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Classic Black + White Manhattan Central Park Wedding

A Manhattan wedding with a couple as chic as these two is bound to be a glamorous affair. Combine this stunning couple and the classic backdrop of the city with flawless photography from Trent Bailey Photography and you’ve got a wedding seriously worth lusting over. Once you’ve picked your jaws up off of the floor, take a moment to look at the gallery for all the gorgeous details—you can thank us later.

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From Trent Bailey PhotographyOn a rainy day in Manhattan, Christina and David tied the knot downtown and then headed uptown to celebrate with their friends and family in Central Park. Christina was a gorgeous bride and David was such a dapper groom. There is something so magical about Manhattan weddings on a rainy day, and it was an honor to photograph such an incredible couple’s wedding day!

From the beautiful Bride… David and I met in New York City as co-workers and for the past five years have spent our free time together exploring, discovering and falling in love with the city and all it has to offer. There are many lenses through which New York can be seen, but our favorite is black and white – classic, timeless and elegant old-New York. We wanted this theme to resonate through each detail of our wedding.

I have wanted to get married at The Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village since the moment I stepped foot in it with David several years ago. The white wood interior, black and white floors and crystal chandeliers made for a very romantic setting to share with our family and closest friends. In keeping with our theme, we wanted a venue that was clean in décor but classic, and the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park was the perfect fit. To complement the windowed exterior and breathtaking views that the boathouse provided we wanted lots of candlelight and little color. For our invitations, programs and menu cards we kept true to our theme by working with The Printery, the century-old bespoke stationer that produces gorgeous custom stationary. Everything from the wording to the coloring was kept simple and classic.

The day of our wedding was everything we hoped it would be and more. We had a full Mass for our ceremony and chose songs that were meaningful to us from throughout our lives. Elizabeth Fillmore customized my dress to perfection. My father and I arrived to the ceremony in a vintage Rolls Royce which David and I then rode away in. My bridesmaids all wore different dresses of the same hue and the groomsmen wore black tuxedos – furs and jackets added a touch of glamor for the girls while warding off the chilly fall night. We took our photos after the ceremony at the New York Public Library, a last minute idea from our photographer Trent Bailey in lieu of the weather, and I cannot imagine having taken them anywhere else.

We kicked off cocktail hour at the boathouse with a signature martini and American Songbook classics via a saxophone and guitar and continued the reception with a wonderful band, capable of doing both the oldies we love and our favorite contemporary hits. David stood out from his groomsmen at the reception where he changed into a classic white dinner jacket.

Dennis of Lenox Hill Florist created a clean and romantic feeling through candelabras, baby’s breath, tea lights and branches draped in small votives. Michelle of Michelle Elaine Weddings helped us in executing our vision flawlessly through her focus on all of the details. And finally, Trent Bailey perfectly captured every incredible moment and detail through his lens, through which we will remember our wedding for a lifetime.

Photography: Trent Bailey Photography | Videography: Joseph Edwards | Event Planning: Michelle Elaine Weddings | Floral Design: Lenox Hill Florist | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Cake: Geraldine Taylor | Invitations: The Printery | Ceremony Venue: Church Of St. Joseph's In Greenwich Village | Reception Venue: The Loeb Central Park Boathouse | Makeup: Jamie Mazlin | Hair: Carrie Hill, Bumble And Bumble | Band: The All Stars | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Transportation: Stars And Stripes | Hotel: Soho House New York | Hotel: Soho House | Ceremony Band: Gsus Band | Earrings: Ali Galgano, Charm & Chain

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Enchanted Garden Engagement Party Inspiration

I’m jealous of all the NYC ladies out there, having The Kitchen Table so close by to host events. A gorgeous space with unlimited possibilities, and the best part? When it’s time to clean up, you just head home. But I’ve a feeling I’d never want to actually leave an engagement party like this, captured by Orange Blossom Photography. With all this pretty, I’d be quite happy staying put for quite awhile.

