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Greek New York City Wedding at Gotham Hall

With the perfect amount of glam, tradition and wonderfully classic style, this insanely gorgeous black tie affair at Gotham Hall is the kind of wedding that will make your jaw drop to your desk. Each image beautifully captured by Brian Dorsey Studios is like a work of art, and you can see them all here. 



From The Bride…We first met as teenagers through mutual friends of our parents. Years later we reconnected when we ended up at the same college and later medical school. What started as a friendship led to a romantic relationship that continued to grow over the following years. We both felt that from the first time we met, we were meant to eventually end up together!

Knowing that I had studied abroad in Paris and had fallen in love with the “City of Lights”, Jason planned a surprise long weekend trip for us to return there together. I didn’t even know where we were going until a few hours before the plane departed! On our first night in Paris, we decided to take a leisurely walk after dinner. We found ourselves walking past a spot along the Seine River with a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower in the background. It was raining and the ground was soaking wet but next thing I know, Jason is down on one knee with a ring in his hand! At that exact (unplanned) moment the Eiffel Tower lit up with sparkling lights! It was like something out of a movie. I, of course, said yes.

Our wedding day was as magical as the proposal. We had so much fun planning every detail over the course of a year with an incredible wedding planner and team. I always knew I wanted to be a June bride so the next logical step was to incorporate all the beautiful colors and flowers of June into our theme. We decided to go with blues and purples, as well as white and off-white. We incorporated silver for a touch of sparkle. Our church and reception hall were so beautiful and provided a stunning backdrop. We hoped for the decor to be elegant while still feeling fun and relaxed and I think we accomplished that! Some of our favorite elements of the wedding were our “Me We” logo, our photo booth, the wedding cake, and our amazing after party! All of our guests were raving about the incredible food, the extremely talented musicians and the beautiful decor. If we could go back in time, we wouldn’t change a thing. Our wedding was truly everything we had dreamed of.

Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Event Planning: Floris Special Events | Floral Design: Lewis Miller Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Maggie Austin Cakes | Invitations: East Six (with Custom Watercolors By Anne Watkins) | Ceremony Venue: Archdiocesan Cathedral Of The Holy Trinity | Reception Venue: Gotham Hall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Olivier Cheng Catering | Make Up: Julie Tussey | Hair: Marc Mena | Lighting: Bentley Meeker Lighting | Music: Vintage Confidential | Music: Hank Lane (Karen Lloyd Band)

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A Sophisticated & Feminine Small Space in Brooklyn

If you live in New York City, you know that space is well… limited! When we found this gorgeous & bright Brooklyn apartment full of quirky details and unique furniture, we couldn’t wait to share. Of course, we weren’t surprised at all to learn that the occupant of this beautiful apartment was L. Brennan, the Director of International Store Ops for Kate Spade, which explains the modern, feminine design.

As you would expect from the director of international store operations for Kate Spade, Brennan has amazing taste, a penchant for color and a very busy schedule. We paired her with our designer Evan and the duo put their heads together and figured out where to focus the colors and patterns Brennan wanted in her Brooklyn one bedroom.

Brennan revived her existing dining table by painting it green herself (polyurethaned by Evan) and an ABC Home serape footstool is a game-changing living room addition. The design is sophisticated, modern, feminine and stunning!

The bedroom is full of bright, colorful accent pillows mixing patterns, stripes and everything in between!

From HomepolishHomepolish was founded to bring the interior design experience to a larger crowd. We aim to make the experience of design simple, fun and significantly more accessible. We charge a straightforward, hourly rate (and take the commissions, markups and hidden costs out of the equation), we help set you up with professionals who can transform your space regardless of budget. Feel free to take a peek at our 800+ projects, or read more over on Refinery29, Wall Street Journal, Design*Sponge, and DailyCandy.

New York City Wedding at The Bowery Hotel

This wedding is kind of everything. It’s classic in that way that is so incredibly fashionable, and heartfelt in the way you can feel it through the computer screen. It’s perfect. It’s the tale of two midwesterners finding love in the Big Apple, and their big day plays out beautifully (complete with a stunning blush Vera Wang gown) through Charlie Juliet‘s gorgeous images, and you can see them all here.


