?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> Style Me Pretty » Locations » New York http://www.stylemepretty.com The Ultimate Wedding Blog Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:40:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Bordeaux Inspired NYC Bridal Session http://www.stylemepretty.com/new-york-weddings/new-york-city/2014/10/01/bordeaux-inspired-nyc-bridal-session/ http://www.stylemepretty.com/new-york-weddings/new-york-city/2014/10/01/bordeaux-inspired-nyc-bridal-session/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.stylemepretty.com/?p=370992 Romantic, elegant and beautifully captured by Kate Ignatowski, this stunning bridal session styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos is image after image of pure perfection. Inspired by the Bride’s upcoming winery venue, every detail from the gorgeous calligraphy by Fleur De Letters to the breathtaking blooms by Blooms By The Box are swoon-worthy and then some, and you can see them all here.

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From Kate IgnatowskiThis pretty bridal session was inspired by my real bride, Laura, who so graciously volunteered to model for us. Her wedding next month is at a winery, so Mandy, our stylist, had the idea of creating a Bordeaux inspired shoot with dark reds and enthusiasm for good wine. We kept the shoot simple with an emphasis on gorgeous bridal photos and added some perfectly styled details to complete the inspiration. Delicious cheese always accompanies wine so perfectly and organic, wood details were incorporated in the box of grapes and accenting the postcard from Bordeaux. Finally, my favorite, our hand drawn French card translates “Life is too short to drink cheap wine.”

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Styling: Mandy Forlenza Sticos | Flowers: Blooms By The Box | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Anny Chow | Calligraphy: Fleur De Letters | Hair Styling: Andy Tseng | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Venue: Park

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Modern White Loft Wedding at Studio 450 http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/09/29/modern-white-loft-wedding-at-studio-450/ http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/09/29/modern-white-loft-wedding-at-studio-450/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:00:55 +0000 http://www.stylemepretty.com/?p=370652 There’s something about a white wedding. It’s as classic as they come (think tuxes, lace, and chandeliers). But this white wedding is taking on a fresh modern style with Studio 450 as the backdrop, the New York skyline in full view and details by Roey Mizrahi Events and Blade Floral And Event Design that add a dash of sparkle to this loft affair. Get cozy with Lindsay Madden’s beautiful imagery right here.

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From The Bride…I’m known to be difficult to surprise, but I was completely shocked when, on a freezing January Thursday afternoon, Danny (who was supposed to be on vacation in Miami) popped up in Hudson River Park and proposed (a friend lured me to the park by suggesting we grab coffee near my office)!

Though the proposal was a shock, I must admit that I definitely had a vision for our wedding. Since I was little, I’ve been obsessed with NYC, and years ago, I saw a story about a New York loft wedding in NYC that stuck with me. Years later, I moved to NYC and met and fell in love with a born-and-bred Queens boy, so it made perfect sense to get married in the city we love, and bring the picture in the story I read to life!

Right after we got engaged I googled ‘nyc loft wedding,’ and Studio 450 popped right up. As soon we walked in, I knew it was the place where we would get married. Not only does it have incredibly breathtaking views of the city, but it was the perfect place for the ‘modern,’ ‘classic,’ ‘airy’ feel I wanted for our wedding. I wanted to play up the clean, open feeling of Studio 450, and I love muted colors, so choosing our color scheme of gray, white and silver was an easy one. I know that ‘classic’ and ‘modern’ are sort of opposites, but our fantastic vendors immediately understood and perfectly carried out our vision! While I thought I had really modern taste, Anne from Blade Floral quickly coined me a ‘modern romantic’ – and she was completely right! She created a stunning, romantic chiffon chuppah and lush centerpieces, that were offset by more modern vases and silver accents.

Danny and I knew we wanted a wedding that was beautiful, fun, and most importantly, centered around our family and friends. We both come from strong Jewish families, but mine is secular, and Danny’s is Modern Orthodox. It was essential for us to incorporate both of our traditions into our ceremony and reception. It wasn’t always simple, but we were able to create the perfect blend. Our friends recommended us to our phenomenal rabbi who worked with us to create the perfect ceremony – a traditional Modern Orthodox ceremony with modern twists like having special women in our lives read blessings they created, and both of us exchanging rings. Two of the most meaningful parts of the ceremony to me was us honoring our grandmothers (who could not be at the wedding) – I was married in the same ring as my mother and grandmother, and Danny walked down the aisle to ‘Danny boy’ which his grandma always sang to him.