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From Orange Blossom PhotographyThis photo shoot will inspire you to bring the charming simplicity of a garden indoors to your table for an intimate engagement party. We took a few style cues from The Great Gatsby with our gold dress choice, and the styling of our drinks. We did a dress change to show an even more light and feminine option.

We focused on the details of showing this new space in New York as an enchanted, yet glamorous, place for a bride-to-be to host an intimate engagement party. We wanted to take the rustic element of the reclaimed wooden table and chairs, and show how you can make it feminine and glamorous. We used elements of gold and textured one-of-a-kind dishes trays and chargers to bring this space to life. We used pale peach flowers and bold bright pink flowers to add femininity to the rustic and masculine space.

The green floral garland running down the length of the table was a key element in the table design by Judy. It softens the space. We decided to create another dimension to the table by making the hanging garland above the table. It really brings the outdoors in. We like the idea of hanging garland instead of building large arrangements on a table which make it harder for people to talk across a table. This helps the environment stay intimate, yet visually interesting. The slice of cake is styled with blackberries to further show the idea of a delicate and pretty environment. Small plates of bite sized food are featured so you can see another aspect of delicate and detail oriented food styling that Judy Kim can do for you at The Kitchen Table NYC.

All of the delicate florals were hand created by Judy Kim, of the Judy Lab. She was also the amazing food stylist. Our two glamorous dresses are by Lovely Bride in Tribecca. Our beautiful and petite delicious cake was created by Amy, owner at the Sugar Flower Cake Shop in Manhattan. Our amazing models hair and makeup look was stunningly created by Stacey Weinstein and her team at Once Upon A Bride. Our classic stationery was custom made by Supattra Samanyaphon of The Printery in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

The Kitchen Table NYC, features an intimate space where you hire your own chef to prepare a custom meal or hours d’oeuvres for your guests. Our goal was to make the space feel enchanted and feminine and bring the outdoors in.

Photography: Orange Blossom Photography LLC | Floral Design: The Judy Lab | Cake: Amy At Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Stationery: The Printery | Hair & Makeup: Stacey Weinstein | Event Venue: The Kitchen Table NYC | Food Stylist: The Judy Lab | Gowns: Lovely Bride | Table Ware: Good Light Props

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Romantic Central Park Boathouse Wedding

We get a double treat today m’dears with not one, but two, CLY BY MATTHEW romantic weddings. We soaked up some modern romance at Studio 405 this morning and now this summer celebration here not only has us dreaming of sunny skies ahead but warms our hearts with just one glance at these two lovebirds. NYC is the magical picture perfect place today and I’m loving every bit of it.

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From Matthew & Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEWThis is a beautiful, classic and romantic wedding at the Central Park Boathouse.

The Bride wanted to incorporate many family elements in her details. The candlesticks used were given from her great-grandmother, the wine glass belonged to her great-grandparents and even the chuppah was made with her great-grandmother’s table cloth.

The general theme of the day was “from generation to generation,” celebrating the people who came before them.

Photography: Matthew & Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Event Planning: Katie Berger | Floral Design: Lenox Hill Florist | Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers | Hair: Stacy From Styles On B | Hotel: Essex House | Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Makeup: Stacie Ford | Videography: First Day Films | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Wedding Venue: The Loeb Central Park Boathouse  Band: Silver Arrow Band 

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Modern + Romantic New York City Wedding

I’m not surprised that this beautiful Bride is an interior designer; she has quite an eye. With the gorgeous florals by Occasion 9 spread throughout Studio 405, this modern venue becomes uber romantic and the perfect backdrop for this stylish love fest. Matthew and Bo of CLY BY MATTHEW snapped up every NYC moment and every morning would be better starting out with pretty pics like these.

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From Matthew & Bo of CLY BY MATTHEWKaren and David’s wedding was a perfect NYC wedding.

