A Modern, Industrial Wedding at The Bowery Hotel in New York City
Monica Borzen and Chris Padfield wed on the third anniversary of their meeting (Fourth of July weekend) at The Bowery Hotel in New York City. "Neither Chris nor I are originally from New York, so we hosted many out-of-town guests for an entire four days," Monica says. "We were inspired by the city itself, and we wanted our friends and family to experience things we love about living in the East Village." In fact, their welcome bag included a custom map with important nearby landmarks—the couple's apartment, the location of their first date, the wedding venue, their favorite coffee and bagel spots, etc. The Bowery Hotel has plenty of character and industrial detailing, so the couple chose decor that complemented the aesthetic, including greenery, gold hardware and acrylic signage. The ceremony took place in front of a brick wall with a green-tiled fireplace, which they decorated with candles and an asymmetrical flower arrangement. The acrylic seating chart, which had white typography and a greenery background, showed guests to their seats at the modern, industrial reception. Tables with gray linens were decorated with simple candles, as well as white and burgundy flowers. "We also added small touches from our respective backgrounds," Monica adds, "Because Chris is from London and I'm from the South, it was incredibly special to have everyone come together to celebrate. We had cocktail stir sticks of both American flags and Union Jack flags, Bailey's mini bottles as after-party favors (our favorite night cap) and some special song requests from across the pond." Guests danced the night away on a patterned dance floor with eclectic ball-shaped lights, and they ate a tiered naked wedding cake with white flowers. Chris sported a custom navy tuxedo with black lapels and a slightly oversized bow tie. Monica wore a fitted wedding dress with lace, beading and a plunging neckline.