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The Dreamiest Plaza Hotel Wedding

When it comes to wedding day grandeur, nothing can quite compare (or hold a candle) to The Plaza Hotel in NYC. Want proof? Just take on peek at this pretty from Marcy Blum Associates. It’s an evening filled with ballroom elegance and Christian Oth behind the lens and we’ve got it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride…When I was in my first year out of college, I went to my younger sister’s winter formal with her as her date. She was a Junior at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. While at her formal, we were hanging out with her friend Alex when he asked me if he could give his older brother my number. I was single and looking to date, so I happily obliged. Daniel texted me and asked me for a date the following week. He took me to Pravda on our first date, and my initial impression was that he was extremely sweet, mature, a little shy, and very cute! The conversation was easy, and I felt very comfortable with him instantly. Our first date was the week before Christmas, and I think that we were pretty much living together by March.

About 2-2.5 years into dating, Dan and I went on vacation to Anguilla, which is my favorite island that I have been going to since I was little. I knew he had a ring at this point because I had designed it, but I didn’t know when he was going to propose. It was the second night of our vacation, and we had a dinner reservation at the hotel. When we arrived for dinner, the hostess told us that we had a private table set up by the pool, which overlooked the ocean. The ring was set on the table. When we walked up, Dan took the ring and got onto one knee. It was the most beautiful and meaningful moment that I could have asked for.

Soon after we got home from the trip, we started the wedding planning process. We got Marcy Blum’s name through my mom’s friend, and from our very first meeting with her, we knew she was the perfect fit! Marcy and Gabby (her assistant) made the entire process so seamless and fun. Planning a wedding should be a happy and exciting time, yet sometimes it gets clouded by stress. With Marcy, I did not feel overwhelmed at all. People kept telling me that I was the calmest bride that they had ever met (on my wedding day, someone even asked me if I was sedated!!), and I owe that all to Marcy and Gabby.

Our wedding was at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. It was on June 18th, a beautiful warm sunny day. The entire day was like a dream. I woke up and did Pilates with my sister, and when we came back to the hotel, the bridal suite was decked out with hair and makeup stations, food, champagne, most importantly, my bridal party and mom! Hair and makeup felt like a party-we had champagne flowing, music playing, and matching pajamas (duh!). I think my favorite part of the day was the reveal, though. After getting ready, they had me walk down this beautiful grand staircase where Dan was waiting for me. It became very real to me at that moment that I was about to marry my best friend. Pictures followed, and our photographer Christian made the whole process so playful and fun. Even Dan said he had fun during pictures, which says a lot! We took photos in the hotel, and we also got to go to Central Park since it was such a beautiful day. The shots that he captured were truly amazing.

The ceremony room was the most whimsical, magical room I had ever seen. The design team (David Beahm) made it feel like an enchanted garden. Everything just felt very special and you could tell that so much thought and attention went into the décor. David transformed the Plaza into a beautiful garden, with rustic wooden tables, floral linens, and flowers like peonies, garden roses, and hydrangea. It felt so unexpected for the Plaza, which I loved. The food was great-everyone raved about the raw bar and the lobster rolls at the cocktail hour. My favorite touch was that there were freshly made doughnuts for guests as they were leaving at the end of the night-SO good!! Honestly, the whole day/night was such a blur-it went by way too fast and I wish I could do it all over again. It was the most special day of my life, and I feel so lucky to have had everyone I love in one room for a night. It was so whimsical and beautiful…a truly perfect way to start our marriage.

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Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Event Planning: Marcy Blum Associates | Floral Design: David Beahm Designs | Venue: The Plaza Hotel

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Classic NYC Wedding… With A Whimsical Twist

How do you pull off a classic city wedding… but with a unique whimsical twist? You hire an incredible team led by Ang Weddings and Events. Add in Nine Cakes and Face Time Beauty Concierge assisting with the details and Brian Hatton and McKenzie Miller Films capturing it all, you’re guaranteed a stylish success. And that’s exactly what we have right here – head to our Vault to see it all!

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From the Bride and Groom… We first met in springtime in New York City, and we hoped to capture that feeling of lush beauty and budding excitement! We wanted to celebrate in the style of a classic, elegant New York wedding, but also retain the elements of our unique style – a little whimsical and cartoony.

