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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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Central Park Summer Engagement Session

Brklyn View Photography discovered a little secret when they had the privilege of snapping this summertime engagement shoot; hit up NYC’s Central Park at dawn and the place is all yours. With such free reign, it’s all the better to capture the sweet smiles between a newly engaged couple like these two and we’re lucky enough to get a little sneak peek at all the goodness to come for them right here.

From Brklyn View PhotographyWhat happens when you visit Central Park early in the morning on a gorgeous summer day? You practically get the place all to yourself! Crystal and Thomas travel to New York once a year and wanted to incorporate their favorite city into their engagement session.

We walked through the park astounded by its beauty and the quiet. The lack of crowds really gave us room to explore and play in the park. How adorable is Crystal’s “Pride and Prejudice” clutch? Love! It was such a treat photographing this sweet couple for their engagement photos, and I was thrilled to be part of their New York love story. Congratulations Crystal and Thomas!

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Clutch: Kate Spade

Casually Elegant Summer Wedding at Bryant Park Grill

Bryant Park Grill might just have bumped up to the top of my favorite wedding venues list. With the rooftop ceremony option, it’s a little secret garden in the middle of NYC, an absolutely perfect place to say your “I do’s.” Henry + Mac photographed this beautiful bash there, one that is full of pretty details while also looking like one fantastic party – captured live by Forged In The North. See more right here!

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From the Bride… Shawn and I have a bit of a unique love story. I moved to NYC in the summer of 2010 and was living with two roommates – it just so happened that Shawn was the brother of one of them. Shawn worked out of the apartment so we saw each other every day. One night we went out for pizza, the next day a walk through Central Park, and about two weeks later we started dating and have been together ever since.

From day one, NYC played a huge role in our relationship. We met here, fell in love here, and plan to raise a family here. The city has basically always been the third person in our relationship, so getting married in the city was a natural choice. When we saw the Bryant Park Grill, we knew it was the spot.

From the moment we started planning our wedding, we had two rules: 1) that we wouldn’t take ourselves too seriously, and 2) that it would be a fun party, above all else. To us, that meant being married by one of our best friends, serving the food that we loved, dancing to the music we loved, and being surrounded by the people we loved the most.

Our ceremony took place on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill. It was so beautiful with the perfect amount of city and nature. Our friend Jason married us and spoke beautifully about our relationship. We wrote our own vows, which were essentially love letters to each other.

We wanted the day to be filled with lots of personal touches so we ordered cocktail napkins with Beatles lyrics, customized cake toppers, drink signs and straws, cake stands, sparkly linens, and wood table numbers.

Picking the music was the decision we took the most seriously. We’re huge Bruce Springsteen fans, so I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Thunder Road.” For our first dance, we wanted a fast and fun song to get the party started so we chose a live version of “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” and it did just the trick. For the rest of the night, we played everything from Doo-Wop to cheesy 80′s music to ‘NSYNC to classic rock. Our guests didn’t stop dancing the entire night, which was the goal!

We’re self-deemed foodies who love dessert so we incorporated some of our New York favorites, cookies and a cake bar from Momofuku Bakery and a Coolhaus ice cream truck which was waiting in the park for our guests at the end of the night.

There are many moments from the day that absolutely stand out to me – waking up the morning of the wedding, in bed with my five best friends and walking around Bryant Park at 7:30am because we couldn’t sleep, getting ready with my mom, grandmother, and best friends, seeing my dad for the first time, and dancing so much so that my legs hurt for the first few days of our honeymoon, but the absolute best was when I first saw Shawn outside the NY Public Library during our first look.

I can’t really explain it, but in that moment, it was like no one else existed. As corny as it may sound, from that point on the small details of the day didn’t really matter. I was marrying my best friend, the best person I could have dreamed of. Our wedding was already the best day before it even really began.

Photography: Henry And Mac | Videography: Forged In The North | Floral Design: The Wild Ivy | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Cake: A Simple Cake | Invitations: Pink Toast | Bride's Shoes: Miu Miu | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Sally Duvall | Entertainment: 74 Events | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Bryant Park Grill | Dessert: Momofuku Milk Bar | Dessert Truck: Coolhaus | Getting Ready Location: Bryant Park Hotel | Linens: La Tavola | Photo Booth: Sweet Booths

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Classic New York City Wedding at PUBLIC

After saying their “I do’s,” this Bride and Groom took a walking tour of their own through this city they love, with Dave Robbins snapping up every picture perfect, postcard worthy moment, before they joined their guests at cocktail hour, surrounded by City Blossom’s beauties. There is no denying the Big Apple has a certain special flair about it and these pics are prime proof.

