Laura + James by Sylvie Rosokoff

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

We both love art, dogs, music, cooking, and the outdoors. Professionally, we both work to make people’s experiences of the internet better – James for local government services, and me for people who want to get involved in progressive causes.

James plays electric guitar, is a climber, and plays chess; I am a voracious reader, design nerd, and beginner ceramicist.

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

We met on Twitter and were friends online for a couple of years. I had a huge crush on James but was too nervous to meet him in person despite the fact that we lived in the same city and had some friends in common. When we finally did meet, I thought it was funny that my internet crush was pretty much exactly my IRL type (tall, lanky, doesn’t take himself too seriously). 

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with? 

We had moved into our first apartment together and were putting things away when James found a ridiculous sparkly headband I’d bought in high school and held on to for who knows whatever reason. He put it on as a joke and then proceeded to nonchalantly wear it for the next few hours and I knew I wanted to spend my life with this person. 

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

We wanted a wedding, and events around it, that would invite the people we love most to take part in the places and experiences we love most. We had everyone come out for a day trip to Governor’s Island, a public park in New York harbor and one of our favorite places in the city, to explore. The ceremony and celebration were at our favorite restaurant in our neighborhood, where we’ve had many excellent meals. Our wedding cake was from a local Brooklyn bakery where my dad orders me birthday cakes every year. And we invited people to post-wedding drinks at our beloved neighborhood burger bar around the corner, with bagels from our go-to bagel spot for breakfast the next morning. 

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?

I enlisted my friend Meg to pick up our wedding cake at the neighborhood bakery we ordered it from, just a few blocks away from the venue. When she got there the morning of the wedding, there was some sort of order mix-up where they didn’t have a record of our cake. She very politely told them she wasn’t going to leave without a wedding cake. They ended up finding our actual cake, but it was a stressful 30 minutes for Meg and we’re grateful for her determination!

Ceremony and reception location + catering and beverages: @olmstednyc / Photographer: Sylvie Rosokoff @sylviethecamera / Flora: A friend / Cake: Betty Bakery / Bride’s dress: @bhldn / Grooms attire: @brooksbrothers / Wedding rings: @delicategemnyc / Bride’s shoes: @naturalizer / Groom’s shoes @allenedmonds / Earrings: / @melissajoymanning / Hair: @glamsquad / Gifting: We encouraged people to make donations in our name to the rescue agency where we adopted our dog @rescuecity and a local Boys and Girls Club for underserved kids