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Chic New York City Wedding at Gramercy Park Hotel

How do you compete with the regal elegance of a venue like the Gramercy Park Hotel? With a fabulous Nicole Miller gown and one too cute for words pup. With just a few chic touches and some pretty petals, this fall NYC wedding became outstanding and Robert & Kathleen Photographers is showing it all off with this gorgeous gallery, cute pup and all.

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From Robert & Kathleen PhotographersWhen they first struck up a conversation at a crowded midtown Manhattan bar in the spring of 2009, Jean had no idea that she had just met the man she was going to marry.  But there were things that might have tipped her off that the universe was trying to bring them together.  They were both raised in Texas, and in spite of sharing a mutual friend, they didn’t get to know each other until they happened to move to the biggest city in America.  They might have passed one another in the lobby or on the elevator of the office building in which they both happened to work, but they didn’t have their first conversation until they just happened to be in one of the many, many bars in the city.

Even though that first conversation went really well, Jean didn’t think there was much of a future at first because Andy had told her he was moving to LA in just three weeks. He asked for her number anyway and called her several times to ask her to join him for an official first date.  Thankfully, she agreed to go and see where this could lead.

That night, over dinner in the West Village, Jean and Andy made a connection so strong that it ultimately made him decide to postpone his cross-country move for a bit just so he could spend more time with her.  When Andy did finally go to LA, they stayed together and had some fun with the distance – seeing each other every two or three weeks and sometimes meeting in another city they could explore together.  Somewhere over the miles of air travel, long phone calls and adventures together in new cities, they both discovered that they couldn’t live without each other.

Once Andy returned to New York and they started planning their wedding, they decided it had to take place in the city that had brought them together. This past fall, they exchanged vows in the NYC neighborhood they now call home and we feel so honored that we were there to capture the magic of their day with their family, friends and their sweet dog, Tofu.

Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel

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Preppy St. Louis Engagement Session

Ear-to-ear grins, laughter, charm and style—all the ingredients that make up this adorable St. Louis love sesh snapped up by Untamed Heart Photography. With a slightly preppy, totally J. Crew style vibe happening, this duo has won my heart for the afternoon. Join me right here in the full gallery.

From Untamed Heart PhotographyWe decided to keep this engagement session rooted in St. Louis tradition so we took to downtown St. Louis amidst the cobblestone streets and beautiful riverside. The architecture there is gorgeous so there wasn’t much more needed for a lovely backdrop beside two people who are mad about each other.

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography | Wardrobe: J. Crew

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Elegant San Francisco Spring Wedding

Having first met and fallen in love on NBC’s “Love in the Wild” these two cuties continued their story and only a couple years later, won their true prize and said “I do” with one sparkling soiree in San Fran. With the help of Charmed Events Group and Nancy Liu Chin Designs, they sealed the deal and Meg Perotti captured it all for us to ooh and aah over right here!

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From Charmed Events GroupThere are certain love stories that are a “forever love” that you could only imagine happening in movies and on TV, but not in real life. Samantha and Mike not only have one of these love stories, but they found love with one another, true love, on a reality TV show. They were both competitors on NBC’s season 1 of ‘Love in the Wild,’ and not only did they find love, they won the entire season and earned themselves a first class trip around the world! Samantha was a wedding planner in Southern California when she chose to join the show, and after winning the show, decided to move to San Francisco, where Mike was in commercial real estate, and the two were shortly engaged two years later.

It was important for Samantha and Mike to incorporate personal and sentimental elements of their journey to finding each other into the feel and look of their wedding. It was also important for Samantha and Mike to invite their family and friends for an elegant evening of celebration so they chose to have a black tie affair at the historic Palace Hotel in San Francisco. A sophisticated palette of charcoal, white and black was chosen to color up the day with notes of gold. Elements of glitter added texture to the day and infused a sense of fun and sparkle.

We used two main motifs in designing their wedding: a compass that represents their journey to finding love and the phrase “I Choose You,” both paying homage to their time on ‘Love in the Wild’ and where it’s taken them. Love is a choice and throughout their time on the show and through the different challenges they’ve faced on the premise of the show, they repeatedly chose each other and chose to be together no matter the obstacle.

The ceremony was held at the Sunset Court on the mezzanine level of the Palace Hotel and the decor and floral design was in an all-white, lush palette with hints of silver and gold. The idea behind the ceremony design was to create an ethereal and heavenly feel to the altar. The ceremony backdrop was draped in white with a modern white table with luxurious blooms and candles by Nancy Liu Chin.

Guests were invited to the Ralston Room for cocktails and hors ‘d’oeuvres and asked to find their seats by seeking out our Escort Wall which had individual guest cards and feathers with glitter gold tips for each guest. The feather represents that “love always finds a way” and pays homage to the couple’s love story. Upon the Bride and Groom’s entrance into cocktail hour, a live demonstration of a champagne tower was poured in celebration.

