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Romantic Cherry Blossom Filled Engagement Session

My idea of a dreamy day? Wandering cobblestone streets and manicured parks hand in hand with the one I love. Making said day even dreamier? The fact that said streets and parks are covered in soft pink blooms. Sharing sweet kisses underneath spring sunshine, Rebecca Yale Photography has captured every luminous cherry hued moment, here!

From Rebecca Yale Photography… Danielle and Kyle both work as buyers in the fashion industry so I knew instantly this was going to be a very special engagement session. We timed the session for when the cherry blossoms were in bloom and managed to catch them on one of the last mornings as clung to the trees while also coating the grass in a carpet of pink petals. Danielle and Kyle met at NYU and live together in NYC so they wanted their engagement session to feel uniquely them and uniquely NY. After an early morning start in Central Park we headed down to Soho, their favorite neighborhood, where like any typical weekend they walked the cobblestone streets, window shopped in their favorite stores, and visited a beautiful neighborhood garden full of interesting sculptures and artifacts.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Bride's Dress (crop Top): Bailey 44 | Bride's Dress (white): Elizabeth And James | Bride's Top And Jacket: Club Monaco | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Blazer: LBM 1911 | Groom's Pants: Ovadia And Sons | Groom's Shirt: Kamakura | Groom's Shoes (Tan): Sid Mashburn | Groom's Tie: Ralph Lauren | Grooms Jeans: Ralph Lauren | Grooms Shirt (Blue): Guy Rover | Grooms Shoes (loafers): Ralph Lauren | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Shoes (black): Jimmy Choo | Shoes (nude): LK Bennett | Shoes (tan And White) : Fendi

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Industrial Brooklyn Winery Wedding

Have you ever thought about using Social Media to find a wedding vendor? I’m totally taking note from this beautiful Bride who searched unique Instagram hashtags to source her wedding dream team, genius right?! Rima Brindamour was behind the lens of this lofty Brooklyn Winery affair and the gallery is the perfect place to see it all.

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From Rima BrindamourI love all of my clients but I really love these two. I can’t express enough how wonderful it is to work with a couple that is genuinely happy and surrounded by supportive, loving, wonderful friends and family. Andria and Gavin’s Brooklyn Winery wedding was like a dream–-completely relaxed, nothing but big hugs and smiles, and everything happened right on schedule. Weddings like this remind me why I love being a wedding photographer and get me excited for the start of wedding season. Oh, and it didn’t hurt that they are gorgeous!

From the beautiful Bride… Figure out what is most important to you. Pick a few things that you really love and feel the most passionate about and invest your time and money in those areas. For us, the venue, food, and photography were very important so we allocated more time and budget to that. This meant sacrificing in other areas like getting a live band, guest favors, or specialty cocktails. At the end of the day we were able to have the wedding we envisioned without get sidetracked with the things we deemed less important to the overall experience.

Make your wedding your own: Gavin is a writer and we have a vintage typewriter that has lived with us since we moved in together so we turned it into a welcome sign for the guests. In place of flower petals for the flower girls, we cut paper hearts out of the pages of my favorite book. We also borrowed vintage books from family members to use as part of the table settings. Your guests may not know the story behind every item, but it was really fun to know the “secret” behind each piece and it made our wedding day more personal to us.

Leave time for the unplanned: I made the mistake of trying to get too ahead of things and spent a lot of time making DIY table numbers that we didn’t end up using because they ultimately didn’t fit with the rest of our theme. Definitely keep things on schedule to avoid last minute scrambles but keep in mind there are some things that may change throughout the planning process. Leave some time for these unplanned things.

Use social media: I found my hair and makeup artist through Instagram. I searched relevant hashtags like #hairmakeupnyc and #nycmakeupartist and found Laura Burns who was absolutely amazing! I highly recommend her to anyone getting married in NYC, by the way. Instagram is the next best thing to Pinterest for research and ideas because you can “browse by hashtag” and get a visual spread of ideas from real weddings instead of themock wedding shoots that are often in a lot of magazines and blogs.

Photography: Rima Brindamour | Floral Design: Whole Foods | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Shoes: Valentino | Caterer: Brooklyn Winery | Hair And Makeup: Laura Burns | DJ: Dan From Scratch Weddings | Hotel: Wythe Hotel | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Winery | Clutch: My A La Mode | Suit: Hart Schaffner Marx

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Glamorous 1970s NYC Wedding Inspiration

With its gray skies and chilling temperatures, winter is my least favorite season. But, Harwell Photography managed to make even the gloomiest New York City winter day beautiful in this inspiration photo shoot. Amidst the industrial charm of 501Union, a glamorous 70s cocktail party came to life with wild, romantic florals and bohemian bridal look. Travel back in time and appreciate winter even on its dreariest days in the gallery.


From Simply Charming Socials The grey of a wintery city can be beautiful in its own way. We were inspired by the ethereal gloom that falls over New York in the cold months and paid homage to 70′s glam for this styled wedding shoot. From caftan to cat eyes and cocktails to candlelight, we used vintage details with a modern twist to give brides some moody inspiration. Jeremy Harwell captured the day so perfectly.

The venue 501 Union provided us with a stunning background for the shoot, with it’s velvety banquettes, industrial beams, factory windows, and throwback palm leaf wallpaper. As the daylight shone through the windows, we were able to highlight the romantic details of a wedding.

