Elyssa and Mike were married on a beautiful fall day at New York’s Hilton Pearl River.
After Elyssa and Mike were done getting ready for the day they shared a very sweet first look.
The back of Elyssa’s dress is sooooo pretty!
Elyssa shares, “I am not a big fan of flowers, so we wanted to do something a bit different with our bouquets. After searching pretty much the entire Internet, we found an Etsy shop that made beautiful bouquets out of paper. I contacted the shop and they said we could choose what book/document the flowers were made out of. Our bouquets and boutonnieres are made of the Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized gay marriage in the US. Not only are we both lawyers, and love the idea that all are equal to share in the joys of marriage in the eyes of the law, but Mike actually worked on one of the previous gay marriage Supreme Court cases and we are both very proud of what he and the equal rights movement have accomplished.
We also included an excerpt from the Obergefell decision on our wedding program:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
Elyssa shares, “In the days leading up to the wedding we were worried that the weather wouldn’t cooperate for our ceremony to be held outside, but when we woke up on our wedding day and saw the bright blue skies we knew we were in for a treat! Simply put, our wedding day exceeded all of our expectations and was by far the best day of our lives. After a year of planning, we knew that we had included our own little touches to make the day special for us, such as our paper flowers and the grandfather(s) and bride dance, but we had no idea that all of our planning would come together in such an amazing way. Knowing that our friends and family had come from all across the country to celebrate the beginning of our lives together was awesome, in the literal sense of the word.”
The couple signed the ketubah just before the ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony two cannons burst a blizzard of beautiful confetti into the air!
Elyssa shared a special dance with her dad and each of her grand fathers.
Congratulations Elyssa and Mike!
Also, check out their Central Park engagement photos here.
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Pearl River Hilton
Cake: A Little Cake
DJ/Band: East Side Stories
Florist: Dramatic Innovation
Paper Bouquets: With Love and Petals
Invitations: Designed by Elyssa Feins, Printed by Thomas Printers
Makeup/Hair: Makeup and Hair by Dallas
Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with David Troncoso