Betty & Juan’s Dance Filled NYC Wedding

Today’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.
You 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.
The 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!)
The bridesmaids picked their own dresses in brown and blue, and looked sassy and fabulous.

The couple took pictures walking around the Meatpacking district, which is far as I’m concerned is about the best decoration you can get.
If you are going to have a New York wedding, you might as well take a cab to your reception.
Betty 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).
Their 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.
I love a bride who really dances at her reception.
And you know you’ve got a real party when the groom gets thrown in the air….
…and the flower girl starts break dancing…
… and the bri
desmaids start getting down. Yes, please. This is my kind of party.
At 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

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  • 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!

  • 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.

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


    Ah- blog humor. Happy Monday!

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

  • awesome! i especially love the mantilla shots.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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!

  • Expressive and beautiful photos

  • Anonymous

    Go to for answers.

  • Omg I love this!

    But then I love ANY event in NYC – sigh!