A Very BEEKMAN LANE Wedding!!!
I wanted to share some photos of my wedding taken by the wonderful Jennifer Sosa in association with Daniel Krieger Photography. Our wedding was styled and filled with antique elements and touches from our very own BEEKMAN LANE. We at BEEKMAN LANE offer event décor services for everything from a dinner party to a wedding. My wedding was recently featured on the stunning wedding blog Ruffled as well so check out that article for even more photographs!
When it came to our wedding, my husband Hans and I knew that we wanted to have a wedding that transported everyone to another era. We also knew that we wanted to have our wedding in Jersey City. I have lived here for about 5 years now, and Julia and I started our business BEEKMAN LANE here over a year and a half ago now. Hans and I love Jersey City and knew that our day needed to be in our great city! We decided on the magical Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre near Journal Square for the reception.
If you have never been to the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre it is an absolute must!! It is beyond beautiful. The theatre shows classic movies throughout the year. Hans and I have seen everything there from The Stranger to The Big Lebowski. It is an absolute gem, and the proceeds from the films and events go to restoration, upkeep and preservation of this Jersey City landmark.
Our cocktail hour was on the balcony of the lobby. We chose our band, Carte Blanche, from Elan Artists. They specialize in 1920s and 1930s Jazz, as well as classic Latin music. They dress in period clothing, and set the mood for the evening. During cocktail hour they had an accordion and violin duo, and the full band for the reception.
We had a table set up with an antique Royal Typewriter from BEEKMAN LANE as the guest book with antique postcards held in vintage flower frogs, and a vintage table lamp and tray to complete the moment. Check out the Jersey City postcard below that shows the theatre in its heyday!
The two bars served our signature cocktail, the Cuzco Fizz made with Pisco (a Peruvian Brandy), St. Germain and garnished with green grapes. The cocktail was a tribute to my husband’s Peruvian heritage, and the recipe was listed on display cards by the The Laughing Owl Press.
The seating cards were hand typed and then stamped with a chair on each card. They were set in a semi-circle in front of a breathtaking hand-painted theater created by a close friend. He included the personalized “screen” which was painted with historically accurate silent film style font. There was a sign made by our wonderful stationer Andrea from The Laughing Owl Press, which stated “Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Take Your Seats”.
After the cocktail hour the guests were asked to come down the staircase to the main floor of the lobby for dinner and dancing. The reception tables were set with gold flatware and amber colored water glasses to relate to the golden hues of the theatre. There were gold and mercury glass votives throughout the tables and buffet. The bouquets and centerpieces were by Jersey City’s own Antheia Floral Design! They were made with a mixture of gold and grey hues to emulate the metallics throughout the venue.
I cannot overstate how magical the band was! You can hear samples of Carte Blanche's music here on their site through Elan Artists. They sang Hans and my song “You Belong to Me” in the style of the Patsy Cline version. Then after dinner they got us all up and dancing with songs from early Jazz to Edith Piaf to Latin classics from the Buena Vista Social Club. Just amazing!!
Jonathan of David Ellis Events was our amazing caterer and also provided the flowers on the buffet table. The food was absolutely incredible and had touches such as seasonal popcorn as a dessert to play off the theatre theme. Our menu by The Laughing Owl Press was set up like a playbill. Our wedding cake was by the amazing The Hudson Cakery, and was delicious. The cake topper was by Jolie En Rose Vintage from Etsy, and showed a 1920s couple.
The favors were such fun! Guests picked up scones, marmalade, and tea for their breakfast the following morning. They then had a choice of classic movies separated by genre. On the table was a sign that said “Breakfast and a Movie, the Makings of a Perfect Sunday”.
It was an unbelievable night!! It truly felt as if you walked through the doors of the theatre and were transported back to the 1920s which is exactly what Hans and I wanted.