The reception was a rich and luxurious space with sparkle silver linens and adorned with decadent and lush white flowers that were perfectly matched against gold rimmed chargers. The menus at each place setting had corners dipped in gold glitter that created the perfect setting to a regal and ethereal affair. There were so many warm moments of the evening that is such a beautiful reflection of the love shared by Samantha and Mike’s family and friends. Their first dance happened on a white dance floor with their compass motif on it, serenaded by a good family friend on video as a surprise to the couple, the cousin of the bride performed a special song after dinner and the evening was complete with an custom ice cream sandwich station with cookies made by the Bride’s family. Every moment of the evening literally glistened and danced under the grand chandeliers of the Palace Hotel’s Garden Court surrounded by the sparkle reflected from the candlelight on the table. The cake topper that said “I Choose You” is the perfect way to describe Samantha and Mikes’ day, one that was sentimental in telling their love story and one that was a beautiful and luxurious experience for their guests!

Photography: Meg Perotti | Videographer: Twisted Light Films | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Officiant: Tim Mills | Wedding Venue: Palace Hotel | DJ And Lighting: Sound In Motion | Drape And Chairs: Asma's Designs | Event Planning, Design And Stationery: Charmed Events Group | Event Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Linens: La Tavola | Photobooth: Tomfoolery

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Elegant San Francisco + Napa Wedding Weekend

There’s no denying that a California fetes in and of themselves are amazing, but a wedding weekend set at both San Francisco City Hall and a Napa winery? That’s next level, m’dears. Blueberry Photography tagged along for all the fun and we’re so glad they did because our galleries just got that much prettier. See it all here and make sure to enjoy the film from IQ Videography!

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From Blueberry PhotographyThis two day wedding is one for the books! Sarah and Stanley are both doctors from Canada so this was a destination wedding for them. They were married at San Francisco City Hall, one of the most gorgeous buildings in San Francisco. Sarah’s Naeem Khan dress is one of the most beautiful and intricate that we’ve seen. The following afternoon, the two held their reception at a winery in Napa. The winery is full of sculptures and other unique works of art.

Photography: Blueberry Photography | Videography: IQ Videography | Floral Design: The Bow Collective | Wedding Dress: Naeem Khan | Invitations: The Bow Collective | Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Reception Venue: Private Napa Winery | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Harry Winston | Catering: Cliff Lede Vineyards | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Quis | Groom's Attire: Prada | Photography - Assistance: Jessica Bradley

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Rustic Glam Maui Wedding

When the blushing Bride is one uber talented event planner herself, you know you’re in for a treat. With her stylish eye and creativity, and with the onsite support of Belle Destination Weddings & Events, she crafted one beautiful bash, full of stunning shades of lavender, purple and pink florals by Mandy Grace Design. AMERIS soaked it all up with their lens and this gallery is truly a feast for the eyes.

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From the beautiful Bride… As a wedding planner, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of countless beautiful weddings and have witnessed more than my fair share of the joy and love that occurs at them. Being on the other side of things, as the Bride, was an experience I couldn’t have prepared for though, and it was truly the time of my life!

Nick and I first met back in 2006, through a mutual friend, one night out at a local bar. Within weeks, we became inseparable, and have spent the last eight years together sharing in life’s big and small moments, creating a home, building our businesses together, enjoying mornings, soaking in sunshine, and oh yeah…traveling to Maui. We love Maui more than any other spot in the world. And after six straight years of traveling there together, it has become our home away from home.

When we first got engaged, the thought of planning our wedding locally was overwhelming to me, as I knew that it would just feel too much like work. I wanted the weeks leading up to our wedding to be fun and relaxing for both of us, and we both wanted the spot where we said our “I do’s” to be special to “us.” So, the decision to host our wedding in Maui was a no-brainer, and one that did not surprise any of our friends and family! We wanted to design a wedding that showcased what we love about Hawaii, create a relaxed atmosphere filled with high-end details for all our guests who traveled so far, and spend the day surrounded by our nearest and dearest. Nick and I love to host parties, and so infusing our personal laid-back, fun, and stylish style, came very naturally.

On our yearly trip to Maui, in 2013, we were able to meet up with the lovely ladies of Belle Destination, who I knew would be the perfect allies in planning our dream wedding. They helped us find the perfect venue, and shared with me all their top vendor recommendations. From their tips, I set to work building our A-team of vendors, and designing our perfect day! The best decision we made though was to bring the power duo, AMERIS, down from Victoria with us. I have had the pleasure of working alongside them many times, and the talent and instincts that they possess is ridiculous! And they are just as much fun as they are talented, and so having them a part of our day was so special. When we look through our photos, we know that we will forever remember not just how our day looked, but how we felt during those moments. And that is something that I will always be grateful for! So, to all you Brides out there… do NOT skimp on a photographer! The morning and afternoon, spent with our wedding party and photographers was a total blast, and one of my favorite memories is being carried over a fence by the groomsmen, to get to Nick for our First Look! Hilarious!

