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A Brooklyn Engagement

An engagement in New York City usually consists of drop dead gorgeous images that look like stills from a movie and this engagement is no exception. There’s just something about the combination of the city, the love, the talent of Ron Antonelli of Brian Dorsey Studios that really makes these images (especially this one!) shine bright. Click here for the full gallery.

From the very beginning, we knew that we wanted to have our engagement photos taken in Dumbo, Brooklyn. We live in Williamsburg and have been living in Brooklyn together for the past five years and love the aesthetics of “old New York” that can be found around Brooklyn. We specifically love Dumbo, since the location had everything we wanted in closer proximity to each other. Dumbo has so many different sceneries for one place, which really made it the ideal spot to capture us as a couple. We love spending time in Brooklyn and our photographer captured it perfectly – from the Brooklyn bridge, Tobacco warehouse, cobble stone streets to the carousal, graffiti on buildings and promenade. The idea was to capture the contrast between the historical aspects of the area and us having fun there. We spent about two hours one sunny and hot afternoon in August 2012 and though we were exhausted afterwards, it was well worth it. We ended the engagement shoot with some refreshing sorbet from Jacques Torres.

We both wore what resembled our everyday selves at our best. The shift dress I wore is from Theyskens’ Theory with tiny gold specks all over the dress paired with my favorite Louis Vuitton Mary Jane pumps. I love the platform that gives me height and the seriousness of the structured shoe is softened with the tiny patent strap with a small bow on the side. Marcos is wearing his typical Brooks Brother’s shirt and pants with his favorite skinny tie, from Ralph Lauren. We truly believe the images captured the joy and fun we had not only on that day, but everyday we spend together and hope that you enjoy the photos as much as we do.

Photographer: Ron Antonelli - Brian Dorsey Studios

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Modern Wedding in New York City

Where does the couple who met while traveling the globe decide to tie the knot? New York City, of course. Where cultures and travels and textures can beautifully mesh into a wedding that represents exactly who the couple is at heart. And this wedding – photographed by Huge Forte and designed by Bespoke Only – is the very definition of modern loveliness. Just make sure to check out all of the other details right here!


After both attending NYU (albeit at different times), later in their lives Mercedes and Paul joined foreign service separately and their paths fatefully crossed each other during their travelings around the world. In spring 2013, when the couple started planning their wedding as being stationed in Algiers, it was clear that there’s no better place to host the event other than New York, the city where all the loose threads traced back to. In the midst of the hostage and bombing crisis happening in Algeria, with our help the couple managed to plan this very New York affair in Dumbo with the unparallelled skyline as the ultimate backdrop.

With the vibrant creative energy and diversity, Dumbo was the perfect display of the current and buzzing New York to guests around the globe. Taking place in a lofty art gallery with tons of industrial architecture details, the wedding was all about the classic urban elements that represent classic NYC but remained fresh and contemporary. Special homage was paid to the couple’s artistic upbringing – black & white family photographs, works of the bride’s deceased photographer/bio engineer mother were incorporated as a gallery wall at the entrance, which was equally visually stunning and emotionally moving. The groom’s musician family performed harmoniously at the ceremony on the pebble beach under Manhattan Bridge – the graceful tune could not be veiled by any passing train noise. Iconic mid-century furniture pieces set up a modern lounge area. Nestled in a variety of matte black vessels, organically formed floral were done sparsely to keep up with the overall cool and relaxed atmosphere. Dogwood branches with hanging votive candles accentuated the height of ceiling and softened the rawness of the space.

Due to the nature of their jobs with constant traveling & moving involved, the goal was simple yet hard to achieve in their daily life – a dinner party to house all their dear ones in one place with exquisite food, wine, and the good times to be remembered and cherished in the many more years to come. With guests coming from all over the world, at the end of the night when the ice cream sandwich truck pulled over on the cobble stone street, it went without saying that everybody was having the best time as enjoying what New York city has to offer.

Photography: Hugh Forte Photography | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Floral Design: Bespoke Only | Invitations: Bella Figura | Reception Venue: Smack Mellon Studio | Catering: Blue Smoke | Hair: Jessie Riley | DJ: Play Something Good | Event Planning & Design: Bespoke Only | Groom\'s Attire: Hackett London | Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus | Makeup: Nam Vo | Rentals: Bridge Furniture & Props

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Coney Island Engagement Session

E-sessions like this make me happy.  And not just because these two are seriously adorable (they sooo are) or because their vintage chic theme is beyond awesome (it sooo is).  No, this shoot is more than that.  It’s two people so in love that even Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stand in their way.  And how amazing is that?!? See it all captured by Everest Road Photography right here.

From Everest Road Photography… Lyndsey and Derek are two people who love and live deeply. When deciding on engagement photos, they wanted to do a vintage-style shoot at Coney Island where they got engaged. Then Hurricane Sandy hit the coastline and I assumed the plans would be reconsidered, but they weren’t. A month after the storm, on a beach still wearing signs of its devastation, and in weather much too cold for frolicking in the sand, we did the shoot at Coney Island and somehow it was wonderful. It was beautiful to see their resolve and how they refused to let circumstances dictate their dreams, a sentiment echoed around the city in the weeks following the storm. It was uplifting to see the genuineness of their smiles, and to watch them find joy in each moment, especially the ones they spent together.

Photography: Everest Road Photography | Hair: Pimps and Pinups | Groom's Attire: Urban Outfitters | Bride's Attire: ASOS | Sunglasses: Tory Burch