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Betty & Juan’s Dance Filled NYC Wedding


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingToday’s wedding is such a beautiful invigorating wedding, that the pictures make me want to get up and dance. This wedding is a bit more traditional then many of the weddings I feature, but having a traditional wedding doesn’t mean that you can’t have a wedding just as vibrant and practical and inspiring as someone having a quirky and offbeat bash. You’d never guess from the pictures, but Betty and Juan had a limited budget, and got married in New York City (where TRUST me, everything is much more expensive). But they were not going to let that stop them from having one fantastic party. These photographs were taken by the talented Jen Huang.
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingYou often hear people singing the praises of destination weddings, and people don’t often talk about the joy of getting married where you live. Betty and Juan married in their hometown – New York City. In this picture, Betty is getting ready in the lobby of her parents apartment building, something I’m sure she’ll remember every time she walks through the lobby. I love the idea of our weddings imbuing the ordinary with the extraordinary and the sacred.
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingThe couple got married at Our Lady of Guadalupe church on 14th Street. The groom is a graphic designer, and made all the paper goods for the wedding, the bride made the decorations and the centerpieces, and the mother of the bride made all of the flowers. (a do-it-together wedding! yay!)
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingThe bridesmaids picked their own dresses in brown and blue, and looked sassy and fabulous.
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical Wedding
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingThe couple took pictures walking around the Meatpacking district, which is far as I’m concerned is about the best decoration you can get.
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical Wedding If you are going to have a New York wedding, you might as well take a cab to your reception.
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingBetty is a dancer, and Juan is a soccer player, so they had this adorable cake toppers. In lieu of a expensive formal wedding cake they had a flourless chocolate cake (the first dessert they shared together) and cheese cakes (the quintessential New York desert).
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingTheir reception was at a simple east village restaurant, and was packed with plenty of dancing, Mexican and Venezuelan food, and… wait for it… a surprise mariachi band.
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingI love a bride who really dances at her reception.
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingAnd you know you’ve got a real party when the groom gets thrown in the air….
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical Wedding…and the flower girl starts break dancing…
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical Wedding… and the bri
desmaids start getting down. Yes, please. This is my kind of party.
Betty & Juans Dance Filled NYC Wedding | A Practical WeddingAt the end of the night, Betty changed into a shorter going away dress, and had one last dance.

Congratulations to Betty and Juan! My all your days together be as vibrant and joyful as your wedding day! (As for me, I might just have to book my plane tickets back to visit New York today… and put on my dancing shoes).

Pictures by the amazing Jen Huang

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15362619565392680707 bekapaige

    That photo of their last dance in her adorable little dress is just too yummy.

  • Anonymous

    Could you post the name/style of Betty’s dress (the long one)? It is absolutely stunning.

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    Oooh, how fun! I love a dance party!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05650363231006892289 Mrs. in May

    oh man! So much fun. I am heading to a wedding next weekend where the bride and groom love to get down, I am SOOOO looking forward to it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05650363231006892289 Mrs. in May

    Because I had to tell someone – this is too funny, the word verification I just had to type in was:

    urajerk

    Ah- blog humor. Happy Monday!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05518668485679225672 Vailbride

    Where is her Veil from???? I want it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08870124428453278995 Teresa

    awesome! i especially love the mantilla shots.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13781314774264492284 blind irish pirate

    I *love* the quirky, off beat weddings you post, BUT, I have to really commend your feature of this couple… it reminds us that you can be more “mainstream”/”traditional” but still be practical. I think there is stigma with these weddings. We draw a line and say, “Big white dress = very extravagant, upscale wedding.” and “Simple and sweet wedding = practical.” But really, you don’t have to be one or the other.

    You can have your cake and eat it too.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11371172824707301749 Cate Subrosa

    Fantastic.

    I’m really excited about getting married in our home town. It means so much to me that Baddie was born there and all of our families have gravitated back there over the years. I might post about it, but it’s kind of difficult while maintaining anonymity…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11541573710800672512 Valerie

    Hi – does anyone know what the guests were throwing when Betty & Juan were leaving the church? It doesn't look like rice. I'm looking for alternatives, so I'd be interested to find out. Thanks!

  • http://bridechic.blogspot.com Amy-Jo Tatum/Bride Chic

    Expressive and beautiful photos

  • Anonymous

    Go to sites.google.com/site/bettyandjuanswedding for answers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05234139554435412232 52 Faces

    Omg I love this!

    But then I love ANY event in NYC – sigh!