An Enchanting Celebration of Love: The Wedding of Guly and Jordan
- Author: Natali Grace Levine
- Wedding date: 09/10/2022
- City: New York
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Introduced by mutual friends, the couple met over 2 years ago in November of 2021. Guly had been in Manhattan for nearly 4 years after relocating for work. She was working with a friend who was dating Jordan's long-time friend of over 25 years. Their friends were adamant that the two meet, claiming they were perfect for each other. The words were proven true as their first date over dinner lasted a resounding 3 hours, only to be followed by a 30-block walk back to her doorstep where the couple exchanged their first kiss...and 15 months later, the same spot as the proposal.
A few months before the proposal, the couple attended a poetry event that was held to be a memorable night in their relationship. The night became even more special when the couple was lucky enough to be caught embracing while a local artist sketched a candid portrait of them. Moved by the image, Jordan sought the artists to include him in his proposal. On the Sunday before March, the couple exited their midtown apartment to attend a seemingly ordinary brunch downtown. Little did Guly know, that Jordan had enlisted the artist to meet them outside of Guly's old apartment where the two exchanged their first kiss. After brunch, the two were walking home when they "crossed paths" with the artist who shared a story of his dream the previous night. "The image so was vivid, I had to draw it." The artist handed the drawing over to Guly depicting Jordan bent down on one knee. Guly turned to show Jordan who was already on one knee with the ring extended.
“We wanted an intimate wedding surrounded by those we love and who love us. We wanted to create an atmosphere that encompassed love and family.”
“The vision for the wedding was a classic, black-tie affair with influences of modern design. The colours were simple, natural, and light. We wanted a venue that had character and history while not feeling dark and stuffy.”
“ We trusted in each other, and our shared vision, to find the best possible vendors for each category. We picked vendors that inspired us and complimented our vision for the wedding. After that, we placed our trust in the vendors to deliver our vision. And they exceeded all expectations.”
Guly's cousin Eteri, a graphic designer, constructed the invitations.
“We wanted something classic that we would not get tired of looking at.” Guly went for a classic diamond band. Jordan chose a simple, thick, platinum band.
Guly wore a classic Badgley Mischka dress called the Frankie. After numerous stores and dresses, Guly questioned whether she was destined to simply feel "good" about her wedding dress. It wasn't until she tried on the Badgley Mischka that she truly felt like the dress reflected who she was, proud, strong, and beautiful. She had her getting ready photoshoot at the Village Club of Sands Point.
Guly wore a matching earring and necklace set made of emeralds and diamonds gifted to her by her grandmother who passed away 6 years earlier. Melarosa Floral Design delivered an unparalleled bouquet of garden roses, orchids, and sweet peas.
Jordan’s tuxedo was custom-made by Proper Cloth. Jordan wore custom gold knot and diamond cufflinks that matched his best man with a watch that was gifted to him by his grandfather who had passed away.
It was very important for the bride to have the ceremony outside in the garden with the beautiful Allée of trees behind the couple. On a clear day, through the Allée, you can see the Manhattan skyline.
The bride walked down the aisle enjoying Home - Edward Sharpe Magnetic Zeros, acoustic version. They had a singer and a pianist perform the instrumental version for the precessional and then a slow-tempo version when the bride walked down the aisle.
“The vows were the only thing we can remember from the ceremony. It's like nobody existed and we were alone talking to each other , committing to each other and promising a lifetime together.”
"Wow. How lucky am I?" I could not believe that I get to spend the rest of my life with this person. I could not have dreamed of someone so perfect for me. "Stop crying. Stop crying. Stop crying.", this was what Jordan thought when he first saw his bride during the ceremony.
“It was hard to look up almost all the way to the aisle. I was nervous and everybody was looking at me and I was afraid to look up. But almost at the end I looked up and saw Jordan. And It felt safe. The understanding that I am walking towards my future sunk in and it felt beautiful.”, remembers Guly.
The couple took shots in front of the beautiful Allée of trees, near Long Island sound and inside the mansion built in 1916 by Isaac Guggenheim, the Guggenheim Estate.
The Guggenheim Estate at the Village of Sands Point provided the perfect backdrop for Guly and Jordan's wedding photoshoot, capturing the timeless elegance and beauty of their love. With its sprawling gardens and stunning architecture, this breathtaking estate is a dream location for any couple looking to capture their special moments in style.
“Guggenheim Estate embodied everything we wanted in a venue, history, and character with the beauty and power you could feel was built in its walls. On the other hand, it was light, green, with big windows and a beautiful glass atrium that brought brightness to the mansion.”
The classic color palette of white, green, and gold is a timeless choice for wedding decor, and Guly and Jordan's wedding was no exception. The addition of light pink garden roses provided the perfect pop of color to the elegant and sophisticated aesthetic. With such a beautiful combination of colors, every detail of the wedding decor was sure to shine bright and create a stunning ambiance for the happy couple and their guests.
Guly and Jordan chose the romantic and soulful tune "Old Fashioned (Live)" by Bruno Major for their first dance. The smooth, melodic vocals combined with the intimate and honest lyrics perfectly captured the essence of their love story. As they swayed to the music and locked eyes, they were transported to a world of pure love and joy, surrounded by their closest family and friends. The choice of this beautiful song added an extra layer of magic to their special day and created a moment they will cherish forever.
“We combined the first dance of father-daughter with son-mother. And it was a beautiful moment.”
Guly and Jordan's wedding was a gastronomic delight, with a variety of special food and drinks served throughout the night. The "Mooshtini" and "Old Walle" cocktails were a unique touch, named after their beloved pets. The cocktail hour featured a range of delicious options, including a rack of lamb carving station and a slider bar, while dinner included appetizers like a vegetable tower and entrees like fillet mignon and Chilean Sea bass. To top it off, guests were treated to customized rainbow cookies from Zola Bakes as a sweet takeaway from a memorable evening.