The biggest compliment we received from our wedding was that it felt very ‘us.’ That was so meaningful to us because we really wanted the wedding to feel personal to our family and friends. We wanted our reception to feel like one big party, and it definitely did! Our family and friends danced all night, and Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music played the perfect blend of dance music my friends love, my dad’s favorite Stevie Wonder songs, and pleased Danny’s friends with tons of Beatles hits. Pride Caterers suggested a bourbon bar, because we love bourbon, and we had tons of handmade signage because my mom owns a little stationary company, and paper details are a big deal to us!

We wouldn’t have been able to create our vision without the help of our amazing vendors. I was recommended to Roey Mizrahi of Roey Mizrahi Events by the sister-in-law of one of my best friends, and knew she was the right person to plan our wedding right away. She never missed a detail, listened to my endless questions and comments, came up with great ideas, and executed our day perfectly. We are so grateful for her, and I know our wedding would not have gone as smoothly without her! All of our vendors are not only talented, but truly cared about our wedding. From our incredible photographer Lindsay Madden sending me pictures of the perfect spots she found in Central Park for our first look, to Thea of Hushed Commotion working so hard to ensure I had the perfect veil, and Angi of Angelique Ink making edit after edit to our invitations, everyone truly made me feel like my wedding was incredibly special to them. We are so appreciative of their talent and hard work to create our wedding day!

Photography: Lindsay Madden | Event Planning: Roey Mizrahi Events | Floral Design: Blade Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Wedding Cake: Strauss Bakery | Reception Venue: Studio 450 | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaid Gift Signage: Christina D’Asaro | Caterer : Pride Caterers | Garter: The Garter Girl | Guestbook Advice/Question Cards: Smitten With Paper | Hair & Make Up: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Headpiece/Veil: Hushed Commotion | Hotel: Le Parker Meridien | Lace Bolero: Rebecca Schoneveld | Officiant : Rabbi Applebaum | Photobooth: We Love Photobooths | Rentals: Highline Party Rentals | Ring Bearer Sign: Jolie Mae Collections | Signage/Decals: A Charming Occasion | Stationery : Angelique Ink | Video: Kiss The Bride Films

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Colorful Brooklyn Engagement Session http://www.stylemepretty.com/little-black-book-blog/2014/09/29/colorful-brooklyn-engagement-session/ http://www.stylemepretty.com/little-black-book-blog/2014/09/29/colorful-brooklyn-engagement-session/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:15:11 +0000 http://www.stylemepretty.com/?p=370355 This love sesh from Betsi Ewing Studio is a recipe for Monday morning happiness. Splashed with a colorful Brooklyn backdrop and fabulous Manolo Blahnik‘s to match, it’s no surprise this painter Bride and her Groom are getting hitched in New Orleans. Until then, we can soak up all the fun right here!

From the beautiful Bride-to-be…It’s a long love story in the making. I’m a cajun lady from Lafayette, Louisiana and he is a midwestern cheesehead from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We met almost 10 years ago at freshman orientation at Savannah College of Art & Design. Many years, cities, and a furry Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Oliver later, we are now engaged! We live in Chicago at the moment and Peter surprised me and flew us back to one of our favorite places (and former home) Williamsburg, Brooklyn to pop the question. It was a magical night with great friends, family, sparkling rosé, & whiskey at Fada, followed by fun at the trendy Wythe Hotel. All of our favorite things!

We are tying the knot in New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The ceremony will be under age old oak trees and surrounded by amazing artwork. I am a painter myself (LIZFLORES.COM) It couldn’t be more perfect for us! We are excited to start a new chapter in our lives that will definitely involve laughter, love and if I get my way – more puppies!

I’ll be walking down the aisle in an Anna Campbell gown from lovely bride NY. My shoes are Manolos from Bergdorf Goodman’s which is sentimental to me because I was a part of the window display team before our recent move to Chicago.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio | Wedding Gown: Anna Sui | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hotel (after Party): The Wythe Hotel | Makeup: Pure Minerals | Restaurant (proposal): Fada

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Classic Wedding with a New York City Backdrop http://www.stylemepretty.com/new-york-weddings/2014/09/29/classic-wedding-by-rock-paper-scissors-events/ http://www.stylemepretty.com/new-york-weddings/2014/09/29/classic-wedding-by-rock-paper-scissors-events/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:00:05 +0000 http://www.stylemepretty.com/?p=370073 With the New York City skyline as the backdrop, Water’s Edge could not have been a more perfect venue for a couple who centered so much of their relationship around The Big Apple. Styled by Rock Paper Scissors Events, a sleek ceremony of crisp whites contrasted the rich palette of merlot at the reception. For more of the day’s design and details, head over to the gallery by Ayenia Nour Photography.

