A Modern Rooftop Wedding at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, New York

Long before Jason Roth (48 and a founder and president) popped the question, Alexia Matak (36 and a director of sales and marketing) dreamed of a romantic rooftop wedding in New York City. So when Jason proposed, the pair turned to the Gramercy Park Hotel. With its inspiring views of the New York skyline, the hotel offered the ultimate backdrop for the romantic urban affair. The couple softened the modern space with warm candlelight, lush garlands of textured greenery and panels of ethereal white fabric that combined to make guests feel as though they were in a secret garden. The reception was no less thrilling. Dinner was served under the stars, allowing guests to take in the sparkling city lights. A canopy of greenery and bistro lights hung over the long banquet table, casting a warm glow over brilliant arrangements of burgundy blooms and lace table linens. “Rather than compete with the eccentric richness of Gramercy Park Hotel, we built on it,” Alexia says. Wanting the evening to feel like a glamorous dinner party, Alexia and Jason passed on traditions such as the garter toss, bouquet toss and wedding party introductions. “After dinner we transitioned into the dancing portion of the evening by having Jason and me come up for our cake butting and first dance,” Alexia says. “From there, we went into party mode and stopped only for our late-night grilled cheese sliders and mini milkshakes.” A tip from Alexia: “Don’t let people dictate how you do things and how much you spend. This is your day. Never lose sight of why you are both doing it, and once the day comes, just let go and enjoy it.” —Libby MacCarthy