Our planner, Tzo Ai of Ang Weddings and Events, knew how to help us blend those elements perfectly. We visited several venues in the city for our ceremony and reception, but knew almost immediately that the Four Seasons Hotel – with its curving row of bright, round awning lights, pillared central space, and enormous grid windows with twinkling candles in every pane – would combine our love for a retro New York vibe with a more modern, contemporary sleekness. Our floral design was in shades of pale pink, ivory, white, and hints of chartreuse, using cherry blossoms and peonies as the backdrop, but together with Tzo Ai and our wonderfully talented florist Sarah from Blossom and Branch, we incorporated bright pops of saturated pinks and corals to add a bit of unexpected color and fun. On our wedding day, we completely fell in love with the tall, lush arrangements that evoked a garden-like feel… reminding us of our first dates in Central Park!

To add a bit more of our own humor to the wedding, we created specially designed invitations from Lion in the Sun, incorporating our very own cartoon “bear and lion” motif, which I (Emily, the bride) like to sketch to represent us. We loved the contrast of the classic heavy, ivory letterpress with gold flowing script… and the funny “bear and lion” cartoon and bright pink edging. Likewise, we equally loved creating both our beautifully elegant (and so delicious!) gold-and-white cake from Nine Cakes decorated with what seemed like a billion tiny hand-made petaled flowers, as well as our “bear and lion riding in a yellow cab” cartoon that I drew just for our wedding and we had printed directly onto our favorite Eleni’s iced cookies. To tie everything together, we thought music would be key! Our band, Blair Reinhard Band, was simply phenomenal, weaving Sinatra and Top 40’s music in together to create a fun, vibrant atmosphere. When I picked my wedding dress, I also hoped to find something that would capture old-school glamour but with a bit of fun, and I found it in the custom, intricately beaded bodice and full ballgown skirt with an asymmetric gather and wide, ribbon-like panel of silk gazar train. Like our wedding, it was exactly what I had hoped for – classic, but with a little magic thrown in!

The best advice we can give is to stay true to your own personal sense of fun and style! We loved all the little details and extra whimsical touches that made our wedding feel so special to us. We agree that the best practical advice is to find a planner who both organizes and inspires you; if you have busy jobs and careers, a great planner will make all the difference!

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Photography: Brian Hatton Photography | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Blossom and Branch | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Nine Cakes | Invitations: Lion in the Sun | Shoes: Miu Miu | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Band: Blaire Reinhard Band | Favors: Eleni’s New York | Tuxedo: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Officiant: Kristopher Marx | Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Hotel | Ceremony Strings: Elan Artists | Draping: Dazian | Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

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A Classic New York City Wedding Complete with Baroque Details

Now this is how you plan the perfect NYC wedding. Step 1: make sure the incredibly talented Clary Pfeiffer Photography is behind the lens. Step 2: Marry in a stunning church that has sentimental meaning to you. Step 3: Plan one blowout party at the famous St. Regis Hotel. The results? PERFECTION! We’ll let you see for yourself in The Vault.

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From the Bride… Being an artist and designer myself I had a clear vision for the esthetic design of the wedding that all evolved from a beautiful Marie Antoinette inspired greeting card designed by the artist Paulette Kinney. Years before my wedding was even a glimmer on the horizon I happened across this enchanting gilded greeting card on Etsy and instantly fell in love with the whimsy and beauty of the design. Years later, soon after I was engaged, Paulette was the very first vendor I contacted to commission her to rework the design into a custom wedding monogram and entire wedding paperie suite. This image became the cornerstone of the visual esthetic of the event and was laced throughout the entire look of the day becoming the single most standout element branding our wedding. The custom baroque and pink rose encrusted crest was hand painted on a custom runner in the church, used on the favor boxes and escort cards, as well as hand painted on the most prominent tier of our wedding cake. The single most stunning use of this image was the large-scale reproduction that was printed on a 33’x15’ custom dance floor wrap. This piece was an absolute showstopper for guests when they entered the ballroom. The colors also complimented the overhead sky mural so wonderfully that the two looked as if they were made for each other. Having this one piece of inspiration to generate all of my ideas from made choosing the other elements in the room a breeze, including the vintage crystal napkin rings, dupioni silk blush pink napkins and the divinely light and airy ruffled table linens from La Tavola.

