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Romantic Early Morning NYC Wedding Session

After hosting their wedding in Korea, these adorable lovebirds wanted to capture some iconic wedding pics in New York City, where they first met, fell in love and now reside. They donned their wedding attire and headed out to the Meatpacking District and West Village in the early morning light, sharing intimate moments, with Rebecca Yale snapping away. The finished results are nothing short of magical.

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From Rebecca Yale PhotographyJamie and In-Hee had their wedding for their friends and family in Korea, but decided to have photographs taken to commemorate their wedding in New York City, where they met, fell in love and currently live. We hit the streets of the Meatpacking District and West Village in the early morning to capture the empty streets filled with golden light.

Photography: Rebecca Yale | Wedding Dress: Trina Turk | Shoes: Jenny Packham | Ring: Cartier | Hair And Makeup: Obmre By E.J. Kim | Getting Ready Hotel: The Dream Downtown | Watch: Rolex | Wedding Dress (short): Monique Lhuillier

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Rustic + Elegant Ithaca Farm Wedding

This fabulous fete is proof that a formal wedding can be loads of fun. From personalized mint juleps, to a watercolor guest book, to competitive cornhole toss, this elegant affair is overflowing with entertainment. Caroline Frost Photography was behind the lens snapping every bit of merriment and the gallery is the perfect place to see it all!

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From Caroline Frost PhotographyAs I’m sure you can tell from the photos, Stephanie and Dean’s wedding was a whole lot of fun for them and for their guests. Every detail was personalized and carefully selected for this elegant farm wedding from the groomsman socks from the wooden table numbers. Even their bridal party attendants got custom engraved mint julep cups! But they also had tons of activities to keep the guests entertained throughout the evening including a watercolor guest book, a personalized cornhole toss, bocce ball and a photo-booth. To add to the elegance, Stephanie and Dean were near professional dancers after a year of dance lessons.

They chose to get married in Ithaca, where they first met at their Alma Mater, Cornell. Since most of the bridal party was also from Cornell, we even hopped over to Cornell for some fun portraits around the campus.

Photography: Caroline Frost Photography | Floral Design: Plenty Of Posies | Catering: The Heights Cafe | Hair: Haute House Hair Salon | DJ: Sugartown Industries | Venue: Gratitude And Grace | Macarons: The Sweet Praxis | Planning: Terra Rosa | Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events

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Intimate Peach + Navy Stripes Skaneateles Wedding

Planning a wedding from the other side of the country while keeping in mind a budget is definitely a challenge. But, this DIY bride rose to the occasion and created the wedding of her dreams. From the personalized cornhole board to the hand-drawn signage, this gorgeous bride did it all (with the help of friends and family, of course!). The result is a truly one-of-a-kind affair captured by Mary Dougherty Photography. See all the proof that DIY details are a major wedding “Do” in the gallery.

From the beautiful Bride… Having spent my summers on Skaneateles Lake since childhood and seeing all the beautiful weddings in the quaint village as we would dock our boat and get our ice cream, I knew then, as a little girl, that I would someday be that Bride with her Groom having their wedding portraits taken in that perfect, picturesque village on the lake.

When my husband proposed, we were on the water (surprise!) but on the other side of the country in Seattle, Washington. We knew without a doubt that we both wanted a summertime Skaneateles wedding. Planning a budget-friendly New York wedding from Seattle, I knew was going to be a challenge, but one that I was excited to do! My husband and I are both pretty laid-back and fun-loving, so we envisioned our wedding to be a reflection of that. We knew that we wanted an indoor-outdoor reception that was somewhat like a back yard party, that wasn’t too rustic and had a touch of elegance to it. After an extensive Google search in our initial planning stages, we stumbled upon the Frog Pond Bed and Breakfast and we both knew right away it was going to be the perfect setting. Besides its beautiful carriage house, gardens and sprawling lawns, the Frog Pond was a blank canvas. We were able to bring in all the vendors of our choice and it allowed me to have the creative freedom in designing a wedding that was truly personal and “ours”.

