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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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Bronx Wedding at The New York Botanical Garden from Chaz Cruz

Every now and then we get one of those weddings.  A wedding that makes you stop in your tracks and really pause. To soak up the simplicty, the sweetness, the love. To remember that weddings don’t have to be over the top to be beautiful. To remind you that love is a pretty thing and that if it can take center stage, well, you’ve done something really right. And this wedding, photographed to heartbreaking perfection by Chaz Cruz is just that. So very right. So very lovely. Click here to see even more.











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From the Bride… After Curtis and I got engaged, we didn’t quite anticipate the work ahead. We spent a few months enjoying the winter and holidays. Six months before the wedding, we finally began our search for the perfect venue. Curtis is from Iowa and I am from Hong Kong, but both of us wanted a wedding near our current home in Brooklyn, New York. We were hoping to have roughly 80 guests and keep it intimate with close family and friends. On a freezing cold weekday morning, we traveled to the Stone Mill at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. We spoke with a staff member of Abigail Kirsch who showed us their amazing wedding menus. We were thrilled! Curtis and I are both foodies, and it was very important for us to make sure our guests would have incredible food. In addition, the Stone Mill has so much personality, and it is perfect for small weddings. Not to mention a breathtaking setup for the outdoor ceremony we dreamed of! Every detail feels natural and authentic. While the space was recently renovated, it maintains a modern rustic warmth. We found the one!

Curtis and I are both graphic designers, and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to design our own invites, menus and other printed pieces. Both coming from different cultures, we tried our best to create bilingual invites and created an online RSVP since a lot of guests were spread across the USA and China. To share our obsessions, in the invites we highlighted some favorite food spots in New York City for the guests to visit during their stay. Together we managed to plan the entire wedding in just five months with no wedding planner! Although there were many late nights and some testing of our relationship as soon-to-be-newlyweds… With some technical help from a few friends to film our save the date video and program our wedding, site we were able to design a wedding that truly spoke to our personalities.

To complement the selection of natural flowers, we added personal touches including painted jars, cookies from Hong Kong (they arrived via my mom’s suitcases!), quirky illustrations throughout the collateral, little hidden animal figurines on the reception tables, and a lot of silver sequins for a post-ceremony shower! We also made some personal props for the photo booth, which featured items related to Hong Kong and Iowa. In the end, it was the perfect setting for fun, laughter, hugs, dancing and “double” happiness!

Wedding Photography: Chaz Cruz Photographer / Wedding Venue: The Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill at The New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York / Floral Design: Martin Jobes Design / Wedding Day Coordination, Catering + Wedding Cake: Abigail Kirsch / Wedding Decorations, Stationery, Signs + Cake Topper: DIY by the Bride & Groom / Wedding Cinematography: Tim Twinem of Velare Imaginarium / DJ: DJ RT of Scratch Weddings / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang “Hayden” / Bride’s Reception Dress: Matthew Williamson “Asymmetrical Shift Dress” / Chinese Gown Rental: New York Wedding Studio / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Bride’s Hair Piece: Custom by Sabina KW Design / Hair: Takeo Suzuki / Makeup: Rie Hirabayashi / Groom’s Suit: J.Lindeberg (Spring/Summer 2012 in Indigo) / Groom’s Bow Tie: Forage / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim by Duckie Brown / Groom’s Socks: Etiquette Clothiers

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New York City Wedding from Clean Plate Pictures

When a couple is so in love that they are ready to wait 13 years (and longer if they had to) to finally tie the knot, we expect a big, warm, love-filled celebration, which is exactly what we got from this beautiful couple. The two had a whirlwind romance and knew they were perfect together from the very beginning, and then waited almost a decade and a half for New York to allow same sex marriages. And the party that followed? I’m of the opinion, thanks to Clean Plate Pictures, that it definitely lived up to the hype. A beautiful couple, a romantic setting, friends, family and loved ones all there to celebrate this stunning love. Let’s celebrate with them in the full gallery!

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We met by chance at a New York bar while Gaelle was on vacation. We had an automatic connection and after spending to days together, prior to her return to France, we agreed we would stay in contact. Remaining “in contact” evolved from “I’m back home safe” to daily chats some lasting hours! After getting to know each other over the phone, we soon came to realize that we were developing feelings for each other. After an impromptu visit eight weeks later, we began planning our lives together. We spent three weeks together in the City of Lights and we returned to New York to start our journey together.

We would get excited when some states started to allow gays to marry, but we never thought we would get the opportunity in New York. In the summer of 2011, 13 years after we met, laws were passed and we were thrilled.

Gaelle’s family was expected to come to New York for the holidays and so felt it was the perfect time to tie the knot. My family came from Florida and close friends were also invited to share this very special day in our lives.

I came across the Bartow Pell Mansion via a web search, and upon visiting, we immediately decided to exchange our vows and have a cocktail hour on site. The grounds are beautiful and the Mansion itself had a charm that we loved immediately. As we have a small guest list, Bartow Pell was the perfect location for this intimate affair. Decorations were minimal, since the Orangerie had beautiful light and didn’t need much, we did however, add flowers in the lavender color family. As we both lost our moms, we had a memorial candle engraved with their name in their honor.

