Howard Yoon and Victoria Lai are a pretty cool couple—he’s a literary agent, she’s the founder and owner of Ice Cream Jubilee—so it makes sense that their wedding would be equally hip. Take a peek at their industrial chic day in the photos below by Joe Wang of Love Life Images.
When Howard and Victoria met at a pop-up dinner, they may have already had some respect for the other person, considering that the limited-seat meal required an application to attend. Though he thought she was accompanied by a date, that didn’t stop Howard from talking to Victoria all night. Not long after the successful night of conversation, Howard hosted a dinner party and invited Victoria, kicking off their five-month relationship.
Victoria and Howard hit some bumps along the way: after dating for five months, they decided to break up, only to pick it up a year and a half later, this time for good. On their second round of dating, they traveled to spend Valentine’s Day in Turks and Caicos. Since the ring had yet to arrive, Howard told Victoria she shouldn’t expect a beachfront proposal. Instead, two weeks after their trip, they were in New York City together on business, and Howard popped the question on the High Line at sunset.
The pair pulled of an industrial chic wedding at the Boilermaker Building—a building in Navy Yard that’s been developed into Boilermaker Shops and offices—with some DIY elements by them both. They brought modern flair to the historic space by covering exposed walls with photography and hanging Edison bulbs overhead, while Howard build a hedgerow ceremony backdrop and Victoria crafted a play area for kids.
During their ceremony, guests sipped cocktails, and afterwards, sat for a five-course Italian meal. For dessert, there was an eight-foot-long ice cream sundae bar stocked with, of course, Ice Cream Jubilee flavors. After a night of celebrating, the happy couple finally departed with a honeymoon in Italy on the calendar.
Venue: Boilermaker Building | Photographer: Joe Wang of Love Life Images | Event Coordinator: Sara Muchnick Events | Bride’s Gown: BHLDN | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss, tie from Theory, shirt from Saks Fifth Avenue | Hair & Makeup Artist: Alison Harper & Company | Cake: Tiffany MacIsaac, Buttercream Bakeshop | Florist: Sweet Root Village | Caterers: Nick Stefanelli | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Music/Entertainment: Gavin Holland, Marquee Artists | Invitations: Digby & Rose | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Topiaries: Plants Alive!
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