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Botanical Bridal Boudoir Inspiration

Combine a lovely wedding gown with stunning veils and chic lingerie and you just can’t go wrong. Created and styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos, with delicate florals supplied by Blooms By The Box and props from Little Vintage Rentals, this bridal boudoir shoot is overflowing with pretty. As we cozy up with winter, I’m keeping this gallery bookmarked for endless inspiration for the dreary days ahead.

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From Little Vintage Rentals… There is nothing quite as delicate as flowers and of course, a bride-to-be. For this bridal portrait + fine art boudoir we drew inspiration from vintage botanical prints. Teeming with a fresh color palette of peach, pink and yellow our bride glows in modern lingerie, a tailored wedding gown and the softest veils all captured beautifully by Kate Ignatowski.

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Wedding Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk | Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Invitations: Bella Figura | Make Up: Anny Chow | Hair: Andy Tseng | Flowers Provided By: Blooms By The Box | Garter: Florrie Mitton | Lingerie + Robe: Zinke | Model: Alexis Katsafanas | Ribbon: Midori Ribbon | Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos | Veils: Jaclyn Jordan | Venue: Private Residence | Vintage Props: Little Vintage Rentals

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Romantic NYC High Line Engagement

This couple’s recipe for a darling engagement is simply beyond. Avid foodies, the groom whipped up the ultimate ruse for his Alexandra Grecco donning bride-to-be. No step was omitted – from curating a completely custom cookbook to celebratory champagne where their first date took place. With Shadi Boulos behind the lens, every image captured is entirely delightful and can be enjoyed here.

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From Shadi Boulos Photography…”The Perfect Pairing”. One of my greatest joys is sharing one of life’s special moments with close friends. A few months ago, my friend Tony approached me to help him with a wonderful proposal idea for his girlfriend, Sherry. Both Tony and Sherry share an appreciation for cooking and dining out. There’s no other way of saying it – they love food. Over the course of their relationship, Tony and Sherry dined out a lot and there were a select few meals that left an impression on them. So, Tony’s proposal idea: Tony contacted restaurants in Jersey City, New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles where they had their most memorable meals to compile a book of recipes containing his and Sherry’s favorite dishes. The restaurants loved the idea! Not only that, but Tony commissioned me to photograph some of the dishes he chose to include in the cookbook.

Tony and I worked hard to keep Sherry unsuspecting. You see, Sherry and I previously planned to do a photo session of her donning a beautiful ivory tulle skirt by up-and-coming designer, Alexandra Grecco. What Sherry didn’t know is that these photos were also to be her engagement pictures! As far as Sherry knew, Tony “reluctantly” agreed to make an appearance in some of the photos. I met the couple at The High Line in New York City where they had their first NY date, and where Tony had planned the proposal.

Tony decided that he wanted to propose to Sherry privately, so I called the couple and pretended I was running late. With a basket of “props” in hand, the scene was set for Tony to propose.

As they “waited for me to arrive,” Tony suggested to go through the props, which included the cookbook, a bottle of champagne, two champagne flutes, and a beautiful diamond ring. Upon seeing the book, Sherry said “Oh, Shadi got us a cookbook to take photos with!” As she started flipping the pages, Sherry slowly came to the realization that all of the restaurants were ones she’s been to before and that the recipes were some of their favorites. She continued until the last recipe; a recipe for their story:

The Perfect Pairing

For the Michigan girl:

  • 1 package of Canadian Bacon
  • ¾ cup of Yellow Maize
  • Bake in California sun for 2 years

For the Jersey guy:

  • 4 blocks of Swiss Chocolate
  • 2 cups of Kenyan coffee beans
  • Heat in a Jersey City melting pot

ONE | Thoroughly whisk 1 Michigan girl and 1 Jersey guy at a destination wedding in California for 5 hours. Follow by seasoning with countless hours of Facetime.

TWO | To add in East Coast flavor, move mixture to Jersey City. In a saucepan over low heat, pour in 2 unhealthy obsessions with food, 1 instant camera, 50 new friends and a generous amount of love.

