Inside Weddings - - Weddings - June 25, 2016 New York, New York | Pho­tographed by Ira Lippke Stu­dios

June 25, 2016 New York, New York Pho­tographed by Ira Lippke Stu­dios


Katie Ep­stein and Jonathan Fine’s first date is likely one of the most suc­cess­ful first dates in his­tory. “I vividly re­mem­ber look­ing across the ta­ble think­ing and feel­ing what a good, kind, and gen­er­ous per­son this was,” smiles Katie who was im­me­di­ately smit­ten. Be­fore their sec­ond date, Jonathan knew he’d one day pro­pose to the beau­ti­ful new woman in his life. When the time was right, he asked her par­ents for their bless­ing and looked to her dear friend, a jew­eler, to de­sign the per­fect en­gage­ment ring.



White Rose Col­lec­tive - hair

Kim Katu­nis - makeup

Bri­dal Gown/Sa­lon/Veil

Reem Acra

Brides­maid Gowns

Mark Zunino; Teri Jon


Ron Ben-Is­rael Cakes


Tim Blair for Well-Writ­ten Cal­lig­ra­phy


CPS Events for The Plaza Con­sult­ing

Mindy Weiss Party Con­sul­tants En­ter­tain­ment

Vali En­ter­tain­ment

Flo­ral De­sign

Tantawan Bloom


Tom Ford


Jen­nifer Behr




The Jewel­ers of Las Ve­gas

Light­ing De­sign

Bent­ley Meeker Light­ing & Stag­ing, Inc.


Nüage De­signs

Re­source One Inc.

Moth­ers’ Gowns

Mark Zunino; Os­car de la Renta Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ira Lippke Stu­dios; Vir­ginie Blachère & Kat Har­ris - sec­ond shoot­ers Reg­istries

Bloom­ing­dale’s; Wil­liams-Sonoma Rentals

Party Rental Ltd.


René Caovilla


The Plaza


Adrian Toto for Ira Lippke Stu­dios

In hopes that he would pop the ques­tion when she least ex­pected it, Jonathan brought Katie to one of the restau­rants where they had a date early in their re­la­tion­ship un­der the pre­tense of meet­ing friends for karaoke night. Af­ter pe­rus­ing the song list, the duo chose to ser­e­nade the restau­rant with a duet of “Sum­mer Nights;” how­ever, once they got on stage, the band be­gan play­ing an en­tirely dif­fer­ent song – “our song, ‘Brighter Than Sun­shine,’” adds Katie. “I had a feel­ing some­thing was about to oc­cur and ex­claimed, ‘What is hap­pen­ing?’ At that point, Jonathan ges­tured to the au­di­ence and said, ‘Well, why don’t you ask them?’” To her sur­prise, their fam­ily and friends, who had been hid­ing in the kitchen, were sur­round­ing the stage to wit­ness Jonathan get on bended knee. “He asked me to marry him in front of all of our fa­vorite peo­ple to the tune of our fa­vorite song!” she ex­claims.

When plan­ning the lo­ca­tion of their nup­tials, the pair – who re­sides in Las Ve­gas – knew ex­actly what they de­sired. “We knew we wanted a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding, and New York City is one of our very fa­vorite places in the world,” says the bride. “We loved the idea of pro­vid­ing our guests with the quin­tes­sen­tial New York ex­pe­ri­ence.” On the night of the cer­e­mony, 365 guests joined to­gether at an iconic ho­tel to cel­e­brate the cou­ple’s union in a grand multi-level space show­cas­ing im­pec­ca­ble crys­tal chan­de­liers and lux­u­ri­ous painted ceil­ings. Be­neath lush arches com­posed of rosy and ivory flow­ers, branches, and green­ery, a mir­rored aisle lined with ar­range­ments of bil­low­ing blooms led to a mag­nif­i­cent flo­ralem­bel­lished chup­pah.

Twelve brides­maids dressed in match­ing off-the-shoul­der blush gowns, save for the ma­tron of honor – the sis­ter of the bride – who wore a sim­i­lar dress adorned with flo­ral ap­pliqués, and ten grooms­men wear­ing tuxe­dos with bow ties and patent leather sneak­ers pre­ceded the bride down the aisle. Katie waltzed into the space wear­ing a sparkling long-sleeved gown fea­tur­ing an il­lu­sion bodice with a plung­ing V-neck­line; a glis­ten­ing head­piece was placed atop her so­phis­ti­cated coif­fure, and she held a bou­quet of snowy pe­onies as she met her groom be­neath the im­mac­u­late struc­ture.

Since both the bride and groom are Jewish, it was very im­por­tant that they in­cor­po­rate the faith and cul­ture into their wed­ding-day rit­u­als. In fact, their rabbi from Las Ve­gas flew to New York to marry them since he had “mar­ried five of our six com­bined sib­lings, as well as my par­ents, Jonathan’s mother and step­fa­ther, and his father and step­mother,” ex­plains Katie. “He has a great un­der­stand­ing of us as in­di­vid­u­als as well as a cou­ple, and it made our wed­ding cer­e­mony that much more per­sonal.” Once they ex­changed vows and sealed their mar­riage with a kiss, con­fetti erupted in cel­e­bra­tion be­fore they walked up the aisle to a live per­for­mance of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and a med­ley of “New York, New York” and “Em­pire State of Mind.”

“We knew we wanted a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding, and New York City is one of our very fa­vorite places in the world. We loved the idea of pro­vid­ing our guests

with the quin­tes­sen­tial New York ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Guests found their re­cep­tion seat­ing as­sign­ments dis­played around a tow­er­ing tree that emerged out of the cen­ter of a col­lec­tion of round ta­bles. De­sir­ing “dreamy, ethe­real, beau­ti­ful, and lush” dé­cor for the cel­e­bra­tion, the bride worked with her ex­pert team of wed­ding pro­fes­sion­als to trans­form the el­e­gant ball­room into a warm space in­spired by A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream. Long ta­bles were dec­o­rated with flo­ral run­ners and flick­er­ing can­dles as well as tow­er­ing cen­ter­pieces of both tra­di­tional and gar­den roses, pe­onies, and hy­drangeas in shades of ivory and pink ac­cented with cas­cad­ing ama­ran­thus. Round ta­bles show­cased tree-like ar­range­ments of ver­dure and vi­brant blooms or low com­pi­la­tions of the same flo­rals, and rose buds be­decked each guest’s place set­ting.

Fol­low­ing a plated three-course meal, loved ones en­joyed slices of a six-layer wed­ding cake that al­ter­nated be­tween red vel­vet and peanut-but­ter-and-jelly cake – Katie and Jonathan’s fa­vorite fla­vors, re­spec­tively. The con­fec­tion was elab­o­rately dec­o­rated with gold fil­i­gree de­tails and hand-painted sugar flow­ers, and for the bot­tom tier, “they cre­ated an ed­i­ble ver­sion of our black lab puppy jump­ing up onto the cake to take a bite!” notes the bride of the sen­ti­men­tal de­tail. Danc­ing en­sued for the rest of the night and rev­el­ers cel­e­brated the new­ly­weds un­til 1AM, with an af­ter­party con­tin­u­ing un­til 4AM.

“It was a seam­less event! All of it was above and be­yond for us and all of our guests,” rem­i­nisces the groom. “I ex­pected ev­ery­thing to go by so fast that we wouldn’t be able to en­joy the day, but it was ab­so­lutely per­fect and I re­mem­ber ev­ery small de­tail.” The bride agrees she wouldn’t change a thing and en­cour­ages other cou­ples to “cher­ish and ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery sin­gle mo­ment of this on­cein-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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