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Classic New York City Wedding at The Plaza Hotel

It doesn’t get any more classic than a New York City black tie affair at The Plaza Hotel. It just doesn’t. And this stunner planned by Ang Weddings And Events has set that classic style bar even higher. Beautifully timeless and wonderfully elegant, every image captured by Judy Pak is nothing short of a dream, and you can see them all here.


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Summer
Settings
Hotel
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Glamorous

From The Bride…Omar and I met in New York City and on our first date, we wound up talking for hours and we closed down the restaurant! We decided to get married at the Plaza and wanted our wedding to have a classic New York feel, but most importantly we wanted our guests to have a fun, warm, and intimate experience.

Ang Weddings and Events created a seamless event and selected the most talented vendors that were a dream to work with. It was so inspirational to work with so many phenomenal women that were truly experts in their fields. The invitations were classic letterpress and we incorporated an old photograph of The Plaza in the envelope liner. Omar found an elephant graphic which we used on the menus, escort cards and even printed on the sugar cookies which were our wedding favors. Verde Flowers created arrangements in shades of corals and creams interspersed with hundreds of candles to complement the gold tones of the Grand Ballroom and Terrace Room. Ron Ben Israel’s cake with matching flowers was breathtaking. Judy Pak captured our wedding so perfectly with a clean and romantic style that is truly timeless. McKenzie Miller’s videography was brilliant and we received a short clip of our wedding to watch while we were in South Africa on our honeymoon. The Plaza accommodated our every request and the entire team at the Plaza was comprised of the most consummate professionals. We had an interesting progression of music through the evening. A harp and flute duo from Elan Artists played classical music for the ceremony. An Indian trio consisting of a sitar, tabla and flute from Elan Artists played for the cocktail hour. Our DJ Play Something Good had the entire dance floor packed with their clever mix of 80s, 90s and top 40 music for the dinner reception.

Photography: Judy Pak | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Wedding Planner: Ang Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Verde Flowers | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | Invitations: Bella Figura | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Andrew Sotomayor | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting: Bentley Meeker | DJ: Play Something Good | Grooms Attire: Gucci | Ceremony And Cocktail Music: Elan Artists | Hotel: The Plaza Hotel

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Rustic Lake Placid Summer Wedding

Home to past Olympic games, the picturesque town of Lake Placid deserves a gold medal for itself. With postcard worthy views, the town’s energetic spirit rubbed off on this fantastically fun wedding, captured by the talented Christian Oth Studio. I notice a new favorite detail each time I go through these pics, from the Bride’s gorgeous Peter Langner gown to the African animal statues – see them all right here!

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Summer
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Lakeside
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Rustic

From The Bride… Kyle and I went to the same high school but didn’t know each other. He was a year younger and only 5’4 at the time; he had a crush on me from afar but we never interacted. I was busy paying attention to the older boys but remember seeing Kyle in the hallway and thinking that if he would grow a little he’d end up being really cute. I moved after sophomore year of high school (we moved all over Belgium, NYC, VA, CT, MA). Fast forward 15+ years and we’re at a mutual friends wedding, Kyle grew a full foot (he’s 6’4 now) and was as handsome as I had thought he would be with a little added height. He asked me out to a Kanye/JayZ concert in front of 25 of our friends… so I thought he was joking and said no. A couple months later we ran into each other a few times and after our last run-in on St. Patrick’s Day (a lucky day for someone with the last name Ireland) he sent me a note via Facebook that said “I’m passing you 10 digits that could change your life” and sent me his phone number. Needless to say, I couldn’t say no to a line like that; we went on our first date and have been together ever since and engaged 18 months later ( he proposed in Cape May, NJ, where his grandparents met) and married in Lake Placid where I have a summer home.

The elements of our wedding were a mixture of things that were important to us; all the vendors were from Saratoga a nearby upstate town and we incorporated as many of our friends as we could. All the goodies in the gift bags were from our friends’ businesses in Lake Placid… with the exception of the jelly beans from Village Market in Wilton, CT – the town that Kyle grew up in and our paths first crossed.

My parents live in Kenya (my Dad is head of GE Africa) and I just started an ecomm business MAIKnyc bringing African jewelry and accessories to the US. Kyle’s first time out of the country was spending New Years in Kenya with my family! We had white animal heads in our cocktail tents, little elephant figurines on our cocktail tables, the groomsmen were given blue Masai beaded belts and we were introduced to the Shakira song Waka Waka which is one of our favorite happy songs!

