Unfolding on a Fall evening upon a rooftop looking over a magical New York City skyline, Daisy and Dan’s ceremony was a sentimental and moving pursuit. Family heirloom wedding rings and a simple off the shoulder ivory gown, accompanied by a sensory composition of florals inspired by Dutch Masters.
Effortlessly moving from ceremony to reception, the transportative space perfectly blended industrial styling with the warmth of an intimate celebration. Think beautifully raw elements and exposed brick accented with soft festoon lighting, an abundance of rustic produce paired with Autumn toned florals.
Documented by elusive story-teller Petar Jurica
NAMES: Daisy Orlana Ramli + Daniel Mark Kirschen
WEDDING DATE: September 26, 2015
GUEST NUMBERS: 107
HOW WE MET: Generally: through mutual friends. Specifically: at a rock concert on the Lower East Side.
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: We had dinner with my father, and then afterwards went for tea at the Ritz Carlton, where we sort of asked but mostly told him that we were getting married.
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: Best friends- party time all the time!
WEDDING LOCATION: Dan’s aunt and uncle own a brownstone in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, as well as the adjoining side lot, where an old carriage house once stood. Dan lived in the garden apartment of their home for two years when he first moved to New York, so even before the wedding, the house had significant meaning for him. This was the first party of any kind held in the space.
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THEME/STYLE: “Downtown Indonesian late fall chic” - Dan
PHOTOGRAPHY: Another photographer referred us to Petar Jurica, and we loved his work. We were lucky that he was already going to be in the States. After a thirty-minute Skype call, it was a done deal.
BRIDE’S DRESS: The Reformation - Constance Dress in White.
BRIDE’S SHOES: Loeffler Randall - the Reina Kitten Heel Sandal in Gold.
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: I didn’t have any bridesmaids, but all my best girlfriends wound up wearing florals.
WEDDING RINGS: Stones from my late mother’s jewellery were “smuggled” (legally) from Jakarta to Athens to New York by my two best friends, where they were re-purposed for my wedding ring, which Dan designed with one of the smugglers. Dan wore his late grandfather’s ring.
JEWELRY/ACCESSORIES: Oscar de la Renta earrings. My dress was very simple, so I wanted to go for a very ornate, gold pair of earrings. Dan wore a pocket watch that has been in his family for four generations
HAIR: Up in a bun, with some wild flowers in my hair.
MAKEUP: Golden eye tones, with a red lip.
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: My best friends,
Eri and Mia, designed the invitations, website, and menus.
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS: I left most of the floral decisions to Katherine from Entriken Studio, because I love her taste. The only inspiration images I gave her were of flowers by the Dutch Masters. I was very distracted before our ceremony… and forgot to carry my bouquet (oops).
PREPARATION: Since I didn’t have any bridesmaids, I wanted to have an intimate gathering with all my best friends and family. We got dressed at an apartment in the Lower East Side, and we split a pastrami sandwich from Katz Delicatessen for lunch. I picked up several flowers from the market, had them delivered to the apartment, and everyone was free to put flowers in their hair.
CEREMONY / RECEPTION DÉCOR: We had an incredible space to start, an empty brownstone lot enclosed by the original brick, with half the space partially covered by the original beams from the old carriage house. We liked the idea of joining several wooden farm tables to form one long row. We had a few things made: hand-painted batik runners from Indonesia, and wooden serving blocks (for family style platters) made from salvaged white pine beams.
WEDDING PLANNER/ WEDDING STYLIST: Esther Bernstein, a friend of the family and semi-retired caterer, helped us coordinate everything.
ENTERTAINMENT: Brazilian Choro music by Regional de New York.
FOOD & BEVERAGES: Ryan Brown Catering. We can't recommend him highly enough. From inviting us into his home for tastings, to learning Indonesian cuisine, to the day of the event, Ryan was exceptional. And we lost track of how many guests told us it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding.
Our friends Dan and Pipa Orrison are brilliant young winemakers and were proud to serve their vintages throughout the party.
PASSED HORS D’EURVES (w/ Indonesian inspired dishes)
Tuna crudo on a rice puff with cucumber and lemon
Saffron shrimp with green gazpacho sauce
Crostini with beef tenderloin, leek fondue, and pickled wild mushrooms
Fennel-apple salad on parmesan crisps
Chili glazed chicken skewers with papaya sauce
Bakwan Jagung—Indonesian corn fritters with tomato-chili sauce
ON THE TABLE
Breads, rolls, and focaccia with herbed olive oil
Baby arugula with mixed heirloom tomatoes, local melon, burrata, ciabatta croutons, and opal basil vinaigrette
Cold poached salmon with cucumber yogurt sauce
Lamb two ways: slow roasted loin with natural jus and braised shoulder with tomato-artichoke relish
Tagliatelle with mixed wild mushrooms and Italian parsley
Grilled ratatouille vegetables: Eggplant, tomato, zucchini, peppers, and onions and caper vinaigrette – with fresh herbs and black garlic
Meyer lemon tartlets with lavender mascarpone
Dark chocolate pudding, crème fraiche, and candied violets
Miniature chocolate chip cookies, shots of milk
Seasonal fresh fruit.
TRANSPORT: Uber / Train
HONEYMOON: We are going to Italy next March.
CELEBRANT: Dan’s father, Michael Kirschen, was the master of ceremonies.
READINGS: We both wrote our own vows. I went first because I knew I would cry, a lot. And I did.
ANY OTHER SPECIAL DETAILS: We requested (though did not enforce) that our guests put their phones away for the duration of the day. And 36 hours before the wedding, we had to make a decision to tent or not to tent. With a zero percent chance of rain forecast, and much to the chagrin of Dan’s dad, we decided to roll the dice and got incredibly lucky with a perfect day.
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: We started from what we knew we didn’t want, and went from there. It was important to us to have a stress-free day for everyone involved.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: Honestly, the entire day was made up of memorable moments. But after the after party, we ended up at a sold out hip-hop show at The Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn, where we danced until the wee hours, and I completely ruined my dress.
ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS… Best time I never want to have again. so. many. details.
IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE…Talk wedding stuff in the morning over breakfast, instead of at night, after work, when you are both more tired/irritable.
DAISY & DAN’S CONTACTS:
PHOTOGRAPHY: Petar Jurica Photography
BRIDE'S DRESS: The Reformation
BRIDE’S SHOES: Loeffler Randall
JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES: Oscar De La Renta
HAIR: Glam Squad Weddings
MAKEUP: GlamSquad Weddings
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Eri Miyagi + Marisa Lim
FLORIST: Entriken Studio
CATERING: Ryan Brown Catering
WEDDING COORDINATOR: Esther Bernstein
WEDDING VENUE: Private Residence New York
ENTERTAINMENT: Regional de New York