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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 ( / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Flower Girl’s Dress: Sweetie Pie Collection

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NYC Studio 450 Wedding from Carmen Santorelli Photography

Any wedding that involves wine and cheesecake is alright by me. Wine, cheese, love and beautiful photographs by Carmen Santorelli is NOT a bad day at work. And this beauty is a shining example of a layered approach. From a veil worn by generations passed paired with a beautiful Lazaro gown to Mimosa Floral Design Studio transforming the gorgeous blank space that is Studio 450 into a vineyard loft with beautiful city views. It’s all about the layers of details and seemingly opposite elements working hand in hand to bring a modern city vibe to a traditional vineyard wedding. And we can’t get enough of it. If you missed it see it here in Part I and of course, even more from the day in the full gallery.

From the Bride… One of the first pieces of advice that my mother gave us when we started planning the wedding was that our choices would be the first decisions we made together as a couple, so we wanted our relationship and our love of family to shine through in every element of the event. I chose the veil worn by my grandmother and mother – made from Belgian lace purchased by my great-great-grandmother in the early 1900s. Though I decided not to wear the dress worn by three generations of women before me, we used material from the gown for Nate’s tie and pocket square, and wrapped it around my bouquet along with a picture of me with my father. The small diamond earrings I wore were from an anniversary ring of Nate’s grandmother, and the bridesmaids’ earrings were all made by my mom, who is a jewelry designer.

For the décor, we kept it simple at the church because we wanted to let its natural beauty shine. At the reception, we aimed for a vineyard-meets-city vibe. We featured vintage wine and cheese boxes on the escort card and dessert tables, and collected wine bottles and cork-filled glasses for the windowsills. My mom hand-painted the bar menu and other signs, and we used New York postcards from antique stores and local shops as the guestbook. The flowers matched the red-wine color of the bridesmaids’ dresses – and also reflected our passion for food, with touches of artichokes and berries in the arrangements.The menu put a modern twist on rustic Italian flavors, culminating with a combination dessert and cheese table. We couldn’t resist incorporating our love for wine and cheese nights, so our “cake” was a two-tiered goat cheese and triple-cream creation! 

We’re incredibly grateful for photographer Carmen Santorelli, floral designer Lillian Wright, day-of coordinator Katie Berger, and caterers Ryan Corvaia and Bonnie Evans, who partnered with us to create a more magical day than we could have imagined.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography / Second Photography: Falcon Photography / Ceremony Venue: Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in New York, New York / Reception Venue: Studio 450 in New York, New York / Floral Design + Decor: Mimosa Floral Design Studio  / Day-of Wedding Coordination: Sara Kate Events / Wedding Catering + Lighting: Dish Food & Events / Music: DJ Alias via Scratch Weddings / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Kleinfeld  / Bride’s Bracelet: Untamed Petals /  Bride’s Shoes: Anne Klein via Macy’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bridesmaids’ Earrings: lifefavors / Hair + Makeup: Erica Ogawa

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NYC Wedding at Bottino Restaurant from Pickles and Pies

Sometimes, it’s the quietest of moments. The sweetest of sentiments. The simplest of celebrations…that make for the most beautiful weddings on Style Me Pretty. And this New York City wedding, photographed to utter perfection by Sean Kim, is nothing short of lovely. And who would have thought that it was a budget friendly affair with details, touches and style for days tucked into each and every corner by Pickles and Pies. This, my lovelies, is pure pretty. Click here to see much more.

From Pickles and Pies The wedding of Romney Piamonte and Rick Walburn had so many personal touches, and it was one of the smallest budgets I have seen in awhile (for NYC). It started at $7,000, but we spent around $10,000. We got really creative, crafted almost everything and called friends to lend a hand. Rick and Romney are both creative people — Romney was a professional stage actor and singer, now turned dentist, while Rick plays in the orchestra for various Broadway shows. They had strong inclinations and opinions as to what they wanted, just no idea how to execute or fully realize them under such tight budgetary constraints.

The ceremony, cocktails and lunch were held at Bottino Restaurant in Chelsea, NYC. It is a tiny space, so creating a different and appropriate setting for each was a challenge. Romney handmade the table runners, and together we crafted about 70 white yarn balls by hand with Elmer’s glue, yarn and mini beach balls for the decor. The succulents were purchased off the internet in bulk, and we hit up New York’s Flower District for the rest of the flowers, which I put together. Since most of the budget was going toward food and drinks, I needed to find ways to personalize the wedding at a low cost. So I created a “logo” for the couple and put it EVERYWHERE! I custom designed and made the menus to be stylish and personal. The couple really didn’t want a traditional guest book, so we created “Anniversary Jars” for years 1, 5, and 10 and asked the guests to leave a note or wish in them that wouldn’t be opened until that specified anniversary. I think the BEST personal touch were the favors. Romney commissioned a friend who is an artist to make a cartoon photo of Rick, Romney, and their adorable dachsund, Hans. Romney had the art printed at Staples, then covered 75 chocolate bars he bought at an outlet store. Speaking of Hans … he was missed. Because the wedding was in a restaurant, he was not allowed in, so Hans was found in “doll form” which became the ring pillow.

