After a swoon-worthy Mexico proposal (that involved a 1.5 ct princess cut platinum ring!), Sarah and Greg planned a wedding day that was just as romantic as when Greg popped the question. Motivated by classic Hollywood and the likes of Grace Kelly, the couple went for something traditional. The gorgeous Grand Concourse provided the perfect backdrop for their 1920s inspired nuptials. To soften the architecture of the venue, the bride chose a pastel palette of peach, blush, and ivory. This classic beauty of a wedding included some details that are truly to die for:
- Despite being traditional in most senses, Sarah chose a blush wedding dress instead of wearing white. With its structured bodice, satin buttons, encrusted waist and floral hip accent, Sarah looked absolutely stunning in the tulle Lazaro gown.
- Keeping with her classic look, Sarah opted for soft hair and makeup. The low, loose up do and neutral palette let her natural beauty shine though. And man, is she a pretty one!
- The bridesmaids wore long, black chiffon dresses accented with a light peach ribbon. The gents looked very GQ in their black and white tuxes. Overall, the group looked oh-so-chic!
- There is no more perfect venue for a classic, art deco wedding than the Grand Concourse. The space’s beauty speaks for itself and Sarah and Greg were right to keep the decor to a minimum, allowing the unique venue to be the shining star.
- A customized laser cut cake topper bearing the name of the new Mr. and Mrs. adorned the top of the metallic buttercream confection from Bethel Bakery.
Soft, romantic, and utterly timeless, Sarah and Greg’s wedding was perfection. And who better to capture perfection than Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers? Let the heart fluttering begin.
From the bride…
When and how did you two meet?
We met at a networking event in D.C. My company was hosting a happy hour. Funny enough, Greg never, ever, ever has time to go to those sorts of things. He’s a busy man. But for some reason, he found the time to go to this one, and he was the first to arrive. So in walks this strapping, tall, handsome man, who introduces himself as Greg Jasiota. I was stunned but I didn’t want to let on. We chatted and got to know each other but by the end we were rudely ignoring everyone else at the event and engulfed in conversation. After the night was over, I stole a kiss, which was very haughty of me. But I felt a deep connection.
Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
Greg had planned a winter getaway to Mexico, specifically Tulum. It was so beautiful there, and our resort was out of this world. It was so relaxing, and getting to feel the warm sun on our skin was just what the doctor ordered. It was towards the end of our trip and we were getting ready for dinner, and “Moon Rover” came on my iPad. I said, “Oh, I love this song. It’s one of my favorites.” Greg responses, “Oh yeah,” as he’s busy in the bathroom getting ready. I said, “Oh, but not by Frank Sinatra – the original with Audrey.” Some time passes and I’m waiting on the couch and suddenly Greg reaches around and lays the open ring box in my lap. He goes, “I think this will make you feel better.” (I had gotten a little too drunk the night before.) I was stunned by the gorgeous, almost flawless 1.5 ct princess cut platinum ring. (To go back in time – I picked out that same ring two years prior, after we had been dating only a month.) The only thing I could get out was, “Well are you going to come around and get down on one knee??” “Oh course,” he said, and he came around and asked me with my full name. “Sarah Katharine Cruikshank, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?” Of course, I said yes! But I was so overwhelmed by the ring and the proposal that I didn’t shed one tear, which is odd for me because I’ll cry when the Humane Society commercials come on TV. But either way, tears or no tears, it was the greatest moment, and I shall cherish it forever.
What inspired the vision of your day?
I wanted classic Grace Kelly meets the roaring twenties, with peaches and pinks that would soften the architecture of the Grand Concourse.
What made your wedding unique?
My dress since it was not white but blush.
What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite part of the day was sitting up at the altar with Greg and watching him giggle as I had to maneuver in certain ways with my gown, to ensure proper placement. I’ll always remember his giggle.
Bride to Bride
What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Don’t stress…even on the day of. Take the time to breathe and soak it all in because it will fly by.
Any must haves, must dos, or can’t live withouts? Anything you would do differently?
I would go with a different florist. I was not happy with the selections they made. Also, they included greenery, which I specifically said not to do. The altar pieces looked like something out of Dr. Seuss! But life goes on.
Bride’s Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Caterer: The Grand Concourse | Ceremony Location: St. Mary of the Mount | DJ: Modern Era Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Izzazu | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Reception Location: The Grand Concourse