Sarah Rutledge Otto and Brett Devereux Kohart
Craig Bijou holding Maisie Bijou; sister of the bride, Blair Otto Bijou; father of the bride, John Otto; Sarah and Brett; mother of the bride, Nell Otto; brother of the bride, Jay Otto
Photographs by Ruth Rackley
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Sarah and Brett worked for the same trading firm, but their paths didn’t cross at the office. Living only four blocks apart, they often ended up on the same subway for their 6:30 a.m. commute. After forming a friendship, Brett invited Sarah to watch his band perform at the Bowery Ballroom. The pair hit it off and dated for two years until Brett proposed during their weekly Taco Tuesday dinner.
On the eve of the wedding, Brett’s family hosted an “I Do BBQ” rehearsal dinner, where Brett performed a song he had written for Sarah. In lieu of a guest book, friends and family signed a guitar. Sarah walked to the ceremony behind a gospel choir singing “This Little Light of Mine.” Reverend Franklin Holsclaw officiated at the wedding at the Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.
When it came time for the father-daughter dance, John Otto, the father of the bride, was surprised with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” (his sixty-fifth that day) and a cake of the Monopoly monocle man with both pockets empty (John had hosted two weddings within fourteen months for his identical twin daughters).
The bride, daughter of John and Nell Otto, graduated from the Greenwich Academy, Taft and Davidson College. Sarah works for investment bank Jefferies Group in New York City.
The groom, son of Geoff and Joy Kohart of New York, graduated from Garden City High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brett works for Tullett Prebon in New York City.
The Koharts honeymooned in South Africa. They call Manhattan home.
The wedding ceremony
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