Oh, You Fancy, Huh? (New York City Wedding)

Wedding at Natural Museum of History NYCI cannot even begin to tell you how incredibly nice the wedding we attended in NYC this past weekend was! From the Welcome Party to the Wedding to the Reception to the After Party (yes, I just said after party!) to the finale of the Goodbye Brunch, it was evident the bride had thought of every little detail. If this is what celebrities feel like all the time going to fancy parties, then sign me up!
We were honored to attend Chad and Dorie’s New York City wedding festivities over Memorial Day Weekend. Chad is a dear friend of Eric’s from high school youth group and he was actually an usher in our wedding, where he brought his new date Dorie with him! Dorie and Chad have been nothing but kind and overwhelmingly welcoming to us in their city and we are SO glad we got to experience their big day with them. See below for wedding event photos from this fairytale wedding:

Eric and Heather NYC Wedding

Eric and I at the welcome part at Hill Country Barbecue. The whole downstairs of the restaurant was rented out with an open bar, passed appetizers (believe it or not, their guacamole is to die for!), ribs, and a really fun country band followed up by karaoke!

As we got ready for the wedding, I got to stop into Drybar and have them do my hair for me…what a treat! I was so impressed with how my loose curls stayed all night…even through our dancing!

New York City's The Church of the Heavenly Rest
The Church of the Heavenly Rest NYC



We were whisked from the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City from the wedding to the reception at the Museum of Natural History by nice buses. And, then we walked into this for the cocktail hour….

Wedding Cocktail

NYC Wedding Flowers


NYC Placecards

New York City Wedding Flowers


Museum of Natural History NYC WeddingY’all. Those flowers! The dinosaurs! The seating cards. It was all SO perfect. Passedย hors d’oeuvres included: Crab rolls, mini empanadas, the most amazing shrimp skewers with peanut wine sauce, beef filet with horseradish on toasted rounds, cucumber rolls stuffed with chilled soba noodles, and more. The signature drink, “The Mr. & Mrs. Smith” was incredible as well.

After about an hour of ooh’s, ahh’s, delicious finger foods, drinks, pictures and chatting, we were escorted into the main portion of the American Museum of Natural History by none other than a steel drum band! AND THEN…we saw him. THE WHALE. and THE FLOWERS to end all flowers.

NYC Wedding with the whale in NYC

NYC Wedding Flower centerpiece

NYC Wedding Flower centerpiece

NYC Wedding Place Setting


NYC Wedding Flower centerpiece



NYC Whale

This seriously is only a small glimpse into the wonder that was this fantasy NYC wedding! I hate that the pictures turned out dark but hopefully you can get the gist. The band was a REAL party! There must have been 15 or more of them on the stage with 5 different singers. They were fan-freaking-tastic! Eric and I kept talking all night long about how we would have gone and paid to hear them sing at a venue somewhere.

The food was to die for. Eric got the salmon and I got the steak, but what I loved so much about the way the timing worked out with the food was the dancing! I had never seen this done before, but in between each course, we joined the couple or the father/daughter dance for 3-4 songs of dancing in between each course. It was absolutely fabulous and made everyone hit the dance floor.

After the band finished up, they announced that the after party was starting upstairs with a DJ. We went upstairs and were greeted with a whole ‘nother dance floor, the DJ, flowers, and passed appetizers (sliders, fries, mini ice cream cones & fried mac & cheese bites with Srirachi) and another open bar. We boogied our shoes off until 1:15 am! Afterwards, the bus took us back to our hotel to end the unbelievable evening! This by far was the nicest, most incredible event I’ve ever been to and I’m so honored I got to be a part.

The following morning, we went to the farewell brunch on our hotel’s rooftop which was another lovely meal surrounded by pretty flowers, sunshine and everyone reliving the night before…what a treat!

Congratulations to Chad and Dorie!! (Make sure you check out Dorie’s clothing company Of Mercer!) We loved living it up in NYC for this wedding. Stay tuned for more NYC posts to come but none will compare to the fabulous-ness of this one!

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  1. May 29, 2014 / 10:44 am

    WOW! all I can say is WOW… That is high dollar right there.. WOW! I thought that was a huge sea creature behind y’all.

  2. May 29, 2014 / 11:29 am

    I love wedding receptions that take place at museums! So pretty!

  3. May 29, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    What a great venue for the wedding reception and the flowers are to die for! Looks like the perfect wedding weekend! I want a piece of that orange blossom wedding cake!

  4. May 29, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    Wow, what an amazing venue and evening. I LOVE the flowers! And my 3 year old would love to be at the T Rex table ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. May 29, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    This wedding looks amazing! I love history so getting to go to the Natural History Museum for a reception would be a dream. It looks like you had an amazing time!

  6. May 29, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    This wedding looks absolutely gorgeous!!! The place cards are precious.

  7. May 29, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    T-rex table! That looks like it was awesome! Wish I could have been a wedding crasher! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. May 29, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    Wow, I would love an excuse to go to NYC, especially one as pretty as this wedding. Love the dinosaurs!

  9. May 29, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    Lol, yes I also love the T-Rex table! She had a gorgeous dress. Did you get any pictures of the food?


    • Heather
      June 1, 2014 / 10:15 pm

      Cindy, yes, she really did! I did not! I don’t know WHAT I was thinking! Clearly, I wasn’t!!

  10. Susan M
    May 29, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    After seeing the photos, no wonder you all were exclaiming over your experience when you returned! Everything was just beautiful and elegant. Love the flowers and candles everyplace – what an atmosphere for celebrating! I’m glad you got to experience it ๐Ÿ™‚

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