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Elegant Summer Wedding at Liberty House

I’d be willing to bet that this wedding day had some of the best weather imaginable. With crystal clear skies, the Manhattan views are absolutely stunning, taking already beautiful photos and elevating them to breathtaking. W Studios New York captured them all and city celebrations going forward have a new level to strive for. Mondays can be tough but with beauties like this one, we’re off to a good start.

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From The Bride… Our wedding day was one that I had been waiting for for what seemed like an eternity. After meeting Michael almost ten years earlier, I was finally ready to make him my husband. The day of our wedding I woke up feeling equal parts excited and nervous; excited to be marrying my best friend and nervous that everything wouldn’t go as planned. Little did I know, I had nothing to worry about. Our day was really very special. We wanted something that was celebratory and beautiful, and that had touches of each of our styles, and most of all, that it was topped off with a huge party. We tried to incorporate a city meets country garden theme to highlight our personalities. All the details were a big hit with all the guests. Being a Type-A personality, I took on a lot of the tasks myself. With the help of family and friends, I DIYed many of the details: the signage and menus, the favors, the table numbers, and welcome bags. I really enjoy being creative and our wedding was the perfect excuse to put it into practice. We are so incredibly happy and excited to start this new chapter in our lives.

Photography: W Studios New York | Floral Design: Artistry In Flowers | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mori Lee | Entertainment: Eclipse Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Groomsmen's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Hair And Make-Up: My Make-Up Artist Victoria | Jeweler: Kestenbaum & Weisner | Wedding Venue: Liberty House Restaurant

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Modern Blush Pink Wedding

We see blush pink weddings quite often on the pages of SMP, but this modern affair give the popular color palette a completely fresh spin. Think the perfect union of sleek + streamlined and soft + feminine, all made possible by A-team vendors like Designs By AhnRemixologistsCLY Creation and Fred Lee. Have a peek in the gallery and don’t miss the film waiting down below!

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From the Bride… To celebrate our first anniversary as a married couple, I thought it would be meaningful to dedicate a post to my husband. As this blog was a huge source of inspiration for us, I thought this would be the perfect outlet to show my appreciation to him for being able to carry out the vision I had for our special day.

Initially, as a bride, I was overwhelmed with the amount of choices and felt that I wasn’t able to have a sense of an overall theme for the wedding. It started out as a process of elimination, as I came to realize more of what I didn’t want. In terms of choosing a theme, prior to being engaged I always thought I was so confident in what I wanted. Yet, I came to realize that my choice of rustic flowers didn’t tie in with our modern venue, and although there were many individual designs I had in mind, it didn’t necessarily mean it all tied in together.

Ultimately, our venue was our biggest dilemma and although I had envisioned it to be in NYC we needed it to be in NJ where it would be closer to our church. Our options felt limited and frankly, the ones that were a realistic possibility felt a bit outdated and gaudy. I almost lost all hope in finding a venue until my husband told me he had found a place that was close to the city, yet still within distance to our church. I always wondered how a bride was to know when she found “the one” in terms of venue, dress, etc., and I can say with certainty that as soon as we saw our venue, there was no point in looking any further. The Maritime Parc is a newly built space located on Liberty State Park where the greenery of NJ is set against the backdrop of the city skyline. The interior of the building reminded us of the Guggenheim Museum, which we thought was appropriate as my husband proposed to me at MOMA, where we had our first date. This venue also was a clean, blank canvas where we could really tailor it to what we wanted.

Thankfully, I had my husband’s guidance and practicality in terms of not getting too emotionally involved in the endless decisions. In the end, it was he who ended up choosing the bridesmaid dress, flowers, many of the vendors, etc. Once we established that he had the better judgment, I focused my efforts in making our wedding more meaningful by involving and enlisting help from our close friends and family. My college roommate who majored in opera sang for our dance while another friend took our engagement pictures. Not only that, but with huge help from friends, we made a video to surprise my husband during the reception. I had filmed scenes at our college campus and all the places that meant something to us in the city of Boston where we first met. (Who knew a 5 minute video would be such a labor of love?)

The night before our wedding, my husband and I promised each other that whatever hiccups we may encounter on the actual day, we would put it behind us and enjoy every moment of it. We told ourselves we wouldn’t lose sight of the reason we were getting married in the first place. And thankfully enough, everything went smoothly and we had such a blast. I’m certain it was because of our bridal party and vendors who played a key role. In the end, you also have to remember to leave it up to the vendors to do their job best. This was such an unforgettable experience for both of us and I’m grateful that my husband took the reins in playing the “bridezilla” role. Just as he was able to connect the dots in terms of my vision, I’m confident that our relationship will continue to strive where our strengths and weaknesses complement one another.

Photography: CLY Creation | Videographer: Fred Lee | Floral Design: Designs By Ahn | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Invitations: Minted | Reception Venue: Maritime Parc | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | DJ: Remixologists | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Makeup: Frieda Barnett | Photobooth: We Love Photobooths

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Liberty House Wedding Featuring a One-Of-A-Kind Gown

Not only are you going to love this wedding for the crazy good Anne Barge dress with a beautiful custom tulle overlay but even more so for the loving details woven throughout. It’s a celebration full of classic design and beautiful blooms by Limelight Floral Design and you can find every last image captured by Michelle Lange right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… “Katie and Ryan are getting married? This is going to be THE best PARTY ever” – the reaction of all of our most beloved friends and family upon getting engaged. And so, Ryan (my high school sweetheart) and I and I set out to plan what we hoped would be the best party ever, full of love and happiness – and in our hearts, it was better than anything we could have ever imagined.

I will never forget the rolls royce ride to the church with my parents, and the way Ryan looked as he saw me for the first time walking down the aisle. There are a countless moments I can bring to mind, that will always bring a smile (and even a few tears) to my face.

Having both grown up in NJ, and currently living in Hoboken, we choose the Liberty House in Jersey City which fit our vision perfectly. An open room full of air and light, with an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline – the perfect venue to deliver our once in a lifetime party. Having made my entrance in a beautiful tulle skirt overlay, I slipped the skirt off to celebrate in my “party dress” from Anne Barge, all night long.

The day was simply perfect, and in looking back we would not change a single thing, because in the end, what matters most is being surrounded by all your special people as you marry the person you love more than anything else in the whole entire world.

Photography: Michelle Lange | Videographer: Digital Memories | Floral Design: Limelight Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge - Custom | Cake: Carlo's Bakery | Reception Venue: Liberty House Restaurant | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Hair: Lauren DaPrile | Band: Craig Scott Entertainment, Escapade Band | Makeup: Ashley Rebecca | Photobooth: Shutterbooth NJ | Second Photographer: Light And Light Photographs

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