My wedding dress was purchased at Pronovias, NYC. I knew I didn’t want a white dress, but had no idea what style or color I would end up in. I felt so elegant and beautiful in this one and the color as perfect for my skin tone. For weeks up until the wedding I would get so giddy just thinking of my dress!

Our wedding was so emotional for us. We were happy to finally and legally celebrate our love with loved ones. There was not a dry eye in the house. Love was in there and we felt it.

My favorite photo is Gaelle kissing my cheek and hers is the picture of our feet…she was so excited to show off her stripped socks!

Photography: Clean Plate Pictures / Cinematography: Copacetic Films / Flowers: Metropolitan Flower Exchange / Ceremony Location: Bartow Pell Mansion / Reception Location: Capsuoto Freres / Invitations: Etsy / Shoes: Badgely Mischka / Dress: Pronovias

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Bronx Zoo Wedding by Uplift Photography

Call me crazy but I think the zoo might be the next hot venue trend!  From San Diego to Australia, we’ve seen some pretty amazing weddings in these wild settings.  Uplift Photography brought us this gorgeous wedding from one of the most famous ones – The Bronx Zoo.  I love that they incorporated a little wild side into their decor with fun animal escort cards and a zebra cake but didn’t lose an ounce of elegance in the process.  See it all here in the full gallery!

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There’s even more to love in this film by Diana Diroy!

From the Bride… When my husband proposed (by hiding a ring in a box of Cracker Jacks!), we knew we wanted our wedding to be a celebration of all we’ve shared and the many more adventures we hope to have together. We approached the day with a respect for tradition, but a desire to showcase our own style, personality and love for family and friends.

We picked the Bronx Zoo as our venue because when we saw it, everything about it just felt right. It was elegant and chic, but also quirky and fun. The historic architecture was a beautiful complement to our more modern style. (And how can you beat a cocktail hour IN the Madagascar Exhibit!?) It was “us.” All other decisions fell into place in a similar fashion, from brightly-colored florals and fun footwear to a zoo-inspired invitation suite and animal theme to play off the location. As a very detail-oriented person, I really enjoyed giving meaning to the details of the day. Our readings were all song lyrics because we love music. My husband and I both wore jewelry from grandparents who are no longer with us. The biggest and most rewarding project was our chuppah, which was made of quilt squares that guests designed and returned with their RSVP cards. I’ll never forget the moment I reached the end of the aisle and stepped under the chuppah with my groom. I was overwhelmed with happiness. For me, part of what made our wedding day so special was that it was so distinctly a reflection of our loves and our love for one another. My advice to other brides is to remember that there is no “right” way to do anything, only the way that makes you and your fiance feel right (even if it’s a zoo!).

A tremendous amount of gratitude is owed to our vendors. All of our vendors had personalities which matched ours, and it allowed us to trust them completely. Every minute of research to find the “right” vendor was time well spent because on the day of our wedding we knew that the team of people around us would make sure everything was fantastic!

Wedding Photography: Jade & Tim O’Connell of Uplift Photography / Wedding Venue: Bronx Zoo in Bronx, New York / Day-Of Coordination: Jennifer Fitzmaurice / Floral Design: Rachel Cho / Wedding Cinematography: Diana Diroy / Wedding Cake: Baking by Jamie / Band: Arcadia / Lighting: Morris Grey of Shades of Grey Productions, Inc. / Graphic Design Details: Lauren Panepinto / Wedding Dress: Watters / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Wtoo

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Wave Hill Wedding by Daughter of Design + Hatch Creative Studio + Christian Oth Studio

Sometimes mixing things up a bit makes for an incredibly beautiful event. And who says you can’t  have drinks before the “I Do’s”? Not this wedding. Guests were greeted with a pre-ceremony cocktail hour followed by a candle-lit sunset ceremony overlooking the Hudson River. Romantic doesn’t even begin to describe that situation. It’s all in the pictures captured by Meredith Davenport of Christian Oth Studio. And those pictures tell the story of a lovely garden party designed and styled by Hatch Creative Studio along with planning by Daughter of Design. See the full affair right here.

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From Annie of Daughter of DesignDanielle and Jake met almost a decade ago at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, and they now live together in Manhattan. Though New York weather can be a challenge, they knew they wanted to chance an outdoor location for their wedding. They originally planned on getting married at Danielle’s parents’ house in Westchester, New York, but luckily found a superior alternative mid-way between Manhattan and Westchester in the Bronx. Wave Hill is an expansive 28-acre estate composed of a cultural center, art galleries, and fantastic public gardens in Riverdale, New York, overlooking the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades. It was the perfect site for Danielle and Jake’s vision – a fun and sophisticated dinner party. To that end, guests arrived and enjoyed pre-ceremony cocktails on a beautiful lawn overlooking the Palisades. They were greeted by the sound of Carte Blanche, a jazzy ensemble featuring classic standards and vintage attire, and had the chance to explore the property and snap some Polaroid pictures and sign a guestbook.