When designing and dreaming up the feel and decoration for our wedding, I was most inspired by the lake and wanted it to have a hint of a nautical feel (without being too “theme-y”) paired with soft touches of coral, peach and blush pink. Since we were on a pretty tight budget, I knew that I was going to be doing a lot of the do-it-yourself decor myself. From the coral ombre pillow covers on the lawn, to hand drawn signage and paper fans on the walls, it was all done by yours truly.

My husband and I are both from New York, but we fell in love and currently live in Seattle, so incorporating some personal touches from our new home was very important to us. The table numbers were postcards from a favorite vendor in Pike Place Market. The driftwood that held the watercolor ombre place cards was gathered from Discovery Park Beach where my husband proposed to me. And of course we had so serve all of our guests craft beer and wine that was local to Seattle and the pacific northwest.

Since I was planning our wedding long distance and most of it was DIY, it required the help from a lot of family and friends. My crafty mom took on the challenge and made all the striped tablecloths on the patio and the runners that lined the head table in the tent and the dessert tables in the carriage house since I could not find a navy and white striped table cloth from any rental company in the area. My best friend’s fiance made the awesome cornhole boards from which we applied custom vinyl decals I had made from a shop on Etsy. My good friend who is an event planner in New York City offered to design and arrange all of the flowers and bouquets. From the assortment of bud vases overflowing with huge dahlia blossoms to my bridesmaids’ perfect coral bouquets tied up with navy and white grosgrain ribbon, she took my vision and blew away all of my expectations. Last but not least, my talented girlfriend that I went to design school with designed all of our invitations, logo, menus and programs. We loved that so many of our family and friends came together to make our wedding day so personal and special, along with the help of our month-of coordinator, we would not have been able to pull it off without them!

The morning of our wedding day, my girls and I relaxed and sipped mimosas as we got our makeup applied and hair done at my parents’ cottage on the lake, while my Groom and his Groomsmen buttoned up their suits and chilled out before the ceremony at the historic Sherwood Inn in the village of Skaneateles.

We arrived to the small Catholic church that I had grown up going to every summer, and while I was nervous and excited to have my Groom see me for the first time, I could feel the energy and love from all of our family and friends that filled the little church and I had a sense of calm while I waited with my dad before the doors opened to walk down the aisle. Our ceremony was personal and intimate and filled with laughter here and there, but what made it even more special was that my cousin was able to marry us and bless us as we became Husband and Wife.

As we arrived to the Frog Pond I remember gasping with excited and happiness as I saw all of the details that I had planned come to life. It was everything that I had envisioned and more. As guests arrived, we mingled, played corn hole and drank the signature cocktails on patio under the trees strung with cafe lights and bunting banners. Dinner was held under the tent in the back lawn where my husband and I were introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs! We toasted champagne and ate delicious seasonal food made by a local cafe that had catered many weddings at the Frog Pond before us (which was very helpful!).

Following dinner, we were interrupted with the most beautiful, golden sunset where our amazing photographer, Mary Dougherty, and videographer,  Zach Cullen, ushered us to the front lawn for some impromptu and very special portraits. In that moment, my new Husband and I were able to take a breath, be present and just enjoy each other. The pictures and footage they captured are some of our favorites from the day and a moment we will never forget. We were then introduced for a second time as we entered the carriage house to have our first dance as Mr. and Mrs., enjoy dessert and cocktails with our guests and dance the night away with our family and closest friends.

Our wedding was all we had hoped for and more. Even with the unpredictable weather upstate NY experienced that summer (and it was forecasted to be storming all day!), it did not rain a drop and we were blessed with the most perfect day and and even more perfect sunset. I couldn’t have asked for anything else on the day we became Husband and Wife.

