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Fairytale Ending NYC Bookshop Wedding

My favorite weddings are always the ones filled with personality, and this one? Well, it’s certainly a new favorite. The clouds parted for their fairytale ending, and this adorable bookshop romance brought along Shannen Norman to snap some pictures of their day. With images that are simply page-turning, this wedding is perfectly New York and you can see why I’m such a huge fan here.

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From the Bride… Steve and I met while working together for a book publisher, so when we discovered that we could get married in a bookstore, we knew we had found the perfect venue for our wedding. In addition to offering a gorgeous event space in a historic Manhattan building, the Housing Works Bookstore is part of a non-profit organization that helps homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Their amazing staff helped us plan our celebration and transformed the store into a warm and romantic space for our intimate wedding.

Once we had our venue set, the rest of the details fell into place… except for the wedding dress. Luckily, after what felt like an endless search, I spotted Jenny Packham’s Joy gown and loved the vintage look. I was able to order it from the designer shortly before the wedding and crossed my fingers that it would fit. When it arrived, I slipped it on and it was perfect—elegant and comfortable. I added simple rhinestone earrings and a feather hair clip from Etsy.

Steve illustrated our Save the Date cards and we chose letterpress invitations in a chevron design that reminded us of a book’s end papers. We kept the wedding decorations simple, since the library setting was gorgeous on its own. On the tables, we used a mix of apricot, cream, and yellow flowers, along with tea lights. My mother-in-law designed the 50 floral arrangements in small glasses that we found on a shopping trip to Ikea. The bridal party flowers included cream and apricot roses, yellow craspedia, and seeded eucalyptus, designed by my mother and a family friend.

On the day of our wedding, Steve and I met in the West Village just as the skies cleared and the rain stopped. We took photos before the wedding in the garden of St. Luke’s and in the elegant rooms of the Down Town Association. Working with our photographer Shannen Norman was a dream. She kept things laid back and fun and captured the magic of the day.

Steve and I are so thankful for everyone who helped make our wedding special. We treasure the memory of saying our vows with family and friends gathered closely around us, among the candlelit bookcases. Reverend Carlton Elliot Smith led us through a very personal and heartfelt ceremony that included laughs and tears. And then we ate and drank and talked and danced as the hours whirled by. It was the best night of our lives.

Photography: Shannen Norman | Dress: Jenny Packham | Invitations: Sesame Letterpress | Catering: The Works Catering | Hair & Makeup: Expert Makeup Artistry | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Hair Clip: Brass Lotus

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Elegant New York City Wedding

There’s such a beautiful warmth and energy to this New York City wedding that immediately drew me in when Rebecca Yale Portraits sent over the glowing imagery. It’s the kind of celebration that’s filled with a cheerful wave of laughter, sweet moments of anticipation, darling little blooms from Designs By Ahn, and of course, the hottest (pink) bridal party around. Feel the buzz of this NYC love in the gallery.

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From Rebecca Yale PortraitsTrifon and David’s autumn wedding in New York City was everything a perfect city wedding should be- a day full of love, friends and a ton of laughter! I couldn’t get enough of David’s laugh during portraits! The morning started off with a lovely intimate reveal in the church’s garden before their guests arrived and the ceremony started. Trifon and David each pinned each others boutonnieres before heading inside the church to greet all their very colorfully dressed bridesmaids. The girls wore fuschia dresses accented with different unique pieces of turquoise jewelry gifted to them by the grooms. After the ceremony at the Greenwich village church the guests made their way over to the wonderful west village restaurant, One If By Land Two If By Sea for a luncheon reception. Guests milled around the cozy brick restaurant as light streamed in through the large glass windows. Before kicking off the dancing guests toasted with the French Assistance, the grooms’ signature cocktail, made of St. Germain, green Chartreuse, Champagne, tarragon and pink peppercorn.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Floral Design: Designs By Ahn | Stationery: Crane & Co. | Reception: One If By Land Two If By Sea | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Church: First Presbyterian Church | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Makeup: Orglamic Beauty | Makeup: Rae Dawn J | Save The Date: Oscar De La Renta For Paperless Post

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Destination Elopement in Brooklyn

This UK couple is out to prove that great style can be achieved no matter how small-scale the affair. Opting for a destination elopement, they designed a simple ceremony for two in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Mirelle Carmichael along to document the day. And in a Laure De Sagazan and Designs By Ahn bouquet, the glowing bride managed to steal the show, nonetheless. See more here!

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From The Bride…Neil and I met over 12 years ago so it came as a complete shock when he got down on one knee and proposed. I thought we were fine, we didn’t need to, we were happy just as we were. But then he asked, and I was elated… if a little overwhelmed!

Some girls have their wedding day all mapped out. I was not this girl. Both of us struggled to define exactly what we wanted our wedding day to be. The only thing we were very clear on was that, for us, marriage was a commitment between two people. I like you and you like me. We wanted the wedding to reflect this and so we decided to elope and go it alone (much to the disappointment of friends and family!). Above all, we wanted our marriage to be an adventure…and so we decided to start with one.

We chose New York because we both love the city and everything it has to offer. Many brides want a beautiful backdrop for their wedding. Ours was the urban landscape of New York which, for us, holds a beauty all of its own. A cityscape may not be every brides dream but it made our wedding day feel real rather than a fairytale.

Neither of us wanted the day to be stressful which might sound at odds when I tell you we are both from the UK. But it could not have been simpler. We found a lovely officiant, an amazing photographer and picked a date. We were all set. We flew over a few days before and picked up the license from city hall. The beauty of eloping to New York is that you can get married just about anywhere (unlike the UK) so we decided to choose somewhere together once we got to New York, rather than a ‘wedding package’.

We got married down by the Hudson in Brooklyn Bridge Park because it offers beautiful views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, before jumping a cab to the High Line for photos. The people of New York could not have been lovelier, stopping to ask us if this was a ‘real wedding or a photo shoot’…so much fun! We finished the day watching the sunset over the city on the rooftop of the Standard, listening to jazz and drinking cocktails before heading back to the Nomad Hotel for dinner. The twinkly lights of New York offered our perfect backdrop.

Our family and friends forgave us (I think!) and we held a celebratory reception at one of our favourite restaurants back home. Again, very simple. In our eyes we had the best of both worlds, we got to share our wedding day together and also with our nearest and dearest. Perfect.

So whilst it isn’t for everybody, we wouldn’t change a thing.

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Floral Design: Designs By Ahn | Wedding Dress: Laure De Sagazan | Ceremony: Brooklyn Bridge Park | Officiant: Cheerleader For Love

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