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Elegant Garden Wedding at Lyndhurst Castle

Whether you consider yourself a more modern bride, a vintage chic lady or a lover of all things romance, there’s one thing that is certain: castle weddings rock.  So take a breathtaking locale like the Lyndhurst Castle and add in a sweet bride and groom (+ some some beautiful stylings) and it’s a day that is as awesome as it is stunning.  See it all captured by Cyrience Creative Studios in The Vault right here – and the film below from Mint Cinemotography for even more castle pretty.

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Summer
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Elegant

From Jen Chanyi of Cyrience Creative StudiosEvery detail of Victoria and Ryan’s wedding was impeccably thought out and amazing! From the landmark castle ceremony backdrop and stunning florals right down to the beer cozies and life size Jenga game the groom himself made, it was a photography dream! But the best part is always seeing a gorgeous couple pledging their love surrounded by so much joy; neither of them stopped smiling all day. Even when buttons were popping off of suit jackets and the rain threatened, both Victoria and Ryan had such a calmness to them. Nothing else mattered except they were getting to say “I Do.”

From The Bride…Ryan proposed at sunset on the rooftop of our old apartment building in Tarrytown, NY. Tarrytown holds a special place in our hearts since it was where we first lived together and where we got engaged, so we knew it was a natural choice for where we wanted to get married. When we visited Lyndhurst Castle we immediately knew it was “the one”. The backdrop of the castle was stunning, but I also loved the rustic charm of the Carriage House (where the cocktail hour was held). It also helped that it fulfilled the only requirement we had – space for an outdoor ceremony and lawn games!

When we started planning, I knew I wanted the wedding to have a soft romantic feel with a rustic edge. Therefore, I wanted subtle color tones to reflect that. Our palette consisted of sage green, gray, and hints of blush pink. One of the things I loved most was how well our florist incorporated those elements and colors. What they put together was beyond what I could have envisioned!

One of my favorite things at the wedding was the cornhole and jenga, which Ryan built himself! It added a great personal touch to the wedding and was a really big hit during cocktail hour. In addition, my mom wound up being our wedding planner extraordinaire. Not only did she help plan so many details, but she also helped us add a lot of the DIY touches to the wedding – creating the signs, decorating the card birdcage, and surprising us with the photo guestbook. Not to mention all the wine corks that she scavenged and cut to create the place card holders.

It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite moment from the wedding since everything was so amazing. Our band was phenomenal so we rarely left the dance floor. Everyone says how it goes by so fast, and it is so true. However, it was the best kind of blur imaginable. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire time, and I love how Jen’s photos really captured the joy of the day. I would advise any bride (and groom), as many advised us, to take a moment to truly soak it all in. It was amazing and humbling to look around and see everyone we love in one room, all there to celebrate us.

Photography: Jen Chanyi / Cyrience Creative Studios | Videographer: Mint Cinemotography | Wedding Coordinator: Lorraine Muha | Floral Design: Forever in Bloom | Wedding Gown: Dennis Basso | Cake: Lulu Cake Boutique | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Philip Stone Caterers | Hair & Makeup: Jackie K Styles | Band: Hank Lane Music | Officiant: Aaron Mace | Ceremony/Reception: Lyndhurst Castle | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse | Koozie Favors: Totally Wedding Koozies | Second Photographer: Sarah Day-Boodhoo

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Industrial Chic Brooklyn Food Truck Wedding

A Movable Feast sounds like the sort of fete I was made to attend. Add in the craft beer patio and tacos galore and it’s pretty much my version of paradise. But what I really love about this celebration is that this creative couple made their wedding 100% THEM. It was authentic and awesome. Katie Osgood captured it all and if these pics don’t give you party envy, I’m not sure what would. See it all this way!

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Fall
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Elegant

From the Bride… Throwing a food truck wedding seems like the kind of event a couple would set out to deliberately host. You know – the kind of idea that had been brewing for some time, with photos pinned to a secret Pinterest board and specific food trucks already on deck. But for Dov and me, the idea was a solution – a really delicious one – to the planning problems many couples typically face.

When Dov and I sat down to plan, we considered food, alcohol and music the holy trinity of our reception – the trifecta that truly makes for a great party. We also learned within a hot second that these were among the most expensive elements of any wedding. So to keep our guest list at 200 people, we made some decisions early on: we would search for a venue where we could stock our own bar, we wouldn’t use a traditional caterer and we would find the most fun DJ NYC could offer.

We also had some stylistic preferences of our own. We wanted a wedding that was simple and informal. Dov grew up in Los Angeles, so we wanted our wedding to incorporate some of that casual elegance native to California. As a lifestyle editor who grew up in New York, I’ve seen just how elaborate and stunning weddings can become. But that level of grandeur just isn’t me (I skipped the veil and ditched the bouquet), and it certainly isn’t us. It was challenging to find vendors that had similarly restrained approaches, and it wasn’t until we decided to work with food trucks that we found some awesome collaborators.

