylic troughs filled with square candles, green cymbidium orchids, and limes brought color and warmth to the raw space.
Touches of Gold
Gold-leaf chargers, gold-rimmed glasses, and gold reception chairs were the perfect finishing touches.
The Seating Area
A lounge area with a low, white sofa and ottomans invited guests.
Romney and Daron danced for the first time as husband and wife to U2's cover of "Unchained Melody."
Popshop! deejays provided the music for the reception.
The Dance Floor
Paper parasols hung from the ceiling above the glossy, white dance floor, faux candles scattered around the floor lit the space. Real candles lined the windowsills.
A classic Russian Neapolitan cake -- finished with a vintage cake topper from eBay -- nods to Daron's Russian descent.
Dessert included a variety of easy, colorful, bite-sized treats, including these French macarons.