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Elegant NYC Wedding at The High Line Hotel

Just when I think I’ve seen my share of elegant NYC weddings, I come upon a gem like this one and my heart beats a bit faster once more. Karen Hill worked her magic behind the lens, capturing this gorgeous affair planned by Classic Events, and from the beautiful Bride’s veil (swoon!) to the epic dance party thanks to Around Town Entertainment, it’s proven once again the glory of a classic city celebration.

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From Karen Hill PhotographyThe wedding day story of Liz and Bert’s wedding begins at the Refectory at the Highland Hotel where I found the florist, Putman and Putnam, busy finishing the beautiful floral arrangements. I love shooting with film because of how beautifully film renders its subject and how it captures it with such softness. These days photographers who shoot with film are becoming more and more scarce so when a client connects with my images and loves what I do, it makes me feel it’s worth while.

The High Line Hotel is a complete site with everything needed for a beautiful city wedding. The garden, Refectory and Gothic Chapel are amazing. It’s a grand venue.

Liz and Bert are both from the south and have called NYC home for the past ten years. By day, he’s a lawyer and by night he’s in two bands, the Stemms and The Post, while she’s a writer for Diane von Furstenberg by day and a writer for herself by night. Their wedding was celebrated with friends and family for an unforgettable day, filled with love, laughter and beautiful light.

Photography: Karen Hill Photography | Event Planning: Danielle Elder, Classic Events | Floral Design: Putnam And Putnam | Ceremony Venue: Theological Seminary | Reception Venue: The High Line Hotel | Catering: Peter Callahan Catering | Band: Around Town Entertainment

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Elegant Fall New York City Wedding

This Fall NYC wedding is a total stunner. With invitations from Tie That Binds, planning from True Event, Reverend Annie Lawrence officiating, and rockin’ tunes from The Remixologists at the reception, there’s no way this fabulous affair wouldn’t be a smashing success! Lucky for us Craig Paulson Photography was there to capture all the love, and share it with us in the gallery here!

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From the Bride… When we were searching for a venue in New York and the surrounding area, I felt overwhelmed with the paradox of choice. We went to a number of raw spaces, gardens and estates, but nothing felt right. One evening, when a huge snow storm had blown through all of the tri-state area, we ventured out into the desolate streets of the city to find dinner. We decided upon The Park for its cozy fireplace and delicious pizza. It was a staple of our Chelsea neighborhood. Tonight, for the first time, it was completely empty. Walking through the gorgeous indoor garden room, we knew — this was the place. It had been right under our nose the whole time!

With the help of Sarah from True Event, Ingrid from Tin Can Studios and Frances from The Park, we settled on a floral palette ranging from deep, dusky roses to the palest pinks and everything in between. We even included some orange tones to bring out the Fall colors of our November wedding.

Sarah helped me bring the setting at The Park up a notch, as it’s more of a casual, romantic vibe and we wanted the affair to be black tie optional. We worked with Party Rentals to add gold embellishments and included lighted votive candles within the table arrangements to set the mood for an evening wedding.

I worked with Kim at Craig Paulson photography to set a number of formal and pre-wedding shots at our hotel, The Dream Downtown, and at the venue before the ceremony. She and Caleb caught so many lovely shots – it was hard to pick which to submit!

I worked with Mekala from Tie That Binds stationary to create a custom watercolor map of the Chelsea area as well as a signature watercolor of our two dogs that wouldn’t be able to join the ceremony – it was our special way of incorporating them into our big day! She also created the menus, place cards and ceremony programs to go with the floral palette we’d chosen.

My husband requested a few details including a jazz band during the cocktail hour with a 20s vibe, signature cocktails served before the ceremony (which we also held at The Park) and a raw seafood bar where we had live shuckers preparing fresh oysters and clams. My major request was a pink themed candy bar for guests during dessert and a surprise visit from the Gorilla Grilled Cheese Truck, a NYC staple, at the end of the night. The guests loved leaving the venue and getting some grilled cheese, tomato soup and tater tots before making their next move of the night!

Photography: Craig Paulson Photography | Event Planning: True Event | Floral Design: Tin Can Studios | Invitations: Tie That Binds | Ceremony Venue: The Park | Reception Venue: The Park | Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Gloss And Glam | DJ: The Remixologists | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Officiant: Reverend Annie Lawrence | Ceremony Music: Elan Artists | Hotel: Dream Downtown | Food Truck: Gorilla Grilled Cheese Truck

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Modern 4th of July Wedding in New York City

People often ask me what the best part of my job is. After all, it’s all pretty awesome so it must be a tough decision. But it’s not. Not in the slightest. The best part is the pictures. The knock you off your feet, make you smile, grab a tissue kind of pictures. So that is what we’re celebrating today. The insanely beautiful moments captured by A Guy + A Girl Photography. With planning by Hold Your Hand Events there is so much more right here...and I dare you to find the prettiest one.

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From A Guy + A Girl Photography…. Angela and Arthur’s wedding was a union of two true Manhattan foodies: a renowned New York food writer, and a Food Network Digital VP. She’s from Texas, he’s a Yankee…but he owns real cowboy boots, so it was a match made in heaven. Together, they love many things, from hot dogs to wine shops, oysters to BBQ.

Their laid-back wedding day at Studio 450 on the West side had all the chic-ness of a Manhattan loft wedding (and a rooftop ceremony next to a water tower!), while maintaining a relaxed Southern vibe (many booted gentlemen, specialty mac n cheese, slaw, greens and, of course, classic BBQ!).

