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They Planned a New Year’s Eve Wedding in 55 Days!

If you thought planning a wedding set smack dab in the middle of the holiday season was impressive, just you wait. Because this couple did that with only 55 days to make it happen. Thanks to the DM Events, along with 74 Events and Trent Bailey Studio behind the camera, you’ll see how just the right vendors helped bring together the New Year’s wedding of their dreams. Oh and this year? These two will now be celebrating as a sweet family of three.

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From the Bride…Chris and I met in 2009 when we both worked at a large law firm in New York City. Our transition from colleagues to friends to dating took a brief four and a half years, but when we finally got together in August of 2013 it was clear to me that it had been him all along. Our relationship moved quickly after that, and on a chilly night in January of 2015 Chris proposed to me on the streets of Manhattan with the Chrysler Building as a backdrop.

Soon after, we started considering wedding options. I knew the exact feel I wanted for our wedding – an intimate, outdoor summer affair, full of soft light and natural, organic details. I spent hours browsing Style Me Pretty for inspiration images of peony-filled bouquets and soft-hued bridesmaid dresses. But that all changed in late October, when we unexpectedly found out that I would likely have some infertility issues. Our doctor told us that in order to have the best chance of conceiving naturally, we should move our family planning up as much as possible. Chris and I didn’t hesitate. We knew that having children was something we both wanted dearly, so I got to work.

We decided on a New Year’s Eve Wedding, which gave us exactly 55 days to plan. We couldn’t believe our luck when we found out that The Wythe Hotel, a venue we had previously toured and fell in love with, was available. We booked it immediately and everything started to fall into place. I eschewed the soft, organic details I had planned on for a color palette that was moody and romantic. The deep burgundy accents and pops of gold were a perfect complement to the industrial setting and already celebratory night. As the clock neared midnight, our friends and family all joined us on the dance floor to say farewell to 2015 and usher in 2016 in the most amazing way possible.

My favorite moment came when we had our first dance. We chose ‘It Had To Be You,’ – a song we picked from ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ which always somehow felt like our story – two friends, living on the Upper West Side, who eventually realize they were meant for each other all along. In those moments, time seemed to stop and for the first time that day it was just Chris and I, dancing to our story and enjoying everything that was taking place around us.

While our wedding looked nothing like what I had imagined, it turned out to be exactly what we needed. We were so lucky to have had the most incredible day and to start our lives together surrounded by our closest family and friends. Chris and I are now expecting a little girl in November, and we could not be more excited to celebrate this coming New Year’s Eve as a family of three.

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Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Event Planning: DM Events | Floral Design: DM Events | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Stationery: Lion in the Sun | Hair + Makeup: Glamsquad | DJ: 74 Events | Venue: Wythe Hotel

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Mimosas + Marriage = This Brooklyn Brunch Wedding

What do you get when you combine mimosas and matrimony? Why this colorful brunch wedding of course. It’s Brooklyn meets bold details and we’ve got it all captured by Emilia Jane Photography in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Tom and I first met in high school in Orlando, FL and reconnected in New York City in November of 2013. He proposed on July 30, 2015 at the Top of the Standard in Manhattan.

New York City has been our home for a number of years and we wanted to celebrate our marriage in the city we both love. After touring many event spaces in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the River Cafe was our last stop in early September of 2015. We were both immediately drawn to this beautiful and historic restaurant next to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Many people asked why we chose to have a daytime wedding. The truth is, we not only wanted to do something a little bit different but we also wanted to show our closest family and friends why we enjoy living in NYC so much and what we like to do on a typical spring Saturday – enjoying the city with our friends!

We were married in an intimate ceremony in the private garden behind the River Café, overlooking downtown Manhattan. After the ceremony, we moved to the flower-bedecked terrace for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by lunch in the garden room. It was doubly amazing when we noticed the FDNY fireboats shooting water in all directions behind us on the East River!

Having our wedding celebration at the River Cafe combined many things that we both love: a beautiful and historic setting by the Brooklyn Bridge, wonderful food at a Michelin star rated restaurant and breathtaking views of the NYC skyline.

Another favorite part of the wedding planning process for me was working with wedding dress designer, Samantha Sleeper. I found her line in a tiny boutique in Brooklyn and decided to reach out to her directly to meet her. Soon after visiting her studio in Gowanus I found the dress of my dreams, a beautiful combination of lace and flower embroidery. After working together from January to May, we became friends and she also attended our wedding.

Having a daytime wedding celebration was a dream come true for us and our families and we could not be happier with our choice.

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Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Styling: Liz Polden | Wedding Dress: Samantha Sleeper | Invitations: Lion in the Sun | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Makeup: Anny Chow | Hair: Andy Tseng | Groom's Attire: Custom Born To Tailor | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: The River Café | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Getting Ready Venue: McCarran Hotel Brooklyn

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From A Kismet Meeting in the Elevator to “I Do’s” in Brooklyn

It’s one of those stories you hear about from time to time but wonder, is that how it really happened? In this case, it sure did! These two met in the elevator of their apartment building and well, after a couple more run-ins… let’s just say the rest is history. But not before they kicked it all off with a spring celebration filled with cherry blossoms and sweetness. Brklyn View Photography captured it allsee their happily ever after right this way!

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From Brklyn View PhotographyThe story of how Nadia and Tim met sounds like it’s the plot of your favorite romantic movie. They met in the elevator of their apartment building in Brooklyn. It was love at first sight and after a few weeks of bumping into each other, Tim finally asked Nadia out and the rest, they say, is history! The happy couple wanted to celebrate their wedding in the place where their love story began and Brooklyn was the only choice. They chose Maison May (formerly iCi Restaurant) in Fort Greene for it’s quaint location, gorgeous outside garden and of course, delicious food.

Nadia wore a stunning structured wedding dress and veil from Carol Hannah. She splurged on her blue studded Valentino shoes and wore her grandmother’s crystal vintage necklace and earrings for her something old and borrowed. Nadia’s bridesmaids each chose their own dresses. The only prerequisites were that they had to be blush and sparkly – so pretty! The bride and groom got ready separately at the Wythe Hotel before heading to the church in Manhattan. Tim was in awe of his blushing bride as she was escorted down the aisle by her Father and Step-Father. After their wedding ceremony, we headed back to Brooklyn to the breathtaking grounds of the Pratt Institute to take their bridal party portraits.

It was peak cherry blossom season in New York City and we took full advantage of the lush garden and fresh blooms. Guests arrived at Maison May and were treated to glasses of champagne in celebration of the nuptials. Custom table names were created by Laura Hooper Calligraphy that represented important Brooklyn streets and locations that were meaningful to the couple. Each place setting was set with a package of lavender shortbread as their wedding favors. The intimate space of Maison May was perfect for their small wedding. Guests dined al fresco outside in the garden under the string lights. Nadia and Tim’s wedding day was perfect from start to finish and I’m so happy that they asked me to be part of such a lovely celebration.

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Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Floral Design: Molly Oliver | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Ladybird Bakery | Invitations: Foxy & Winston | Ceremony Venue: St. James Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Maison May Dekalb | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Makeup: Rose Fortuna | Favors: Two Moon Shortbread | Desserts: Dough Brooklyn | Getting Ready Venue: Wythe Hotel | Table Numbers: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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