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Romantic Pratt Mansions Wedding

When a talented team of vendors join forces with a stunning bride and groom and the exciting backdrop that is the NYC, this is exactly what happens.  A day that is sooo filled with gorgeous moments, you can barely contain your excitement.  Think Judy Pak74 Events and QuatreCoeur (just to name a few) teaming up to create a romantic Manhattan paradise at the Pratt Mansions.  See it all here.

From the Bride… Morgan and I took care to plan a wedding celebration that truly represented who we are and honored our backgrounds, and where our guests would have a blast. We had a Persian wedding ceremony rich with poetry and symbolism that was officiated by a wonderful family friend of mine, during which our bridesmaids grinded sugar over us to ensure a sweet life together. Morgan’s dear family friend John Patrick Shanley wrote a beautiful piece for us that he read during the ceremony. We tasted honey from each other’s fingertips right before our first kiss, making it that much sweeter and unforgettable. To honor Morgan’s Jewish heritage, we broke a glass to represent the fragility of marriage and the special care it needs, and we signed a ketubah that we will treasure forever. Our bagpiper was a surprise gift from Morgan’s mom and stepdad, who is Irish. Brian Meagher, the pipe major for NYU (our alma mater), piped everyone into the mansion with beautiful tunes, and then back downstairs from the ceremony. We are both huge Francophiles, so French food and music at dinner was a must, followed by a show-stopping croquembouche from Ceci-Cela.

We wanted the decor to be classic and chic, which was nearly effortless at the Pratt Mansions. All of our vendors were so wonderful at bringing our wedding visions to life. Ruth from Quatre Coeur created the most gorgeous, lush flower arrangements I have ever seen. Mark and Jason from our catering company, Jason Rogers Hale, worked with us every step of the way to make sure every detail was perfection (which means a lot coming from a perfectionist bride and a food snob groom). Rob Kelley from 74 Events was a seriously amazing DJ and crucial to keeping the energy of the party alive. More than anything, we loved our photographer, Judy Pak. Looking at her magical photos brings us right back to that incredible day and all its fleeting moments. Our wedding day was truly the best day ever. We will never forget that surreal feeling of seeing all our favorite people together in one place, celebrating our love with us.

Photography: Judy Pak | Florist: QuatreCoeur | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coren Moore | Caterer: Jason Rogers Hale | Makeup: Toby Klinger | Hair Stylist: Noriyasu Shimano | DJ: Rob Kelley Of 74 Events | Groom's Shoes: John W. Nordstrom | Officiant: Nafiseh Sedaghat | Venue: Pratt Mansions | Bride's Dress: Amsale | Cake Designer: Croquembouche From Ceci Cela | Getting Ready Location: The Carlyle Hotel | Groom's Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Second Photographer: Studio R Photography

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New York City Engagement

It’s hard not to fall in love with the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Especially when presented as the prettiest of backdrops in a stylish engagement session like this one captured by Megan Tsang Studio.  With trips to The Wythe HotelThe Highline and 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, it’s the sort of fabulous shoot that just screams “NYC chic.”  See it all in the full gallery.

From Megan Tsang Studio… Naomi and Nate are both architects based out of southern California. Naomi was working in New York when Nate moved in with her friend while he attended Columbia University for his Masters of Architecture. Although they both went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for architecture, they didn’t meet until he moved to New York.

Because they spent so many years building their relationship and making memories in New York, they wanted to go back to where it all started for their engagement session. We explored Brooklyn, the Highline and the East Side, and I captured them at some of their favorite spots.

Naomi and Nate will return to the San Luis Obispo area for the outdoor wedding in May 2014.

Photography: Megan Tsang Studio | Location: The Wythe Hotel | Location: 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar | Location: The Highline

Cross-Country Engagement Session

Wanting to pay homage to all of the special places that were such an amazing part of their relationship, these two sweeties travelled from the hustle and bustle of NYC to the sunny shores of California and back again.  The result?  A collection of drop-dead gorgeousness captured beautifully by Chaz Cruz with a whole lot of love bursting from every image.  See it all right here.

From the Bride… In November 2012, Bryn proposed to me on the staircase of his childhood home in San Francisco, just a block from where we met and fell in love.

Our shared love of the outdoors often took us to Marin County, where the we went on our first date. Many Fleet Weeks, Festivals and Spring Trainings later – it was our careers that led us to New York City where we currently reside.

San Francisco beginnings, Marin adventures and New York City hustle – these three places are the settings and future of our lives together.

Photographer: Chaz Cruz | Beach Dress: BCBG | Gold Dress in Central Park: J. Mendel | Long Sleeve Dress In SF: Belstaff | White Formal Dress on NY Rooftop: Ralph Lauren

Classic NYC Museum Wedding

As a West Coaster who spends more than her fair share of time dreaming of NYC weddings, this gorgeous day captured by Jamie Lefkowitz is right up my alley.  It’s classic New York romance meets a sleek, sophisticated vibe meets one crazy cool setting (hello Society of Illustrators).  In other words, it’s pure, unadulterated pretty… and you can see every last moment right here in the full gallery.

