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Modern NYC Bookstore Wedding

Stop everything you’re doing; we have a dress that deserves your full attention. This Oscar De La Renta masterpiece is pretty much all I’ve been thinking about since the moment I laid my eyes on it, and this stylish Bride is my new hero. Her chic celebration, planned by ever swoon, is chock full of goodness and Sasithon Photography captured them all right here. My new fav? I think so.

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From the beautiful Bride… We decided to get married when we stumbled upon the venue, Housing Works Bookstore in SoHo, New York. Housing Works is a non-profit bookstore in our community and, with its mahogany- paneled bookshelves and spiral staircases, the space felt very intimate and true to our experience in New York. Our objective for the evening was to throw an elegant and modern dinner party with delicious food and great music. We planned our wedding remotely during a year in which we were living in Italy, so we relied heavily on the endless know-how and organization of our Event Planner Tamra Sanford of Ever Swoon, and the impeccable aesthetic of our Floral Designer Kat Hyppolite of Kat Flower. Kat created beautiful bouquets and centerpieces in pinks, burgundy and purple that looked wild and romantic, and complimented the floral motifs Nico designed for our invitations and paper goods. We also had a wonderful photographer, Sasithon Pooviriyakul, who completely understood how to translate our vision of an intimate dinner party into stunning candid images of the evening.

We were lucky enough to have friends and family from all over the world join us for the evening, so we worked with our celebrant Fintan Moore to create a ceremony that was intimate, thoughtful, and true to our partnership. We decided on a Celtic Handfasting ceremony, which celebrated our shared Irish heritage and communicated a key message of the night: two families coming together. As interludes during the ceremony our friends recited poetry from the staircase behind us. It was a special moment to celebrate our love and friendship; our wedding party knotting our hands together with ribbons as our guests watched on from the balcony above. Since we had over a year to plan the wedding, we had the opportunity to be very mindful of every detail. I designed my own fragrance for the day, and Chris had cufflinks made to honor his favorite soccer team.

Over the past seven years we have shared seven addresses, so we named our seven tables after streets we have lived on, which was another fun way for our guests to share in our story. Of course even the best-laid plans often go awry, and the blazing red wedding dress was chosen only days before the wedding. Some of the most important parts of the night included handmade and personal elements made by our families. Chris’s sister prepared her incredible coconut cream pie, our absolute favorite, for our wedding dessert and my mom made handmade paper using flowers and seeds from her garden, which she turned into bookmarks to pair with our wedding favors – books from Housing Works, of course!

Photography: Sasithon Photography | Event Planning: Ever Swoon | Floral Design: Kat Flower | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Bracelet: Cartier | Hair And Makeup: Giovanna Berardi Of Parlor | Groom's Shoes : Alden | Wedding Venue: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe | Earrings: Oscar De La Renta | Groom's Pocket Square: Sarah Drake Design | Music : Dean Tsur - The Juilliard School

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Lakum Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Gabriella New York Bridal Salon is amazing; we all know that.  But pair those geniuses of bridal wear with the fabulous, Brooklyn-based designers at Lakum and that’s what we call a can’t miss event.  Think a trunk show to end all trunk shows with an entire “suite of looks” to take the oh-so-chic bride (that’s you) through every phase of her wedding weekend.  Say it with me, loves: awesome.

From feminine silhouettes to unique + modern detailing, the new Lakum collection is totally gorgeous… and totally unique.  Which means that jaw-dropping entrance you were hoping to make on your wedding day is, well.  Right at your fingertips.  Not to mention that Lakum’s focus on detail, movement and construction makes each piece absolutely perfect for every single event on your agenda; from that fab engagement party to that sweet bridal shower to your going away brunch as newlyweds.

Contact Gabriella New York Bridal Salon to book your appointment for the upcoming Lakum Trunk Show on Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st, including a sneak peak at the new Spring 2016 line.  You don’t want to miss a moment, lovelies.

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Elegant Manhattan Fall Wedding

Guys, I think this wedding might just be the ultimate New York City fall wedding. Walking hand in hand through Central Park and the city streets, Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography managed to capture every little laugh and look from this happy couple, though we’d like to take an extra moment to admire the Bride’s stunning sapphire ring. Gorgeous right?! Click here to see the rest of the gallery!

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From The Bride…Curtis is from New York, and I’m from Colorado, but we met in New York City through mutual friends. We got engaged in Colorado, but we knew that we wanted to get married in New York City, where we met and fell in love. We wanted our wedding to have a really timeless, classic New York feel. The Union Club was the perfect spot, with its ideal location, beautiful decor and hundreds of years of history. We booked our venue and our band, Hank Lane Music (we knew we wanted to have a rockin’ dance party!), before we even found our wedding planner.

We hoped that our wedding would feel warm and inclusive, especially since so many of our guests would be traveling. We also wanted to make sure that our guests experienced the best of New York, so we incorporated little New York touches like favors from Momofuku Milk Bar, and welcome bags filled with our favorite New York treats. I cannot say enough good things about the team at JZ Events, especially our planner, Shana, who was 8 months pregnant on the day of our wedding and still bustled my dress like a pro. They made sure everything was absolutely perfect, and we didn’t have to worry about one thing on our wedding day, besides having a wonderful time.

We wanted to keep our palette simple, so we chose navy blue and white with lots of white and blush florals and tons of candles both in the ceremony room and in our reception room. I loved the idea of a romantic, intimate candlelit ceremony, followed by a classy and glamorous black tie reception. Liza at Peartree truly made all of my Pinterest dreams come true, I gasped when the doors opened and I saw the ceremony room for the first time. Our invitations and ceremony and reception paperie were from Alpine Creative Group. We chose a simple design that matched our navy blue color palette. Our cake was by Nine Cakes, and Betsy made us an adorable bicycle cake topper since we love to cycle.

When choosing our attire for the wedding, we wanted to stick with a classic New York, black tie theme, and what says classic better than Vera Wang and Valentino? My shoes were Jimmy Choo and my unbelievable earrings (which I sadly had to return at the end of the night) were Penny Preville. My shrug was from Rent the Runway. Our bridesmaids wore navy dresses from J. Crew; each girl chose her own style so that she would feel comfortable. Styles on B did our hair and Pucker did our makeup – all of the girls said that they felt so beautiful, like the best versions of themselves. Our photographer, Charlotte Jenks Lewis, did such a breathtaking job capturing all of our favorite moments from day.

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Wedding Planner: Shana Sperling, JZ Events | Florist : Peartree Flowers | Cake: Nine Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Pucker | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting: Stortz Lighting | Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar | Officiant: Allison Dolan Hall | Venue: Union League Club | Band And Ceremony Music: Hank Lane Music | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Rings: Hyde Park Jewelers | Bride's Shrug: Rent The Runway | Earrings: Penny Preville | Groom's Tuxedo: Valentino | Invitations And Paper Goods: Alpine Creative Group | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

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Elegant Manhattan Rooftop Garden Wedding

Living in a concrete jungle like New York City, you come to appreciate hidden gems like this venue, 620 Loft & Garden, which feels like you’ve transported yourself to a vibrant oasis. Captured by Kelly Kollar Photography and designed by Ever Swoon, this elegant wedding oozes timeless New York vibes. From the invitations by East Six Design to a Mr. & Mrs. license plate clutch, every detail was planned to perfection. The bride looked gorgeous with the help of Face Time Beauty and from the pictures, it looked like rockin’ party with Generation Events leading on the dance floor. Don’t miss a single detail here!

From the Bride… Erik and I met in Barcelona in 2011 through a mutual friend. Erik is from Barcelona and I was teaching English there. We moved from Barcelona to Atlanta in the spring of 2013 and got married a few months later on August 31. The ceremony was an intimate one at my parents’ home in Georgia. They live on 50 acres with a 5 acre lake where we got married on the dock with just our families in attendance.

We moved to New York City at the end of January 2014 and knew that we wanted to do a second wedding in the city where all of our family and friends could celebrate with us. We also knew we wanted to get married in August because most of Spain takes the month of August off for holiday. Plus this would be the perfect one-year anniversary celebration!