Dov and I opted for a cocktail-style reception so guests would be up and about. We looked into some loft spaces but preferred a venue that shined on its own and only needed a few subtle, seasonal details. We came across a former foundry called The Green Building on a quiet street in Brooklyn and fell in love with its exposed brick, vintage charm and sky-high ceilings.

Since we weren’t using a traditional caterer, we had more freedom to serve the kind of food people love to eat – like grilled cheese, fish tacos and falafel. We thought about using some local Brooklyn restaurants to cater the food, but we wanted such a variety of options that no one restaurant made sense. We initially came across the concept of food trucks as something couples used as an extra element, like for dessert or as a late-night snack. But food trucks were our answer for the whole reception, allowing us to serve the kind of food we love to eat and cutting our food and alcohol budget by more than 60 percent.

We included a card in our wedding invitation informing guests that the reception would be “A Moveable Feast, featuring vegetarian fare from our favorite New York City food trucks.” We hired trucks that served four different types of grilled cheese and handmade sodas, Middle-Eastern cuisine, roasted local vegetables, fish tacos and customizable chipwiches for dessert. To top it all off, my mom made the wedding cake and additional pies, while the groom’s mom individually wrapped dozens of her homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. And as a final detail, we served coffee and tea in to-go Anthora cups, as a final nod to New York City and the casual dining we love. The trucks were placed in the patio area of the venue, as well as on the street right outside. Guests were able to move from the patio to the reception room, and out to the street with ease.

For the bar, we chose our favorite top-shelf liquor combined with delicious wine, champagne and the craft beers we love. We set up a self-serve “craft beer garden” in the patio, so guests could help themselves to nine different types of beer — which included some local brews, ciders and seasonal ales — throughout the night.

And when it came to music, our friend Allyson Levine at Bob Gail Special Events recommended DJ James Mulry, who spins at the Wythe Hotel, for some great tunes. James was especially awesome on the big day – somehow incorporating my love for jazz and old standards with music that people actually want to get up and dance to. He also kept our wedding – both the ceremony and the reception – on schedule.

Planning a food truck wedding for 200 people was certainly a logistical nightmare at times – you basically quadruple the amount of vendors you’re dealing with, and how is one supposed to know how many fish tacos to order vs. falafels vs. pounds of roasted bokchoy?! But it’s pretty amazing to know that we designed every single element of our wedding ourselves, which seemed like the right way to kick off sharing a life together.

Photography: Katie Osgood | Floral Design: Joseph Richard Florals | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | DJ: James Mulry | Officiant: Rabbi Richard Camras | Venue: The Green Building | Alcohol Vendor: Warehouse Wines & Spirits | Beer Vendor: DeCicco's in Armonk | Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bride and MOB Hair Stylist: Halli Bivona | Chuppah: Gail Kogen (Groom's mom) | Cookies: Gail Kogen (Groom's Mom) | Food Truck: The Taco Truck | Food Truck: Morris Truck | Food Truck: Toum | Groom's Stylist: Geronimo De Ocampo Desumala III | Groom's Tie and Pocket Square: Paul Stuart | Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus | Invitation Calligraphy: Ashley Curry | Ketubah: Stephanie Caplan | Local Vegetable Station: Westville | Menu Cards & Programs: Bride & Groom | Paper Products Printer: B Squared | Photobooth: We Love Photobooths! | Venue Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Wedding Cake & Pies: Marya Shapiro (Bride's Mom)

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Elegant Spring Wedding at Blue Hill

I spent a little extra time with this gem from Kate Ignatowski. It’s the kind of wedding that catches your eye at every turn with something sweet, and with just the right amount of detailing to radiate that elegant style I so love. Plus, when the gallery includes a flower girl as cute as this one and a baby lamb that will melt you, it deserves a bit of extra perusing! Don’t forget to check out The Vault for even more wedding inspiration.

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Rustic

From Kate IgnatowskiIt was an absolute dream photographing Julia + Kevin’s wedding. I loved the peaceful setting of Blue Hill for an elegant affair, and there were endless backdrops and landscapes to take in. For the ceremony, Poppies and Posies created an incredible floral arch that complimented the courtyard space, and how cute is the flower girl?! The bridesmaids’ soft pink bouquets were the perfect match to their light blue dresses. And I loved Julia’s colorful bouquet. The reception space was open and intimate with bright floral centerpieces and soft candle light. Julia and Kevin celebrated with their guests well into the night, and I loved seeing how happy they were through every single moment in their day.

