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Chic + Modern Lower East Side Engagement Session

New York City is a place close to my heart. You never know what might happen or who you’ll meet, and it’s these unplanned moments that can lead to something – or someone – special. Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW captured this chic couple’s engagement session as they revisited the Lower East Side (the neighborhood where they first met!), and there’s plenty more to see in the full gallery right here!

From Cly By MatthewWe wanted to share this chic and fashionable couple’s engagement session. They were so sweet and so in love! I personally loved this session because everything about this shoot was very New York to me.

From The Bride… Brian and I met in 2006 in the Lower East Side in New York. I had just moved to the city and was searching for an apartment; he was looking for a roommate to replace one of his best friends who was leaving for Brooklyn. I took another apartment, but we met again and eventually started dating.

So last year, we took a trip to Morocco and he proposed on the first night in Fez. He had made a dinner reservation and unbeknownst to me, he had told the riad owner and restaurant manager about his plans. Of course, we were running late due to traffic and a cab driver who couldn’t find his way around the Medina. We arrived at 11:30 and the owner at Palais Amani told us to hurry up, shower, change and go to the restaurant (They had decided to wait for us.). We had dinner on a beautiful terrace with the view of the city, come back to the hotel and had a drink with the manager and staff on their rooftop. They left, and we stayed to take in the view. I turned around and saw Brian on one knee.

Working with Bo is amazing! I can’t think of a better choice for a wedding, portrait, or event photographer. She has an eye for the details that make great photos. She is experimental; even though we had locations scouted, she found backgrounds and scenes along the way that made for great photos. She also helps subjects (me) get over the awkwardness of posing in front of a camera.

Photography: Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Dress: Zimmermann | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Clutch: A.P.C | Groom's Pants: J,Crew | Groom's Shirt & Jacket: Hugo Boss

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Organic Modernist Garden Wedding in Brooklyn

I love some over-the-top glamorous “I Do’s,” but it’s intimate, eco-chic weddings like this that really hit home with a California girl like me. Captured by Mademoiselle Fiona, the pared-down essence of these organic “I Do’s” shone through personal details, like the handmade paper bag lanterns, as well as through undeniably fun elements (hello, gold piñata!). Take a peek through the gallery here to see it all!

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From Bespoke OnlyAmy and Peter were the kind of clients that we simply hit it off from the very beginning. These two had a very clear vision of what they were hoping achieve – a celebration to highlight the notion of love and faith for one another. With the concept in mind, we designed an intimate gathering that celebrates a sense of community. Pared down to the essence, the feel was beautiful in a humble fashion through all the elements. We carefully curated the space with a styling approach that is organic and simple yet nothing short of whimsy.

Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg was the perfect spot for Amy and Peter. The mix of old and new mingle harmoniously in the space. The exposed timber beams and cast iron columns created a rustic warehouse backdrop while a sense of history grounds the design with reclaimed/restored materials and contribution from local artisans. Carrying a similar look, we brought in industrial style barn tables with steel frame and paired them with Tolix chair for an iconic urban bistro flair. An assortment of iron terrariums and bud vases made of recycled glass housed air plants, various of succulents, river rocks and fun tropical fruits such as Cucamelon while copper miniature garden insects, including butterfly and ladybug nestled in between to mimic the scene of a real garden. A grape vine based wreath was hung on the brick wall at the courtyard to frame the most intimate ceremony. The couple’s close friend played acoustic guitar when the bride was walking down the aisle. With the summer breeze, everything simply felt so natural and uncontrived. The majority of botanical elements were chosen with their longevity in mind and given away to the guests as favors at the end of night. It was a true green event with minimal waste. Amy and Peter proved a wedding needn’t to be lavish yet still captivating in every way.

A line of carved white paper lanterns that spell “Best Day Ever” were flickering in the breezy summer night at this Brooklyn hot spot. Another highlight of the night was the piñata, an ode to the bride’s fond childhood memory in hometown Austin. Because nothing says a fun party more than a gold piñata!

From The Bride…Peter and I wanted our wedding to be a representation of the two of us – personal and nothing over the top. We didn’t know what the final result would look like until day of the wedding but it was fun being part of the journey and getting to work the kindest group of people who made it happen!

Wythe Hotel was the first and only venue we visited. Once we stepped into the entrance, we knew immediately it was for us. We loved the space so much that we didn’t feel like it needed to be masked with heavy décor. The staff and coordinators were also extremely helpful and patient while assisting every detail of the wedding!

When we were in the search for our photographer, we knew we wanted someone with a well-edited eye, who could embrace the environment we would be in. When we came across Fiona’s website, we both couldn’t believe how beautiful her weddings were; each photo was thoughtfully composed yet felt so natural. Then we knew we had to work with someone who could magically put everything together. Upon recommendation, we met Melissa from Bespoke Only, who seemed to understand what we wanted right away. She grasped the overall fresh and light hearted atmosphere we described for the wedding; also adding her own details that made it so much more beautiful than what we imagined!

