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Glamorous 1970s NYC Wedding Inspiration

With its gray skies and chilling temperatures, winter is my least favorite season. But, Harwell Photography managed to make even the gloomiest New York City winter day beautiful in this inspiration photo shoot. Amidst the industrial charm of 501Union, a glamorous 70s cocktail party came to life with wild, romantic florals and bohemian bridal look. Travel back in time and appreciate winter even on its dreariest days in the gallery.


From Simply Charming Socials The grey of a wintery city can be beautiful in its own way. We were inspired by the ethereal gloom that falls over New York in the cold months and paid homage to 70′s glam for this styled wedding shoot. From caftan to cat eyes and cocktails to candlelight, we used vintage details with a modern twist to give brides some moody inspiration. Jeremy Harwell captured the day so perfectly.

The venue 501 Union provided us with a stunning background for the shoot, with it’s velvety banquettes, industrial beams, factory windows, and throwback palm leaf wallpaper. As the daylight shone through the windows, we were able to highlight the romantic details of a wedding.

Gabi of The Sentimentalist chose the most stunning Carol Hannah Iolite gown from the S/S 2015 collection to dress our Brooklyn bride. The sequins, tassel detail, and flowing sleeves give her an angelic glow. We styled her hair with a Farrah-esque bang and dark cat eyes. A rosy cheek finished off her bridal beauty look.

Wildly organic florals were a must to soften the very masculine space. Juli Vaughn chose black pit anemones, white ranunculus, ripening raspberries, Juliet garden roses, fern and lush greenery, and tied off the bouquet with ochre colored silk ribbon. In the arrangement, she used complementary flowers placed in a tarnished vessel for a touch of metallic sheen. Gold leaf, marsala-colored wax candles in brass candlesticks added height and color to the table.

The venue boasts a fabulous bar and what wedding would be complete without some libations. Ashley Buzzy hand lettered a cocktail menu in bold ink to match the moody invitation suite. The paper had a watercolor effect in grayscale tones, mimicking vintage photos of decades past.

Uniquely, each member of our team has ties to both New York and the South by way of Atlanta. This shoot was our take on city style, though we infused the elegance of Southern fetes.

Photography: Harwell Photography | Floral Design: Juli Vaughn Designs | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Reception Venue: 501Union | Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Hair: Styles On B | Creative Direction & Styling: Kristine Cholakian-Simply Charming Socials | Fashion Styling: The Sentimentalist- Gabby Lee | Invitations & Paper Goods: Ashley Buzzy Lettering & Press | Model: Emily Pickell

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Get the low down on donuts from Dough Brooklyn

National Donut Day celebrates one of America’s favorite and most decadent desserts, donuts. Gone are the days of your run of the mill donuts, today, you can get just about anything on top of these melt in your mouth goodies. We enlisted the help of an expert Pastry-chef Fany Gerson from Brooklyn’s famous Dough to share how she’ll be celebrating National Donut Day and more.

How did you get into the donut industry?
I had been a pastry chef for a while and a former boss called me up to ask if I wanted to open up a doughnut shop with him. He felt there were few places that made doughnuts with the attention and love that you often see in other pastries. I agreed but mainly it sounded like fun.

What’s the flavor everyone gives their diet up for?
Dulce de Leche with toasted almonds and salted chocolate caramel.

What non-traditional flavor combo do you think would make a great donut?
I think that continues to evolve. Many people do crazy flavors and some are good and some, I feel are made just for the sale of being different. The doughnut is a canvas and honestly, the options are limitless if you have a good doughnut that can be enjoyed on it’s own.

What’s your favorite flavor?
That’s a hard one! But it’s between the lemon poppy, passion fruit with cocoa nib and the cinnamon sugar which may be simple but we use freshly ground Mexican cinnamon and I just love it!

What’s the most creative donut flavor you’ve ever created?
I guess the hibiscus doughnut or salt and pepper which I’ve done as a special.

Biggest donut fail?
We did a yoghurt glazed with house made granola that was really good, but I don’t think people want something healthy sounding with indulgence. Maybe it’s an oxymoron.

What’s the best way to eat a donut?
Nothing beats a warm plain or cinnamon sugar doughnut but the thicker toppings have to be glazed when the doughnuts are cooled. Those are best with a good cup of coffee (which we are lucky to have)

How are you celebrating national donut day?
Every year, we do a raffle. With the purchase of a box of 6 or more people enter a raffle to get a year supply of doughnuts (they can get a box every week for the entire year!)

