Fun and musical NYC wedding: Melanie + Marc

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What made Melanie + Marc’s wedding special wasn’t the details (of which there are plenty), it was the rallying of rad & supportive guests as they declared their love like only they could. They may have used the streets of New York City as their stage, and an officiant with a megaphone to make their love heard, but heck – you only get married once (we hope)! They spent several evenings discussing how they would create a memorable, and most importantly interactive, event. The idea: to hold a Love & Peace rally in City Hall Park, across the street from Melanie’s childhood building, followed by a procession through the streets led by the Veveritse Brass Band, all while being photographed by Les Loups. We love a couple that pushes the norm!

whimsical nyc wedding

Melanie designed and hand-printed (silkscreen) all of the invitations at SVA. She purchased the gold card stock from Paper Presentation‘s Flatiron District location.




whimsical nyc wedding

whimsical nyc wedding

Bringing this concept to life took months of phone calls and NYC permit applications, but it all came together about one month before the big day. After careful consideration we realized that we could not think of anyone better than our good friend Mike (founder of record label Modern Shark) to marry us. He did an amazing job of making our wedding very interactive, fun and memorable.

whimsical nyc wedding

Melanie made a large Love & Peace banner (held up with mop sticks) and some of the flags that their friends carried throughout the procession.

whimsical nyc wedding

Melanie and Marc walked to the southern end of City Hall Park where members of the Veveritse Brass Band were waiting to officially kick off the procession through the streets to Thalassa. There was no dancing at the wedding, but the bride and groom’s friend Andowah serenaded the newly married couple with a beautiful rendition of Etta James’ “At Last”, accompanied by an acoustic guitarist.

whimsical nyc wedding

Marc proposed to Melanie in Santorini, Greece, so they felt that holding the reception at a Greek restaurant would be appropriate. They fell in love with the look and feel of Thalassa, so chose it as their reception venue. The space was so much to their liking that they didn’t need to add much decoration. They even decided to forgo flowers!

whimsical nyc wedding

For the favors, Melanie designed four peace and love-themed buttons in keeping with the rally concept. The “button parts” were found on eBay and the little fabric bags holding the buttons were purchased from Oriental Trading. In addition to the favors, each table was decorated with an illustration of an ‘ambassador for peace’ (i.e. Mother Theresa, Ghandi, John Lennon), which they printed on card stock with quotations and a brief biography of each ‘ambassador’.

whimsical nyc wedding

We really shook up the neighborhood — people were leaning out of buildings, cabs stopped on the street, well-heeled diners paused in the middle of their brunches, and store owners stepped onto the sidewalks to see what was going on! We had a great time!

whimsical nyc wedding

What a stunning and uplifting wedding, right? Congratulations Melanie + Marc!

Photography: Les Loups / Ceremony venue: City Hall Park in NYC / Reception venue: Thalassa Restaurant / Videography: Veracious Productions / Didgeridoo Player: Jeff Osarczuk / Band: Veveritse Brass Band/ DJ: DJ Kool Kear / Makeup: Andrew Sotomayor / Favors: Wacky buttons / Bride’s dress: Melissa Sweet / Bride’s shoes: Harry’s Shoes / Jewelry: a combination of gifted and borrowed from mother / Bride’s headpiece: hand-constructed by bride from a number of vintage elements / Groom: Jack Silver Formal Wear

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rebekah on Sep 15, 2011

wow! you really get a feeling of the couple from their gorgeous and major personalized wedding!-start to finish! the green his and her silhouettes with the heart on the button is my favorite - how beautiful a little touch!

Autumn Van Weir on Sep 16, 2011

So classy yet funky! I love the bride's whole look, she's fantastic. And the peace and love sign above them when they did their vows was pretty rad.

Jessica Williams on Sep 16, 2011

Wow!! This is incredible! What fabulous ideas and very unique!

Tracy Butler on Sep 16, 2011

Simply Beautiful.. The bride's smile really says it all.. Love the decor - different, yet timely with a classic touch of elegance. Makes me want to celebrate life..

Mezzo Soprano on Sep 19, 2011

I agree with Jess, this was fabulous. Would be nice to post more pics of the couple.

KD on Sep 20, 2011

Talk about a wedding with personality. Loved how personal it was. It's exactly how a wedding should be. Filled with love, good friends, style and creativity that's all their own.

Carla on Sep 27, 2011

What an amazing wedding!! Is there any video of it yet?

Shereen on Oct 18, 2011

Marc & Mel. Wow you both look amazing and the whole day just looks the perfect mix of romanic and cool! W

Shereen on Oct 18, 2011

Marc & Mel. Wow you both look amazing and the whole day just looks the perfect mix of romanic and cool! All the best for your married life together i know you wil be very happy

Mike on Mar 30, 2016

These wedding pics are stunning and beautiful. I also bought a pair of wedding shoes at in NYC.

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