It’s been WAY too long since we’ve featured one of Karen Wise’s weddings on the Little Black Book Blog! So when Tamara & Adam’s Manhattan wedding fell into our box … we were thrilled! Karen shoots all film and she’s seriously, one of the best. Her attention to details, the focus on traditional wedding photography with that extra special oomph that kicks her images up and over the top ~ well … you’ll see! By the end of Tamara & Adam’s feature, we’re sure you’ll agree!

Tamara’s simply perfect wedding gown was designed by Elizabeth Fillmore and Adam’s suit is from Ermenegildo Zegna. Quite the stylish couple!

Karen tells us …Tamara and Adam were married in August 2009 in Fort Tryon Park.  The reception was at The New Leaf Restaurant & Bar.

When asked about their decision to keep the wedding small, this is what Tamara had to say …

We wanted the wedding itself to be a very intimate and casual experience – immediate family and a couple of close friends only. I have been to so many weddings where the bride spent the whole night going from table to table, and had no chance to really enjoy her own wedding. I wanted to really experience every moment – and with a small group, we kept our numbers below 40, I could do that.

However, our families really wanted the opportunity to invite all of their friends so that they could celebrate with them as well. As a result – we had a very large engagement party in Toronto (where I am from), that my parents threw for us, and then my husband’s parents threw the post wedding party for their friends at their home upstate. It worked out really well actually – I did all the wedding planning, and enjoyed every moment of my wedding, but didn’t plan a thing for either of the other events, so although they were much bigger, I was able to enjoy myself as well because I was not stressing the details!

Why the New Leaf Cafe?  The New Leaf was, I believe, the last place we saw. We had seen at least 30 places at that point, and were very stressed by the whole process. I really wanted a city view – and Adam really wanted an outdoor ceremony. Finding those two things, together with a space that was not overwhelming in size for our small group was tough. The New Leaf fit nearly all of our criteria – I had some city view, but that was made up by the gorgeous outdoor space. The prices were very reasonable, the size perfect, the food amazing, and to top it all off, it was a non-profit that had a goal we loved supporting.

And from the post-wedding party …

Congratulations Tamara & Adam!

You can see LOTS more of their wedding and reception in our SMP photo gallery as well as on Karen’s blog

Tamara & Adam’s Manhattan Wedding

Tamara & Adam’s Upstate NY Reception

Karen also has another wedding that she just posted on her blog that’s bright and bold and positively stunning!! {Jackie & Aaron At The Foundry}

Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore,  Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Headpieces: Lilliput (Toronto, On), Floral Design: Blade Floral Design, Post-Reception Floral Design: Steven Bruce Design, Make-up/Hair: Fresh Face Forward, Day of Planner: The Boutique Group, Cake: Silk Cakes, Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna, Upstate Reception/Coordinator:  Tammy Baldwin of Charmed Places, Makeup: Fresh Face Forward

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