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Videographer: Pennylane Productions | Coordination: Cynthia Ross Affairs | Florist: Poppies And Posies | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | Reception Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Makeup Artist: Anny Chow | Hair Stylist: Anny Chow | Band: Eastside Mix | Men's Attire: David Reeves Bespoke | Getting Ready: Sixty LES | Hair Stylist Assistant: Andy Tseng | Wedding Dress Designer: Elizabeth Fillmore | Wedding Dress Salon: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

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Brooklyn Wedding at The Green Building

Inspired by their beautiful and vibrant backyard, Brooklyn, this couple and their talented team of vendors created a day I am absolutely sure their guests are still talking about today. With gorgeous design (and expert planning) by Jove Meyer Events, lovely florals from Rebecca Shepherd, a Momofuku Milk Bar, and Sasithon Photography – this stunner at The Green Building captured by Sasithon Photography is just everything. See it all here.

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Spring
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Elegant

From The Bride…I grew up in New York and Marc grew up in the DC area. We have lived in Brooklyn for several years now, and really wanted to get married “in our backyard.” Roughly half of the guests would have to travel for our wedding, regardless of whether it was in DC or Brooklyn, so we decided to keep it local. Our focus from the beginning was to make sure the wedding didn’t feel overly stuffy. We didn’t want it to be just another formal affair. Looking back to other fun weddings we’ve been to, three things remain constant: great food, great music, and great people. So that’s what we focused on!

From the moment we walked into The Green Building we knew it was the perfect setting. We loved the vibe and feel of the building, and thought it really exemplified our borough. Jove Meyer Events was our wedding planner and he did an unbelievable job of helping us flesh out our vision. Not only did Jove help steer the design of the wedding, but he also coordinated all of the vendors and served as the day-of coordinator too. He was cool, calm, and collected throughout the entire process and we couldn’t have done it without him. Through Jove we were introduced to Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design and Patina. Rebecca was amazing and so easy to work with! We left much of the decision making up to both Rebecca and Jove, and they worked flawlessly together to create beautiful floral arrangements, tablescapes, the chuppah, and ceremony backdrop. Patina provided the Swag from The Color Condition, which we loved! It really brought a different feel to the room. For the food we went with Garces Catering, and this was actually their first NYC wedding. We got rave reviews all night long about the food and cocktail hour, and were so happy with the service we received. We were fortunate enough to have Sasithon Photography capture the day for us. We actually found her on Style Me Pretty! Sas is a truly remarkable person, both personally and professionally, and the quality of her work is exceptional. From the moment we met her we immediately clicked, and trusted her to take the creative lead from start to finish. She far exceeded our expectations.

Most of the design elements in the wedding as well as leading up to the wedding were inspired by our neighborhood and the venue. Once we settled on The Green Building, we found an amazing artist, Chase Kettl, to do our wedding invitations. We loved the laser engraved wooden invitations so much that it inspired several other details in the wedding such as the bar menu, table menus, table numbers, and place cards. Each individual guests’ first name was carved in wood and served as both the place card as well as the wedding favor. I didn’t want the bridesmaids to have another dress added to the “back of the closet” collection, so I gave them freedom to pick their own dress, so long as it was a shade of grey. To further the fun and casual tone of the wedding, we did away with suit rentals for the groomsmen, and simply provided them with the matching ties and suspenders.

Everyone says that something will go wrong on your wedding day and you just need to expect it and roll with the punches. Through the hard work of everyone involved in making our special day a reality, I can truly say that everything went off without a hitch. We couldn’t have been happier with how the evening turned out. One and a half years of planning was over in five and a half hours, and we loved every second of it!

Photography: Sasithon Photography | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Chase Kettl | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Catering: Garces Events | Makeup: Rachel Wood Makeup | Hair: Pamela Baumgartner | DJ: Scott Melker | Band: Veronica Jokel Music | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Suit: Canali | Venue: The Green Building | Bride Engagement Ring: Victor Canera | Bride Wedding Ring: Memoire | Cake Topper: MrMunny | Chalkboard Art: Sharp Shooter Signs And Designs | Getting Ready Location: Wythe Hotel | Groom And Groomsmen Ties: Bonobos | Groom Wedding Ring: Tiffany's | Groomsmen Suspenders: Fine And Dandy | Pizza Truck: Pizza Luca | Seltzer Bottles: Brooklyn Seltzer Boys | Swag By The Color Condition: Patina Rentals | Wedding Planner / Designer: Jove Meyer Events

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Romantic Floral-Filled Wedding at The Bowery Hotel

You really can’t go wrong with an elegant Manhattan hotel filled to the brim with flowers. But when they are beautiful blooms from Designs By Ahn with perfect paper pieces by Tie That Binds and Bella Figura – all captured by CLY By Matthew – well, it’s the icing on the cake. This spring celebration was all this and more – see why we’re all smiling so early this Tuesday morn right this way!

