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A Love Story 30+ Years In the Making

Some love stories are worth a bit of a wait, but how about 30+ years? In this case, oh yes, still totally worth it. Because when it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. And for these Harvard grads, their mutual love of their alma mater – and plain old fate – came into play and so they joined their lives together with this intimate, winter wedding. The Groom couldn’t keep his eyes off his leading lady and Carolina Rivera captured it all. Head to our Vault to see all the magic and read on for one love story not to be missed.

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From Carolina Rivera Photographer… A winter wedding in the warmth of the mahogany wooden walls, accented by the sparkle of the golden chairs, set the tone for this intimate wedding at the Harvard Club in NYC. But the story is one to remember. Beth and Joe, both incredibly intelligent and talented, went to Harvard years ago, in the same graduating class, but never actually met… until years later when they both attended a Harvard grad event, and after marriages, children, and life happened in between, their destinies finally came together on this day.

Their wedding was set in the location where their Harvard histories would combine. With a beautiful speech by the Groom, Joe, prior to his Bride’s entrance, a traditional chuppah and glass breaking to commemorate Beth’s Jewish heritage, the presence of their children and their families, and a close personal friend and Harvard classmate officiating, this wedding was surely one to remember – along with a special aria and piano performance for the Bride’s ceremony entrance to set the tone. Beth and Joe danced their first dance, to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, a beautifully choreographed and performed dance, as Beth was once a professional ballet dancer who turned now to a practice of Aerial yoga (and in her 50’s I might add!). The night continued with plenty of mingling, laughter, and dancing, as Beth and Joe did not want to miss one single minute of their evening with friends and family. Beth’s friend Michael Weiskopf and his band The Complete Unknowns, a Bob Dylan cover band, performed.

The beautiful couple were even featured in the New York Times Vows column that tells their story even more!

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Photography: Carolina Rivera Photographer | Floral Design: Spruce Florist | Wedding Dress: Le Spose di Gio | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Jewelry: Roni Blanshay | DJ: Jane Elizabeth | Band: The Complete Unknowns | Venue: Harvard Club Of NYC | Chuppah: Chuppah Studio | Photography - Assistance: Karen Obrist Photography

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This Rowboat E-Sesh Is the Real Life Version of ‘the Notebook’

We’re pretty much convinced that Maggie and Brian are the real-life version of Allie and Noah, because their engagement session? Pure cinematic magic. With the talented Sally Pinera behind the lens capturing their Central Park rowboat ride and sweeter than sweet stroll (across the Brooklyn Bridge no less), we’ve got every bit of beauty waiting for you to fall in love with via The Vault!

From Sally PineraLight hearted and sweet, Maggie and Brian’s NYC engagement session took place amidst the hustle and bustle of New York. Sunrise at the Brooklyn Bridge and nestled in Central Park during the sunny summer afternoon. This adorable couple took a ride on the row boat at the Central Park Boat House as they shared their love. Maggie kept her makeup and hair simple, elegant and whimsical. Her pink two piece dress was custom made just for her! We cannot wait for this couple to come to the west coast this fall for a beautiful destination wedding at Greystone Mansion!

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Photography: Sally Pinera | Bridal Accessory: Maggie Wu Studio

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The Ultimate Saint Regis Hotel Hotel Wedding

Let’s face it, the Saint Regis Hotel is what wedding dreams are made of. Case in point? This stunner of a celebration captured by Justin & Mary and Tweed Video. Overflowing with classic details and cultural influence, this is one celebration that you’ll want to bookmark pronto. See it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Matthew and Asha were married March 19, 2016. Asha has mixed heritage and is half Indian, so the couple decided to fuse traditions and invite guests to a two day celebration in New York City where they reside.The first event was Friday March 18, an Indian Sangeet at Ph-d rooftop lounge at the Dream Downtown. The location was significant to them as three years prior, they had met and were stuck in an elevator in that very hotel! The couple wanted to return to the ‘scene of the crime’ to celebrate with friends and family.

The couple opted for minimal decor – just vibrant petals and colorful votive candles to contrast the sweeping skyline views and amazing lighting at the venue. Guests feasted on Indian food and then the festivities began. Accompanied by a dhol player (traditional Indian drum) the bridal party performed dances choreographed by the bride and her friend (both former dancers, the bride a former Radio City Rockette.) The night ended with a raucous dance party.

The color palette inspiration was shades of rosé and gold. The bride’s dress was Marchesa with intricate crystal and pearl detail on the décolletage. The bridesmaids dresses were sequins in alternating shades, each dress with a unique detail to make it their own. The florals were in the same palette, roses, hydrangeas, vintage yet modern. The bouquets were all studded with crystals for an extra sparkle.The groom opted for a navy blue tux and his groomsmen wore black. The groom loves to wear red socks, so he incorporated touches of red into his custom suit supply tux – embroidery on the shirt and under jacket collar, and lining of the jacket. The bride’s nephews also wore red socks to match the groom during the ceremony.The girls got ready in the glamorous Tiffany suite. The matron of honor (bride’s sister) conducted a ‘burn ceremony’ in which each bridesmaid made a wish for the couple and threw it in the fire.

The ceremony was interfaith, drawing on Christian & Indian traditions, designed by the couple and officiant Lisa Traina. In addition to Christian readings, there was the hindu ‘7 steps’ and a rose ceremony for the bride’s late mother. The rose ceremony was conceived by the bride and a tribute to their shared love of the ballet, and when the ballerina pulls a rose out of her bouquet for her partner. During the ceremony, the bride pulled a rose from her bouquet in honor of her mother.During the reception, the couple continued the themes of ‘old New York’ and travel through their first dance to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Come Fly with Me.’ The dip and groom’s moves surprised guests! The couple and guests dance the night away…

Guests left with a luxury scented candle designed by the bride who works for a global fragrance house. She worked with a perfumer to make a custom scent that reflected Matthew & herself – Indian sandalwood, American Cedarwood, to represent their roots, and a touch of coconut as a nod to their family name. Named Wanderlove, the candle represented two individuals coming together, filled with wanderlust and love.

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Photography: Justin & Mary | The Weddings | Videography: Tweed Weddings | Wedding Coordinator: Kristina Camia | Floral Design: Dieter Van Beneden of Vert de Gris | Wedding Dress: Notte by Marchesa | Wedding Cake: Love Street Cakes | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Synderela | Makeup: Emily Amick | Hair: Erin Taylor From Glamsquad | Calligraphy: Handrawndesign | Tuxedo: Suit Supply Chicago | Officiant: Lisa Traina | Wedding Venue: Saint Regis Hotel | Bride's Rings: Monique Pean Homme | Calligraphy Globe: Simply Gypsy Designs | Chief Advisor: Emily Reifel | Groom's Ring: Cartier Cufflinks | Henna: Sandy Patangay | Sangeet Catering: Guarav Anand | Sangeet Lighting: PH-D Rooftop | Sangeet Music: DJ Suhel | Sangeet Photography: Jason Weston | Sangeet Venue: PH-D Rooftop | Straight Razor Shaves for the Groom: Priv | Wedding Music: Ernest Mills Band

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