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Romantic NYC Elopement

You know what I’ve realized? Just how small the world actually is. Like, when you meet someone in the Big Apple who just so happens to live in the exact same Russian city as you. Take these two, who did exactly that, fell madly in love and eloped in NYC, the city that stole their hearts. Complete with monumental moments and a carrousel ride, it’s a tale of two from the lens of Cynthia Chung Weddings and you can see it all in The Vault!

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From Cynthia Chung WeddingsHad the lovely opportunity to photograph this beautiful couple, Kira and Mikhail. They met in NYC but were both from the same city in Russia! After living in Brooklyn for a few years, they both decided to move back to their home country of Russia after they get married. Their plan was to spend their honeymoon traveling across the United States and then finish up their honeymoon in Russia. Kira worked as a gallery manager, so NYC, fashion and art was a huge part of her life. She wanted to capture the liveliness of NYC forever. With Kira’s custom hand-painted high heels, we began the day in Soho, photographing throughout the streets, went to DUMBO, rode on Jane’s carousel and finished up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for their reception at Acqua Santa. It was a beautiful day!

Photography: Cynthia Chung Weddings | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Venue: Acqua Santa | Carousel: Jane's Carousel | Hair & Make Up: Serenity Salon

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Romantic Engagement Session in New York City

NYC engagement sessions are some of the prettiest you will ever see.  There’s just something about the breathtaking scenery + the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s coolest cities that makes for one seriously romantic backdrop.  Add in a duo as stunning as these two and the brilliant eye of Alicia Swedenborg and, well… happy Monday.  See it all here, then head to The Vault for more e-session lovely.

From Alicia Swedenborg… Christina was was a medical student and Brian was a doctor working at a hospital in Brooklyn when they met. The proposal took place on vacation in Tuscany and took a day trip to a vineyard in one of the hill towns, Montelpulciano. “After a perfect afternoon of vineyard tours, wine tasting, and lunch on the terrace, we took a walk around the property. While strolling through a field of yellow flowers, I turned around, and Brian was on one knee with a beautiful emerald-cut diamond ring.

They wanted their engagement pictures to reflect their favorite places in New York City. “One of our first dates was a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, so that seemed like the perfect place to start.” The couple lives in Greenwich Village so that was also a natural spot for some photos, we even snuck up on the roof top where the couple had their first kiss and snapped some photos sitting on that same been. “We really enjoyed shooting photos around our neighborhood. Alicia made the session fun and captured breathtaking images of us around downtown Manhattan!”

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Venue: New York City | Blue Beaded Top: Anthropologie | Bride's Blue Shoes: J.Crew | Bride's Gray Shoes: Madewell | White Dress: Trina Turk | White Skirt: Anthropologie

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Romantic Long Island City Engagement Session

From the coziness of their home to the glow of sunset high above the Manhattan skyline, Lauren Fair’s photos take us on a romantic journey with this adorable engaged duo. By the end of the photographic adventure, we feel like fast friends – can we join you guys on that picture perfect rooftop patio?

From the Bride-to-be… The very first wedding-related decision we made was that we absolutely had to have Lauren Fair Photography shoot our wedding. One of the major criterion that our venue had to have was an opening that matched with Lauren and Tim Fair’s available dates. We looked at venues in NYC, Philadelphia, Mexico, and finally decided on Shadow Lawn in The Hudson Valley region of New York. The quaint and rustic venue was perfect for us and we couldn’t have been more excited to learn that it worked out with our photographer’s schedule as well.

We weren’t interested in engagement photos at first, but decided to have them done since Lauren and Tim include them in all of their packages. They explained to us that it helps them get to know each couple before the big day and allows the couple to gain some experience with “acting naturally” while being photographed. We were super excited to meet them, so we happily took their advice, and couldn’t be happier that we did. We had so much fun during the shoot and can’t stop gushing over the photos. As an added bonus, Lauren and I discovered that we have a lot of similarities including our names, our love for our dogs (both named Oliver) and our style (which came in handy when I realized I forgot a belt and Lauren gave me the one she was wearing!)

We began the shoot in our apartment in Long Island City, with our beloved pup Ollie, and then headed across the street to Gantry Park, which spans about 3/4 mile and abuts the East River, with spectacular Manhattan views. Our favorite photos were underneath the gantries themselves. Next we headed up to the rooftop of a 32 story high rise for some of the best views of Manhattan right at sunset.

Needless to say, we cannot wait to have the opportunity to work with Lauren and Tim again for our wedding in September. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Venue: Shadow Lawn

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Elegant NYC High Line Engagement Session

When this beautiful bride-to-be arrived at the High Line to meet her beau for a couples’ photoshoot, she had no idea he was about to propose — or that it would be captured on film! Oh, and the helicopter tour around the city and private dinner with both their families he planned after the shoot? Just icing on the cake. Captured by the always lovely Alicia Swedenborg, this e-sesh is jammed packed with urban charm, intimate moments, and happy smiles you can imagine. Take a peek at the full gallery here!


