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A Glam, Parisian Flower Shop-Inspired Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City, New York

Allison Klein (24 and founder of Rose & Rex Toy Store) and Jason Zigelbaum (26 and founder of Hopscotch.Global) planned a glamorous affair with Parisi

Allison Klein (24 and founder of Rose & Rex Toy Store) and Jason Zigelbaum (26 and founder of Hopscotch.Global) planned a glamorous affair with Parisian appeal for their summer wedding in New York City. “Our theme came to life during our first meeting with David Beahm and his team when we talked about our connection to and love of Paris,” says Allison. “We mentioned that the flowers at the George V Hotel were our favorite and we used that as a jumping off point for our Parisian flower shop theme.”

The theme took on a modern twist for both the ceremony and reception. Ghost chairs and an ethereal fabric draped chuppah were punctuated with clusters of expertly crafter paper florals for the ceremony. With the help of David Beahm, Allison and Jason transformed the Mandarin Oriental Hotel ballroom into an oasis of vibrant color with ornate, one-of-a-kind arrangements of seasonal blooms for the reception. “Each centerpiece was different, which made each table look like a work of art,” says Allison. Silvery linens and white carpeting brought a clean, contemporary feel to the room, while details like colored glasses, floral dinnerware, floating candles and ghost chairs delivered an element of drama to the decor. 

The food and entertainment were just as noteworthy, with the couple treating guests to inspired signature cocktails, decadent eats and lively performance by the Dexter Lake Club Band. “We really had the best team of people,” says Allison, “from our designer David Beahm to our planner Lauren Fishman and the Dexter Lake Club Band.” A tip for the taking from Allison: “Take thirty seconds in the middle of your ceremony to look out at the crowd and see all of the people who came to support you. Absorbing that love was really amazing. The whole night goes so fast, so take the time to enjoy every minute. Don’t stress about the details!”

Red Bliss Design took the reigns on the couple’s wedding stationery. Their elegant modern design set the stage for Allison and Jason’s flower shop theme with watercolor floral envelope liners and rose gold script font.
Not wanting her bridesmaids to spend money on dresses they didn’t like and wouldn't wear again, she told the girls to wear any black dress they wanted for the wedding day. “I think that black is always stylish and looks good on everyone,” says Allison. “It was fun to see how each dress reflected the personality of the girl wearing it.”
The Mandarin Oriental’s prime location next to Central Park was a major selling point for Allison and Jason. “Jason and I spend tons of time in Central Park and since it is where he proposed, the venue had special meaning to us,” says Allison. For the ceremony, the couple went for a modern, ethereal aesthetic, filling the room with clear ghost chairs dotted with paper flowers and a statement chuppah draped in airy white fabric and crowned with large origami flowers.
For the ceremony, Allison and Jason opted for paper florals that would offer a unique spin on their Parisian flower shop theme. Instead of carrying a bundle of fresh white blooms down the aisle, Allison’s petite bouquet was filled with paper tube roses dotted with glam crystal accents.
Allison opted for two different dresses to transition her look from the ceremony to the reception. For her walk down the aisle, she donned a blush pink Monique Lhuillier modified trumpet gown with dramatic draping and a strapless, sweetheart neckline. She ditched the traditional veil and adorned her long flowing locks with a Jenny Packham headpiece. Her second dress was a vintage-inspired Jenny Packham design with a sheath silhouette, draped cap sleeves and beaded embellishments that exuded old world glamour.
For the ceremony, Allison and Jason skipped the traditional fresh flowers and filled the light-filled event space with clusters of paper flowers. The unique decor put a fun twist on their unique Parisian flower shop theme.
To play up the evening’s whimsical theme, David Beahm made a whimsical flower tree for the escort card display. Lengths of gilded ribbon hung from its branches, to which paper roses bearing the names of each guests were displayed.
With the help of designer David Beahm, Allison and Jason transformed the ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental into a whimsical interpretation of a Parisian flower shop. Ghost chairs and floating candles provided an element of contemporary romance and glamour, while vibrant, architectural floral arrangements added drama and texture to the chic space.
Using a vibrant color palette and fresh, seasonal blooms from a local flower market, David Beahm created a series of one-of-a-kind centerpieces for Allison and Jason’s reception tables. “Each centerpiece was different, which made each table look like a work of art,” says Allison. “In addition, we hung whole Vanda orchids above the dance floor, which was inspired by the George V Hotel.”
While the centerpieces themselves were noteworthy enough, silvery linens, colored glasses, floral china and plenty of candlelight upped the drama of each tablescape.
Instead of a traditional cake topper, Lauren Bohl White of A White Cake created fondant figurines in the likeness of Allison and Jason. The figurines were displayed on the side of the cake, amongst elegant folds of fondant and elaborate sugar flowers. “Our cake was layered coconut cake with vanilla cream and lemon cake with lime curd,” says Allison. “It was amazing!”
After dinner, the Dexter Lake Club Band took to the stage and brought the house down with endless upbeat hits that kept the dance floor packed all night long.