A Chic, Vintage Wedding at Gary's Loft in New York City

Rainne (39 and a UX designer) and Christopher (37 and a animation artist) and were longtime friends before they began dating. Though they played video games together, planned annual trips and baked each other birthday cakes, they didn’t become romantic until seven years after meeting at an MTV Animation conference. “The music we chose, the decorations we made, the props we chose for our photo booth -- all reflected a relationship with a very firm foundation in a deep and abiding friendship,” Rainne says. After getting engaged, the couple checked out many locations before finding the one that best fit their style, but “when we walked into Gary’s Loft, we knew we’d found the place,” she says. Many of the details of their wedding were made by the couple themselves. Christopher created the Legend of Zelda box that held the couple’s rings before the ceremony. Rainne made the colorful paper cranes that served as a backdrop for the photo booth. “So much of the wedding was driven more by fun than by tradition,” Rainne says. It’s no surprise, then, that the couple ditched traditional seating assignments and instead “scattered comfortable chairs and sofas throughout the space to encourage guests to mingle and walk around.” Ultimately, the ceremony embodied both Rainne and Christopher’s personalities. A sign that the wedding was a success? “After most of the guests had left,” Rainne says, “I sat around barefoot with some of my friends and ate sorbet straight from the tub.”