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Elegant New York City Fall Wedding

I’ve heard my fair share of wedding wisdom, but this Bride’s advice – to find one moment of peace in the middle of your wedding day, to candidly bask in your joy – is one I’ll take to heart. I trust her, for when you look through these pics of her classic NYC wedding, captured by Ashley Kelemen and Luke Lindgren Cinematography, I’m pretty sure she was living the dream.

From Ashley Kelemen… Erin and Tucker are a dream couple. They’re wildly in love, super laid back and have incredible taste. They pulled together an intimate, family-centric day full of laughter and chic details, with special touches like the vintage trolley to move their bridal party around the city. All in all, their beautiful, classically New York wedding was a day to remember.

From The Bride… Tucker and I have been together for just short of a decade, since our sophomore year at Villanova University, and we both felt it very important that the wedding feel very us. We were very excited to incorporate specific elements that would really resonate with our guests, from the allusions to Villanova to the personalized guest book chronicling our lives and lineage, starting as far back as our grandparents’ weddings. From the beginning I wanted the details to feel unique and interesting but not distracting from the importance of the day itself.

I worked really hard to strike what I felt was the perfect balance of classic and contemporary. The church and ceremony were very traditional and sentimental; the priest who performed our homily married my parents, one of my aunts, and my sister and brother-in-law, and baptized my siblings, my goddaughter, and myself. My father walked me down the aisle to Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary at the suggestion of St Francis’ music director; thinking of the organ pouring out the first few notes still brings tears to my eyes. At the reception, the tables were named after places that meant a lot to us at school and I surprised Tucker with a groom’s cake in the shape of the Villanova V. I loved that the day’s loose theme was also reflective of our current life in New York City, with a black, white and navy color scheme throughout, and a skyline motif running through the programs, menus and placecards. Being on the water was crucial to both of us, which is why we were incredibly excited when the clouds parted and the rain stopped shortly before the ceremony, to make way for a gorgeous NYC sunset overlooking the Statue of Liberty. By the time we finished portraits and joined cocktail hour, we were ready to party. I had Roz stay and take off my cathedral veil and throw my hair into a massive bun so that I could dance. We had a big dancing faction among our friends and family and really appreciated that our band understood our boogying needs and provided one smash hit after another.

We were so fortunate to work with such incredible vendors. I was lucky enough to meet Ashley when she was still a New Yorker working in fashion sales. I always admired her passion for photography and was beyond excited when she made the transition to shooting weddings full time. She introduced us to Luke who’s responsible for our amazing wedding videos – people still call me in tears when they watch for the first time. We enjoyed them so much at the end of the night we convinced the two of them to drop their gear and party with us through the after party and into the early hours. It gave my perfectionist side a lot of relief to know that we were working with such talented vendors who executed every element of the day with beauty and elegance. If I had one piece of advice it would be to find one tiny, intimate moment of peace in the middle of the day and candidly bask in your own joy… and if at all possible, have someone capture it on film.

Overall, it was an absolutely incredible day and if it were possible, I’d live it over and over indefinitely. In the eternal words of Biggie Smalls, “it was all a dream.”

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Videography: Luke Lindgren Cinematography | Florist: House Of Flowers | Cakes: Cornerstone Bakery | Invitations: Write On Larchmont | Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Ceremony: The Church Of Saint Francis Xavier | Reception Venue: Battery Gardens | Brides Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids Dresses: Tadashi Shoji | Makeup: Imane Fiocchi Of The Beauty Exchange | Hair: Roz Murray | Band: Twilight | Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss | Bridal Veil: Valentino | Brides Gown: Yaki Ravid | Dress Shop: Bridal Reflection | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Getting Ready Venue: Andaz Wall Street | Grooms Cufflinks And Bowtie: Hermes | Grooms Tuxedo: J. Crew | Photography Assistance: Alan Barrington Evans | Programs, Menus & Placecards: Minted | Table Cards: The Love Paper Co. | Transportation: Jake's Limo

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Glamorous Art Deco Inspired Wedding

I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous Art Deco inspired weddings in my day, but never one done quite like this.  And by “quite like this,” I mean a non-stop dance party featuring beautiful blooms from La Fleur Event And Floral Design, a crazy awesome 501 Union setting, champagne towers and golden confetti.  Yes, golden confetti.  Kelly Kollar captured every fabulous moment… and the gallery?  A must-see


From Kelly Kollar Photography… I knew as soon as I met Ava, and heard about her plans to create an Art Deco inspired wedding celebration, that her’s would be a wedding to remember! She didn’t disappoint… from her stunning Zac Posen gown to the champagne towers and glitter confetti drop, Ava and Josh’s wedding was one of the most creative and stylish I’ve seen so far.