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From The Bride…My husband, Adam, and I, both Midwesterners, met in New York City through a volunteering organization that was very dear to our hearts. The night we met we were up until 4 in the morning talking and when he called the next day I knew it was something very special. We have both lived in NYC since 2007 and wanted a unique, modern wedding at someplace that was important to us and felt like home. The Bowery Hotel was my home away from home whenever my parents visited and it was the location where Adam met my family for the first time. That being said it was a no brainer to have it there.

We went for a clean, modern look. The Bowery Hotel has such great detail and uniqueness that we did not want to take away from that at all. We wanted the tables to have a nice flow so we used different variations of height on floral arrangements and floating candles and topped it off with long communal tables to make it more intimate. We made sure to stand up a few times during dinner to look around at the room filled with our family and friends who we love so much. It was such a humbling and emotional feeling.

We tried to incorporate personal details from our relationship into the day. Family is very important to us and we were able to find old wedding photographs dating all the way back to our great great grandparents and displayed them for everyone to see. We had many dates at Billy’s Bakery for dessert, so it was only fitting to use them for our cake and to take some memorable photographs there the day of. We were even able to sneak in a delicious cupcake between shots!

I wanted something completely different for my dress and I made up my mind beforehand that I did not want white. My dress was the second one I tried on and I knew right then it was the one! I never thought I would want a blush dress, but the color made it so much more romantic. My something borrowed and old was a bumblebee brooch from my late grandmother which I pinned on my bouquet. It felt like she was there with me when I took that first step down the aisle.

Our favorite part of the evening was a moment we had before cocktail hour with just the two of us. We had arranged to have prosecco and hor d’oeuvres privately before we greeted our guests. It was such a great time to reflect on the events that just happened and to have that first moment together as husband and wife. We also were able to have a first look at the room where dinner would be served. We were able to get some beautiful shots and take it all in.

It was so great seeing every single person on the dance floor having a great time the entire night. That put a huge smile on our faces. You know it’s a great night when it’s time to end the reception and no one wants to leave. We couldn’t have ended on a better note!

Photography: Charlie Juliet | Wedding Planner: Shana Sperling Events | Floral Design: Rountree Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Billy's Bakery | Stationery: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: St. Peters Roman Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Bowery Hotel | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Hair And Makeup: Eva Scrivo Salon | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Groom's Shoes: Brioni | Bridal Accessories: Jenny Packham | Bridal Shoes: Valentino | Fur Shawls: Rent The Runway | Music-DJ: Play Something Good | Popcorn Favors: Sensational Sweets | Vintage Car: Film Cars

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Elegant Brooklyn Winery Wedding

Take some seriously elegant details + lush florals from Foxglove Floral Design Studio and pair them with the industrial awesomeness that is the Brooklyn Winery and you have the recipe for one totally fabulous party.  Now add in a bride that you’ll all wish was your bestie rockin’ a sweet Watters gown from Lovely Bridal and it’s a happy, happy Tuesday with images from Isabelle Selby.  See them here.    

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From the Bride… In planning our wedding, the thing that I kept coming back to was that I just wanted a kind of “elegant rager”–a beautiful party that was also super fun and really felt personal to the two of us. I think we nailed it!

What I didn’t fully expect was how overwhelmingly emotional and sentimental the day would be — I started crying when Jessica from Foxglove dropped off the (perfect) bouquets while we were getting ready and basically didn’t stop! My two best friends (who introduced Tim and me by giving him a coaster with my name and number written on it) officiated the ceremony so impeccably, and set the fun and personal tone that lasted throughout the night. Tim surprised me by having a few musician friends pop up from the audience to play “All You Need Is Love” for our processional–it was so sweet.

