The Wedding of ...
Heather Doherty & Jose Guardado
Ceremony: St. Paul's Chapel
Reception: Faculty House at Columbia University, New York, NY
Makeup: Ceci Danielian, Lancer
Hair: Hair by Nina B
Florist: Patrick Martinez, CityIris
Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Photographer: Allan Summers, Angelito Jusay Photography
Band & DJ: DJ Charles and Lee Glantz Trio, NYC Productions and Events, Annabelle Mejia
Vintage New York at Faculty House at Columbia University
Jose and I had been graduate students together at Columbia University for nearly two years, but it wasn't until we traveled to Japan on a student-organized trip that we finally met for the first time. On train rides from Kyoto to Tokyo, over sushi at the morning fish market, and through the occasional earthquake, we found we had so much in common. We shared stories about our families and found many similarities in our work. It wasn’t long before our first date.
Jose proposed on the anniversary of our first date, which also happened to fall on Easter Sunday. We had plans to meet my mother and aunt for brunch but first Jose wanted to stop at his apartment in Manhattan to pick up mail. Though the elevator wasn’t working, he persuaded me to take the stairs to his fifth floor apartment. Once there, Jose mentioned a package had arrived for me. Confused about why mail addressed to me would come to his apartment, Jose surprised me and proposed. The “package” for me was actually a ring. We phoned Jose’s family in California who were together for the holiday to share the wonderful news and then celebrated our engagement with Easter brunch at the Metropolitan Museum.
Soon after our engagement we decided Columbia University was the perfect place for our wedding and reception. It was where we had met and fallen in love! We visited the Faculty House and met with Leslie Robinson, manager of catering and events. With gorgeous city views and a formal yet intimate ambiance, the Faculty House at Columbia University had the vintage New York feel we were looking for. Leslie went above and beyond to help us plan our wedding. She recommended wonderful vendors including our photographer, musicians, and florist. We were thrilled with everything.
Our beautiful and intimate ceremony was held in Columbia’s stunning St. Paul’s Chapel. Our officiant was our pastor, the Rev Dr. Scott Black Johnston of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Following the ceremony, our guests crossed the Columbia campus amid the cherry blossoms to enjoy a cocktail reception in the first floor Ivy Lounge at Faculty House. They were welcomed at the door with champagne and enjoyed a lively open bar and an exceptional assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres, including avocado and lobster salad on endive, smoked duck with cherry and chives, lamb and eggplant, and mozzarella tomato skewers.
In the ballroom, our florist really captured our aesthetic and style by creating modern centerpieces with the colors and flowers we loved while using light and candles, as well as giving height to the tables and preserving lots of open space. He also incorporated our personal touch, placing silver carousel frames with pictures of all our guests at each of their tables.
For our reception, guests moved to the fourth floor Skyline room where everyone enjoyed the beautiful terrace and incredible Manhattan views. Dinner started with a great avocado and tuna tartare followed by either braised short ribs or roasted halibut paired with lovely red and white wines, champagne, or cocktails. Everyone loved the food as well as the remarkable cake. Decorated with sugar flowers, it had alternating Mexican chocolate and raspberry cream between layers of almond cake.
Our great band and DJ led our families through the evening hours with a mix of classic, contemporary, and Mexican music. Our guests continued to celebrate the evening dancing and enjoying the lovely views and sunset from the balcony. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who worked with us to make it such a spectacular day, especially Leslie and the Faculty House staff for being so incredibly attentive and helpful.