Congratulations Melissa & Ivan! Wow, what an incredible wedding day. Melissa & Ivan said their vows on a rooftop in Brooklyn overlooking the NYC skyline during sunset. Their modern black tie wedding couldn't have been more picture perfect and I am so happy I was there to capture their union.
How We Met:
The bride & groom first met through mutual friends at a 4th of July party in 2009. They became Facebook friends, but beyond that they didn't keep in touch. Then, 4 years later, they met again at the same mutual's friend's engagement party. That's when the fireworks sparked when they took a romantic moonlit walk around the property. Melissa lived in Wilmington, DE at the time & Ivan lived in Brooklyn, NY. They maintained their passionate relationship for 2 years long distance & then Melissa eventually moved to Brooklyn. In May of 2016 they attended a destination wedding in Santorini, Greece. After the wedding, Ivan proposed & they celebrated their engagement on a private catamaran sailing trip the next day. Since being engaged, they've enjoyed the wedding planning process and are looking forward to starting their family with a four legged, furry friend in the next few months!
The Wedding Day Details:
The evening included signature drinks called The Ana Linette (named after the groom's sister) and Fly, Declan, Fly (named after the Bride's Brother). Both mothers per took in the rooftop ceremony and shared their wisdom with the couple and guests. The evening was full of special performances, including Melissa & Ivan entering the reception with a bang and breaking into a surprise salsa dance that was a magical performance for guests. Declan (Bride's brother) played the guitar during dinner with the band, and Fidias (Groom's Uncle) performed with his guitar during the reception as well. There was an incredible three tiered and marbled surprise cake (made by the Bride's sister's friend) for the Bride & Groom.
Melissa & Ivan's Wedding Planning Advice:
Relax, enjoy your engagement, stick to YOUR vision, & relish in your wedding day as a celebration of your love together!
Venue: The William Vale
Wedding Planner: Gemelli Events
Florals: Event Decorations by Jany
Catering: The William Vale
Wedding Band: Posh Entertainment
Acoustic Music: Pat & Sean Kelly
Officiant: Joe Riotta
Videographer: Kiss The Bride Films
Invitations: Elephant Limbo
Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Hair & Makeup by: Mariel Guay
Groom's Tuxedo: J Crew
Groom's Accessories: Shirt, socks, & watch: Hugo Boss
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Bowtie, Pocket Square, & Suspenders - The Tie Bar
Cake: Brides Sister -Victoria Benjamin Cakes