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Small Rooftop Wedding in Manhattan

As you all know, I’ve been speaking as often as I can about the silver linings throughout the pandemic. Sophie and Tim’s wedding is another one of those happy endings! Three days before their micro wedding, the two pushed their nuptials by a day because of two hurricanes expected to cover Manhattan with a torrential downpour. Luckily for them, all of their vendors were able to make the switch; except their photographer. Which is how they ended up with me!

Bridal wedding details on wedding day. White wedding dress hanging from a hanger in Manhattan living room.
A view of the New York City Central Park skyline from Manhattan from an Upper West Side apartment.
A bride holding her bouquet, laughing on a rooftop in Manhattan
Wedding dinner reception on Manhattan rooftop with flowers and candles
Smiling bride standing on her families rooftop patio in Manhattan on her wedding day

The Pre-COVID Plan

For their original wedding, Sophie and Tim had planned to get hitched in Jackson Hole, WY. Jackson is a place that’s super special to them as a couple. They wanted to share the natural beauty and everything the town offers with their friends and families. In mid-March, when COVID19 became rampant, they realized they would need to make a plan b. By April, Sophie and Tim decided to keep their original date and move forward with something more intimate. That’s when they chose an intimate wedding in Manhattan of 32 guests was the ticket. 

Planning is not Sophie’s thing, but luckily her mom is an absolute saint with great taste. Sophie and Tim nearly had to start from scratch by canceling all of their destination wedding plans and reorganizing a new wedding in Manhattan. Thankfully every single person they worked with was an absolute delight. The two had a very familiar morning in their apartment in the West Village, Manhattan. They even did a Peloton ride and walked to their favorite place for breakfast! Sophie finds Tim to be a very calming soul, which was a huge factor in not parting ways the night before. 

Bride and groom embracing in Central Park, NYC
Man and wife walking through Central Park on their wedding day
Groom kisses his bride on the cheek while they walk through Central Park, Manhattan
Ceremony archway adorned with pink flowers by Bloom Bar NYC
Bride holds her gown and bouquet while walking down the aisle toward her groom
Wedding guests wearing face masks to reduce the spread of COVID19
Bride and groom cheers champagne at their reception dinner on the rooftop patio

A Manhattan Rooftop Ceremony

Sophie and Tim held their ceremony in the courtyard of her parents’ apartment in Manhattan. The space looks like a garden fairytale wedding as it is! They had a traditional Jewish marriage contract called a Ketubah signed by the officiant, as well as two close friends who witnessed the early stages of their relationship. The ceremony was officiated by one of Sophie’s oldest friends and Tim’s cousin Kara. None of it was scripted and they even managed to weave in a poem by Tupac! 

They then held a small reception on the private terrace which is an extremely inviting and warm space overlooking Central Park and Lincoln Center in Manhattan. The two worked very closely with their chef, Adam, who is also a close friend. Adam was supposed to be a guest at the Jackson Hole wedding, so they knew he’d be available to cater to the new plan! Sophie and Tim talked in detail about some of their favorite restaurants. He pulled together a seasonal menu that was a hit.

“We were most comfortable hosting a small group in outdoor spaces, so these two options worked great. Not to mention, nothing gets more intimate and personal like having your parents host your wedding in their backyard. While we were initially bummed about the change in plan, I really think the smaller wedding allowed us to personalize everything that much more.”

Wedding guests on a rooftop patio in Manhattan
Bride and groom look loving at their wedding guests over candle lit dinner

Other vendors we loved:
Food: Chef Adam Benous
Flowers: Carly Ragosta from BloomBar NYC
Music: Jason Liebman
Tableware: Please Be Seated
Tables & Chairs: Weir Rentals
Hair/Makeup: Irving & Anya from LRN Beauty