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Nutcracker-Inspired Wedding Shoot

With Christmas morning just mere hours away, sharing a festive – and wildly gorgeous – bridal shoot only feels right. Chock-full of seasonal hues and dreamy details with a subtle nod to The Nutcracker, I can’t think of any better way to get in the holiday spirit. Cheeky Details brought the ballerina bride concept to life and Caroline Frost captured one pin-worthy moment after another. More right here!

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Winter
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Mansion
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Elegance

From the Planners of Cheeky DetailsWe were inspired to create a styled shoot that was visually stunning, but with a concept that has not been overdone or used all over the place. When we started thinking of words that encompassed what we wanted to portray, ballerinas danced through our heads and the idea of soft graceful beauty with muted colors & simple details were selected. We knew that we HAD to have an actual ballerina to throw in some amazing poses while holding a gorgeous bouquet with tons of soft, trailing silk that floated in the wind like a ribbon wand. We also knew that we wanted tulle to be incorporated in a subtle way to again take us back to the ballerina concept. The exterior of Chelsea Mansion was perfect. It could be used as a blank canvas, but it held a bit of drama and history to the shoot overall. We dressed up their old tennis court which was built in the 1800′s (and has not seen much action since) for our ceremony location with flowers and tulle.

The dresses that we chose from Kleinfeld Bridal seriously sealed the deal. We didn’t want typical ivory or white, but instead found not one, but TWO that fit our ideas perfectly. A soft grey Mark Zunino and a blush colored Lazaro fit the bill to a T.

We wanted our ballerina bride to exude gracefulness and innocence. We imagined her hair and makeup to be very soft, which is why we gave her bold eyes without using too much color, a pale lip and rosy cheeks. Hair was swept into a side braid using ribbon that matched her bouquet to finish the look.

As for our tablescape, we wanted to again showcase a dreamy and delicate look. We fused feminine details with whimsical charm and used many different textures/colors to set the perfect scene. Our Grey Acadia natural wood table was draped with a beautiful Sable colored, organza runner that emulated soft flower petals dancing down the table. Our chairs were adorned with side swept tulle that caught the wind at just the right times. We also used vintage place settings complete with gold flatware, blush stemware and mis-matched plates. Some where all white with embossed patterns and others had flowers that accented the rest of the dinner party. We tucked our napkins, which were woven linen trimmed with gathered sheer fabric and fringe, under the plates at different angles to showcase even more intricate simplicity. We also placed a wreath of greens around the bride and groom’s plates instead of the typical flowers/greens on their actual chairs that we do very often.

The flowers we used consisted of Garden Roses, Tea Roses, Blushing Bride Protea and Ranunculus all in very pale shades of Pink and Creams accented by a ton of greens including Jasmine Vine and feather Eucalyptus. For a dramatic effect, we also threw in two pops of a very deep fuchsia featured in our Peony and Cosmos! 

Photography: Caroline Frost Photography | Wedding Gown: Lazaro At Kleinfeld Bridal | Wedding Gown: Mark Zunino At Kleinfeld Bridal | Hair: Laura Burns | Cake And Desserts: Sweet Karma Desserts | Invitations, Caligraphy, Watercolors And Paper Goods: Graceline Art- Jenny Sanders | Makeup: Matthew Anthony | Planning, Floral Design & Concept: Cheeky Details | Table Runner/ Napkins: Couture Dreams | Tuxedo: Bonaventure Tuxedo | Vintage Rentals: Petunia Rose | Wedding Venue: Chelsea Mansion

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Romantic NY Metropolitan Building Wedding

When Michelle Edgemont and Brklyn View Photography join creative forces, gorgeous weddings are kind of a given. But truth be told? This Brooklyn love affair just might be my very favorite yet. Sprinkled with metallic details and stunning floral moments by Blossom And Branch, it’s redefining urban romance with all-out style and this little taste is only the beginning.

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From Michelle EdgemontOn a nice August New York City day, Dana and Jonathan were married at the amazing Metropolitan Building. Full of antiques, interesting spaces, and unique props, the Metropolitan Building was a perfect compliment to the couple’s urban style. Michelle Edgemont designed and planned their beautiful wedding day. The main colors, peach and pink, were accented with her signature metallic gold touches throughout. Notice the cascading ribbon on the bridal bouquet and the gold confetti inside the hurricane candles. Michelle worked closely with Blossom & Branch to execute her floral vision. With lush garden roses and fluffy hydrangea, Blossom & Branch created romantic, pretty centerpieces and a show-stopper of a chuppah. Jove Meyers Events kept the wedding day running smoothly with his impeccable style.

