If you watched Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor, or keep up with Bachelor Nation, you will definitely recognize bride Sharleen Joynt on our wedding blog today! The beauty wed Andy Levine in a gorgeous waterfront NYC wedding. Her look was classic; a satin low-back gown paired with a birdcage veil. Can you say stunning?! With the city behind them, Sharleen & Andy said “I Do” at sunset (with plenty of Bachelor alums in attendance to witness it). After the beautiful ceremony, everyone enjoyed a glam reception. We’re ‘ooo’ and ‘ahh’ing over every detail from the black tapered candles and gold foil menus to the dusty rose and ivory centerpieces. It was perfectly planned by Erganic Design and captured by Love Me Do Photography. Read on for the bride’s take on their magical wedding day.
Sharleen says, Andy and I often joke that we’re like the same person. Our relationship is effortless, and we’re so eerily on same wavelength that to be with each other is almost to be with ourselves. We both know how hard that is to find, so the very likely prospect of never having met is scary to imagine. We didn’t swipe right, work together, or have a single mutual friend—I happened to sit in an empty seat next to him at a fundraiser and he struck up a conversation. Had any single circumstance been different, we’d never have met. So, despite the fact that we’re both skeptics with very different backgrounds—he’s a born-and-bred New Yorker, I’m from Ottawa, Canada—our story has turned us into reluctant believers of sorts.
A major style inspiration for our big day was the fact that I’ve always known I wanted a black tie wedding. I wanted guests to have an excuse to dust off their tuxes and gowns and really bring it! With the help of my planner (who was a total godsend), this led to a “modern glam” aesthetic with a geometric triangle theme and a color palette of black, ivory, and mixed metallics of gold, copper, and rose gold. I’ve always been drawn to darker, moodier elements, so we incorporated that into style accents—black stationery with gold foil, some dark flowers, and black candles.
This preference also led to the selection of our photographer. So many portfolios looked the same to me, with the same whitewash, color palettes, filters and poses. At first sight, Love Me Do Photography’s work jumped out at me. It was just as beautiful and dramatic as any, but with raw emotion, grit, and split-second moments I felt were missing in others’. Going with them was one of the easiest (and best!) decisions we made.
When venue-hunting, our two requirements were a great “New York” feel and a space that had character. We saw many venues that had one but without the other. At the suggestion of a friend, we checked out Battery Gardens and instantly fell in love with their location, their floor-to-ceiling windows, and the epic view. Since our ceremony would be onsite, we loved how there were distinct, separate areas for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception (this was harder to find than we expected). Exchanging vows while the sun sets, with the Statue of Liberty in the background? Yes, please.