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A Glamorous New Year’s Eve Wedding Complete with Festivities Galore!

I’ve always wanted to go to a fabulous wedding on New Year’s Eve. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with balloons, champagne and bushels of love as you witness inspiring “I do’s.” And if I ever get that invite, I hope it’s just like this fete planned and designed by Kate Siegel Fine Events. It’s a party to remember and these two get to re-create it every December 31st. Larissa Cleveland and Elysium Productions captured it all to help get us in the mood for this weekend – Happy New Year’s all!

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Winter
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Elegant

From the Bride… How we met: I was hired as an assistant at the law firm of Barasch McGarry Salzman and Penson upon graduation from Pace University. Nearly three months into my new job, I struck a close friendship with Christopher Carozza, a then young lawyer working for the World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund. Our early relationship was built upon after work drinks and mutual friendships with co-workers. If I had developed a crush on Christopher, I did not let him know at all. After all, he was in a serious relationship and I was a single girl living in Manhattan, working a full-time job and spending weekends with girlfriends. When “Hurricane Sandy” ravaged the city in October 2012, I was displaced from my TribeCa apartment. I wasn’t the only one at my job displaced though. Chris had recently broken up with his girlfriend and was also displaced from his Manhattan apartment. As we shared horror stories of not being able to get back into our apartments, we also began hanging out more and more, as we were “couch surfing” due to relationship status and the aforementioned Hurricane displacement. One night, Chris surprised me with tickets to their mutual favorite Broadway musical, the revival of “Annie.” That was the beginning of the end. Since I was little I had loved that musical, and the message of “hope for tomorrow” rang true for each of us that evening. Though they were still living out of suitcases, after that “date night” our tomorrow was a new lease together on the Upper East Side and an engagement that followed two years later.

Favorite wedding moments: I have so many favorite moments from my wedding. The entire day was just so calm it really didn’t hit me until I was standing with my father waiting to walk down the aisle. Once it began there was one excitement to follow another. From the most amazing band setting a very New Year’s Eve mood to my brothers surprising me with a song and dance that included all my childhood friends. It was a feeling I will never forget: pure happiness. The few times I was able to sit down I looked out to the dance floor and can’t recall it once being even close to empty. We had a difficult time getting guests to sit down to eat! When midnight hit I stood and looked out to the a stunningly gorgeous room, covered in balloons and confetti, surrounded by everyone I love – that was such a true celebration of love… and quite the Happy New Year!

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Photography: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Design: Kate Siegel Fine Events | Event Planning: Kate Siegel Fine Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: The Whole Cake | Invitations: Southern Fried Paper | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Catering: Componere Fine Catering | Calligraphy: Nancy Hopkins Lettering | Lighting: Impact Lighting & Production | DJ: Boutique DJs | Band: Mood Swing Orchestra | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Bently Reserve | Balloon Drop: Balloon Magic | Beverage Services: Rye on the Road | China Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Custom Bandstands + Backdrop: Cherries Flowers | Custom Dance Floor: Bright Event Rentals | Custom Masks, Hats + Poppers: Paper Tangent | Getting Ready Venue: W Retreat & Spa | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Mother of the Bride's Attire: Tom Ford | Place Card Holders: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Signage, Stir Sticks + Napkins: Southern Fried Paper

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When a Musician + Dancer Fall In Love…

When there’s a dancer in the mix, you just know the pics are gonna be good. Add in an adorable hubby-to-be and San Fran’s beautiful sights, and well, Jasmine Lee captured a goldmine right here. You can’t help but smile when you gaze upon these pics – from the sweet smiles to the beachside tunes and moves. See it all in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride-to-be… I met Paulo on my first day of college and felt immediately that I had found my best friend. He was the easy going musician to my “Type A” ballerina, but it felt natural to be in each other’s company. We didn’t start dating until college ended and had to spend a few years long distance when Paulo left for medical school in New York. San Francisco was our first home together after long distance ended, and it’s where we’ll be getting married.

We’re so lucky that Jasmine was available to capture our engagement and soon our wedding! As camera shy people, Paulo and I had no idea it was possible to feel completely like ourselves in front of a camera — but that’s the magic of Jasmine Lee! For outfits, I wanted a lighter dress at the beach and something more formal for the pier since I mostly only get to see Paulo in scrubs these days. We minimized our props to paper cup telephones. In three years of long distance, we never went a day without talking on the phone. Now, after seven years of dating, I can’t wait to get married to my partner in crime.

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Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Dress: Nordstrom | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Hair + Makeup: Fancy Nancy Artistry | Venue: Baker Beach | Venue: Pier 7 | Skirt: Ted Baker | Top: Vince Camuto

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We found your perfect wedding stationery… and a giveaway, too!

Pretty paper goods? Sort of our jam here at SMP. So to say we’re excited to introduce you to one of our fave stationery designers, Carla Fahden of Color Me Carla, is, well… a serious understatement. Because if there is anything that can brighten up your work week, it’s her one-of-a-kind works of stationery pretty. Fall in love with every. last. piece (+ check out her awesome giveaway) below.

Painted by hand in gouache (and fine-tuned in photoshop), each collection from Color Me Carla is absolutely unique and timeless in a way that will make your minimalistic hearts happy. Think a modern meets classic aesthetic with a balanced use of white space and a defining approach to symmetry.  Not to mention that each stunning work of art is sooo pretty AND printed locally on a variety of paper stocks (hello, luxe 100% cotton), plus completely customizable with colors and fonts.  It’s what we call absolute perfection… and the perfect way to let your guests know just where the party is at. We love.

Visit Color Me Carla’s website, Instagram and Pinterest to start your journey to the perfect stationery suite, including fab Save the Dates and even menus.  That wow-inducing invitation you’ve been searching for? Color Me Carla has it. We promise.

GIVEAWAY

What: Color Me Carla is excited to announce her $1,000 giveaway! Yep – one lucky bride and groom will receive 100 invitations, reply cards and pre-addressed envelopes – with the option to customize color palette and fonts!

How: To enter, simply…
1) Follow @colormecarla_ on Instagram, and
2) Click the link in @colormecarla_’s profile to fill out a quick form

Who: One lucky bride or groom, chosen completely at random, will be notified via Instagram.  Contest ends 11.17 @ 5p CST. Good luck, lovelies! xo