From The Bride…Paul and I met at NASDAQ, where we both worked, when I was on a work trip to NYC and was seated next to Paul by chance. After Paul unsuccessfully asked me out right then and there, he pursued me for months through witty emails and IMs from afar. When I finally moved to New York City 6 months later, I couldn’t say no to his relentless charm! 3 years later, after sharing trips around the world, meals in almost every restaurant in Manhattan, and the incredible love and support from our friends and families, Paul and I are so excited to start our married lives together!

Our mutual friend reached out to me months ago asking if I could convince Paul to pose for couples portraits to enhance his portfolio. Thinking I was completely in charge of the plans as usual, I committed us after pitching the idea to Paul. Unbeknownst to me, this was all part of a master plan to get me to the Highline, our first date location. When we arrived, Paul got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and our friend was hiding in the bushes documenting the whole event!

After the proposal, we went to Hogs and Heifers, our classy part 2 of our first date, and shared our news with the bra-clad waitresses over a tequila shot. Paul brought me to a few more meaningful spots before telling me “there weren’t enough hours in the day to revisit all of our special places”. With that, we arrived at the Manhattan helipad, where both of our families were there to surprise me (enter: me completely losing it, ugly tears) and we took an amazing helicopter ride around the city.

After some bubbly and Skype sessions to family abroad, Paul’s brother, a sous chef, prepared a massive feast for our families at his restaurant, Lupa. We finished the evening with celebratory drinks at Houston Hall with our best friends. It couldn’t have been more perfect. And here I was thinking I was the planner in the family!

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Hair And Make Up: Glamsquad | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt | Venue: New York City | Bride's Dress: Alice And Olivia | Groom's Blazer: Mark Marengo | Groom's Pants: J.Crew | Groom's Shirt: Suit Supply

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Romantic Garden City Wedding

A classic yet personal affair that’s one part preppy and one part romantic, this sweet fête captured by Judith Rae Photography is lovely from the very first image to the last. With gorgeous invites from Katie Fischer Design that truly set the style and overflowing florals from B&W Mockawetch Florist, this couple has one gorgeous gallery of images to cherish forever.

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From The Bride…Jeff proposed in front of our Christmas Tree in our New York City apartment on Christmas Eve. His proposal was romantic, heartfelt, and such a lovely surprise! We were fortunate enough to spend the Christmas and New Year’s holidays celebrating the happy news with family and friends.

Before we even began seriously wedding planning, we knew that we wanted a party that really highlighted what matters to us most as a couple: family, friends, and fun! We wanted a relaxed atmosphere with good food and great music where everyone could let loose and really celebrate and enjoy this special time in our lives with us. As we began planning, we wanted all of the details from our wedding to reflect our personalities and our focus on creating a fun, laid back environment for our family and friends. We chose a classic, preppy color palatte (navy, green, and grey) and tried to incorporate meaningful details wherever we could: Jeff chose socks commemorating an element of their friendship for all of his groomsmen, while I carried a shamrock charm on my bouquet as a nod to my family’s Irish heritage and all the guests that were attending from Ireland. The escort cards were handmade using stamps that we picked up in London, near where we are currently living. We worked with Katie Fischer Design for our invitations as we wanted something unique and reflective of our personal style. My mom even made and decorated our traditional Irish wedding cake!

On May 31st, we were married at Our Lady of Victory Church in Floral Park, New York in front of our closest friends and family. We were blessed to have guests travel in from Ireland, London, Australia, and eight different states! Our families played an integral role in our ceremony as our siblings presented the gifts and read passages we had specifically chosen, while Jeff’s nephew, Reid, handed out the program’s Jeff’s brother designed and printed for us. After the ceremony, our guests joined us at the Garden City Country Club which provided a beautiful backdrop for the evening. We loved the venue from the moment we saw it and we were so happy that our guests were able to fully enjoy the outdoor cocktail hour space! We enjoyed the heartfelt toasts, delicious meal, and celebrating with the people we love most. Jeff and I are pretty certain that our ultimate goal of creating a fun environment for family and friends was achieved because the dance floor was packed all night!

A very special thank you to all our friends and families that shared this special moment with us and to all our vendors for making our wedding day exactly what we were dreaming of. Finally, thank you to Judith Rae Photography for so perfectly capturing this time in our lives.

Photography: Judith Rae Photography | Floral Design: B&W Mockawetch Florist | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Katie Fischer Design | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Victory Church | Reception Venue: Garden City Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lula Kate | Makeup: Dani Finocchiaro | Hair: Dina Gucciardo | Band: East Coast Band | Officiant: Our Lady of Victory Church

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