Carla and Ben had a beautiful winter wedding in a loft in Union Square.
Ben shares, “Our winter wedding in NYC took place at the loft space above Tarallucci e Vino, Union Square. We chose it because we fell in love with its beautiful exposed brick and huge windows. The space has a classic New York City vibe!
Our wedding ceremony was simple and intimate, with only our immediate family attending. Carla’s best friend Tiffany officiated. Our florist created a lovely arrangement of branches and candles to frame us against the brick wall.”
The couple’s unique wedding vows included their love of playing board games together.
Ben adds, “We decided to both take each other’s name, so we are now Carla and Ben Moy-Turner. It was important to us to share the same name, but we didn’t want either of us to lose our existing name. Moy-Turner just sounds right!”
Ben continues, “After the ceremony, we made the short walk over to Union Square Park for a few outdoor photos. At this point we were ruing our decision to get married in January! In the end, braving the cold was worth it for a memorable and unique series of photos.
The reception followed soon after with dinner, drinks and dancing for 100 guests. We love Italian cuisine, and the chef and staff at Tarallucci delivered a delicious meal. Everything tasted wonderful.
Our custom cake topper featured things central to our relationship: our beloved dog Bessie; some of our favorite board games (we originally met through a group of friends who gather for weekly game nights); and a pair of passports to represent our love of travel. The travel theme extended to the table decorations and place cards. Each of the four long tables was designated as a country or region that we’ve visited, and each guest’s seat was marked with a photograph taken by the two of us. It was a fun way to share the memories we have made in our adventures!”
It was freezing out, but they were so happy, you would never know by looking at the photos!
FLO Events created a beautiful tablescape with mixed bouquets of purple flowers, greenery, berries and eucalyptus. Carla and Ben didn’t plan to be so on trend, but they ended up incorporating the Pantone color of the year–ultraviolet!
The first dance was set to the Magnetic Field’s “The Book of Love” from 69 love songs.
Congratulations Carla and Ben!
Also, check out their Riverside Park engagement here.
Special thanks to the team:
Venue(s): Tarallucci e Vino arranged for Third Floor Loft of Home Studios at 873 Broadway
Coordinator: Basia Biddle of Tarallucci e Vino
Officiant: Tiffany Sameyah Sankari (friend of the couple)
Caterer: Tarallucci e Vino, www.taralluccievino.net
Florist: Caroline Groppe of FLO NY
Cake: Milk Bar
Cake topper: Keren Becker
DJ: Enrique Colon of BTL DJs
Photo booth: Teho Yoo from Amazebooths www.amazebooths.com
Hair and Makeup: Talia of MG Hair & Makeup
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Bride’s Dress: Purchased from ModCloth made amazing by Bevin Dillon
Bride’s Shoes: Corso Como
Jewelry: hair comb: YunBoutique ; Belt: FashionaryDesign
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
I’m so happy to announce I have won the WeddingWire award for the 8th year in a row! A huge thank you goes out to all my amazing couples I worked with this past year!
“WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.”
Snow! Christmas! And lots of love! Sarah and Will had a beautiful, elegant, winter wedding with just the right touches of the holiday season. Sarah got ready for the day at the couple’s home in Alexandria, Virginia.
The ceremony took place at the Falls Church Presbyterian in Falls Church, Virginia. The stone church is surrounded by holly bushes and the grounds were covered in fresh white snow.
A sword arch is a special military tradition that requires the couple to kiss in order to pass under each set of swords. The tradition is meant to salute the newly married couple.
Sarah shares, “We chose to do a December wedding because that was the timeline our lives was leading us towards and we both love the holidays and liked the idea of capitalizing on the excitement and joy of the season. That said, we deliberately sought to go light on Christmas up until the reception, that way we could have some pictures and memories that weren’t entirely associated with Christmas!
I went to college in Scotland and we both have Scottish heritage so the thistle between all of the bouquets and boutonnières seemed appropriate. Another common theme in the flowers was the boxwood, which was included in honor of my dad (who loves and collects boxwood). We also weaved William’s family tartan into the aesthetic too, using it to wrap the bouquets, boutonnières, and for the flower girl sashes—I even had my shoes covered in it!
William added, “Sarah made me special chocolate chip cookies for the wedding reception (because I love her cookies and she spoils me!) but they were accidentally delivered to me early before the ceremony. While this was slightly distressing to Sarah when she caught wind of what happened, they were actually the perfect sugar pick me up that I needed to make it through the ceremony.”
William shares, “Our reception was at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. We chose the club for several reasons. Growing up, I spent a lot of time there because my dad was also in the Navy and he was stationed in Northern Virginia for most of my childhood. When Sarah and I started dating we began going to the club together more and more and it quickly became a special place for us as a couple. Also, when we decided on December we gravitated towards the club because it looks particularly awesome at Christmas time.”
Sarah adds, “When it came to the reception we completely embraced Christmas! The club made that easy though since they had decorated for the season already with garland and Christmas trees everywhere. For the centerpieces we had boxwood wreaths and hurricanes with cranberries in water and floating candles. We had the guests take the wreaths for their doors at the end of the reception which was pretty fun! My favorite touch though was that we put together stockings for all of the kids who came and hung them on the fireplaces for them to open after dinner.”
Sarah and William danced their first dance to “Sleep on the Floor,” by The Lumineers.
The club looked particularly beautiful with all the Christmas decorations.
A blessing was said before dinner and then Sarah and her dad and William and his mom shared special parent dances.
The cake topper was custom made by the groom’s sister to represent the couple’s childhood stuffed bears that they both have to this day.
At the end of the evening guests were given little carol books and asked to join the bride and groom in the main lobby to sing some of their favorite Christmas songs. It was such a sweet and unique way to end the evening!
Congratulations Sarah and William!
You can also check out their engagement photos here.
Special thanks to the team:
Church: Falls Church Presbyterian
Reception Location: Army Navy Country Club, Arlington
Day-of Coordinator: Kim Trombly
Flowers: The Virginia Florist, Alexandria
Cake: Sweet Ladies Bakery
Music: Bryan George Music
Bride’s coat: Kim Trombly
Hair: KC Felton
Makeup: Conceptual Beauty, Christin Birckhead
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz
I’m feeling so joyful and grateful for my wonderful family and this season of love, fun and magic. Watching Ollie’s eyes light up when we turn on the tree or share a cookie makes me love Christmas even more.
I procrastinated this year with planning a family photo shoot. We went out to Central Park in late November with our tripod and remote shutter to take some Christmas card photos. I had very low expectations thinking that Ollie would never look at the camera or smile or perhaps even sit with us! We got super lucky. He loves buttons and was very interested in the camera. Once it started clicking from the remote shutter he thought it was so cool! Haha! A little Christmas magic came early. He is constantly reminding me to enjoy and find excitement in the tiniest things.
And we can’t forget Josie. She did end up getting some cookie crumbs!
Happy holidays, everyone!
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