Wedding Albums: Shira's High-Seas Wedding

Planning a wedding, soup-to-nuts, is a hard enough ordeal, but when you've got Shira and Sam Wheeler in charge of it all, things tend to work out in a shipshape fashion — literally. For Shira, managing director at design studio RoAndCo, and Sam, director at design studio Aux Armes, planning a visual feast for their guests was just another day on the job. Their salvaged-meets-vintage aesthetic parlayed perfectly into their boat-top aboard The Peking at the South Street Seaport — with both Shira and Sam in custom-made getups. With friends, family, and loads of streamers at their side, check out the photos that'll guarantee you get lovesick, not seasick.
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"Overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge that we bicycled over to work together almost every day (we met sharing the same office), The Peking at the South Street Seaport was the perfect venue for the ceremony and reception."

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"Sam painted sandwich board signs to lead the guests to the ceremony, and then from the boat to the South Street Seaport Museum, where the reception took place."

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"There is something pretty incredible about having so many people you love in one place, especially when they are all dressed up so awesomely. Our friend Dan Powers came sporting a gigantic gorilla tee-shirt under his jacket: brilliant!"

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"On the upper deck of The Peking, Sam's uncle Tom, a justice of the peace, performed the ceremony, and his other uncles and aunt played guitar and viola before and during the ceremony (it was a family affar!). We wrote our own vows the day of the wedding: This was more procrastination than plan, but they really captured the love and excitement that we felt in the moment."

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"Everything was such a blur that day. It was little moments of calm, with just the two of us, that gave us a chance to reflect and really enjoy what was happening."

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"We did everything ourselves, from planning to decorations. We scoured thrift shops to find an assortment of vintage table cloths that reminded us of home, emptied wine bottles to use as carafes and table settings, and decided to use air plants in place of flowers and asked guests to keep them as mementos of the evening."

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"Dinner was served in the attic of the Seaport Museum, in a high ceilinged gallery where sailors used to sleep when the seaport was active. To protect the antique beams, Sam and my dad were hanging lights the morning of from long strings across the room. It was a bit stressful, but it created a pretty magical mood during dinner."

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"At the after-party at The Wooly, all the friends that we couldn't invite to the reception came out for late-night dancing and celebration."

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"This is one of my favorite pictures from the evening. The bouquet throw was beautifully captured at the Wooly amidst decorations by Confetti Systems. What makes it even more special is the amazing expressions on three of my best friends' faces."

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"Our first dance was to Neil Young's 'Heart of Gold.' His songs were a part of our first road-trips, and his music feels like a soundtrack for our early relationship. We hadn't practiced any dancing, so we just held onto each other and moved; it was beautiful."

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"Once the dancing really started, things got really fun, really fast. Good music was really important to us, so we found NYC legend DJ Justin Strauss who played one of the best mixes I've ever heard with everything from Stereo MCs to Snap to Notorious B.I.G. and The Smiths."

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"The chair dance was amazing; with our friends and family teaming up to carry us around the room, it's impossible not to smile like a child when you're up there!"

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"We really wanted every part of the day to feel special and come from us, from the table settings to the invites and even our outfits. I designed my own dress with the help of J.F.&Sons, got our flowers from our local flower shop, Stem, and found my vintage fur shawl on eBay. Sam had his suit bespoke made by Rocco Ciccarelli."

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"The decks of the boat gave a perfect vantage point to capture all of our friends and family."

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