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Charming New York Country Club Wedding

I love when I see lavender at weddings, the simple beauty, the calming color, the intoxicating scent. It’s a no brainer and all of the little touches of lavender at this rustic summer celebration has me pinning away. From the sweet bouquets to the bunches tied on the ceremony chairs, I imagine the whole scene smelled amazing. Levi Stolove captured it all; see more right here!

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From Levi Stolove PhotographyChristina, born and raised in NYC, and Colin, from Toronto, met in New York and fell in love.

Sleepy Hollow Country Club, where their wedding took place, used to be the Vanderbilt house. Perched atop a hill side with views of the Hudson, its classic architecture and detail were a great contrast to the couple’s relaxed nature. They wanted their wedding to be fun, full of love and have a relaxed feel to it. Candid photographs were the most important to them to capture all the small moments that make up a wedding day: a kiss, a hug, holding hands as the emotions run through them and all their loved ones. They had a friend officiate their wedding, and they recited their own vows. And then they danced the night away!

Photography: Levi Stolove Photography | Event Styling: Miriam Park | Floral Design: Molly Culver | Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez | Bakery: TuLu's Bakery | Band: The Story Tellers Of New York City | Wedding Venue: Sleepy Hollow Country Club | Selection Of The Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew

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Traditional Westchester Wedding at the Ritz Carlton

These two sweeties?  They’re amazing.  The kind of amazing that rushes off to Puerto Rico to tie the knot, elopement-style, then returns home to celebrate a year later with their awesome friends and family.  And not just any celebration: a totally gorgeous, totally breathtaking ballroom affair complete with vibrant blooms and a gallery of pretty captured by B Hull Photography.  See it all here.

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From B Hull Photography Anna & Jake had attended the same college and had several mutual friends in common, but it wasn’t until that summer class of 2006 when he stole her heart. They have been inseparable ever since, they eloped to Puerto Rico in 2012, but didn’t let the magic end there. They planned a beautiful ceremony and reception to celebrate with friends and family in the States as well a year after.

Photography: B Hull Photography | Bride's Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Bridesmaid Dresses: Tara Keely by Lazaro | Venue: Ritz Carlton Westchester | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhullier | Groom's Tux: Vera Wang Black | Make Up Artist: Cecile Of Ritz Carlton Spa | Second Shooter: Ayenia Nour

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SMP Tri-State Welcomes Our Advertisers + A GIVEAWAY + A DISCOUNT

Days like today make me happy.  Because today isn’t just any old Saturday, it’s a day that we get to spend with some of the brand new members of our SMP Family. I’m talking the TWWP Anniversary Bridal EventNew Museum and Joseph Lin Photography here to fill your day with a whole lot of inspiration and a whole lot of pretty.  So let’s not wait another minute and start this crazy awesome meet and greet!

If there is one bridal show you simply have to attend this year, it’s the TWWP Anniversary Bridal Event, a non-stop evening of expert advice, pretty, pretty inspiration and, of course, some yummy bubbly.  It’s basically a can’t-miss event with three full hours of some of the best wedding resources you’ll ever see, and there’s even a fabulous giveaway!  Amazing.

From TWWP Anniversary Bridal Event… Presented by The Westchester Wedding Planner, this bridal show will take place on March 27th, 2014 from 5:30pm until 8:30pm at Haymount House (25 Studio Hill Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York). This amazing celebration of the magazine’s first year anniversary and all things ‘wedding’ will give couples an exceptional opportunity to discover the best wedding resources Westchester has to offer, along with lots of inspiration and a chance to learn from the experts.

Our mission is to connect couples with select Westchester vendors and give them everything they need to plan and execute the wedding of their dreams.

Visit with Westchester’s best florists, photographers, hair stylists and makeup artists, and chat with the fabulous ladies of the Bloomingdale’s Bridal Registry. Indulge in hors d’oeuvres and champagne, courtesy of the Haymount House, while you mingle with acclaimed professionals such as Laura Damiano and her award-winning invitation designs (Best of Westchester Voter’s Pick 2013), and Erika Pitt, owner of the exclusive Be Unique Boutique in Mount Kisco. Fabulous gift bags and giveaways, this is an event you will not want to miss!

Come enjoy an evening with new friends as we celebrate the past and share the excitement of the future!

Register early as space is limited.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Haymount House, 25 Studio Hill Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Early bird tickets at $20 admits you and a guest
Register – http://twwp.eventbrite.com

The Westchester Wedding Planner is giving away 2 sets of tickets to the event (value $35 each)! Each set of tickets is good for a bride and a guest. Please leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to attend the event and two winners will be selected at random on January 31st, 2014 and announced right here on SMP!  For terms and conditions, click here.

