floral arch on a green rooftop overlooking New York city skyline

Fall Fairytale NYC Wedding Inspiration


May 21, 2024
Words by Jessie Allen
Photos courtesy of Lorin Kelly

Imagine your wedding day: a breathtaking rooftop garden bathed in the warm glow of autumn, the iconic New York City skyline as your backdrop. This is the magic captured in a recent styled shoot orchestrated by planner/designer Britt Jones and captured by photographer Lorin Kelly. Their goal? To inspire couples with a fall city wedding featuring a unique blend of modern elegance and timeless romance!

floral arch with shades of pink, bride walking to groom at altar, couple embracing with bride's back to the camera

The inspiration for this shoot stemmed from the grandeur of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a New York City landmark known for its European architecture. Translated into a wedding theme, this meant incorporating nods to the old world with a distinctly modern twist. The venue, 620 Loft and Garden, provided the perfect canvas – a rooftop oasis offering stunning Manhattan views.

wedding ceremony setup with wooden chairs and fall colored floral arch

Instead of the traditional fall color palette of reds and oranges, the design team opted for a more sophisticated approach. Soft pinks, mauves, and plums dominated the décor, creating a romantic and intimate atmosphere. This subtle nod to the season added a touch of whimsy without overwhelming the overall NYC wedding aesthetic.

couple embrace in front of their ceremony setup on the 620 Loft and Garden for an NYC weddingcouple stand by their three tiered wedding cake with the St. Patrick's Cathedral in the background

The bride’s ceremony gown, a Viktor & Rolf creation, embodied this philosophy perfectly. The sleek satin provided a modern base, while the dramatic train and bow back added a touch of timeless elegance. The reception gown, another Viktor and Rolf masterpiece, was a vision of fairytale romance. The tiered tulle skirt and high neckline evoked the image of a delicate chandelier, a detail that was cleverly echoed in the hand-drawn illustrations on the invitation suite.

collage of bride and groom at their reception including individual shots of the couple, a table card display, and a table decorated with pink glassware, purple linens and gold leaf placemats

Throughout the shoot, the various vendors collaborated seamlessly to bring the designer’s NYC wedding vision to life. From the photographer’s keen eye to the meticulous floral arrangements, every detail worked in harmony to create a cohesive and enchanting atmosphere.

When asked about her favorite aspect of the shoot, Lorin highlighted the unique U-shaped reception setup. The floral arch positioned at the end served not just as a beautiful backdrop, but also as a symbolic entrance into the joyous celebration.

ceremony arch with fall florals acting as the entrance to a wedding reception setup, stationery suit with deep plum accents, ground floral arrangement

This styled shoot offers a wealth of inspiration for couples planning a NYC wedding. It demonstrates how to embrace the city’s modern spirit while incorporating classic elements and seasonal touches. By focusing on a cohesive design concept and collaboration between vendors, you too can create a wedding day that is both timeless and uniquely yours.

U-shaped reception setup with NYC skyline in backgroundcollage of reception elements, couple embracing and stationery including menus

Vendors: Photography: Lorin Kelly; Venue: 620 Loft and Garden; Planning & Design: Britt Jones Co; Florals: Nava Floral; Rentals: Luxe Event Rental; Stationery and Signage: Gates Paper Co.; Linens: BBJ LaTavola; Cake: Vincenzo Salvatore Cakes; Hair: Hair by Alison Farfan; Makeup: JFink Beauty; Cellist: SPN Events; Dress: Viktor and Rolf; Suit: The Black Tux; Accessories: Nicola Bathie

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