Ask any New Yorker, and they'll tell you just how unlikely it is that you'll meet your future husband at a bar. But Alexandra and Todd are an exception to the rule. Before moving to New York, Alexandra spent a summer in the city and went out with friends for a post-work happy hour. That night, she met Todd, but they didn't keep in touch after she left. When she moved to Manhattan full-time for work, the two reconnected and began dating almost immediately. In full New York fashion, they had their first kiss at Yankee Stadium!
In January of 2013, Todd invited Alexandra up to the rooftop of their new apartment building. He'd strung lights around the roof and hired a photographer to capture the moment as he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Of course, she said yes!
For their wedding on September 9th, 2013, Alexandra and Todd headed back to her hometown of Rochester, Michigan. Meadow Brook Hall was the perfect venue choice—they were able to have the ceremony and reception all on the property, and delicious in-house catering made planning a wedding in eight months even easier. "The home is so gorgeous and full of little details. It speaks for itself," says Alexandra. They infused the space with a touch of Gatsby glamour, complementing the building's elegance with white flowers and a hint of mirrored shine that brought the couple's wedding dream to life.
Alexandra and Todd kept their wedding party small, both choosing to have only two attendants. The bride and her bridesmaids carried simple rose bouquets, hers in cream and theirs in light pink, wrapped in silk ribbon.
"We chose to do a first look, and it was such a magical moment," says Alexandra. "I was so glad we got to see each other before the ceremony, as well as enjoy the rest of the day without worrying about missing anything to take photos."
Todd and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos. Alexandra wore a scoop-neck gown with a tiered skirt from David's Bridal, while her bridesmaids wore black tulle and cream lace ball gowns.
The couple's outdoor ceremony was short and sweet. Rows of white chairs were decorated with pomanders of white chrysanthemums. Alexandra was escorted down the aisle to the wedding classic, Pachelbel's Canon in D.
Meadow Brook's gardens and grounds provided an elegant backdrop for the couple's portraits.
The couple introduced the Gatsby theme during cocktail hour. Place cards, featuring vintage-inspired fonts, were arranged on an antique table topped with a mirrored display of candles and white hydrangeas. Each table was named after a one of the couple's favorite places in New York City, from parks to restaurants and bars.
Tables were topped with either off-white or black and white striped linens. Arrangements of white hydrangeas and glowing candles were a minimal but beautiful finishing touch.
Tall hurricane vases were wrapped in crystals, while oversized arrangements of white hydrangeas rested upon sleek glass vases.
Guests loved getting creative in the couple's photo booth during the reception.
Todd and Alexandra's first dance was to "Annie's Song" by John Denver. As a nod to their hometown of New York City, they served New York cheesecake instead of traditional wedding cake. "It was a total hit," says Alexandra.
While they were planning, a friend gave Alexandra and Todd an amazing piece of advice. "They told us to enjoy the night together instead of splitting up to talk to different people," says Alexandra. "It would have been so easy for us to make the rounds alone, but instead we made a sincere effort to stay by each other's side all night long. Todd even walked me to the bathroom!" Alexandra really cherishes that she and Todd have the same memories from the evening, and that they got to enjoy the whole day by one another's side.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Meadow Brook Hall || Wedding Planner: Dorothy Burlakowski of Dochelle Custom Creations || Bride's Wedding Dress: David's Bridal || Shoes: Unlisted by Kenneth Cole || Hair & Makeup: Via Linda Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aidan Mattox || Groom's Tuxedo: Suitsupply || Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Jos. A. Bank || Florist: Viviano Flower Shop || Invitations: Kim Gray of One Girl Press || Printed Materials: Dorothy Burlakowski of Dochelle Custom Creations || Music: Horizon Strings Group, Rare Blend || Catering: Meadow Brook Hall || Cake: Maggiano's || Rentals: Luxe Event Linen || Videography: Tweed Weddings || Photography: Widdis Photography