Posted by Christine Wheat on November 26, 2013
Hana & Raz were referred to us by a former bride, and long time friend, of ours, Lisa. Hana & Raz’s planning was a bit of a whirlwind – we started in November and their wedding was in the beginning of May, and they had tons of details. With weekly meetings in the city, I got to know Hana & Raz really well, as well as their rescue puppy, Theodore. If you know anything about me, you know I’m a HUGE fan of dog rescue.
Hana and Raz were very interested in photography and worked to incorporate this theme into the wedding. Raz proposed to Hana by lining their apartment with photos of the places they had traveled and memorable things they had done together. We worked to find a beautiful fine art wedding photographer from California – Callaway Gable. With Callaway Gable Hana and Raz took engagement photos recreating famous pieces of fine art, such a cute idea!
They incorporated photos into their custom designed day-of stationery from Paperdolls of Saratoga, cocktail hour, entertainment, and much more. Their bridal party seating cards had a favorite photo of the person on one side and their name and seating assignment on the back. It was a fun challenge for our team to find ways to take something so special and fuse it with every facet of their day.
Both Hana and Raz incorporated personal touches into all of their ‘day-of’ garments. Hana and all of her bridesmaids wore Chinese robes while getting ready. Hana also had unique crystal hair piece in addition to her veil made.
Raz had a custom tux designed for his big day. Fit like a glove! Hana had a smiley face stitched under the collar of his tux…too cute!
Hana and Raz were married at the historic Metropolitan Club in New York City. The Club, which sits adjacent to Central Park was the perfect venue for an elegant black tie experience. The hallways were lined with photos to highlight the couple’s love for photography. Hana and her father and Raz had their first looks in the outdoor courtyard in front of the Club. (don’t forget dad when your planning your first looks)
They held the ceremony in the West Lounge, a beautiful and highly adorned space with gorgeous embellishments from Belle Fleur and Frost Productions for lighting. During the ceremony Hana and Raz’s mothers took part in a Chinese tea ceremony, incorporating some of Hana’s family traditions into the Jewish ceremony.
The cocktail hour took place in front of the grand staircase – the couple made a fantastic entrance down this same staircase and gave their thank you speech from the landing. Guests then moved upstairs to the ballroom for the reception. Hana and Raz had ‘his and hers’ signature cocktails that guests could enjoy throughout cocktail hour and the reception. “The Ballerina & Financier”
Hana and Raz threw parties regularly and had set the bar high for the type of entertainment that was needed throughout the wedding. Hana – a professional dancer, put a great deal of emphasis on the choreography of the day and had refined it down to the minute. It included everything from singers and trumpet players to a Macklemore, “Thrift Shop” entrance played by the one and only Guest DJ Chris Sealey. It was unexpected and it kept guests guessing all night long. The couple also had a choreographed first dance.
Big time foodies, Hana and Raz wanted to make sure their favorite desserts were sampled and incorporated into their big day. Their cake and petit fours were provided by the gourmet patisserie, Financier Patisserie a New York City staple, whose original location was right around the corner from Hana and Raz’s flat.
Hana and Raz treated their guests to a brunch, complete with custom picnic blankets, in central park the next morning. A lovely way to say thank you and farewell to guests and family.
Hana and Raz took creativity and true attention to detail to a whole new level and it goes to show how successful of an event can result. Hana and Raz we look forward to your next performance and wish you all the happiness.
For more information on Hana’s next performance with her dance company, 360° Dance Company, click here: http://www.360fullcircle.net/index.html
A little thank you from Hana & Raz:
We wanted to thank you for everything that you did for us. Our wedding weekend was incredible and it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful if it weren’t for you and your staff. You were really amazing and helped us create a truly magical weekend for our family and friends. From the incredibly thought out stationary, to the programs, and the organization of all of the moving parts – you really were incredible.
The rehearsal dinner was amazing and the brunch was a complete success. We are very fortunate to have had the chance to work with you, especially given the tight timeframe we had to plan the entire wedding weekend. We really feel like you went above and beyond with helping us plan and execute a fantastic wedding weekend. You helped us create the most memorable weekend of our lives and we will always be thankful for that. We really hope to keep in touch in the future. And please extend our thanks to Stephanie and Meredith for all of their help.
Today’s Takeaway: Hana and Raz put a tremendous amount of effort into incorporating their love for photography into all facets of their wedding. Their attention to detail allowed them to carry the theme throughout the entire process discussing options with each vendor. If you have a passion or interest that is important to you, start early. Reach out to your vendors about unique and classy ways to incorporate the things you love.