This wonderful couple got an authentic bite of the Big Apple, marrying in their favourite city in the world. Read on for Lucille and Michael’s New York wedding.


WHO: Lucille and Michael

WHERE: Ladies Pavilion, Central Park, New York City

WHEN: September 2011

PHOTOS: Brian Friedman

PLANNER: Lisa at iPlan New York


The proposal

“Michael had planned to pop the question during a horse and carriage ride around Central Park, while we were holidaying in New York, but a heavy snow storm meant that idea was out the window,” explains Lucille. “We returned to the hotel, and I was sat on our bed reading a few of my birthday cards. All of a sudden, Michael calmly dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him – presenting me with the most beautiful, glistening rock!”

The bride’s New York wedding outfit

“It just so happened that my dream dress was designed by Madeline Gardner New York,” laughs Lucille. “I definitely think it was meant to be!” she adds

“Both the food and the staff at our reception party were sublime…”

The groom’s outfit

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“Michael wanted to buy his suit, and he really fancied a special three-piece design,” explains Lucille. “He bought a Kenneth Cole suit from House of Fraser.”

The bridesmaids

Because the couple only invited immediate family, Lucille didn’t have bridesmaids, or any attendants in the bridal party for the New York wedding.

The ceremony

“Our ceremony was so special, Sacha our celebrant took the time to ask us questions, and make the service personal. We also had a lovely reading, then played Elbow’s One Day Like This, as we walked back down the aisle together,” smiles Lucille

The transport

“We hired a pristine 1960’s yellow taxi from Film Cars,” explains Lucille. “At one point near Times Square, our driver Peter started playing New York, New York as we cruised along!” laughs Lucille

The reception

“We booked a three-Michelin starred restaurant – it was the same place Michael had taken me for my 30th birthday, and we were both so impressed we knew we had to go back. Both the food and the staff were equally sublime,” recalls Lucille. Following the meal, Lucille booked a Champagne boat cruise down the river Hudson. “It was such a special way for our guests to see the city at night,” says Lucille

The honeymoon

“We classed the remainder of our stay in New York as our honeymoon,” smiles Lucille. “It’s our most favourite city in the world, so we just thought, ‘why on earth not?!’”