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Real Wedding | Kristin + Kayvan

Tell us a little about yourselves!

My husband and I met while at college studying Music Business at Belmont University. We spent five years in Nashville together before moving to Brooklyn and starting his job at Genius. We fell in love with the city's character, community and the artistic inspiration it brings to our daily lives. After almost six years in New York City and a decade together, we finally tied the knot and were able to share some of the city’s magic with our families.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

Most of our guests were from out of town – some even from overseas so it was really important to me that we give our guests the full New York City experience. I loved that 620 Loft and Garden offered the intimacy of a peaceful garden wedding while overlooking some of the busiest streets of midtown. The view of St Patrick's cathedral is absolutely breathtaking and made the perfect ceremony/evening background for our guests' photos.

How many guests did you have?


Tell us about your outfits.

My dress was the Ines Di Santo Margot Gown in white satin with detachable bow train (which I removed after photos for a reception dress second look) and Amina Muaddi Begum ‘Glass’ slingback pumps. Kayvan wore a satin trim tuxedo from The Black Tux and Dior Timeless Derby Cap Toe leather shoes. Both of us wore Tom Ford private collection Tobacco Vanille and Vanille Fatale. Our rings were custom designed by Lauren B Jewelers in the diamond district. Bridesmaids wore mismatched satin gowns. The Sage green dress is the backless ruched gown from Shona Joy, the champagne dress is the Bec + Bridge asymmetrical gown and the strapless back Adrienne dress from House of CB. Groomsmen wore tuxedos from The Black Tux.

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

I wanted to make sure that I was making choices that felt true to myself but felt cohesive. I didn’t want to have any regrets but also didn’t want to be afraid to think outside the box. I chose a lot of untraditional aspects like mismatched dresses, pops of red, matte black and a fun cake but I still wanted the wedding to feel timeless and classic. I found myself constantly trying to find a balance between bold and modern, and timeless elegance; I hope we were able to achieve both!

A great example of this was our use of Highline String Quartet playing modern pop and rnb during our ceremony and cocktail hour; the groom walked down the aisle to a string rendition of Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars and the bride walked down to All My Life by Kc + Jojo.

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

Being from a large Italian family, this wedding was considered quite small so it was important for me to include some elements of a traditional Italian wedding. We took extra time on the menu and worked with our catering company Great Performances to create a modern Italian menu including a pasta course followed by tiramisu and cannolis for dessert. Each guest was greeted with a welcome cocktail with a seating chart token on the rim of the glass and we provided an open bar with a signature Aperol Spritz cocktail. We were happy to find a great DJ that had our family and friends on the dance floor until midnight.

Any tips for couples getting married?

Make sure you document everything! The day goes by so quickly that you forget to be in the moment. Make sure you allocate part of your budget to getting a great photographer and videographer. Once the wedding is over, those photos are all you have to go back to reminisce. I’m so grateful for Yellow Bird Visuals and 14th Avenue Films for capturing our perfect day!

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

Elizabeth Hall Events did a wonderful job at styling and planning our day.

Blxxm, our florist did an absolutely incredible job transforming the indoor venue space from a blank canvas loft to a surreal indoor garden. The white fluffy florals felt timeless and ethereal while the pops of red on the center tables gave the space a more modern nontraditional look. We placed baby's breath and hydrangea installations from floor to ceiling in the corner of the cocktail room which acted as our cake cutting background; and two more installations upon the entrance of the dining room. My absolute favorite wedding detail was our Oshii Strawberry Dream Cake from Yip Studio. The two-layer oishii berry cake with cream cheese frosting was placed on a rotating mirrored stand and became quite an attraction at the reception. The cake was such a work of art that we felt bad cutting it! We chose Yellow Bird Visuals because she is a documentary style photographer with a unique eye that captures authentic emotion. She shot the wedding on a mix of digital and 35mm with high exposure flash which gives the photos that nostalgic look. It was really important to me that I look back on real moments instead of posed group photos so we chose candid style photography. We also worked with 14th Avenue Films to capture video of our wedding and rehearsal night. They shoot everything on a super 8 camera and then scan in the film to create a wedding documentary.

Planning + Styling : Elizabeth Hall Events @elizabethhallevents | Photographer : Yellowbird Visuals @yellowbirdvisuals | Videographer : 14th Avenue Films @14thavenuefilms | Ceremony + Reception Location : 620 Loft and Garden @620loftgarden | Entertainment : Deco By Party Up Productions @deccobypartyup | Rentals : Decco By Party Up Productions @deccobypartyup, Party Rental LTD @partyrentalltd + Nuage Designs @nuagedesignsinc | Flora : Blxxm @blxxm__ | Hair : Brushed by Steph @brushedbysteph | Catering + Beverages : Great Performances @gpfood | Cake : Yip Studio @yip.studio_ | Stationery : Proper Letter @properletter | Dress : Ines Di Santo @inesdisanto | Suit : The Black Tux @theblacktux | Engagement + Wedding Rings : Lauren B Jewelers @laurenbjewelry | Shoes : Amina Muaddi @aminamuaddiofficial | Fragrance : Tom Ford Private Collection Tobacco Vanille and Vanille Fatale @tomfordbeauty


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