As soon as Sara Rosett and Ross Berman became engaged they booked their venue and entertainment. In fact, they switched their wedding date to accommodate the availability of these vendors. Sara had her sights set on the private club since she was a little girl. Fortunately, as the couple’s relationship blossomed, Ross’ parents became members in hopeful anticipation of their nuptials. “At the time, I didn’t realize they joined so that we could get married there,” shares the bride.
For the traditional Jewish ceremony, numerous pillar candles in elegant glass vessels led the way to a divine fabric chuppah crowned with white flowers punctuated with blush blooms. Towering cherry blossom branches painted in rose gold created a beautiful tree-like arch at the aisle entrance, while others framed the seating area.
The bridal party included bridesmaids clad in two styles of pastel pink Monique Lhuillier dresses. With her parents by her side, the radiant bride walked down the aisle in a satin fit-and-flare gown featuring Swarovski crystals adorning the bodice, as well as a chapel train. Rhinestones twinkled from the lower portion of her veil. The dapper groom accented his custom tuxedo with a boutonniere of miniature blush spray roses and a vanilla calla lily. At the conclusion of the vow exchange, guests were surprised when a gospel choir appeared to perform the recessional song, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson.
The cocktail hour was full of unique touches. As partygoers exited the elevator, they came upon a dark fabric wall offset by verdure panels and dotted with hands holding glasses of Champagne. A gentleman riding a red bicycle with a parasol frame carrying stemware delivered wine. At the bar, tequila shots were poured into frozen scooped-out limes.
The escort card table also presented an unexpected element. Sara’s father thought it would be nice for the men in attendance to wear boutonnieres, so the floral design team attached boutonnieres in coral tones to their respective place cards. “It looked great, and I loved making them feel special, they are so often [overlooked],” notes the bride.
“Food was very important to us and we wanted to make sure no one left hungry,” points out Sara. Reflecting the bride and groom’s favorite dishes, loved ones savored American, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and Mexican fare during the cocktail hour. The feast continued with each attendee dining on four entrées at the dinner service.
On the long, mirrored head table, a creamy floral runner composed of roses, orchids, hydrangeas, and lisianthus was accented with blush blossoms. The same blooms decorated guest tables swathed in sequined champagne linens in one of two designs: tall centerpieces in bullion vases or low gilt stands. Pink napkins were folded into the forms of rosettes and paired with vanilla phalaenopsis orchids atop clear glass chargers boasting bullion rims.
As Sara and Ross took the floor for their first dance to “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, the gospel choir surprised the newlyweds by joining the 15-piece band. “The music was perfect!” extols the bride. “We loved the Larry King Orchestra.” A DJ provided the soundtrack for the after-party. At the end of the night, guests received monogram boxes filled with slices of the five-layer confection, which showcased small sugar flowers with golden centers and butterflies.