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Union Church and 42 at the Ritz-Carlton-Rachel & Gianluca Wedding

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Wow! What great venues for a wedding. Rachel and Gianluca chose to have their ceremony at the Union Church in Pocantico Hills and their reception at 42 The Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, New York.The Union Church provided a more traditional atmosphere while 42, on the 42 floor of the Ritz-Carlton, provided a more modern feel with spectacular views.

The church was originally founded by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1921 for the family to attend services while at their nearby country estate Kykuit. Later, gorgeous Matisse and Chagall stain glass windows were installed in the church in honor Rockefeller and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The sunlight beaming through the windows baths the church in beautiful shades of blue and amber.

The party really got going at #42 in the Ritz-Carlton , White Plains where they had use of the restaurant’s entire floor with its spectacular views. Cocktails took place in the bar with the reception in 42 and dancing in the area normally occupied by tapas restaurant Bellota. What a beautiful space for any event! A shout out to Christine and Andrea of 42 who were so helpful and professional.

Rachel’s bridal bouquet of ivory roses and cream lisianthus.

Corsage of cream lisianthus and white waxflower.

A boutonniere of and ivory rose and cream lisianthus.

Tall arrangements in clear glass vases created using white hydrangea, white roses, cream matthiola, bells of Ireland and eucalyptus.

The altar at the Union Church, Pocantico Hills with blue highlights from the Matisse and Chagall stained glass windows.

The reception desk at the entrance to 42.

A massive cross section of a tree at 42 served as the base for the place card table

The place cards were attached to pots of succulents.

The bar at 42.

The restaurant provides stunning views of surrounding area include Long Island Sound, New York City, and the Hudson Valley.The centerpieces which were created using hydrangea, spider mums, hypericum, bells of Ireland, gladiolous and roses were set atop tall trumpet vases.

A closeup look at the centerpieces which were created using hydrangea, spider mums, hypericum, bells of Ireland, gladiolous and roses were set atop tall trumpet vases.

A room view of 42 ready for the guest arrival.

The sweetheart table with rose petals, hypericum berries and bells of Ireland florets.

The wedding cake was stacked layers with fondant. Cheshire Tree decorated the top with a subset of the flowers from the centerpieces.

A closeup look at the top of the cake with roses, lisianthus, hypericum, bells of Ireland and gladiolous.

The Bellota tapas restaurant area was turned in to the dance area for the event.

Several nice lounge areas provide a quieter alterantive for guests.

A view of downtown White Plains from 42.

An unfortunately hazy view of New York City to the southwest.

Wine makes the world a more enjoyable place!

We have been in probably 100 comercial kitchens … this is the cleanest and best organized we have seen!

I love the kitchen! Can I take it home? Please!

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