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Garden Inspired NYC Rooftop Wedding

A cityscape makes for a pretty gorgeous backdrop and the proof is in the imagery by Robert And Kathleen Photographers. Imagery that showcases a wildly chic garden wedding soaring high in the NYC skyline with loads of blooms by Cornucopia Flowers, pretty garden details by Red Letter Events and view like you wouldn’t believe. Now grab a cozy seat and get lost in the gallery for a bit.

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From Robert and Kathleen PhotographersThis late summer is one of the prettiest weddings we have ever had the pleasure to photograph. It’s mix of natural elements and chic NYC location were a true reflection of the couple. Ana and Chris are gorgeous and their taste is impeccable. She was stunning in her Monique Lhuillier gown and Valentino shoes and he looked incredible in black tie. Ana is a nutritionist and incorporated a ton of natural elements into her day – from beeswax candles to centerpieces that were a blend of flowers and vegetables.

Ana & Chris’s story from Robert & Kathleen Photographer’s Blog…The connection that Ana and Chris share just seems natural. There is no pretense, no artificiality. They are bravely and unabashedly themselves and embrace the people they have closest to them in kind. They genuinely care about leaving the people they love and the world they live in just a little bit better than they found it. There are few people in the world that care so openly about making you feel comfortable in their presence like Ana and Chris do.

They do this because the love they have given to one another is so strong, so powerful that they can’t help from wanting to share it with others. And on their wedding day, they did just that. Standing on a terrace, perched fifteen stories up from the bustle of midtown Manhattan, it was as though you were transported to a different world as you watched Ana walk toward Chris in her wedding gown. With the wind blowing her veil and tears in Chris’s eyes, it was a vision straight out of a Hollywood movie. But it was even better than any movie you had ever seen. Because simply by being bearing witness to Ana and Chris exchanging their vows, you couldn’t help but be moved. There was no question that these two people were meant to find one another. Meant to inadvertently cross paths at a party in San Francisco years ago, when one of them was walking out and the other walking in. Meant to share a brief introduction and shake hands for the very first time during that short few minutes. Because when their hands touched, they felt something. In that moment, they knew there was a stronger force bringing them together. And from the moment they became a couple, they have accepted one another unconditionally and felt love deeper than they ever had before. And set them off on a life together where they would share that love with all the people closest to them. To love each one of them just as they have loved each other: openly, freely. All the while making the world a better place in the process. Because the world can always use more love. And it absolutely needs more couples like Ana and Chris.

Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Event Planning: Rena Hecht Of Red Letter Events | Floral Design: Cornucopia Flowers | Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Ceremony Venue: The Terrace At The Hudson Hotel | Reception Venue: The Penthouse At The Hudson Hotel | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids Dresses: JLM Couture | Hair: Bobby Tochterman | DJ: DJ Furnace Of Scratch Weddings | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier

Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm Occasions and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Robert & Kathleen Photographers and JLM Couture, Inc are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Animal Themed Country Wedding in the United Kingdom

Petting zoos and gorgeous outdoor affairs aren’t your standard combo but the second you lay your eyes on this wedding it will all make sense. From the jeweled Jenny Packham dress to the adorable donkey, were smitten with Britt Spring’s photography, The Passion Of Flowers’ approach to blooms and overall a day infused with animals and a whole lot of love.

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From The Bride…We definitely had a bit of an animal theme going on with a side of cowboy and American Ranch thrown in for good measure.Our decorations came from all over the place: charity shops, antique shops, Etsy, Ebay and my Nan, and were mostly sourced by me in the months leading up to the wedding.

Our invitations (which I designed) featured two chickens so these kind of became our emblem. My favorite decorations were the two feathered life-size chicken that I ordered from the States. They kept a watchful eye over everyone from the bar all night.

I really wanted antler chandeliers but these are generally quite expensive – eventually I found the ones we had randomly at Next.Then there were vases, animal planters, chalk boards, wagon wheels. vintage signs, fake animal heads and brass animals. Paper decorations for the marquee were custom made by FunkyFrillsUK from Etsy. Each table was named after an animal so for the name places I bought lots of Childrens plastic animals and spray painted them white, in fact I was up early doing this on the morning of the wedding! I used kraft tags and hand stamped all of the names.

Will and I met through two of our best friends, the best man and one of the bridesmaids, who met at university and are now married. I always knew I wanted to get married in North Norfolk as it’s where I grew up and it’s a really special place but we were very lucky to find Scaldbeck House as it had only just been refurbished and the owner agreed to apply for a licence so that we could have our wedding there. The thing that did it for us was the view looking out over Morston Harbour, which is a bit wild and of course those big Norfolk skies.

One of my best friends, Charley (who did an amazing reading of Roald Dahl’s Cinderella at the ceremony) is a wedding planner and has a fantastic blog called London Bride. I was quite daunted by the task of choosing a photographer but she recommended a few and I loved Britt’s work. Beautiful, stylish and memorable and not a hint of cheese. Also she is very happy and relaxed which is great as Will and I are both terrible at having our photos taken usually.

