Speakeasy Soirée

Ruby Sheng & Jason Nichols

Galapagos Art Space
October 1, 2011

When creative director Jason Nichols, 34, and brand strategist Ruby Sheng, 31, shared an electric moment on the dance floor at a loft party in 2006, they had no idea that an impending blizzard would keep Ruby from returning home that night. “We spent the weekend snowed in at Jason’s, and we’ve been together ever since,” she says. Nearly five years to the day of the snowstorm, the couple headed to Maui for Ruby’s 30th birthday. “Everyone kept suspecting it would happen then, but a beach proposal didn’t feel genuine,” says Ruby. Fortunately, Jason had other plans: “That morning, Ruby scheduled for us to go skydiving,” he says. “I had to jump out of a plane, not die, and then propose on a dance floor, all in the same day.” The pair settled on a speakeasy wedding theme (“We were watching a lot of Boardwalk Empire,” laughs Jason), preceded by a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Clips from old films were projected onto the brick wall, guests lined up for mug shots, and the evening ended with a saucy burlesque show. “It was the perfect finale,” says Ruby.

The Details:

Dresses: Sue Wong (ceremony); LeLuxe Clothing (reception)
Suit: Stadler & Stadler
Hair and Makeup: Creative Hair & Spa
Planner: Bellafare
Caterer: Marcey Brownstein Catering
Music: D.J. Akalepse, D.J. Rich Medina
Photographs: Heather Waraksa

Newlyweds Ruby Sheng and Jason Nichols share a quiet moment by the East River. Photo: Heather Waraksa

“Our signature drink was the Braveheart: scotch, honey, ginger, lemon, and bitters. We modeled the presentation after a Lower East Side speakeasy that serves cocktails in teacups.” Photo: Heather Waraksa

“This setup was for the tea ceremony: Two at a time, relatives sat in the chairs while Jason and I knelt on cushions and served them tea. Guests sip and, in exchange, give you a gift”typically a red envelope with money”and their blessings.” Photo: Heather Waraksa

“This is a 1931 Graham from GG Limousine in Brooklyn. Our friends first saw it at the Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party and thought of us.” Photo: Heather Waraksa

“I found this dress a year and a half before Jason proposed. It was in the window of a vintage bridal shop, and I just had to try it on. I called my sister, the one person who wouldn’t judge me, and she told me to go for it.” Photo: Heather Waraksa

Slide Header Address, date, or similar info here. For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it. Photo: ” 2010 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Speakeasy Soirée