From The Bride… For six months, my hairstylist Joey was pushing me to go out with one of his clients. After reluctantly giving in, Josh and I went on our first date in the fall of 2009 at the downstairs wine bar at Peasant in Nolita. We dated on and off, were friends for a few years, and gave it another shot in December of 2011. We were engaged a year and a half later and have spent everyday together since that December night.

As an event producer, my job takes me on site visits from time to time. In July 2013, my boss sent me to the Boom Boom Room at the top of the Standard Hotel on an “emergency” site visit. Little did I know Josh would be there waiting on one knee with our favorite champagne, a bouquet of gardenias (my favorite) and, of course, a ring. Getting engaged in the Boom Boom Room was the perfect place. Josh knew this was one of my favorite rooms in NYC with an incredible view and art deco design. We spent that weekend at the hotel and started planning our wedding.

Most of our friends and family live on the East Coast, so a New York wedding made most sense. We went to look at the Green Building in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. After looking at the space, we were invited to also look at their sister venue, 501 Union, across the street. The space was still under construction and wasn’t slated to open until fall 2013. 501 Union is a beautiful open-air space with modern, yet art deco inspired geometric lighting fixtures with palm tree wallpaper. Once I saw the beams in the outdoor ceremony room, I immediately envisioned a hanging arrangement from the ceiling. We also wanted to create a more intimate environment and loved the idea of a space that could accommodate long farm tables with family style meals to help our guests co-mingle. Although we were in the early stages of our search, I knew this was our venue. I ideally wanted to create a relaxed, chic art deco inspired atmosphere with champagne and lush greenery.

I was never a huge wedding person, but once my time arrived all the details started to matter. There were three non-negotiables for the wedding; I wanted to have a beautiful dress, flowing cocktails, and a full-on dance party. Once I found my dress, I thought it would be a great idea to place champagne towers on the tables. Not only did it fit into my theme, it also played into our intimate “get people together” environment. I sourced tiered lucite towers and had the caterer fill each row with coupes, sporadically alternated between champagne and our signature pink cocktail. The towers were accented with greenery and placed on every other table, allowing for convenient cocktail consumption. As for the dance party, I decided that confetti would bond everyone on the dance floor… and it worked!

Luckily, I had an amazing creative team that enhanced my vision and took it to the next level. My florist, Dawn, handled all bridal party florals and table arrangements. Dawn took the “art deco, Miami chic champagne, drug lord party” theme and ran with it. She conceptualized palm tree centerpieces, along with exquisite, overflowing greenery and florals for the tables. She also hand-selected all the bouquets and created adorable floral halos for the flower girls. Bonika, who specializes in aerial displays, helped craft and strategize the hanging floral pieces for the ceremony room. After numerous visits to the floral market, we combined neutral understated florals with hanging greenery creating an organic, romantic environment. In order to keep the structures fresh and un-wilted, Bonika worked overtime creating four hanging installations the day of. Both Dawn and Bonika executed flawlessly and I couldn’t have been happier with their work.

As for the dance party, our DJ, David Hollands set the tone post-ceremony with an hour of Reggae classics from the 70’s and 80’s, transitioning into a balance of old and new school dance, with the occasional indie track. Once the sun set, the confetti machine became a focal point, as the guests were showered with glitter gold confetti from all directions. Our flower girls were picking confetti off the ground and throwing it in the air making sure no one left uncovered in confetti. It was definitely one of the evening’s highlights.

At the night’s conclusion, guests were given an individual bag of Gimme! coffee as a departing gifts along with a berocca cocktail for the road. Josh and I were both thrilled with how the day turned out. We chose amazing vendors and cannot be thankful enough for their creative energies and execution. It was a perfect day!

