Inside Weddings - - Weddings - Septem­ber 1, 2016 New York City, New York | Pho­tographed by Amy Anaiz Pho­tog­ra­phy

Septem­ber 1, 2016 New York, New York Pho­tographed by Amy Anaiz Pho­tog­ra­phy




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Pan­tora Bridal



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Papered Won­ders, Inc.


Luma Di­a­mond Con­sul­tants

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The Fin­ish­ing Touch

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Evo­lu­tion Event Rentals; LaSar Linens; Luxe Event Rentals

Royal Photo Booth

West­side Party & Tent Rental Venue

Stu­dio 450


Mae B. Films

“When you are both the bride and the flo­ral de­signer, hav­ing gor­geous flow­ers are a must,” Makini Br­ere­ton says. With just about ev­ery op­tion avail­able to her, she de­cided to go bold with the blooms and over­all color pal­ette that filled her and Ja­son Martin’s cel­e­bra­tion. The all-white venue prac­ti­cally re­quired it. The groom se­lected the first hue used in the de­sign – mint green – which made for a unique ac­cent to the fuch­sia, marsala, white, and gold de­tails that ruled the day.

But be­fore Makini and Ja­son could be­gin plan­ning their wed­ding, they had to meet. Both busy, self-em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als with de­mand­ing ca­reers, their re­spec­tive friends rec­om­mended they try a dat­ing app. “Af­ter swip­ing through a few pro­files, I lost in­ter­est,” the bride ad­mits. Mean­while, Ja­son was im­me­di­ately struck by one of Makini’s pho­tos and sent her a mes­sage. He didn’t hear back, be­cause lit­tle did he know, his fu­ture wife had not logged on in weeks. On a whim, she signed back in and was in­trigued by his mes­sage and de­cided to an­swer, apol­o­giz­ing for her late re­ply. “Luck­ily, I was still very in­ter­ested in get­ting to know the wo­man be­hind that beau­ti­ful smile when she re­sponded – al­most a month later,” the groom muses. It quickly be­came clear that they were meant to be to­gether, and Ja­son made it of­fi­cial by propos­ing to Makini in Cen­tral Park in front of their par­ents and friends.

As a vet­eran in the wed­ding in­dus­try and with a brides­maid who is a suc­cess­ful event plan­ner, the bride ex­pected the jour­ney to be seam­less. “How­ever, hav­ing so much in­sight made the se­lec­tion process a bit chal­leng­ing,” Makini notes. “I found it dif­fi­cult to com­mit to my de­sign.” Thank­fully, she had an ideal part­ner by her side through­out: the groom, who was in­volved with the bulk of the prepa­ra­tions, while still ced­ing fi­nal de­ci­sions to his bride.

“When you are both the bride and the flo­ral de­signer, hav­ing gor­geous flow­ers are a must.”

The New York sky­line, in­clud­ing the Em­pire State Build­ing, looked stun­ning from the rooftop, but all eyes were on Makini as she walked down the aisle in a re­splen­dent mermaid gown with an off-the-shoul­der neck­line. In ad­di­tion to recit­ing their hand­writ­ten vows – a fa­vorite moment for each of them – the cou­ple looked to their her­itage as they en­tered into mar­riage. “It was im­por­tant to Ja­son and me to in­cor­po­rate some African tra­di­tions in our cer­e­mony,” the bride ex­plains. Along with the more well-known cus­tom of “jump­ing the broom,” they also took part in the “ty­ing the knot” rit­ual. Makini’s ma­ter­nal grand­mother tied the bride and groom’s wrists to­gether with an African cloth, sym­bol­iz­ing their unity and com­mit­ment to mar­riage.

Af­ter an ex­cit­ing cock­tail hour fea­tur­ing en­ter­tain­ment from a hiphop vi­o­lin­ist, guests went in­side to en­joy the delicious three-course meal the happy cou­ple had care­fully planned out. An­other nod to their cul­ture, the menu in­cluded fare from Makini’s Trinida­dian back­ground and Ja­son’s South­ern roots. “The food was def­i­nitely one of the high­lights of our wed­ding!” the bride ex­claims. As at­ten­dees en­joyed the fu­sion cui­sine, they also ad­mired the cen­ter­pieces de­signed by Makini. “We kept all of the flow­ers in pink, red, and pur­ple tones and used Dutch hy­drangeas, roses, and dahlias, as well as cym­bid­ium, den­dro­bium, and pha­laenop­sis or­chids for our cen­ter­pieces,” she shares.

Nei­ther bride nor groom would al­ter a moment of their spe­cial day. “Hind­sight is 20/20, but even from that view­point, I wouldn’t change a thing,” Ja­son re­flects. “To me, the mis­takes, frus­tra­tion, and anx­i­ety are parts of the ex­pe­ri­ence. It helps you to cher­ish ev­ery­thing that went right that much more.”


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