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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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Modern NYC Bookstore Wedding

Stop everything you’re doing; we have a dress that deserves your full attention. This Oscar De La Renta masterpiece is pretty much all I’ve been thinking about since the moment I laid my eyes on it, and this stylish Bride is my new hero. Her chic celebration, planned by ever swoon, is chock full of goodness and Sasithon Photography captured them all right here. My new fav? I think so.

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From the beautiful Bride… We decided to get married when we stumbled upon the venue, Housing Works Bookstore in SoHo, New York. Housing Works is a non-profit bookstore in our community and, with its mahogany- paneled bookshelves and spiral staircases, the space felt very intimate and true to our experience in New York. Our objective for the evening was to throw an elegant and modern dinner party with delicious food and great music. We planned our wedding remotely during a year in which we were living in Italy, so we relied heavily on the endless know-how and organization of our Event Planner Tamra Sanford of Ever Swoon, and the impeccable aesthetic of our Floral Designer Kat Hyppolite of Kat Flower. Kat created beautiful bouquets and centerpieces in pinks, burgundy and purple that looked wild and romantic, and complimented the floral motifs Nico designed for our invitations and paper goods. We also had a wonderful photographer, Sasithon Pooviriyakul, who completely understood how to translate our vision of an intimate dinner party into stunning candid images of the evening.

We were lucky enough to have friends and family from all over the world join us for the evening, so we worked with our celebrant Fintan Moore to create a ceremony that was intimate, thoughtful, and true to our partnership. We decided on a Celtic Handfasting ceremony, which celebrated our shared Irish heritage and communicated a key message of the night: two families coming together. As interludes during the ceremony our friends recited poetry from the staircase behind us. It was a special moment to celebrate our love and friendship; our wedding party knotting our hands together with ribbons as our guests watched on from the balcony above. Since we had over a year to plan the wedding, we had the opportunity to be very mindful of every detail. I designed my own fragrance for the day, and Chris had cufflinks made to honor his favorite soccer team.

Over the past seven years we have shared seven addresses, so we named our seven tables after streets we have lived on, which was another fun way for our guests to share in our story. Of course even the best-laid plans often go awry, and the blazing red wedding dress was chosen only days before the wedding. Some of the most important parts of the night included handmade and personal elements made by our families. Chris’s sister prepared her incredible coconut cream pie, our absolute favorite, for our wedding dessert and my mom made handmade paper using flowers and seeds from her garden, which she turned into bookmarks to pair with our wedding favors – books from Housing Works, of course!

Photography: Sasithon Photography | Event Planning: Ever Swoon | Floral Design: Kat Flower | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Bracelet: Cartier | Hair And Makeup: Giovanna Berardi Of Parlor | Groom's Shoes : Alden | Wedding Venue: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe | Earrings: Oscar De La Renta | Groom's Pocket Square: Sarah Drake Design | Music : Dean Tsur - The Juilliard School

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Eclectic + Colorful Brooklyn Wedding

Eclectic yet elegant, this colorful soiree is filled with personality. Marrying a warm color palette with a sparkling cityscape, this fabulous fete proves that Brooklyn is bursting with romance. Beginning with their beautiful Tie That Binds paper goods and ending the evening with a macaron cake, the gallery from Lindsay Madden Photography is the place to see it all!

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From Lindsay Madden Photography … Brooklyn weddings are some of my favorites! So when Lindsay & Max told me their wedding was going to be held at My Moon Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn I was beyond excited. This little gem of a place was on my ‘dying to photograph’ list for quite some time. Once an abandoned warehouse, My Moon is now an utterly chic restaurant infused with Moroccan & Spanish influences. Lindsay & Max’s wedding was an eclectic yet, elegant soiree filled with a warm color pallet, personality, twinkle lights & a cake made up of macaroons! I feel so lucky to have been able to capture their romantic city wedding.

Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Wedding Gown: Alyne From Solutions Bridal | Invitations: Tie That Binds | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Make Up: Styled By Jen | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Reception: MyMoon | Groom's Tux: Alton Lane | Macaron Tower: Dana's Bakery | Music: DJ's At Work NYC | Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals | Socks: Happy Socks

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Chic Brooklyn Brunch Wedding

Can brunch weddings become more popular please (aka I’d really love an invite!) as I’m crushing hard on every bit of this Brooklyn celebration. But besides some fab brunch food, what makes this wedding an immediate winner for me is the Bride’s fabulously fun jumpsuit she donned for her reception. Isabelle Selby photographed my new style hero in all her glory and this gallery has me downright giddy.

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From the Bride… As brunch fanatics the timing of the day was very important for our Brooklyn wedding at the lovely Aurora. In planning we envisioned our wedding to be an intimate romantic restaurant wedding, with a modern twist and I’m happy to say that we achieved that and more. Despite the rain during the ceremony (good luck, right?) we took everything in stride and had a day we’ll never forget.

