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An Intimate Wedding Ceremony at Soho Grand Hotel

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Abigail Lewis Photography

After meeting through work and dating for a little over two-and-a-half years, Mathias Andersson proposed to Chelsea Maguire at the Lydmar Hotel in his home country of Sweden. “I was happy-crying so much I forgot to say yes!” Chelsea recalls.

As the pair fell in love in New York City, they thought it would only be fitting to tie the knot in Manhattan as well. One of their favorite weekend activities is bar-hopping, so they easily chose Soho Grand Hotel because of its gorgeous terrace views and iconic whiskey bar. 

Chelsea had a lot of fun searching for her wedding dress and knew she wanted something minimal but still special and modern. The bride-to-be read an article about the upcoming made-to-order bridal label NDS The Label, and once she saw their Peony dress, she knew it was meant to be hers. The gown’s shoulder strap is removable, so after the ceremony, she swapped it out for a silk organza jackets. To make the look her own, Chelsea also had the puffs in the sleeves removed, as they overpowered her frame. 

To complete her bridal look, she wore pearl drop earrings from Lucky Selectism and white Manolo Blahnik heels with a vintage bag from TheRealReal. And Nicole at Mark Ryan Salon worked with Chelsea to create a simple updo that could easily be let loose for the post-ceremony celebrations.

On November 20, 2021, the couple’s close friend Preston officiated the service. “I felt so lucky and beyond happy to be marrying the love of my life and exchanging our wedding vows through tears and laughs, in our favorite city with the Empire State as the backdrop,” Chelsea states. 

After reciting their personal vows and a quick first dance to Avicii’s tune “Fade into Darkness,” their self-proclaimed “non-reception, reception” was held at Casa Mezcal in the Lower East Side. “It was so much fun to celebrate not only with our officiant, but also with our photographers,” Chelsea recalls. “Without them, our day would not have nearly been as special! We were so grateful to have photographers who turned into friends.”

The newlyweds then headed back to Soho Grand Hotel to sign their marriage license and then went to a celebratory dinner at Les Trois Chevaux. The two were later surprised by friends, who continued the revelry at their local watering hole. Chelsea concludes, “It was seriously the best day and night.”