Multicultural Wedding at Bryant Park Grill, NYC | Jade + Eric
Jade and Eric celebrated their vows at one of the most romantic venues in New York City: Bryant Park Grill. The couple wanted a venue to match their chic, sophisticated look with a variety of spaces to host their multicultural wedding featuring a mix of American, New York, and Chinese traditions. This venue gem checked all of their boxes—and then some. Bryant Park Grill excels at setting the customized stage you envision for your wedding day.
About the Wedding
Much of New York’s allure is showcased in Bryant Park: the rich history, diverse events, markets, activities, and the beloved green space that brings people together. Just a block over from shimmering Times Square, this special park is a favorite for many NY locals, which is why Jade and Eric chose this location for their wedding day. These two exude effortless elegance, and Bryant Park offered a complementary backdrop for their simply sophisticated wedding day. Bryan Park Grill is a fantastic venue for couples who want variety and fun on their wedding day. From cake cutting and cocktails to toasts beneath the giant sycamores, this spectacular venue offers both festive party vibes and romantic park ambiance. Not only is it near the park but it’s also connected to the New York Public Library and other iconic Midtown and Fifth Avenue locales.
The day started at Bryant Park Hotel, which, as its name implies, sits directly across the street from Bryant Park and the Bryant Park Grill (their reception venue). After adding the finishing touches with their wedding party at the Bryant Park Hotel, we began with portraits at the New York Public Library. While the impressive steps always lend to beautiful compositions, the library’s west-facing side looks into the park for additional backdrops. (With hair, makeup, and attire ready to go, most couples don’t want to trek around for portraits. This location has a little bit of everything and keeps walking to a minimum.)
Private Vows in the Garden
Next, Jade and Eric exchanged private vows in a quiet garden connected to the library. After taking a few moments for themselves, we went for a short stroll down Fifth Avenue to create more portraits. The bustling 5th Ave energy paired with the Manhattan backdrop is just incredible for couples’ photos, and that’s when it all starts feeling real—this is your day, and all eyes are on you!
Grace Church New York Wedding
Jade and Eric were eager to meet up with the bridal party for a few more portraits in Bryant Park before hopping into taxis and heading downtown for family photos. Then, it was time for their wedding ceremony at Grace Church, New York, located downtown. This ornate cathedral’s rich history makes it a vital piece of the city—you can’t imagine the cityscape without it. The towering steeple, stained-glass depictions, and intricate architectural elements make it a favorite ceremony location for New York couples.
After the ceremony, Jade and Eric treated their family and wedding guests to an open-top bus tour from downtown, traveling up Sixth Ave to Midtown for the reception at Bryant Park Grill. The venue overlooks Bryant Park for a storybook al fresco evening. The weather couldn’t have been better for their open-tent dinner.
Their New York wedding planner, Lara Mahler of The Privilege is Mine, in partnership with One Flower by L,did exquisite work transforming their tented reception into a masterpiece. The large sycamore trees rose up through the tent itself for a garden party family-style dinner. Warm light from the taper candles and hanging lights reminiscent of paper lanterns illuminated the tablescapes. Green ferns and whimsical floral arrangements offered beauty and ambiance without overwhelming the tables or getting in the way of conversations.
Then, a traditional Chinese lion dance led the way and transitioned the party to another room that kicked off dancing for the evening. Jade changed into her chic Galvan London reception dress, and the couple danced the night away in one of New York’s most stunning wedding venues.
About Bryant Park Grill | Award-Winning NYC Wedding Venue
Bryant Park Grill is an award-winning NYC wedding venue by publications such as The Knot, Wedding Wire, Party Slate, Wedding Rule, and more. Bryant Park Grill offers an intimate atmosphere and Parisian café ambiance modeled after the Jardin des Tuileries eateries. The layout makes hosting a seamless reception from one event to the next easy. Just as Jade and Eric transitioned from photos in the park to a luxury tented patio reception to the indoor festivities and evening dance party, Brant Park Grill has several unique venue spaces, including:
-Tented reception space by the park
-Rooftop terrace dining
-Rooftop cocktail bar
-Bryant Park Grill Café
-Indoor Dining Room
Amazingly, this chic and charming European-style grill can host quite the party. The venue can comfortably host 220 seated guests and up to 1,000 standing guests for an indoor/outdoor cocktail reception.
Prime Venue Location | Bryant Park, Manhattan
Bryant Park is located between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue on 40th Street, situated in the middle of Bryant Park and connected to the historic New York Public Library. Aside from its convenient Midtown location, one of the main venue appeals is its specialty al fresco dining and hosting, making this an ideal experience for couples who love New York City. It offers a front-row seat to some of the city’s best features and attractions.
Bryant Park Grill is located just a block from iconic New York Times Square, making the venue a special treat for out-of-town wedding guests who want a taste of the Big Apple. Needless to say, you’ll have your pick of hotel accommodations within walking distance and easy access to landmarks like:
NYC Wedding Vendors
Photographer: Edward Winter / READYLUCK
Wedding Planner: Lara Mahler / The Privilege is Mine
Venue: Bryant Park Grill
Band: Sound Society Band
Florist: Hana / One Flower by L
Makeup Artist: Ann Benjamas Liendo / All Brides New York
Ceremony Venue: Grace Church
Lion Dance: Chinese Freemasons
Brides Dresses: Monique Lhuillier for ceremony / Galvan London for reception
Brides Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Rings: Chateau Jewelry
Grooms Tux: Suit Supply
Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale / Jenny Yoo