Why This New York Wedding Put Family Above All Else

Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
Tying the knot has always signified the joining of two as one. But for Marcy and R.J., their wedding was so much more than that. It was all about blending families, creating a moment that not only the Northern Virginia couple, but also her then-three-year-old daughter, Audrey, would remember forever.

"It was really special having Audrey be a part of the [wedding planning] process," the bride tells Refinery29. "From the start, she was aware that we would all be a part of the wedding, but she didn't completely understand what it meant. She just kept saying, 'We're getting married in New-Ork!'"

Go ahead, cue the awws, and click through to see more too-cute-for-words snaps from the family's nuptials (and learn how Marcy planned her New York wedding in — gasp — just one week).
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Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
"It was so important to have [Audrey] as part of the process, since the marriage impacts her just as much as it impacts us," Marcy said. "We wanted her to be as much a part of it as we were. We even did a 'sand ceremony,' where you pour different colored sands into a bottle to signify the joining of two families. That was fun for her and meaningful for us."
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Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
The family shares a moment (and lots of smiles) together.
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"Having [Audrey] there was a lot of fun, because her personality is so vibrant," she continues. "She is at the age where she wants to be just like me. It was a bit chilly that day, so we'd dressed her in tights. When she first saw me in my dress (I met her and R.J. at the park after I had my hair done), she wanted to take her tights off to have bare legs like mine. She didn't care that she was cold, because she just wanted us to match."
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Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
"We live near D.C. but love New York," Marcy explains, citing why they chose the city as the location for the nuptials. "It was the first place we visited together, and we have always had great memories there...mostly just exploring and eating at new restaurants. We got engaged on the Brooklyn Bridge the July before the wedding, so it was only fitting that we'd have our ceremony there."
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Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
There's nothing we love more than a couple who keeps things cool and casual.
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Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
"I was six months pregnant at the wedding (our little girl Lola is six months old now), so it was challenging to find a wedding dress that fit the way I wanted. Luckily, BHLDN had several dresses that worked, so it was hard to pick just one!"
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Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
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Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
"I actually planned the wedding in under a week, and I found it so easy!" she says of making all of the arrangements. "I used the Internet for everything.

"I found our officiant, Suanne, on WeddingWire; we Skyped with her to get to know her. The florist, City Blossoms, was recommended to us by the W Hotel concierge, and they were great. I sent them a few pictures of what I wanted, and they created a beautiful bouquet and boutonniere. I've followed the photographer, Jacqueline Schlossman, on Facebook for a while, and we really got lucky that she had an opening that day.

"The bridge doesn't require any special permits, either, so all we had to do was walk out and find a good spot for the ceremony. We brought a babysitter for Audrey to help keep her entertained, and that was a lifesaver."
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Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
Hand-in-hand, the couple takes a quiet, reflective moment for themselves.
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Photo: Jacqueline Schlossman/READYLUCK.
"The best part [of our wedding] was, since New York City has played such a big part in our relationship," she says, "it was so special to be able to have yet another great memory there!"
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