Their apartment with a beautiful NYC skyline view was just a few blocks away from The Empire State Building and their reception venue, Studio 450. Karen got ready at the Gramercy Park Hotel with its beautiful romantic decor. Her details were all so gorgeous and stylish. From her beautiful organic bouquet and her invitations with calligraphy to her vintage-inspired ring.

Karen and David really wanted to incorporate all the beautiful historical locations in NYC for their wedding photo shoot. They even rented a vintage cab to go around the city to take pictures, which was such a cute idea.

After the ceremony, we stopped by Central Park for bridal party pictures, and then Karen and David also stopped by the New York Public Library for few pictures alone. When we got to Studio 450, they even let us up the rooftop to get more pictures of the skyline of NYC.

The bride is an interior designer, and she had impeccable taste in what she wanted for her wedding day. Her wedding was chic, romantic and modern! The floral arrangements were stunning, and the dessert bar was set up perfectly. The rest of the night was full of fun and dancing!

Photography: Matthew & Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Floral Design: Occasion 9 | Calligraphy: Julia Bez | Catering: Real Food | Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier | DJ: Dj Kahn | Desserts: BAKED | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Hotel: Gramercy Park Hotel | Invitations: Darling Press | Makeup: Tara Zielenski | Photo Booth: Modern Photo Booth | Reception Venue: Studio 450 | Vintage Cab: Film Cars | Wedding Dress: Edgardo Bonilla

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Romantic + Timeless New York City Fall Wedding

Tradition and elegance are always wise choices and this beautiful Bride took these classics and created a masterpiece, saying her vows at the very church her new husband’s grandparents were baptized at. But considering she spends her days working at Jimmy Choo, some chic style wasn’t far away either. See every sparkling second, captured by Mademoiselle Fiona and McKenzie Miller Films, right this way!

From the beautiful Bride… New York City. It’s the city where we fell in love, where we had our first apartment together, and where my now husband (!!) Anthony proposed. We knew it would make for both a memorable and fun wedding weekend for both our families and friends.

Teissia Treynet of Firefly Events put our ideas into reality creating a timeless, romantic, old New York garden-style wedding. It’s thanks to SMP that I stumbled upon her and instantly fell in love with her amazing style. She helped us to create a unique combination of both modern and vintage and ensured the day was flawless.

Fashion plays a big part in my life working as an Account Executive at Jimmy Choo, and I knew for my dress I had to go directly to the source of wedding fashion, Monique Lhuillier. I fell in love at a trunk show with her Adele gown, which was a fitted, trumpet silhouette made from french lace, tulle and intricate pearl beading. It featured a beautiful open back and illusion neckline which made the classic silhouette more modern. I added a flowy, tulle veil with lace appliques to give it a more romantic but traditional feel. My bouquet was soft, filled with an array of garden roses, white sweet pea, ranunculus, lilac, anemones and soft greenery.

Tradition was important to us both as we planned our day, which is why we chose to be married at Saint Anthony’s Church in Soho. The beautiful, historic church is not only the first Italian parish in Manhattan, but is also where Anthony’s grandparents were baptized. The church itself is stunning with its cathedral ceilings, stained glass windows and a pipe organ. Garlands of magnolia leaves were draped the entire length of the aisle to tie back to our idea of lush greenery. The altar was anchored with beautiful arrangements in mercury glass urns. We did not see each other prior to the wedding, which made walking down the long aisle that much more special. Following the nuptials and traditional vows, we gathered all our ceremony guests for a fun, vintage style wedding photo on the steps of the church.

As a Bride, you are likely in control of almost all the details that go into your wedding. Weather, being the exception. When we chose our venue of TriBeCa Rooftop, we fell in love with the breathtaking views of the city and the idea of a rooftop cocktail hour. I relentlessly checked the weather the week leading up to the big day, and to my disappointment our forecast was for rain. While I know this superstitiously means good luck, I knew we would have to go with plan B, an indoor cocktail hour. The morning of October 4th poured, and I was surprisingly calm. Luckily, as my father and I got into our vintage car to head to church, the sky had cleared and was now a beautiful shade of pink. It was truly magical and made for spectacular skyline views on the roof! Words of wisdom NYC brides, have a rain plan!

