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“Benny and I have a standing date every Thursday at our local sushi restaurant. This particular week, we chose to double-date with two friends on a Wednesday,” says Alix. “The four of us had plans to meet on my roof for a glass of wine before dinner. Our friends cancelled at the last second, but Benny insisted we still have a drink upstairs. We were drinking wine, talking about the day and before I knew it Benny was down on one knee. A photographer appeared and I knew exactly what was happening. I’m sure Benny said something really nice, but it was such a blur that I can’t remember! Before I knew it, I had a beautiful ring on my finger and we were engaged! It was official – I was the luckiest girl in the world.”
To play off the vibe at The Loading Dock, the couple opted for an industrial chic/modern classic style for their big day. “We had a stunning Chuppah suspended from the ceiling that cascaded down as if it was floating along with clear glass orbs filled with candles and white mini calla lilies,” says Alix. “Glass cylinders with water and floating candles framed the white fabric aisle, and tilted cube vases with flowers on the cocktail tables were illuminated by surrounding votives. Tall arrangements of white trumpet calla lilies mixed in with shorter glass vases sat atop the most gorgeous table linens. And my favorite…modern glass “South Beach” chandeliers suspended over the dance floor. It was so chic and so gorgeous.”
Bride: Tuna Tartar
Groom: Slow Roasted Duck from the Asian station
“At the end of our cocktail hour, the ballroom doors opened up and the band was performing for an empty room. It was so exciting,” says Alix. “It was also so thoughtful and unexpected when our event manager told me that my sneakers (monogrammed Chuck Taylors – a gift from my mother-in-law) were waiting under my table so I could slip them on when my feet started to hurt.”
“That it was elegant, understated, classic, gorgeous and FUN. Our guests have been raving about the band, the relaxed atmosphere, and the incredible food. I’m a little biased, but it was the best wedding I’ve ever attended,” says Alix. “AK will give you the wedding of your dreams. They are professional and fun to work with. Your guests will love the food and the amazing venues. I would do it all again and wouldn’t change a thing.”
floral design: Carolyn Dempsey Design| photography: JAG Studios | entertainment: Element Music (Groove Society) | bride’s wedding attire: Amsale gown, Jimmy Choo shoes | groom’s attire: Hugo Boss tuxedo, Ferragamo shoes, Happy Socks | bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew
After months of hard work developing, testing and re-testing (and re-testing some more), our talented team of chefs have put together yet another innovative and mouthwatering spring/summer menu! Scroll down for exclusive look at the latest:
The New York Public Library Family Benefit has long been one of AK’s favorite annual events. Each year, the event — which raises funds to support children’s services and programs in its 88 neighborhood libraries — entertains both children and adults with unique, interactive themes. This year’s “Adventures on the Farm” theme included a bluegrass band, live petting zoo, farm craft stations and, of course, our farm-themed food stations. One of the most popular was the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie…” Station (a play on the popular children’s book) where guests made their own flavored milk bottles and enjoyed animal shaped cookies station and old fashioned miniature pies. “The Good Egg” Station was also a hit, featuring miniature country egg frittatas, deviled eggs, and egg-shaped grilled cheeses. It was a wonderful day of farm and country right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan!