Kara and Gary were married at the New York Botanical Garden on a beautiful October day. The ceremony and reception took place at the Stone Mill and we got some beautiful photos at the nearby Rose Garden.
The couple shared a first look before the wedding ceremony.
Gary shares a few of his favorite moments from the wedding day, ” I loved seeing Kara for the first time. I had no idea how she would look. She was, is, and will always be beautiful! I also loved our ceremony – feeling the presence of everyone there, sharing my words with her, and listening to her words for me. The reception was a blast and it has been great hearing our guests tell us that they had a great time.”
The first look was also one of Kara’s favorite moments, “I had pre-wedding jitters before seeing Gary. When he turned around, I felt completely calm and knew that this was going to be one of the best days of my life.”
We strolled down to the Botanical Garden’s beautiful Rose Garden for some photos.
Kara shares, “We got engaged in August in San Diego and found the New York Botanical Garden a short time after that. We loved the Stone Mill and its peaceful surroundings and felt that the simple sophistication of the space represented us well. We also knew that it would be the perfect setting for our small gathering of the people who are closest to us.
The year leading up to the wedding came with many changes including Gary moving to New York City from Massachusetts and starting a new job last spring.
It was wonderful to be in the same city after Gary’s dedicated commute back and forth on weekends. It also made the final stages of planning our big day much easier.
My favorite parts of our wedding also included the advice that our officiant gave to us at the ceremony, including that each person should give 100% percent to their marriage. His words were heartfelt and meaningful. I also loved dancing the night away with family. Our wedding was the first time Gary and I ever cut loose on the dance floor and we had a blast. Anyone can tell you that I did not want the night to end. In fact, if given the chance I would relive that night over again as often as possible.”
The Botanical Garden is filled with so many picturesque scenes and bright pops of color.
Kara and Gary’s good friends, Jen and Tom, served as their wedding party and helped them get ready for the ceremony.
The ceremony took place at twilight as Kara’s brother walked her down the aisle.
The reception felt very cozy inside the white brick walls with so much warm glowing candlelight.
Congratulations Kara and Gary!
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: New York Botanical Garden, Stone Mill
Officiant: David Dae An Rynick, Roshi, Worcester Zen Center
Flowers: Forever in Bloom
DJ: Michael and Claudia Narvaez, ANS Entertainment
Lighting: Shades of Grey Productions Inc.
Bridal Gown: Princess Bridals, Huntington, New York, Designer: Kitty Chen
Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers
Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Greenwich Street Jewelers
Vegan Wedding Cake: Vegan Divas
Hair and Makeup: Christo, Mariana and Hazel at Christo Fifth Avenue, NYC
Invitations and Programs: Wedding Paper Divas