Photography: Britt Spring | Flowers: The Passion Of Flowers | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Brides Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Band: The Slippery Hill Boys | Fred The Donkey: Scratby Donkeys | Luxury Home: Scaldbeck House | MUA: Flash Kate | Petting Zoo: Off The Farm

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Wisconsin Glam Vineyard Wedding

Take everything you’ve thought about a vineyard wedding and gently toss that out the window. Because this, my dears, is the vineyard wedding glammed up with chandeliers, macaroons, glitter tablecloths – the works. Munster Rose and Cocoa & Fig were a few vendors behind the pretty and Melissa Oholendt is to thank for the snaps. Sit back and start the swoon party here.

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From Munster Rose… Mindy & Thomas knew they wanted a Midwest wedding and began searching for a venue that would not only provide a beautiful destination for their guests, but also an experience that would allow them to feel like they were enjoying an extended stay with their closest friends. They considered close to a dozen different places but fell in love with the natural yet refined elegance of Villa Bellezza, a vineyard in Pepin, Wisconsin on the beautiful, historic Highway 61.

Mindy and Thomas chose a lovely palate of blush, taupe, and soft golds to complement the high wood beams of the vaulted ceiling and curls of the wrought iron railings. When trying to decide what style they wanted, they knew they wanted sophisticated, but not contrived. They desired for the decor to match the natural feel of the vineyard, but also match their classic, and slightly eclectic taste. Beginning with the incredible iron and reclaimed wood arbor that Mindy’s father handcrafted and ending with a decadent dessert table, every detail of their wedding was specifically chosen to be both aesthetically pleasing and a personal, thoughtful experience for their guests.

As guests entered the Villa for the ceremony, sun and a lush backdrop of the vineyard for the Ceremony greeted them. The to-be-weds were led down the aisle by their wedding party, their sweet dog Tucker, and their adorable nephew/ring bearer Kooper. Standing under the twelve-foot tall arbor that literally dripped with grapevines & lush floral decor and was crowned with a crystal chandelier, Mindy and Thomas promised each other their hearts forever. And in a meaningful touch, the stunning chandelier will hang in their newly built home to remind them of their vows and the beautiful start to their marriage.

After the ceremony, guests entered the Tuscan-style Winery where they found high vaulted ceilings and beautiful woodwork. A martini luge, carved to match the model of the plane Mindy and Thomas fly together in their careers as pilots, was waiting for guests as the entered the Tower room for an energetic Cocktail Hour. Fun was had by all the guests at the hand-built photo wall backdrop, that Mindy’s dad also created, that allowed guests to take photos on their phones and upload the images to the wedding app, Wedding Party App, for the bride & groom to view while on their honeymoon.

For the aesthetic of the dinner & dancing portion of the night, Mindy & Thomas chose to incorporate vintage decor that they sourced themselves, such as an antique art easel for the escort cards as well as an assortment of the hand-picked family china for the head table. These pieces were mixed in with modern touches such as sequin linens and DIY shimmering table numbers to create a playful, yet elegant touch to the decor. Complementing the taupe satin linens at the guest tables were bright and loose floral designs that included giant dinner plate dahlias that Jackie, their florist, grew at her own home.

Soft touches of pink and gold throughout the space were also seen in their custom stationary, designed by Mindy’s Maid of Honor and put together by Mindy, as well as their expansive dessert table where guests were encouraged to taste test a variety of sweets. The table featured miniature dessert shooters, macarons, mini tarts, and a light pink cake with gold fondant detailing, all displayed on a variety of gold and white cake stands, and surrounded by hand-crafted gold and glitter confetti. Guests dined on salmon and filets while they drank wine crafted at Villa Bellezza.

There were many special moments that they recall about the day, but their favorite moment included sneaking away for a few stolen minutes to the Bridal Suite to (literally) collapse on the floor and revel in all that had just taken place. With the ceremony behind them and a wonderfully long night of dancing and mingling ahead of them, they stole away to recount how they felt as they first saw each other that day from opposite ends of the aisle, to excitedly share their favorite parts of the day to that point, and reenergize for the fun evening yet to come.

After gathering themselves up to make their Grand Entrance into the Reception Hall they took a quick moment to view the scene from the balcony. They watched as their guests rose to their feet, champagne in hand, to grey the newlyweds as they danced their way into their reception to the song “Safe & Sound” by Capital Cities. It truly was a night of toasts, love, and memories they’ll always treasure.

Photography: Melissa Oholendt Photography | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Catering: Deco Catering | Calligraphy: Reneé Polcher | Groom's Attire: Heimies Haberdashery | Bridal Salon: Bridals By Lori | Cake & Dessert: Cocoa & Fig | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Villa Bellezza | Design/Planning: Kirsten Fischer Of FAB Event Design | Groom's Watch: Breitling Watches | Lighting & DJ: Instant Request | Makeup: Muse | Rentals: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Latavola

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15 Ways to Serve Up Bubbly

Truth be told, bubbly is by far our drink of choice here on SMP. Not only because weddings are a thousand times better with the sparkly stuff, but because the options are endless. From a classic champagne toast to a fruity signature cocktail to bubbles in a can, we’ve rounded up 15 ways to fancy up your bubbly and get the celebration started. Cheers lovelies!

15 Ways to Serve Up Bubbly
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