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Romantic + Timeless New York City Fall Wedding

Tradition and elegance are always wise choices and this beautiful Bride took these classics and created a masterpiece, saying her vows at the very church her new husband’s grandparents were baptized at. But considering she spends her days working at Jimmy Choo, some chic style wasn’t far away either. See every sparkling second, captured by Mademoiselle Fiona and McKenzie Miller Films, right this way!

From the beautiful Bride… New York City. It’s the city where we fell in love, where we had our first apartment together, and where my now husband (!!) Anthony proposed. We knew it would make for both a memorable and fun wedding weekend for both our families and friends.

Teissia Treynet of Firefly Events put our ideas into reality creating a timeless, romantic, old New York garden-style wedding. It’s thanks to SMP that I stumbled upon her and instantly fell in love with her amazing style. She helped us to create a unique combination of both modern and vintage and ensured the day was flawless.

Fashion plays a big part in my life working as an Account Executive at Jimmy Choo, and I knew for my dress I had to go directly to the source of wedding fashion, Monique Lhuillier. I fell in love at a trunk show with her Adele gown, which was a fitted, trumpet silhouette made from french lace, tulle and intricate pearl beading. It featured a beautiful open back and illusion neckline which made the classic silhouette more modern. I added a flowy, tulle veil with lace appliques to give it a more romantic but traditional feel. My bouquet was soft, filled with an array of garden roses, white sweet pea, ranunculus, lilac, anemones and soft greenery.

Tradition was important to us both as we planned our day, which is why we chose to be married at Saint Anthony’s Church in Soho. The beautiful, historic church is not only the first Italian parish in Manhattan, but is also where Anthony’s grandparents were baptized. The church itself is stunning with its cathedral ceilings, stained glass windows and a pipe organ. Garlands of magnolia leaves were draped the entire length of the aisle to tie back to our idea of lush greenery. The altar was anchored with beautiful arrangements in mercury glass urns. We did not see each other prior to the wedding, which made walking down the long aisle that much more special. Following the nuptials and traditional vows, we gathered all our ceremony guests for a fun, vintage style wedding photo on the steps of the church.

As a Bride, you are likely in control of almost all the details that go into your wedding. Weather, being the exception. When we chose our venue of TriBeCa Rooftop, we fell in love with the breathtaking views of the city and the idea of a rooftop cocktail hour. I relentlessly checked the weather the week leading up to the big day, and to my disappointment our forecast was for rain. While I know this superstitiously means good luck, I knew we would have to go with plan B, an indoor cocktail hour. The morning of October 4th poured, and I was surprisingly calm. Luckily, as my father and I got into our vintage car to head to church, the sky had cleared and was now a beautiful shade of pink. It was truly magical and made for spectacular skyline views on the roof! Words of wisdom NYC brides, have a rain plan!

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Designs transformed the modern TriBeCa space to a warm, romantic and inviting space with soft, beautiful arrangements, lush greenery, unique vessels, and more candles, hurricanes and lanterns than one should ever light. To warm up the space, we hung string cafe lights across the length of the dance floor. For our tablescapes, I fell in love with the idea of having a few different arrangements on the tables to create some dimension in the room and make things more intimate. We kept the color scheme neutral and timeless with touches of white, ivory, blush and green accompanied by silver mercury glass. For our head table where we sat alongside our bridal party, we had a stunning runner made with greenery and pops of white and blush blooms. We chose classic style place settings with art deco flatware, calligraphed escort cards, and tied our menus with lace ribbons and olive branch sprigs.

Music was also important to us and we believe it sets the mood of any party. One of the first vendors hired was the phenomenal Groove Shop Band, who truly kept our guests on the dance floor the entire night with a set list filled with a great mix of our favorite oldies, love songs and modern hits. Our first dance was to “I Belong to You,” by Lenny Kravitz. Later in the evening, to our pleasant surprise, our cousins’ arranged for extra special guests, The Gipsy Kings! Their Spanish infused salsa style turned our dance floor into a frenzy and truly was one of the most memorable moments of the day!

Mademoiselle Fiona and McKenzie Miller Films were there to capture the day and provide us with beautiful, lasting memories of both the planned and unexpected events.

