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A Minimalist & Modern Wedding at The Bordone in NYC

In 2018, we worked with couple Tania & Patrick on their Bordone wedding in Long Island City in New York City. They were one of the first couples to get married at The Bordone; it was still under construction when they booked their wedding.

After they booked their venue, they booked Together Events for Partial Planning for their event. They had a pretty clear vision of what they wanted - minimal design with white and green florals, casual dinner faire, and a contemporary, industrial chic environment - all within their budget. We worked with them to:

  • Translate their vision into a mood board

  • Advise on their budget

  • Source their vendors and communicate the vision to those vendors

  • Implement the event as part of our Month-Of Coordination process.

Below you can see how their vision turned into reality, starting with the mood board we worked with them to develop.

Mood Board

Vendor Selection

Once the mood board, vision, and budget for the event were finalized, we moved onto vendor selection. You can read below how we decided which vendors to refer to them, based on their style, budget, needs, and always with sustainable and equitable sourcing in mind.

Catering, Staffing, & Rentals: In order to save on costs and to make the wedding more personal for the couple, we used drop-off catering from a nearby Greek restaurant that the couple frequented and booked a staffing company to handle the bar and food service, setup, and cleanup. We bought liquor from a liquor store that offered buy-back for unused alcohol left over from the event. The Bordone requires couples to use Broadway Party Rentals for their events, so we used them for all the rentals for the event. The couple liked the minimal look of the standard selections from Broadway, so we opted for simple white plates, white tablecloths and gray napkins for contrast, and silver glassware and flatware.

Decor: The couple wanted minimal florals but plenty of greenery, so we worked with Meadow House Floral Design (no longer based in NYC) to create the personal florals (bouquet & boutonnieres for the couple and their attendants,) a ceremony backdrop, aisle decor on the ceremony chairs, simple greenery and white table garlands, and plenty of hanging smilax all around the reception room. The ceremony backdrop was repurposed as the backdrop for the sweetheart table. We worked with a lighting designer to hang string lights in the room, which were on dimmers so that we could turn them down during the dancing portion of the evening. The lighting designer also installed up-lighting to highlight the greenery on the walls and provide another layer of light in the room. The tables were filled with pillar candles of various sizes in hurricanes, adding a magical, warm glow. The city lights also added an incredible backdrop to their wedding reception.

Hair & Makeup: They had a large group of people getting ready in the morning, so Glamsquad was a simple option to service diverse beauty needs and to bring a large team of hair and makeup artists.

Ceremony: One of our absolute favorite celebrants - Dani from Once Upon a Vow - wrote and officiated a beautiful, personal ceremony for the couple. Daniela and her sibling Karla are incredibly thoughtful, inclusion-oriented officiants who create beautiful wedding ceremonies for every couple they work with.

Entertainment: The couple wanted a mix of Latin music and top 40 hits, so we recommended one of our favorite New York City DJ's, Brent Fierro of Empanadamn. Brent does a great job of working with couples with all kinds of musical preferences. He is also incredibly easy to work with, going so far as to brief speech-givers on how to hold the mic on the day of the wedding. He is comfortable giving announcements on the mic as needed, but he isn't corny and doesn't overdo it when it comes to using the mic.

Photography: Weddings by Two captured the entire day beautifully - a snapshot from their gallery is below.

Coordination & Styling

The final phase of our planning with the couple was the Month-Of Coordination and On Site Styling. Those services included:

  • Organization - The Planner compiled and created a wedding setup and design document, vendor and family/wedding party contact lists, and wedding day supply packing lists.

  • Site Visit & Room-Setup Chart: The Planner visited the wedding venue & created customized room-setup charts to sharewith necessary vendors and setup staff.

  • Coordination & Timeline Creation: Creating and communicating a customized wedding day timeline. Serving as the main point of contact for all vendor correspondence, beginning one month before the event. Directing the wedding rehearsal and coordinating all aspects of the wedding day, including setup, teardown, and all vendor communications.

  • Styling: Their on-site coordination & styling team was able to set up and style the candles on the dinner tables, the table numbers and stands, the seating chart, and the Welcome Table for the event.

Below, you can see how the event turned out! Despite it occurring 2.5 years ago, the minimal & modern design remains timeless.

Wedding Photos


Photographer: Weddings by Two

Planner: Together Events

Hair & Makeup: Glamsquad

Staffing: Ultra Events & Staffing

Catering: 3 Greeks

Videographer: Emma Blackstone

DJ: Empanadamn

Desserts: Butter & Scotch

Florals: Meadow House Floral Design

Officiant: Once Upon a Vow

Lighting: Tony Kauffman Lighting

Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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