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Classic NYC Wedding at Lafayette

It goes without saying that we’re in the throes of a very frigid and snowy winter. So, cozy affairs like this beauty from Rebecca Yale are a must-have to warm up our hearts until spring arrives. Featuring one seriously stunning gown from Lovely Bridal Shop, dazzling jewels from Anna Sheffield and a candlelit setting at the Lafayette, it will warm you to the core.

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From Rebecca Yale… Sam and Matt’s story started in New York City. First meeting as co-workers and graduate students at NYU, where they shared a mutual interest in urban policy, they became quick friends with their love of the City, music, and food. Three years later, Matt proposed under a blooming cherry blossom tree in Central Park. Five months later, they were married by a close friend’s father at a French restaurant called Lafayette in the East Village.

The ceremony and reception took place in a candlelit room dripping with romance. From flowers in gem tones, candles in every corner, bottles of wine lining the walls, and the occasional rumble of a passing subway train, the room glowed with old New York glamour.

The ceremony was a celebration of the friends and family that had traveled all over the world to be part of this special occasion. The ceremony started with the Groom’s best friend playing Bach’s Prelude to Suite No. 3 and then the Bride walked down the aisle with her father to an excerpt from Bach’s Suite No. 4 Bourree II . Then two friends and the Groom’s sister and husband did readings that the Bride and Groom selected. Under a floral arch, the officiant then presented his reflections on marriage that was a perfect representation of what the Bride and Groom want to build together as partners. Friends and family wept and laughed through the entire ceremony; there was an abundance of love and joy in the room.

A quartet of drums, piano, bass, and saxophone then played jazz through the remainder of the evening. The dinner included delicious appetizers and entrees from grilled prawns to black macaroni with rock shrimp to dry aged steak with béarnaise butter. At every place setting, the Bride and Groom left handwritten notes for each guest thanking them for being part of their lives and this special night. After dinner nearly every guest was dancing. The magical evening ended at Lafayette with macaroons, Canneles, and a lot of love.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Floral Design: Raquel Corvino | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Invitations: Antiquaria | Reception: Lafayette | Rings: Anna Sheffield | Hair And Makeup: Antoine Brechu | Calligraphy: Lauren Saylor From A Fabulous Fete | Groom's Suit: Proper Suit | Hotel: The Bowery Hotel

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West Village Engagement Session

As much as I have a weakness for a good love sesh on the beach, there’s something so alluring about engagement sessions in the city. Maybe it’s the quiet love amongst the hustle and bustle or the endlessly charming backdrops, but I love ‘em. And when Judy Pak is behind the lens, I adore them even more. These two college sweeties are pure proof—see their city lovin’ right here.

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From the beautiful Bride…Evan and I met at Syracuse University freshman year in art class. We instantly became good friends having a lot in common; both being from Massachusetts, having a passion for art and design, food and travel. We started dating after junior year of college and lived together in the West Village during our summer internships. It was the best decision we ever made.

We had so much fun exploring the city together​ every day was a new adventure. We ​were in love and our romance flourished. ​We could not think of a more appropriate backdrop for our engagement photos to be taken.

Photography: Judy Pak | Venue: West Village

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Romantic New York City Elopement

Bidding adieu to the city that held their hearts, this couple paid tribute to the Big Apple with an elopement filled with romance and monuments. Julie Pepin captured treasured moments, from a sunrise session on the Brooklyn Bridge, to cherry blossom covered kisses, to making it official at New York City Hall, this seriously sweet elopement is filled with style. See every second right here!

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From Julie Pepin Photography This wedding was one of my most favorite wedding’s that I’ve been lucky enough to cover. It was a very small, very intimate and emotional day starting at day break on the Brooklyn Bridge and ending with a late morning wedding in the NYC Court House.

Erica and Braden chose New York City because they spent most of their time together in New York and had a lot of memories there. Erica was moving away after having lived in Brooklyn for 4 years so this wedding was their last New York hoorah. They wanted a small “elopement style” wedding with just their families so they chose to get married in City Hall.

One of my favorite details was Erica’s engagement ring. She wanted a raw, uncut diamond for her engagement ring, which was not an easy thing to find. The ring was specially made by Laura Treloar of Specimental Design. Because the couple had such a short engagement, they decided to keep it pretty simple by just going to David’s Bridal for Erica’s dress and Braden’s suit was from Men’s Wearhouse. The leather jacket Erica wore she found thrifting with her friends at Tokio 7 consignment in the East Village. The day before the wedding, they went to the New York City Flower Market and selected all of the flowers they thought they would need, and used them to make Erica’s bouquet and head piece.

One of the most special parts of the day, was that we started at sunrise on the Brooklyn Bridge and because of that, we felt like we had the whole city to ourselves. It was incredible to be in New York City and feel like Erica and Braden were the only two people on the planet : )

Photography: Julie Pepin Photography | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Ceremony Venue: New York City Hall | Jewelry: Laura Treloar