Photography: Mary Dougherty Photography | Videography: Cullen Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Emily Reid Driscoll Events | Wedding Dress: Heart to Heart Bridal | Invitations: Courtney Nader | Ceremony Venue: St. Ann's Church | Reception Venue: Frog Pond Bed And Breakfast | Shoes: J.Crew | Jewelry: Nadri | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Kendra's Cafe | Makeup: Erica Abdo | Hair: Bijou Salon | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Bridemaids' Clutches: Oatmeal Lace | Event Planning and Design: The Bride | Groomsmen Attire: Express Men | Month-of Coordination: Danielle Fleck Events

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Traditional Rochester Country Club Wedding

When the Bride is an event planner, you know you’re going to see a beautiful wedding and an amazing party too! This blissful couple achieved just that, with invitations from William Arthur and lovely lavender florals (and some help from Mom!) setting the tone for an utterly elegant affair. Take a peek at the full gallery from Alexandra Meseke, to see some major pretty from this lovely day.

From Alexandra Meseke PhotographyBeth and Mike are the kind of couple that every photographer dreams of photographing. Not only are they both easy on the eyes without even trying, the camera also loves their chemistry. They were so comfortable with us from the very beginning, and I think it really shows in these photographs of them. I really love when you can look at a photograph of a couple on their wedding day and completely forget that a camera and a photographer was even there. It manages to be just them being themselves and looking so effortlessly happy.

Beth and Mike planned a flawless event. While they wanted it to be beautiful of course, it was more important to them that their guests have an incredible time. Everything was elegant and classic about this day. They picked one of the most beautiful county clubs in all of the Rochester area. The golf course CCR is so beautiful you really do manage to forget you’re even on a golf course. There is so much history just in the beauty and size of the trees.

What I loved about this event is that Beth did not get caught in trying to out DIY all the other brides out there. She let her venue speak for itself, and accented it with some phenomenal flower arrangements, and table settings. It never ceases to amaze me what a mix of differently sized candle votives can do to a table and therefore a room. Keep is simple, keep is timeless, keep is beautiful. Another really lovely detail was that instead of table numbers they did places that were significant to them as a couple and as individuals. Personal touches like that really go a long way. The other part of what we loved about this event is what an incredible party it was. Every single guest was on up and dancing because the music was amazing. If you’re going to go the band route it’s so important for them it hit the thing out of the park, and Nik Lite did that and more. Every bride is going to look stunning in her own way, and a gorgeous venue is a gorgeous venue. But not everyone can pull off a killer party like that. And what more could you want then all of your loved ones to leave your wedding saying what an incredible time they had, and wishing it didn’t have to end.

From the Bride… As a child, and now an adult who is against eating lobster in any capacity (all due to a childhood experience where my little “pet” lobster whom I adored didn’t remain a “pet” for long), it was rather ironic when on our first date, Mike ordered lobster. After a quick panic phone call to my best friend in the restroom, I stayed and had an amazing time. He swept me off my feet, and five quick years later we were engaged. Interestingly enough they say that those crustaceans I adore find one mate for life and it was clear, I had finally found my lobster.

As an event planner for the Harold Pratt House in NYC for the past seven years, I’ve been planning other bride’s weddings for years, but never truly envisioned my own. All I knew from the beginning was I wanted my guests to have an amazing time and I knew I could create it myself, having listened to so many clients list off what did and did not work out for each and every wedding over the years. The entertainment and photography were the most important to us. We knew wherever we ended up it would be beautiful, and as long as guests were dancing the entire night and the memories were captured, we would be thrilled. I also have stared at, fluffed up and bustled hundreds of wedding dresses, so by the time it was my turn to buy “the dress”, my goal was to have it fit my personality and love every minute of wearing it. My Reem Acra dress was just that and more. Mission accomplished!

If I could offer advice to the bride-to-be’s out there, it would be to take it one day at a time and to please you and your fiance first and foremost, and then make compromises along the way for friends and family. In the end, everyone will have a blast, so don’t stress the small stuff. Oh and try not to serve lobster!

