Friday, February 18, 2011

Soho couple preps for Gramercy wedding

Gemma Miles and Scott Crowe
Gemma Miles and Scott Crowe met on New Year’s Eve four years ago. Miles, a native of England, was visiting family in Turks & Caicos while living in Tokyo as Crowe, an Australian who was living in New York City, was there enjoying a family vacation.

The two were at the same Irish bar on New Year's Eve. Seeing Miles was there with her brothers (he was with his brother), "he came up straight away and asked if I wanted a group photo," Miles said.

Miles, 32, left for a bit and when she returned, Crowe, 33, was playing pool with her two brothers, "so I took the opportunity to chat with him," Miles said. "We had very similar travel and work stories."

Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop
Miles is a data administration manager at New Jersey's Tullett Prebon Information, which offers a variety of market information services. Crowe is global portfolio manager for a boutique property fund.

The duo had a first dinner date in Turks & Caicos that week.

While it wasn't love at first sight, Miles said, "at dinner, I felt very comfortable with him, like I had known him a long time. Think that was the moment I knew it was going to be different [from previous relationships]." She eventually moved to New York to be with Crowe.

A room that is part of the hotel's rooftop
Miles and Crowe, who live in Soho, are getting married Saturday, Sept. 17 at Calvary Church, located at 277 Park Avenue South at 21st Street, and holding their reception at the Gramercy Park Hotel at 2 Lexington Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets.

"Gramercy Park [Hotel] is a non-traditional venue with great artwork and beautiful interiors...and feels like an intimate space," Miles said.

The plans are all coming together.

Cocktails are scheduled for the rooftop room with the light bulb ceiling installation (see photo immediately above) and the sit-down dinner will be in the garden area with retractable roof (two photos above).

The wedding color scheme will be shades of purple, hopefully violet in honor of Miles' grandmother, Dulcie Violet. The arrangements are expected to be composed of dahlias, roses, berries, jasmine and possibly passion vine. The bridal bouquet will be all white, composed of sweet peas, calla lilies and garden roses. As of the moment, the bridesmaids' bouquets will be made up of purple sweet peas and amnesia roses.
Two of the perks of getting married at the Gramercy Park Hotel are a free hotel room overnight and access to the private Gramercy Park for wedding photos, although the couple's church grants them the park entrance as well.

Compiled by Lauren Elkies

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