Angela and Arthur’s cocktail hour featured a mariachi band, specialty cocktails and delicious bites from Delaney BBQ, followed by fireworks! Did we mention this wedding just happened to be on July 4th?! Halfway through the party, the dance floor moved up one floor to swing sparklers, while watching some of the Nation’s most impressive fireworks displays over the Hudson River. It was magic!

Photography: A Guy + A Girl Photography | Videography: Lexoria Wedding Films | Event Planning: Hold Your Hand Events | Floral Design: Molly Oliver | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | Invitations: Alli's Studio | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Delaney Barbecue | Hair & Makeup: Face The Day NY | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Studio 450 | Musician: Mariachi Citlalli | Musician: A Starry Night | Musician: Beledo | Photobooth: Smile Lounge | Stencil Mirror: Brian Tovar

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New York City Engagement Session from Trent Bailey Photography

Reason number 9,325,637 why I love New York City?  It makes one heck of a backdrop for engagement sessions.  Case in point?  This beautiful shoot captured by none other than the fabulous Trent Bailey, which features both an adorable (+ stylish) duo and image after image of the city they love (and where they fell in love!), NYC.  Take a gander at every magical moment in the full gallery.  It’s amazing.

From the Bride… Mike and I fell in love in New York City. As the seasons of the city progressed, so did our love for each other. We grew to adore both the well known and lesser known parts of New York, as we explored Manhattan together. In the summer, we escaped to the High Line for evenings walks and to capture a bit of peace in the city. In the fall, Mike cajoled me on, as I spent weekends in Central Park, training for the NYC marathon. He would always keep a smile on my face, as he tried to rollerblade, bike and run with me, so that I wouldn’t be lonely in my training. In the winter, we explored the city’s farmer’s markets and sipped cider. The following spring, Mike got down on one knee, near a cluster of Cherry Blossom Trees in Central Park, and asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked, surprised and overjoyed.

As we began to plan our engagement shoot, we wanted to capture the areas that were, in our eyes, the essence of NYC. We wanted to include our favorite spots, where we shared some of our first dates and fondest memories – especially on the High Line in Chelsea and in Central Park.

Our photographer, Trent, was such an inspiration to work with and so patient! Our session was rescheduled a few times, due to rain. However, the third time was the charm and he perfectly captured our special moments on our finally sunny day!

Wedding Photography: Trent from Trent Bailey Photography / Locations: The High Line Park + Meatpacking District + Central Park in New York City, New York / Bride’s Attire: H&M + Ann Taylor + J.Crew / Hair: The Dry Bar / Makeup: Holly for Facetime Beauty Concierge

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Chelsea Wedding + Film from Bayly & Moore

Bayly & Moore is giving us goodness in two forms today – their amazing images of this Chelsea celebration and a film of all the fabulous that went down as well. So we have a lot to thank them for this Monday morning. Because giving us the pleasure to get knee deep in all the pretty of this city soiree is awfully nice of them, and it’s all waiting for you right here.

From the Bride… Marcin and I had been dating for four years before he proposed, and we waited about two years before eventually tying the knot. Despite the long engagement, planning our wedding was no easy task! There was so much to think about. I was lucky, however, because a handful of close friends were also getting married in the summer of 2012, providing me with a reserve of great sounding boards. Plus, my parents are amazing — I think they must have been event planners in former lives. All in all, our wedding was the most incredible day for us, our families and our friends. Not even the 92 degree temperature could bring us down. It was absolutely perfect!

My style is somewhat quirky and whimsical, while Marcin’s taste is more modern, but we both love the urban aesthetic of NYC. We wanted the decor of our wedding to capture all of these elements while still looking beautifully sophisticated. Our florist, Robert at Diana Gould, was a true artist and executed our vision flawlessly. He was so creative and easy to work with. We chose our venue, The Lighthouse, pretty much on the spot. It was the perfect blend of industrial New York and picturesque beauty, right on the water with views of the Statue of Liberty. Working with Paul (our event manager) and his team was the absolute best. We actually were not stressing before our big day (a shocking but welcome change!) because we felt that we were in such good hands. Actually, everyone we worked with was truly amazing, from makeup (Kally is a genius) and hair (I found Laureen on SMP — thank you!) to our band (Bobby Attiko) who had everyone dancing for five hours straight.

This day was truly special for us because there were so many people who came together to make it possible. We had friends and family in from around the globe to celebrate with us. My parents and I designed and hand-cut every piece of stationery used on our wedding day. My dad and sister even drew the NY skyline motif that we used on all of our escort cards. Our day flew by, as many former brides had warned me it would. But luckily we have our amazing wedding photos and stop-motion video (courtesy of the insanely talented duo Bayly & Moore) which capture every event and emotion in the most artistic and beautiful way. Thanks to everyone who made this day a success — it was truly one of the most amazing days in our lives!

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: Bayly & Moore / Ceremony: The Church of the Guardian Angel in New York, New York / Reception: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York, New York / Floral Design: Robert of Diana Gould Ltd / Catering: Abigail Kirsch / Wedding Invitations: Lion in the Sun / Escort Cards, Table Numbers, Menus + Programs: DIY by the Bride’s Family / Entertainment: The Bobby Attiko Band via Hank Lane Music & Productions / Photo Booth: Sweet Booths / Getting Ready Location: Soho Grand Hotel / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Dior via Saks Fifth Avenue / Hair: Laureen of Styles on B / Makeup: Kally (curlsandlashes@gmail.com) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Flower Girl’s Dress: Sweetie Pie Collection

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