We love when a bride not only has a vision that is brought to life beautifully with such sophistication and DIY elements, but when a couple keeps things in perspective throughout the planning process. The details of this New York wedding is fresh, timeless, and evokes a classic essence, all wrapped up in stunning images captured by Anna Rozenblat Photography.
Olga wore an Enzoani wedding gown with a one-shoulder ruched bodice and mermaid lace skirt embellished with lace applique accents and buttons down the back of the dress. A cathedral-length veil, an intricate pearl and crystal hair comb, and Kate Spade wedding shoes completed her look perfectly.
Ian proposed with a vintage 1929 heirloom engagement ring, that was his great-grandmother’s.
“I wanted dramatic eye makeup so I got somewhat of a smokey eye and shimmery eye shadow contour with dewy airbrushed face makeup and a light neutral lip color.”
Olga and Ian shared their first look at the W Union Square Hotel prior to their wedding ceremony at The Riverview.
Designed by About Designs, Olga carried a bouquet of cream vendela roses, cream calla lilies, black baccara roses, and white wax flowers with the stems wrapped in cream satin ribbon.
Chosen for its beautiful view of the Hudson River, overall décor, and accommodating staff, the ceremony and reception were held at The Riverview. Additionally, Olga and Ian liked the idea of having the day’s festivities all in one location, which made it easy for their guests. During the outdoor ceremony the two exchanged promises, and Ian surprised all by reciting his vows in Russian.
“Anna Rozenblat is an amazing photographer. She has an eye for detail but most importantly, she’s very hardworking and thorough. Anna has a very artistic photography style and she really delivers. We took a lot of our wedding pictures in various spots of the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan as well as at the W Union Square Hotel.”
The groomsmen matched the bridesmaids who wore Belsoie chiffon dresses in aubergine purple.
Three tall cylinder vases with floating candles, submerged calla lilies and orchids completed each tablescape design. The bride also incorporated a little bit of her childhood into the decor by including birch table number holders which was purchased on Etsy.com. “White birch is my favorite tree and is very predominant in Russia,” shared Olga.
Olga and Ian performed a choreographed number for their first dance as husband and wife to “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison.
Their emcee for the night, Lou Vega from Partytyme Entertainment, played a mix of genres and also incorporated Russian songs in honor of the bride’s heritage. In addition to music, Partytyme Entertainment also provided a gobo light, which displayed the couple’s names and wedding date on the dance floor.
The Proposal: Ian proposed in Aug of 2010 at the end of his sketch comedy show. Sketch and improve comedy is a big passion and hobby of his; he had a sketch group that would perform an original show every couple of months. He planned it so that he told all our family and friends that it wasn’t going to be an ordinary show and it wasn’t because at the end of the show, he got down on one knee and proposed from the stage. I was pretty stunned.
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: Of course Ian’s vows is the top favorite memory, another would be when he first saw me in my dress as I was walking down the grand staircase of the W Union Square hotel.
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: Guests applauding in the middle of my vows, before I was even done, that was a pretty sweet ego boost. And seeing Olga in her dress for the first time.
What was the most exciting part of planning your wedding? I really loved picking out all the little details, like my white birch elements, finding those little bespoke items (like our card gift holder was an antique cage I bought on Etsy), designing my invitations and seeing the whole thing come together.
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? Pace yourself and do a lot of research. Gather up as many images as you can of what your theme and style is. Once you know what it is, own it and make it happen. Remember, it’s just one day, so everything doesn’t have to be perfect, but definitely don’t overlook the little details.
What are you currently enjoying or looking forward to as a couple? Just enjoying each others company on this whole new level.
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Riverview / Officiant: Ali Farahnakian / Photographer: Anna Rozenblat Photography / Videographer: My Wedding Way / Entertainment: Partytyme Entertainment / Florists: Floral Design by Janet King & About Designs / Limousine Service: Romantique Limos / Cake Designer: Fleetwood Pastry Shop / Bridal Salon: Lord & Taylor Wedding Shop / Veil: David’s Bridal / Headpiece: USABride.com / Shoes: Kate Spade / Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Invitations: Magnetstreet.com / Favors: Personalized CDs / Hair Stylist: Nadya Frantsuzova / Makeup Artist: Veronika Robova / Jeweler: Jewelry Palace / Dance Lessons: Wedding Day Dance / Honeymoon Locations: Tuscany, Rome, & Amalfi Coast