It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago we were partying it up at The New York Public Library with over one thousand of our closest friends at The Knot Gala. We love the gala not just because of all the Instagram-able moments, but also because it’s a time for the wedding pro community (from big names like Marcy Blum, Bryan Rafanelli, to up-and-comers) to come together and let loose. The gala is one of the highlights of the NYC social calendar and we are blown away every year by the designs our talented vendors partners come up with. And thanks to planner Emily Clarke Events, this year did not disappoint!
From the Shakespeare quotes lining the stars (Bombshell Graphics) to the VIP Rosé Room (featuring Promise Wine rosé ), we could go on for a while about all the amazing details. Here, 10 details at at this year’s gala that we just can't stop thinking about, featuring photos by Hechler Photography.
1. The Shakespearean-Inspired Decor
The play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" served as the inspiration for the decor concept of our gorgeous gala. And leave it to the seriously talented team at Emily Clarke Events to create the perfect combination of moody lighting (Levy NYC), jewel colors like emerald, gold and purple and a cast of woodland characters (Shien Artists) to transform The New York Public Library into a garden at midnight.
2. The Butterfly Lighting
This gorgeous custom stage (HITECH Events, LLC) was home not only to our rockin' band (Jordan Khan Music Company), but also a chorus of digitally mapped white butterflies (Levy NYC), flickering across the floral throughout the night.
3. The LED-Powered Ballerinas
The gala might have been black tie, but we made an exception for these ladies. Guests were treated to a seriously beautiful troupe of ballerinas, lit by LED lights, twirling on the dance floor and throughout the party (Shien Artists).
4. Hayley Paige's Appearance at our Facebook Live Show
In case you missed our Facebook Live show from the red carpet, check it out on The Knot Pro page. Guests like Desiree Hartsock (The Bachelorette), Kaleigh Weise (Meldeen) and bridal designer Hayley Paige stopped by to chat!
5. The Glam Magazine-Style Portrait Studio
This one was definitely a fan-favorite. Guests at the gala got a chance to snag a "Vanity Fair" style portrait alone or with friends by photography team Banga Studios. Check out the full gallery here!
6. The Champagne Bubble Bathtub
Photo ops were aplenty at our gala. One of our absolute favorites? The floral bubble bath filled with faux bubbles and over-sized bottles of Perrier-Jouët. Where else would Randy Fenoli and The Knot co-founder Carley Roney snap a pic?
7. The Living Flower Wall and Other Over-The-Top Floral
From the living flower wall (with flower queen from Shien Artists) with floral by Design House Decor, to the dramatic floral "statues" with headpieces of purple and blue blooms (Scarlett Entertainment) to the gorgeous step and repeat featuring stationery design by Ceci New York, the gala was filled to the brim with luscious, larger than life floral. And yep, that's our beautiful planner Emily Clarke (in emerald), the mastermind and blonde bombshell behind the gala!
8. The Fairy Treasure Hors d'oeuvres
The catering team at Marcia Selden Catering served delicious bites in teeny egg shells and miniature wooden bowls. Rumor has it -- Robin Hood was running around handing out cutlery!
9. The Non-Stop Party Music
10. The Feet-Saving Rescue Flats
Um, hello miracle workers! We were so grateful to slip on the cute Rescue Flats at the end of the night when our feet had enough with high heels. Can every event come stocked with these?
Check out the full recap video by Cloudless Weddings:
A huge thank you (like, we couldn't have done it without you, you're beyond amazing, kind of thank you) to all of our vendor partners:
Planning/Design: Emily Clarke Events | Venue: New York Public Library | Catering: Marcia Selden Catering | Rentals: Smith Party Rentals & High Style Rentals | Rosé Bar: Promise Wine | Spirits/Champagne Bar: Perrier Jouet & Absolut Elyx | Stationery: Ceci New York | Snapchat Filter: Meldeen| Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Mary Ellen | Hashtag Acrylic Cut-out Signs: Dogwood Blossom Stationery | Printed Event Signage: Bombshell Graphics | Event Photographer: Hechler Photographers | Portrait Photographer: Banga Studios | Videographer: Cloudless Weddings | Floral: L'Atelier Rouge | Lighting: Levy NYC | DJ, Lighting & Projection Design: DJ Jacob Co | Decor/Production: Design House Decor | Entertainment: Jordan Kahn Music Company | Live Entertainment: Shien Artists & Scarlett Entertainment | Photo Booth: Studio Z Photo Booths | Linens: Nuage Designs | Staff Gowns: Rent the Runway | Beauty: MG Hair and Makeup, LeJeune Artistry & Beautini | Draping: Swag Decor | Shoes: Rescue Flats | Production: HITECH Events, LLC
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