A Chic Floral-Filled Wedding at Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC
The word *obsessed* to describe this wedding at Gramercy Park Hotel is an understatement. Located at 2 Lexington Avenue in New York City, the location could not be more perfect – just a stone’s throw away from Manhattan’s famous Gramercy Park with easy access to everything the city has to offer.
In New York City, August can feel like you’re caught in a standstill — air conditioners running, half of the city feels like it was whisked away on the Hampton Jitney, and the only thing keeping you running is an iced coffee from La Colombe. Kim and Luke’s wedding day at Gramercy Park Hotel was a welcome respite from it all.
This was a little destination wedding for these two and their friends, most of whom live in Boston as Kim and Luke met studying at Bates College. New York City has always been one of their favorite places, so it was an easy choice to get married here. An intimate wedding of 80 guests, the dinner was made of two long communal tables with Kim and Luke seated at the center where they met. Complemented by the gorgeous florals by Designs by Ahn and styling by Polka Dot Events, the atmosphere of the dinner made the craziness of New York City feel like far away.
The best part of the day was the most perfect moment that only could happen in New York. While out doing portraits around the hotel, a woman on a Citibike full of groceries rode by and turned right around. “I have a key to the park,” she said. “Would you like to go in for photos?” Photographing a couple inside Gramercy Park (the famous park that is only available to residents who live facing the park by lock and key) has always been on my bucket list. Kim and Luke were so jazzed and we made absolute magic there thanks to the kind resident.
Planning: Polka Dot Events
Florals: Designs by Ahn
Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel
Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar
Wedding Bands: Cartier
Kim’s Dress: Maggie Sottero
All About Weddings at Gramercy Park Hotel
As a wedding photographer, we have years of experience shooting various locations and venues in Brooklyn and New York City (literally – we’ve photographed over 300 weddings!). When navigating the wedding planning process, it can be so difficult to figure out venues, vendors, logistics, and budgets. So we thought it would be helpful to give some information based on our experience photographing weddings at Gramercy Park Hotel. So here’s all the details on Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City!
Gramercy Park Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Manhattan, right on the edge of famous Gramercy Park located at 2 Lexington Avenue. Surrounded by greenery and iconic landmarks, the venue overlooks the New York City skyline from its private terrace that is filled with greenery. The view from the rooftop will leave you feeling like you’re part of the city, yet in an entirely different world. The hotel makes it easy for your guests to stay on-site, but it is also located close to a number of other hotels at a range of prices so all of your loved ones can be comfortable.
The Best Things About Getting Married at Gramercy Park Hotel
The beauty of Gramercy Park Hotel is the mixed industrial and greenery venue space, pretty enough to stand on its own or serving as a raw palette for you to bring in your own florals and design. Whether you want to do an intimate brunch with just family or a traditional wedding, you can customize the space to what you want. All these aspects are what make Gramercy Park Hotel so unique.
The 18th-floor Gramercy Terrace can accommodate seated dinners of up to 120 of your closest friends and family, or standing cocktails for up to 250 guests. Their professional on-site events team is there to ensure things run smoothly, from the moment guests arrive to the last song of the night. The space rental includes bamboo chairs, linens, audio equipment, and more so all you have to worry about is celebrating with your people.
What’s also great about Gramercy park Hotel is that it’s perfectly located. On a secluded residential street away from the hustle and bustle of midtown but still only a stone’s throw away from all the sights by cab or subway.
And for a little on the history, the area of Gramercy is a pretty rad place to explore. It has that old New York feel, with dozens of stunning townhomes and parks, mixed in with up-and-coming modern shops. It even has an incredible food scene that attracts tourists year-round.