I’m in New York about 6 times a year. Maybe more. But the thing is, I fly in and out so quickly for meetings and such, that I never get to pause and really soak up the city that the world loves so very much. So I rely almost exclusively on weddings like this next one to deliver that New York City gorgeousness that a girl craves and to remind myself that in all of its chaos, New York is magic. And when you put Charlotte Jenks Lewis behind the lens, along with a bride that could (and did) stop traffic…well, it’s magic taken to a new level. Click here for so much more.

From the Bride… I wanted a wedding that would capture the true essence of New York City — an elegant and sophisticated affair. The St. Regis overlooks Fifth Avenue and is steps away from where my husband and I met exactly three years earlier. It was the perfect locale for the quintessential New York City wedding I always envisioned. It was also important to both Tommy and me to showcase the beautiful city where we fell in love. The ballroom at the St. Regis boasts gilt chandeliers reflecting true splendor and was the inspiration for many of the wedding details. The luxurious decor provided inspiration for the custom-designed invitations that also featured our monogram — interlocking Gs, representative of our surnames. The blue paper (my something blue…) offset the invitation’s metallic gold details. And it was the invitation that inspired Ron Ben-Israel’s design of the wedding cake.

My absolute favorite part of wedding planning was dress shopping. The pearl and crystal embellishment of the Monique Lhuillier gown complemented the luxury of the venue, and my sparkly Jimmy Choos completed an overall glamorous wedding ensemble! My engagement ring inspired the floral arrangements. I chose shades of white, ivory and cream for my bouquet so the only pop of color was the bright yellow hue of the Graff canary diamond. I also love the idea of white for a wedding. In addition, because the ballroom is so luxurious, I wanted to balance the intricate decor with simple, yet elegant, floral arrangements. I also incorporated the monogram into the floral design by engraving the crystal vases. It was an intimate wedding (only 27 guests since we married on the 27th!), and I wanted to embrace the intimacy of the celebration, so there was an abundance of floating candles for warmth and glow. Every detail came together to create a day filled with indelible memories to last a lifetime.

Wedding Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis / Wedding Venue: St. Regis in New York, New York / Floral Design: Atlas Floral Decorators Inc. / Wedding Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes / Wedding Invitations + Menus: Crane & Co. via The Village Invites / Music: Steven Cohen + Chris Loxley of Penguin Music / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Graff / Bride’s Veil: Tia Mazza / Hair: Yossi Ivgi / Makeup: Luis Rodriguez of Chanel / Groom’s Tuxedo: Ermenegildo Zegna

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