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A Skyline Soiree That’ll Sweep You off Your Feet

A stunning soiree complete with crazy cool skyline views? Count us in. Because this incredibly chic day has got all that and more. Complete with a beautiful ceremony where guests warmed their weddings bands with a silent wish, 4Eyes Photography captured it all to share and it’s waiting for you in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Junior high. 1996. Girl sees boy and says to herself, “I’m going to marry that boy one day.” Twenty years later, it actually happened. Don’t get it confused…we are not high school sweethearts. I laid eyes on him that fateful day in junior high and that was it. Period. End of story as we knew it. We would continue to live our separate lives all throughout high school, college, and into busy adulthood. It wasn’t until years later, on one chilly May evening in 2009, that this girl and that boy would finally find themselves at the same Memorial Day barbecue (thanks to the mutual friend gods, and fate, and destiny, and perfect timing). He gave me his sweatshirt because I was cold. The rest is history. Mike proposed to me on a park bench, under the Spanish moss, on a lazy Saturday afternoon in Savannah, Georgia. A year and a half later, on January 16th, 2016 we were married at The Foundry in Long Island City, New York.

Everyone thought we were crazy to plan a January wedding in New York. “What about the weather?” they said. “What will you do if there is an epic snowstorm and none of your guests show up?” they asked. My response, “It will be the most perfect day ever.” And it was. From the delicious food, to the amazing band, not to mention the fabulous décor, the fifty-degree weather, all of our favorite people, my glorious two dollar chargers from Bed Bath and Beyond, and the two best photographers on the planet to capture every moment the day was everything we had envisioned and more.

My most vivid memory comes moments before I was about to walk down the aisle. Peeking my head out of the bridal suite, watching my bridesmaids make their way down the stairs in all of their different gold sparkle dresses, listening to the music we picked being played live, feeling the love of all our favorite people in one place to celebrate us, standing next to my mom, and finally seeing Mike patiently waiting for me at the altar caused me to let out a squeal of complete satisfaction that was heard by all of our guests. I strongly believe, it was that excited squeal of joy that set the tone for the rest of our night.

Our ceremony was filled with laughter, tears, and lots of love. Our brilliant officiant T.J. suggested a ring warming. During the ceremony our rings, tied together with ribbon, were passed around to each of our guests giving them the opportunity to warm our wedding bands with their love, make a silent wish, ask a blessing, or offer a prayer for us as we embark on this new journey. Aside from being pronounced husband and wife, this was my favorite part of the ceremony.

Our cuisine was inspired by winter and our love of comfort food. Picture passed mac and cheese bites, bacon and peanut butter crackers, grilled cheese with tomato soup shooters, and barbecue pulled chicken on mini waffles. Red wine braised short ribs for dinner. For dessert, Chef Rossi’s famous Oreo Crack and Fruit Loop Krispies to accompany our Momofuku Milk Bar cake. And we cannot forget about Mama Rossi’s late night pizza bagels (those were quite the hit).

The music was a mix of old and new. Our guests packed the dance floor and boogied down to songs by Otis Redding, The Temptations, Frank Sinatra, The Isley Brothers, Coldplay, Michael Buble, Bruno Mars, Rhianna, and Michael Jackson just to name a few. I personally wanted to hear Remix to Ignition by R. Kelly, but when the night ended with everyone shouting, “ONE MORE SONG, ONE MORE SONG!!” my soul was satisfied.

The décor was inspired by my engagement ring. Gold and sparkly. Along the way, we threw in some hints of deep purple, white, sage green, and pale pink. Honestly, there were points at which I swear my florist Pola was living in my brain. She understood and was able to execute my vision flawlessly. Vintage gold vases, candles of all shapes and sizes EVERYWHERE, lush garland running down the tables and woodland princess style flower crowns for me and my ladies to wear as we partied the night away.

Ironically, the most significant and meaningful part of our décor was actually quite simple. A sprig of rosemary was placed on top of the memory card at each place setting in honor of Mike’s mother, Rosemary. Her passing has left a huge hole in Mike’s heart and I knew that the hole would feel even bigger on this day. It was in this small detail, in the spirit of love that Mike and I have for each other, and in the blessings given to us by our family and close friends that we were able to feel her presence all throughout our special day.

Stay true to your vision no matter what people have to say about it. Enjoy every second of the planning process and know when it’s time to let go and allow the universe (or your fabulous month-of coordinator) take charge. Sneak in as many special quiet moments with your groom as possible. Have fun and be present.

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Photography: 4Eyes Photography | Event Planning: Exquisite Affairs Productions | Floral Design: Rosehip Social | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: J&D Invitations Etc | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Catering: The Raging Skillet | Makeup: Flawless By JM | Hair: Bridal Beauty Co. | Calligraphy: Sea Calligraphy | Lighting: Universal Light And Sound | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Venue: The Foundry | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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Tented Foundry New York Wedding

A love story that starts in Paris and ends up with stylish nuptials at The Foundry? That just screams chic. And from the look of these stunning images captured by Levi Stolove Photography, chic barely scratches the surface of this stunning affair. Filled with heart-felt touches and understated yet elegant design, this wedding totally has my heart. See even more in the VAULT.

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From Levi Stolove PhotographyOn a sunny summer day Eliza and Patrick started their day at home in Williamsburg. She grew up in Massachusetts and he on an Island off of Seattle. They met through New York friends while in Paris and made their home in Brooklyn. Eliza, getting ready with all her close friends, she wanted to share this intimate part of the day with her crew. Up on her apartment roof we all went to mess around a bit and take some photos. The women wore loose comfortable dresses. Heading over to the Foundry to meet up with Patrick emotions were high. They loved the Foundry for it’s secret garden feel. It has urban charm with an elegance. The great courtyard allows for much of the festivities to be outside. Wanting to have a ceremony that was personal they had Eliza’s aunt marry them. Under a tent their guests watched on and cheered as they had their first kiss as husband and wife. They wanted a stylish laid back affair where everyone had fun. Dinner outside under the tent first with some great toasts that brought tears and laughter. After dinner everyone headed inside for dancing and more partying. The feelings were warm and full of joy. This wedding had the elegance they wanted but with a downtown feel, so by the end of the night everyone was letting loose and Eliza put on a jumpsuit – her clothing of choice so she could really get down.

From The Bride…Patrick proposed at the same club in Chinatown where we had our “first date” in New York (we met in Paris a few months before through friends). I had absolutely no idea and thought I was arriving with another friend to see a performance art piece. To my surprise Patrick was there, proposed and then walked me inside where our closest friends were waiting to celebrate with our favorite dj.

*The overall ‘inspiration’ for wedding design/decor simple and elegant lines, fresh, white and green.
*Some unique or special wedding details: our good friend artist Elizabeth Jaeger created unique wedding artwork and designs that were used on all of our invitations, and materials at the wedding. Eliza’s cousin Lala played Aphex Twin, Beach House, Erik Satie and Fleetwood Mac during the ceremony and our good friend Justin Strauss was the DJ for the wedding dancing. The next day we had a breakfast at M. Wells at MoMA PS1 where I work.
*Any DIY touches I organized it all myself with the help of my mom. Our florist Ariel Dearie created the most beautiful arrangements for us based on a few conversations we had – she totally go it and nailed it. Her exquisite taste was helpful for any other design question we had.
*A favorite moment of the day is having everyone we love in one place celebrating.
*Advice for future brides/grooms don’t try to do anything on your wedding day – prepare in advance and hire for the help you need so you can be fully present and enjoy every moment with your groom/bride and guests.

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Photography: Levi Stolove Photography | Floral Design: Ariel Dearie Flowers | Cake: Lori Stern | Invitations: Elizabeth Jaeger Custom | Shoes: Prada | Catering: Real Food Catering | Makeup: Lisa Aharon | Hair: Robbie Macaulay | DJ: Justin Strauss | Groom's Attire: Theory | Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Ceremony Music: Lala Ryan | Venue: The Foundry | Sound: Jim Toth

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Elegant + Romantic Metropolitan Building New York City Wedding

To put it simply, Katrina’s getting ready portraits are absolute magic thanks to photography by CLY BY MATTHEW and Matthew Ree. Against the beautiful vintage backdrop of New York City’s Metropolitan Building, the Bride’s Melissa Sweet wedding dress, classic Prada pumps and romantic bouquet absolutely shine. See every ounce of pretty (including a sweet video from Love & Brain Films) in The Vault!

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From Cly By MatthewWe want to share this wedding at the gorgeous Metropolitan Building. It’s always different and fun to shoot at this venue because it’s so magical with so many vintage and rustic details. The bride, Katrina’s getting ready portraits are some of our favorite shots. It’s mysterious and beautiful at the same time. The deep colors of the bouquet and different color bridesmaid dresses really went well together as well. Katrina and Joe were so sweet and so in love! They couldn’t keep their eyes off of each other and their first dance was so romantic and memorable!

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Photography: CLY BY MATTHEW | Photography: MATTHEW REE PHOTOGRAPHY | Cinematography: Love + Brain Films | Floral Design: By Yena Designs | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Invitations: Zazzle | Bride's Shoes: Prada | Catering: Peaches Catering | Hair + Makeup: VickyC5 | Band: East Coast Band | Groom's Attire: Sandro | Venue: Metropolitan Building

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