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Romantic Floral-Filled Wedding at The Bowery Hotel

You really can’t go wrong with an elegant Manhattan hotel filled to the brim with flowers. But when they are beautiful blooms from Designs By Ahn with perfect paper pieces by Tie That Binds and Bella Figura – all captured by CLY By Matthew – well, it’s the icing on the cake. This spring celebration was all this and more – see why we’re all smiling so early this Tuesday morn right this way!

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From CLY By MatthewLindsay and Ben got married at the Bowery Hotel this June. They were a fun and playful couple. They were ready to have a great time with their friends and family and were just upbeat throughout the whole day. While Lindsay was getting ready, her mom was there the whole time helping Lindsay look the best on her most special day. Lindsay also wore her mom’s veil, which was very meaningful for her. Their gorgeous chuppah with a candle lit ceremony was so magical. After the ceremony, I also followed them to their room to capture their intimate moment where they were toasting to become Mr. and Mrs. for the first time. It was such a sweet moment!

From the details of the bride’s amazing Carolina Herrera dress to the breathtaking floral design by Designs by Ahn, it was such a beautiful and romantic wedding.

Photography: Bo & Eileen Of CLY By Matthew | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Designs By Ahn | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Calligraphy: Marcardin Calligraphy | Band: Don Eaton Band | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Bowery Hotel | Bride's Hair: Harumi From Salon Jatel | Bridemaids' Hair: Dry Bar | Bridesmaids' Make Up: Glam Squad | Event Coordination: Emily Snyder | Groom's Cufflinks: Deakin & Francis | Programs: Tie That Binds

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Classic + Elegant New York City Wedding

I’m all about love stories and this one is basically a rom-com brought to life. For what began as blind date in the Big Apple – on the coldest day of the year – led to their forever and this “casual classy” fete. From the Hana Floral Design blooms, to the chocolate chip cookie dough soufflé (!!), Christian Oth flawlessly captured every moment (including an impromptu stop for ice cream) here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Many brides dream of their wedding day ever since childhood. I was never that person. But quickly after becoming engaged to Mike, it became a day I could envision down to the very last detail. And after a year of planning, it exceeded every one of my expectations mostly because it was the start to forever with the best man I’ve ever met.

Forever began on a blind date in New York City on the coldest day of the year in January 2013. We met on the corner of Hudson and Morton Streets in the West Village. We were set up by two good friends who work together at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. My friend, Katie, overheard Mike’s friend, Courtney, talking about setting him up with another woman. Katie intervened saying she had another girl he had to meet instead. Courtney vetted me thoroughly while Katie provided me no information except that I had to go. Well a year later on that very same street corner on another frigid night in January, Mike got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes…repeatedly.

We quickly decided on a New York City wedding because it’s where we met and fell in love, not to mention we think it’s the best city in the world. No other place felt right, even though I’m a Midwestern girl from Ohio and he’s from Southern New Jersey. We knew we wanted to be married in our neighborhood Catholic Church Our Lady of Pompeii. We then chose our venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, soon after because we both wanted a downtown Manhattan location near where we live. After that big decision was made, all our incredible vendors fell nicely into place. We both wanted an elegant NYC affair but without any hint of stuffiness – “casual classy” as I liked to call it. The reason we decided to have a big wedding was because we wanted the rare opportunity to have everyone we loved in one room. Knowing brides and grooms never get enough time with their guests, we wanted to make sure everyone knew how special they are to us by writing handwritten notes as escort cards to welcome everyone. Our hands almost fell off after all that writing, but it was well worth it.

The look of the wedding all started with the dress. I chose Johanna Johnson’s Garbo gown that immediately set a subtle art-deco tone. And then Tricia Kim from Fourteen-Forty designed a custom invitation suite, programs, menus, among other pieces to fit the glamorous and vintage vibe. She started our wedding on the perfect foot. And the flowers, designed by Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral Design, made our wedding more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. I still dream about those coral peonies! I wish I could have carried around my stunning bouquet for days rather than just hours. Our wedding wouldn’t have been half as classy without her gorgeous work. And Glen Allsop from Christian Oth flawlessly captured every single moment of the day including our impromptu stop at an ice cream truck in Washington Square Park.

And last but not least, the food! To say I’m not the healthiest eater would be an understatement. Mike has gotten used to my not so fancy palate so it was important to me to have comfort foods that I love. So the night started with deviled eggs, meatballs, and grilled cheeses to name a few and ended with a chocolate chip cookie dough soufflé all by Abigail Kirsch. We really wish we got a chance to eat more.

Our other wish…that we could relive the entire day over again!

Photography: Glen Allsop/Christian Oth Studio | Videography: Tweed Weddings | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Abigail Kirsch | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Pompeii Church | Reception Venue: Lighthouse At Chelsea Piers | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Catering: Abigail Kirsch | Makeup: JWO Productions | Hair: Brides By Benedetti | Band: Around Town Entertainment | Groom's Suit: Canali | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Invitations & Paper Goods: Fourteen-Forty

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Classically Elegant New York City Wedding at Studio 450

A good dose of New York City glamour is always welcomed in our world of weddings, especially when it happens to look like this. And would you believe that this couple planned their dazzling affair from 4,000 miles away!? I just goes to show that divine details are doable, no matter the distance, and you can see it all in the !

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From the beautiful Bride… Getting married in New York was an obvious choice for us, since we met and started our relationship there. And New York in the spring is just so beautiful. However, planning a wedding from 4,000 miles away without a planner was challenging. With the time difference and all the details that you can really only finalize in person, it took a lot of efforts and several trips to make it happen. Fortunately, most of our European guests were ecstatic about taking a vacation in the Big Apple, and all our providers were very accommodating. It was also a great test for our relationship; since we got through it, we feel like we can really make it through anything. The wedding day itself was the highest point. Seeing everything we worked so hard for coming together exactly like we pictured was magical, and all the pressure that had built up over the preceding months was finally dropping, which made the whole celebration even more emotional.