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Event Design: Michelle Edgemont | Event Planning: Michelle Edgemont | Floral Design: Blossom And Branch | Cake: Sweet & Shiny | Invitations: Lion In The Sun - Huntington | Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building | Catering: Maia Pearl Catering | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Bride's Dress: Kleinfeld | Chalkboard Artist: Andrea Casey | Day Of Wedding Coordinator: Jove Meyer | Makeup Artists: Makeup Art By Bre | Music: Erin Hill

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Intimate New York City Winter Elopement

I’ll admit I’m not exactly the spontaneous type. I like plans. But reading about this couple, Ms. Australia and her handsome groom, traveling across the world for a surprise elopement in NYC, made me think I need to be a bit more adventurous. If the pure joy on their faces is any proof, then it’s worth it. Raquel Reis captured every NYC moment in this gallery and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the week.

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Winter
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From The Bride… New York has always been one of our favorite cities and a great inspiration to choose the city was it also being home to the number one restaurant in the United States, Eleven Madison Park. I have a Masters Degree in Gastronomy and as a TV Presenter specializing in food and wine, I have had the privilege to travel the world in my career and with my wonderful husband to see and experience some of the most amazing restaurants, wineries and produce markets in the world. Ross and I love food and wine, so when it came to making our decision – the first element of our wedding in the United States that I booked was Eleven Madison – the private dining room for our black-tie wedding.

Leading up to our wedding, like many brides, I had been planning and finalizing our wedding for the best part of a year – but here in Australia! We had three months until our initial wedding date when Ross and I just looked at each other and said “What are we doing?” Like many (or from what I hear nearly every!) wedding, ours had started to snowball with our venue in Australia proving close to impossible to make our dream day come true so we made the decision to elope and to one of our favorite cities, New York!

Being summer in Australia and winter (with snow) in New York – this took some tweaking of the creation of my wedding gown – I actually decided to completely change the entire design of my haute couture gown by amazing designer Paolo Sebastian – from strapless, princess-style, to a more classic and elegant style – featuring made-to-order hand sewn French lace from Princess Kate Middleton’s lacemaker for my bodice and long sleeves with an ivory silk georgette skirt and train. An elegant matching cashmere cape was also created featuring the special lace to complement my gown as we had envisaged the weather to be cold – but were thrilled to enjoy the hottest day ever recorded in December in New York with 22′C! 

Once we had chosen New York and Eleven Madison, we chose our hotel – The NoMad, what a gorgeous boutique hotel! We decided to marry on the rooftop in the stunning marquee with beautiful hanging chandeliers, the iconic New York skyline as our backdrop with the historic Cupola Dome and a string quartet playing as I walked down the aisle with my dad to marry my handsome groom. In choosing to elope, we decided to invite only a small party with our male guests looking very dapper in their black bow-ties and the ladies very elegant in black with a touch of red – which I tied in with our stunning classic red roses theme – my bouquet, miniature red rose wrist corsage for the ladies and red rose lapel for the gents.

Creating a vision board of our theme really helped to convey and share our dream styling with all our wonderful service providers – from our Ron Ben-Israel stunning white and gold monogram tiered wedding cake with red sugar roses topper, to our beautiful photographs from Raquel Reis Photography and wonderful film by Joseph Edwards Films. The team at Eleven Madison and The NoMad were also exceptional – such amazing attention to detail and all so genuinely lovely. Special touches also included the gorgeous miniature ring cushion my mum made for us, featuring lace from my wedding gown.

It was a special moment walking down the aisle with my dad to marry my groom, church bells started chiming from all around Manhattan, very, very special and one of those signs you know that you are in the right place at the right time. Marrying my wonderful husband and best friend.

Photography: Raquel Reis | Videographer: Joseph Edwards Films | Floral Design: Ovando | Wedding Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | Ceremony Venue: The NoMad Hotel | Reception Venue: Eleven Madison Park | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Celebrant: Reverend Will Mercer | String Quartet: Art-Strings Ensembles | Bride's Gown: Paolo Sebastian - Haute Couture