MEDITERRANEAN IN MANHATTAN 

Inspiration for a Post-Destination Reception in NYC

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Our approach to this editorial shoot began with a question and a challenge to us as creatives—how can we evoke the graceful, iconic allure of the Mediterranean, while based in the middle of Manhattan? More and more, we’re meeting couples who found love in NYC, though one or both originate from countries abroad. Many choose to wed in an intimate ceremony overseas, then host a New York-based reception to celebrate with family and friends at home. This got us thinking—what would it look like to host a local reception that invites guests into the colorful experience of the Mediterranean destination where the couple exchanged vows? 

With this in mind, we partnered with a team of New York City creatives to curate a post-destination brunch and reception that's the perfect balance for a couple with a Mediterranean foundation and a Manhattan future. For this, we turned to Hotel on Rivington in the Lower East Side, where Cafe Medi offered the ideal escape. It’s airy, skylit space is reminiscent of a colorful cliff town restaurant, complete with a signature tile mural as the idyllic backdrop. 

Amanda Pierce Productions styled the tablescape and florals, favoring emerald leaves, white peonies and ferns, paired with oversized succulents and pops of lemon-colored craspedia. Lemons and leaves were also reflected in the invitations from One Suite Day, showcasing details on a sheer vellum overlay and a thematic mosaic design on the envelope’s interior.

The contemporary cake from Pip N Bits revealed a deep turquoise geode lined with gold foil—complementing the custom agate slice place cards from In Loft Calligraphy.

Bridal Designer, Nathalie Kraynina, outfitted our model in three unique looks. Her elegant separates included a backless lace crop top paired with ivory wide-leg pants; a mesh, floral top embellished with silk flowers and Swarovski crystals; and after-party attire including a unique tulle top and midi skirt seen in the hotel’s chic lounge. Hairstylist, Michael Glorioso and Makeup Artist, Stephanie Perez collaborated to create a polished statement that’s both soft and sophisticated. Perhaps, the crown jewel of the entire look—the stunning three-carat vintage engagement ring and rose gold diamond drop earrings by renown Manhattan jewelry designer, Marisa Perry Atelier. 

We showcased the looks within the Mediterranean-inspired cafe and amongst the quintessential rooftops that characterize downtown Manhattan. The result—a local brunch and post-destination party that feels like anything but an afterthought. 
 

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Of course, none of this would be possible without the stellar work of these incredibly talented collaborators. We cannot thank you enough <3

Photography: Gina Esposito
Venue: Hotel On Rivington
Dresses: Nathalie Kraynina Bridal
Shoes: Nina
Jewelry/Rings: Marisa Perry Atelier
Event Styling & Florals: Amanda Pierce Productions
Cake: Pip n Bits
Hair: Michael Glorioso
Makeup: Stephanie Perez
Invitations: One Suite Day
Agate Slice Place Cards: InLoft Calligraphy
Model: Melanie Rose Kazmercyk
Production Fairygodmother: Alex Dimitrovski <3