From the Rainbow Room’s dazzling interior and its unparalleled views of the twinkling cityscape to the bride and groom’s choreographed dance to “Fly Me to the Moon,” Meg and Ari’s wedding was quintessentially New York. “The second we walked into the Rainbow Room,” says Meg, “we truly felt on top of the world. I fell in love with the décor and the crystals on the windows felt like they were made for us.” The Rainbow Room’s reflective surfaces only seemed to multiply the joyful scene happening within its legendary walls.
Ari gave me the best advice the week before the wedding. He told me to stop worrying and to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
What did you base your choice of location on?
Meg: The second we walked into the Rainbow Room, we truly felt on top of the world. I fell in love with the décor and the crystals on the windows felt like they were made for us. It was like I’d found the place in which I’d always dreamt of getting married.
Ari: Meg has impeccable taste and is very decisive. We looked at each other the second we walked into the Rainbow Room and I knew we would get married there and that it would be a ripper.
What was on your wedding day wish list?
Meg: A while back, I became obsessed with this artist on Instagram who specializes in invitations named Stephanie Fishwick. It was my mission to have her create a design that would be a template for the whole feel of the wedding. With her talent and my vision she created the most beautiful invitation that inspired the celestial theme of the night, which was perfectly executed by our talented planner (Bianca Blag) and florist (Aramat).
Ari: Delicious food and amazing music.
What was the best planning advice you received?
Meg: Ari gave me the best advice the week before the wedding. Everything had been set in motion, all the details were finalized and decisions made. He told me to stop worrying and to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Ari: I would say to be present, but I’m told that’s how everyone answers this question.
We looked at each other the second we walked into the Rainbow Room and I knew we would get married there and that it would be a ripper.
Were you dressed and ready on time?
Meg: I was dressed and ready on time, but because I insisted on getting ready at my best friend’s apartment instead of a nearby hotel my trek to the Rainbow Room in the pouring rain was a bit of a challenge. I do love my getting ready pictures and the intimate feel of the day so I wouldn’t change a thing.
Ari: Of course.
Which feature of your wedding was the most unique?
Meg: Our ceremony felt so intimate and special. It wasn’t long, but it encompassed all the important parts of traditional Judaism that resonated with us as a couple. Our rabbi was incredible. He asked our guests to take a moment to zero in and be mindful of the moment we were sharing together. Being together in that gorgeous room with all of our loved ones was overwhelming to say the least, and we appreciated this opportunity to ground ourselves.
What aspects of your wedding most reflected your personality?
Meg and Ari: Our dance! It was highly entertaining and to make it look good we really had to commit to it and show some personality. Also, the Rainbow Room itself is all mirrored surfaces that reflected the glimmer and glitz of the decor. It was an over-the-top, glamorous look that is definitely up our alley.
Our rabbi was incredible. He asked our guests to take a moment to zero in and be mindful of the moment we were sharing together.
What song did you choose for your first dance and why?
Meg and Ari: We chose “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra, which we had choreographed by the husband-and-wife team Robyn and Clyde Hurder, who create one-of-a-kind first dances for their clients. We both love Frank Sinatra and knew we wanted something really classic to reflect the iconic feel of the Rainbow Room. We wanted our guests to feel transported above the hectic city to a romantic, starry oasis.
Which quality do you most admire about one another?
Meg: Ari’s ability to be superlative in anything he takes on.
Ari: She keeps her eye on the prize.
- Photographer Joanna Toto
- Second Photographer Jean-Pierre Uys
- Planner Bianca B Inc.
- Venue Rainbow Room
- Dress YSA Makino/Mark Zunino
- Floral Design Aramat Events
- Cake Madison Lee’s Cakes
- Lighting Bentley Meeker
- Music Style Events featuring DJ Amir
- Hair Jesse Henry
- Makeup Bridget Lembo
- Stationery Design by Stephanie Fishwick
- Video Ritual Films/Nilu Amin