A MILE­STONE MO­MENT

THE NEW YORK PUB­LIC LI­BRARY PRO­VIDES A GRAND BACK­DROP FOR THE MOST MEAN­ING­FUL OF VOWS.

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The New York Pub­lic Li­brary pro­vides a grand back­drop for the most mean­ing­ful of vows.

Af­ter get­ting en­gaged in Peru, dap­per in­te­rior de­sign­ers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent wanted an iconic New York land­mark for their wed­ding, and the New York Pub­lic Li­brary spoke to them. “Choose a space based on the way you want your wed­ding to feel rather than have the space dic­tate what the wed­ding should be,” says Marcy Blum (212-9299814; mar­cy­blum.com), a New York wed­ding plan­ner and friend of the cou­ple, who ar­ranged their fes­tiv­i­ties. “Use it as a back­drop rather than [let it] su­per­sede what you want.”

It’s worth not­ing that pub­lic spa­ces of­ten have a dif­fer­ent set of re­stric­tions com­pared to more tra­di­tional ones—think per­mits, lim­i­ta­tions on adding or erect­ing dé­cor, and spe­cial cur­fews for both en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing the venue. “Be­fore you get your heart set on a space just on the way it looks,” ad­vises Blum, “look at all the vari­ables.”

Scale is also a fac­tor, and Blum is a pro at us­ing small touches to cre­ate an in­ti­mate feel­ing even in grand spa­ces. “Cer­tainly tons and tons of can­dle­light is im­por­tant,” she says. “When­ever you’re do­ing a party for more than 50 peo­ple, it’s best to use dif­fer­ent sizes and shapes of ta­bles. You want to avoid it look­ing like a gi­nor­mous ban­quet room or a cafe­te­ria. You won’t see any two ta­bles repli­cated ex­actly.” Ev­ery de­tail mat­ters when you want your wed­ding to be one-of-a-kind!—c.t.

A MILE­STONE MO­MENT Nate Berkus (ƥƞɵƭ) and Jeremiah Brent tied the knot at the New York Pub­lic Li­brary.

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They do! Nate Berkus (left) and Jeremiah Brent wed at the New York Pub­lic Li­brary. Their friend and wed­ding plan­ner Marcy Blum used “tons and tons” of can­dles to cre­ate in­ti­macy amid the grand en­vi­rons (be­low left) and added spe­cial touches to in­di­vid­u­ate each ta­ble (be­low right).

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