Let me preface this post by saying that no one actually bikes in or at this wedding! It's also not in New York (although partly inspired by it), but at the Brooklyn Arts Center located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Instead, this wedding had a very specific theme, "Biking Through Central Park." You'll notice that this wedding has a very particular vision behind it; every detail, photographed by White Wave Photography, is carefully planned and thought out, and nothing was left to chance! I kind of wanted to call it a "Classic" style of wedding initially, but after looking closer, I soon realized that that just wouldn't do it justice! As you'll soon see, there's a sweet and delicate sense of style to it that I'm very much drawn to.
The nice "Biking through Central Park" theme arose from Kim and RJ's love of riding their bicycles through Central Park in New York, where they both live and work. "We're really into biking and like to live as an environmentally-friendly life as possible..." said Kim. "You'll notice a lot of bicycle accents. Our escort cards were hung on old bike tires, and instead of table numbers, we named our tables after places in Central Park, like the Carousel and Sheeps Meadow. We used wrought iron gates, plants [and] we had a picnic basket to collect envelopes...to bring in the park feel." The event design by Social Butterfly Events and florals by Kickstand Events were kept simple with small white bouquets of roses and single stem blooms held in vintage glass jars and bottles, which were used for the centerpieces. I also love the delicate and festive addition of the white paper Picado banners strung throughout the venue!
While the reception was beautiful, it really was the marriage ceremony that sets this wedding apart from the rest. "Our ceremony was very special," said Kim. "Two of my friend's husbands told me later that they cried during the ceremony because it was so personal and touching...That meant a lot to me..." During the 45 minute ceremony, Kim and RJ planted two different plants together, a yellow lilly and an iris, to symbolize their new marriage. The yellow lily was described to mean, "I'm walking on air," in the Victorian language of flowers developed by a team of poets for Queen Victoria of England in the late 1800s. The iris, on the other hand, is meant to symbolize faith, wisdom, promise in love, hope, wisdom and valor. After the flowers were planted together, Kim and RJ asked their families to participate in a unity marble tradition, similar to the more common unity candle or sand ceremony. "Finally, [our officiant shared the] loving words RJ and I wrote to one another. We sent them separately to Susan [beforehand], who read them to us during the ceremony. Neither of us had known what the other had written. It was magical."
After the wedding, the couple honeymooned in beautiful Peru, where they trekked in the Andes mountains to see Macchu Pichu. Then later, Kim and RJ visited the Amazon with a fantastic local guide and rainforest preservationist, and visited the Madre de Dios region of the jungle, near Puerto Maldonado. Definitely the trip of a lifetime!
A Sweet Wedding Biking Through Central Park - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: White Wave Photography
Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center and The Dames Inn
Event Designer: Social Butterfly Events
Caterer: Pine Valley Market
Floral Designer: Kickstand Events
Cake Designer: Sugar on Front Street
Wedding Stationery: The Paper Butterfly
Videographer: Green Hope Productions
Officiant: Reverend Dr. Susan Kennedy
DJ: Brian Hood
Even Hair and Makeup: Janelle and Ken, Bangz
Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Company
Bridal Attire: Wedding dress by Tara Keely by JLM Couture, shoes by Seychelles and jewelry by Lunesa
Bridesmaid Attire: Ann Taylor
Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers