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Island Park Yacht Club Wedding from CLY Creation

I get to wake up every morning with one assignment; devour gorgeous weddings. It’s a nice way to start the day, particularly when the day starts with a beauty like this Bridgeview Yacht Club wedding captured by our dear friends at CLY Creation. That’s when I wake up thanking my lucky stars I get to share the sweetness with all of you. Because sitting in this gallery are all the things I love so much about weddings – the scenery, the details, and most of all the love – and we get to devour every last bit of it right here.

From the Bride… Mike and I tied the knot on July 31, 2011 at Bridgeview Yacht Club. It was perfect. It was filled with chandeliers and we were able to have the intimate ceremony that we wanted with 350+ guest. I love that our guests overflowed to the stairs and outdoor deck overlooking us as we shared our vows. The aisles were decorated with some diy fabric poms. I’m grateful to my family and friends who spent countless hours cutting and gluing fabric. It took us a long time to finish making these fabric poms but it was completely worth it. I love the simplicity.

I especially love the quirky neighborhood surrounding Bridgeview. We took pictures in front of a ferris wheel and a warehouse. There was even a pick-up truck that I would describe as vintage. Our photographers managed to open the door, direct us in and captured some of our favorite pictures.

I loved my wedding invitations. I addressed each invite in calligraphy. A secret skill I learned in the sixth grade! My escort cards were origami boats with lifesavers and flags. It was another time consuming project! Did I mention that I’m extremely grateful to my family and friends who helped?

I wore two dresses - My wedding dress: I first fell in love with the dress when I was browsing through the Style Me Pretty site. I didn’t think I would be able to find it or afford it. To my surprise, I found it at a Kleinfeld sample sale. It was the first dress that I picked out and it was on sale. My tea ceremony dress: My tea ceremony dress actually belonged to Mike’s mom. She wore it on her wedding day and wanted me to have it. I loved the pink beading. It blended in perfectly with my color scheme.

We’re really fortunate to have such amazing family and friends! Our day of coordinators made sure everything looked “pretty” and ran smoothly. Cheryl even tied bows to seats to reserve the front row. Our groomsmen (Mike’s brother in-law) doubled as our DJ. Our friend Christina Tsuei put our story on video. We played it during our ceremony.

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: CLY Creation | Wedding Venue: Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park, New York | Floral Design: Lucy Wu Floral Design | Day of Coordinators: Mia Lui & Cheryl Yau | Invitations: Bella Figura | Shoes: BHLDN | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew | Cake Topper: Milk Tea by Bthanari | DJ: Philip Cheng | Our Story on Video: Christina Tsuei | Hair + Makeup: Ai Sakai of Ai Love Hair

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Bonnet Island Wedding from Brookelyn Photography

I absolutely love hearing from a Bride that loved the wedding planning process. Someone who let themselves get wrapped up in all the lovely and truly enjoy the little moments spent dreaming up the perfect day to say I do to her new beau. It should be no surprise that this Bride, the talent behind Raquel Bianca Creative, was just that sort of girl. Her day unfolded into a masterpiece of prettiness, and thanks to Brookelyn Photography we get to devour every last love-filled detail right here.

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From the Bride… As a designer, photographer and general artist, I knew that I would design the look of my own wedding. Having been a bridesmaid times six , I knew a fair amount going into the planning! Having never planned a large event myself, I found this a little daunting at first. But once I had a sense of what I wanted, I worked with many talented vendors and artisans to create what you will see in these photographs. Thank Heavens for Etsy! It was so rewarding to work with the many artists and craftsmen who helped bring my vision to life.

The gorgeous photography you will see in this post is from the very talented Brooke Fitts. The photos speak for themselves, and she is a true gem. I must have had a hundred people ask me what I was going to do for a photographer for our wedding, as I am one. I knew immediately upon seeing her work that I wanted her to be our photographer. She was a sweetheart and a joy to share my wedding day with. This is important because your photographer is someone you will spend a lot of time with on the day of your wedding. Our second shooter was Ruth of Ruth Anne Photography who was equally as delightful. Thank you ladies for giving a fellow photographer images she will cherish for a lifetime!

The first design element I started with was our color palette, and how that would translate onto paper. As someone who used to work in Advertising, I was most comfortable starting with print design. Once I had the invitations layout, I moved onto design boards for the event. Thank you so much to my day-of wedding planner Eileen at An Affair to Remember! She gave me amazing recommendation after amazing recommendation. My florist, Michael at Jardiniere Fine Flowers was a magician.

Kyle and I opted to sit at a sweetheart table for dinner. I have to say, we were both really happy with the choice. There isn’t a lot of alone time to be had on your wedding day. Having our own table allowed for some private conversation, but since we were situated near the door, our guests could come up to us at their leisure.  

Although I like to think that Kyle and I are important, our band was really the main event of the whole wedding. The Hudson Project is based in NYC, and I cannot properly describe how insanely talented they are.

I loved every moment of planning our wedding. Probably because planning an event is a good fit for me. The actual wedding week was incredible as well. I met many of Kyle’s family members that I hadn’t known prior. It felt like a week enveloped in love. It was a dream really. Kyle and I took each moment as it came to us, and feel blessed to be joined with our best friend for life. I can only hope that other couples feel this kind of happiness. We are still floating!

Wedding Photography:  Brookelyn Photography | Second Shooter : Ruth Powell from Ruth Anne Photography | Wedding Venue: Bonnet Island Estate in Long Beach, New York | Event Planner: An Affair to Remember | Floral Design: Jardiniere Fine Flowers | Caterer: MerryMakers | Wedding Cake: The Bake Works | Band: The Hudson Project | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: The Bride, Raquel Bianca Creative | Favor: Country Kettle Fudge | Favor Packaging: Whisker Graphics + Wedding Paper Divas | Shell Place Card Holders: Sweet Ingredients via Etsy | Wedding Dress: Alita Graham | Hair Flower: Twig & Honey | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride’sEarrings: Kenneth Jay Lane | Bride’s Purse: Ruche | Bride’s Belt: Kirsten Kuehn | Wedding Rings: Amanda Keiden | Bridesmaids Attire: BHLDN, J.Crew, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor + BCBG | Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Flower Girl Attire: Sophias Style | Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew Crewcuts + Janie and Jack | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Bar III | Groom + Groomsmen Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Hair + Makeup: Cosmo Bleu Salon

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Long Beach Wedding from Marianna Jamadi + Armando Rafael

We’re kicking off another gorgeous week here at SMP NY with the prettiest, chic beach fete we ever did see. Photographed to perfection by Marianna Jamadi Photography + Armando Rafael Photography, this wedding will have you dreaming of sandy shores and elegant, modern design in no time! See each and every fabulous detail right here!

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From the Bride… When my knight in shining armor, Brian, got down on one knee, our wedding journey began. My knight is no ordinary knight — the force is strong with him. He LOVES all things Star Wars! I’m NO Princess Leia — I’m more of a Carrie Bradshaw who happens to have been born in Venezuela to Chinese parents. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection on who we are both as a couple and individual people, as well as what makes us smile. We both love the beach. I LOVE the color pink, Hollywood regency style, anything vintage, and I am just addicted to a good bargain. His love of the Republic knows no bound. How could I combine what he loves with what I love in a classy, understated manner, incorporate my unique background AND pay homage to our shared love of lobster rolls!? This was harder than crossing Manhattan in 4-inch heels without a cab! I treated our wedding as a party. A great party has good food, a piñata, music and sangria! For Brian, anything Star Wars-related makes for a an awesome time.

I had a specific vision in my head on not only how I wanted the space to look but how how I wanted the whole wedding to feel — beach chic romance meets Han Solo in a galaxy far far away! I started an inspiration board of things I loved and spaces that made me happy. Brian was great and didn’t really ask for much except a Bobba Fett groom’s cake. I showed my inspiration board to my florist, Victoria, who was AMAZING! She worked with our budget and helped find alternatives when my ideas were too big for our pockets. She allowed me to source most of my decor items: driftwood, mercury candle holders, seashells, glass globes to hang from the ceiling, lanterns, etc.). Beach chic theme, check! I also wanted to surprise Brian. I organized a Chewbacca butter sculpture, a Darth Vader pinata filled with Star Wars goodies, a Chewbacca cut-out with lightsabers as props at the DIY photobooth and Star Wars-themed guest tote bags. Brian had the brilliant idea of making a signature cocktail, a Tatooine Caucasian…another nod to Star Wars. Star Wars theme, check! Our invitations, favors and menu played into our love of lobster rolls. Our printer created a beautiful heart lobster monogram, which to stamp our favor bags. Each had a red enamel lobster cracker, a lobster bib and a lobster-shaped cookie cutter. The bag was tied with a two sided recipe card. On one side, it had the a lobster boil recipe to use with the lobster bib and cracker. On the second side, we had a cookie recipe to use the lobster cookie cutter with. We also served lobster rolls at the reception. We even had a lobster cage as our card holder! Lobster roll theme, check!