Our wedding ceremony, was special to us for so many reasons. It was such an intimate group of family and friends who were there with us, and getting to share that moment with them was amazing! We asked one of our best friends to perform our ceremony, and he made the whole experience incredible. He also managed to get ordained, and so was able to legally marry us, which was the cherry on top. My favorite moment of the ceremony would have to be split up into two: walking with my Dad towards everyone, and laughing as we stumbled through our vows.

Food and drink were really high on our priority list, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with the quality that both Aloha Events Catering and Garnish Events supplied. Our friends constantly make fun of us for being self-acclaimed “mixologists,” and so getting to work with Steph and her amazing team at Garnish, was a dream come true! Not only are their drinks so tasty, but the level of attention to detail that they put into everything, is a wedding planners dream! My favorite drink we served, the “Rose-jito”, literally had a pink garden rose garnished on each one! Amazing!

Trying to narrow down my other favorite details is near impossible, but I will try. The florals by Mandy Grace completely exceeded my expectations! She perfectly infused the jewel tones of our palette (navy, purples, pinks, and white), and I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect bouquet! The chair garlands, our ceremony archway, and the fact that she was able to find peonies in October…incredible! Being able to dine al fresco, was a big priority as well! Back home, it is near impossible to host a reception outside without a tent. We took a big risk not renting one for our own wedding, but the gamble totally paid off, and we were treated to the perfect Maui evening. With the lights strung between the trees, candles lit on the table, and the stars above, it was picture perfect.

Creating the perfect guest experience was also really important to us, as we were so appreciative that so many of our friends and family would travel so far for us! We organized a few outings for everyone (snorkel tour, picnic lunch etc.), which allowed us to spend time with everyone! And on the actual wedding day, all of our guests hopped on a bus and were whisked away to the “secret” wedding venue. This was one thing that we had SO much fun with while planning, and it really built up the excitement for our guests! We managed to keep our wedding venue a total secret to everyone, and so they were driven along a windy coast-line, and towards the lava fields of South Maui, with no idea of where they were going! Once they arrived at the spot, they were greeted with custom cocktails, acoustic guitar music provided by the seriously talented David Wolf, and a million dollar view. The rest of the day/evening, was filled with lots of music, drinks, food, and laughs! As the night came to a close, and Nick and I were whisked off to our ride, we could hear them chanting “Newlyweds! One more song! Newlyweds! One more song!” The perfect end, to the perfect day!

Photography: AMERIS | Event Planning: French Kiss Events | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Design | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: Maui Sweet Cakes | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Hair & Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Wedding Venue: Sugarman Estate | Bar Service: Garnish Events | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaid Dress Boutique : Blush Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Sophie Grace Maui | Day Of Coordination: Belle Destination Weddings And Events | Furniture Rentals: Opihi Love Wedding Coordination & Event Design | Musician: David Wolf | Paper Goods: French Kiss Events | Signage: Miss B Calligraphy

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Elegant Spring Garden Wedding Inspiration

Sarah Bradshaw had me at this stunning dress capture—I couldn’t help but lead off with an Ines Di Santo beauty like this one. It sets the tone entirely for this fresh, elegance-drenched spring inspiration. Splashed in blue watercolors, pure white blooms from Wild Green Yonder and a lovely cake from Buttercream BakeshopAlex Meyer styled every inch with absolute grace—it’s all sitting pretty over here in the gallery, dive in!

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From the vendor team… This wedding inspiration shoot was part of The Intentional Photographer Workshop taught by Sarah Bradshaw in March. We used pale blue to reflect the tones of March and dogwood flowers and gold & warm accents to give a (hopeful) nod toward Springtime warmth.

Sarah (the photographer) was inspired by watercolor to create a backdrop for some portraits. Korie, the calligrapher, was inspired by watercolor as well, and unbeknownst to the other, they created pieces that perfectly complimented each other. When Tiffany, the pastry chef, saw Sarah’s backdrop, she was so inspired she went back to her kitchen and created watercolor sugar cookies to coordinate.

Photography: Sarah Bradshaw | Event Stylist: Alex Meyer | Event Planning: Alex Meyer | Floral Design: Lori Tran Of Wild Green Yonder | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Hair And Makeup: Jordan K Winn | Calligraphy: The Weekend Type | Location: Pamela Jane's Studio | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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