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New York Botanical Garden Wedding from Ciro Photography

It’s bound to be a gorgeous start to our wedding filled week when a New York Botanical Garden beauty from Ciro Photography pops into our inbox. The gorgeous venue grounds, mixed with rustic + elegant touches and stunning blooms by Surroundings Flowers, made for the quaint and cozy wedding day this sweet couple had dreamed of. See the rest right here!

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From the Bride… June 2nd, 2012 was the most exhilarating and exciting day for my husband Kevin and me. We found the perfect venue for us; a quaint, cozy, rustic stone mill situated in the middle of the beautifully serene New York Botanical Gardens that created the perfect, elegant yet casual, vibe we were going for.

The day turned out better than we could have imagined. The venue was more beautiful than we remembered. The flowers and decorations were just what we wanted. Our DJ was phenomenal. Everyone was having a blast. We had so much fun with our family and friends. The only thing we worried about was feeling like we missed out on moments here and there while we were busy having fun throughout the night. Luckily, our fabulous photographer, Rich Ciro, captured moments we missed and moments we love to relive by looking at the photos over and over again. We can not stress the importance of having an amazing photographer document such a significant day. We feel truly blessed that everything came together so perfectly.

Wedding Photography: Ciro Photography | Wedding Venue: Stone Mill, New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York | Floral Design: Diane Wagner from Surrounding Flowers | Wedding Cake: Abigail Kirsch | Music: 74 Events | Wedding Dress: Marisa | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair + Makeup: Sachiko Yanase

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Wave Hill Wedding by Christian Oth Studio + Charmed Places

Isn’t it just so darling when a couple infuses inside jokes from the first time they met into their big day? Touches such as a funfetti cake may seem whimsical and festive to the average spectator, but only these love birds know the true meaning behind this speckled treat. You also have to check out the gorgeous color palette captured by Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio. We love a bride who isn’t afraid of color. Jewel tones are featured everywhere from the bride’s bouquet to the juicy signature drink and we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of the pretty that Charmed Places  crafted. For more, take a stroll through the gallery and read the bride’s tale of love and funfetti below!

And to continue on this parade of pretty, we’ve got the wedding video straight from Films by Francesco that will keep you beside yourself in bliss.

From the Bride… Brian and I met at the University of Michigan during graduate school. Technically, we met at the Detroit Airport on our way to Alaska for a pre-school backpacking trip that I was leading. Brian said he chose to go on the trip because of my leader profile, which talked about me loving Al Green and Funfetti. So, naturally, our first dance was to Al Green and our wedding cake was Funfetti. Choosing the location, however, was not quite as simple, Brian is from Long Island, NY, I am from Minnesota, we met in Michigan, live in Texas, and got engaged in Colorado. Our criteria for location was somewhere that both of our large families and all of our friends could get to easily and could spend the weekend all together. We chose New York for those reasons, but most importantly, we wanted to share the day with Brian’s 92 year old Grandma who lives on Long Island. We knew we wanted to get married outside and Lydia helped us find Wave Hill, which had the bonus of being close enough to NYC that people could spend the weekend in the city, but it felt like you were a world away.

Lydia FitzGerald and Frank Alexander did an amazing job of turning our wedding vision into a dream come true. We wanted a party that was comfortable, rustic, and beautiful and that is exactly what we got. We both love food and wine and we wanted to honor Brian’s Italian heritage, so we chose a Tuscan theme. Small details, like the wine barrel cocktail tables and the corks that held the escort cards were perfect but not overwhelming. The long farm tables and family style Italian feast were relaxed under the glamorous clear tent and romantic lighting. And then there was desert. What can I say? I love cake. Lydia found beautiful vintage cake stands that held flavored cakes from Baked NYC and Great Performances Catering worked their magic on an actual Funfetti cake with Rainbow Chip icing.

There were so many special moments from the weekend – the best of course was getting to marry my best friend. Aside from saying, “I do”, one of my favorites was on Saturday morning, when over a hundred of our guests showed up wearing “Rockin’ NYC with Annie & Brian” t-shirts for a fun run through Central Park. Another was surprising Brian with the cake topper I had made of us with our dog Otis – I can’t keep a secret to save my life, but I had to keep this one since the topper included me in my dress. And finally, the priceless, goofy grin on my dad’s face. He was ear to ear all night and the pictures captured it perfectly. For us, the weekend was as much about celebrating our family and friends as it was about celebrating our marriage. We just wanted everyone to have a great time and enjoy great food and wine, and they did! Seeing everyone walk in to the gorgeous tent and later rock out to the awesome band, made all of the planning worth it, times ten!