In order to represent my Chinese heritage, we decided to have the tea ceremony before the wedding. It was amazing to have both of our families participate in this cultural ritual. For my family, it was a sign of respect and something a parent looks forward to. For Brian’s family, it was a sign that they embraced and celebrated our differences. Lastly, at Chinese weddings, the bride and groom have a large photo of themselves at the entrance of the reception. We did a take on this tradition and had a love map of all our milestones together. Unique background honored, check! Our family and friends still talk about how much they loved our wedding because it was so us. I want brides everywhere to know that a wedding should be whatever they want it to be. No theme is too impossible to mix together. For us it was about incorporating all the different elements that we love and things make us who we are … even Star Wars can be classy! 

Wedding Photography: Marianna Jamadi Photography + Armando Rafael Photography / Wedding Venue: The Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, New York / Floral Design: Designs by Ahn / Wedding Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films / Wedding Cake: The Hudson Cakery / Wedding Invitations: By Invitation Only / Star Wars Tote Bags: MisNopalesArt / Photo Booth Props: MisterMustache / Chinese Tea Ceremony Dress: Calypso / Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Anne Barge via The Wedding Salon of Manhasset / Bride’s Reception Dress: Jenny Packham via Designer Loft NYC / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Groom’s Suit + Tie: Brooks Brothers

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Long Beach Wedding by Tory Williams Photography

Tory Williams Photography knocked this next little number so far out of the gorgeous wedding ball park my seaside soiree loving heart can’t handle it!  From the bride’s one shoulder stunner gown to her to die for Jimmy Choo’s, the lovely images of this picture perfect party just has my heart all a flutter. I do believe I will be staring at these images all day thanks to the full gallery, because I just can’t get enough of this beach chic celebration!

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From the Bride…Planning a wedding is an overwhelming endeavor, and I have to say I was a bit lost in the beginning. This may be ironic given that I work for an interior design firm and truly love what details can do, but I admittedly have a difficult time making decisions, especially for myself. Luckily, I think we were fortunate to quickly learn that an enormous amount of time and effort can be spent on the minute, when in reality, focusing on the big stuff first is probably your best use of time. The rest will fall into place.

Naturally, my husband and I wanted our wedding to primarily be about our love for each other, and if you work things out together, this will happen. But the day is also about bringing together the special people in each of your lives. There are not many times when you can look around and see the familiar faces from each part of your life, in one place at one time. Soak it up!

Obviously, the wedding starts with location. We knew that we were going to be married in a church, so a site for the reception was our focus. We both grew up on the water and love spending as much time as possible at the beach. The natural beauty and simple elegance of the ocean were elements which we appreciate and wanted to incorporate into our wedding. Thus we were excited to find the Allegria Hotel, located right on the ocean in Long Beach, NY. The hotel is modern in design, with clean and simple lines matching greatly with our own taste. Throw in a roof deck and pool area perfect for taking in the sunset at cocktail hour and enough rooms to host all of our guests from both near and far, and we knew had a great fit. From there, we began booking vendor by vendor, some of them very close friends, each helping us plan a day we will never forget.

We were truly blessed to have had so many amazing family members and friends get involved to help the day come together. From invitations and flowers, to gift bags and place cards, we had help every step of the way. In the end I think we were able to incorporate the advice from others, while ultimately showcasing our own style and taste. We used soft and subdued natural colors to create an inviting environment, keeping it simple, clean, and refined, yet elegant.

From sunrise to sunset, our wedding day could not have been more perfect. Someone once told me that everyone’s wedding is a unique representation of the couple’s personality. I could not agree more.

Wedding Photography: Tory Williams Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Shooting Stars Weddings / Floral Design: Nadine Partridge / Ceremony Location: St. Patrick’s Church / Reception Location: Allegria Hotel / Invitations: Michael & Jillian Sullivan / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Band: Scott Yanney, Faze 4 Orchestras

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