What are your thoughts on mini donuts?
I think they are great for events so you can get a taste of many, but I think when you are treating yourself to a doughnut you should have a big one for sure. If you are gonna enjoy it truly, you need to have several bites.

Photography: Noah Fecks

Elegant + Dramatic Brooklyn Wedding

Real weddings are our bread and butter here at SMP. From Brooklyn like this next one to Boise, from trendy to timeless – weddings are what we call home. But the best ones, in our opinion, are the weddings where fun reigns King. And knowing that this pair used Trivial Pursuit and Shuffle Board to keep their guests busy, made all of the gorgeous decor that much more lovable. With photos by a guy + a girl photography, beauty by Jackie Schneider Beauty and vows by Reverend Annie Lawrence, this is one wedding that we can get completely on board with. And there is more here!

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From a guy + a girl photography… Oh, here is one of our favorites of the year! An incredibly cozy Winter wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn. Sarah and Mike (and their families) have been close since elementary school, so this wedding truly was a union where two families officially became one.

Their decor featured an NYC-meets-Brooklyn theme with skylines and vintage postcards present throughout. We are still obsessed with their gorgeous gold cake, and could not believe it was vegan!!! Although the ceremony and reception took place at 501 Union, their happy day opened and closed at the nearby Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, where Mike is a member. Games like connect four, trivial pursuit and of course, shuffleboard kept Sarah and Mike’s friends and families (and their wedding photographers!) partying long after the cake was cut and the band stopped playing. So happy for this amazing pair!

Photography: a guy + a girl photography | Event Design: Viva Max Weddings | Coordination: Viva Max Weddings | Floral Design: Lindsay Rae Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Emily Lael | Invitations: Lion In The Sun - Huntington | Shoes: Adriana Papell | Catering: Saucy By Nature | Makeup: Jackie Schneider Beauty | Band: Brian Kirk & The Jirks | Groom's Attire: Macy's | Groomsmen's Attire: Macy's | Officiant: Rev Annie Lawrence | Ceremony And Reception Venue: 501Union | Hair Piece: Debra Moreland | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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Black Tie Brooklyn Wedding

This, loves, is what I call meant-to-be.  Two handsome gentlemen who happened to grow up just minutes apart from each other, but didn’t actually connect until after college.  It’s the sort of fairytale story I can’t get enough of, all capped off with a glam meets industrial affair at the always fabulous Liberty Warehouse.  See it all unfold in the gallery captured by 4 Eyes Photography… it’s awesome.

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From the handsome Husband… We have been together for over six years, but we initially met on JDate right after we both began our first jobs (Ryan out of college and Terry out of law school). We soon realized that we grew up minutes apart from each other in New Jersey, our fathers both grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, and our mothers also grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Aside from it being a beautiful space, the Liberty Warehouse is located in Brooklyn (where all four of our parents were born and raised) and it has views of New Jersey (where we both were born and raised) and Manhattan (where we both currently work and live).

We wanted the wedding style and colors to contrast with the rustic/industrial feel of the venue, so we chose mostly black and metallic. Because the wedding is in the winter, the floral design is primarily greenery.

We are so fortunate to have four unconditionally loving and supportive parents who have become great friends during the six years that we have been together. All four parents wanted to walk us down the aisle, go up in the chairs during the Hora, and give a speech together to emphasize how our two families have become one.

While at Colgate University, Terry was president of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. At every Beta Theta Pi wedding, the fraternity brothers in attendance sing “Beta Sweetheart” to the bride. For our wedding, Terry’s fraternity brothers remixed the words to Beta Sweetheart to suit two grooms and sang it to Ryan.

We both love Patron (Ryan, Patron XO Café and Terry, Patron Silver), so we used mini bottles of each as both the favors and the escort cards. We also had a Patron ice slide during the cocktail hour.

Photography: 4 Eyes Photography | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Rose Red & Lavender | Invitations: Jp Invitations | Jewelry: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Ceremony And Reception Venue: The Liberty Warehouse

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Romantic Summer Ceremony Decor Inspiration

When Two Of A Kind Rentals, ever swoon, and Face Time Beauty come together, we’re in for a treat. So I got excited about the magic they recently created, especially considering it showcased one of my favorite decor areas – the often overlooked ceremony site. Add in blooms from Designs By Ahn and Gotham Florist, and Alicia Swedenborg’s pics and I’m bursting with ideas. See all this beauty right this way!

