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Weddings with a view pretty much take the cake in my book. So, when I discovered that recently opened skyline sanctuary, Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, combined two of my favorite things (food and skyline views) I had to pinch myself. Taking in the Midtown Manhattan skyline is stunning, but their food? Well, it’s legendary. Perfect for private events, this sophisticated sanctuary is the perfect place for any soirée.

From Upper StoryRenowned chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer officially debuts his all-new sophisticated private events and wedding venue in NYC’s Decoration & Design Building. Following an extensive six-month build out, Chef Charlie Palmer is proud to announce the official opening of Upper Story by Charlie Palmer on the 14th floor of the Decoration & Design Building on Monday, January 12, 2015. 

Boasting 2700 square feet of sophisticated dining and private entertaining space, including division into two areas, each accommodating 70 guests and 90 guests for seated affairs or 160 when combined, and up to 300 in the combined space for cocktail-style receptions. The 1000-square foot balcony offers panoramic views beyond Midtown and the Upper East Side, a prime location for alfresco receptions overlooking the 59th Street Bridge and wedding ceremonies and keynote speaker addresses are idyllically positioned with same scenic backdrop. Additionally, the venue offers state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and a green room or bridal suite for day-of preparations. Menus are customized for each event to meet the needs of the host or group—be it a bride, fundraising committee or corporate planner.

Offering an extensive list of event menus ranging from breakfast to dessert and everything in between, Upper Story’s experienced culinary crew is the best in the business. Led by longtime Palmer protégé Adam Bordonaro, the kitchen’s flawless plates are prepared with the highest quality of ingredients with menus customized to the specifications of each event. Palmer and Bordonaro have a few unique menu items up their sleeves, including a “progressive tasting menu,” which consists of six dishes presented as side-by-side stations, each served with a paired cocktail or beverage. The venue will also offer a variety of experiential activities for off-site planners and group meetings, including cocktail demonstrations from Palmer’s Crimson & Rye craft cocktail team, cigar tastings from Nat Sherman, cooking classes, and more. Sample menus can be seen here.

With a location in the esteemed Decoration & Design building, this all-new venue required the expert hand of renowned designer, Scott Salvator. Taking a modern yet classic approach, Salvator introduced a soft color palette with dark nuances offset by burnished mirrors, complementing both the daytime and nighttime views through Upper Story’s expansive windows framing the unparalleled Manhattan skyline view. A dream for event designers and planners, Upper Story’s atmosphere is the perfect combination of blank slate and subtle décor.

The most exciting and inviting event venue in midtown Manhattan, the space sparkles with an unparalleled richness and provides the perfect stage for any event alongside our culinary creations while guests raise their glass to the most amazing city light views. 

Welcome to the family Upper Story! xox


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NYC Engagement Session

We’ve been fans of Kendall of Styled Snapshots for some time now, but we were totally over the moon when we found out she was engaged. So it goes without saying we are beyond thrilled to share Rachel Pearlman‘s gorgeous images of their engagement session (complete with adorable pup) with all you. The countdown until their sure-to-be-gorgeous wedding is on! See even more here.

From Rachel Pearlman PhotographyA stylish and laid back engagement session for fashion blogger, Kendall Johnson, the mastermind behind Styled Snapshots, and her fiance, Matt Kramer, which features their puppy Hadley in an adorable tutu. This couple, who resides in New York, met at the University of Delaware. They are planning a 2015 Fall wedding in Philadelphia. Matt proposed at Grand Central Terminal, and their proposal was featured on the blog How He Asked ( Her makeup was done by Rob Harmon, who is the makeup artist for the cast of Wicked.

From The Bride…We wanted to re-capture some of the special day when Matt proposed, so we shot a lot of the pictures right in Grand Central. After Grand Central, we headed up to Central Park and brought our furry family member, Hadley along to join in. Rachel Pearlman did an impeccable job capturing every detail and especially our personalities and love for one another. We are thrilled to have her with us on our wedding day next October. I hope you all enjoy taking a peek and let the official one year countdown BEGIN!! Kendall Kremer sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it?! ;) You can follow along with my wedding plans, details, etc. via instagram over the next year with the hashtag #StyledSnapshotsWedding.

Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Dress: Club Monaco | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Makeup: Rob Harmon | Venue: Grand Central Terminal

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Simple, Chic Central Park Wedding

This little wedding has reminded me that sometimes simplicity reigns king. That more than boatloads of decor and mile-long guests lists, the day is about love. And when this Australian couple opted for a wedding in Central Park, surrounded by their dearest, they took that mentality and brought it to life. Brklyn View Photography came alongside to capture the pretty and we can’t get enough.


From The Bride…Despite the expectation that little girls always dream about the day they will get married, a big white wedding never occurred to me. So when the wonderful moment of our engagement came, I didn’t automatically start appointing my posse of maids and conducting recess of the beautiful harbourside venues dotted around Sydney. Rather I started plotting how I could avoid all of the fuss. However, eloping wasn’t an option. Not only is my husband of the more traditional type who would want to share the moment with at least one or two of his friends and family, but his mother had also sadly missed her eldest daughters wedding 11 years ago when she had to undergo emergency heart surgery the day prior. I knew how much it would mean to her which meant we would have to do something to involve our immediate family.

We decided to have a small wedding overseas and later have a larger wedding celebration in Sydney, Australia. There was no question that we would get married in Central Park and I set about finding our incredible celebrant Jeddah Vailakis. Jeddah’s warmth and style jumped out at me right away, and reviews from other couples she had married backed this up.

We settled on The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn for our reception for something a little different, and because the Manhattan skyline views are unmatched. The private loft was a beautiful option to also offer our guests an experience they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to have such as a restaurant, we rented the private rooftop loft which gave us a stunning dining area surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and a private top floor terrace with point blank views across the Manhattan skyline. Perfect for sunset drinks and canapes before dinner.

Finding a photographer was somewhat easier as photographs tend to speak for themselves. I scoured pinterest and wedding blogs and kept coming across Brklyn View Photography, Jaine Kershner’s incredible wedding photography. She was so great to work with and understood what we were trying to achieve perfectly. Her images took us back to the day and I love the special moments she captured.

All our guests chose to stay at Trump Soho which was the ideal base for exploring New York without being constantly stuck in the hustle and bustle of midtown. We loved the local restaurants and bars on offer and the rooftop pool was an added bonus in the August heat!

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Wedding Gown: Dolce And Gabbana | Reception Venue: Wythe Hotel | Brides Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Officiant: Jeddah Vailakis | Brides Hair Accessories: Dolce And Gabbana | Getting Ready: Trump Soho | Makeup & Hair Artist: Book Your Look | Music: Frank Persico