Since we had already had a more casual rustic wedding, our vision for our second wedding was to have an elegant New York City wedding. However, we didn’t want the atmosphere to be too serious, and I think our venue was perfect for that. We chose 620 Loft & Garden because it gave us this magical private garden in the middle of Manhattan! I didn’t have a lot of specific ideas for the wedding, but I knew I wanted it to be romantic with lots of candles, varying shades of gold accents, and soft colors.

We also wanted to pay homage to our different cultures, but without making it the focus or letting it become a theme. Erik and I thought the best way to do this was through cocktail hour. This is where we had an Iberian ham carving station that our guests couldn’t get enough of! We specially ordered Estrella Damm beer that is brewed in Barcelona and Sweetwater beer that is brewed in Atlanta. I also just had to have cocktail napkins saying “Salut Y’all” because “salut” means “cheers” in Catalan, the language spoken in Barcelona, and because nothing is more southern than “y’all”!

We didn’t want to do wedding favors because they often go to waste, but it was important to Erik and I to have a fun party. So, we ordered glow sticks, custom glasses with American and Catalan flags on them, and of course Statue of Liberty hats and those were our “wedding favors.” We didn’t think many people would wear them, but they were so popular that we ran out and had to ask guests to borrow some because they were all gone before Erik and I could get any! Dancing to the music of our amazing DJ on our private rooftop garden in the middle of Rockefeller Center with our close family and friends was everything we wanted it to be and more.

Our wedding photographer was one of the best parts about the wedding. Kelly was so much fun to work with and her work was just stunning! I had seen too many fun NYC wedding picture ideas on Pinterest to get them all done on the wedding day, so Erik and I decided to get dressed up again a few weeks after the wedding, rent an old taxi to drive us around, and have Kelly take pictures of us all over NYC. We had a blast and the pictures turned out amazing! Having that special afternoon just for our fun pictures was great because there was no wedding to stress over. Plus it kind of doubled as a trash the dress session since we walked through the streets of Soho, Times Square, and even went into the subway! Best decision we made!

Photography: Kelly Kollar Photography | Videography: Tree Of Life Films | Event Planning: Ever Swoon | Floral Design: L’Atelier Rouge | Stationery : East Six Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sue Wong | Catering: Abigail Kirsch | Hair And Makeup: Face Time Beauty | Ceremony And Reception Venue: 620 Loft & Garden | Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew | Getting Ready Venue: W Hotel On Lexington Ave | Groomsmen Attire: Baldwin Formals | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Music: Generation Events | Photobooth: Flashtag | Wedding Dress, Veil And Earrings: Winnie Couture

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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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Casual NYC Fall Engagement Session

As a fellow bride-to-be whose relationship has a major focus on food, I thoroughly appreciate this couple’s love for their weekly farmers market trips, and can’t think of a more personal and adorable idea for an engagement shoot. Judy Pak trailed along through Union Square Greenmarket and all the way to Gramercy Park, capturing every smile and we’re just smitten with these postcard-worthy pics.

From the Bride-to-be… James and I met in New York City when we were both new lawyers working at the same law firm. We lived only a few blocks away from each other in the Union Square area and would go to the Union Square Greenmarket every Saturday morning. We still go almost every weekend and love walking through, seeing what has been grown nearby and picking out what to cook each weekend.

Our shared love for food and cooking has been a huge part of our relationship. James proposed at Blue Hill at Stone Barns out in a field on the farm (before having an amazing meal!), and we are getting married in a barn in the Berkshires. But, at heart, we are still New Yorkers and since we aren’t getting married here, we wanted to take engagement pictures that would capture our true home.

We mentioned the Greenmarket idea to Judy, wondering if she thought it would work, and she was super enthusiastic to give it a try. We were also lucky to be able to borrow a key to Gramercy Park from a friend of James’s family, so we walked from the market, down Irving Place (one of our favorite blocks in the city) and ended in the park. It was a perfect fall day and we had the best time getting to know Judy and practicing our smiles for the wedding!

Photography: Judy Pak | Hair and Makeup: Michiko Boorberg | Location: Gramercy Park | Location: Union Square Greenmarket

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