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From Two of a Kind RentalsI teamed up with an amazing group of wedding vendors and spearheaded two styled shoot titled “Candle Lit Arches” and “Chuppah Delight.” We receive an overwhelming amount of questions from brides each spring regarding the many ways to style their ceremony backdrop. And this is our answer for them! Just one of the many ways it can be done.

We get excited about a good wedding arch and wanted to prove to our brides that it can be done in a modern, trend-forward way (unlike the traditional plastic arches you see at a lot of rental companies!).

The amazing team at Designs By Ahn wrapped our Vintage Metal Arbor with buckets of green garlands and fresh florals to achieve a romantic, lush green backdrop. White, blush and cream colored blooms were incorporated to add a romantic accent. With the addition of large and small vintage metal lanterns, candles and the Green Building’s exposed brick walls, this entire backdrop came to life!

Our groom wears a 100% wool custom Suitable suit (thanks to their amazing wedding party discount!) while our bride wears an intricately beaded Nearly Newlywed sweetheart gown. Special thanks to the Facetime Beauty hair and makeup team for providing red lips and a head full of curls for our bride!

We could think of no better backdrop for this shoot then The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York. The venue’s rustic, exposed brick walls and natural colored floors created a most majestic canvas for this shoot. Thanks to Alicia Swedenborg for the photography and Ever Swoon for styling!

We also outfitted our bride in Preston & Olivia veils which perfectly accented the intricate Ceci New York stationery included in this shoot. Bridal bling provided by Marisa Perry brought our bride to life! Flower crowns made from white, blush and cream colored flowers made by Designs by Ahn adorn our bride’s head.

The “Chuppah Delight” design goes out to all of our brides who ask for wedding decor direction! Most times our rental clients have reception decor, menu details and color schemes planned out from the beginning but tend to forget about one important thing… their ceremony backdrop! With the help of our vendor friends here in New York, we introduce brides and grooms into the wonderful world of non-traditional chuppah options and what that could look like for their big day.

Gotham Florist layered bunches of greens and fresh florals on Two of a Kind’s White Birch Chuppah to achieve a magical layering effect. As you can see, we excluded the typical white chuppah linen and instead showcased layers of greens and magenta, light pink and white flowers creating our own natural canopy.

Made in Heaven Cakes baked a lace covered 3-tiered cake for our bride and groom to cut which matched perfectly with the intricate Ceci New York stationery included in this shoot.

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Event Styling: Ever Swoon | Florist: Gotham Florist | Florist: Designs By Ahn | Cake: Made In Heaven Cakes | Invitations: Ceci New York | Jewelry: Marisa Perry | Make-up: Linsey for Face Time Beauty | Hair : Lauren for Face Time Beauty | Calligraphy : Ink Revival | Groom's Suit: Suitable | Venue: The Green Building | Bridal Boutique: Nearly Newlywed | Decor Rentals: Two Of A Kind Rentals | Veils: Preston & Olivia

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Eclectic + Colorful Brooklyn Wedding

Eclectic yet elegant, this colorful soiree is filled with personality. Marrying a warm color palette with a sparkling cityscape, this fabulous fete proves that Brooklyn is bursting with romance. Beginning with their beautiful Tie That Binds paper goods and ending the evening with a macaron cake, the gallery from Lindsay Madden Photography is the place to see it all!

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From Lindsay Madden Photography … Brooklyn weddings are some of my favorites! So when Lindsay & Max told me their wedding was going to be held at My Moon Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn I was beyond excited. This little gem of a place was on my ‘dying to photograph’ list for quite some time. Once an abandoned warehouse, My Moon is now an utterly chic restaurant infused with Moroccan & Spanish influences. Lindsay & Max’s wedding was an eclectic yet, elegant soiree filled with a warm color pallet, personality, twinkle lights & a cake made up of macaroons! I feel so lucky to have been able to capture their romantic city wedding.

Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Wedding Gown: Alyne From Solutions Bridal | Invitations: Tie That Binds | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Make Up: Styled By Jen | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Reception: MyMoon | Groom's Tux: Alton Lane | Macaron Tower: Dana's Bakery | Music: DJ's At Work NYC | Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals | Socks: Happy Socks

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