Photography: Kelly Kollar Photography | Florist: La Fleur Event And Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Zac Posen | Catering: Foremost Caterers | DJ: David Hollands | Ceremony & Reception: 501 Union | Chuppah: Chuppah Studio | Day Of Coordinator: Stephanie Yeh | Floral Installations: Bonika Caroline | Getting Ready: The Broome Hotel | Groom's Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Make-up/Hair: Michiko Boorberg | Photography - Assistance: Tanya Salazar Photography

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Black Tie NYC Wedding at the Harvard Club

It doesn’t get more timeless than a traditional black tie affair like this NYC beauty at the Harvard Club captured by Ulysses Photography. Complete with breathtaking florals from Ariston Florist every detail is absolutely perfection, and this gallery proves yet again that classic weddings will always be in. See even more here.

From The Bride…I have dreamed of the perfect over-the-top New York City Wedding all my life. Since my parents were married in Manhattan 30 years ago, I always knew my home of NYC was the place for me to throw the party of lifetime. In the early planning stages, I wanted to create a formal black tie affair that was classic, decadent and romantic. Although the overall wedding theme was classic and sophisticated, I envisioned the night’s festivities eventually escalating into a Great Gatsby type of extravaganza: incredible music with wild dancing, endless cocktails and culinary delights, and of course a few fun surprises throughout the evening. We were married at St. Thomas of Fifth Avenue. During the ceremony we had over a dozen members of the famous Men’s Choir sing some of our favorite hymns for us; the cathedral space filled with angelic music made the exchange of vows feel incredibly spiritual. I wore a custom couture gown designed by Kim Hicks, a creative genius who brought to life my vision and dream – a modern interpretation of the “Grace Kelly” gown. As they left the church, guests were given white balloons and customized maps of Manhattan. When we exited, crowds of guests (and even hundreds of curious bystanders) lined all of Fifth Avenue to see the spectacle. White rose petals were tossed, and guests cheered and then paraded down midtown Manhattan toward the Harvard Club. You could see the pearl white balloons all down Fifth Avenue. After looking at every major hotel and private club in the city, I loved the Harvard Club because of its exclusivity, history and charm. As an active member and young ambassador of the club, I have always felt that the space is very masculine yet rich in character. I wanted to romanticize and feminize the club by filling the rooms with warm tones of light, white flowers, and personalized touches throughout. “Why have a Manhattan when you can try a Ladyhattan” were the words of encouragement for guests to try something different, the signature drink boasting my nickname – Ladyhattan. Guests entered the dining room with great surprise at the dramatic table décor – customized gold boxes filled with champagne truffles and hand calligraphy menus at each place setting. Guests were further stunned by the presence of a commissioned artist at the front of the dance floor, capturing the scene by painting on a large canvas. My husband and I walked out to the song “Empire State of Mind” and began our first dance. Immediately afterward, we encouraged guests to join us on the dance floor with some rowdier party music and people went crazy – in a good way! At that moment, the celebration had officially commenced and it felt like experiencing the aerial scene from the movie Great Gatsby when people are dancing, drinking and confetti is flying in the air. Later in the evening, I changed into a sexier black-white gown to match the black gowns of my bridesmaids. We entered the ballroom to the song “All the Single Ladies” and guests were given fun custom party glasses. For the grand finale of the three course meal, two different plated desserts were served along with red velvet wedding cake and passed treats on the dance floor including my personal favorite, mini ice cream cones! The projects that I created myself ended up being some of the most raved elements of the evening. On the guest book and card box table, I placed several vintage gold picture frames with old family photographs surrounded by candles. People really enjoyed seeing old pictures of grandparents being married or even posing with President JFK. Another fun table that I created was the Halloween themed candy buffet. Since our wedding was right around the corner from one of my favorite holidays – Halloween – I filled glass jars with orange Halloween candies. Beside the jars, I created custom goody bags that said “Trick or TERIK Treat, thank you for being sweet!” The joke was that our names – Tara/Erik – create the catchphrase TERIK. I am a people person – I love people! So choosing the people I was going to be working with closely for this important life event was an important process. Several of the companies I chose to work with were actually “husband and wife” teams which I absolutely LOVED! My photographers, Ulysses Photography, were the most incredible pair of people I could have ever asked to share every intimate second of the experience with – their kindness, flexibility and passion for what they do is contagious to everyone around them. Our “day of the wedding planner” and photo booth operator were another stellar husband/wife team, as was the videography company we worked with.

