Hop the subway to this NYC park wedding with a yellow dress

February 25 | offbeatbride  
Photos by: Fotovolida
NYC park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress
Photos by Fotovolida

The Offbeat Bride: Julie, Graphic Designer

Her offbeat partner: Jon, Marketer

Date and location of wedding: Ladies' Pavilion, Central Park, NYC — September 12, 2015

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

It was small and quite low-key, but still bright, colorful, and a little formal. We met and fell in love in NYC. Ever since we found the Ladies' Pavilion, while exploring Central Park many years ago, I knew I wanted to get married there. It's a small corner in the park and we had only about 40 of our closest friends and family with us, which was actually a great size! Looking around and seeing the faces of those we love the most was just magic.

NYC park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

NYC park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

NYC park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

TNYC park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Also, my dress… I can't even describe how much I adore that thing. I knew I wanted to get hitched in yellow (I love wearing bright colors). When I saw this specific dress online, I knew, beyond any doubt, that was the dress. I matched the taxis as we walked through traffic!

NYC park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

NYC park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Tell us about the ceremony:

We kept it very simple and sweet. Making sure the ceremony was free of religious references was important to us, as was emphasizing the partnership we have as a couple. Jon was the one who really worked with our officiant, Aretha. We didn't do any custom vows or declarations. I'm not much of a wordsmith and get so nervous when people are watching me. It took all of me just to be able to repeat after Aretha!

Jon still managed to get a little teary-eyed. We kept the exchanging of the rings, which Jon handmade from 1942 (Hitchhiker's Guide reference) coins. It was threatening to rain almost the entire day, but managed to hold out just long enough for us to get pictures of everybody.

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Tell us about your reception:

The reception kicked off with a small group of us (the wedding party, few other friends and family) and our photographer venturing through the subway. Weekend service is tricky, but it all worked out, we had a blast, getting congrats from complete strangers.

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

The reception was at the Landmarc, at Columbus Circle. Once there, my dad was so cute and got very excited to announce us. Everything was pretty relaxed. We had a delicious buffet (no courses), a few toasts, cut the cake, and danced the rest of the evening away.

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

One of the few things I was picky about was the music, and the venue was nice enough to just let me plug in my iPod. We left amongst a sea of smiling faces, bubbles, and "All My Friends" by LCD Soundsystem.

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

What was your most important lesson learned?

The distance was quite difficult, with us in California and my parents in Georgia, but going back to NYC for this was what we knew we wanted. Thankfully, I have the best parents who helped with damn near everything. And thank goodness for the internet. My parents were also able to take a trip, earlier in the year to check out the reception venue and whatnot, since we couldn't. Also, since it was a destination for pretty much everybody, that meant there were some people who weren't able to make it. But, we got plenty digital love from those from afar, with so many sweet texts and social media comments.

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

Park wedding with a yellow dress as seen on @offbeatbride #weddings #yellowdress

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  1. That was a great day and we had a lot of fun!

    The subway ride from the ceremony in central park, to the reception at columbus circle was particularly cool. I feel like it added a bit of wonder to everyone's day.

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  2. I love the use of the word "magic" here:

    "Looking around and seeing the faces of those we love the most was just magic."

    Yes!!! I keep saying that I think a magical spell was cast on our wedding. I knew it would be fun, but I didn't realize that gathering our most beloved people into one room would create an otherworldly feeling of sheer love!

    So happy for you! Congrats on your pretty, magical wedding!

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  3. Oh, I love this. The subway wedding photos are priceless–and what a great story for everyone who rode in that car. Congrats!

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  4. Do you have a closeup of your custom made rings somewhere to share with us?/ Also which collection spring/summer and year of the designer's collections was your dress from?? I love artistic designs and fashion. You are gorgeous together. And…..the purple hair and your shoes with bows, everything was so fun and fantastic!!

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  5. How beautiful and whimsical! Of course, the fashion is rather fabulous! Where did you get your shoes, if you don't mind me asking?

    Many congrats! I am also going to get married in NYC even though my beau and I live in LA (born and raised in NYC however).

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    • Hey Laura!

      The shoes I grabbed online from DSW, by Mojo Moxi. Not the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn (I was quick to flip flops on when we got to the reception!), but they sure were cute!

      Thanks and congrats! Have fun in NYC!! πŸ˜€

  6. The dress! And the hair!!! I can't even. I love everything about this wedding! Out of curiosity, would you mind sharing what you repeated after your officiant? We're also planning a religion-free ceremony and still need to write our script, so I'm on the hunt for ideas. No pressure though, if it's too personal to post on the Internet I completely understand! πŸ™‚ Massive congrats to you both!

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    • Congrats to you and yours, and thanks!

      Jeez, it was all quite a blur on my end… πŸ˜‰ A lot of the normal stuff to love, support, be there for one another. I remember one part saying we were happy to declare to the world that we were each other's wife/husband.

      I can ask Jon, since he was really the one working closely with our officiant. πŸ˜€

      • Thanks! I can imagine it becoming a bit blurry πŸ˜€
        I like the "declaring to the world" bit. If Jon does have them somewhere that would be awesome. If not, no sweat.

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