Destination I Do
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Destination Wedding NYC: A Gramercy Park Confection

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Melanie Rebane Photography

Jennifer and Pierre are a Canadian couple with a strong sense of who they are and what they want. Their first vacation together was to NYC and they decided to make an impromptu trip to Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store to shop for engagement rings. Talk about a welcome surprise. The couple wanted a small, intimate wedding with a very specific-style venue in mind. Thus, it was back to NYC for the destination wedding of their dreams.

With only 26 guests, Jennifer and Pierre had thousands of venues to choose from in the Big Apple, but were determined to find THE one. “I thought first about what we [wanted] – boutique, intimate venue offering a great experience and atmosphere,” recalls the bride. “If there was a view of the city, all the better, and if we could be outside, another bonus!” After weeks of research and narrowing the field, the couple finally decided on the Gramercy Park Hotel.

While this bride embraced wedding planning 100 percent, she says she couldn’t have done it without her wedding planner, Allison Turner. “With our wedding planner available to help with all the logistical aspects, planning a destination wedding was relatively simple and comparable to one being planned locally,” says Jennifer. “I couldn’t imagine not having Allison with us before and during the event to take care of the small details of the day, travel and timeline coordination.”

Having a dependable wedding planner didn’t make this couple any less anxious to stay organized and involved with the overall planning process. They mentioned a wedding planner software which was instrumental in their pulling of their big day: iDo Wedding Couple Edition. “This program allowed us to track the guest lists, addresses, RSVPs, gifts, “Thank You” cards and, of course, the budget,” says Jennifer. “It also allowed us to print labels for the invites, maps for the different hotels etc. which made it all a piece of cake.”

The bride has some other advice to offer destination wedding brides, “Really attempt to enjoy the planning process and make the decisions fun! For example, [my husband and I] had a color selection night, where I – being a DIY girl – made several color boards and presented them to him one at a time, asking which he preferred. Finally we had our selection: gray, lime green and a touch of fusia.”

For Jennifer and Pierre, going the extra mile – literally – paid off in a big way and they don’t regret their decision to have a destination wedding for a second. “It would not be a memory we would think back on and say ‘that was so us!’ Every element of the day reflected the things we love and wanted to share with our guests – from the boutique hotel location featuring unique art pieces, to the colors, outdoor rooftop atmosphere and fabulous food and drink.”

The couple has some final words of advice to ensure your destination wedding is also a dream come true. “Set time for yourself on the big day to spend together – whether it’s a glass of Champagne at the end of the night to reflect back on how special it all was or ten minutes along during pictures. It’s your day, be sure to enjoy it!”

Photographer: Melanie Rebane Photography
Ceremony/Reception Site: Gramercy Park Hotel, NYC
Wedding Coordinator: Allison Turner with Live Love Plan
Florist: Adore Floral
Linens: Nuage Design
Hair & Makeup: Lori Dyck with Showpony Hair
Gown Designer: McCaffrey Haute Couture
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Canali

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