We did away with a large amount of wedding “traditions” in our planning because we wanted the day to reflect us all the way (no cake, no color schemes, no favors, no bridesmaids/groomsmen etc). The day was filled with great Italian brunch food, the beautiful vined background of Aurora and a small group of our family and friends. We also wanted to include as much family as possible to make it all the more special so Phil’s uncle provided brunch entertainment and Grandpa Ted officiated the ceremony. With just a Maid of Honor and a Best Man, our small wedding party was exactly how we wanted to honor our two siblings. We also passed champagne during the ceremony because the party needed to start as early as humanly possible and I think our guests were fans of this as well! Our family members danced down the aisle with sunglasses because we don’t take ourselves too seriously and I think we pulled off the fun wedding we had hoped for! We kept our guests entertained in true Brooklyn style by hosting a Friday night Pig Roast at Radegast Biergarten and a Sunday Funday event at Brooklyn Bowl so that we could spend the whole weekend with all of our guests. All in all it was a wonderful weekend with our friends and family that mean so much to us.

Photography: Isabelle Selby Photography | Event Planning: Juliet Rose Events | Floral Design: Juliet Rose Events | Wedding Dress: Catherine Deane | Shoes: Valentino | Engagement Ring: Vintage | Hair: Beauty With Grace | Hair And Makeup: Beauty With Grace | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Aurora | After-Party Venue: The Counting Room | Wedding Jumpsuit: BHLDN | Wedding Rings: Blue Nile

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Elegant NYC Fall Wedding at 26 Bridge Street

I’ve proclaimed it before and I’m sticking with my statement; I adore autumn weddings. Fall is a theme that I wholeheartedly embrace; bring on the pumpkins, leaves and let’s sprinkle gold everywhere. Sarah Tew and Crown Street Productions captured every festive moment of this elegant affair – including Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design’s blooming beauties. Let’s love on fall and these cuties right this way!

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From the Bride… From the moment we got engaged I knew we wanted a fall a wedding. But not just a wedding in the fall, what we really wanted was a wedding that made our guests feel like they stepped into a perfect fall day. Avi and I spent a long time searching for every one of our vendors and wanted to make sure each of them would help us to create an incredibly fun and relaxed day! When we first met with Rebecca Shepherd, we immediately clicked and I so loved her vintage-chic style. Together, we came up with the colors for wedding, teal, coral, peach, yellow and gold combined with other fall elements, pumpkins, leaves, etc. I asked her to combine those ideas along with her own unique style, and that was it! I always feel like you get the best results when you let amazingly creative people do their thing and we were so happy with the results. We especially loved our pumpkin escort card table!

Of course Avi was focused on the band from the beginning and when we went to go hear Dexter Lake Club Band it was magic, and I’m not exaggerating. We both got up from our seats in their studio and started dancing. We basically hired them on the spot.

From there things really fell into place, we met with Sarah Tew, and fell in love with her approach and her creative and colorful photography. We loved our engagement photos and were just so excited to get to work with her again at the wedding!!

We worked with the wonderful Chef Rossi of Raging Skillet to create at autumn themed menu filled with apples, pears, figs, and squash. I wanted to feed people things that I would want to cook and of course eat. We got so many compliments on Chef Rossi’s creative food, especially the one bite desserts!

As the wedding approached and the weather got colder, I started to get really excited about our fall themed wedding and began to gather things to help make the day more personal, more us.. We ordered menu cards, table numbers and bar menus. Again, gold, and leafy throughout. We came up specialty cocktails – an old fashioned for Avi, of course, and a pear bellini for me! We decided on maple syrup favors, keeping with the theme, plus we loved the idea that people could enjoy our favor after the wedding! Finally, in the weeks leading up to the wedding, we gathered vintage picture frames for a family photo table and last but not least a typewriter for our guest book table! I loved using Etsy to come up with creative ideas and found some of the most creative and wonderful people on that site! We especially loved our cake toppers, which I ordered to look like us, from Etsy!

Photography: Sarah Tew Photography | Videography: Crown Street Productions | Event Design: Tara, Exquisite Affairs Productions | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Cake: City Sweets | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: The Raging Skillet | Makeup: Maureen Pedala | Hair: Claudia Pedala | Groom's Attire: Alexander McQueen | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Wedding Venue: 26 Bridge Street | Getting Ready Venue: Sixty LES | Invitation Design: Gwyneth Paige-Judy Paulens Designs, Bloomingdales | Ketubah: Amalya Nini-J Levine Judaica | Limo: Brownin Transportation | Music: Dexter Lake Club Band

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