I saw the Dauphine gown on J. Crew’s website when we got engaged and knew it was what I had to wear. As it was three months before the wedding and the gown was still out of stock online, I sent an email to CEO Mickey Drexler and President Jenna Lyons, requesting the gown. The dress arrived two days later and I couldn’t be happier with all of it.

Growing up in Austin, every birthday party I attended had a piñata, it was such a fun and festive way for all the attendees to come together and celebrate. This was an unexpected detail for our guests and also bringing a piece of my childhood to such an important day! Confetti System created piñatas that were irresistible and modern, that we thought would be a fun décor for the ceremony space as well.

With all the components coming together, it was so special to celebrate a special moment with our families and friends who showered us with love and laughter. Peter and I keep on feeling like the luckiest Bride and Groom as we look back on our wedding. It was truly the best day ever created by Melissa and captured so beautifully by Fiona; and we would never change one bit!

Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona | Event Design: Bespoke Only | Bride's Shoes: J Crew | Hair: Stephanie Arias At Dry Bar - Dry On The Fly | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Wedding Venue: Wythe Hotel | Bride's Dress: J Crew | Pinatta: Confetti Systems | Rental: Broadway Party Rentals

Modern NYC Wedding at The Nomad Hotel

Swanky, sophisticated and modern, this New York City Nomad Hotel nuptials celebrate this gorgeous couple’s love and the city’s inherent glamour. The incredibly talented Sally Pinera captured it all—from the Bride’s Valentino Rockstud heels and the Groom’s Gucci oxfords, to the whimsical invites and the couple’s adorable pooch. Get lost in the pretty here.

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From Sally Pinera This modern NYC wedding at The Nomad Hotel was an absolute city summer dream. Set against the moody and classic New York City styled hotel, The Nomad was an absolute stunner. On the top floor, our bride and groom prepared themselves with beautiful Valentino shoes, Cartier watches, and amazing florals made by the bride’s family members. The bride embraced the natural setting of NYC and was inspired by simplicity, elegance and an intimate affair. With close friends and family members surrounding them, the bride and groom celebrated their love in the rooftop of The Nomad Hotel that overlooked the beautiful city and its skyscrapers. Jazzy tunes was in the air, rustic chandelier lit, and laughter all around.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjlem | Cake: The Nomad Restaurant | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Cartier | Catering: The Nomad Restaurant | Hair And Makeup: VickyC5 | Band: Julliard | Favors: Mast Brothers Chocolate Makers | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Groom's Suit: Z Zenga | Venue: The Nomad | Bride's Earrings And Bracelet: David Yurman | Groom's Watch: Cartier

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#LOVEWINS For Modern Nautical Wedding at Liberty Warehouse

Today is a really great day my friends. With the Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriage is now legal in every single state in our country, our smiles and hearts are bigger than ever and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with one fabulous wedding between two adorable dads. Amy Shey Jacobs for Chandelier Events orchestrated the fabulous fete and Dave Robbins didn’t miss a beat. See all his pics in this gorgeous gallery – and cheers to kicking off the weekend on a really fantastic note.

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From Amy Shey Jacobs for Chandelier EventsJerry and Scott had been a duo for over 17 years. They have spent a lifetime together building their family: an amazing son Owen, their beautiful NJ home, their careers and an incredible circle of blended families and friends. When they were finally granted their chance to make their love official through marriage, they were ready for an all-out celebration!

Inspired by the beach – from New England spots like Ogunquit, Maine and the Jersey Shore where they share a summer home – Jerry and Scott wanted to bring their family and friends from near and far to the New York Harbor to celebrate in true nautical-meets-Brooklyn style. They enlisted Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events (who Jerry had known for many years) to bring their vision to life – she brought them to the piers of Red Hook, Brooklyn to Liberty Warehouse, a converted warehouse complex with wrap-around views of the harbor from the Verrazano Bridge to the Brooklyn Bridge and a bird’s-eye view of the Statue of Liberty. There, the rocky shores, buoys, boats and ferries sailing by, became the perfect place for these two dads to wed. Incidentally, just as they selected their venue, Jerry and Scott’s son Henry made his debut into the world – kicking the joy of wedding celebration into overdrive.

