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Romantic Central Park Boathouse Wedding

We get a double treat today m’dears with not one, but two, CLY BY MATTHEW romantic weddings. We soaked up some modern romance at Studio 405 this morning and now this summer celebration here not only has us dreaming of sunny skies ahead but warms our hearts with just one glance at these two lovebirds. NYC is the magical picture perfect place today and I’m loving every bit of it.


From Matthew & Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEWThis is a beautiful, classic and romantic wedding at the Central Park Boathouse.

The Bride wanted to incorporate many family elements in her details. The candlesticks used were given from her great-grandmother, the wine glass belonged to her great-grandparents and even the chuppah was made with her great-grandmother’s table cloth.

The general theme of the day was “from generation to generation,” celebrating the people who came before them.

Photography: Matthew & Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Event Planning: Katie Berger | Floral Design: Lenox Hill Florist | Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers | Hair: Stacy From Styles On B | Hotel: Essex House | Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Makeup: Stacie Ford | Videography: First Day Films | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Wedding Venue: The Loeb Central Park Boathouse  Band: Silver Arrow Band 

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Modern + Romantic New York City Wedding

I’m not surprised that this beautiful Bride is an interior designer; she has quite an eye. With the gorgeous florals by Occasion 9 spread throughout Studio 405, this modern venue becomes uber romantic and the perfect backdrop for this stylish love fest. Matthew and Bo of CLY BY MATTHEW snapped up every NYC moment and every morning would be better starting out with pretty pics like these.


From Matthew & Bo of CLY BY MATTHEWKaren and David’s wedding was a perfect NYC wedding.

Their apartment with a beautiful NYC skyline view was just a few blocks away from The Empire State Building and their reception venue, Studio 450. Karen got ready at the Gramercy Park Hotel with its beautiful romantic decor. Her details were all so gorgeous and stylish. From her beautiful organic bouquet and her invitations with calligraphy to her vintage-inspired ring.

Karen and David really wanted to incorporate all the beautiful historical locations in NYC for their wedding photo shoot. They even rented a vintage cab to go around the city to take pictures, which was such a cute idea.

After the ceremony, we stopped by Central Park for bridal party pictures, and then Karen and David also stopped by the New York Public Library for few pictures alone. When we got to Studio 450, they even let us up the rooftop to get more pictures of the skyline of NYC.

The bride is an interior designer, and she had impeccable taste in what she wanted for her wedding day. Her wedding was chic, romantic and modern! The floral arrangements were stunning, and the dessert bar was set up perfectly. The rest of the night was full of fun and dancing!

Photography: Matthew & Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Floral Design: Occasion 9 | Calligraphy: Julia Bez | Catering: Real Food | Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier | DJ: Dj Kahn | Desserts: BAKED | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Hotel: Gramercy Park Hotel | Invitations: Darling Press | Makeup: Tara Zielenski | Photo Booth: Modern Photo Booth | Reception Venue: Studio 450 | Vintage Cab: Film Cars | Wedding Dress: Edgardo Bonilla

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Eclectic Travel Themed Montauk Wedding

I am a little in love with this next duo. So much so that we wanted to share their so-cute-so-ME rehearsal dinner before we dove head first into their even more lovely wedding. And not just because the main event is an ice cold margarita and a really good looking fish taco. But because the photographs from Heather Waraksa are so stinking cute, we are only sad we couldn’t be there ourselves!

From the bride…We knew that we didn’t want a traditional rehearsal dinner, so we decided to do a more casual welcome party where everyone would be able to attend. Something that was particularly unusual was the mariachi band at the welcome party at La Brisa. They were fantastic and made it such a lively event! We also made sure that our guests were able to get to know Montauk, so on Saturday we arranged for paddle board lessons, tastings at a local brewery, and a screening of one of our favorite films at the local movie theater.


And now for the wedding. The picture perfect, cuddle up with the gorgeous blankets that the couple gifted, so personal and yet so ridiculously elegant wedding photographed to utter perfection by Heather Waraksa. Complete with a momofuku cake and a bouquet dressed with 100 year-old blue ribbon from the bride’s great-grandfather’s flower shop. I told you it was a keeper. And there is SO much more right here!


