Tie The Knot Tuesday Presents: The Royalls

Couple: Bridgette and Anthony
Wedding Date: September 14, 2013
Wedding Location: (ceremony) The Cloisters at Ft. Tryon Park, Upper Manhattan, NY, (reception) Londel’s Restaurant, Harlem, NY
Theme: Just Us

In the midst of planning #theroyallunion in Charlotte, NC, it became apparent that our venue of choice was not going to accommodate all our loved ones. It caused us much angst. The solution? Have a small affair in New York for those friends and family members who wouldn’t be able to join us down in The Queen City. It was my mother’s idea and yes both Mr. TK and I were skeptical about it at first. But my mother assured us it we wouldn’t regret it. And once again she was right.

Mr. TK aka Anthony and I had always talked about exchanging vows in a low-key, intimate space and since I adore Fort Tryon Park and it holds sentimental value to us, we decided to say our I Dos there. The only other people present were our mothers, the officiant, one of Anthony’s family friends and two of his best friends who drove up from Washington, DC – they insisted on being there even though they were in our Charlotte wedding. It was a picturesque sunny afternoon. We headed to our favorite Harlem restaurant Londel’s to break bread and celebrate with about sixty loved ones after the ceremony.

I purchased my bouquet – a few bunches of baby’s breath that I wrapped in ribbon myself – from Penn Station. My earrings were 19 years old and my shoes were about five years old. My mother and I took a cab to Fort Tryon Park. Our cake was from Costco and Anthony’s college buddy John took pics. We laughed. We cried. We reminisced. We created new memories.

That day was pure bliss! And no it didn’t take the place of our equally blissful Charlotte affair. They’re apples and oranges; we’re extremely blessed to be able to experience both. I hope you enjoy the pics.

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[All images by John Clark.]

Dress: Parker
Earrings: Vintage
Jeweled Comb & Bracelet: Halo & Co. courtesy of The White Gown, Brooklyn, NY
Hair: Viki at Styles Salon, NYC
Makeup: MAC counter at Macy’s in Herald Square, NYC
Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Photographer: John Clark

Stay tuned for Part II next week! In the meantime, view past Tie the Knot Tuesday features here.