My something old was my great grandmother’s handkerchief given to me by my grandmother, as well as a vintage six pence coin presented to me by my mother and 4 sisters. We observed the age-old tradition of placing a six pence coin in the bride’s shoe to wish her prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage. Something borrowed was a crystal and silver rosary acquired by my sister and maid of honor, Alana, during her studies abroad in Italy. It was purchased at vintage shop in Rome, and blessed by Pope Benedict XVI during a mass she attended at the Vatican. On my wedding day it was wrapped around the stem of my bouquet as I walked down the aisle. If Jesse and I are blessed with a daughter one day this same rosary will be gifted to her from Alana on her first holy communion. Since the accent color for my wedding was pale aqua blue, my something blue was a custom made aqua silk tulle crystal beaded garter. Finally my something new was a gorgeous Alencon lace cathedral length mantilla veil designed by Homa, which I absolutely fell in love with the moment I tried it on and was purchased by my mother. Hopefully this beautiful heirloom quality piece can also be passed down for generations to come.

The Ceremony was held at a church in Brooklyn Jesse grew up attending as young boy. He spent many Sundays there as an alter boy and we both quickly agreed it would be a sweet sentiment knowing the same aisle he walked down as a young boy on many a Sundays was the same aisle he would be walking down as an adult on our wedding day. A Custom aisle runner was hand painted with the monogram crest from our wedding invitations, and gorgeous letterpress wedding programs were custom designed by the talented Barbara Stanaitis of Bella Baroque Studio.

Jesse and I love historic locales. On many weekends during the fall and winter you can find us traveling to quaint New England towns in search of historic landmarks, mansions, or homes to explore. We definitely knew we both wanted to get married in a historic space. We visited every historic locale within an hour of NYC, from the sprawling grounds of Oheka Castle, to the baroque ballroom of Sleepy Hollow Country, to the stonewalls of Hempstead house in Long Island. Each one was beautiful in its own rite but not the right fit for us. Disappointed Jesse and I felt like we had left no stone unturned and were about to settle on one of the many properties we had already visited, until my sister and maid of honor Alana recommended we look at the ballroom on the top floor of the famous St. Regis Hotel in NYC. Given that she is my sister and knows my absolute love of baroque details she knew it was the place. One quick Internet search later and I knew I had found the one! Jesse and I quickly booked an appointment with the catering manager to view the space. Between the expansive views of Fifth Avenue and Central Park, the elegant details of the gilded ballroom, sparkling baroque chandeliers, and pale aqua sky mural painted on the ceiling, we knew it was the perfect locale for our classic New York affair. The bygone era esthetic of the space was the perfect backdrop for the Marie Antoinette inspired design ideas I had for the rest of the wedding. The ballroom was also the perfect size for our 160+ head count, and offered us a space that was big enough for all our guests to enjoy dinner and dancing comfortably, yet small enough that the party still felt intimate and romantic. I’m definitely not a bride who likes the feel of large sprawling event venues or halls and this event space was completely the opposite.

Some of my favorite moments of the day captured by Clary Pfeiffer were the photos taken of Jesse and myself when we were first able to view the ballroom before our guests. I had spent countless months and many late nights agonizing over all of the details of this room, and when I saw it for the first time I felt like I had entered into a dream world filled with all of my favorite things. I remember in this moment twirling around in the center of the dance floor staring up at the glittering chandeliers, admiring the overwhelmingly gorgeous rendition of our monogram on the dance floor and basking in the warm glow of the candlelight emanating from the candelabras, and saying to Jesse and Marie Danielle “Can I live here!” It was nothing short of breathtaking.

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Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Cinematography: Kiss The Bride Films | Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Anselm Church | Reception Venue: Saint Regis Hotel | Entertainment: POSH Entertainment | Bride's Headpiece + Bracelet + Earrings: Bridal Styles Boutique | Bridesmaids dress: White Runway | Bride’s Robe: Girl with a Serious Dream | Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Chiavari Chairs + Glass Top Tables: Luxe Event Rentals | Church Programs + Menus: Bella Baroque Design | Custom Aisle Runner: The Original Aisle Runner Company | Custom Garter + Ring Pillow: Millie Icaro | Event Coordination + Floral Design: A Votre Service Events | Flower Girl Dress: Custom Gavella | Groom’s tuxedo: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Invitations + Escort Cards: Paper Nosh | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Veil: Homa Bridal | Velvet Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wedding Clutch: BHLDN

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