From the beautiful Bride… My gown was from Valentino Resort 2013 and I had seen it on I’ve always known that I did not want a traditional wedding dress and that it didn’t particularly have to be white. I made several appointments at bridal salons, but on a whim I decided to go to Valentino with my mother before to see if they had the dress. When we arrived and showed them the picture of the white dress with green beads they said they didn’t have that one, but they did have a version in pink. However, when they went into the back they came out with a surprise. They had just gotten the green dress in, in one size too big for me! We were ecstatic! The salesperson said it was the only one made for stores in America and it had literally just arrived so they didn’t know they had it. I tried it on and instantly knew it was meant to be. I did however, then call my maid of honor and father to see it for final approval. It was truly a work of art and I felt so happy and like myself (but better) in it. I bought it just a few weeks after getting engaged. I then found a perfect pair of Valentino white, rock-stud wedges on eBay which were comfortable and matched perfectly. I love the dress so much, I just had it hemmed a bit so I can wear it again!

About the wedding: We wanted the wedding to be a whole weekend of fun. We actually started planning the wedding in Brooklyn where we live, but realized we would prefer to have our closest friends and family stay with us and for everyone to be together for as long as possible. After a bit of searching, we decided on Montauk because it was accessible from NYC, but felt like a destination. Ruschmeyer’s was perfect because we were able to get rooms on the property for all of our family and close friends.

As for the wedding itself, it was extra special because Todd’s father was able to officiate. We got married under a tent which ended up being very cozy and warm. Everyone was greeted with a glass of prosecco (or two) and with 135 guests, it felt very intimate.

The food was definitely very special. As a former event planner and an always foodie, I knew that we didn’t want typical wedding fare. Chef Roy Wohlars at Ruschmeyer’s really did an amazing job. Each of the four courses was absolutely delicious and the food was abundant. He prides himself on focusing on local ingredients and everything was exceptional without being fussy. We served dinner family-style so everyone could get a bite of everything. I am still getting e-mails about how much people enjoyed the experience of eating at our wedding!

What made it unique: Making the wedding personal was extremely important to us. We tried to incorporate as much of our personal style and values in to the wedding as possible. During the ceremony, besides the fact that my father-in-law married us, Todd and I each recited song lyrics that were meaningful to us as our vows.

We were also able to incorporate some 100 year-old blue ribbon from my great-grandfather’s flower shop into my bouquet. The added bonus was that our florist is only located a few blocks away from where his store was in Brooklyn. We also got married under a chuppah inspired by the flower garlands we saw on our travels around India and Thailand. Travel is a big part of our lives; I own a travel business and Todd used to be a pilot. We also moved to Paris for a bit, so I was also set on having a croquembouche (a traditional French wedding confection) at the wedding and was thinking of forgoing a cake. Luckily, Momofuku’s Milk Bar has both, so in addition to our wedding cake, we had a tower of birthday cake truffles, for a bit of Paris meets Brooklyn.

Going along with our love of travel, we were able to take our wedding portraits at the Montauk Airport–a place Todd used to fly into regularly when he was a pilot. It was really special to incorporate his love of aviation into our wedding. It’s a tiny air field, so luckily there were several planes parked there for the day, so we got some amazing shots.

We also knew it could get a little chilly in Montauk in the evening, so as a give away we ordered these fantastic, colorful Mexican blankets. I may have ordered a bit too many, but I have friends that I think took 4 or 5 home with them! I am constantly seeing them at friends’ homes and even in pictures on social media, so it’s nice to know everyone could take a little piece of the weekend home with them.

A memorable moment: I knew the whole day would fly by and consciously tried to stop a few times in the evening to take it all in. My greatest memory was just being on the dance floor, dancing up storm with my husband while looking around and thinking, “Wow, I really love all of these people!”

