Monica and David got married in a classically elegant, nautical chic summer ceremony at Battery Gardens in Manhattan. They met at St. Francis Prep, a private Catholic school in Queens. He was an athlete and she was a cheerleader, but their love story didn't start until later in life, when a mutual friend introduced them. Concept Photography captured their beautiful day, filled with DIY details!
A pink and navy DIY wedding in New York City
Dave and I had searched for the perfect venue for months, a place that would accurately represent who we are. After visiting Battery Gardens, we knew that this would be the perfect place to celebrate our love with our family and friends. Battery Gardens is located at the southernmost tip of Manhattan island, where the East and Hudson Rivers meet. Inspired by its surroundings and our summertime celebration, we decided to use a flair of chic nautical. Using navy blue and hot pink accents, we chose decorative elements that would complement the venue. We then worked with a floral designer to create centerpieces that would complement the evening's harbor views.
When it came to decor, I tried to keep uniformity stylistically and in color. I was very aware that overwhelming the space with decor would backfire. The combination of the centerpieces, with the decor/table settings we had created and the lighting balanced well and accomplished the tasteful beauty we had hoped for. We also love the miniature house gift and card holder that my sister had specially made for us, which had our names and wedding date on it. It also turns into a mailbox, which makes it all the more special.
By far, the most memorable moment was the moment we said, “I do.” Dave and I were lucky enough to have met at a young age. So when that moment finally that we had talked about so many times came, I felt like there was no one else around, it was just the two of us, taking our vows. I was so excited and overwhelmed. I could never forget how special that moment felt. – Monica