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Modern + Elegant Jewish New York City Wedding

One look at this gown and you’ll be asking your atelier to add sleeves ASAP. For this stunner of a look is not only timeless, but it’s sophisticated, glamorous, and if it was good enough for royalty – well, who are we to object? It’s the type of silhouette and celebration that’s got each and every one us asking for a wedding redo, because when it comes to the pairing of Ang Weddings And Events, Nine Cakes, and Mademoiselle Fiona behind the lens, well we’re in wedding wonderland. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From the Bride… Jason and I serendipitously met at a grocery store while we were both in high school (in neighboring towns) and kept finding our way back to each other through college, long-distance moves and simply growing up. When Jason and I got engaged (on the Pont des Arts in Paris a few years ago), the last thing that entered my mind was planning a wedding. Instead, I couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I was to have found my match and that we chose each other forever. While my energy quickly turned to thinking about the wedding we’d have to celebrate our marriage, that initial thought never left my mind and still hasn’t to this day.

At the time that we got engaged, we were living in San Francisco and about to make a move back to the east coast, where we both grew up, to New York. Once we arrived back in New York, the planning was in full effect. We quickly chose The Foundry in Long Island City as our venue; it felt so much like us and the way we wanted our wedding to be – beautiful but not fussy, interesting but not complicated, full of possibilities but not overwhelming. Once the venue was secured, it was pretty remarkable how easily the rest fell into place.

We wanted the mood of our wedding to be romantic but maintain a beautiful simplicity to it. Every vendor we found contributed to this mood and beautifully executed our vision – from our band, who flawlessly played music that was personal and meaningful to us (I walked down the aisle to Sigur Ros and we had our first dance to Ben Folds) to our caterer who crafted some of our favorite foods like mini lobster rolls and grilled cheese in a beautiful but approachable way, to our florist who made the most gorgeously lush arrangements reminiscent of a romantic garden.

More important than our vision for what the wedding would look like, though, was our vision for what the wedding would feel like. It was paramount to us that our wedding was intimate, personal and family-oriented, so Jason’s dad officiated the ceremony (one of the best wedding decisions we made), we placed old family photos on book shelves for guests to look at, we had long rows of tables at dinner so our guests could feel like they were at a family dinner, and we incorporated family traditions and heirlooms into the ceremony like the ketubah and chuppah covering. I even created all of the candle favors as a personal way to thank our guests for being a part of our wedding day.

Throughout the entire planning process, we focused on one goal: to throw a memorable party for the people in our lives who meant the most to us – the family and friends who felt like family – that fill our lives with love, support and happiness. Looking back on our wedding day, I think we did just that.

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Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona | Cinematography: Bayly And Moore | Event Planning: Ang Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Poppies And Posies | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge From Lovely Bride | Wedding Cake: Nine Cakes | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Zara | Catering: Michael Stuart NY | Hair: Face The Day NY | Band: The Story Tellers Of New York City | Favors: Riles And Co | Tuxedo: J. Crew | Wedding Venue: The Foundry | Chuppah: Your Chuppah NY | Clutch: Whiting And Davis | Ketubah: Jennifer Raichman | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Rentals: Patina Rentals | Save The Date: Ello There

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Hong Kong Couple’s New York City Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot

This gorgeous pre-wedding photo shoot could not have came across my desk at a more serendipitous time. At a time where I’m too cowardly to leave my cozy apartment in Jonas’ snowy aftermath, Cynthia Chung Weddings‘ photos are transporting me to the sunny cobblestone streets of the West Village and onto the scenic High Line, and reminding me why I love this city. Fall in love for yourself in THE VAULT!

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From Cynthia Chung WeddingsIt was a pleasure photographing Karen and John around in such an awesome area of NYC in their wedding outfits. In Asia, doing “pre-wedding” photo sessions are very common. It’s when the bride and groom wear their wedding attire to do amazing portraits before the wedding day so they could showcase the photos at the wedding! Karen’s dress was amazing and having their classic and elegant black tie look amidst such an industrial and raw part of New York City was really unique and made for some amazing photographs. It also helped that we peaked in the High Line and some parts of the West Village.

From The Bride…New York was an obvious choice for us to take pre-wedding photos – Jon is a native New Yorker and I really enjoyed visiting Jon there from Hong Kong during our two year long distance relationship (thankfully we are together in one place now). The challenging part for us was where exactly in NYC to do the shoot. Jon and I have pretty similar taste – when we thought about what we like, cobble stone streets, brown stone townhouses and tree lined streets came to mind. One of our favorite neighborhoods in the city is the West Village and the High Line also has meaning for us since it’s one of the first places we visited together in Manhattan.

