Valentina & Robert’s Spontaneous Central Park Ceremony

* Valentina, Assistant Curator and Art History Grad Student & Robert, Accountant * Photographer: Jonas Seaman * Soundtrack for Reading: “All the Things you Are” by Serge Chaloff *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: Romantic, spontaneous, quintessentially New York celebration of love.

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The Info—Photographer: Jonas Seaman / Ceremony Venue: Central Park / Party Venue: Acme / Flowers: Sprout Home / Valentina’s Wedding Dress: Her mother’s vintage wedding dress from Geoffrey Beene, adjusted by Jeeves / Valentina’s Disco Dress: Pookie & Sebastian / Valentina’s Shoes: Prada / Robert’s Suit: Yves Saint Laurent / Robert’s Tie: Vintage Italian from the Vintage Thrift Shop / Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar / Invitations: Golden Rectangle Press / Violinists: Ginger Dolden and Pete Lanctot of Bantam Studios / Band: Lapis Luna

Other cool stuff we should know about: We wanted the whole day to be a reflection of us and the city we met and fell in love in. We created a celebration that would be fun yet easygoing, elegant yet casual, sophisticated yet sweet. No planner, nothing crazy. We wanted the ceremony to be very personal and all about us and the reception to be a big party for all of our friends and family. To that end, our ceremony was held in Central Park since we spend so much time there with our dog, Big, and because we both love nature. We wanted it to feel like we just walked into the park spur-of-the-moment and got married, so everyone was standing around us in a big semi-circle.

The reception was cocktail-style with lots of delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Lapis Luna, an amazing jazz band, played our favorite songs and a great Tarantella for everyone to dance to! After lots of jazz, food, and cake, our friend busted out his DJ equipment and gave us the disco dance party we had always dreamed of. Valentina changed into a sequin dress and shoes, and Rob’s shirt and tie came flying off. It was the best day and night of our lives.

Favorite thing about the wedding: The city: all the boat rowers in the lake cheering and clapping for us, the tourists snapping photos and wishing us well, the joggers running by us with smiles and, of course, that crazy band that photobombed us!

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