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A Hindu Wedding in the English Countryside

For any couples planning a multicultural wedding, take notes from Matthew and Preena who paid homage to both their Indian and English heritages in one cohesive celebration. They began the day with a Western-style ceremony followed by a traditional Hindu “Mandap” all set in the charming English countryside. A feast of Indian food was served for their ballroom reception and Taylor & Porter didn’t miss a single moment. Click here for much more!

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From Taylor and PorterMatthew and Preena married this summer at Wrest Park, a Grade I listed Mansion in England mixing elegant French architecture with a grand and picturesque landscape. This unique early 19th century house was the perfect setting for this couple’s classically elegant style. Matthew and Preena shared not one but two ceremonies; both a Western marriage ceremony and a traditional Hindu “Mandap”. The Mandap was one of the most colourful, lighthearted and inclusive ceremonies I’ve ever had the privilege to capture. It involves both family’s participation and has many different traditional elements including offerings to the gods, promises made between the parents to care for each others child and even a part where the women of the family offer secret marriage advice to the bride! It was a beautiful meeting of families, traditions and cultures.

The grounds of Wrest Park are adorned with stunning lawns, wooded walks and flower gardens, dotted with fountains, statues and ornate follies. We explored the park and house capturing portraits with Matthew and Preena as the warm August sun set. Their reception was held in the grounds; in the beautiful light filled Orangery where after a feast of traditional Indian food they danced the night away under the stars.

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Photography: Taylor & Porter | Floral Design: Fleurette | Stationery: Matthew Meader | Catering: Greenleaf | Transportation: Gold Chauffeur Cars | Venue: Old Wardour Castle | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Flower Girl Dresses: I Love Gorgeous | Flowergirls Dresses: I Love Gorgeous | Mandap Furniture: Art Parmer | Sitar Player: Jonathan Mayer

They Wed at a Sleeping Beauty-Style Castle!

Hailing from Virginia, Christina and Sam decided a destination wedding in France was the vision for their day. They chose a XVIth century castle straight out of a fairytale and brought on Fete in France to help every details fall into place. Greg Finck captured their incredible day to remember, and you can see so much more right this way.

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From Greg FinckChristina and Sam are both from Virginia, but had decided to plan their destination wedding at Château de la Bourdaisière, in the Loire Valley, France. The Château de la Bourdaisière is a stunning castle from the XVIth century, and was the perfect backdrop for a classical and elegant wedding. Roses and ivy along the walls, reminded of a fairytale castle, straight out of The Sleeping Beauty.

The day was perfectly planned and organized by Fête in France, with beautiful florals by Sol Y Flor. Despite an unreliable weather that day, the ceremony still was held outside in between two showers. Christina and Sam exchanged vows with the glorious chateau as a backdrop.

Reception was held in one of the Chateau’s galleries, with a wonderful and colorful setup. Such a beautiful Spring wedding day to remember!

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Event Design: Fete in France | Event Planning: Fete in France | Floral Design: Sol Y Flor | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Venue: Château de la Bourdaisière | Invitations + Stationery: The Silver Starfish

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Two Stylish Gents, One Incredible Italian Engagement

“Stylish” doesn’t even begin to describe the engagement session of Tom and Tim. In fact, these two gents took their impeccable sense of fashion and paired that with the backdrop of Tuscany for absurdly romantic photos captured by Rebecca Yale. Join us on their trek through Italy with lots more right over here.

From Rebecca Yale Photography My favorite thing about engagement sessions is they get to be a little slice of life so is there anything better than a destination engagement session which can perfectly capture the memories of an incredible trip exploring the Tuscan countryside? I spent a lovely Fall weekend photographing the incredibly sweet (and fashionable) Tom and Tim at Il Borro, a 1000-year-old castle estate, and medieval village in Tuscany owned by the Ferragamo family.