We made replicas of the infamous coaster that served as place cards, and the mirror that functioned as escort cards came off of our living room wall. Brooklyn Winery was the ideal space with the most amazing food and drinks. Our photographer, Isabelle (and her assistant Justin), were such calming and amazing presences throughout the day, and that shows in the gorgeous photos.

My Aunt made the flawless funfetti cake, our guests danced like crazy, and even though the bridesmaids dresses had only been seen together through internet collages, everything was perfect and beautiful.

Most of my planning was virtual and internet-hypothetical; to see it all come together was amazing and rewarding. Looking back, I feel so much gratitude—so many people have said that the day felt so “us”. We’re so happy everyone felt the love (and the party)!

From Michelle Elaine… Having met Sara just six weeks before her wedding day, you can imagine the amount of information needed to ensure the most perfect day! The one piece of information, however, that was very obvious is her love for Tim. I can still remember her opening his gift to her on their wedding day morning. She looked happily shocked and just cried such tears of joy. I have never met such an emotional bride and it was amazing. Their first look was full of sweetness and they have what many people search for – real love.

Their natural styles coordinated so well and the quaint ambiance of the Brooklyn Winery pulled it all together. From “I do” to their first dance, there was so much love and emotion, but the kind where the couple acts as if nobody is watching… or like everybody is watching but they just don’t care!

They are a perfect fit, two peas in a pod and I cannot say any more kind things about Sara, Tim or both of their beautiful families. They were such a pleasure and the team here wishes them many, many years of happiness – which we know they will have!

Photography: Isabelle Selby Photography | Floral Design: Foxglove Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Watters From Lovely Bride | Invitations: Allure Invitations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell From EBay | Makeup: SB Beauty | Hair Stylist: Marie At Brides By Benedetti | Ceremony And Reception: Brooklyn Winery | Day Of Coordinator: Michelle Elaine | Food + Drinks: Brooklyn Winery | Hotel: Hyatt Union Square | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Wedding Dress Boutique: Lovely Bride Boutique | Wedding Rings: S H Zell & Sons

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Classic New York City Wedding at The Plaza Hotel

It doesn’t get any more classic than a New York City black tie affair at The Plaza Hotel. It just doesn’t. And this stunner planned by Ang Weddings And Events has set that classic style bar even higher. Beautifully timeless and wonderfully elegant, every image captured by Judy Pak is nothing short of a dream, and you can see them all here.


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Summer
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Glamorous

From The Bride…Omar and I met in New York City and on our first date, we wound up talking for hours and we closed down the restaurant! We decided to get married at the Plaza and wanted our wedding to have a classic New York feel, but most importantly we wanted our guests to have a fun, warm, and intimate experience.

Ang Weddings and Events created a seamless event and selected the most talented vendors that were a dream to work with. It was so inspirational to work with so many phenomenal women that were truly experts in their fields. The invitations were classic letterpress and we incorporated an old photograph of The Plaza in the envelope liner. Omar found an elephant graphic which we used on the menus, escort cards and even printed on the sugar cookies which were our wedding favors. Verde Flowers created arrangements in shades of corals and creams interspersed with hundreds of candles to complement the gold tones of the Grand Ballroom and Terrace Room. Ron Ben Israel’s cake with matching flowers was breathtaking. Judy Pak captured our wedding so perfectly with a clean and romantic style that is truly timeless. McKenzie Miller’s videography was brilliant and we received a short clip of our wedding to watch while we were in South Africa on our honeymoon. The Plaza accommodated our every request and the entire team at the Plaza was comprised of the most consummate professionals. We had an interesting progression of music through the evening. A harp and flute duo from Elan Artists played classical music for the ceremony. An Indian trio consisting of a sitar, tabla and flute from Elan Artists played for the cocktail hour. Our DJ Play Something Good had the entire dance floor packed with their clever mix of 80s, 90s and top 40 music for the dinner reception.

