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Elegant + Dramatic Brooklyn Wedding

Real weddings are our bread and butter here at SMP. From Brooklyn like this next one to Boise, from trendy to timeless – weddings are what we call home. But the best ones, in our opinion, are the weddings where fun reigns King. And knowing that this pair used Trivial Pursuit and Shuffle Board to keep their guests busy, made all of the gorgeous decor that much more lovable. With photos by a guy + a girl photography, beauty by Jackie Schneider Beauty and vows by Reverend Annie Lawrence, this is one wedding that we can get completely on board with. And there is more here!

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From a guy + a girl photography… Oh, here is one of our favorites of the year! An incredibly cozy Winter wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn. Sarah and Mike (and their families) have been close since elementary school, so this wedding truly was a union where two families officially became one.

Their decor featured an NYC-meets-Brooklyn theme with skylines and vintage postcards present throughout. We are still obsessed with their gorgeous gold cake, and could not believe it was vegan!!! Although the ceremony and reception took place at 501 Union, their happy day opened and closed at the nearby Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, where Mike is a member. Games like connect four, trivial pursuit and of course, shuffleboard kept Sarah and Mike’s friends and families (and their wedding photographers!) partying long after the cake was cut and the band stopped playing. So happy for this amazing pair!

Photography: a guy + a girl photography | Event Design: Viva Max Weddings | Coordination: Viva Max Weddings | Floral Design: Lindsay Rae Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Emily Lael | Invitations: Lion In The Sun - Huntington | Shoes: Adriana Papell | Catering: Saucy By Nature | Makeup: Jackie Schneider Beauty | Band: Brian Kirk & The Jirks | Groom's Attire: Macy's | Groomsmen's Attire: Macy's | Officiant: Rev Annie Lawrence | Ceremony And Reception Venue: 501Union | Hair Piece: Debra Moreland | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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Black Tie Brooklyn Wedding

This, loves, is what I call meant-to-be.  Two handsome gentlemen who happened to grow up just minutes apart from each other, but didn’t actually connect until after college.  It’s the sort of fairytale story I can’t get enough of, all capped off with a glam meets industrial affair at the always fabulous Liberty Warehouse.  See it all unfold in the gallery captured by 4 Eyes Photography… it’s awesome.

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From the handsome Husband… We have been together for over six years, but we initially met on JDate right after we both began our first jobs (Ryan out of college and Terry out of law school). We soon realized that we grew up minutes apart from each other in New Jersey, our fathers both grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, and our mothers also grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Aside from it being a beautiful space, the Liberty Warehouse is located in Brooklyn (where all four of our parents were born and raised) and it has views of New Jersey (where we both were born and raised) and Manhattan (where we both currently work and live).

We wanted the wedding style and colors to contrast with the rustic/industrial feel of the venue, so we chose mostly black and metallic. Because the wedding is in the winter, the floral design is primarily greenery.

We are so fortunate to have four unconditionally loving and supportive parents who have become great friends during the six years that we have been together. All four parents wanted to walk us down the aisle, go up in the chairs during the Hora, and give a speech together to emphasize how our two families have become one.

While at Colgate University, Terry was president of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. At every Beta Theta Pi wedding, the fraternity brothers in attendance sing “Beta Sweetheart” to the bride. For our wedding, Terry’s fraternity brothers remixed the words to Beta Sweetheart to suit two grooms and sang it to Ryan.

We both love Patron (Ryan, Patron XO Café and Terry, Patron Silver), so we used mini bottles of each as both the favors and the escort cards. We also had a Patron ice slide during the cocktail hour.

Photography: 4 Eyes Photography | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Rose Red & Lavender | Invitations: Jp Invitations | Jewelry: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Ceremony And Reception Venue: The Liberty Warehouse

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Whimsical + Elegant Wedding at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

After their initial wedding venue closed, this couple, understandably, became discouraged with the wedding industry. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe came to the rescue, along with a team of vendors that lifted this couple’s spirits and created one joyous celebration. Brindamour Photography and Magbooth captured the fun and this gallery is a beautiful reminder that sometimes second choices are meant to be.

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From Brindamour PhotographyI’m so excited to share these photos from Yejee and Nick’s wedding last month. These two were one of the many couples left without a wedding venue after ReBar unexpectedly closed last year but as you’ll see in the photos, they didn’t let that get in their way. Instead they threw a kick-ass party at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo. Housing Works is one of my favorite venues and Yejee and Nick did a wonderful job of incorporating the venue into their wedding decor using books as table numbers and a cake stand. It was a freezing day (notice the snow in many of the outdoor portraits) and I have to give major props to this bridal party for being such great sports and allowing me to get the shots I wanted despite the cold. Seriously, these guys might go down as the baddest bridal party yet!

From the beautiful Bride… Growing up as the resident tomboy of the house for most of my life, I didn’t know what I wanted from one of the most important days of my life. It wasn’t as if I was exactly surprised to be engaged on November 9th, 2013. Nick and I had been dating for 7+ years since college, and since we had only dated each other, we were pretty set on being with each other for the rest of our lives. But when the ring was on my finger, there were so many things we needed to learn.

