January Wong and Jordan Wishner first met at 16 through a mutual friend, but it was charity work that brought them closer after college. While they were both serving on the junior board for Linda’s Hope — a local cancer nonprofit — they built a friendship that turned romantic in 2007 after sharing a cab ride together from an event. Three years later, Wishner, owner of the Health Insurance Shoppe, popped the question with a custom designed Lester Lampert ring. On their wedding day, Wong, who is the Reiss shop manager at Bloomingdale’s, wore an Oscar de la Renta gown and sparkling tiara by Erin Cole. The bride chose the Palmer House Hilton hotel’s Empire Room as the venue to match her elegant attire. “My grandma used to go there for drinks and dancing and to see famous musicians play, so it brought back memories for her,” says Wong. In order to incorporate both of their religions, Wong and Wishner had a rabbi and pastor present for the ceremony, which opened with Vail, their Boston Terrier, walking down the aisle with their flower girl. At the reception, a live band kept guests dancing until after 1 a.m.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos by Tone Stockenström