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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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From Proposal to Party, See Where it All Started for This Couple

After seeing Kim and Greg’s whimsical-meets-rustic spring wedding, I’m convinced every Bride and Groom should consider saying “I do” at the same spot they first got engaged. And not only that, but every couple should hire an A-list team of vendors like Stefanie KapraBumblebee FilmsJennie FresaRoseville Designs and Photobooth Planet! See every reason why in The Vault!

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From Stefanie KapraBeing invited to capture Kim and Greg’s joyful wedding was a true honor to me. While I get to work with many wonderful couples, the love and sincerity between these two is very special and shines thru in everything they do. Besides the extremely upbeat atmosphere, the thoughtful and colorful details stood out in a beautiful way. From lush organic spring flowers to handmade unique ties, tasteful invitations, beautiful dresses, handmade signs, vintage cars etc… everything tied together effortlessly.

From The Bride…Greg and I were engaged for almost two and a half years. From the start our relationship has been unique, from meeting at a pool party, to moving in together when Greg’s dad was deployed overseas, to the fact that we had two wedding ceremonies in two days (one at a Church and one at the vineyard he proposed to me at)! We loved our engagement period and enjoyed the planning process. I will even go so far as to say, I miss wedding planning! It was so much fun to do something totally different and be creative in a way that I am not professionally.

We strove to include elements of “us” in our wedding that would stand up to our expectations on their own, while combining to highlight us as a couple. For us the longer engagement was amazing, because it meant that we slowed down, researched, and saved to have key elements. While planning we decided to prioritize the people, both guests and vendors. We went out of our way to research the vendors’ work beforehand so that when the time came: we could take a step back and let them carry the vision of our day into actuality. We felt strongly that the people we chose to bring into this process were artists of their craft first and foremost. If we could not find someone to translate our ideas into reality, we took matters into our own hands. For example: when we could not find perfectly unique bowties, I went fabric shopping and made them myself! It was neat because my Great-Grandma, who was with us in spirit, and my Grandma, who wasn’t able to make it, taught me how to sew. In a way it was a tribute to each of them that I was able to make distinctive bowties for all the men in the bridal party. Furthermore, our guest list was specifically drawn to bring in people based on the roles that they played in our lives before we knew each other and as a couple.

Traditional film photography, local organic flowers that fit the environment, acoustic ballads transitioning into a DJ, vintage Volkswagen busses (one housing our photo booth!), local wines grown with solar power, tent lighting that mimicked the stars outside the tent, a packed dance floor, and chalkboards that generated smiles: these were some of the elements that fused together to make something more wonderful than either one of us could ever have imagined. Since the wedding a compliment that we regularly receive from guests is that the wedding perfectly embodied ‘us’ and who we are as a couple. It really makes me so pleased to hear that from others.

Perhaps the best side effect of pouring over the decisions regarding who we brought in to collaborate on facilitating our special day, is the fact that we have gained new friendships! We maintain a relationship with each vendor that we chose to include in our wedding day. To us they are now our friends and we will continue to find ways to highlight their skills and involve them in the milestones of our life yet to come. They say that your wedding day flies by. Whoever ‘they’ are, the idiom rings true. I mean: we had two weddings and they still went by in a blink of an eye! Yet, what I will say is that with the right preparation, staying true to your dreams, trusting in your choices, being patience with the process: you can truly enjoy every minute of your wedding day.

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Photography: Stefanie Kapra Photography | Cinematography: Bumblebee Films | Floral Design: Stems Flower Design | Wedding Dresses: Mariella Creations | Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna | Jewelry: Aquinnah Jewelry | Rings: NL Shaw and Company - Mystic | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mariella Creations | Catering: Riverhouse Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | DJ: James Jackson | Groom's Attire: Formals by Antonio | Ceremony Music: James Harris Guitar | Transportation: Stefanie Kapra Photography | Venue: Priam Vineyard | Invitations + Stationery: Roseville Designs | Photo Booth: Photobooth Planet | Signage: The Grounds Collective | Table Decor/Knots: Mystic Knotwork

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Don’t Miss The Galia Lahav Trunk Show at Bridal Reflections!

Bridal Market was insanely awesome, but do you know what’s better than sitting in the audience, viewing from afar?  Getting up close and personal with the gowns themselves. Enter Bridal Reflections and their Galia Lahav Trunk Show, four full days of breathtaking fashions straight from the runways. It’s couture bridal meets stunning evening wear and it’s most definitely a can’t miss, loves.

All happening on May 12th-15th, the Galia Lahav Bridal & Evening Wear Trunk Show at Bridal Reflections is everything you’ve ever dreamed of… and so much more.  Think awe-inspiring illusion backs, breathtaking tulle skirts and Italian ivory lace all coming together to create designs that are as luxurious as they are extravagant.  From the “Le Secret Royal” couture bridal collection to the “Gala No.2″ bridal collection to the “Black Pearl” evening collection, each gown is intricately crafted in Israel and features endless details that will wow you AND your loved ones.  We’re obsessed.

Grab your besties and contact Bridal Reflections TODAY to book your appointment to see the latest and greatest from Galia Lahav.  Trust me, loves… you are about to meet THE ONE.

Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections | Gowns: Galia Lahav

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