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Summertime Boathouse Wedding in Prospect Park

When both the Bride and Groom work for Etsy, you KNOW their nuptials will be crafted from the heart. Complete with paper goods designed by the B&G themselves, bright bloomage from Poppies & Posies, and a killer dessert spread by One Girl Cookies, this Brooklyn boathouse wedding is everything you’d expert…plus then some. Lindsay Hite of READYLUCK didn’t miss a beat, it’s all sitting pretty right here.

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From Ready Luck PhotographyElana & Amit met during their Freshman year of college at New York University. On June 9, 2013, after 14 years of dating, they decided to tie the knot in their hometown of Brooklyn, NY. They were married at the Boathouse in Prospect Park, just a few blocks away from their apartment.

Prospect Park is a particularly special place to Elana & Amit, so they took inspiration from the park and the history of the Boathouse when designing their wedding. Elana, a Designer and Founder of Mélangerie, created all the paper goods for the wedding with hearty production assistance from Amit, also a maker at heart (both Elana and Amit work at Etsy ) Details included handmade paper peonies for each invitation, programs fashioned as “field guides” to reference the Boathouse’s Audobon legacy, and letterpress floral coaster favors (from Sesame Letterpress) that did double duty as place cards thanks to lovely calligraphed tags by Paperfinger.

The ceremony was outdoors, dockside on the boathouse lake, and featured lots of personal touches, like a variation on the traditional Jewish “7 blessings,” each interpreted and read by a family member, and Elana & Amit’s golden retriever Teddy as the “flower boy,” escorted down the aisle by the bride’s brother. The bride & groom were married under a modern, floral chuppa created by Poppies & Posies, and guests shaded themselves from the afternoon sun with peppered parasols and paper fans.

The celebration continued with an family-style lunch at a single long table filling the width of the boathouse. The french doors were open to the patio, letting in the early summer weather and creating a laid back garden party vibe. Peonies were the focus of fabulous floral centerpieces and garlands created by Poppies & Posies, and guests were serenaded to the jazz tunes of Michael Arenella & his Dreamland Orchestra.

Elana & Amit’s favorite meal is dessert, so of course, the day ended with a spread of their favorite cakes and cookies from One Girl Cookies, Four & Twenty Blackbirds and BklynLarder.

Photography: Lindsay Hite Of READYLUCK | Catering: Movable Feast | Make-Up: Jessa Blades | Hair: Jackie Schneider | Calligraphy: Paperfinger | Ceremony And Reception: The Boathouse At Prospect Park | Day Of Coordination: Just About Married / Anna Leath | Dessert: Four & Twenty Blackbirds | Dessert: One Girl Cookies | Desserts: BklynLarder | Floral: Poppies & Posies | Letterpress Coasters: Sesame Letterpress | Music: Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra | Save The Dates, Invitations, Programs, Painted Signs, Welcome Gi: Elana Dweck, Mélangerie & Amit Snyderman | Second Photographer: READYLUCK/ Jacqueline Schlossman

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Traditional NYC Ballroom Wedding

This, my friends, is the epitome of a classic NYC wedding.  It’s uber-elegance meets uber-sophistication meets everything you dream a traditional Big Apple affair should be.  Think towering blooms from Konstantinos Design, a stunning Sugar Couture cake and a whole world of gorgeous captured by Robert And Kathleen Photographers.  Get lost in all of the lovely (there’s a lot of it) right here.

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From Robert and Kathleen Photographers… Elena and Erick don’t do anything halfway. When they started planning their wedding, they knew they wanted it to be elegant. They wanted to give their guests an experience they wouldn’t soon forget. Their traditional Greek Ceremony took place in the Greek Cathedral on the Upper East Side, a sweet romantic ceremony filled with tears and joy. Their reception was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking Central Park. The room was bathed in light, and decked out with dramatic orchid centerpieces.