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From the Bride… On November 11, 2011, at a small bar on the Upper East Side, Christopher and I met for the first time. Two years later Christopher proposed on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Whether dining out, enjoying Central Park or partaking in cultural activities, New York City has always been special to our relationship. From the day we became engaged we knew we wanted to celebrate our wedding with friends and family in the city where we fell in love.

Three things mattered to us when planning our wedding: sharing New York City with our guests, selecting a venue with incredible food, and finding a photographer with the vision to capture their day.

We selected a holiday weekend for our wedding because the majority of our guests were coming in from out of town. To begin the wedding weekend each guest received an I ♥ NY welcome gift bag with local amenities and a specially mapped walking tour of the our neighborhoods. To give our guests a true taste of New York, we spent months selecting the right neighborhoods and restaurants for the wedding, choosing TriBeCa Grill for the rehearsal dinner, The Smith in East Village for brunch, and Nolita and the Michelin Star ranked PUBLIC for our reception.

After interviewing eight photographers, we selected Dave Robbins to capture our special day. On our wedding day we woke up to rainy skies, but by the time the events began, the weather had improved. The bridesmaids joined me for breakfast and hair and make-up in midtown at The New York Palace Hotel. The groomsmen enjoyed straight razor shaves at New York Shaving Company before returning to Le Parker Meridien for burgers at Burger Joint. In the early afternoon, the groomsmen and groom strode down 5th Avenue to the Palace where we had our first look. It was then on to Grand Central Terminal for group portraits.

We were married surrounded by friends and family at All Souls Church, on the same block as their apartment in the Upper East Side. Our guests headed to PUBIC for cocktails and canapés including fried oysters, salmon ceviche and curried lentil spring rolls, while we enjoyed a few moments of serenity on the roofdeck of our apartment building. Before joining our guests at PUBLIC, we revisited the site of our engagement at the Met and even grabbed a quick hot dog on a stroll through Central Park.

In addition to vases of blush and white flowers matching the bridal bouquets, each of the receptions six tables were themed around a different city we had visited, which were important to our relationship. The groom found wire frame sculptures of famous monuments from each city to mark the tables, and I designed a seating chart and acrylic frames with table numbers that provided a description of the city’s significance. Wedding favors were desserts themed from each city – black and white cookies from NYC, lamingtons from Sydney, Georgetown cupcakes from Washington D.C., TCHO chocolates from San Francisco, and Tunnock’s Teacakes from London, all hand wrapped by us.

Following a dinner of venison, tilefish or pappardelle, guests enjoyed mini desserts, cake, and cocktails followed by dancing. To conclude the night, we surprised their friends and family with pizza delivered from Lombardi’s – NYC’s first pizzeria. A truly magical New York experience was had by all.

Photography: Dave Robbins Photography | Floral Design: City Blossoms | Wedding Dress: Legends Romona Keveza | Invitations : Minted | Ceremony Venue: All Souls Church | Reception Venue: PUBLIC | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Reception Catering: PUBLIC | Makeup: Laura Nadeau | Hair: Stacy Pitt | DJ: James Mulry | Groom's Attire: Tom James | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Accommodations: New York Palace | Accomodations: Le Parker Meridien | Monument Table Decorations: Design Ideas | Post Wedding Brunch Venue: The Smith | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Tribecca Grill

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Elegant Winter Wedding Inspiration at Carnegie Hall

An iconic NYC fixture like Carnegie Hall, in the crisp beauty of winter, is the perfect scene for elegance and romance, so that’s just what Michelle Elaine brought to this shoot, captured by Alexis June. With floral fantasies brought to life by L’Oasis Floral Designs, winter’s chills disappear and we’re surrounded by a blushing Bride and a tablescape that leaves us breathless. See all of this and more right here!

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From Michelle Elaine Weddings Inc… Influenced by history, inspired by love. The art of romance is beautiful.

