Intimate, joyful, and full of happy tears (and drunken revelry), Shari & Craig’s Jewish, oh-so-unique 632 on Hudson wedding in Manhattan was a beautifully intimate affair.
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Shari and Craig had a 632 on Hudson wedding—a celebration decades in the waiting. A 632 on Hudson wedding means tying the knot at a most unique and hidden building in Manhattan. And with a plain exterior, you’d never guess there’s a 40-foot atrium and 4,500 square feet hiding in its walls!
As a NYC wedding photographer, I know that there are many smaller venues hidden in old homes all around the city. But still, the surprise of getting in an old-school elevator and walking out into a 4-story atrium with a unique winding staircase…that’s the Manhattan wedding venue known as 632 on Hudson. And that’s the magic of New York!
Shari and Craig are actors, and clients-turned-friends of mine who planned an intimate Jewish wedding with many of their fellow actor friends. Why was their Manhattan wedding so long in the making? Shari waited not just years, but decades to find the right guy. I’d taken headshots of her over that time, but was delighted to hear from her one night, telling me she wanted to book me for her wedding. Seconds later, she admitted that Craig hadn’t even yet proposed. You see, she’d gotten a tip-off that Craig was going to ask, and she couldn’t wait. He proposed within 24 hours of her messaging me. TOO cute.
For their 632 on Hudson wedding, Craig & Shari had no formal meal—just a massive grazing table—and lots of eating, drinking, and dancing on multiple levels of the unique building. Though 4 stories tall with a star-covered ceiling, this Manhattan wedding venue is still quite intimate and super cozy. There are a number of rooms and quirky touches, as well as a small NYC rooftop garden space where we did one of my favorite first looks of all time. I mean, look at their reactions!
The History of 632 on Hudson
Built in 1847 and later converted into a market, the four-story building was home to, over the years, fine foods, liquors, imported treats, and a meat market (hence why 632 Hudson is part of the Meatpacking district).
Purchased and completely renovated about 30 years ago by actress Karen Lashinsky and her mother, Dr. Bertha Lashinsky, its quirky notions, Asian references, colors, and reclaimed furniture are meant to show off its history, personality, and romance.
Dark and mysterious, this would be a great place for a gothic-themed 632 on Hudson wedding OR a dream photoshoot location for an artist. It’s also been host to photo shoots, tv shoots, and movies over the years. But instead of something dark and mysterious, Shari & Craig’s wedding was a night of long-awaited love, laughter, and utter joy (can’t you tell from her grins?!)
An Intimate New York City Wedding
The best part of Shari & Craig’s wedding was that I got to document my friends tying the knot under a homemade chuppah, surrounded by supportive friends and family. Among the esteemed wedding guests and speakers were actors Joe Lo Truglio and Beth Dover, Michael Marc Friedman, Mather Zickel, and many others. It was such a lovely gathering of close friends that still stands out in my mind to this day.
Shari’s pink-hued Carol Hannah dress, unique grey diamonds from jeweler Catherine Angiel, and Craig’s smart Varvatos suit made for beautiful photos, though I think they were so excited for their gathering of friends that they just couldn’t wait to party.
Most of the time, we hear about the same Manhattan wedding venues again and again. I bet you haven’t heard of this one though! It’s not every day—well, it’s actually never—that you find a wedding venue in Manhattan that is private, quiet, adorable, unique, and intimate all together—and has a rooftop garden, to boot! I wish I could capture this day again and again—for real, y’all.
Location: New York, New York
Photographer: Kathryn Cooper Weddings (moi!)
Flowers: Honeysuckle Flowers
Hair: Natalie Gomer
Makeup: Alison Wadsworth
Rings: Catherine Angiel
Suit: John Varvatos
Catering: Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events
Venue: 632 on Hudson