Their engagement story: Todd and I met in April of 2005 at a bar in St. Louis. We were both students at Washington University and this bar was a popular Tuesday night destination for the college set. I was taking a photography class and was a little behind on a project, so I brought my camera to take pictures. The assignment was “action shots” and when a cute senior guy came over to help me take pictures, I could not refuse. However, when I went to develop the pictures (yes, in a dark room), I realized they were all of some other guy who I didn’t know. The next week I saw that guy from the pictures at a party and his name was Todd. We started dating and Todd graduated 6 weeks later. He moved back to LA and I went home to New York for the summer. He came to visit me and we stayed together through my junior year abroad in London and then my senior year when I was back in St. Louis. Finally, as luck would have it, Todd moved to Brooklyn with the band he was in at the time and I moved to the East Village for graduate school. We moved in together in 2009 in Williamsburg, then went to Paris for a summer and came back to New York. After almost 9 years of being together, on October, 31st 2013 Todd proposed. He asked me to meet him at a subway stop in Brooklyn and he had prepared a whole picnic that we were to bring to Brooklyn Bridge Park. I was completely oblivious to the plan and was not expecting anything, after all it was Halloween. Unbeknownst to me, he had previously gone to the park and picked a spot, which was auspiciously the same spot another couple had chosen to have their wedding that day. So when he insisted we sit and picnic next to this wedding, again I didn’t think anything of it. I was pretty shocked when he asked if I would marry him and took out a gorgeous ring he had designed using my grandmother’s diamond from her engagement. We then went out for dinner and champagne.

Words of wisdom: Try not to worry too much about the details, rather pick great vendors and work with people you love. Grab coffee with them, chat with them, make sure they get you. Our planners, Mayra and Xochitl were so much fun to work with and it made everything easier knowing they knew us and understood what we wanted. Same goes for our photographer, Heather Waraksa who was incredibly easy to work with and we knew her style was what we were looking for, so anything she did would be great. Amy Febinger and her team really took our (sometimes crazy) ideas for floral arrangements and made them into a reality. Overall, it was about the right people and the details will fall into place.

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films | Floral Design: Bourgeon | Wedding Dress: Valentino | Cake: Momofuku | Stationery: Mr Boddington's Studio | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Engagement Ring: Custom By Bittersweets | Makeup: Luis Rodriguez | Hair: Mia Santiago | Entertainment: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groom's Shoes: Paul Smith | Wedding Venue: Ruschmeyer's | Anniversary Wine Box: Etsy | Day Of Coordination: Just About Married | Decor Rentals: Patina Rentals | Earrings: Sara Weinstock | Groom's Ring: Bittersweets From Catbird | Guest Welcome Bags: 4 Imprint | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Planning And Event Design: AaB Creates | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: La Brisa | Wedding Ring: Kwait

Modern Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Shoot

With a love story straight out of the movies, it’s only fitting that this gorgeous couple chose one of New York City’s most iconic locations for their picture-perfect engagement shoot. Walking hand-in-hand from DUMBO across the Brooklyn Bridge, Brian and Janet looked every bit the part, as photographer Kat Harris captured every amazing moment here!

From the Kat HarrisBrian lived in Pittsburgh and Janet was editor of Verily Magazine in New York City. Brian’s sister decided to play matchmaker, and told him about this amazing gal in the city. Soon after he bought a flight to NYC to meet this gal (I know it sounds like a movie right…but it gets better). Their first date went so well, that they decided to have date two the whole next day. It’s safe to say by the end of the weekend their romance was in full swing. For months they were long distance, flying back and forth to visit each other, and then Brian proposed. Brian and Janet are two of the sweetest people, and are getting married this fall. It was such a gift to spend the afternoon in DUBMO with them, I mean honestly…how cute are they?

Photography: Kat Harris

Romantic + Timeless New York City Fall Wedding

Tradition and elegance are always wise choices and this beautiful Bride took these classics and created a masterpiece, saying her vows at the very church her new husband’s grandparents were baptized at. But considering she spends her days working at Jimmy Choo, some chic style wasn’t far away either. See every sparkling second, captured by Mademoiselle Fiona and McKenzie Miller Films, right this way!

From the beautiful Bride… New York City. It’s the city where we fell in love, where we had our first apartment together, and where my now husband (!!) Anthony proposed. We knew it would make for both a memorable and fun wedding weekend for both our families and friends.

