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Say “I do” in Style Aboard The Duchess + A Giveaway!

There’s saying “I do” in style, and then there is saying “I do” aboard The Duchess, an insanely gorgeous yacht that is equal parts fun AND sophisticated.  Think fabulous contemporary decor, a floating rooftop (!) and panoramic views of NYC that will wow every.single.one of your guests.  I mean, celebrating your newlywed status floating past the city you love? Sooo glamorous.

Whether it’s enjoying the newly built Duchess Lounge on the yacht’s second deck, sipping cocktails from their full-service bars or partying the night away on their oversized, hardwood dance floor, The Duchess has everything (and I mean everything) you’ve ever wanted when it comes to hosting your dream wedding. I’m talking climate controlled interiors, a state-of-the-art sound system (hello, live music or DJ) and outdoor furniture perfect for lounging.  Not to mention The Duchess’ sister property, Fish Bar, is THE place to host your rehearsal dinner, a fab cocktail party or even your reception.  We love them.

Whether you plan on an intimate “I do” with eight of your nearest and dearest or want to host a sit-down dinner for 400, contact The Duchess TODAY to begin your journey to that dream day. Star gazing is totally included, my friends.

THE GIVEAWAY

What: The Duchess is giving away a romantic dinner for two at their sister property, Fish Bar! (Value $200, Gratuity Not Included)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us why you love yacht weddings! (Ex: They are sooo unique!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, June 17, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, loves! xo

Photography: Allan Zepeda (Image 2,4) + I Do Weddings (Image 1,3)

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This Springtime Engagement Session is Why We Love New York

Something magical happens every April in New York when dirty gray snow melts away to reveal blossoming trees and budding flowers. It’s absolutely enchanting, and lucky for you, Still55 Photography was able to capture that magic in Samantha and Taylor’s NYC engagement session. In white separates and a well-fitted suit, the Bride and Groom-to-be look hopelessly chic in some of Manhattan’s most picturesque spots. See all the pretty moments in The Vault!


From Still55 PhotographySamantha and Taylor knew they wanted their engagement photos to capture everything they love about home. Their neighborhood in Greenwich, the quite side streets in the Village, the lively sights and sounds of Washington Square and the Spring beauty of Central Park. We knew right away that capturing these images would include everything we love about portrait work. Authentic images captured in a refined way. The day itself set the tone for what was ahead. Perfect temps and not a cloud in the sky. After Samantha and Taylor showed us around the Village we headed to 72nd West to take in the beauty of Sheep’s Meadow, The Mall, and the full bloom of Cherry Blossoms in the warm light of Spring. This Spring Romance in the City captured exactly what they wanted in their images. Authentic love and joy coupled with the City that will always hold a special place in their hearts.

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Photography: Still55 Photography | Her Shoes: Schutz | His Shoes: Cole Haan | Location: Grand Ferry Park | Location: Greenwich Village | Location: Central Park | Skirt: Alice & Olivia | Suit & Shirt: J. Cew Ludlow Shop Suit | Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarer | Top: Alice & Olivia

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An Engagement Straight Out Of “Sleepless in Seattle”

Remember that final scene in Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan meet at the top of the Empire State Building? They share an epic moment that can only be described as one of the dreamiest meetings ever, and this Rock Center engagement session? Well, it’s managed to capture that movie-worthy romance to a T. Oliver Fly Photography, job well done!

From the Bride-to-be…We first met at Dream Downtown. A French group was hosting pool parties every Tuesday during the summer. Despite working late most nights, I committed to going to every-single-one that summer. Benoît came the second to last week, I was out with friends, Benoît saw me, but was to shy to say hello. We were introduced the week after, the very last pool party of the summer. Ben asked for a date the following week and we have been together ever since. 

About the proposal – we planned a long trip back to Paris to visit with Benoît’s family. He had spent the prior months secretly researching rings, had found the perfect one, and was ready to propose. After a week of wine tasting and château hoping in the Loire Valley, Benoît popped the question on a rowboat at the romantic Château Chenonceau!

We are getting married this summer in France in the Loire Valley at Le Chateau St Julien in the village of St Julien de l’Ars, near from the ancient city of Poitiers. This venue is the ideal setting for a destination wedding. The most important part of our wedding was to have both of our French and American families together. Having the wedding in France meant that Benoît’s grandfather would be with us.

We fell in love with the Loire Valley the year before during our engagement trip and decided that would be a lovely location for our wedding. With exactly room for 50, Chateau St Julien is perfect to host all of our combined family for four days of wedding festivities!

We found Oliver while we were researching our chateau, his work is soft and absolutely romantic. After reserving the Chateau St Julien, we immediately contacted him to photograph our wedding day. A few months later, Oliver was with us in New York City and we got the opportunity to know each other and to have a fantastic time during our engagement session. Oliver put us completely at ease.

It is impossible to tell by how flawless his photos are – but it was about 40 degrees and raining the whole day – he was absolutely committed to getting every shot on film, such an incredible challenge. He even made time for a few iPhone shots that we could share with our families. Spending time with Oliver before our wedding was absolutely priceless, we can’t wait to have him there to document our day in exactly 2 months!

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Photography: Oliver Fly |Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Tie: Calvin Klein | Suit: Indochino Custom Apparel | Shoes: Sam Edleman | Location: Top Of The Rock | Location: Bethesda Terrace

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