Gina & Juan, The Metropolitan Club, NYC
In the Lady Chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Gina, wearing a lace Naeem Khan gown, and her groom, Juan were married surrounded by an intimate gathering of their immediate family. With such a small gathering present, it made “the experience personal, intimate and unique,” says Gina, “We were excited about the idea of sharing some quiet time with our families and enjoying the moment before all our friends and family arrived. ” Afterwards, we took family portraits, seizing the opportunity to capture that feeling of communion after such a special moment.
Later, at the Metropolitan Club, the newlyweds were joined by all of their guests. In an emotional moment on the mezzanine overlooking their loved ones, Gina and Juan recited their vows that they had written for each other. Juan then pulled out his phone to snap a selfie – a lighthearted gesture that got a lot of laughs.
Drawn to the old world charm of the Metropolitan Club, Gina and Juan tried to create an experience that enhanced the history of the space. “We actually found an old picture of the Met Club from the late 1800’s on Pinterest and tried to recreate it with the palms and lighting,” explained the bride. The band from Dan Martin Music played music of the flapper era, and Gina wore a hairpiece inspired by 1920’s glitz.
The merriment continued at the cocktail hour and dinner, where florist Glorimundi‘s pink cherry blossoms reached toward cherubs painted on the ceilings. Gina’s sister – a professional comedian and actress – gave a funny but moving speech that had everyone alternating between tears and laughter. The whole day was full of fun-loving energy; we could have shot this wedding over and over again.
Gina and Juan, we wish you every happiness and lots of love!
Photos by Joanna Toto and Joakim Gleisner
Ceremony Venue: St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Lady Chapel
Reception Venue: The Metropolitan Club
Event Design: Glorimundi
Lighting: Frost Design
Music: Dan Martin Music, DJ Martin
Video: Clark + Walker
Catering: The Metropolitan
Cake: Lael Cakes
Invitations, etc.: East Six
Dress: Naeem Khan
Hair & Makeup: Rebecca Deamer from Miano Viel Salon