Photography: Aida Krgin Photography | Planner: Ali Barone Events | Bridal Boutique: Be Unique Boutique | Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale’s | Custom Invitations: Laura Damiano Designs | Hairstylist:Melissa Scrofani | Makeup: Linda Gallo | Restaurant/Mansion: Haymount House

Looking for an ultra-modern, crazy chic + seriously fabulous venue to say “I do?”  Then look no further than the New Museum, a contemporary wonderland just perfect for tying the knot in style.  Think wide open spaces, a wrap-around terrace and a Manhattan skyline backdrop that will take your breath away every moment of your wedding day.  And did I mention they are giving a discount to SMP readers?  You sooo have to check them out.

From New MuseumThe New Museum is the only Museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art in NY.  Our world-class institution was named one of the “Seven wonders of the world” by Condé Nast Traveler and the “Best museum” by Travel + Leisure.  The Sky Room is our premier event space. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a wrap-around terrace, the adaptable space provides stunning panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.  Our versatile ground floor Lobby includes views of our Lobby Gallery, two-story windows with streetscape views, as well as the exterior of our New Museum Store, which serves as a useful backdrop for product displays and event décor.  Take advantage of our renowned exhibitions by including a private tour at your event. Led by highly trained New Museum docents, our tours offer clients an added cultural experience to their event.  For more information on upcoming shows please click here.  

New Museum is offering $1000 off venue rental fee for weddings booked in 2014 for the 2014 season. Valid through December 31, 2014.  To receive the discount, just mention you saw the post on SMP! 

SMPers, meet Joseph Lin, a talented photographer that is about to render you speechless with his amazing captures and beyond breathtaking abilities.  Think one stunning moment after another snapped up in beautiful images that are basically your everything.  In other words, this is a portfolio (and photographer) you need to get to know.  So grab that cup of morning coffee, sit back and soak in all of the pretty.  It’s worthy of your entire Saturday.

From Joseph Lin Photography… Having attended the prestigious International Center of Photography in midtown Manhattan, Joseph Lin is technically trained in making his photos vibrant and beautiful but it is his quirky demeanor that brings about the reactionary joy & personality in his subjects. Born and raised in Manhattan, his facetious character is an asset to any lively environment, making him a popular choice for many event planners in the region. Never dragging along with his camera and always full of optimistic energy that can only be seen for individuals who truly love what they do. And once the event comes to a close, expect him to spend endless nights gargling in java to ensure that every photo presented to his clients are bodies of art.Joseph’s work can regularly be seen in the Daily News and New York Magazine. He has also been awarded “Best of Weddings” from The Knot for 2011, 2012 & 2013.

Photography: Joseph Lin Photography | Dress: Francesca Miranda | Flowers:Creative Concepts New York | Cake: Made In Heaven Cakes | Reception: Angel Orensanz (Lower East Side) | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Make Up: Laura Nadeau | Band: Alive N’ Kickin’ | Church: St. Anthony’s Of Padua | Hotel:SOHO Grand

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Shenorock Shore Club Wedding

There’s no doubt about it, this is a wedding that is beyond beautiful.  A day that is overflowing with modern meets romantic stylings that are the perfect match to a stunning seaside backdrop.  But dive even deeper into all of the gorgeousness, and one thing is certain: this is a wedding that is all about celebrating love.  The love these two sweeties have for one another, and the love they share for their amazing friends and family.  See every heartwarming moment captured by Kelsey Combe right here in the full gallery.

And a little something special from Moho Creative?  Yes, please.

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From the Bride… Rob and I met on the dance floor of the Sand Bar in Fire Island, NY in August, 2009. He danced over to me and my girlfriends in a goofy pair of sunglasses and certainly caught my attention. The following week we went out on our first date back in New York City and from then on we’ve been pretty much inseparable.

My father passed away when I was in college and sadly Rob never got to meet him, I know they would have loved each other so much. Rob knows how much my relationship with my dad means to me, so when he proposed in Montauk, NY Labor Day weekend, three years after we met, with the same diamond my father gave to my mother in 1969, it was one of the most special and treasured moments of my life.

We both grew up in New York, so we knew getting married here with all of our friends and family present was exactly how we wanted to celebrate our day. We were married in the beautiful Church of St. Augustine in Larchmont, NY – the church I attended with my family as a child. It was so special to walk down the aisle with my oldest brother. We were also fortunate to have a family priest marry us – his care, humor and closeness kept our larger church wedding feeling small and intimate.

Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, NY was the obvious choice for our reception. It is a place so special to me and my family, growing up there as members and now with Rob and I as our own members, it was the perfect place to start our new lives together. Shenorock was such a special place to my dad. He always loved to sit on the beach and take pictures of seagulls. In fact it has become a joke in our family that whenever a seagull comes around we pretend it’s him coming to say hello. Despite being ruined in Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012, the team at the club rebuilt the most beautiful clubhouse in time for our June wedding. The day was perfect, not a cloud in the sky, the gorgeous deck overlooking the Long Island Sound was an amazing setting to host our family and friends. The evening was so gorgeous it really became and indoor/outdoor wedding with our guests wandering throughout the serene setting.

When it came to the overall look and feel of the wedding, I knew I wanted it to be soft and romantic, playing off of the natural beauty of the setting. The girls at Black Dahlia Design turned my vision into perfection with lush white peonies, gorgeous garden roses, full tulips and a soft pop of lilac. I loved the juxtaposition of the glittery mercury glasses and woven, gray linens. Our printed materials all kept to the soft, gray and white color palette with small floral details. Our guest book was a nod to our New York roots and my dad, a book honoring 100 years of Grand Central Terminal. Grand Central was my dad’s favorite place in the city, a place he was in and out of everyday, a place we always met him in the city, a place Rob and I took engagement photos, a place that feels like home. Another nod to my dad was a group of photos of me and him and a wooden seagull Rob and I have in our home. Funnily enough, seagulls appear in the background of our pictures or perched on the roof of the clubhouse – in his own way my father was letting us know he was there with us.

Our bridal party embodied the soft colors of the day, my gorgeous girls in long chiffon dresses from Amsale in the soft Dove color and the boys in classic navy suits and lavender ties. As for my dress, I saw it in a magazine a few years before we got engaged and I knew it had to be the dress I wore the day I got married. When I went to Mark Ingram Atelier I tried on a variety of gorgeous dresses but as soon as I put that dress on, I knew. The extraordinary lace, the cap sleeves, the delicate buttons down the back, it was perfect. I sewed a small blue heart from fabric from one of my father’s ties into my dress as my something blue – it felt important to me to have a piece of him with me throughout the day. My mother’s vintage earrings and a stunning headpiece topped it all off. I became exactly how I envisioned myself looking as I married the man I loved so much.

Overall, the most important thing to both of us on our wedding day was that it truly felt like us. From the mini grilled cheese sandwiches at the cocktail hour, to the full peonies in our centerpieces, Rob’s surprise New York Giants cupcakes, our awesome photo booth, even those goofy sunglasses worn on the dance floor – we wanted our guests to leave feeling like they didn’t just attend our wedding, they truly shared our day with us.

Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Videography: Moho Creative | Floral Design: Black Dahlia Design | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose From Mark Ingram Atelier | Cupcakes: Palmer's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Church Of St. Augustine | Reception Venue: Shenorock Shore Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale From Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Linda Gallo | DJ: White Label DJs | Grooms Attire: Custom Suit | Bride's Headpiece: Paris Accessories | Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren & Charles Tyrwhitt | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Printed Materials: Write On!

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Alder Mansion Wedding from Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography

I can’t help but get a little giddy every time Wedding Wednesday rolls around. Not only because it means wedding after gorgeous wedding all day long, but the rally of excitement, excessive pinning, and #WW Twitter love that follows. But to kick off one such special day, it takes a wedding with an extra umph of sparkle. *Enter* this pretty little number from Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography that brings the modern fairytale fete to life. Join me for some major swoon in the full gallery right here.

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From the Bride…Neither Simon nor I are from New York; Simon is from Bermuda and I am Canadian. Since we have built our life together in New York, we wanted it to be the place we were married. The emphasis for us was on family and friends and basically throwing an amazing party! We knew we wanted it to be unique. Alder Manor was the perfect place for us because it was outside of the city, huge, and so beautiful. The wallpaper was peeling off the walls in some areas but it added to the charm. The actually building was gorgeous and the grounds were sprawling and a little wild, which was perfect. It ended up being exactly what we hoped for – Fun, easy, and filled with the people we love.

Wedding Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Wedding Planning + Floral Design: Fete | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Alder Manor | Catering: Silkstone Catering | Caricatures: Peter Woolcock |  Invitations: Sarah Dobson, Friend of Bride | Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses: Kaelen, Designed by the Bride| Clutch: Alexander McQueen | Wedding Bands: Eva Fehren