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From Jamie Lefkowitz PhotographyI was so honored to be asked to capture Chris and Laura’s wedding day. When we met early on in their planning, they knew they wanted an intimate and classic NYC wedding. Chris’ father is a member of the Society of Illustrators (SOI), which is a historic New York carriage house. SOI is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and has a rotating exhibit of famous illustrators (Maurice Sendak was on display the day of the wedding!). Upstairs, you enter into a timeless dining room which leads to a unique third floor terrace. I could not have imagined a more perfect space to meet Chris and Laura’s vision for their big day. Only a few blocks from the venue is Central Park, where we met the groom for the first look. Laura looked radiant in a sleek gown and Chris had a custom suit. The reception was filled with candles and rose centerpieces which created an intimate and romantic setting. The guest embraced their inner illustrator with a guest book to sketch and write well wishes to the newlyweds. It was truly a beautiful wedding and the bride and groom were smiling throughout the day.

From the Bride…  Chris and I are at the point in our lives in which we attend a lot of weddings. When we got engaged, we already had a sense of what we did and did not want to have at our own event. The number one thing we wanted to avoid was fuss, so we tried to keep everything as low key as possible. I was very fortunate in that my mother was enthusiastic about research and planning. Although I feel like all of the pieces just came together, she might disagree! Chris and I felt strongly about having our wedding in a location that would not require our guests to drive. Since his father is a member of the Society of Illustrators, we lucked out with a perfect venue in Manhattan. We found our vendors easily through recommendations of friends and colleagues. Jamie, our photographer, really guided us through the entire process and referred us to some great people. We really just let all of the professionals do their jobs and let the evening happen. It was gratifying to see all of our assorted friends and family members socializing and enjoying the night!

Photography: Jamie Lefkowitz Photography | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Cake: Baked | Bride's Shoes: J.crew | Band: Gypsy Jazz Caravan | Groom's Suit: My Suit | Venue: Society of Illustrators | Wedding Venue: Society of Illustrators | Bride's Necklace: BHLDN | Floral Design + Lighting: Love & Philanthropy | Lodging: Renaissance New York Hotel

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Manhattan Wedding from Olya Vysotskaya Photography

This wedding is so perfectly New York City. It’s everything I love about that those bustling boroughs all wrapped up in one stylish post. It’s a gorgeous Wtoo gown from Lovely Bridal Shop meets the gritty downtown streets. It’s the celebration of two stylish Brides and their obvious love for each other with the Big Apple proudly serving as the background. The scene is perfectly set for all this Manhattan magic to unfold at The Bowery Hotel and Housing Works Bookstore Café, and thanks to Olya Vysotskaya Photography we can see it all right here.

From the Bride… Manhattan is not only my hometown, it’s also the place we met and fell in love. (New York was also one of a handful of states where we could get married legally!) We knew as soon as we set foot in Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo that we wanted to be married there. It’s located in a gorgeous New York townhouse on a classic cobblestone street. The bookstore space was everything we wanted: intimate, romantic, and, best of all, filled with books. Robyn proposed at the Brooklyn Public Library, so it seemed fitting that we hold our wedding in a bookstore! We continued the book motif with our escort cards, which were printed on vintage library cards and displayed in real card catalog drawers. Many of our guests actually took them home. Once we chose the venue, all of the other details seemed to choose us, especially my blush tulle dress and our lovely photographer, who shoots real film and has a collection of vintage cameras. We kept the décor simple because we didn’t want to compete with the colorful book displays that first drew us to the space. We used silver grosgrain ribbon to make inexpensive table runners and deep purple napkins to add a pop of color. String lights and votive candles brought out the warmth of the rich wood paneling. We chose the Bowery Hotel, on Manhattan’s still-gritty Lower East Side, for our first look and wedding night. As we walked from the hotel to Housing Works, we received many well wishes from tourists and panhandlers along the street. Only in New York!

Photography: Olya Vysotskaya Photography / Second Photographer: Asya Photography / Wedding Venues: The Bowery Hotel + Housing Works Bookstore Café both in New York City, New York / Floral Design: Florisan LLC / Catering: The Works Catering / Wedding Cupcakes: Sugar Sweet Sunshine / Escort Cards: DIY / String Quartet: Harmonia Strings / Wedding Dress: Wtoo Brides “Olivia” via Lovely Bridal Shop / Veil: Custom Made via M&J Bridal Salon / Earrings: Perfect Details / Hair Comb: “Something Borrowed” / Cardigan: Vintage /  Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Suit: Theory / Rings: Catbird + Mark Morrell / Robyn’s Hair + Makeup: Jackie Schneider Beauty /  Ría’s Hair: Zion Bakari (zionbakari@gmail.com)

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