With the goal to bring the best of Maine to Brooklyn with a sophisticated, masculine aire, Chandelier Events worked with Grayson and Arturo at New York City’s Prudence Designs to bring the farm tables to life with burlap runners and burly driftwood centerpieces flanked by glistening lanterns, succulents and proteas. The unfinished wood was accented with vintage cross-back chairs and market lights strung above by Pegasus Lighting – who installed a dramatic marquee lighting installation spelling L-O-V-E over the stage. And whimsical touches were abound, from the vintage oar escort card display created by Prudence Designs and Belles Lettres Calligraphy to sea-glass chargers with kraft-bag menus and pretzel breads created by Chandelier Events at every seat to the “groom’s side, groom’s side” ceremony chalkboard display!

For #TwoDadsWed, who write a blog Two Dads Cook (http://twodadscook.tumblr.com), the menu was a paramount priority for Jerry and Scott! Both gourmets in their own right, Jerry and Scott naturally wanted to bring the taste of summer alive at their wedding. The guys worked with Amy and The Liberty Warehouse to dream up a four-course tasting menu that drove the nautical essence home, from roaming oyster shuckers at cocktail hour to an elaborate tasting meal featuring fresh burrata salad with local tomatoes and frisee, family-style lobster rolls served with mason jars of chilled gazpacho, steaks and onion rings and a New England-style dessert station with a whoopie pie tower “wedding cake,” old fashioned seltzer egg cream station and a surprise artisanal ice cream truck for dessert on the deck and the dance floor!

Speaking of the dance floor, Jerry and Scott worked with Kerry Beach, bandleader and lead vocalists of Elan Artists’s The Elements to craft a custom play list that would keep guests on their toes all night long. The result was an epic setlist that started with surprise recessional serenade “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons, which led guests New Orleans-style into cocktail hour, to mash-ups of New Age classics (“Melt with You,” “Take on Me” and “Sweet Dreams”) to new EDM hits from Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris. And just when guests thought they’d seen it all, Chandelier Events and Elan Artists worked behind the scenes for a late-night live music surprise by street-band, The Drummadics, which brought the party to their feet!

To say it was a celebration of love is an understatement. Knowing what marriage is all about when you make the commitment in front of your family and friends is truly a gift!

Photography: Dave Robbins Photography | Event Design: Prudence Designs | Event Planning: Amy Shey Jacobs For Chandelier Events | Calligraphy: Belles Lettres Calligraphy | Lighting: Pegasus Productions | Band: The Elements | Wedding Venue: Liberty Warehouse | Dessert Bar: Baked NYC | Food Truck: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream | Performance: Drummadics For Elan Artists | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Roaming Raw Bar: Oysters XO

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Springtime NYC Engagement Session

Elegant and classically NYC, this engagement shoot by Koman Photography takes us from the chic urban streets to the absolutely lovely pinks and greens of Central Park, wrapping it all up with whimsical pics at the Brooklyn Bridge. Not only have I fallen in love with the city that never sleeps once again, but these two cuties have stolen my heart. See every adorable moment right this way!

From Koman Photography… We absolutely loved photographing this couple and we had so much fun exploring beautiful NY during its most magical season (spring)! 

From the Bride-to-be… Pablo and I always had so many mutual friends and chances to meet. Yet for years we never crossed paths or even heard of each other. A friend of mine (one of my Maids of Honors) was dating a friend of Pablo’s (his Best Man), and eventually it was through them that we would meet.

It took so long for us to get together, but once that happened, everything went into speed mode and we constantly found ourselves excited for the next step in our relationship. Pablo was so excited that he proposed to me one day before he actually picked up the ring! He originally wanted to propose to me when we’d be in Paris the following week, but forwent his plans when I suddenly had a bad night. In efforts to make me feel better and protect me, Pablo popped the big question ringless, but full of love and heart.

We love the romantic and bright quality of Koman Photography and knew instantly that we needed to bring the LA duo to NYC. Our photographers really listened to everything we wanted, and even made a stop by our apartment to take pictures with our Yorkie, Kimchi! We knew we’d be happy with our choice in photographer, but after they devoted an entire day for an engagement session all over the city, and willingly suggested we all wake up at 4am the next morning for a few more photos, Pablo and I were mind blown by their dedication. We are getting married this September at 501 Union in Brooklyn, NY and after seeing how passionate they are about what they do, we are thrilled to see what our amazing photogs, Marlene and John, will be able to capture for us with their lenses, on our wedding day.

Photography: Koman Photography | Makeup: Renee Lee | Hair Stylist: Kim Sun Young NYC | Bride-to-Be's Accessories: David Yurman | Bride-to-Be's Accessories: Hermes | Bride-to-Be's Accessories: Chanel | Bride-to-Be's Accessories: Zara | Bride-to-Be's Attire: BB Dakota | Bride-to-Be's Attire: Joe's Jeans | Bride-to-Be's Attire: The Fifth Label | Bride-to-Be's Shoes: Valentino | Groom-to-Be's Attire: Zara | Men's Watch: Rolex | Tulle Skirt: Space 46

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