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Susan & Simon: A Formal Wedding in New York, NY

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Susan & Simon in New York, NY
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Susan and Simon’s simple ceremony took place on Cherry Hill in Central Park. Guests stood and formed a horseshoe shape around the couple as they said their vows. The only addition to the scenery was a large red parasol, which blended nicely with the fall leaves.
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Susan and Simon chose to say their “I do’s” outside, before heading indoors for the reception. “Central Park was a magical place for the ceremony and a wonderful way to unite under the open sky,” says Susan.
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Simon and his groomsmen wore single red roses for their boutonnieres. The boutonnieres matched the bridal bouquet, which was made up of black magic roses.
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Susan and Simon created an intimate glow for their reception: Dome lighting projected red and gold throughout the room and the hall and stairways of Gotham Hall were illuminated with burgundy pillar candles in various heights, which also set the tables aglow.
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Instead of placing a dance floor in the center of the room, Susan and Simon decided to create a pond as the focal point. The pond was decorated with nine-foot-tall bamboo stalks, floating orchids, and red lanterns.
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Tall bamboo structures holding red lanterns, adorned with fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids, gave Susan and Simon’s reception tables an elegant lift.
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Creating a base for the bamboo and lanterns were low, lush floral arrangements filled with red, burgundy, and fuchsia flowers, including black magic roses, hydrangeas, Vanda orchids, and tall red gloriosa lilies.
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Susan & Simon in New York, NY

On a particular trip to Hong Kong, Susan awoke one morning to find Simon offering her a pair of diamond earrings -- which made her wonder if he had been out shopping for other pieces of diamond jewelry. Her suspicions were happily confirmed when Simon proposed at Peak Tower. The Bride Susan Denner, 38, clothing designer The Groom Simon Lee, 34, venture capitalist The Date November 12 Susan and Simon ultimately decided on New York City's Central Park for their ceremony and the grandiose Gotham Hall for the reception. “The richness of the hall’s red and gold was captivating and conducive to an Asian-themed wedding,” says Susan.
- Anja Winikka
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