Band: The Groove Shop | Bride's Ceremony Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride's Reception Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Ceremony Venue: Shrine Church Of Saint Anthony Of Padua | Day-Of Papery: Lion In The Sun | Event Planning And Design: Firefly Events | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Getting Ready Venue: Soho Grand | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Hair: Styles On B, Sally Perez | Invitations: Bella Figura | Lighting: Power Posse | Linens: Cloth Connection | Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Music: The Gipsy Kings | Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography | Reception Venue: Tribeca Rooftop | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Transportation: Silverstar Limo | Veil: Monique Lhuillier | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier

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Behind the Scenes with Carolina Herrera

When you get a chance to meet THE Carolina Herrera during New York Bridal Market, you say yes and break out into a happy dance. She’s a true legend in the fashion industry, so when SMP was offered the chance to sit down one-on-one with the designer behind some of our most beloved gowns, we brought our A-game plus Rebecca Yale Photography to give you, dear readers, an exclusive first-hand look.

As I walked into Carolina Herrera’s office on 7th Ave., sophistication and elegance reigned supreme. She welcomed us with open arms into her luxe space filled with natural light pouring through every window and each design piece placed just so. We were invited to preview one of the gowns from the Spring 2016 collection, and needless to say, We. Were. Stunned. The fitted bodice with chantilly lace along the neckline is the type of detail we’ve come to love from Mrs. Herrera, and the delicate buttons draping down the back into a tiered train was nothing short of perfection.

Carolina was meeting with her Creative Director, Hervé Pierre when we walked in, and they were putting the finishing touches on a gorgeous feather and lace gown for the upcoming collection. The office was filled with gorgeous photos, trinkets, and memento’s – each with their own unique story.

It didn’t take long to feel at total ease as Hervé Pierre told us fun stories behind the pictures, like how at 6-years-old Carolina was photographed in a white dress for her role in Snow White. She looked stern in the picture and when we asked why, Hervé explained it was because she wanted to play the Wicked Witch instead. Well played, Mrs. Herrera.

A lampshade with different memories pinned to it was full of stories, including a photo of the fabric found in Marie Antoinette’s Versaille palace. The story goes that Marie would change the drapes in the palace for every season. This particular pattern was there right before the war, and it’s still there today. Oh, and you can still buy the fabric today – how amazing is that?

It was such an honor to spend some time with Mrs. Herrera, and get a peek inside her glamorous world. Her Spring 2016 collection is sure to be one of the books, and we’ll be covering each and every gown once they hit the runway this weekend. Stay tuned! xoxo 

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography

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Chic New York City Wedding at Gramercy Park Hotel

How do you compete with the regal elegance of a venue like the Gramercy Park Hotel? With a fabulous Nicole Miller gown and one too cute for words pup. With just a few chic touches and some pretty petals, this fall NYC wedding became outstanding and Robert & Kathleen Photographers is showing it all off with this gorgeous gallery, cute pup and all.

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From Robert & Kathleen PhotographersWhen they first struck up a conversation at a crowded midtown Manhattan bar in the spring of 2009, Jean had no idea that she had just met the man she was going to marry.  But there were things that might have tipped her off that the universe was trying to bring them together.  They were both raised in Texas, and in spite of sharing a mutual friend, they didn’t get to know each other until they happened to move to the biggest city in America.  They might have passed one another in the lobby or on the elevator of the office building in which they both happened to work, but they didn’t have their first conversation until they just happened to be in one of the many, many bars in the city.

Even though that first conversation went really well, Jean didn’t think there was much of a future at first because Andy had told her he was moving to LA in just three weeks. He asked for her number anyway and called her several times to ask her to join him for an official first date.  Thankfully, she agreed to go and see where this could lead.

That night, over dinner in the West Village, Jean and Andy made a connection so strong that it ultimately made him decide to postpone his cross-country move for a bit just so he could spend more time with her.  When Andy did finally go to LA, they stayed together and had some fun with the distance – seeing each other every two or three weeks and sometimes meeting in another city they could explore together.  Somewhere over the miles of air travel, long phone calls and adventures together in new cities, they both discovered that they couldn’t live without each other.

Once Andy returned to New York and they started planning their wedding, they decided it had to take place in the city that had brought them together. This past fall, they exchanged vows in the NYC neighborhood they now call home and we feel so honored that we were there to capture the magic of their day with their family, friends and their sweet dog, Tofu.

Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Wedding Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel

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Central Park Summer Engagement Session

Brklyn View Photography discovered a little secret when they had the privilege of snapping this summertime engagement shoot; hit up NYC’s Central Park at dawn and the place is all yours. With such free reign, it’s all the better to capture the sweet smiles between a newly engaged couple like these two and we’re lucky enough to get a little sneak peek at all the goodness to come for them right here.

From Brklyn View PhotographyWhat happens when you visit Central Park early in the morning on a gorgeous summer day? You practically get the place all to yourself! Crystal and Thomas travel to New York once a year and wanted to incorporate their favorite city into their engagement session.

We walked through the park astounded by its beauty and the quiet. The lack of crowds really gave us room to explore and play in the park. How adorable is Crystal’s “Pride and Prejudice” clutch? Love! It was such a treat photographing this sweet couple for their engagement photos, and I was thrilled to be part of their New York love story. Congratulations Crystal and Thomas!

Clutch: Kate Spade | Photography: Brklyn View Photography

Casually Elegant Summer Wedding at Bryant Park Grill

Bryant Park Grill might just have bumped up to the top of my favorite wedding venues list. With the rooftop ceremony option, it’s a little secret garden in the middle of NYC, an absolutely perfect place to say your “I do’s.” Henry + Mac photographed this beautiful bash there, one that is full of pretty details while also looking like one fantastic party – captured live by Forged In The North. See more right here!

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From the Bride… Shawn and I have a bit of a unique love story. I moved to NYC in the summer of 2010 and was living with two roommates – it just so happened that Shawn was the brother of one of them. Shawn worked out of the apartment so we saw each other every day. One night we went out for pizza, the next day a walk through Central Park, and about two weeks later we started dating and have been together ever since.

From day one, NYC played a huge role in our relationship. We met here, fell in love here, and plan to raise a family here. The city has basically always been the third person in our relationship, so getting married in the city was a natural choice. When we saw the Bryant Park Grill, we knew it was the spot.

From the moment we started planning our wedding, we had two rules: 1) that we wouldn’t take ourselves too seriously, and 2) that it would be a fun party, above all else. To us, that meant being married by one of our best friends, serving the food that we loved, dancing to the music we loved, and being surrounded by the people we loved the most.

Our ceremony took place on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill. It was so beautiful with the perfect amount of city and nature. Our friend Jason married us and spoke beautifully about our relationship. We wrote our own vows, which were essentially love letters to each other.

We wanted the day to be filled with lots of personal touches so we ordered cocktail napkins with Beatles lyrics, customized cake toppers, drink signs and straws, cake stands, sparkly linens, and wood table numbers.

Picking the music was the decision we took the most seriously. We’re huge Bruce Springsteen fans, so I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Thunder Road.” For our first dance, we wanted a fast and fun song to get the party started so we chose a live version of “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” and it did just the trick. For the rest of the night, we played everything from Doo-Wop to cheesy 80′s music to ‘NSYNC to classic rock. Our guests didn’t stop dancing the entire night, which was the goal!

We’re self-deemed foodies who love dessert so we incorporated some of our New York favorites, cookies and a cake bar from Momofuku Bakery and a Coolhaus ice cream truck which was waiting in the park for our guests at the end of the night.

There are many moments from the day that absolutely stand out to me – waking up the morning of the wedding, in bed with my five best friends and walking around Bryant Park at 7:30am because we couldn’t sleep, getting ready with my mom, grandmother, and best friends, seeing my dad for the first time, and dancing so much so that my legs hurt for the first few days of our honeymoon, but the absolute best was when I first saw Shawn outside the NY Public Library during our first look.

I can’t really explain it, but in that moment, it was like no one else existed. As corny as it may sound, from that point on the small details of the day didn’t really matter. I was marrying my best friend, the best person I could have dreamed of. Our wedding was already the best day before it even really began.

Bride's Shoes: Miu Miu | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Dessert: Momofuku Milk Bar | Dessert Truck: Coolhaus | Entertainment: 74 Events | Floral Design: The Wild Ivy | Getting Ready Location: Bryant Park Hotel | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Invitations: Pink Toast | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Sally Duvall | Photo Booth: Sweet Booths | Photography: Henry And Mac | Videography: Forged In The North | Wedding Cake: A Simple Cake | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Venue: Bryant Park Grill

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