We can think of a million reasons why we love our New York Luxe List partners, but nothing steals our heart more than a quintessential big city wedding - especially one with glorious blooming branches in one of NYC's most exclusive venues. Bright lights, cityscapes, and iconic buildings like Grand Central Station formed the backdrop for our partner, Brett Matthews Photography, who beautifully captured each moment of Francesca and Cliff's special day. Both raised on Long Island, Francesca and Cliff traveled all the way to Tel Aviv to meet and fall in love, but held their posh celebration right in the heart of Manhattan at Cipriani, 42nd street, a New York landmark and one of the go-to luxury venues for the urban sophisticate.
New York is a fashion town and we'd be remiss not to talk about style. The ladies were the epitome of feminine grace donning Amsale gowns in sophisticated light grey kissed with taupe; a shade perfectly on point with 2015 trends. The bride stunned in her timelessly elegant gown by Carolina Herrera. The dress evokes definite red carpet intrigue-there's a feel of classic Hollywood glamour and a touch of modern flair, with intricate embroidery and finely tailored appliqués. The wedding party said that photos in Grand Central Station made them feel like celebrities. We believe it!
Cipriani 42nd Street boasts magnificent Renaissance architecture with sleek marble columns that ascend to soaring ceilings for an almost larger-than-life setting. Elaborate chandeliers, sublime lighting, and period-piece signage soften the mood, which makes this such a lovely place to exchange vows.
Masterful floral designs by DeJuan Stroud created even more magic and splendor. The majestic 15-foot Chuppah and its lavish white blooms spilling over gave an air of lightness, divinity and utter romance. Dramatic lighting transformed the magnificent blooming branches into true statement pieces. Expect to see more of this floral trend where we're bringing the intrigue and fantasy of the outdoors, like blooming branches, indoors.
More on the Couple
Every fairytale wedding begins with a romance. Below, we learn of Francesca's and Cliff's story- an unexpected engagement on the slopes.
Even though they grew up in neighboring towns and actually attended the same summer camp, Francesca and Cliff didn't meet until each had finished law school and moved to Israel. They became fast friends and developed both respect and admiration for one another, but it took some time before the effects of their natural chemistry would set in. After six months of spending nearly every minute of every day together, and an inadvisable (or not!) amount of sake, it finally clicked. They were in love, they were perfect together, this was meant to be.
Francesca and Cliff may have had the perfect New York wedding, but their proposal happened nearly 2000 miles away. After seeking permission from Francesca's parents and navigating the 'treacherous' ring-shopping process, Cliff decided on an idyllic Aspen scene for his perfect proposal. However, after a day of skiing and in a fit of late-day adrenaline, Francesca took off without warning and blew past the chosen spot, forcing Cliff to chase after her, begging that she pull into the woods to help him fix a problem with his boot. Visibly annoyed and after some protest, Francesca acquiesced, following Cliff into the trees and glaring at him impatiently while he unclipped his boot and got down on one knee. When Cliff opened the ring box, her look of impatience shifted into one of confusion, which shifted once again into one of extreme shock - when her elation finally became apparent, Cliff, relieved and overjoyed, slid the ring onto her finger, and the newly-engaged couple skied to the base of the mountain, where they were met with applause and champagne by the crew inside the Little Nell Hotel.
Proposal Celebration Venue: Little Nell Hotel | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cipriani 42nd Street | Bridal Gown: Carolina Herrera | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Floral & Event Design: DeJuan Stroud | Cake: Sylvia Weinstock | Photographer: Brett Matthews Photography | Entertainment: Bobby Attiko Band from Hank Lane