Photography: Judy Pak | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Wedding Planner: Ang Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Verde Flowers | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | Invitations: Bella Figura | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Andrew Sotomayor | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting: Bentley Meeker | DJ: Play Something Good | Grooms Attire: Gucci | Ceremony And Cocktail Music: Elan Artists | Hotel: The Plaza Hotel

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Elegant Fall Wedding at the New York Palace Hotel

This time every week, I start to struggle a bit, and I bet I’m not the only one. But I’ll share a little secret: dive into an elegant affair photographed by Christian Oth Studios and your stresses start to drift away. This classic NYC celebration, planned by Ang Weddings & Events, did just that and more, and I bet you can’t gaze at these stunning orchid bouquets by Tantawan Bloom and not feel a bit better.

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From The Bride… Andrew and I met at Lafayette College when I was a Freshman and he was a Junior, we dated for seven years before he proposed on a crisp fall morning in our NYC home; I’ll skip the details but let’s just say he was still able to completely surprise me after nearly a decade of being together! Fall is a special season for us as it brings back all the memories of when we first started dating. Naturally, this made it easy for us to pick October for our special day. New York City was the obvious option for our location; a city bustling with energy and unexpected romance, and where so many classic love stories have taken place – we were excited to have New York be a part of our story too. We have seen each other through many milestones, and developed close relationships with each other’s families and friends. This made it even more important for us to make our wedding day a magical, loving, and unique moment for everyone.

We decided on The New York Palace Hotel as our venue, with its romantic wrought-iron gate entrance and many intricate rooms, it offered the perfect balance of classic New York City charm and old world romanticism. The vendors we selected were amazing and were able to interpret our vision and emotions with such accuracy, it was as if they could see the snapshot in our minds and translated it to be even more beautiful once it came to life. We cannot say enough wonderful things about our talented and professional event planner Ang Weddings and Events, our floral designer Tantawan Bloom and the team from Christian Oth Studio.

We hosted both the ceremony and the reception at the New York Palace in two completely different rooms. We wanted the ceremony to feel intimate and classic. The chuppa took center stage, and was draped with white, cream and pale pink flowers. For a dreamlike effect candles were hung along the back of the sheer fabric adding a magical warmth that enveloped the entire room; a string quartet played our curated list of songs making the entire ceremony personal, touching, and meaningful to our relationship. 

In contrast to our ceremony, we wanted the reception to embody the fun and youthful energy of our relationship, but still remain glamorous and elegant – we did this with crisp whites and pastel colored flowers accented with pops of bright pinks, deep plums, and peach. Oh, and there were candles – lots and lots of candles! Two 12 foot long mirrored tables were covered with taper candles, which created a “wow” factor when entering the room. The centerpieces consisted of roses in various colors overflowing with hanging amaranthus and placed at staggered heights to create dimension and playfulness. Everything was tied together by the impeccable lighting. One of our favorite moments of the day is when we peeked into this room after the ceremony, before joining the cocktail hour.  It was just the two of us, and as we opened the doors we both felt our hearts skip a beat and couldn’t help but grab onto each other’s hands – we were completely blown away with how alive the room felt, it was truly a dream!

The night flew by with a flash of smiles, hugs, and so much laughter and love, but I will never forget the moment Andrew and I had our first dance. We were surrounded by over 200 people, but felt completely alone as we danced through our choreographed steps. We came back to earth during our first turn as we heard all of the bridesmaids screaming and cheering us on, followed by the sound of my father’s heartfelt chuckle – the one that he can’t help but let out when he is truly happy, and we both knew at that moment that this was a night we would never forget. From seeing our parents faces light up with laughter (or perhaps fear!) during the Hora, to the very last moment of the night in the Palace courtyard surrounded by our friends holding sparklers under the beautiful autumn sky, we knew all the nights of planning were completely worth it. We couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with total gratitude and love for our family, friends, and everyone who came together and gave us our very own New York fairy tale.

Photography: Carolyn Monastra For Christian Oth Studio | Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera | Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | Invitations: Judy Paulen Designs | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Face Time Beauty | Hair : Liam Carey | Band: The Stingers | Officiant: Rabbi Ron Broden | String Quartet: Curtis Music | Floral Design And Lighting: Tantawan Bloom | Venue: New York Palace

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