Liberty House wedding photos
N+J :: Married :: Liberty House Wedding Photos
I’m so excited to share these Liberty House wedding photos with you today! N+J had a super sweet, outdoor (yes, you read that!) wedding at Liberty House overlooking the New York skyline. Despite the frigid temperatures, Nicole wanted her wedding outside so guests could see them say their “I Do’s” with New York City lit up behind them. It was the perfect view and even though it was completely dark it was a lot of fun to photograph!
Nicole rented out The Hair Room JC salon the morning of her wedding – so we all started there where the ladies got primped and ready. Nicole wore a beautiful gown from BHLDN (there is a funny story behind this gown, too but that’s for another time). Her bridesmaids all wore short, black dresses from designer Wendy Bird – Mod Cloth . The flowers were actually DIY’d by Nicole herself and she ordered her flowers fresh from The Bouqs!
Learn more about N+J below!
How did you two meet and fall in love?
We met on AOL long before online dating was even a thing. All night “IM” conversations graduated to all night phone calls. We learned everything about each other long before we saw each other’s face. Years went by and we met and fell in love, again, in Chicago.
What was most important to you when planning your wedding?
Through all the planning, it was really important to me to remember that the marriage was really the important part and the wedding was just the celebration of that marriage. I didn’t want to lose sight of that and have meltdowns over decision making minutia.
What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme or colors?
If I had to say what our theme was I would say it was clean, classic, and timeless. I wanted bold and pretty, while still masculine. It was important that our wedding reflected our style as a couple.
What is your favorite memory from your wedding?
My favorite memory from our wedding was the moment we were pronounced husband and wife. We kissed, did a handshake we made up years ago, and went right into a selfie with our officiant. Also, it helped that Nina Simone “Be My Husband” was playing in the background.
What was one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Our venue, Liberty House, was in Liberty State Park with an unobstructed view of the New York skyline. We’ve always wanted an evening, outdoor wedding- the skyline was perfect.
Which 3 details from your wedding were your favorites?
Our song selection in general was one of my favorite details. But one of my favorites was my husband (!!!!) coming out to “The Final Countdown.” He mentioned it once in passing, but the day of the wedding I asked the DJ to play it for him to walk out to the altar. Everyone was lining up to walk, I was in the bridal suite alone for the first time that day and just as I started to get nervous I heard it blaring- then all I wanted to do was get out there and marry the guy would play The Final Countdown at our wedding ceremony.
The flowers were definitely another one of my favorite details. I always pictured simple vases and bouquets with nothing but red roses. Everyone told me I wouldn’t be able to find a florist that would do want I wanted for any reasonable amount- so I did it myself. My hands were still shredded from thorns on my wedding day, but the sense of accomplishment I felt was so worth it.
Another favorite detail was all of the paper products/decor.I made everything, from the save the dates, invites, envelope liners, envelopes, napkins, escort cards, table numbers all the way to the favor labels. It was very special and important that even the tiniest details were unique to our day.
How will you describe the feeling you had on your wedding day to your children one day?
I still can’t explain how I felt on my wedding day, maybe by the time I have kids I’ll find a more eloquent description. But, if I had to describe it today I’d say it felt like a day-dream – I had this intense happiness to be married to my best friend but at the same time family and friends I haven’t seen in YEARS kept coming into my view, and they were there to celebrate our marriage. It still feels surreal.
What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?
One piece of advice I would give to future couples planning their big day is to always keep the big picture in mind. Wedding planning is tons of details and tons of minutia it can be easy to really get in the weeds and forget the entire point of what you’re even planning for.
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