Inside Weddings - - Weddings - Septem­ber 17, 2016 New York, New York | Pho­tographed by Roey Yo­hai Pho­tog­ra­phy

Septem­ber 17, 2016 New York, New York Pho­tographed by Roey Yo­hai Pho­tog­ra­phy


Se­in­feld was of­ten de­scribed as “a show about noth­ing,” but to Me­lany Avrut and Matthew Orgera, it was the orig­i­nal ba­sis for their re­la­tion­ship. Matt no­ticed that Me­lany’s dat­ing pro­file men­tioned she was a big fan of the clas­sic sit­com, so on their first out­ing, he brought along a quiz about the pro­gram. “She won,” the groom ad­mits. The date was a hit, and the cou­ple now dis­plays the framed quiz in their home. Se­in­feld would con­tinue to be a fac­tor in their love story af­ter they were en­gaged. “Steve Hyt­ner, who played the mi­nor char­ac­ter Kenny Ba­nia, was even at City Hall when we got our mar­riage li­cense!” Me­lany ex­claims. The love­birds also chose to in­clude a quote from the show on the back of their cer­e­mony pro­gram to pay trib­ute to the be­gin­ning of their re­la­tion­ship.



Christo­pher Mar­rero - hair Re­becca Robles - makeup

Bri­dal Gown/Veil

Os­car de la Renta

Bri­dal Sa­lon

Mark In­gram Ate­lier


Lulu Cake Bou­tique


Belles Let­tres Cal­lig­ra­phy En­ter­tain­ment

Hank Lane Mu­sic and Pro­duc­tions Flo­ral De­sign

Tracy Tay­lor Ward De­sign For­mal­wear

Hickey Free­man


Fair­mont Dubai

Taj Ex­ot­ica Re­sort & Spa In­vi­ta­tions

Tracy Tay­lor Ward De­sign Jewelry

De­signs by G&G

Light­ing De­sign

Pe­ga­sus Pro­duc­tions



Party Rental Ltd.

Moth­ers’ Gowns

St. John


Roey Yo­hai Pho­tog­ra­phy

Plan­ning & Event De­sign

Tracy Tay­lor Ward De­sign Reg­istries


Crate and Bar­rel

Re­hearsal Din­ner

Parm Bat­tery Park City


Alan Party & Tent Rentals

Party Rental Ltd.


Stubbs and Woot­ton



Con­rad New York

Af­ter at­tend­ing the wed­ding of Me­lany’s cousin as a cou­ple, Matt re­al­ized this was the woman he wanted to spend his life with. “We had a fan­tas­tic night to­gether and I just knew I was ready,” he con­firms. He asked his beloved to show him some ring styles she liked, and then he was off to the jew­eler. “I got the stone from my late grandma, Laura Orgera,” Matt shares. Once he picked the ring, he spoke to Me­lany’s mother to get her bless­ing – as well as ap­proval of the sparkler. The down-to-earth cou­ple was never the type to have a grand spec­ta­cle of a pro­posal, but her dar­ling’s plan was more than enough to make Me­lany swoon. “I opened the door to find Matt hold­ing our dog and wear­ing a suit with a tee shirt that read: ‘Will you marry me?’” tells the bride. In ad­di­tion to the procla­ma­tion on his cloth­ing, the groom also pre­pared a ke­tubah with “M+M” at the top that listed prom­ises such as “clean­ing the dishes.” As be­fit­ting tra­di­tion, the faux mar­riage con­tract was signed by a wit­ness – their pup.

Now en­gaged, the sweet­hearts had no trou­ble select­ing a venue. “We live down­town and love go­ing to the movie theater in the same build­ing as the Con­rad Ho­tel,” Me­lany ex­plains. “Also, we fig­ured it’d be great to walk to our own wed­ding!” The mother of the bride also played a role in the plan­ning, par­tic­u­larly in mak­ing sure dé­cor was the fo­cus, by at­tend­ing all de­sign and plan­ning meet­ings with the bride. Bright col­ors and an om­bré pat­tern of petals lin­ing the aisle made the cer­e­mony re­sem­ble a sun­set. The stun­ning chup­pah was a work of art, with Lucite col­umns en­cas­ing the vi­brant blos­soms at the base and mak­ing the flo­rals and fo­liage atop the struc­ture al­most ap­pear to float.

“I loved danc­ing all night to great mu­sic un­der can­dle­light and flow­ers.”

Me­lany and Matt were each walked down the aisle by their par­ents, per Jewish tra­di­tion. It was im­por­tant to the cou­ple that their fam­i­lies were in­cluded in the cer­e­mony, so wine glasses from the grand­moth­ers of both the bride and groom were in­cluded in the ser­vice, and Me­lany used a ring be­long­ing to her grand­mother for the vow ex­change. The bride donned a mermaid gown – pur­chased from Mark In­gram Ate­lier in New York – with a dra­matic and eye­catch­ing bow on the back, while her soon-to-be hus­band sported a be­spoke tuxedo and cus­tom shoes fea­tur­ing his ini­tials. “I wanted to look like James Bond!” he smiles. Along with his grooms­men, Matt wore a kip­pah with the logo of the Grate­ful Dead, which co­or­di­nated with the Grate­ful Dead socks and cuff links that he gifted his at­ten­dants. The brides­maids wore el­e­gant navy frocks of their own choos­ing, though each dress had its own unique de­tail.

For the re­cep­tion, guests found their ta­bles etched onto a mod­ern acrylic sheet held in a wooden base adorned with gar­den roses, dahlias, tulips, chrysan­the­mums, and lisianthus blooms in var­i­ous warm tones. The cen­ter­pieces com­ple­mented the chup­pah – some flo­ral ar­range­ments of yel­low, or­ange, co­ral, and pink were en­cased in Lucite cubes while others were held aloft by sim­i­lar ves­sels. Ghost chairs and ivory taper can­dles tied to­gether the fresh-and-mod­ern look.

Given the groom’s de­sire to bear a re­sem­blance to James Bond, it is fit­ting that the new­ly­weds played Sam Smith’s Os­car-win­ning song “Writ­ing’s on the Wall” from the most re­cent film in the fran­chise for their first dance. De­scrib­ing her fa­vorite part of the even­ing, Me­lany says, “I loved danc­ing all night to great mu­sic un­der can­dle­light and flow­ers.” In ad­di­tion to a live band play­ing 1980s rock and 1990s rap, rev­el­ers en­joyed the stylish cake. The con­fec­tion fea­tured air­brushed hues to match the flo­ral de­sign, along with a large sugar flower. One ad­di­tional fea­ture held a spe­cial place in the bride’s heart: “A minia­ture replica of our dog dig­ging on the side!”

For sweet­hearts plan­ning their own cel­e­bra­tions, Matt en­cour­ages hir­ing a pro­fes­sional plan­ner, with Me­lany not­ing that “it’s im­por­tant to make sure you hire a team that re­ally un­der­stands your vi­sion and per­son­al­ity so that they can help you make your wed­ding as per­son­al­ized and spe­cial as pos­si­ble!”

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