THREE | Let sit until the 27th of September. When ready, add the following: 1 tulle skirt, 2 champagne flutes and 1 fake cookbook. Cover entire recipe with an abundance of God’s blessings. Top with 1 diamond ring.

FOUR | Propose and serve.

As she finished reading the final recipe, she looked up to see Tony down on one knee. After many tears and a resounding “YES,” I arrived to photograph the newly engaged couple.

I took them to one of my favorite locations and began photographing. The beautiful scenery, Sherry’s stunning outfit, and their happiness made for an outstanding proposal session.

From The Bride…To say that I was completely surprised is an understatement. While Tony was busy planning behind the scenes, I was under the impression that should a proposal happen, it wouldn’t be for several months given our families travel schedules and the desire to have both our families be together on that special day. On that particular Saturday, Tony’s father was “out of the country” so a trip to the High Line in a beautiful tulle skirt, and with Tony dressed to the nines, didn’t raise me any suspicions.

There’s no other way to describe Tony’s proposal idea as anything short of perfection; there was no detail left unplanned. And afterwards, while doing a proposal photo-shoot with Shadi, I’ll never forget that feeling I had looking up at Tony of just true joy and an overwhelming amount of love. The entire day – from the most perfect proposal, the beautiful photo shoot with the talented Shadi Boulos, a delicious 7-course dinner at Per Se, and a surprise late night celebratory dessert and champagne with both of our families – is what every girl dreams of, and is what will always serve to remind me how beyond blessed I am to have found someone like Tony.

Photography: Shadi Boulos Photography | Men's Attire: Charles Tyrwhitt Shirt | Mens Attire: Kenneth Cole Reaction Shoes | Mens Attire: J. Crew Suit | Location: The High Line | Location: Greenwich Village | Moto Jacket: Lucy Paris/ Bloomingdales | Skirt: Alexandra Grecco | Women's Attire Styling: Candace Hanna | Women's Hair: Sarah Elsie | Women's Shirt: Wolford | Women's Shoes: Ralph Lauren

Romantic Gramercy Park Hotel Wedding

I love New York! I might be biased since this wedding takes place in my old neighborhood, but in my humble opinion it doesn’t get better than a Bride wearing Amsale at the Gramercy Park Hotel. The talented Sasithon Photography was behind the lens snapping up a gallery filled with family tradition and classic New York moments that’ll have you scrolling for more here!

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From The Bride…We wanted a classic and romantic New York wedding where everyone felt like they were at a great dinner party with friends and family. Our wedding took place atop the Gramercy Park Hotel which was a perfect and stunning venue. We loved the indoor/outdoor feel of the rooftop with the lush, green garden and the wraparound terrace that was lined with candlelit lanterns and candles. The venue has a lot of world class art that created pops of color as well as a light bulb room which added a lot of dimension to the space. To match the vibrant décor we worked with flower designer, Denise Fasanello, who created beautiful flower arrangements and amazing bouquets of cream, light pink and green that complimented the space beautifully.

We also had an incredible photographer, Sasithon Pooviriyakul, who truly understood our vision for the wedding and captured so many beautiful moments of our wedding day. To recognize Kai’s family’s Chinese tradition we had a tea ceremony right after the wedding ceremony. The parents and elders were served cups of tea while giving well wishes to us through gifts of gold jewelry and money. It was a special time to recognize the family members that will continue to guide and support our marriage. Food was an important component for us because we love to cook and eat. So many of our favorite moments has been traveling to new cities or finding a new restaurant in the city.

We decided on a four course meal focused on seasonal local ingredients. We also loved our signature drink, a blood orange jalapeño margarita which was perfect for summer! The tables were set up during cocktail hour with a dramatic reveal of the seating which was dotted with beautiful flowers and candles. It truly was the best dinner party of our lives!

Photography: Sasithon Photography | Flowers: Denise Fasanello Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Amsale | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Hair And Makeup: Ombre By E.J. Makeup Studio | Rings And Earrings: Kwiat | Suit: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel

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