Recently, I was invited to attend a wedding at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Although I was unable to attend because I would not be in NYC that weekend, the wedding organizers were kind enough to share the wedding images with me so that I can display them for you to enjoy.

The wedding of Kira Helper and Dmitri Burtis took place on Friday, April 22, 2022 atop the iconic Carnegie Hall. These music lovers exchanged vows 135 years to the day since Andrew Carnegie and Louise Whitfield were married on April 22, 1887. Immediately afterwards, they boarded a ship for their honeymoon in Great Britain. On that trip, it is believed that Andrew first considered building a new music hall in New York City.

Wedding Portrait / Photo by Kylee Yee

Composer and drummer Dmitri Burtis first met musical theater performer and music therapist Kira Helper as undergraduate students at Berklee College of Music about five and a half years ago through a mutual friend. In September 2018, Dmitri proposed in the Kyoto Garden of Holland Park while on a trip to London. After receiving submissions from more than 800 couples, Carnegie Hall awarded this Dream Wedding to Kira and Dmitri. Their entry was selected for its creativity as they mused on love and the meaning of music in their original submission video.

Bride’s Reflection Prior to Ceremony / Photo by Kylee Yee

As winners of this contest, Dmitri and Kira won a ceremony and reception (originally slated for April 25, 2020) for 100 guests in the Weill Terrace Room and Weill Music Room atop Carnegie Hall, plus catering by Constellation Culinary Group, event design and  by NYLUX Events, hotel accommodation by Park Hyatt New York, ceremony music by Ensemble Connect, graphic design by Amy Glaser, hair and makeup by Beautini by Brittany Lo, wedding cake by Cakes by Andrea, photobooth by Capture Pod Studios, photography by Kylee Yee, and DJ and party services by Shiran Nicholson/Nicholson Events, décor by Adam Leffel Productions, and printed materials by Print Shoppe Club.

Ceremony / Photo by Kylee Yee

Mazel Tov! / Photo by Kylee Yee

Casual Photo by Kylee Yee

Wedding Cake by Cakes by Andrea / Photo by Kylee Yee

Décor by Adam Leffel Productions / Printed Materials by Print Shoppe Club / Photos by Kylee Yee

First Dance / DJ and Party Services by Shiran Nicholson with Nicholson Events / Photo by Kylee Yee