Yay New York: The Party (Part I)

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

** The bulk of our party photos were shot by Melissa of beIMAGED in NYC, who gave up dancing just to shoot. We love her. All photos are credited individually, since the photographer community was in on it.**

Photo by Leah and Mark

So the Yay New York Dance Party. Before I dive in to trying to describe what might be one of the most epic dance parties of my life, let me just mention the ice sculpture. Because yeah, I just said that.

Photo by beIMAGED

The day before the event, I was running around New York City like a mad woman, and I got a call from Elizabeth who said, “Um. How do I say this? One of the groom’s brother’s is a career ice sculptor living in Brooklyn” (Editors note: a super hip ice sculptor) “And he wants to make something for the party.” Clearly, when you get a call like that, you do not say no. So, he made a sculpture version of And Kathleen’s logo with interlocking rings and an equal sign, and you pretty much know a party is going to be for the ages when it starts like that.

Photo by Leah and Mark

And then there was our DJ, Whitney Day. I’m not even sure what to say about Whitney, except everyone who’d met her kept saying, “Oh, just wait till you meet her. Just wait. Just wait.” And then she showed up. First of all, I can’t imagine what the party would have been like without her, since she’s one of those people who just makes you feel like the sun broke through the clouds and is shining right on you. She’s happy, she’s kind, she’s so cool you just want to stand next to her and hope it rubs off on you. And she played the most amazing music. At the end of the night when I went to talk to her, I was half apologetic that she wasn’t playing her normal club crowd. Boy did she set me straight. She said, “They danced to everything. Soul, club music, hip-hop,  hits, whoa. I played it they danced.” And boy did you.

And then I said, “But you don’t play weddings, right?” and she said, “Oh. I do now.” So seriously, if you are having a wedding in the tri-state area, signed sealed delivered, she’s yours. And let’s talk about the dancing.

Photo by beIMAGED

Photos by Leah and Mark

Photos by beIMAGED

Photo by Leah and Mark

And that was just us getting started.

Then there were the popsicles. La NewYorkina was there, and they made these crazy rainbow striped passion fruit/ Hibiscus/ Cucumber / and more, mashup popsicles for us. Can I officially announce that popsicles are the new cupcake?

Photo by Emily Takes Photos

Yeah, they totally are.

Photos by beIMAGED

Then there was Monogamy and PromisQous wine. Not only did they provide booze for all of us, all night long, but one of the owners showed up to pour. I know. And not to inflate your egos or anything, but he said you guys were having the best party he’s been to in a while.

Photo by Leah and Mark

But then we had to get down to business. I made a speech about marriage equality. (Off the cuff. I didn’t think to prepare). And then it was Confetti System Piñata time. Which pretty much speaks for itself.

Photo by FedorovFoto

Photo by beIMAGED

Photo by FedorovFoto

Photo by beIMAGED

And then we danced like it was our jobs. I’m going to let Team Practical tell you about it…. in the next post. Stay tuned, post two coming shortly.


The Sponsors That Made This Happen (who deserve our love forever)— Planning, Queen of All: Lowe House Events (SF) / Sponsor Manager & Photographer: Emily Takes Photos (SF) / Venue: 320 Studios / Graphic Design: AndKathleen /  Photography: BeImaged Photography (NYC), Calin Peters Photography (Boston), Fedorov Foto (NYC), Leah And Mark +Raven (All over the US) / Planning & Logistics: Lowbrow Events (New England), The Handmade Event (NYC), Crafty Broads (Chicago) / General Helpers: Amber, LaurenPrinting: Yes Press (SF) / Officiant: Cheerleader for LovePiñataConfetti System / Cake: Hart & Sol Photography / Popsicles: LaNewYorkina / Wine: Monogamy & PromisQous DJ: Whitney Day

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com. #NASTY

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    what a bad-ass party. i have a big dopey grin on my face at work right now because those pictures are vibrating with pure unadulterated joy.

    YAY NY!

  • Seriously. The music and mixes Whitney played were just badass. Absolutely loved EVERYTHING she put on.

  • loving the recaps, can’t wait for more stories..! also do we get a whole post of photobooth pics..? :)

    • also those popsicles were amazingface.

    • meg

      Yes. Tomorrow!

  • Everything — EVERYTHING! — was amazing. A big, huge thank you to all of the sponsors!

    And I apologize for the moment later in the evening when I went to get a glass of the Promis-Q-ous Red (So, so good, btw) and accidentally asked for the polygamous red. My bad.

  • Looks like you guys had a blast! Bad ass party, indeed. That pinata is divine.

  • Oh my god. FUN!

  • Ruth

    Ok, when word got out that the pinata didn’t have candy in it, I think everyone was a little sad. But the confetti was so much better than candy! I want one of these pinatas at my next birthday party.

  • ElisabethJoanne

    Off-topic (kinda): Meg, I love your dress. Will you tell me more about it so I can track it down for my sisters?

    • meg

      Thank you, but I can’t! I bought it in 2006 in an independent boutique about two blocks away from the venue. It’s this lovely rayon jersey that looks so simple, but is actually cut brilliantly. The belt is JCrew though.

    • Class of 1980


      When I finally saw the dress full-length in the pictures, I fell in love with it. It is a gorgeous cut.

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