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Designs transformed the modern TriBeCa space to a warm, romantic and inviting space with soft, beautiful arrangements, lush greenery, unique vessels, and more candles, hurricanes and lanterns than one should ever light. To warm up the space, we hung string cafe lights across the length of the dance floor. For our tablescapes, I fell in love with the idea of having a few different arrangements on the tables to create some dimension in the room and make things more intimate. We kept the color scheme neutral and timeless with touches of white, ivory, blush and green accompanied by silver mercury glass. For our head table where we sat alongside our bridal party, we had a stunning runner made with greenery and pops of white and blush blooms. We chose classic style place settings with art deco flatware, calligraphed escort cards, and tied our menus with lace ribbons and olive branch sprigs.

Music was also important to us and we believe it sets the mood of any party. One of the first vendors hired was the phenomenal Groove Shop Band, who truly kept our guests on the dance floor the entire night with a set list filled with a great mix of our favorite oldies, love songs and modern hits. Our first dance was to “I Belong to You,” by Lenny Kravitz. Later in the evening, to our pleasant surprise, our cousins’ arranged for extra special guests, The Gipsy Kings! Their Spanish infused salsa style turned our dance floor into a frenzy and truly was one of the most memorable moments of the day!

Mademoiselle Fiona and McKenzie Miller Films were there to capture the day and provide us with beautiful, lasting memories of both the planned and unexpected events.

Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: Shrine Church Of Saint Anthony Of Padua | Reception Venue: Tribeca Rooftop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Hair: Styles On B, Sally Perez | Lighting: Power Posse | Band: The Groove Shop | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Transportation: Silverstar Limo | Bride's Ceremony Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride's Reception Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Day-Of Papery: Lion In The Sun | Event Planning And Design: Firefly Events | Getting Ready Venue: Soho Grand | Linens: Cloth Connection | Music: The Gipsy Kings | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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Chic New York City Wedding at Gramercy Park Hotel

How do you compete with the regal elegance of a venue like the Gramercy Park Hotel? With a fabulous Nicole Miller gown and one too cute for words pup. With just a few chic touches and some pretty petals, this fall NYC wedding became outstanding and Robert & Kathleen Photographers is showing it all off with this gorgeous gallery, cute pup and all.

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From Robert & Kathleen PhotographersWhen they first struck up a conversation at a crowded midtown Manhattan bar in the spring of 2009, Jean had no idea that she had just met the man she was going to marry.  But there were things that might have tipped her off that the universe was trying to bring them together.  They were both raised in Texas, and in spite of sharing a mutual friend, they didn’t get to know each other until they happened to move to the biggest city in America.  They might have passed one another in the lobby or on the elevator of the office building in which they both happened to work, but they didn’t have their first conversation until they just happened to be in one of the many, many bars in the city.

Even though that first conversation went really well, Jean didn’t think there was much of a future at first because Andy had told her he was moving to LA in just three weeks. He asked for her number anyway and called her several times to ask her to join him for an official first date.  Thankfully, she agreed to go and see where this could lead.

That night, over dinner in the West Village, Jean and Andy made a connection so strong that it ultimately made him decide to postpone his cross-country move for a bit just so he could spend more time with her.  When Andy did finally go to LA, they stayed together and had some fun with the distance – seeing each other every two or three weeks and sometimes meeting in another city they could explore together.  Somewhere over the miles of air travel, long phone calls and adventures together in new cities, they both discovered that they couldn’t live without each other.

Once Andy returned to New York and they started planning their wedding, they decided it had to take place in the city that had brought them together. This past fall, they exchanged vows in the NYC neighborhood they now call home and we feel so honored that we were there to capture the magic of their day with their family, friends and their sweet dog, Tofu.

Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel

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