A Modern Loft Wedding at Studio 450 in New York, New York

Mia Gliedman (27 and a user experience designer) and Jake Gardner (30 and COO and a cofounder of RTK.io) pulled off a romantic, modern affair for their late-summer wedding in New York City, set against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. “Jake is from LA, and I am from New York, but New York is our home and where most of our friends and family live,” Mia says. “We knew from the beginning that we wanted a light, airy loft with an outdoor space in Manhattan.” Studio 450 was the only venue the couple visited, and they were instantly struck by its unparalleled views and flexible space, which provided a blank canvas for Mia and Jake to make their own. Using a palette of gold, blush and white, details such as ghost chairs and lush bouquets of blush dahlias, roses and hydrangeas, the couple transformed the airy loft space into a whimsical, romantic setting that spoke to their contemporary tastes and engagement in Paris. The festivities kicked off with a traditional Jewish ceremony on the roof, where Mia and Jake exchanged vows under an opulent chuppah draped in ivory roses, green amaranth and eucalyptus. A cellist played during the ceremony, heightening the celebration’s sense of romance. The newlyweds and their guests then headed downstairs for the reception. Mia and Jake used long dining tables to create a sense of intimacy during dinner. Gold-rimmed dinnerware and brass cutlery radiated in the candlelight, casting a warm, ambient glow over the sleek modern space. Before joining Hank Lane’s Michael Hart Band on the dance floor, guests enjoyed a meal of roasted sea bass and penne pomodoro. “Although our guests are still raving about the food, the biggest hit was dessert,” Mia says. “Guest had a choice of mini tiramisu, a linzer cookie, chocolate mousse, a lemon meringue tart and chocolate-covered strawberries. Additionally, we also had a classic ice cream cart wheeled in for some gelato with our favorite flavors, as well as wedding cake.” A tip from Mia: “Bring a backup outfit. Jake made sure to have two shirts, because he knew the first one would get drenched during the hora, which of course happened. I made an unplanned wardrobe change when I decided that I’d had enough of my ball gown and changed into a white knee-length dress.” —Libby MacCarthy