Real Wedding Album: A 4-Part Black-tie Blowout

Newlyweds Kelsey Falter and Steve Martocci.
Newlyweds Kelsey Falter and Steve Martocci. Photo: Brian Dorsey Studios

For his first date with tech entrepreneur Kelsey Falter, start-up founder Steve Martocci came up with quite the itinerary. “I was amazed by how creative she was,” Steve, 32, remembers, “so I felt like I needed to pull out all the stops.” After picking her up in an Uber, Steve took Kelsey to a rooftop dinner at STK, while the TaskRabbit he’d hired waited in line for tickets to Death by Roo Roo at the Upright Citizens Brigade. “I loved his cleverness and ingenuity,” Kelsey, 25, remembers. A year later, Steve popped the question on a private seaplane en route to the Hamptons, and a year after that, the couple wed at a lavish, four-part, 220-person fête. A ceremony at St. Peter’s was followed by spicy tequila cocktails and sashimi push-pops in the courtyard of the High Line Hotel. Dinner was served in the neighboring Gothic-style Refectory, where banquet tables strewn with branches and apples evoked an enchanted forest. The night concluded with an Alice in Wonderland–themed after-party at the Maritime Hotel where guests donned papier-mâché Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat masks. “One of the masks caught fire and we danced around it like it was part of the décor,” remembers Kelsey. “We took it as a sign of good luck.”

The Details:
Reem Acra
Event Planner: Firefly Events
Flowers: Saipua
Catering: Creative Edge
Band: The Heathens
Photographs by: Brian Dorsey Studios

*This article appears in the Summer 2015 issue of New York Weddings.

Photo: Brian Dorsey Studios

St. Peter’s and the High Line Hotel, September 20, 2014

Photo: Brian Dorsey Studios
Photo: Brian Dorsey Studios

“We printed place settings with facts like ‘Someone at this table has skinny-dipped in five different states’ — then everyone guessed who it was. It was a fun icebreaker.”

Photo: Brian Dorsey Studios
Photo: Brian Dorsey Studios
Real Wedding Album: A Black-tie Blowout