Gordie & Zyanna

May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Friends Gordie and Zyanna got married at Manhattan’s City Hall Marriage Bureau on April 29th! I stand by my claim that it’s a great place to get married and if I was given all the time in the world to plan a wedding, I’d just get married there all over again.

Isn’t Zyanna’s vintage dress gorgeous? Gordie’s hat isn’t too bad either!

Congratulations again, newlyweds!

Love story

January 17, 2011 § 5 Comments

Nick and I received an amazing belated wedding present from our good friends Courtney and Jesse this weekend.

Courtney and I had been working on something that was going to be a wedding favour for our lunch reception, but kind of ran out of time and focus and ending up skipping it. I have been looking back at it lately and thinking to myself I should still do something with it, so it was such a nice surprise to receive a big, framed print of it!

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The print is the (extremely brief) version of our love story! Here’s the actual file:

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Thanks again, guys! We love it.

Also, I definitely have to mention that this inspired us to do our own love story.

Married life conversations

October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

him: I need you to listen to this record this weekend

me: Sure, I am Dr. Music. haha

him: Dr. Amazing, that’s you

me: Mr & Mrs Dr. Amazing

him: You are PhD level amazing

Wedding Photos

October 11, 2010 § 7 Comments

Hey! We finally got our professional wedding photos back!

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Christina + Nick Storch

Married Thurs. July 22, 2010 at City Hall in Manhattan

Lunch reception at the City Hall Restaurant | after party at Bowlmor Lanes and Carnival

Photos by Jesse Brown

See more photos and a play-by-play of the day here!

Finally, a happy ending!

August 2, 2010 § 17 Comments

After all the waiting, the drama, the paperwork, the visits, the headaches, the hellos, and the goodbyes Nick and I were finally married Thursday July 22 in New York.

Once we were all gussied up, Nick and I headed down to Manhattan’s city hall to arrive by 12:30. We met our small pseudo-wedding party there and signed in with the desk, gave them our ID and marriage license, and told them we were there to be married!


They gave us a number, as the process is first-come-first-served. We didn’t have to wait long at all, only about 20 minutes.

We spent that time visiting with our loved ones, taking some photos, and smiling harder than we’ve ever smiled before!

We were assigned the West Chapel. Everyone was allowed to come in with us and watch. Nick and I giggled and couldn’t stand still. We were so happy, we felt as if our heads might burst!


The official who married us was great – he had a sense of humour and a strong New York accent! The entire ceremony took less than 2 minutes. We walked out of there ecstatic and, if possible, more in love than ever.

After taking some photos in the immediate area, we all headed to the City Hall Restaurant for lunch.


They did a wonderful job hosting us. We had the Rose Room to ourselves downstairs. After a delicious lunch, some lovely speeches, and some champagne, they brought us our wedding cake with candles lit for us to blow out.


After lunch, we parted ways with our guests and went off with Jesse (and Courtney!) to take some photos as a couple. There were so many great photo-worthy spots in the city hall area. At one point, while standing in front of the subway entrance, some tourists started taking our photo behind Jesse – I think they thought we were famous!


We ended up walking all the way back to Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge. It was a beautiful day, afterall!

That night, we met a couple more friends at Bowlmor Lanes for a wedding afterparty of sorts. It was a great idea and a ton of fun. Nick’s friends who don’t drink had a great time bowling, and those who did drink enjoyed excellent service and a great bar. Shannon did a wonderful job setting it all up for us! We finished off the night upstairs in the “Carnival” room which is set up to look like an indoor Coney Island. There will be more photos to come once I have our professional ones from Jesse! In the meantime, check out my Flickr for more photos Courtney took with my camera.

(My hair and makeup was done by Lauren at Woodley and Bunny in Williamsburg. My dress was from Betsey Johnson in SoHo.)

UPDATE: SEE OUR PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOS HERE!

“YES!”

July 23, 2010 § 5 Comments

We did it! Finally! Nick and I were married yesterday at Manhattan’s city hall. The entire day was perfect. Thank you to everyone who was there for us and who have ever been there for us. Thank you for all your kind words and congratulations and you will hear all about it, with more photos, when we return from our honeymoon!

Wedding hair & make-up

July 8, 2010 § 7 Comments

Today I went to Woodley & Bunny for my hair and makeup consultation. I had ideas for the hair, but really no real ideas for the makeup other than I just wanted an enhanced version of myself. After sipping on lemon-cucumber water (yum!) for an hour and a half while Lauren did me up, I was pleasantly surprised that I turned out looking like one of the babes from Mad Men!

I’m not entirely sure about the red lipstick yet, but I was loving it earlier today. It made my teeth appear very white and you should have seen the looks I was getting on my walk home. haha. What do you think – red Betty Draper lipstick or pink gloss?

Manhattan’s Marriage Bureau: you’ve hit the people-watching jackpot

July 6, 2010 § 4 Comments

I went to the marriage bureau at Manhattan’s city hall again today to ask some questions about marriage certificates, greencard applications, etc. and realized that building may be one of my favorite places in New York.

The building itself was built in the 1920s and has marble pillars, long benches, circular help desks, a souvenir stand that sells bouquets of flowers, and a back drop of the building itself, perfect for photos. They perform about 60 marriages a day, Monday to Friday, and since you cannot make an appointment, there are always couples, and sometimes their bridal parties waiting anxiously, for their turn to get hitched.

I love seeing what the brides have chosen to wear – I’ve seen everything from jeans and t-shirts to women’s suits to white dresses – and of course everyone has a smile on their face. I love the idea that I will be able to share my wedding day with a bunch of other happy strangers in love. The environment is very communal, yet still private enough that each couple still gets to have their special day. This building is definitely a people-watching gem, hidden peacefully in the busy City Hall district of Manhattan. I can’t wait til our day and it’s coming up really soon!

Wedding Countdown

June 25, 2010 § 1 Comment

Nick and I have been busy planning our little big day next month! This past week, we picked up our marriage license from city hall, checked out the restaurant we’re going to take our “wedding party” (AKA parents, etc) to for lunch that day, and I played detective in a hotel nearby to make sure it was suitable for our guests. We’re getting really excited to be married, so on that note, more cute wedding stuff from around the web!

Max Wanger captures yet another magic moment: the first time this groom sees his bride. Look at his face, it’s so genuinely adorable! (More photos from that wedding here)


These popcorn box flower favors from Sara Hicks Malone are very pretty. Nick and I are currently planning something of our own (with help from a talented friend), but they will be much more personalized ;)

Ryan & Suzanne

June 21, 2010 § 2 Comments

My little brother Ryan got married this past Saturday! He and his wonderful female counterpart, Suzanne, have been together for over 6 years and are both only in their early/mid-twenties. If there was any couple you could be sure about being together forever, it is Ryan and Suzanne. The two have the same interests, similar skills, have worked for the same company off and on for many years (without killing each other), and have personalities that truly compliment each other. Plus Suzanne’s maiden name is Cnoop-Koopmans. I bet she is DYING to get a last name as simple as Miller on her ID! ;)

Although I wasn’t able to attend the wedding due to my own immigration and issues with getting married next month (I can’t leave the country til I have my greencard!), I have seen a lot of great photos and hear the day went fabulously. The happy couple are now relaxing in Jamaica on their honeymoon. Congratulations to them!

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