Tim, a former bronze medalist Olympic Ice Skater, was celebrating his master’s degree from NYU and of course their recent engagement. Tom popped the question at the historic Chanler in Newport, RI, where the couple will say their I Do’s next year. The trip was spent wine tasting, sightseeing in Cinque Terre, truffle hunting, shopping and eating way too much incredible Italian food. Minus a little rain in Cinque Terre we lucked out with a perfectly gorgeous Fall weekend, getting to enjoy the bright red leaves crawling up the wine caves and the perfect little breeze as we explored the medieval town.

The Proposal

From the Grooms… Planning an engagement proposal is very involved as there are many moving parts. For Tim and I, it started about 18 months before I actually proposed. In a non-traditional move, I mentioned to Tim that one day I could see us getting engaged. However, it would happen only after he went back to school to pursue a Masters in his field. With the proposal out there, I assumed it would be at least two to three years before we would potentially have serious conversation around being married; after all, at this time, marriage equality wasn’t even passed in New York yet and it was well before the Supreme Court decision made same-sex legal across all 50 states. But, Tim applied and was accepted into NYU Stern’s Masters program by that Fall 2015.

During the time that Tim was in school, I spent a great deal of time looking into unique options for a potential engagement. Ideas ranged from watches to cuff links, to bands, to an actual diamond, to just words. At the end, I worked with a jewelry designer in designing a unique diamond ring for Tim for our future engagement. This process took six months from start to finish. With the ring completed in late March 2016, I reached out to his parent’s to schedule a weekend together in early April while Tim was preparing for a series of exams with his programs. I arrived at his parents’ home in Arlington Heights, IL with a bottle of champagne and ring in box. His parents had a very strong idea of why I was there as their smiles were cheek to cheek upon walking in. Tim wasn’t aware that I flew to be with his parents for the weekend specifically; I mentioned that I was in the area for work and figured I’d stop by and spend time with them while he focused on his school work.

I asked Tim’s parents for their blessing to have the honor of asking Tim to marry me. His parents were beyond excited and we began celebrating from that point forward until that Sunday, which is when I headed back to New York to see Tim. Tim asked what exactly I was doing with his parents that weekend. I noted we were shopping for his graduation gift. So, upon returning home to New York on Sunday afternoon, Tim demanded that I share with him what I brought back for his graduation gift from his parents. The only thing I brought back was his ring.

Tim insisted on seeing the gift and went through all of my luggage. Fortunately, I had the ring in my pocket. I realized at this time that I was not safe in our home with the engagement ring – and with time, he was going to find it. So, we went for a long walk along the Hudson River. We ended up walking to where we first had cocktails together, Orient Express. We were the first guests of the day as they opened at 5:00pm. We ordered a cocktail and Tim inquired about his graduation gift from his parents. I started to laugh; I had no choice because of what I knew and he didn’t. Also because I was pretty sure that my perfectly planned proposal was about to be replaced by an impromptu proposal. Tim looked at me, grinned and asked what was so funny. I turned to him, took his hand, went into my pocket to pull out “nothing” and ask for his hand in marriage. Tim looked at me and sternly said, “this is not funny. You have repeatedly asked bent down on your knee before and proposed, you have repeatedly asked him in public for my hand, and you’re doing it again.” To which I replied, you’re right. Let me try one more time. So I went back in my pocket to search for the ring (mind you, I couldn’t find it in my pocket the first time as it was stuck in the crevice of the pocket) and presented Tim with a ring and a request for his hand in marriage. Tim was in shock and couldn’t believe it had actually happened. But it did. We toasted over another round of cocktails and made our way back to Perry Street to celebrate.

It wasn’t the proposal that I had spent the past few months planning in advance. However, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world as it brought us full circle from where we first fell love in one another to making our relationship “official” with a proposal.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Rings: Custom by Anari Jewelry | Belt + Boots: Salvatore Ferragamo | Black Blazer: John Varvatos | Blazer (Cinque Terre): Hugo Boss | Boots (outfit 2): Gucci | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Grey Blazer: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Jackets: Salvatore Ferragamo | Jeans: AG Jeans | Location: Il Borro | Pocket Square: Hermes | Sneaker Boots (outfit 2): Salvatore Ferragamo | Sweater: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Vest: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Watch: Cartier | Watch: Rolex | White Shirts: Thomas Pink

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