Erika and Adam didn’t just plan a New York wedding. They planned THE New York wedding. Inspired by the movie Funny Face and Erika’s grandparents’ 1958 NYC nuptials, their Liberty Warehouse wedding is everything. This sweet couple’s joie de vivre infused each awesome second, from the extra-windy ceremony (the pictures are fabulous) to the playful Audrey Hepburn/Fred Astaire portraits to the fake rabbi wedding crashers.
In addition to having great style (the combo of her custom Lea-Ann Belter gown and golden Miu Mius is excellent), our gorgeous bride is creative. She designed their wedding invitation suite and typeface! Read all about their day and drink in their beautiful wedding pics below.
How did your sweetie propose?
“Adam proposed on the same crowded train we met on 4 years prior – Amtrak from NYC to Albany, NY.”
How did you choose your gown?
“The ‘Zara’ gown was the very first wedding gown I tried on and I LOVED it!
I had envisioned something totally different. I wanted lots of illusion, beading, lace, something fitted, but I just fell absolutely in love with the elegance and the luxurious duchesse silk of Zara. Before I ‘said yes,’ I met with Lea-Ann to make sure she could make the front tea length! I wanted to feature my shoes (that I fell in love with before finding the gown!). She made the gown tea length in front, keeping the amazing train and framed my golden Miu Miu peep toes perfectly! Lea-Ann also replaced the silk covered buttons on the back with crystals to match the shoes! The gown set the tone of the entire wedding. I accessorized with a Lea-Ann Belter cathedral-length veil and blusher, a gold floral and pearl tiara, and short mesh gloves.”
Tell us about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“Our wedding ceremony and reception were held on the waterfront in Brooklyn, NYC at the Liberty Warehouse. Our ceremony and cocktail hour took place facing the Statue of Liberty with the entire NYC skyline! It was truly magical!
Our ‘theme’/ style was very much inspired by the late 1950’s-early ‘60’s glamour. The gown set the tone, paired with short mesh gloves with ivory satin bows, and the groom wore an ivory dinner jacket and velvet smoking shoes a la Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face.”
Our first dance song was “Funny Face” which was the perfect song for us!
Our flowers were inspired by my grandparents 1958 NYC wedding décor, which included lots of ferns, palm leaves, and white roses. Just weeks before our wedding, my aunt found my grandparents’ wedding film! We converted it to DVD and the DJ played the silent black and white film to jazz music during dinner!
I wore the earrings my grandma wore on her wedding day, and my mom wore on hers! We also used my grandma’s wedding band. We tried to tie in sentimental moments to all aspects of our wedding without being sappy.
Also, instead of party favors, Adam and I made a donation to The Cinderella Project of NY/NJ. The Cinderella Project provides young girls who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to attend prom with everything from their gown to shoes and accessories! They also provide young women with outfits for their graduations, interviews, etc. They focus on making young women feel special! We chose Cinderella Project of NY/NJ because our wedding was beyond even Cinderella’s wildest dreams!“
What’s your funniest wedding day memory?
“Our ‘Man of Honor’ (brother of the bride) speech was pretty epic and had the entire room cracking up! Also, Adam and I also planned a prank on our family and friends!
We found ‘The Amazing Bottle Dancers’ on YouTube months prior and booked them to fake ‘crash’ our wedding! Three actors/dancers ran in, in the middle of our speech ‘interrupting’ us as if they were orthodox rabbis running late to perform at a bar mitzvah. Everyone was hysterical!
They performed an act and a ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ dance – everyone was in disbelief and the entire room was up and cracking up and dancing.”
Five words that best describe your significant other:
Bride about Groom: Passionate, talented, understanding, loving, quirky
Groom about Bride: Excited, energetic, creative, caring, loving.
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“Enjoy every single second of planning and of your day!!!
Take time to sit back and soak it all up! I am SO GLAD I did!
Invest in a videographer!!!!!
Be sentimental! Do special things to honor family/friends who could not attend the wedding. We had signature cocktail called ‘The Jerry’ named after my grandfather’s favorite drink!“
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“Adam and I spent 10 days exploring Israel!
An absolutely magical place! We drove from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea, stayed at resort in the middle of the desert, and ended in Jerusalem.“
Erika + Adam’s Liberty Warehouse Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: custom Lea-Ann Belter via Something Bleu Bridal | photographer: Salzman & Ashley | invitations: designed by the bride | calligraphy: More Than Words By Michelle Edwards | shoes: Miu Miu | florals: Flowers By Brian | Venue: Liberty Warehouse | makeup: Dana Curtin | hair: Sean Gallagher, Serge Normant Salon | band: Kinkey Spigot | DJ/ drummer/ sax player/ photo booth/ lighting: Dance Jock Production | “Fairy” Lighting: Pegasus Production