The wedding story… The sun streamed through the windows, illuminating Elena’s face as she was laced into her gown. She took a deep breath, trying to take it all in. Immediately before her eyes was an expansive view of Central Park, with a bright blue sky above and people bustling to and fro. But up where she was, nearly 40 stories above it all, it was quiet. She took a few minutes to think, about everything that had led her to this moment and all of the endless possibilities ahead for her with Erick by her side. She had waited to find a man like him, never losing hope that he did in fact exist. She knew almost instantly after she met him that he was perfect for her and, even so, she never ceases to be amazed by just how well they fit together. As she took the steps out of the hotel and headed to the church to meet Erick, she could barely contain her joy.

Erick met her at the front of the church with a smile on his face and a tear in his eye. From the minute he hugged her father and took Elena’s hand, he didn’t let it go. He held it gently, caressing it with his thumb throughout the entire ceremony, offering her the constant reminder that, to him, she is the single most precious thing in the world. As they walked through Central Park together after the ceremony, she leaned into him, knowing that in his arms she has found her happy place. He glanced over at her throughout the day with the look of a man swelling with pride, because he knew that this was the greatest day of his life – and each day that follows will be made that much better now that Elena was his wife.

I like to think that you can tell the true success of a marriage by the level of joy displayed by those closest to the couple – especially their respective fathers. If the fathers are happy, the couple will have a long, successful marriage. That evening, Elena and Erick’s fathers took to the dance floor over and over again, quite literally dancing with joy that their children had found one another. It was beautiful to watch, knowing that the joy Erick and Elena have found with one another has spread to their families. Their wedding day was the first of many celebrations that would bring their two families together. There is a big, bright future ahead for Erick and Elena.

Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Videography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Event Planning: Dawn Celovsky Of State Of The Art Enterprises | Floral Design: Konstantinos Design | Cake: Sugar Couture | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Makeup: Anabelle LaGuardia | Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Venue: Mandarin Oriental NYC

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Colorful Pratt Mansion Wedding

When two people with a true passion for art tie the knot in a colorful Pratt Mansion wedding, the results are amazing.  Especially when that vibrant shindig is a fabulous collaboration between their creative juices and some of New York’s finest vendors.  Think Barbara’s Flower ShopCristal Paredes and Judy Pak all coming together to make some serious magic.  See so much more in the full gallery.

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From Judy Pak Photography… This couple met in design school and has been together for nine and a half years.  As one became an Architect, the other became a graphic and motion designer. Therefore it only made sense to design their wedding inspired by their mutual passion, art. The Art of Love – Sablan Wedding had this concept help guide them in selecting and crafting every aspect of the wedding which generated a colorful and light color palette of coral, aqua, and gold.

The ceremony was a collaboration of various musical artists who played live music before and during the ceremony. The ceremony officiant designed a union that was 100% tailored to the couple, a ceremony in which is guests felt that their presence was necessary. The ceremony told the full story of their journey together. Instead of readings they had the best man and maid of honor recite quotes about love from famous artists. Lastly, coming from a diverse cultural background they were able to include a Haitian as well as a Chamorro tradition.

The cocktail hour was actually an exhibit showcasing elements of collaboration, design and graphics that they created with their love. The guest book was a sketch book where guests were encouraged to fill the pages. There was a photo booth station filled with playful cut outs that allowed the guests to have fun and get to know one another.

The centerpieces were a gradient of roses of different colors, held within a gold frame. As aqua colored paint brushes were scattered on the table one can identify which table was theirs by the mini famous painting about love on each table. The couples honeymoon table had two artist manikins embracing each other.

All this happened at the Pratt Mansions with a backdrop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art! “The artist is the person who makes life more interesting or beautiful, more understandable or mysterious, or probably, in the best sense, more wonderful.” -George Bellows

Photography: Judy Pak Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Stephany Perez Cohen | Florist: Barbara's Flower Shop | Ceremony Venue: Pratt Mansion | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Caterer: Jason Hale Company | Makeup Artist: Mimi Kamara | Hair Stylist: Erica Diaz | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Cake Designer: Cristal Paredes

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