From Lydia FitzGerald of Charmed Places… With a great vendor team onboard we all worked together diligently and thoughtfully to be able to raise the bar for Annie & Brian by providing the type of event & floral design, menu, tenting, lighting, music and personal service that further enhanced both the experience for guests and the beautiful location itself. Annie and Brian did their parts by looking absolutely amazing and taking time to truly enjoy themselves and all of their hard work leading up to the special day. At one point in the evening while guests were rocking out to the band I was surrounded by Annie, Brian and Annie’s parents who all shouted at me over the music “best wedding ever!” and because everyone including the hosts were so happy, I had to agree. A very joyous and lovely event from start to finish!

Wedding Photography: Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio / Wedding Venue: Wave Hill in Bronx, New York / Wedding Planning + Coordination: Lydia FitzGerald of Charmed Places / Wedding Design + Florals: Frank Alexander NYC / Wedding Cinematography: Films by Francesco / Catering: Jill Cole of Great Performances / Cakes: Baked NYC / Vegan Cupcakes: Babycakes NYC / Dinner Wines: Kathryn Hall Winery (Red) + Acker Merrall & Condit (White) / Invitations + Envelopes: Letter Perfect / Entertainment: Soulsystem Orchestra / Tent: Stamford Tent & Event Services / Lighting: Frost Productions / Vintage Cake Plates: Bountiful / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Earrings: Tiffany & Co. / Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Hair + Makeup: Keith Axberg of Kenneth Salon / Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Johnston & Murphy

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Bronx Wedding at The New York Botanical Garden from Tim Ryan Smith

It’s a well known fact that any wedding held at The New York Botanical Garden is going to be drop-dead gorgeous.  That’s just a given.  But, when it’s a wedding featuring one of the sweetest duos you will ever lay your eyes upon, it gives it a little something extra special that can’t really be put into words.  That’s because these two cuties warmed our hearts the very moment we saw the sweet, sweet images captured by Tim Ryan Smith - and with sooo much love bursting from every photo, we’ve been basking in the gallery ever since.  Join us there for more.

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From the Bride… Jose and I met in college at Dartmouth in New Hampshire, and although we live in the Chicago area, the rustic feel of New England continually remains in our hearts and speaks loudly to us. When it came time to plan our wedding, we wanted something unique. We also wanted to combine that New England quaintness mixed with a bit of history, elegance and romanticism. The Stone Mill at The New York Botanical Garden in my hometown of the Bronx really brought our vision to life. What once was a tobacco manufacturing building built in the 1840’s has been renovated to become a beautiful and charming piece of local history.

With our own special touches, we were able to create a day that exemplified who we are both as individuals and as a couple. Our wedding ceremony took place at my childhood church, which has a great deal of meaning to my family. We chose flowers to represent our favorite colors, pink and green, and used classic roses as well as delicate pink peonies. I made a number of the decorations for use throughout the day, including the ring bearer’s pillow, the streamers waved upon our exit of the church, the table numbers, drink stirrers, menu cards and the escort card display. Having this hand-on approach helped me connect with and shape our day with our own personal touches.

Our wedding day was beautiful and also bittersweet as my only brother passed away unexpectedly and tragically only four months prior. We miss him dearly every day and even more so for our wedding. The favors were seed balls which when planted would grow flowers and I had “Love Grows Here” printed on the canvas bags. “Love Grows Here” is a song our youth choir at church sang many times and my brother and I sang together in the choir growing up. The phrase has many meanings to me and one of those is tied to my brother and his influence on my life. Our final song for our reception was Frank Sinatra’s “Theme from New York, New York,” as it is the song played after every Yankees game, and my brother was a die-hard fan. I do believe he was with us every step of the way that day, as we had absolutely perfect summer weather and a seamless day.

Wedding Photography: Tim Ryan Smith / Ceremony: Riverdale Presbyterian Church in Bronx, New York / Reception: Lillian & Amy Goldman Stone Mill at The New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York / Floral Design: Forever In Bloom / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Programs: Hello Ten Fold / Ceremony Music: Ten Strings Music Studio / Music: Gary “DJ Gaza” Hoffmann of 74 Events / Transportation: Silver Star Limousine / Accommodations: The London NYC / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero “Florencia” / Bride’s Shoes: Caparros / Hair: Brittany DiGiacomo / Makeup: Meredith Hayman

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