Warring bridesmaids carried bouquets made by the bride the night before the wedding. They are Bells of Ireland tied with dove grey organza ribbon. Maids wore black dresses of their own choosing.
The Mother of the Bride prepares handmade boutonnieres assembled the night before the wedding. Hypericum berries brought out the apple green color highlighted throughout the rest of the wedding.
Groomsmen attach one another's boutonnieres while the groom looks contemplative.
Groomsmen were a lively mix of friends of the groom's from Argentina and friends from college.
The bridal party on the Foundry courtyard roof deck with the Manhattan skyline in the background.
Shoes are a passion of mine. When I found these green Loubtouins, my entire color scheme (apple green, dove grey, black, and white) fell into place.
Me and my maid of honor. The dress is by Demetrios and the veils are handmade by Holly at Artikal Millinery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Luis leads me back downstairs to our wedding ceremony.
But not before we post for one last photo with the Queensboro Bridge.
An iron staircase surrounded by gorgeous exposed brick leads to the rooftop courtyard
Going down requires more caution than going up!
I asked for my bridesmaids to help put the finishing touches on my bouquet, which was all white freesias that my mom and I assembled the night before.
Luis checks in - "Is it go time?"
The Foundry's two-story layout gave everyone a great view and helped us fit many family and friends into this charismatic space.
A view from the top shows the drama of the space
Our officiant helped us craft a secular ceremony that engaged our friends and family in attendance. We didn't just stand there with our backs to them the whole time, as you can see!
Rewinding a bit on the timeline, here is a shot of my mother putting the finishing touches on our manzanitas. She and my dad assembled everything themselves. They built the "stumps" and covered them with moss. They placed the trees within using cement and sandbags to anchor them. They lovingly glued individuals blossoms and leaves to the branches. And they strung tiny white blossoms onto fishing line for the draped effect you see here. They were gorgeous and really helped frame and fill the massive Foundry space.
My mom event found these gorgeous fabric butterflies in apple green... she hid a few for us to find among the branches.
All of the print pieces (invite, save the date, program, favor) featured this graphic scroll illustration which was hand drawn by Luis' sister. Green apples also featured prominently in the decor. Here, they surround the bucket of programs, which were handed out by Luis' nephews.
A detail shot of a large vase full of green apples. This vase sat on the escort card table.
Escort cards were handwritten and folded by my mother, with tiny strips of silver leaf ribbon glued on each. This same ribbon was used on many of the print pieces, as you'll see in the next pictures.
The table number signage also featured the silver ribbon, and the table numbers were hand cut with an X-acto knife.
A detail of the invitation mounted for display at the escort card table.
The outside of the invitation featured a name plaquard and silver leaf ribbon, echoing the frond motif to come in the interior illustration.
The completed invitation as assembled and mailed to guests. All pieces were printed and assembled by me and my mother.
The save the date played with the colors of the illustration a bit, introducing the apple green and dove grey wedding motif.
The favors, dove-shaped wine stoppers, were modified by hand to include the custom thank you sticker and grey bow.
My dress, designed by Demetrios, was further modified by my mother and me to include birdcage veiling and feathers. Both were hand stitched onto each tiered ruffle down the left-hand side of the dress.
Candles (nearly 400 of them) played a big part in our wedding - I wanted to warm up the exposed brick walls and make sure that the industrial space was inviting and chic, but not too overdone.
Candles surrounded a fountain at the base of the stairs leading up to the Foundry's mezzanine level.
A bridesmaid descends from above, with the lit fountain reflecting below
Dusk offered a dramatic view out of the Foundry's skylight
Bridesmaids make sure that all of the candles are just so. This shot also shows the green apples at each table, as well as the modern arrangements completed that morning by me and my mother. We ordered assorted white flowers and green Bells of Ireland from an internet supplier and filled them in rectangular vases with grey river rocks. The effect was very clean and simple but still festive.
A dusk view of the finished table settings shows the dramatic effect of the hundreds of candles against the brick wall.
Small alcoves at the ground floor level sat four people at each round, allowing for more intimate conversation and an easy way to tuck yourself away from the dance floor for more quiet conversation.
Luis and I sat at a sweetheart table at the front of the room, which was later cleared away to make room for the dance floor.
Our cake was incredibly delicious and was designed to reflect the fronds and scrolls that were in our invitation illustration. The lovebirds on the top of the cake still sit in our living room, a modern and beautiful reminder of our day.
Each tier had different flavor combinations. They were: vanilla bean cake with mocha mousse; Chinese five spice cake with vanilla mascarpone custard; valrhona chocolate cake with raspberry mousse; and red velvet cake with white chocolate mousse.
Food is really important to us, and I knew I wanted to get a terrific caterer. Yen Ngo of Real Food Catering is amazing. Here's what we ate for hors d'oeuvres: coconut crusted shrimp with mango chili sauce; mushroom truffle in crispy filo (shown here); lemongrass chicken satay; tuna sashimi with edamame puree on a black sesame rice cracker (to die for); and barbeque pulled beef on a cheddar polenta crisp with caramelized onion jam
Our buffet dinner had a little something for everyone, including: gourmet greens, walnuts, and green apples with a cider maple vinaigrette; jerk chicken with crispy fried sweet plantains; steak with chimichurri sauce; three cheese polenta with sauteed shitake mushrooms; and green beans with parmesan cheese, lemon, and pignoli nuts
Luis is from Argentina, so for our first dance we did an elaborate tango. There was even a costume change, as you can see! I made my headpiece out of hand-dyed feathers and sequins so that I matched his awesome red shirt.
Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRtxwKoblJI
Video 2: http://loveinprogressweddings.blogspot.com/2009/09/elizabeth-lewis.html
During the dance party, Luis' friends from Argentina hoisted him up and took him for a flight around the room.