Some things were easy. I chose my dress in a heartbeat about a year before the wedding at David’s Bridal. Despite the many admonishments against choosing your wedding dress too early, I loved my White by Vera Wang dress and wore it for both the ceremony and reception. I know I said I was a tomboy before, but I loved this princess-y dress with the blush sash. The bridesmaids’ dress colors were a bit harder to decide on, but after searching through SMP posts, I decided on peacock at David’s Bridal. David’s Bridal worked well for us since my bridesmaids were scattered across the country (Florida, California, and New York) and they had time to go get their dresses sized and altered at the nearest location.

The biggest hurdle was the venue. Nick was a medical student (he’s almost done) in debt (he’s not done with that) and I, working for the New York City government, was not exactly rolling in dough. First, we decided on a New York City wedding to lower the number of guests we had to invite since both of us grew up and went to undergrad in Austin, Texas. Then, we tried to find cheap, but still unique, options for a wedding venue in New York City. We found ReBar in Brooklyn… and signed over all of our money to the venue. For a couple short on cash and not too picky about the wedding, it was a dream come true. If you’ve heard the news about ReBar (it closed and left 200+ couples stranded), you’ll know that we lost all our money that we’d paid in full to the venue. Our families were horrified, and frankly Nick and I were left feeling disheartened and discouraged about the wedding business in general. Thankfully, we had enough time (about eight months) to regroup.

It was then that my friend Jennifer suggested the Housing Works Bookstore and Café in SoHo, Manhattan to me. Ironically enough, another friend, Justine, had shown me a blog post about a Housing Works Bookstore & Café wedding to me years ago, even before I had moved to New York City. I had gushed about the event, telling her “I would love this kind of wedding, but there’s no way I would be able to have this wedding.” When the second recommendation came, it really seemed as if God had dropped the obvious solution in my lap. There was no reason why I couldn’t check if that lovely bookstore wedding would be possible. When I had mustered up the courage to ask about the wedding venue, Amanda and Josh at Housing Works understood our ReBar situation and helped as much as they could to make the wedding possible!

The rest was easier than expected. Josh suggested the library-card-theme for the placement of our guests, which we took off with: hand-stamped library cards, numbers written on library card sleeves (a la my dad), then pasted on real books (my own copies to be given as favors) as table numbers, and the bookstore itself added its own charms with their hanging lights and illuminated bookshelves.

The day-of went perfectly, from the gorgeous styling by Tara Jarvis from Bloom Beauty Lounge (and her sweet, encouraging words as I got ready), amazing camera work by Rima Brindamour (the bridal party had a lot of fun running out of the way on green lights), never-ending dance floor engineered by DJ Ben (former ReBar DJ who stuck by many ReBar couples), beautiful and unique flower and cake flower arrangements by Kristen Usui (recommended to us by married friends), silly photo booth pictures by Magbooth, and gorgeous cake by Silk Cakes (mmm buttermilk cream). Our ceremony venue, German Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Paul, was also a very considerate and communicative host, and the custodian Frankie assisted with every problem we came up against. Lastly, I have just got to say that Josh, our event coordinator at Housing Works, helped us relax and have fun during the reception by being absolutely attentive and sympathetic to the needs of the event!

A Few Tips:

Tip 1: Attend your friends’ weddings and learn from them.
Tip 2: Be very clear with your bridal party and family about what you like or don’t like about weddings.
Tip 3: Don’t spend your resources on things just because you merely feel like you have to.
Tip 4: Choose a bridal party composed of friends who you are completely comfortable with – if you’re thinking “Will she be offended because I don’t ask her?” you probably shouldn’t!
Tip 5: Hire our vendors if you’re in the NYC area! ☺

Photography: Brindamour Photography | Floral Design: KRISTEN USUI At Happy Tears | Wedding Dress: White By Vera Wang | Cake: Silk Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St Paul's German Evangelical Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David Bridal | Hair And Makeup: Bloom Beauty Lounge | DJ: DJ Ben | Photobooth: Magbooth

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Elegant NYC Wedding at The High Line Hotel

Just when I think I’ve seen my share of elegant NYC weddings, I come upon a gem like this one and my heart beats a bit faster once more. Karen Hill worked her magic behind the lens, capturing this gorgeous affair planned by Classic Events, and from the beautiful Bride’s veil (swoon!) to the epic dance party thanks to Around Town Entertainment, it’s proven once again the glory of a classic city celebration.

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From Karen Hill PhotographyThe wedding day story of Liz and Bert’s wedding begins at the Refectory at the Highland Hotel where I found the florist, Putman and Putnam, busy finishing the beautiful floral arrangements. I love shooting with film because of how beautifully film renders its subject and how it captures it with such softness. These days photographers who shoot with film are becoming more and more scarce so when a client connects with my images and loves what I do, it makes me feel it’s worth while.

The High Line Hotel is a complete site with everything needed for a beautiful city wedding. The garden, Refectory and Gothic Chapel are amazing. It’s a grand venue.

Liz and Bert are both from the south and have called NYC home for the past ten years. By day, he’s a lawyer and by night he’s in two bands, the Stemms and The Post, while she’s a writer for Diane von Furstenberg by day and a writer for herself by night. Their wedding was celebrated with friends and family for an unforgettable day, filled with love, laughter and beautiful light.

Photography: Karen Hill Photography | Event Planning: Danielle Elder, Classic Events | Floral Design: Putnam And Putnam | Ceremony Venue: Theological Seminary | Reception Venue: The High Line Hotel | Catering: Peter Callahan Catering | Band: Around Town Entertainment

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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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