The ceremony was performed by friends, which made it so special. The grooms were walked down the aisle by their mothers, and Romney’s nephew was the ring bearer. After the ceremony, I had made a video of a collection of photos the grooms gave me of their life together that I projected on the wall in the cocktail room, which started playing right as they were making their way down the aisle. It was sentimental to the couple, but a treat for the guests and family. The surprise of the wedding was when Romney sang to Rick with the help of a friend on guitar. He sang a beautiful song in Tagalog (Filipino) because while Rick has heard Romney’s beautiful voice many times, he had never sung a song just to him. Not a dry eye in the house. Sean Kim was the perfect photographer for this day. He started at The Dream Hotel Downtown, where the couple decided to stay for their wedding weekend, and followed the grooms all the way to their wedding. I think he truly captured the excitement and love this couple has on the way to their ceremony together. I feel this wedding was everything it should be. Full of love, full of style and low on cost.

Wedding Photography: Sean Kim / Wedding Venue + Catering: Bottino Restaurant in New York, New York / Event Styling, Planning + Floral Design: Pickles and Pies / Wedding Cake: Willy Alverez ( / Music: Friends / Ukuele: Marie-France Arcilla / Accommodations: Dream Downtown

Chelsea Piers Wedding from Exquisite Affairs Productions + Joseph Lin

This adorable couple met in an elementary social studies class, and even though it wasn’t love at first site, they gave into the inevitable chemistry a few years later on a Staten Island ferry ride home. And we are so glad they did! They are cute as can be – and with the help of Exquisite Affairs Productions, they created a wedding so perfectly personal, I feel like I’ve known them forever. Joseph Lin Wedding Photography packed an entire gallery full with fantastic images – and Michael Justin Films sent over a highlight film from the day. How lucky are we?

After dating for eight years, a proposal was expected in the near future, especially when we decided to take a trip out of town on the Fourth of July holiday.  However, Gordon always has awful luck in planning any event (a “Charlie Brown” factor), and he was true to form for the proposal.  We had taken a trip to Hershey Park, where we would be making customized chocolates.  It could have been very romantic, except for the fact that we were sandwiched in between screaming kids and large tourist groups.  I learned later on that Gordon thankfully passed on this window to propose.  We then set out for the park at night to catch the fireworks…only our timing was off, and the fireworks show was more like a dud.  We skulked back to the hotel, where Gordon ordered room service.  I thought this must be it!  I lifted up the metal tray eagerly, only to find chicken fingers.  I could feel myself getting woozy.  We settled in for bed, and I shut my eyes tight, ready to call it a day.  At the last possible moment, when I thought it was never going to happen, Gordon woke me up with an open ring box in my face.  He had pulled through after all!

We wanted to eschew the traditional wedding trappings: no draped chairs, hotel banquet halls, or over-styled floral arrangements.  When we saw the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, it just felt right – a modern setting situated on the New York City coastline.  This was something that spoke to all of the Staten Island ferry rides we had taken as a couple.

We wanted the wedding to look really clean and simple, hence gray and yellow seemed like a natural choice.  In terms of style, we wanted a touch of kitsch to personalize the event.  Vintage robots played off our color schemes and our personalities as a couple.  At the end of the day, we find ways to make each other laugh, remind ourselves to seek the playful side of life and have fun together, simply put.

We both come from different cultural backgrounds, and we wanted to incorporate those elements into our wedding.  As part of our ceremony, we included the Filipino tradition of a cord and veil, as a symbol of the union of marriage and sign of mutual support of each other, binding us in a lifelong commitment to be one in mind and heart.  To bring in Gordon’s Chinese background, we held a small tea ceremony during the reception, as a way to show respect and appreciation to our family.

Our most vivid memories from the wedding day were seeing all the people we love in one room, enjoying themselves and letting loose, getting really creative with props at the photobooth or wilding out to music on the dance floor.  We also enjoyed a quiet moment together while heading to the reception in a vintage cab, which took our breath away.

Our photographer, Joe Lin, videographer, Michael Porco, and our wonderful planner, Christine Viola and Exquisite Affairs Production, made every minute memorable, truly amazing, and unforgettable.  We were never a couple that visualized our exact wedding from detail to detail but all of our vendors painted our story exactly as we would never imagine it could have been portrayed.

Photographer: Joseph Lin Wedding Photography / Event Design & Planning: Exquisite Affairs Productions / Ceremony: Our Lady of the Rosary / Reception Venue: Abigail Kirsch, The Lighthouse / Makeup: Sally Duvall / Hair: Styles on B, Stacy Pitt / Cinematography: Michael Justin Films / DJ: High Voltage Sounds DJ / Floral Design: Flowers by Emil / Stationery: Exquisite Affairs Productions / Vintage Checkered Cab: Film Cars

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