A Sophisticated Jewish Library Wedding at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York, New York
Lillian Kernerman (26 and a teacher) and Brian Poloner (30 and a lawyer) met on J-Date, where Brian was the first person Lillian interacted with, and Lillian was his one last date before his membership expired. Little did he know, she would be his last first date ever! They arranged a date at a nearby wine bar and immediately hit it off--so well that Lillian picked up the phone and told her family that she knew he was the man she would one day marry. Brian proposed just a year and a half later with fifty postcards (from Lillian's favorite company, Sugar Boo designs) with "Will You Marry Me?" written across the backs. The celebrated on a romantic getaway to Puerto Rico the day after their engagement. When searching for wedding venues, they wanted something with rich character and a bit of New York City history. Luckily, they found the New York Academy of Medicine right on Central Park in the heart of Manhattan. They had a traditional orthodox ceremony under a beautiful chuppah decorated with cascading white flowers and branches before a luxurious reception at the venue's library. Inspired by the atmosphere, Lillian and Brian used the card catalog to display the escort cards and had both long and round reception tables to fill the space and accommodate all 150 attendees. Without a traditional color palette aside from the navy-colored wedding party, Lillian and Brian decided to let their florist run wild designing ethereal, natural-looking flower arrangements that would brighten the reception area. Guests mingled and dined on an enormous amount of food from a sushi station, carving station, Chinese and Mexican stations, and a duck station before a selection of passed desserts, a cupcake tower, and a small white wedding cake were served. "There was enough food and alcohol to keep our guests full for hours," Lillian assures.