Chrissy & Tom’s Chic and Cozy New York Bookstore Wedding
Chrissy and Tom had a beautiful and cozy wedding at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo, and their celebration reflected the couple’s elegant taste as well as the vibrant artistic ambiance downtown NYC is known for. The beauty in their wedding also lies not just in what’s visible because their choice of venue — and wedding dress — also allowed them to give back to the community as you will read below.
We have Sarah Tew Photography (see her previously featured work) to thank for the lovely images and here she is with a few more details about the day:
I loved shooting Chrissy & Tom’s sweet bookstore wedding– NYC’s Housing Works Bookstore continues to be one of my favorite best-kept-secret wedding venues! And what a treat to shoot the getting ready and first look / couple portraits at the stylish Mondrian Hotel just down Crosby Street in SoHo. Chrissy was simply stunning. After a quick round of shots with them in the fabulous lobby area of the hotel we did a portrait walk through some surrounding blocks on the way up to the Bookstore where we met their family for group shots before the ceremony. Housing Works is such a warm and unique atmosphere for a wedding– I love the way the florist’s work added elegance to the tables yet maintained the personality of the space with simple burlap runners on the long tables. After some sweet toasts the couple made their way to the dance floor where strings of edison lights hanging between from the balcony added a twinkly air of celebration. We concluded the evening with a quick night portrait outside on the cobblestones of Crosby Street. I was so honored to be a part of this wedding.
The pretty Chrissy shared a few thoughts behind the planning of their wedding and from this point on I will let her take you through their details:
With little time to plan our wedding, I went to The Bridal Garden in NYC to find a wedding dress which is perfect for the last minute bride. In addition to having dresses on hand, The Bridal Garden is a not-for-profit bridal boutique where the proceeds benefit education for disadvantage children.
While Tom was searching for a special place to get married, he stumbled upon the Housing Works Bookstore in a blog with amazing photos that captured the warmth and spirit of the celebration we wanted. He proposed the idea to me and I agreed that the bookstore was the perfect place for us and we knew we didn’t need to look anywhere else.
We especially loved the fact that it is a not-for-profit bookstore where the mission is to end homelessness and AIDS. The bookstore is filled with donated books which like us arrived there with their own story and journey. Funny enough a guest arrived and saw a book in the window that he wanted to read and even bought the book later that night.
Tom and I loved the fact that our wedding could give back to others with both my wedding dress and Housing Works Bookstore.
After we agreed on the location, all of our vendors magically seemed to fall into place. We selected the photographer from the blog that had initially drawn us in to Housing Works Bookstore. Sarah Tew was able to capture our love and the warm intimate evening we wanted with our guests.
We tried to add creative touches where possible for our wedding. A friend made mini books as the table numbers so our guests could write us a message to read on future wedding anniversaries.
Our florist, Rebecca Shepherd was amazing and worked within our budget to make our tables look elegant and match the atmosphere in the bookstore. We wanted our guests to be able to take the flower arrangements home so we chose to place the flowers in mason jars we purchased in place of renting antique ones. To make them look vintage, Tom painted two dozen mason jars blue and wrapped twine around them to give the jars a classic look.
Our florist loved Tom’s idea of the twine and added it to the milk glass candle holders.
In place of the standard guest book we had a platter where a guest could sign their name. I look forward to entertaining our family and friends with our wedding day platter, I know it will bring back such great memories.
Thank you Sarah for sending your beautiful images my way, and congratulations Chrissy and Tom! I wish you guys a happy forever.
* See also Kate & Sean’s Intimate Bookstore Wedding in the same venue
Photographer: Sarah Tew Photography
Venue: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Hair Stylist: Styles On B
Floral Designer: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design
Dress Designer: Vera Wang via The Bridal Garden
Makeup Artist: Nicole Sievers
Jewelry: Lauria’s Jewelers
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Vera Wang
Favors and Gifts: Elizabeth Manjarrez
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: alternative wedding venues, DIY weddings, first look, urban weddings