Being in Lake Placid you couldn’t deny the Olympic tie-in (two Olympics were hosted in Lake Placid, 1980 and 1932) and we were getting married in an Olympic year, Sochi 2014. My father also worked for NBC for 10 years and has been to almost every Olympics since! We had travelled to Sochi for the Olympics that year as well, so it was especially meaningful for us. Our venue was in a field on a private property and in the distance you can see the old Olympic ski jumps, it’s very cool and scenic. Therefore we lit the Olympic torch to signify the start of the dinner and dancing festivities! It was such a fun and unique moment!

The bridesmaids wore different dresses, all in ivory textured fabrics – I wanted all the girls to feel like themselves! Most of the dresses were by Thread; Melissa Akey Drayer is a friend and I worked freelance for her and Beth Blake some years back. We gave them wine glasses with their caricature painted on them, Ugg slippers with the wedding logo hand painted on them by a local Lake Placid artisan (doe and buck with a little heart).

My dress was Peter Langner; he’s a master with fabrics and the dress fit so well with the setting. My earrings were by Jamie Wolf who also designed my rings. I borrowed a diamond bracelet from my mother’s best friend and someone who has been a wonderful presence in my life, Barbara Calhoun. I also wore my maternal grandmother’s wedding pearls as a bracelet and carried my paternal grandmother’s hankie as well as wore her wedding band on my middle right finger (as I do every day since she passed away).

Our table settings included fiesta ware (my whole family has been collecting fiesta for generations), antique milk glass, and the most beautiful linens, all hand selected and customized for our event! Our invitation and save the date were done by Mr Boddington’s; they did an incredible job customizing a map for our STD and including my parents house and various Lake Placid locations in both the STD and the list of events! They were adorable!

We had the most incredible time. Every detail was perfectly executed.

Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Event Planning: Christine Wheat Special Events | Floral Design: Renaissance Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner | Cake: Debbie Coye Cakes | Invitations: Mr. Boddington's Studio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Thread Bridesmaid | Catering: Mazzone Hospitality | Bride's Make-up: Liz Lazo | Fabrics: Ann Stillman O'Leary, Evergreen House Interiors | Gown Boutique: Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier | Hair & Make-up: Tommy Buckett | Music: New York Players Band | Venue: Private Estate | Video: Full Frame Cinema

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Elegant Winter Wedding at Highlands Country Club

Born and raised in upstate New York, I know better than anyone that we are bombarded with dreadfully long winters, making it difficult to remember what the sun even looks like. But this elegant wedding at Highlands Country Club reminded me how downright stunning it can actually be. Kat Harris‘s photos made every moment shine, and from the Bride’s gown to these tables, this gallery captured my heart.

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Winter
Settings
Country Club
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Elegant

From Kat Harris Photography… Natalie and Jim got married in Upstate New York; they have a special place in my heart. I cried multiple times throughout their wedding… so many beautiful moments. They have something rare, deep, and true, something that can only come throughout years of doing life together which they have.

Upstate New York is gorgeous in the fall and winter. Leaves falling, hot apple cider, and rich jewel tones created an intimate and cozy vibe for Natalie and Jim’s wedding. Erin Braun Design did a fabulous job bringing everything together, from old photos of the couple’s parents and grandparents weddings, to hot toddies, to berry accents throughout the reception.

Cheers to Natalie + Jim and to your beautiful journey… thank you for allowing me to be apart of it!

From Erin Braun Design… When the inspiration for a wedding starts with the most endearing engagement story set at the New York Public Library, then you are bound to have an incredibly heartfelt, romantic, and memorable event. Natalie and Jim’s wedding day was nothing short of magical!

