A Modern Loft Wedding in New York City
Michael and Matt's City Celebration
Back in 2004, Michael Krans and Matt Rice met during a business meeting (Matt was a media planner and Michael was a sales rep). Michael's clients weren't the right fit for Matt's, but he always took Michael's calls because he thought he was strikingly handsome. Michael was also smitten, and kept pitching ideas. After three years, the two lost touch when Michael changed jobs, but fate intervened in 2009, when they both ended up working at Details magazine, in adjacent offices. While it was years before their romance started, once it did, it took no time for the pair to commit. They decided to wed at Haven's Kitchen, a circa-1870 carriage house with three floors.
The letterpressed suite included this program, which featured a schematic of the wedding venue, Haven's Kitchen. It was designed by Sideshow Press to look simple, chic, and masculine.
The grooms, both sporting chic Burberry Prorsum tuxes, posed for portraits in Tribeca.
All the Trimmings
Michael was shod in Hugo Boss, while Matt chose Prada. They accessorized with a pair of Rolex watches and Paul Smith London cufflinks replicating bees (Matt) and dice (Michael). They traded gold Cartier wedding bands at the ceremony.
The bee cuff links "added an element of whimsy to my tuxedo," said Matt.
The couple's Burberry coats were sleek, chic, and toasty.
The Littlest Attendants
Michael's two nieces took care of their flower-girl duties in sweet Janie and Jack frocks.
The flower girls carried tiny nosegays of white veronica, lavender, and vesilia roses, cinched with satin ribbon and floral wire.
The ceremony site was a big, bright, newly opened white space on the third floor of Haven's Kitchen. Michael's brother, ordained by the Universal Life Church for the occasion, performed the ceremony before 118 well-wishers.
The Family Portrait
The newlyweds posed with Matt's sisters, who shared bridesmaid duties and were dressed in J.Crew dresses.
The couple skipped a formal sit-down dinner and series of toasts for a no-fuss night of mixing and mingling. "We wanted the evening to be fluid, warm, and welcoming," said Matt. The ceremony space was turned into a dance hall, where revelers ascended to take turns on the floor and nibble on more delicious bites, including fluke tartare, grilled fennel-sausage canapés, and roasted egg- plant tarts.
Guests found it hard to resist two signature cocktails. The Matt combined bourbon, mint, and lemon. The Michael mixed vodka, grapefruit, and rosemary.
The First Dance
Friend and favorite DJ, Chuck McTague, drew the duo to the dance floor with Barbra Streisand's "Here's to Life." Michael inscribed Matt's ring with the song's lyrics: "To life, to love, to you."
The Guest Book
Well-wishers signed vintage NYC postcards found at a flea market, then dropped them into a glass mailbox.
The night's main confections highlighted two scrumptious flavor combos: red velvet with cream cheese, and yellow cake with chocolate icing.
Too Much Fun
A pint-sized guests conks out on Uncle Mark's shoulder.
Location, Planning, Catering, Flowers, and Cake: Haven's Kitchen
Photography: Allan Zepeda
Stationery: Sideshow Press
Music: Osso String Quartet (ceremony); DJ Chuck McTague (reception)
Grooming: Robin Capili of Sally Hershberger Downtown; Tom Woodhouse of Face Place New York
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