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Katherine Milgram & David Ball

Jackson Square Park and Haven’s Kitchen
November 2, 2013

When Katherine Milgram, 33, and David Ball, 36, both lawyers, began planning their wedding in May 2013, deciding on the neighborhood was a no-brainer. “We made our life together in the West Village, so it would have felt artificial to have a celebration somewhere else,” says Katherine. “We wanted something that was intimate and uniquely ours. All signs pointed to a charming local park.” The couple got a permit from Horatio Street’s Jackson Square Park and were married on a fortuitously warm November afternoon. A friend, a priest, and a judge officiated while neighbors and passersby looked on. “We ended up on a lot of tourists’ Instagram accounts,” recalls David. The two chose nearby Haven’s Kitchen for their boozy brunch reception, which featured DIY Bloody Marys, brioche French toast, and black-and-white cookies from Empire Cake. “We’re a couple of conservative laywers, so it felt bold to get married in a park,” says Katherine. “But it was an amazing day.”

The Details:
Dress: Marchesa
Veil: Leah C. Couture Millinery
Suit: Martin Greenfield Clothiers
Rings: Ruth Hendelman of Designs by Ruth
Hair: David Benjamin of Chris Chase Salon
Makeup: Michelle Coursey
Flowers: Sprout Home and Haven’s Kitchen
Day-of Coordinator: Lauren Sozmen, Loli Events
Music: Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music
Photography: Tory Williams Photography

“The morning of the wedding, we popped a bottle of Champagne at Cole’s Cafe, across the street from Jackson Square Park, and watched guests line up outside the wrought-iron gates.” Photo: Tory Williams Photography

“The wedding was truly a neighborhood affair. All of the people who live in our apartment building, plus our landlord, were there.” Photo: Tory Williams Photography

Jamel Lewis (left) West 145th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Lewis, a 21-year-old security guard, was hit on November 30, 2006, by a private sanitation truck. Franco Scorcia West 40th Street and Broadway. On December 6, 2007, 72-year-old Scorcia was returning home from Central Park when he was hit by a charter bus making a right turn.

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