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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 | Wedding Venue: Liberty House Restaurant | Hair And Make-Up: My Make-Up Artist Victoria | Jeweler: Kestenbaum & Weisner

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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 | Makeup: Frieda Barnett | DJ: Remixologists | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | 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 | Makeup: Ashley Rebecca | Hair: Lauren DaPrile | Band: Craig Scott Entertainment, Escapade Band | Photobooth: Shutterbooth NJ | Second Photographer: Light And Light Photographs

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Liberty House Wedding

One thing we really know how to do here at SMP: welcome in the New Year with a whole lot of pretty.  A task made decidedly easier when the talented Brklyn View Photography sends a gorgeous little day like this our way.  It’s soft purple hues meets all kinds of romance meets a stunning Liberty House setting, and it most definitely deserves some QT in the full gallery.  Join me there for every ounce of lovely.

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From Brklyn View Photography… Jess and Jon’s love story was a long time in the making. They’ve been together for over eight years before becoming husband and wife. Jess and Jon wanted their wedding day to reflect all the things that they love to do together which involves going to the movies, being with the friends and celebrating with their families. Jess designed and created everything from her movie themed save-the-dates, invitations, table numbers and wedding favors. Jess and her sister spent three days creating delicious confections for their guests to take home in their personalized concession boxes. Jess gave her bridesmaids beautiful bow bracelets in pastel colored macaron boxes and Jon gave his groomsmen purple ties as their way of saying “thank you” for being a part of their wedding. As Jess & Jon were saying their vows, Jess was overcome with emotion. She realized at that moment, all the planning and preparation for their marriage was becoming a reality. I am so incredibly honored to have been there with Jess & Jon to witness them become husband and wife and photograph their wedding day. Wishing you both a lifetime of movies, laughs and happiness! Congratulations Jess & Jon!

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Videographer: Live Pictures Studio | Florist: Rose Petals and Lace | Cake: Carlo's Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | DJ: Elite Sounds Entertainment Group | Bride's Dress: Pronovias | Liberty House Restaurant: Liberty House | Makeup & Hair: Appease | Second Photographer: Mekina Saylor

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New York City Skyline Wedding from Kensington Blue Photography

Let’s talk for a moment about how very awesome traditional weddings are, shall we?  How they are seriously dripping in elegance and a downright sophistication that can.not.be.beat.  How they feature the loveliest bride and grooms, stop-you-in-your-tracks details and moment after moment of pure, unadulterated happy.  And then let’s talk about how this fabulous gem of a day from Kensington Blue Photography is all of the aforementioned with sweeter than sweet DIY stylings, pretty pink hues and a gorgeous Maritime Parc reception that is all kinds of amazing.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… When Dave and I first got engaged, the only things we knew for sure were that we wanted to get married in New York, we wanted to do it on somewhat of a budget and we wanted to be as hands-on as possible to ensure our wedding was completely personal and screamed “David & Alyssa” in every aspect. Our heads were a blur when it came to the details, though. We had so may things that were special to us and we wanted to incorporate them all without making it look like a giant hodge podge.

The venue was the hardest thing to choose. We looked at Maritime Parc as a last-minute decision, but once we saw it, we knew it was the one. Set in the pretty Liberty State Marina Park, it met all our requirements- our love for great food, our love for the city, our love of the water and our love of the outdoors. The room was clean and modern, allowing us creative decorating freedom to really let the spectacular NYC views shine through. You also can’t beat a venue that is right on the water, overlooking the city, with beautiful boats docked to one side, an old train station in the middle and the Statue of Liberty to the left. Did I also mention the gorgeous willow trees?! What a dream!

With a lot of help from our loving family members, the advice of our excellent vendors and more Pinterest and SMP inspiration than I can remember we slowly began to gather ideas. The church was ornately decorated and the reception venue had the killer backdrop of the NYC skyline so we knew neither place needed a lot of decorating. The Flower Girl kept it simple, yet elegant, with bouquets in mercury containers. We also kept our own looks simple, Dave and his groomsmen going for classic tuxes and the bridesmaids wearing dresses I stumbled upon in H&M. As for me, I wanted my dress to be elegant, classic, and definitely something I could dance in! I didn’t like many of the bridal accessories I saw, so my Mom came to the rescue making me my veil and the lace top was (no one believed me when I told them this!) an H&M shirt I altered. Other than my ring, the most important accessory I had was my grandmother’s clutch I carried in her honor as she was unable to attend. And I know for David, he really enjoyed wearing his octopus (one of his favorite animals) cuff links that I bought him.

Our ceremony was very unique in that it was held in a Catholic church and performed by both a priest and a rabbi in order to encompass both of our religious backgrounds. To pay tribute to where we got engaged (Barbados), we served a special rum punch as our cocktail hour signature drink. Many of our guests were from out of town so we designed our invitations and menu cards to include an outline of the NYC skyline. We also acknowledged where we live by using figurines of New York landmarks (Statue of Liberty, a taxi, the Flat Iron building, etc) as the table markers. Our love for Scrabble knows no bounds so we knew that would make the perfect guest book and as I mentioned above, David’s favorite animal is the octopus so when we found the octopus bride and groom cake topper’s on Etsy it was a no brainer to get them.

We both have a big sweet tooth, which led to our party favors being a self-serve candy bar, with the favor jars also doubling as the place settings. It was a treat everyone enjoyed! Other things that made the night incredibly special for us included a sparkler entrance, the kissing tree, an amazing slideshow Dave’s aunt put togther and a photo prop/photo backdrop area where people had a blast snapping photos throughout the night.

To this day people still compliment us on our wedding, which makes us thrilled. But what makes us even happier is knowing that we started off our “forever” (married life) in a dream wedding, that was perfectly us, on the best day of our lives!

Wedding Photography: Lesley Colvin of Kensington Blue Photography | Ceremony Venue: St.Paul the Apostle, New York City | Reception Venue: Maritime Parc, Jersey City, New Jersey | Floral Design: Flower Girl | Event Design + Planning: Bride + Groom | Catering + Cake: Maritime Parc | Invitations: Designed by Bride + Groom, Printed by Paper Presentation | Cake Toppers: The Crafty Button | Candy Favor Jars: Christmas Tree Shops | Candy: Economy Candy + Candy Warehouse | Photo Props + Background: DIY + Party City | Wedding Dress + Beaded Sash: Casablanca via RK Bridal  | Veil: Made by Bride’s Mother | Lace Top: H&M (altered by Bride) | Velvet Sash: M&J Trimmings | Bracelet: Vintage, Borrowed | Earrings: InPink | Clutch: Vintage from Bride’s Grandmother | Shoes: Chinese Laundry  | Hair: The Drybar | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: H&M | Groom’s Tux: Custom | Groom’s Shoes: Aldo | DIY by Bride + Groom: Menu Cards, Scrabble Board Guestbook, Chalkboard Signs, Kissing Tree, Glitter Jars, Photobooth Props, Candy Jar Labels, Candy Bar Decor | DJ: 2DogEntertainment 

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