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 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.

Strapless Tulle Ball Gown Wedding Dress
Lillian wore a pair of sparkly Jimmy Choo peep-toes that glimmered beneath her tulle skirt. She wore very few delicate, sparkly jewelry pieces to complement her look but let her shoes be the central focus.
Lillian carried an elegant all-white bouquet of roses, calla lilies, and hydrangeas for a classic bridal arrangement. The couple's florist, Mindy Jacobowitz, utilized many different kinds of flowers throughout the decor, but made sure to include white roses and hydrangeas to tie back into the bride's bouquet.
Lillian wore a strapless ball gown Christos wedding dress with a flowy tulle skirt. "The best part about my dress was that it was light and comfortable," she says.
Loose Half-Up Bridal Hairstyle and Soft Makeup
Brian wore a navy Hugo Boss suit with a light blue tie to match his groomsmen, a white button down from Brooks Brothers, and Ferragamo shoes. Instead of navy suits, his groomsmen wore gray.
Lillian and Brian traveled to the Central Park Conservancy Gardens before the wedding to take all of their wedding portraits. Lillian wore her hair in loose curls in a soft half-up hairstyle to cover her bare shoulders.
Lillian and Brian loved the natural-looking flower arrangements at their reception so much that they asked their florist to incorporate the same effect on their traditional orthodox wedding chuppah. The chuppah was covered with white flowers and lush greens, along with branches for an ethereal effect.
Since the wedding took place at a library, it was only fitting that Lillian and Brian continue the book theme in some of their decor. Simple calligraphic escort cards were displayed on an old card catalog that guests could peruse with ease.
Sophisticated White Calligraphic Wedding Programs
Lilian and Brian didn't have a traditional color scheme, so their florist was free to create a variety of arrangements using flowers such as roses, delphiniums, hydrangeas, pincushion proteas, and orchids. All of the soft, natural-looking flowers sat in a variety of low and tall birch wood vases for an earthy aesthetic.
Tall Natural Birch Centerpieces with Hydrangeas, Pincushion Proteas, and Orchids
Tall Centerpieces and Chandelier at New York Academy of Medicine Reception
The library at the New York Academy of Medicine had two ornate chandeliers that hung over two long reception tables that overlooked the dance floor and a view of Central Park. Lillian and Brian worked with their florist to create beautiful flower arrangements, saying, "We wanted flowers that would complement the dark wood in the library and brighten the room."
Lillian and Brian served a tremendous selection of sushi, carving stations, Chinese food, Mexican food, duck, hor d'oeuvres, stuffed chicken, and chateubriand. They also had a small cutting cake for dessert atop a simple vanilla-iced cupcake tower.
The First Dance at the New York Academy of Medicine