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Romantic

From CLY By MatthewLindsay and Ben got married at the Bowery Hotel this June. They were a fun and playful couple. They were ready to have a great time with their friends and family and were just upbeat throughout the whole day. While Lindsay was getting ready, her mom was there the whole time helping Lindsay look the best on her most special day. Lindsay also wore her mom’s veil, which was very meaningful for her. Their gorgeous chuppah with a candle lit ceremony was so magical. After the ceremony, I also followed them to their room to capture their intimate moment where they were toasting to become Mr. and Mrs. for the first time. It was such a sweet moment!

From the details of the bride’s amazing Carolina Herrera dress to the breathtaking floral design by Designs by Ahn, it was such a beautiful and romantic wedding.

Photography: Bo & Eileen Of CLY By Matthew | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Designs By Ahn | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Calligraphy: Marcardin Calligraphy | Band: Don Eaton Band | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Bowery Hotel | Bride's Hair: Harumi From Salon Jatel | Bridemaids' Hair: Dry Bar | Bridesmaids' Make Up: Glam Squad | Event Coordination: Emily Snyder | Groom's Cufflinks: Deakin & Francis | Programs: Tie That Binds

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Classic + Elegant New York City Wedding

I’m all about love stories and this one is basically a rom-com brought to life. For what began as blind date in the Big Apple – on the coldest day of the year – led to their forever and this “casual classy” fete. From the Hana Floral Design blooms, to the chocolate chip cookie dough soufflé (!!), Christian Oth flawlessly captured every moment (including an impromptu stop for ice cream) here.

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Spring
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… Many brides dream of their wedding day ever since childhood. I was never that person. But quickly after becoming engaged to Mike, it became a day I could envision down to the very last detail. And after a year of planning, it exceeded every one of my expectations mostly because it was the start to forever with the best man I’ve ever met.

Forever began on a blind date in New York City on the coldest day of the year in January 2013. We met on the corner of Hudson and Morton Streets in the West Village. We were set up by two good friends who work together at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. My friend, Katie, overheard Mike’s friend, Courtney, talking about setting him up with another woman. Katie intervened saying she had another girl he had to meet instead. Courtney vetted me thoroughly while Katie provided me no information except that I had to go. Well a year later on that very same street corner on another frigid night in January, Mike got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes…repeatedly.

We quickly decided on a New York City wedding because it’s where we met and fell in love, not to mention we think it’s the best city in the world. No other place felt right, even though I’m a Midwestern girl from Ohio and he’s from Southern New Jersey. We knew we wanted to be married in our neighborhood Catholic Church Our Lady of Pompeii. We then chose our venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, soon after because we both wanted a downtown Manhattan location near where we live. After that big decision was made, all our incredible vendors fell nicely into place. We both wanted an elegant NYC affair but without any hint of stuffiness – “casual classy” as I liked to call it. The reason we decided to have a big wedding was because we wanted the rare opportunity to have everyone we loved in one room. Knowing brides and grooms never get enough time with their guests, we wanted to make sure everyone knew how special they are to us by writing handwritten notes as escort cards to welcome everyone. Our hands almost fell off after all that writing, but it was well worth it.

The look of the wedding all started with the dress. I chose Johanna Johnson’s Garbo gown that immediately set a subtle art-deco tone. And then Tricia Kim from Fourteen-Forty designed a custom invitation suite, programs, menus, among other pieces to fit the glamorous and vintage vibe. She started our wedding on the perfect foot. And the flowers, designed by Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral Design, made our wedding more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. I still dream about those coral peonies! I wish I could have carried around my stunning bouquet for days rather than just hours. Our wedding wouldn’t have been half as classy without her gorgeous work. And Glen Allsop from Christian Oth flawlessly captured every single moment of the day including our impromptu stop at an ice cream truck in Washington Square Park.

And last but not least, the food! To say I’m not the healthiest eater would be an understatement. Mike has gotten used to my not so fancy palate so it was important to me to have comfort foods that I love. So the night started with deviled eggs, meatballs, and grilled cheeses to name a few and ended with a chocolate chip cookie dough soufflé all by Abigail Kirsch. We really wish we got a chance to eat more.

Our other wish…that we could relive the entire day over again!

Photography: Glen Allsop/Christian Oth Studio | Videography: Tweed Weddings | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Abigail Kirsch | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Pompeii Church | Reception Venue: Lighthouse At Chelsea Piers | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Catering: Abigail Kirsch | Makeup: JWO Productions | Hair: Brides By Benedetti | Band: Around Town Entertainment | Groom's Suit: Canali | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Invitations & Paper Goods: Fourteen-Forty

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