Photography: Alexandra Meseke Photography | Flowers: Wisteria Flowers | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Incredible Edible Cookie Company | Invitations: William Arthur | Stationary: Veronica Foley Design | Church: St. John The Evangelist Church Rochester NY | Reception Venue: Country Club Of Rochester | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Make-Up: Joan Lincoln | Hair: Lara Mattoon Via Artistic Designs | Lighting : Balloon Effects International | Band: Nik Lite Via Nik Entertainment Co. | Photobooth: SNAPpodNY | Save The Date: Natty Michelle Paperie | Seating Chart: CT-Designs | Sundae Bar: Abbott's Frozen Custard

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Romantic Summer Ceremony Decor Inspiration

When Two Of A Kind Rentals, ever swoon, and Face Time Beauty come together, we’re in for a treat. So I got excited about the magic they recently created, especially considering it showcased one of my favorite decor areas – the often overlooked ceremony site. Add in blooms from Designs By Ahn and Gotham Florist, and Alicia Swedenborg’s pics and I’m bursting with ideas. See all this beauty right this way!

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From Two of a Kind RentalsI teamed up with an amazing group of wedding vendors and spearheaded two styled shoot titled “Candle Lit Arches” and “Chuppah Delight.” We receive an overwhelming amount of questions from brides each spring regarding the many ways to style their ceremony backdrop. And this is our answer for them! Just one of the many ways it can be done.

We get excited about a good wedding arch and wanted to prove to our brides that it can be done in a modern, trend-forward way (unlike the traditional plastic arches you see at a lot of rental companies!).

The amazing team at Designs By Ahn wrapped our Vintage Metal Arbor with buckets of green garlands and fresh florals to achieve a romantic, lush green backdrop. White, blush and cream colored blooms were incorporated to add a romantic accent. With the addition of large and small vintage metal lanterns, candles and the Green Building’s exposed brick walls, this entire backdrop came to life!

Our groom wears a 100% wool custom Suitable suit (thanks to their amazing wedding party discount!) while our bride wears an intricately beaded Nearly Newlywed sweetheart gown. Special thanks to the Facetime Beauty hair and makeup team for providing red lips and a head full of curls for our bride!

We could think of no better backdrop for this shoot then The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York. The venue’s rustic, exposed brick walls and natural colored floors created a most majestic canvas for this shoot. Thanks to Alicia Swedenborg for the photography and Ever Swoon for styling!

We also outfitted our bride in Preston & Olivia veils which perfectly accented the intricate Ceci New York stationery included in this shoot. Bridal bling provided by Marisa Perry brought our bride to life! Flower crowns made from white, blush and cream colored flowers made by Designs by Ahn adorn our bride’s head.

The “Chuppah Delight” design goes out to all of our brides who ask for wedding decor direction! Most times our rental clients have reception decor, menu details and color schemes planned out from the beginning but tend to forget about one important thing… their ceremony backdrop! With the help of our vendor friends here in New York, we introduce brides and grooms into the wonderful world of non-traditional chuppah options and what that could look like for their big day.

Gotham Florist layered bunches of greens and fresh florals on Two of a Kind’s White Birch Chuppah to achieve a magical layering effect. As you can see, we excluded the typical white chuppah linen and instead showcased layers of greens and magenta, light pink and white flowers creating our own natural canopy.

Made in Heaven Cakes baked a lace covered 3-tiered cake for our bride and groom to cut which matched perfectly with the intricate Ceci New York stationery included in this shoot.

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Event Styling: Ever Swoon | Florist: Designs By Ahn | Florist: Gotham Florist | Cake: Made In Heaven Cakes | Invitations: Ceci New York | Jewelry: Marisa Perry | Make-up: Linsey for Face Time Beauty | Hair : Lauren for Face Time Beauty | Calligraphy : Ink Revival | Groom's Suit: Suitable | Venue: The Green Building | Bridal Boutique: Nearly Newlywed | Decor Rentals: Two Of A Kind Rentals | Veils: Preston & Olivia

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