Photography: Ulysses Photography | Event Planner: Christine Fox | Floral Design: Ariston Florist | Wedding Dress: Kim Hicks Couture | Reception Venue: Harvard Club Of NYC | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids Dresses: JLM Couture | Hair & Makeup: Face The Day NY | Lighting: Bentley Meeker Lighting And Staging Design | Favors: Neuchatel Chocolates | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Bride's Gift: Chanel | Bridesmaids Clutches: Bijouled | Bridesmaids Earrings: Bauble Bar | Bridesmaids Hair: DryBar NYC | Bridesmaids Shawls: J. McLaughlin | Church: St. Thomas Of Fifth Avenue | Custom Pocket Squares: Lazy Jack Press | Custom Wedding Map: EDanae | Groom's Custom Shirt: Rothmans NY | Groom's Gift: Rolex | Hairpiece: Wedding Atelier | Hotel: The Plaza Hotel | Monogram: Grammarcy | Music: Pete Saunders Band | Paperie: The Paper Place | Reception Dress: BCBG Max Azria | Video: Craig William | White Balloons: Balloon Kings NY

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Weylin B. Seymour’s Brooklyn Event Venue

There is something so unique and special about getting married in a venue that has a ton of history. Case in point — Brooklyn’s Weylin B. Seymour’s. This new (but very old) event space located at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge is located within the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building which was completed in 1875. After an award-winning restoration that wrapped up in January of 2014, this space is now ready to host some incredible celebrations.

This breathtakingly gorgeous Beaux Arts Classical building was deemed “one of the most monumental spaces surviving in New York from the Post-Civil War era” by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Located just minutes from lower Manhattan, it features a 110-ft dome decorated with a stunning original fresco, hand-cut mosaic marble floors, bank vault with original vault door imported from France in 1872 and so much more. Truthfully, Weylin B. Seymour’s is as much a conversation piece as it is a truly unique historical venue! With room to accommodate up to 350 for a wedding celebration as well as separate spaces for ceremony, cocktails and dinner + dancing, this space is a must-see.

Top it all off with high-end menu and bar packages, a dedicated service staff and custom furniture packages offering color + style options, and you’ve got what wedding dreams are made of. For more info and to start planning your big day at Weylin B. Seymour’s, head over here.

Photo Credits: Mercedes Noriega Photography | Heather Waraksa | Trent Bailey Photography | Durston Saylor


Colorful Tribeca Rooftop Wedding

A stunning Tribeca Rooftop wedding with a vibrant color palette, crazy cool NYC views and an amazing night of non-stop dancing – this one is for you, modern lovers.  Think drop-dead gorgeous details meets bright fuchsia, cobalt blue and purple orchids from Sky Flowers, all captured by W Studios New York in one very pretty gallery.  Join me there for more.

From the Bride… We love socializing and organizing get togethers, so we knew right off the bat that we wanted a big wedding with all of our friends and family there to celebrate. We chose Tribeca Rooftop for our reception venue because of it’s amazing panoramic views and modern city vibe. In keeping with the city theme, each table was named after one of our favorite NYC landmarks and the NYC skyline was a common theme that tied the menus, place cards and invitations together.

The bridesmaids wore unique gowns of their choice in colors of fuchsia, purple, and cobalt blue that matched the cascading orchid centerpieces.

Our band kept the party going through the night with a mix of pop songs and traditional Polish music which was fun and different. We thought we knew what to expect since we planned every detail, but when it all actually came together, it took our breath away. Overall, it was truly an amazing day that was better than we had imagined.

Photography: W Studios New York | Videography: My Wedding Maker | Floral Design: Sky Flowers | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations: Seahorse Bend Press | Ceremony Venue: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church | Reception Venue: Tribeca Rooftop | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Ben-Amun | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent The Runway | Make Up: Kasia Cielepak | Band: Simone Band | Menus And Placement Cards: Type & Love Paperie

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