One of the coolest things about today's real wedding captured by Boris Zaretsky Photography is that Emma and Darren chose the Citi Field Ballpark in New York City so they can relive their wedding day everytime they visit the park.
Someday they will take their children there, point to the dugout, and say, “We got married right there, and now we are all here together.” Even though the ballpark is a very grand venue, the couple was able to incorporate many personal details and pull off an intimate ceremony.
What were the top three priorities for you when planning your wedding?
- Local and meaningful venue / locations
- Do not over plan!
- Have fun!
Did you have a wedding theme/idea/colors etc. in mind before you starting planning?
Since the venue was Citi-Field, we wanted the wedding to reflect our home city – Queens, NY – and also add simple elegant touches and details. We also wanted a unique venue, and one that we can visit again and again after the wedding and be in the place we got married in.
The decision was easy. We did not want our wedding to look tacky and “themed”, therefore, besides the venue, we did not choose to have a baseball or NY Mets theme. Instead, we just added soft colors and elegant touches to reflect our love.
When shopping for your wedding dress, how did you know you found “the one”? What was it like?
This was the hardest part for me! I followed many dress designers and complied a list to choose from. I narrowed it down to five and actually had my mom have the final say. I wanted to include my family as much as I could in the wedding planning and decisions.
Did you have a bridal shower or bachelorette party?
Yes, I did. Since we chose such a grand venue for the wedding, I had a simple and easy bridal shower at my parents' house. There was no stress or planning involved, which is exactly what I wanted!
Throughout your wedding planning did anything surprise, irritate, or bum you out?
The wedding planning went smoothly. We started to plan early so that we did not rush everything. The venue also helped us coordinate.
Did you have a wedding planner? If so, what was your experience with them?
We did the planning ourselves. We started early so we did not stress too much.
Did you do a first look? Would you recommend it to future brides?
Yes, we did, and I would recommend it. We did it at my parents' house, where I got ready. Even if it felt that it would be “staged” at first, the actual moment of seeing your soon to be spouse on that day is exciting and does not feel “staged”.
Throughout your wedding day, did you have anything go wrong or a “Bummed Bride” moment? If so, how did you handle it?
Our wedding was fun and personal, being in such a huge venue. The only time I do remember feeling “bummed” was that some of the guests felt a little “lost” or confused by the venue, especially those who were not baseball fans and never attended a game.
I just reminded myself that you cannot please everyone, and there were so many people that were blown away and excited for the unique venue.
In the end, do not be afraid to experimenting and planning something unusual, even if some people may not like it. It is your day after all!
What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?
The dancing and the photography on the baseball field! Not too many people can go watch a game with their family, and point to the field, and say, “Hey, we got married there!”. Now we can do that forever.
What is your best advice for brides planning their wedding?
- Don't worry that something will not work.
- Plan and coordinate everything together. Give up some control.
- Listen to each other, even if you don’t like something you have to compromise.
- Have fun! Don’t forget that’s your special day and you are doing it for yourself.
- Take time, don’t rush, and start your planning early.
- Don't plan things because you feel you have to include something, include it if it means something to you or your family.
Photographer: Boris Zaretsky Photography // Transportation: The New York Trolley Company // Heirlooms and extras: artikal handcrafted millinery // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Calvin Klein // Event Venue: Citi Field //Caterer: Citi Field Catering // Floral Designer: Crisofia// Bridesmaid Dresses: JLM Couture // DJ: Latin Brothers Entertainment // Shoes: Prada // Dress Designer: Sottero and Midgley // Cake Designer: Sugar Flower Cake Shop //