When I first met Natalie she described her vision as glamorous, romantic, and sophisticated with a touch of Southern charm and Victorian influences. She wanted to infuse tons of meaningful details into an elegant, yet cozy atmosphere. The beautiful ballroom, chandeliers, rich mahogany tables, french double doors, an old world Tavern, and a light-filled Solarium at the Highlands Country Club in the breathtaking Hudson Valley was the absolute perfect setting for this wedding. It was one for the books with sparkly details, crisp fall weather, hot apple cider, and a delectable farm-to-table meal. We developed a color palette of rich berry tones – reds, burgundy, and wine with touches of blush, champagne, and gold. Garden roses, ranunculus, and the most beautiful New Zealand red peonies filled the bouquets and tablescapes along with accents of fresh blackberries, cherries, and cranberries. Family vintage candlesticks and books wrapped in handmade gold papers were just a few of the personal touches that helped to tell their story. Three wood burning fireplaces and literally hundreds of candles created the most perfect glow for this oh-so-glamourous wedding!

I will never forget the moment when I revealed the ballroom to Natalie and handed her the bouquet. She just burst into happy tears, hugged me countless times, and said that everything was better than she could have dreamed of and it was the perfect way to start her marriage. There were many more happy tears and moments of sheer joy throughout that day, which were perfectly captured by Kat Harris! It was such an honor to play a small part in Natalie and Jim’s happily ever after and I cannot thank this talented team enough for making it all possible.

From The Bride… A true romantic, Jim worked for months planning the perfect proposal. My favorite building is the New York Public Library, and Jim knew it would be the perfect location to pop the question. In order to get me into the building, Jim told me we were offered a private tour. As we wandered the halls and entered the last room in the building, Jim pulled a book out from the stacks. He had made a gorgeous custom book that told the story of how we met and how life had brought us together. I was in disbelief – and frankly, in shock – of what was happening! After reading the story I turned to the last page and saw a beautiful velvet ring box tucked into the book. When I looked up, Jim was on his knee and had a gorgeous vintage diamond ring in his hand. It was the most incredible day, and we knew we wanted to use this story to inspire our wedding day.

My dream was always to have a beautiful and romantic fall wedding. When we came across the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY, we knew we had found our perfect venue! It was everything we were looking for – intimate, cozy, romantic and elegant. Danielle West was our onsite venue coordinator extraordinaire. She was always responsive and attentive to our wedding needs. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue! The food was sublime and the staff were amazing and incredibly helpful. The Highlands Country Club is truly a gem!

To make our vision come to life, we hired the incredibly talented Erin Braun! Erin was the best wedding planner I could have imagined. She was super organized, taking special care with planning every wedding detail, and understood my wedding vision from the start. She knew how important it was for me to have a “detail-filled” wedding. She creatively incorporated the inspiration from our library engagement story and nothing went unnoticed. From the tablescapes, place settings, décor, signs, florals, and cake decor, Erin captured our vision through every meaningful detail and created the perfect day. She also curated the most incredible team of vendors. Through her we were able to secure the amazing Sean Marquand and Gary Hoffman from 74events. They kept our party going all night long! She also introduced us to the amazing duo at NY Ceremony Music. Randy and Topu did a beautiful job creating custom arrangements that set the stage for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Our wedding wouldn’t have come together if it weren’t for Erin. She is one of the most talented and sweetest people that I have ever met and a dream to work with!

We were also incredibly fortunate to work with Kat Harris, the world’s most spectacular photographer! Jim and I consider ourselves a little camera shy, but Kat was able to capture some amazing wedding and engagement photos. She made us feel comfortable and we had a blast with our photo sessions. She knows exactly how to capture the little tender moments between a couple, and she definitely captured ours! We couldn’t be happier with our experience with Kat… we love her!

I was so grateful for the unique save the dates and invitations created by the talented, Lisa Purcell from Art Paper Scissors. Lisa is probably the most patient person that I have ever met. Throughout the process, Lisa made sure to capture our exact wishes for our stationery pieces. We love that our invitation suite is truly unique to our wedding day.

James and I got married on the most beautifully crisp fall day that we could have ever asked for. It was truly a magically romantic day and one that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Every time I think of our wedding day, I smile. We can’t thank Erin, Danielle, Kat, Lisa and our entire dream team of vendors enough.

Photography: Kat Harris Photography | Videography: Unique Visions Studio | Event Design: Erin Braun Design | Invitations: Art Paper Scissors Design | Makeup: Erica Gonzalez | Hair Stylist: Milexy | DJ: 74 Events | Ceremony Music: NY Ceremony Music | Cake + Cookies: The Pastry Garden | Country Club: Highlands Country Club | Library Cards: Katz Meow Creations | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Events Unlimited Party Rentals | Table Numbers: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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