Lily & Stephen's New York Wedding at the Frick Collection was one for the books. What do you get when you combine a ridiculously cool couple with a gorgeous Carolina Herrera wedding dress, an iconic NYC landmark such as The Frick Museum, and a crowd that loves to party? One amazing celebration that is as cool and classic as Lily & Stephen are.
The Frick Collection is one of New York's more hidden gems when it comes to the museum scene. The Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and European sculpture. The Collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist, Henry Clay Frick and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. The museum, is located in one of the few remaining Gilded Age mansions in NYC and provides a tranquil environment for guests to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, to name a few. The museum opened in 1935 and works of art are continually acquired.
This wedding venue in NYC recently opened its doors to wedding receptions; however ceremonies aren't permitted. As guests arrive for the wedding cocktail hour, they are directed to the beautiful lobby space with it's high ceilings and large windowed doors. For the wedding reception, guests can be seated around the Garden Court among the beautiful foliage and indoor water fountain. Fun fact, the Garden Court was once the open carriage court of the original residence. The Garden Court at the Frick Collection is the perfect reception space for an elegant evening, that will still feel very intimate. Top the night off by moving guests into the Music Room. With its glass ceilings and damask walls, this rotund space is ideal for partying into the late evening!
Happy Menocal created the most gorgeous invitation suite incorporating personal touches like the couple's cat Madeleine. Lily's stunning Carolina Herrera gown was complimented perfectly by her bridesmaids wearing a mixed style of black evening gowns. Lily and her girls got ready at her parents Manhattan apartment while the guys got ready across town. The couple held their church ceremony in Chelsea at ST. FRANCIS XAVIER NYC. The gorgeous architecture and dramatic ceiling heights were impressive for NYC. Stephen shed the sweetest tears as Lily came down the aisle. I loved how the light was shining through the stained glass windows and how contrasty the altar was.
After the ceremony this NY bride and groom and their wedding party whisked uptown for some Central Park wedding photos. I love the candid nature of these images - the in betweens - the couple walking with each other and their favorite people. The Frick Museum was just a short walk from the park, on 5th Avenue.
During the wedding cocktail hour, guests enjoyed two specialty cocktails. The first called "The Madeleine" - Blanco Tequila, fresh strawberry nectar, pink peppercorn, fino sherry, & basil. The second cocktail was a classic with a twist - Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned. Guests enjoyed wonderful passed appetizers prepared by Abigail Kirsch Catering. The couple welcomed 98 guests to their museum wedding, for a beautiful reception amongst the masters. David Beahm used a low profile of white roses and hydrangeas for the table setting - keeping the design very sleek & modern adding to the ambiance of the Garden Court. Lily & Stephen cut their ivory, 4-tier Ron Ben Israel cake and welcomed their guests into the Music Room where everyone partied until the late evening, thanks to the awesome band, The Rhythm Collective.
Wedding Planning in NYC: Calluna Events | Church Ceremony: St. Francis Xavier NYC | Wedding Venue in NYC: The Frick Museum | Wedding Photographer in NYC: Leila Brewster photography | NYC Wedding Cinematographer: Elysium Productions | Film Developing: The Find Lab | Catering: Abigail Kirsch Catering | Wedding Cake: Ron Ben Israel | Wedding Flowers: David Beahm Experience | Wedding Band: Elan Artists - Rhythm Collective | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Wedding Hair and Makeup: Elwynn + Cass | Invitations: Happy Menocal | Bride's Wedding Gown:Carolina Herrera | Best wedding venues NYC