When the opportunity arose to be the first team to create a styled shoot in the newly renovated event space at Carnegie Hall, we were over the moon! With such a beautiful, historic landmark as our backdrop and fresh snow covering the gorgeous terrace, we couldn’t have been more delighted with this winter shoot.

Using Marsala, the pantone color of 2015 as our inspiration, we created a chic palette of blush tones, ruby reds and gorgeous airy greens that influenced every detail in the shoot. Chantilly lace and full layers of tulle dressed our model in elegance, while a custom fit navy suit, with character from head to toe, completed the groom’s tailored look.

Inside, lush hydrangea florals wove their way around vintage place settings and cascaded over our barn wood table to create elegant drama. Upon each plate, a delicately placed card with gorgeous gold calligraphy and champagne cocktails beautifully garnished with thyme and blackberry, pulled the color palette together.

Everything from our luxe wedding cake design from Sylvia Weinstock, to the soft, feminine blush tones in the stationery, seemed to shimmer with beauty and elegance surrounded by historic Carnegie Hall and the quintessential New York City backdrop of Central Park views.

We can’t forget about our adorable addition Sprinkles, dressed in a petite floral collar, bringing delight to our couple and all on the shoot.

Photography: Alexis June Weddings | Floral Design: L'Oasis Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Wedding Cake : Sylvia Weinstock | Stationery: Fancy That NYC | Make Up: Victoria Elizabeth Make Up | Hair: Styles On B | Men's Attire: Martin De Tours Clothier | Venue: Carnegie Hall/STARR Events | Cocktail Recipe: The Effortless Chic | Concept, Styling & Coordination: Michelle Elaine Weddings Inc. | Film Developed & Scanned: Photo Vision Prints | Jewlery: Catherine Angiel | Men's Attire (Socks): Hook & Albert | Model: Brittany Cavaco | Rentals : Octavia-Brown | Ring Bowl: Down The Road With Me | Sequin Hanger: Pearls & Pastries | Wedding Boutique: Bridal Reflections

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Rustic Winter Wedding at Brooklyn Winery

The Big Apple may seem like a crazy alternate universe at times, but there are little cozy gems hidden throughout the city and I’m pretty sure the Brooklyn Winery is one of those. Intimate and romantic, it played host to this rustic wedding and Brian Dorsey and Mint Wedding Cinematography were there to capture every second. Cuddle up with some vino and enjoy this gorgeous gallery below.

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From The Bride… Our first date was a very icy, snowy day in New York City and after a few drinks, a lot of butterflies and laughter, Mike walked me home and I fell on the ice! Instead of an embarrassing moment, that moment turned into a sweet meet – cute story that we’ll always remember. I knew immediately what kind of man Mike was and that he’d always take care of me. Fast forward 13 months to a week after I had foot surgery when Mike got down on one knee in our home and asked me to marry him in the most heartfelt and intimate way.

We quickly settled on December 19, as we wanted a winter wedding and it would also commemorate 44 years to the day that my parents were married. We are both tried and true New Yorkers, so we couldn’t imagine saying ‘I do’ anywhere else, and Brooklyn Winery offered us the rustic, beautiful, and intimate venue that we wanted. It was the only venue we looked at.

I am a planner by nature, so I jumped right in. With the help of some fantastic vendors, it was as stress-free as could be. Rachel and Emily at Brooklyn Winery were superb, we found an amazing officiant in Peter Boruchowitz who delivered a personalized, heart-felt and romantic ceremony, and we had gorgeous, lush flowers, branches, lanterns and candles everywhere thanks to the extremely talented Gabrielle Aronas at G! Designs. And finally, Justin at Brian Dorsey Studios (photography) and Chris at Mint Wedding Cinematography delivered beyond our wildest expectations.

December 19 was the quickest but best and happiest day of our lives. Everything was beautiful, perfect, and simply like a dream. We are eternally thankful and in awe of each and every vendor who helped make our day perfect, and of course so grateful to all our family and friends for helping us to create the sweetest memories to last a lifetime.

Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Videography: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Floral Design: G! Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Nine Cakes | Invitations: William Arthur | Engagement Ring: Doyle & Doyle | Wedding Bands: Greenwich Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Hair & Makeup: Gloss And Glam | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Carrie | Lighting: Universal Light & Sound | Band: The Bailsmen | Favors: Dough | Officiant: Our Wedding Officiant NYC | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Winery

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