The pre-wedding photo shoot couldn’t have gone any better. It was very natural for us to work with Cynthia; her laid back style, knack for finding unique locations / angles to snap our pictures and positive attitude made the session really fun for us. We are extremely happy with the results and have been actively sharing her photos with our family and friends (with lots of compliments!).

For all of you out there contemplating whether to do your shoot in NYC, we would highly recommend it because believe it or not New Yorkers are very friendly – we received so many congratulations and compliments (probably because I was wearing a full on wedding gown which apparently is more of a Hong Kong thing than something common for the U.S.).

All-in-all NYC was an easy choice for us and we were extremely happy with the West Village / High Line and how our photos came out!

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Photography: Cynthia Chung Weddings | Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair + Makeup: VickyC5 | Venue: West Village | Venue: High Line | Bow Tie + Pocket Square: Hacketts Of Harpenden | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Wedding Photographer Says “I do” in New York City

What you are about to witness (albeit, virtually) is classy NYC affair, complete with bowties and lace, with modern touches to boot (hello, lucite seating!). But my takeaway? Is that uber-stunning photographer-turned-Bride who steals the show in her Pronovias number. Captured by Katie Kett, if you adore that city-kind-of-lovin’ then THE VAULT gallery is where you’ll want to spend your morning.

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From The Bride…I have been capturing wedding stories for 7 years and this past September it was my turn to be the bride. My husband JR proposed in Central Park in July 2014 and we took 14 months to plan our big day. We knew two things when we started our planning process, we wanted our wedding to feel like Manhattan, the wonderful city where we live and fell in love, and that we would need the best photographer to tell our story for us. When we found our venue we knew right away it was what we were searching for. It was a public atrium and walk way during the day and is gated at 7pm. The ceiling is a 4 story high arch of glass and is open air on either end. It runs the length of a city block and gave us the ability to create the look we wanted. The food is catered by the delicious Italian Restaurant adjacent, Remi.

Most people assumed, including myself, that this process would be simpler because I have seen so many weddings, so many beautiful ideas and venues. To my surprise, I found myself picking things that were unlike any wedding I had photographed, to ensure our day did not remind me of a past wedding. I first realized this when I was very sure I wanted a blush pink dress. I had not photographed a bride in a blush dress and I fell in love with one at a Pronovias Trunk Show.

We hired the amazing Katie Kett to document our day. It was one of the best things we picked, our final images as you see here, are absolute perfection. Our cinematographer was also amazing, watching our day in our highlight video takes us back to each moment of the day and we feel so blessed to have our wedding so beautifully portrayed by these amazing artists.

JR and I had heard so many times that the day would go so quickly and to try to stay in each moment. I was not really sure what this meant until the day had arrived and I realized it meant letting the little things go, enjoying each moment however it unfolds, and taking small moments to think about how you feel in each part of the day. Two of my most favorite moments of the day are when I was jumping on the bed with my most favorite little girls, we were all on cloud nine and it will forever hold a special place in my heart, the second is when JR and I walked into the reception to the band playing Cheerleader and we could see all of our friends and family smiling and cheering for us. This often plays in my head and I find myself smiling from ear to ear each time I think of it.

One part of the day that had significant influence from my career as a wedding photographer, was the unplugged wedding ceremony. As a professional, it is always been a challenge to do my job properly with so many guests in the aisle using their smart phones and ipads to capture these special moments. We knew we wanted to leave this to our professional team of artists and to give our guests the chance to be fully present as witnesses to our vows. We loved how the poster turned out that we had our Calligrapher create for us.

The details for our day we tried to keep personal and classic. I had the lace from JR’s Mothers dress and the lace from my Grandmother & Mom’s dress sewn to the edges of a vintage handkerchief with my new last initial embroidered on it. Our most cherished detail of the day was the large mirror that sat in cocktail hour with all of our guests names and table numbers. This large mirror is now in our home and we love seeing all of the names of who came to celebrate with us.

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Photography: Katie Kett Photography | Cinematography: Rewind Documentaries | Event Planning: Hold Your Hand Events | Floral Design: Bride And Blossom | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Lovely Letters Shop | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Makeup: Eshani Santiago | Hair: Nancy Caroline | Band: Hank Lane Music- Marc Koslowe Band | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren - Black Label | Venue: Remi Atrium | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Atelier | Bride's Clutch: Reiss | Getting Ready Venue: The New York Palace | Location: Central Park | Mirror Decal: Stan's Sign Design- Indianapolis | Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths | Photography Assistance: Emma McDonald | Photography Assistance: Priscilla DeCastro

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