6 Jun

When our eyes first met Shayna & Justin’s wedding, spotted in Issue Five of rue magazine, we felt like we nearly died and gone to styling heaven. How could this wedding be so, so, so, what’s the word? – Right. The answer is simple. Plan a party – not a “wedding”, have it be obvious that your passion and your taste for life is embedded into every detail, and have there be activities for your guests to participate in or sit back and enjoy (like a magician, or live watercolorist!).

modern nyc wedding

modern nyc wedding

modern nyc wedding

Six weeks after their secret City Hall wedding, the couple threw the “Alexander Wang-ish dinner party” they sought out.

modern nyc wedding

We could all dream of booking a venue that literally sits as a blank canvas when starting out. That’s why we’re so envious at the sight of this glowing-white photography studio. High-five to those of you that are able to book one of these babies for your reception!

modern nyc wedding

modern nyc wedding

This gold, sleek black & white palette, with hints of green, highlights the couples’ love of art, which will become more evident in the photos below.

modern nyc wedding

Shayna created this incredible 5′ by 5′ patchwork portrait of both her and Justin to welcome guests as they arrived. We love the emphasis it gives on who they are – what an entrance! Those adorable bits & pieces you see in the bottom right – those are watercolors. Hand-painted watercolors of dresses, shoes, ties, jewelry, and trinkets worn by guests. Aside from the fact that these cuties were painted live and displayed throughout the night, we can’t help but think of what a perfect keepsake it would make to have them together in one album, or placed in over-sized picture frame.

modern nyc wedding

modern nyc wedding

modern nyc wedding

Love! And as a bonus, we have a little video of the set up from You + Me to share too. Head over to the latest issue of rue magazine for more deets!

Photography: Moss and Issac / Styling: You + Me / Portrait Image: Shayna Kulik / Video: Matt & Madi / Watercolorist: Erin Fagerland / Caterer: K&G Fare / Dress: Valentino dress with sash by morgan carper / Shoes: Calvin Klein / Bracelet: Lulu Frost / Suite & Tie: Barney’s / Hair & Makeup: Butterfly Salon / Invites: Designed by Shayna /

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Comments

  1. omg LOVE the polka dots and all the printed material. so perfect. xo jillian:: enter to win a $100 shopping spree!

  2. Woah this is fabulous. And that wedding dress is incredible, I’ve never seen anything like it… soooo pretty!

  3. Absolutely stunning. Where are those earrings from? I love a dramatic stud.

  4. What a fun reception!

  5. Mara! Those stunning earrings are from a private jeweler named Jim Levinson in Manhattan. Seems like he may be working on getting a website up. In the meantime he’s by appointment only. Good Luck!

  6. wow!! love the little personilsed details of this wedding especially the alternative to the standard wedding guest book.

  7. Her hair is spectacular!

  8. I was in attendance, and it was quite the amazing evening! Everything was fab!! Yay for Shayna and Justin! xoxox

  9. Love the modern theme! Lovely to see something contemporary!

  10. I love the all white venue and the japanese lantern clusters.

  11. ohhh jeesh…I’m loving the updated classic desserts (and their displays) !!! SO pretty and yummy (I’m almost posistive of it)!

  12. Hey Mara,

    Shayna here! Those earrings were super reasonable, but vintage…James has so many wonderful styles – bags & bags in fact, ranging from $25 and up.

    Here’s his email: onejsl1@aol.com

    xo

  13. Where can one find lanterns that large (in that style)? They are fantastic. As is the rest of this event!

  14. holy amazement. i had no idea, shayna. so exquisite, beautiful, charming and extraordinary. congratulations on the event, the day, and the rest of your lives.

  15. This is wonderful! Shayna and Justin are an amazing couple — fabulous post!

  16. Wow what styling! I am in love with the idea of hanging the graham crackers on a clothesline.

  17. My favorite wedding couple ever! xoxo the caterer (KGFare)

  18. I have ready may a wedding post showcasing weddings/receptions and this is by far the most creative, fantastic, original reception. Ever. Kudos to the couple, this looks outstanding.

  19. I love this! Especially the whiteboards, though. Those are too cute!

  20. i adore everything about this wedding – one of my favorites you have featured! xoxo, c

  21. Loving the modern look of this wedding! It’s so refreshing to see a fresh idea!

  22. Where did you get the whiteboards? Love that idea!

  23. Whiteboards were from Urban Outfitters!

  24. The earrings in the picture were from my vintage jewelry collection.
    Pictures of others will be on our website in the next few weeks.
    Thanks for asking about them.

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