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Real Wedding: Rachel and Neil

What does it look like when a Miami-based couple decides to stage their wedding in New York City? Discover the nuptials of Rachel Block and Neil Smith at the chic Mandarin Oriental.

Rachel lived in New York City for eight years prior to meeting her future husband. “I always envisioned an iconic NYC wedding with a backdrop of my favorite skyline and park. I also wanted a venue with a very modern feel,” she shares.

So, they swapped a possible (and typical) Art Deco beachfront Floridian vibe for a backdrop that included walls of windows overlooking Central Park and the iconic Columbus Circle. The result: a modern, sleek, sophisticated affair told in the color scheme of black, white, gold and silver.

The best part of planning a long distance wedding? Since the couple had to travel back and forth between Miami and Manhattan numerous times as they prepared for their big day, Rachel had the chance to share all her favorite places from her New York days with Neil.

For the vow exchange, a chuppah was constructed from nearly 3,000 white roses rising from Lucite columns, fashioned with large white rose balls. The 220 guests sat on clear Ghost chairs, echoing the pedestals under the arch. A white aisle runner decorated with white rose petals lead the path to the ceremony.

Eight bridesmaids carried white bouquets tied with black ribbons and wore black chiffon gowns from Amsale. The dresses complemented the groomsmen’s black tuxes and white silk ties. Only Neil wore a bow tie with his formalwear.

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