Just before sunset, guests were shepherded to the ceremony area on the great lawn to watch the sunset over the Hudson River as a quartet played. Barb of Hatch Creative created a chuppah that was both wild with flowers on the bottom, and simple, with Danielle’s late grandfather’s tallis forming the top. Large olive branches were arranged at the foot of the aisle, and hundreds and hundreds of mason jars were arranged all around the lawn with votives inside, creating what became affectionately known as the “sea of light.” Despite torrential rain in the preceding days, the guests faced a glorious pink and orange sunset as the couple spoke their vows.

After the ceremony, guests were guided to a spectacular clear tent with chandeliers hanging throughout. A framed silk-screened menu was placed on a table with flowers in vintage medicine bottles, which mimicked the gorgeous arrangements, designed by Hatch, along the long tables inside. The flowers were a brilliant array of jewel-toned purples, oranges, and greens arranged in stone urns, wooden boxes, and vintage medicine bottles. Carte Blanche serenaded the guests during the dinner of family-style antipasto, mushroom ravioli, roast chicken, and sautéed fish. After toasts and dinner, a truly epic hora began the DJ dance party. Guests were served passed desserts, such as ice cream sandwiches and mini-milkshakes, while cookies and coffee were placed on the tables. To everyone’s great delight, late night snacks – bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, zeppole, French fries and sliders – were provided to the party-goers, and chocolate favors were distributed to enjoy on the ride home. On the way out, the couple passed by guests holding sparklers. The wedding was a stylish yet relaxed affair in a gorgeous setting on a perfect fall day.

Wedding Photography: Meredith Davenport of Christian Oth Studio / Wedding Venue: Wave Hill in Bronx, New York / Floral + Event Design: Hatch Creative Studio / Event Planning: Daughter of Design / Officiant: Cantor Gerald Cohen / Catering: Great Performances / Lighting: Frost Productions / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. / Tent: Stamford Tent & Event Services / Wedding Invitations: Mr. Boddington’s Studio / Calligraphy: Neither Snow / Ceremony Music: Arco Ensemble / Cocktails + Dinner Music: Carte Blanche / DJ: Dave Fischoff of Popshop DJ Squad / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore / Hair: Joseph A. Ronkese of Premier Salons / Makeup: Nam Vo

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Bronx Wedding by Patricia Kantzos Photography

A wedding filled with bright yellow details is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. It’s hard not to be completely enamored over that sunshiny hue but that isn’t the only detail worth swooning over. My heart is all a flutter over this movie-themed affair. It’s not over the top but JUSTTT RIGHT with so many thoughtful details woven throughout crafted by Rock Paper Scissors Events and planned to perfection by Loli Events. Patricia Kantzos Photography snapped a whole lot of gorgeous so grab some popcorn (when in Rome, right?) and get cozy with this Bronx beauty in the full gallery.

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From the bride… Howell and I are old fashioned romantics at heart. We really wanted to have a romatic vintage style movie-themed wedding. We were inspiried by old fashioned movies from the 40s and 50s we wanted this to reflect in our wedding style. We worked with the wonderful Ara from Rock Paper Scissor Designs and collaborated with her closely on coming up with an over all concept that would be fun for all of our guest, such as incorporating vintage movie posters and old film reels for our decor. We used  vintage style movie tickets for our escort cards as well as used our programs as movie playbills with our wedding party and family members as featured stars. We also had a custom movie marquee made and the guest were served popcorn for wedding favors. We loved our adorable centerpieces which were rounded carnation domes on cake stands tied with a cute ribbons for each table.  In keeping with the vintage movie fun we  had Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs create a  custom vintage movie poster from a photograph that our photographer Patricia took of us from our engagement shoot and we used this as the “featured” movie poster to reveal to all of our guest.

The most exciting part of planning our wedding was seeing everything come together beautifully after months of planning. It was really important to look forward to the big day as much as possible, since during part of the planning process Howell was deployed in Iraq and all we could think about was how amazing everything would be once he returned and we could celebrate our big day together! Everything ended up as we pictured it would and we were so happy to excited to share in our special day with each other and our guest. We are really grateful for our wonderful vendors who helped us along the way. Especially the vendors who went above and beyond: our Day of Wedding Coordinator- Lauren from Loli Events who kept us calm, Tammi from our Venue at Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf Course, our Photographer Patricia Kantzos for our amazing wedding and engagement photos that we will enjoy for a lifetime, our  creative Event Designer Ara from RPS, Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs for your wonderful work on our stationary and poster, our florist Lynn from Florisan and our  DJ Phil from 74 Events who kept the soul train lines  going during our wedding day and of course our wonderful  parents, family and friends. Thank you all for your help in making this wonderful day so special for us!

Photographer: Patricia Kantzos Photography / Venue: Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf Course / Event Designer: Ara from Rock Paper Scissors Events / Artwork: Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs / Event Planner: Lauren from Loli Events / Flowers: Lynn Jawitz of Florisan LLC / DJ: Philip Quinaz of 74 Events / Cake: Sal from Conti’s Pastry Shoppe / Invitations: Minted / Wedding Gown: Michelle Roth / Wedding Gown Purchased At: Kleinfeld Bridal / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bridesmaids Dresses: Ella Park Bridal

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