Deborah & David, Cipriani Wall Street, NYC

POSTED BY Nathan Smith on 2016/10/10

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What do you think is most important to keep in mind on your wedding day?

Both: Keep in mind how lucky you both are. We were both so appreciative of our families and friends, and above all, grateful to have found each other. If you can keep remembering these things throughout the day, it will allow you to remain calm and truly present.

Do you have any advice for a couple planning their wedding?

Both: Don’t spend too much time planning! We had a very short engagement which forced us to make decisions quickly. It is very easy to get caught up in the minutia of wedding planning, but we just wanted to start our lives together. If you can, a short engagement is the way to go!

Is there a moment from your day that stands out to you the most?

Deborah: Definitely the ceremony. Because it took place in the Museum of Finance on a weekday, the florists could not begin building the chuppah until the late afternoon. So when it came time for the ceremony and I entered the museum with my parents on either side, it was the first time I was actually seeing the room. But when I reached the top of the aisle, all I saw was David. We locked eyes and everything around me turned to a complete blur…It was only afterwards when I saw pictures that I realized how breathtakingly beautiful our lemon tree chuppah was.

David: We got a permit to close Wall St. so that the wedding party (and our 500 guests!) could cross from one building to the next with ease. Right after I broke the glass, our friends and family led us out of the museum singing and dancing and onto the street. Wall Street is otherwise extremely busy. It was a very surreal moment to have it all to ourselves as we sang and danced our way into the reception at Cipriani.

What were your first impressions of each other?

Deborah: I laughed my way through our entire first date. I thought he was the funniest person I had ever met.

David: She was beautiful, quirky, and had a great laugh. I thought she was way out of my league.

Deborah, what word would you use to describe David?

Can I pick a few? Thoughtful. Kind. Smart. Funny. Always smiling, even with his eyes.

David, what word would you use to describe Deborah?

Radiant. She lights up the room.


Photos by Nathan Smith, Virginie Blachère and Alexis Silver


Planning: Barbara Esses Events
Catering: Foremost Caterers
Dress: Custom
Floral & Event Design: Louis Konstantinos
Hair & Makeup: Ahuva Sanik & Bridget Lembo
Music, Ceremony: Neshoma Orchestra
Music, Reception: Style Events – Alex & Amir
Stationary: Party Panache
Venue, Ceremony: Museum of Finance
Venue, Reception: Cipriani Wall Street
Video: Fred Marcus Studio

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