Photography: Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography | Videographer: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Floral Design: Stefan's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Cake Alchemy | Ceremony Venue: Studio 450 | Catering: Pride Caterers | Hair And Makeup: The Blonde Brunette | Groom's Attire: De Fursac, Paris | Linens: The Finishing Touch | Rentals: Highline Party Rentals

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Romantic Golden Hour NYC Engagement from KT Merry Photography

Working at SMP, I fall in love on a daily basis—call it an occupational hazard. But, I’m being sincere when I say I’m completely head-over-heels in love with this stunning couple’s breathtaking engagement session from KT Merry Photography. From the bride-to-be’s gorgeous dresses to the couple’s cute pooch and dancing among the Manhattan skyline, every photo from this shoot will make you swoon.


From The Bride…I had recently moved back to Pittsburgh, PA and wanted to reconnect with my old friends. Two friends of mine (brothers) that I grew up with, owned a successful clothing store downtown and I went to go visit them one day. Coincidentally, Jerimiah, who was also a mutual friend of theirs had the same idea. He immediately caught my eye and I “nonchalantly” asked the one brother about him. I later found out that Jerimiah had pulled the other brother aside to do the same. A week later we went on our first date. Jerimiah picked me up and when we pulled up to the restaurant, he pulled out 6 bottles of wine. He had no idea what type I liked so he got every type, which immediately won me over. When we got to the restaurant, Jerimiah told them his name the hostess said ” Nice to finally meet you!” She looked at me and explained he had been calling consistently all week and was persistent about getting us a table. It was an all curated meat restaurant and I was a vegetarian, but seeing how much he put into our first date it meant so much to me. I didn’t have the heart to tell him. As I ate every vegetable side that night and politely picked at the egg on top of the beef tar tar he ordered (hoping he wouldn’t notice), I continued to go on the best date I’ve ever been on. Although it went against all of my rules, I asked him to join my friends and me to a concert the next night, we then went to an event together the night after that and quickly became inseparable. A year and a half later he surprised me with a trip to San Francisco, where he took me on an amazing yacht sailboat on the bay and asked me to marry him. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited in my life, he even had to remind me to give him my left hand! We celebrated all day and then he took me to Van Morrison live that night – something that’s always been on my bucket list. I feel beyond lucky to have him in my life, I still can’t believe I snagged up this dreamy man.

I fell in love with KT’s breathtaking work years ago and when she came to New York to shoot our engagement session I pretty much fell in love with her and Chad too. It’s funny to think we were so nervous to be in front of the camera – they made us feel so comfortable, our session ended up being such a blast! KT captured our little family so perfectly, from Pooch trying to jump in the Bethesda Fountain to us dancing on the Top of the Rock – it was all absolute perfection and when we saw our photos our minds were blown! The way she works with light is unreal, seriously swoon-worthy. We knew we’d be more than ridiculously happy with having her as our photographer but our expectations were beyond exceeded – we are so thrilled have her and Chad as a part of our wedding day this August!

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Makeup: Brian Dean | Groom's Shoes : Oak Street Bootmakers | Groom's Suit: Suit Supply | Blue Dress: Free People | Location: Central Park | Location : Top Of The Rock | Picnic Basket And Blanket: West Elm | White Dress: Erin Fetherston

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15 Picture-Perfect Central Park Spots For Engagement Sessions

Some New Yorkers escape to the Hamptons in the summer—the rest go to Central Park. Spanning more than four square miles of prime Manhattan real estate, the park is an escape from city living. From the romantic paddle boat rides on The Lake to the furry friends at The Zoo, Central Park offers picture-perfect settings for any couple’s engagement session! Click through to discover some of the best spots.

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Chic + Modern Lower East Side Engagement Session

New York City is a place close to my heart. You never know what might happen or who you’ll meet, and it’s these unplanned moments that can lead to something – or someone – special. Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW captured this chic couple’s engagement session as they revisited the Lower East Side (the neighborhood where they first met!), and there’s plenty more to see in the full gallery right here!

From Cly By MatthewWe wanted to share this chic and fashionable couple’s engagement session. They were so sweet and so in love! I personally loved this session because everything about this shoot was very New York to me.

From The Bride… Brian and I met in 2006 in the Lower East Side in New York. I had just moved to the city and was searching for an apartment; he was looking for a roommate to replace one of his best friends who was leaving for Brooklyn. I took another apartment, but we met again and eventually started dating.

So last year, we took a trip to Morocco and he proposed on the first night in Fez. He had made a dinner reservation and unbeknownst to me, he had told the riad owner and restaurant manager about his plans. Of course, we were running late due to traffic and a cab driver who couldn’t find his way around the Medina. We arrived at 11:30 and the owner at Palais Amani told us to hurry up, shower, change and go to the restaurant (They had decided to wait for us.). We had dinner on a beautiful terrace with the view of the city, come back to the hotel and had a drink with the manager and staff on their rooftop. They left, and we stayed to take in the view. I turned around and saw Brian on one knee.

Working with Bo is amazing! I can’t think of a better choice for a wedding, portrait, or event photographer. She has an eye for the details that make great photos. She is experimental; even though we had locations scouted, she found backgrounds and scenes along the way that made for great photos. She also helps subjects (me) get over the awkwardness of posing in front of a camera.

Photography: Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Dress: Zimmermann | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Clutch: A.P.C | Groom's Pants: J,Crew | Groom's Shirt & Jacket: Hugo Boss

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