In 2012, my dear friend Leslie Kritzer (of Broadway’s Legally Blonde and Sondheim on Sondheim) got engaged to her fiancé Vadim Feichtner (of Broadway’s 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee) and they originally planned for a beautiful barn wedding in Connecticut in Fall 2013. I instantly thinking of all the great ways we could translate a dark wooden barn into a warm and whimsical wedding .
In January of 2013, that came to a halt when Leslie and Vadim decided that they didn’t want or need such a large wedding. So they came to me and said they were going to “elope” at home in New York City and then have a big blow out party at one of the most popular bars in the Theater District. I was all for it.
They enlisted power couple Randy Blair and Sydney Angel to officiate and photograph the wedding respectively and friends Charlie, Beth, Talli and Eric to make sure we had everything we needed to pull off the party of the year.
Leslie and Vadim met a few years earlier at the closing night party for Encores! at New York City Center’s production of “On the Town”. In the mezzanine lobby of City Center was the start of a wonderful relationship, so it was the perfect setting for the start of a wonderful marriage. The staff at City Center was wonderful about letting us use the space for the brief ceremony, making it just that more special.
The guest list to the “city-lopement” was small, only their closest friends and family who were treated dinner at the couple’s favorite restaurant in the city, Maria’s Mont Blanc, before heading over to Hurley’s Saloon where hundreds of friends joined in at Hurley’s Saloon for drinks, some delicious Costco cake (I mean, who doesn’t love cake from Costco?!) and general debauchery in the homemade photobooth. I wish I could post every photo taken by Sydney Angel Photography (whose assistant for the day was my non-groom), but here is just a sampling.
Hotel: Le Parker Meridien New York
Ceremony Site: New York City Center
Reception: Maria’s Mont Blanc
After-Party: Hurley’s Saloon
Gown: Birnbaum and Bullock
Belt/Vail: Kurt Kielmann
Shoes: Jessica Simpson from Macy’s
Hair and makeup: Alex Michaels
Groom’s suit: Macy’s
Barbershop: SHARPS Barber and Shop at Le Parker Meridien
Officiant: Randy Blair
Decor/Design: Knot Yet A Bride Events
Floral: Whole Foods Market
Cakes: Costco Bakery
Photbooth: Michael D’Angora
Photography Assistant: Brandon Tate Rosen