Alexandra and Harold’s Grand Church Wedding in Manhattan

During a lady's evening out with her sister, what may have seemed liked a random choice of location for cocktails would turn out to be destiny. As this upper west side setting would be the place in which Alexandra would meet Harold, forever changing the course of their lives. Romance would blossom into love, a romantic sunrise proposal, and on May 28th, surrounded by family and friends, they met at the alter of a stunning church to forever be joined as husband and wife.

Read all about Alexandra & Harold's love story, proposal, and wedding experiences below. View the complete selected gallery here.

Bride & Groom: Alexandra & Harold
Occupations: Multinational Legal Consultant / Private Equity Consultant
Wedding date: May 28, 2016
Wedding location: New York City, NY

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
In the later summer of 2012, my sister Caroline had recently relocated to New York from Miami with her company. Two weeks later, we decided it was time to celebrate her return and planned dinner and cocktails with friends. Towards the end of the evening, we decided to extend our girls night out - just us two! We randomly Yelped a nearby bar on the Upper West Side - Prohibition - and decided to continue the festivities. A cocktail later we decided it was time to take a "sister pic". Enter Harold. That photo was the moment that changed the course of our lives.
Harold knows that I love boating and sunrises. And, of course, we both very much enjoy living in New York. So it was fitting that he chose to propose while watching the sunrise in a private, chartered boat on the Hudson. It was the most perfect and romantic proposal I could have imagined.

Describe your Wedding Style. My Romona Keveza dress was "old glam" with a simple and elegant finish that I used to define everything in my wedding from flowers to invitations.

What was wedding shopping like for you? Wedding shopping was stress free as I spent a lot of time beforehand researching which made the process of choosing every vendor so much easier.

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Yes, our families absolutely LOVE music. So it was important to me that I incorporate Haitian music to honor my heritage with the music which Harold's family loved to listen to on the family road trips as a child and teenager.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Hair, makeup, dress, and flowers for the bridesmaids. Binoculars for the groomsmen.
Favorite item on the menu: The Intermezzo (mango sorbet)
First dance song: Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup (Natalie Cole)

What is your best memory from your wedding? That is such a difficult question! The entire day was the best memory of my life. But if I have to remember one moment in particular it was letting loose with my bridal party in the limo bus after the wedding but on the way to the Roosevelt Hotel from St. Thomas Episcopal Church. I have the best video of my flower girl getting the party started for everyone. That was so much FUN!

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Just relax and enjoy every single second of the day.

Wedding dress designer: Romona Keveza
Wedding dress salon: Romona Keveza (Rockefeller Plaza)
Hair: Takisha Sturdivant Drew (hair dresser to Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union and other celebrities)
Makeup: Victor Amos of Ken Barboza Associates, Inc.
Ceremony location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church (53rd and 5th Avenue)
Reception location: The Roosevelt Hotel (East 45th and Madison)
Photography: David Kim Photography
Videography: Mind Set Production
Wedding planner: Nikki Lofton of A Star Events
Florist: Julian Calderon and Marko Matijas of Julian Mark Events 
Cake: Ron Ben Israel
Stationery: Deborah Nadel
Lighting: Canal Sound & Light
Band: Metropolitan Music
DJ: DJ Watson

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