Black tie affairs are a staple in New York City but pulling off a crazy elegant garden wedding in the middle of that bustling metropolis is another story entirely. Oh does Brooklyn Botanical Garden fit the bill. And all gussied up with elegant details from Oleander Floral & Events, it’s nothing short of perfection, despite the pouring rain. Peek at the full gallery of images by Lauren Fair + the prettiest film by Willow Tree Films below.
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From Lauren Fair Photography… Mary Catherine + Chris’s elegant summer New York wedding was perfection – such a stunning, clean color palette, incredibly in-love bride + groom and portraits in one of my favorite locations at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – the desert greenhouse. Even though it poured rain, they were all smiles and kept the focus on all the joy surrounding them with the ones they love!
From the Bride… What was most important to Chris and I, was that everyone we loved could be there – Given that our entire extended families are local, we made it a black-tie New York City affair, and split the day between our two native boroughs, Manhattan and Brooklyn. First Presbyterian is one of the most beautiful churches in Manhattan, and was where my parents got married three decades before us. Brooklyn Botanic’s Palm House is the most incredible ballroom I’ve ever been in, and it served as the perfect backdrop for the clean, elegant, and whimsical atmosphere that Oleander Florals brought to life that day. What we will always remember about that night was dancing, jumping, singing and sweating, immersed in a sea of people that we couldn’t live without.
Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Invitations: Bella Figura | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Botanical Garden | Hair and Makeup: Face the Day NY: Makeup and Hair Services | DJ: Scratch DJ's | Florals and Design: Oleander Floral & Events
Sure, wedding planning can be a tad bit stressful, but finding that perfect Montauk venue? Not as difficult as you think. With Sole East Resort, saying “I do” in sophisticated + laid-back style is as simple as relaxing poolside in their St. Tropez lounge beds… easy. From their manicured gardens to their amazing service, this is quintessential Montauk to a tee. Scroll to plan that fairytale wedding.
Saying “I do” in a glam day that is equal parts luxurious AND relaxing isn’t always easy, but Sole East Resort manages to make it all happen… and beautifully. Think an understated, yet totally elegant garden party meets that laid-back Montauk vibe and you are on the right track. Not to mention the completely tasty cuisine at their Backyard Restaurant and the proximity to those world-famous Atlantic Ocean beaches. It’s a full-service property basically meant for a weekend retreat with your nearest and dearest. Just ask bride, Alison. “We had a vision of the setting, mood, ambiance and wanted to find the right venue where we could create the setting… Sole East was the perfect destination for our dream wedding.”
Ready to begin that journey to an authentic celebration rich in FUN and crazy beautiful details? Contact the amazing staff at Sole East Resort TODAY to start planning.
Sole East Resort is offering a 50% discount off catering rental fees for booking available 2017 Spring & Fall wedding dates, along with a complimentary wedding night stay in a Garden Cabana Suite for the Newlyweds! Call now, friends.
Photography: Jay Ackerman | Photography: Matthew Burke | Event Design: Ali Reeve Design | Floral Design: Mimosa Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Tent: The New York Tent Company | Ceremony & Reception: Sole East Resort | Day of Wedding Planners: Duke + Van Deusen | Paper & Calligraphy: Overdressed Paperie | Rentals: Party Rentals LTD
The holidays have come and gone and all our red and green decor is packed away. The post-holiday blues may be creeping in, and the only solution I know of is lots of bright colors and sweet love stories. So that’s exactly what we’re delivering today. This boho beauty is full of pink petals – floral crowns included thanks to Crowns By Christy – and seaside sights that are giving us the breath of fresh air we’re all craving. Betsi Ewing captured all the beautiful hues – see every bit in our Vault gallery right this way!
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From Betsi Ewing… Rachel and Donny knew their big day would be best celebrated on the water – they both grew up on Long Island fishing, beaching, boating and surfing. So when The Surf Lodge in bohemian cool Montauk became available for their September date, they jumped right in! A warm, late summer breeze blew through the entire gorgeous event, and Rachel chose bright turquoise and muted gold accessories with loads of garden roses, bushing bride, ferns and monstera leaf to punctuate the laid back Cali retro style of the venue. “It was the perfect place for us and the best night of our lives” Rachel says. “It really represented us.”
Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Coordination: Bloombar | Floral Design: Bloombar | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: Sugar Lane Cake Shop | Invitations: tied & two | Bride's Shoes: Schutz | Jewelry: Avigail Adam | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Jet Set Diaries | Catering : Surf Lodge | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | DJ: 74 Events | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Surf Lodge | Flower Crown: Crowns By Christy | Photo Booth: Shake & Share Media | Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal