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Colorful Botanic Garden Wedding

I have to say – if the title of this post alone doesn’t get your heart racing a million miles a minute, then I don’t know what will.  Because this, loves, is the type of wedding that marries colorful hues with layers upon layers of romantic details and some of the prettiest blooms you will ever see from Clark’s House of Flowers.  Take in every inch of lovely captured beautifully by Angela Newton Roy right here.


From Angela Newton Roy Amanda and Matt envisioned a wedding day at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Gardens in NYC that incorporated their love for ballroom dance, the coziness of the fall season, and their friends and family, polished off with every ounce of sophistication, charm, and warmth that you would expect from these two. Aside from the fact that the venue is located in the groom’s hometown, they chose Snug Harbor for the beautiful gardens and the romantic 19th century charm that it offers. The bride wore a delicate lace dress from Allure Bridals, perfectly accented with heirloom family jewelry and Bruno Magli suede blue shoes. Her bridesmaids looked stunning by her side in Dessy dresses that were the perfect shade of red.

For their first moments seeing each other, we visited the Chinese Scholar’s Garden. Surrounded by tall bamboo, a pond full of koi fish, and beautiful Chinese architecture, it was the perfect backdrop for these special memories. They were married outside in the Italian Garden at Snug Harbor, surrounded by roses, marble reflection pools, and serenaded by violinist’s from the Staten Island Conservatory of Music. The bride chose a gorgeous fall color palette of oranges, reds, and yellows, with orchids adorning her hair and accenting her bouquet of red calla lilies.

Sunflowers, daisies, cockscomb, hydrangeas, and roses were introduced for the reception florals, and each table was named after a different ballroom dance – how cute! – as a nod to their shared love of (and expertise in) ballroom dance. To give the alcoves in the reception hall a cozy feel, the bride’s mother handmade pillows with stitched buttons for their initials “A” and “M”. After guests worked up an appetite dancing, they were offered sweet treats at the cookie bar, with a array of homemade cookies made by the bride, her mother, and her two sisters. From handwritten love letters to each other, to the perfect first dance dip, the love and chemistry shared between these two was unmistakable, and was by far the best accent to their perfect fall wedding!

Photography: Angela Newton Roy Photography | Floral Design: Clark's House of Flowers | Ceremony Venue: Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Garden | Reception Venue: Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Garden | Bride's Shoes: Bruno Magli | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | DJ: Sound Explosion DJ's | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Staten Island Conservatory of Music | Assistant Photography: Christine Alyssa | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal | Bride' Jewelry: Family Heirlooms | Cake Baker: Palermo's Bakery | Hair + Make-Up: Chrysalis Salon

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Staten Island Wedding from Carmen Santorelli Photography

Dear adorably sweet and happy newlywed couple: Your wedding rocked. Sure I wasn’t there in person to see the impressive Flowers By Bernard , jaw dropping La Sposa dress and every fabulous handmade detail created by the talented you. But based off of these memorable moments captured by Carmen Santorelli Photography, I 100% love your wedding day. And let’s not forget the 15 Minutes of Frame highlight reel {sigh!}. Walk down memory lane in the full gallery here.

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From the Bride… Three words sum up my vision for the wedding: soft, classic and romantic. I tried to apply those defining characteristics to every part of the wedding, starting early on with the beautiful letterpress invitations from Bella Figura and carried through to the floral china at the reception. It was important to me to have a lot of personal touches and homegrown elements throughout the day. A crafter at heart, I made the ceremony programs, lace handkerchiefs, wedding wands and signature drink straws, all with some gracious help from my family. We lovingly named our reception tables after places we have traveled together, and we mixed square and round table shapes to give the ballroom some added energy and movement. A combination of high and low centerpieces, along with beautiful linens and lots of candlelight, further transformed the venue into an enchanting space.

For my dress, I was immediately sold on the long, lace train of the LaSposa “Denia” dress, which I matched with a lace jacket purchased separately on Etsy. I loved the classic look of the dress, which had just a twist of contemporary styling. The finishing touches were my mother’s cascading fountain veil and my great-grandmother’s brooch, which was pinned to my bouquet. The guys all wore Black by Vera Wang tuxes from the Men’s Wearhouse, and my bridesmaids wore beautiful flowing gowns in a dusty rose color. My stand-out sister and maid of honor wore the same dress in an eggplant shade.

I spent countless hours scouring inspiration boards on Pinterest and finding the perfect vendors that would help us achieve our design aesthetic. Carmen Santorelli’s photos artfully captured our wedding, which I’m delighted to share on SMP!

Wedding Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography / Second Shooter: Falcon Griffith / Wedding Venue: The Vanderbilt at South Beach in Staten Island, New York / Floral Design: Flowers By Bernard / Wedding Cinematography: 15 Minutes of Frame / Wedding Cake: Renato’s Pastry Shoppe (718-442-6838) / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Band: The Loyales via Lucy Music / Photo Booth: The Modern Photobooth / Wedding Dress: La Sposa “Denia” via The Wedding Atelier / Bride’s Lace Bolero (Worn Over Wedding Dress): Alex Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischa / Makeup: Bryan Lynde / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay via RK Bridal / Men’s Tuxedos: BLACK by Vera Wang

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