"We booked our wedding for October 8th, 2011 and knew we were taking a gamble with the weather in October. All week the forecast changed, but when the weekend arrived, it was 78 degrees and sunny; one of the most beautiful weather weekends we’ve had in New York. John and I had our “first look” in the place hotel courtyard, and spent the day taking photos with our families in central park. It was such a treat having such nice weather, and having the whole day to soak in the wedding with our families. All in all, everything went perfectly and it felt like a beautiful dream.  People say their wedding is the best day of their lives, but we didn’t really believe it until our wedding day. We knew our wedding photos would turn great, but we were blown away by the work by Jason Groupp and his crew. Chris (cinematographer) even crawled on the ground like a worm to get his perfect shot. We didn’t even notice them being there but somehow they captured the day perfectly with so many amazing moments. It was magical."
Crystal + John

Their story

John and I met back in April 2008 at a Mexican restaurant in the west village of New York City. When I first met him, I thought he was so charming, sweet, and had such a cute Scottish accent. At the time, John played hard to get, but within a short time John and I fell in love, and a year and a half later, John proposed in our NYC apartment. When it came time to plan our wedding we decided on New York City because it was where we met and fell in love, and also because it was a central point for our friends and families; John’s friends and family from Scotland and my family in Florida and California. I decided not to use a professional wedding planner because I wanted to plan all the details on my own and really have the wedding reflect our own style. The vision for my wedding was classic New York City, with Scottish elements. I searched a few different venues, and when I came across The Palace Hotel, I looked no further. It was one of the first hotels I saw when visiting New York City as a kid and I always thought it was one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever been to. When it came to the decor, I wanted a soft, romantic feel for the ceremony, with only lavender colored flowers and candlelight. My bouquet was a mixture of lavender colored roses and had Swarovski crystals wrapped around the stem, which I bought by the yard at M& J Trimming. For the reception we chose a mixture of lavender and white colored hydrangeas, roses, and orchids for the centerpieces with hanging crystals and candles. Our ceremony programs, created by PaperDolls of Saratoga, had a soft lavender colored celtic knot and green plaid tartan ribbon, to match John’s kilt.