I can’t describe it any better than this: elopements make my heart sing. And when I see a duo as stylish and cute as these two lovebirds tying the knot in one of the greatest cities on earth, it’s literally the happiest day I’ll have all week. From the beautiful bouquet arranged by the groom to the sweet ceremony and beyond, these two are awesome. See it all captured by Amy Rizzuto right here.
From Amy Rizzuto… You know those perfect days where you just wish time could stand still? Those days where you literally stop and try to soak in every incredible moment? Charlie and James had a wedding day like that. Halfway through planning a 300 person wedding in Texas, Charlie and James decided to forgo a larger event for an intimate wedding in one of the most romantic cities in the world, New York City. Imagining a day that was truly just about their love for each other, they hopped on a plane with four of their best friends by their side.
On a warm September day, Charlie woke up in the Plaza Hotel and began getting ready. She and her two best friends jumped on the bed, sipped on champagne, and laughed continuously as Charlie got ready to marry the man she loved. A quick taxi ride took them to Central Park where the two love birds would tie the knot in the middle of the iconic Bow Bridge. With the old wooden planks as her aisle, Charlie didn’t even try to fight back tears as she ran to meet her handsome groom waiting for her among the sea of people passing by. They promised to love one another, fully, wholly, and forever as the sun set behind the row boats and beautiful buildings on the west side. After a few pretty portraits in Central Park and a first dance in Times Square, James carried Charlie over the threshold and back into the Plaza Hotel.
The thing that stood out to me most about this very special wedding was the love Charlie and James so obviously felt for one another. They didn’t have to have hundreds of people around them to commit to spend forever together. All they needed was each other, and the most romantic city in the world.
Photography: Amy Rizzuto | Flowers: Whole Foods Market (Designed By The Groom) | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Ceremony Venue: Central Park | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair And Make-up: Steve | Location: The Plaza Hotel | Photography - Assistance: Caroline Frost Photography | Reception Dinner: Eleven Madison Park | Second Shooter: Mekina Saylor
Whatever it is you are doing, now is the time to take a coffee break. Because this gorgeous Manhattan engagement session from You Look Lovely Photography most definitely deserve your full and undivided attention. Imagine one seriously gorgeous duo plus a light-filled fall day at Riverside Park and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Grab that cup of jo and join me in the gallery for all of the pretty.
From You Look Lovely Photography… I am so excited to share this romantic Fall Riverside Park engagement session with you! This couple is one of the most beautiful (both inside and out) I have ever had the honor of photographing. Their names are Aida and JP and they are such sweet and incredible people. For this session Aida chose to wear a soft floral embellished sweater and lace and tulle skirt from Anthropologie. She looked like a more beautiful Ethiopian version of Audrey Hepburn, and JP is so handsome he could probably double as a Disney Prince (haha)! I feel so lucky to have gotten a chance to shoot their engagement session, especially since they both are working very hard on finishing their medical residency here in New York, and it’s nearly impossible for them to have off on the same day!
Photography: You Look Lovely Photography | Bride's Attire: Anthropologie
This wedding right here? It’s the epitome of a classic NYC wedding. A seriously sophisticated Manhattan affair with sooo many amazing details, it’s impossible not to stare. Think a gorgeous bride, a stunning Christiano Lucci gown and a Riverside Church Of New York setting that is all kinds of wonderful. This one’s made for the movies, lovelies. See it all captured by Lauren Gabrielle right here.
From the Bride… Mike and I met in college in Connecticut, but our love really grew strong after graduation when we moved out to New York. We moved there independently for work, but in retrospect it feels like we moved there to fall madly in love with each other. With my family being from a small town in Connecticut, and Mike’s being from Boston, we decided that New York City would be the best location for our wedding, and to host our guests; in the heart of it the city that stole our hearts for the past seven years.
When we stepped into Riverside Church on the upper west side of the city, the stunning architecture of the church and the genuine beauty completely took our breath away – we knew this was where we wanted our happily ever after to start.
We decided on October because fall is our favorite season and we were married in less than seven months from the day of our engagement. The venue provided a traditional, classy and modern space for our nuptials, but being surrounded by so many of our loving family and friends is what truly made our wedding beautiful!
Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Wedding Dress: Christiano Lucci | Cake: Carmina Mio | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair: Kristen Dunne | DJ: Pure Entertainment | Groom's Attire: John Kardos | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Riverside Church Of New York | Flowers, Planning & Stationery: Jackie Arone - Busy Bride Print | Makeup: Beauty Bar Salon | Video: Kiss The Bride Films
Lauren Gabrielle Photography
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