Gabi of The Sentimentalist chose the most stunning Carol Hannah Iolite gown from the S/S 2015 collection to dress our Brooklyn bride. The sequins, tassel detail, and flowing sleeves give her an angelic glow. We styled her hair with a Farrah-esque bang and dark cat eyes. A rosy cheek finished off her bridal beauty look.

Wildly organic florals were a must to soften the very masculine space. Juli Vaughn chose black pit anemones, white ranunculus, ripening raspberries, Juliet garden roses, fern and lush greenery, and tied off the bouquet with ochre colored silk ribbon. In the arrangement, she used complementary flowers placed in a tarnished vessel for a touch of metallic sheen. Gold leaf, marsala-colored wax candles in brass candlesticks added height and color to the table.

The venue boasts a fabulous bar and what wedding would be complete without some libations. Ashley Buzzy hand lettered a cocktail menu in bold ink to match the moody invitation suite. The paper had a watercolor effect in grayscale tones, mimicking vintage photos of decades past.

Uniquely, each member of our team has ties to both New York and the South by way of Atlanta. This shoot was our take on city style, though we infused the elegance of Southern fetes.

Photography: Harwell Photography | Floral Design: Juli Vaughn Designs | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Reception Venue: 501Union | Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Hair: Styles On B | Creative Direction & Styling: Kristine Cholakian-Simply Charming Socials | Fashion Styling: The Sentimentalist- Gabby Lee | Invitations & Paper Goods: Ashley Buzzy Lettering & Press | Model: Emily Pickell

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Sweet + Stylish NYC Engagement Session

Couples like this one make me smile. My heart warms up and I just got giddy gazing at these recent engagement pics from Lauren Gabrielle. They just got it oh so right: gorgeous, sentimental setting, fab fashion (that Elizabeth & James dress!!) and cute pup; it really doesn’t get much better than this.

From the Bride-to-be… Brian and I met while he was on a business trip in Chicago. At the start of Brian’s Chicago project, his boss told him “This project is going to change your life.” It definitely did! We fell in love pretty quickly, and I ended up moving to NYC a few months later. We chose the locations for our shoot because we wanted it to represent our life in New York. I fell in love with Brian because he is always taking me to new and interesting places, so I wanted to highlight that part of our lives in the pictures. Brian loves to take me on walking tours of the city, and we found Charles Street on one of these tours and loved the quiet area. We always imagine living on this street one day. You will also see ‘our backyard’ promenade where we love to walk our dog, Zoe, in the summer. These pictures really captured our favorite things about our life in New York.

Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Black Dress: Elizabeth & James | Pink Dress: Halson Heritage

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Get the low down on donuts from Dough Brooklyn

National Donut Day celebrates one of America’s favorite and most decadent desserts, donuts. Gone are the days of your run of the mill donuts, today, you can get just about anything on top of these melt in your mouth goodies. We enlisted the help of an expert Pastry-chef Fany Gerson from Brooklyn’s famous Dough to share how she’ll be celebrating National Donut Day and more.

How did you get into the donut industry?
I had been a pastry chef for a while and a former boss called me up to ask if I wanted to open up a doughnut shop with him. He felt there were few places that made doughnuts with the attention and love that you often see in other pastries. I agreed but mainly it sounded like fun.

What’s the flavor everyone gives their diet up for?
Dulce de Leche with toasted almonds and salted chocolate caramel.

What non-traditional flavor combo do you think would make a great donut?
I think that continues to evolve. Many people do crazy flavors and some are good and some, I feel are made just for the sale of being different. The doughnut is a canvas and honestly, the options are limitless if you have a good doughnut that can be enjoyed on it’s own.

What’s your favorite flavor?
That’s a hard one! But it’s between the lemon poppy, passion fruit with cocoa nib and the cinnamon sugar which may be simple but we use freshly ground Mexican cinnamon and I just love it!

What’s the most creative donut flavor you’ve ever created?
I guess the hibiscus doughnut or salt and pepper which I’ve done as a special.

Biggest donut fail?
We did a yoghurt glazed with house made granola that was really good, but I don’t think people want something healthy sounding with indulgence. Maybe it’s an oxymoron.

What’s the best way to eat a donut?
Nothing beats a warm plain or cinnamon sugar doughnut but the thicker toppings have to be glazed when the doughnuts are cooled. Those are best with a good cup of coffee (which we are lucky to have)

How are you celebrating national donut day?
Every year, we do a raffle. With the purchase of a box of 6 or more people enter a raffle to get a year supply of doughnuts (they can get a box every week for the entire year!)

What are your thoughts on mini donuts?
I think they are great for events so you can get a taste of many, but I think when you are treating yourself to a doughnut you should have a big one for sure. If you are gonna enjoy it truly, you need to have several bites.

Photography: Noah Fecks

A Ladylike Apartment With a Humorous Side

If walls could speak, we’re dying to know what these say. We love how Homepolish designer Alison Causer transformed this two-bedroom New York City apartment into a sophisticated space with a sense of humor with art, paint, wallpaper and plenty of brassy accents.

Tour the space in the slideshow below to see how Homepolish designer Alison transformed Emily’s apartment!

A Ladylike Apartment With a Humorous Side
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A Ladylike Apartment With a Humorous Side
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Photography: Emily Sidoti | Homepolish Interior Designer: Alison Causer