Teissia Treynet of Firefly Events put our ideas into reality creating a timeless, romantic, old New York garden-style wedding. It’s thanks to SMP that I stumbled upon her and instantly fell in love with her amazing style. She helped us to create a unique combination of both modern and vintage and ensured the day was flawless.

Fashion plays a big part in my life working as an Account Executive at Jimmy Choo, and I knew for my dress I had to go directly to the source of wedding fashion, Monique Lhuillier. I fell in love at a trunk show with her Adele gown, which was a fitted, trumpet silhouette made from french lace, tulle and intricate pearl beading. It featured a beautiful open back and illusion neckline which made the classic silhouette more modern. I added a flowy, tulle veil with lace appliques to give it a more romantic but traditional feel. My bouquet was soft, filled with an array of garden roses, white sweet pea, ranunculus, lilac, anemones and soft greenery.

Tradition was important to us both as we planned our day, which is why we chose to be married at Saint Anthony’s Church in Soho. The beautiful, historic church is not only the first Italian parish in Manhattan, but is also where Anthony’s grandparents were baptized. The church itself is stunning with its cathedral ceilings, stained glass windows and a pipe organ. Garlands of magnolia leaves were draped the entire length of the aisle to tie back to our idea of lush greenery. The altar was anchored with beautiful arrangements in mercury glass urns. We did not see each other prior to the wedding, which made walking down the long aisle that much more special. Following the nuptials and traditional vows, we gathered all our ceremony guests for a fun, vintage style wedding photo on the steps of the church.

As a Bride, you are likely in control of almost all the details that go into your wedding. Weather, being the exception. When we chose our venue of TriBeCa Rooftop, we fell in love with the breathtaking views of the city and the idea of a rooftop cocktail hour. I relentlessly checked the weather the week leading up to the big day, and to my disappointment our forecast was for rain. While I know this superstitiously means good luck, I knew we would have to go with plan B, an indoor cocktail hour. The morning of October 4th poured, and I was surprisingly calm. Luckily, as my father and I got into our vintage car to head to church, the sky had cleared and was now a beautiful shade of pink. It was truly magical and made for spectacular skyline views on the roof! Words of wisdom NYC brides, have a rain plan!

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Designs transformed the modern TriBeCa space to a warm, romantic and inviting space with soft, beautiful arrangements, lush greenery, unique vessels, and more candles, hurricanes and lanterns than one should ever light. To warm up the space, we hung string cafe lights across the length of the dance floor. For our tablescapes, I fell in love with the idea of having a few different arrangements on the tables to create some dimension in the room and make things more intimate. We kept the color scheme neutral and timeless with touches of white, ivory, blush and green accompanied by silver mercury glass. For our head table where we sat alongside our bridal party, we had a stunning runner made with greenery and pops of white and blush blooms. We chose classic style place settings with art deco flatware, calligraphed escort cards, and tied our menus with lace ribbons and olive branch sprigs.

Music was also important to us and we believe it sets the mood of any party. One of the first vendors hired was the phenomenal Groove Shop Band, who truly kept our guests on the dance floor the entire night with a set list filled with a great mix of our favorite oldies, love songs and modern hits. Our first dance was to “I Belong to You,” by Lenny Kravitz. Later in the evening, to our pleasant surprise, our cousins’ arranged for extra special guests, The Gipsy Kings! Their Spanish infused salsa style turned our dance floor into a frenzy and truly was one of the most memorable moments of the day!

Mademoiselle Fiona and McKenzie Miller Films were there to capture the day and provide us with beautiful, lasting memories of both the planned and unexpected events.

Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: Shrine Church Of Saint Anthony Of Padua | Reception Venue: Tribeca Rooftop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Hair: Styles On B, Sally Perez | Lighting: Power Posse | Band: The Groove Shop | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Transportation: Silverstar Limo | Bride's Ceremony Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride's Reception Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Day-Of Papery: Lion In The Sun | Event Planning And Design: Firefly Events | Getting Ready Venue: Soho Grand | Linens: Cloth Connection | Music: The Gipsy Kings | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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