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From The Bride…So much of our relationship had centered around New York City that we knew we wanted to incorporate it into our special day. We began looking at venues in the city, but none felt quite right. When we saw Water’s Edge, we knew that the view of the skyline was exactly what we wanted. Rather than being in the city, we would have it as the perfect backdrop. With the venue in place, it was time to hunt high and low for inspiration. Never being the girl that had the perfect wedding imagined from a young age, Ara Farnam from Rock Paper Scissors Events was crucial for sorting through piles of Pinterest images and Style Me Pretty weddings to help focus the style and look of the event. Wanting to stay away from traditional fall colors but keep a rich palette, we settled on a classic black and white, accented with rich merlot. We went for contrast with the ceremony, using clean whites for the chuppah so the rich centerpieces in the reception would pop. Our florist was instrumental in pulling together the look for the venue. They ran with the merlot color, creating a beautiful tonal look that accented the high ceiling of the venue without overshadowing the skyline.

Not being able to find exactly what I imagined for our invitations, we ended up creating a custom invite that perfectly captured the clean, classic look I wanted. We then DIY’d the rest of the paper goods, printing menus, programs, and the Mad Lib’s for our guest book. Ranging from touching to hilarious, we loved reading the Mad Lib submissions the next day!

Photography was so important to me, and from the first time I met Ayenia, I knew she was the perfect choice to capture our big day. We planned on shooting at Gantry State Park, as the skyline and urban feel made my heart skip a beat. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans that day. Extreme winds didn’t allow us to shoot at the Park for fear of being blown away, but thankfully the balcony of the venue was protected. Not wanting to disappoint, our wonderful photographer scheduled a reshoot for another day. That day, I was extremely disappointed, but how many brides get to put on their dress twice, with two bouquets? What seemed like a disastrous situation ended up working out for the best.

We knew we wanted to incorporate family throughout our special day. My bouquet was wrapped in lace from my mother’s veil, and my hair was finished with a vintage hair comb borrowed from my mother-in-law. Andrew wore his late maternal grandfathers’ watch, as well as using his briefcase emblazoned with his initials to hold our cards at the reception. Our escort card table displayed both our parents wedding photos. At the ceremony, my grandfather gave a reading, and we drank from Andrew’s aunts kiddish cup. Andrew’s paternal grandfather blessed the challah to kick off the reception. We wanted to start off the party with a bang, and a shower of confetti from our bridal party for the first dance was just the way to do it. The Jay LaMonte band rocked the night away, even playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to the utter joy of this Nirvana-loving bride. The evening ended with a yacht ride down the east river for the guests, providing an even more majestic view of the city so pivotal in Andrew and I’s relationship.

Photography: Ayenia Nour Photography | Event Design: Rock Paper Scissors Events | Florist: Flowers By Brian | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Invitations: Confetti Grey | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Bands: David Yurman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Hair And Make Up: Curls And Lashes | Water's Edge: Water's Edge Restaurant | Z Hotel LIC: Z Hotel LIC

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Stylish, Snowy NYC Wedding at Studio 450 http://www.stylemepretty.com/new-york-weddings/new-york-city/2014/09/26/stylish-snowy-nyc-wedding-at-studio-450/ http://www.stylemepretty.com/new-york-weddings/new-york-city/2014/09/26/stylish-snowy-nyc-wedding-at-studio-450/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:00:35 +0000 http://www.stylemepretty.com/?p=369167 From now on, when I think of stylish NYC weddings, this beauty from Caroline Frost will no doubt pop into my noggin. It’s simply city chic perfection, where every detail has style for miles and even the snow showed up on cue. Honestly I can’t get enough of every image sitting in this gallery, and you can see what all the gushing is about right here.

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From The Bride…David and I are Ohio natives that met and fell in love in New York City. When it came time to plan our wedding we knew we wanted to share our big city home with our friends and out of town families. Our challenge was to have an “NYC wedding” that didn’t feel themed and we achieved this with our amazing venue: Studio 450. The penthouse loft space was the perfect place to showcase the views of the skyline and make our guests feel like they were attending a glamorous night out rather than at a stuffy wedding. The venue was also a beautiful blank white canvas where I could really get creative with everything from rentals and lighting to food and floral.

After a year of planning we came to the week of our wedding which surprised us with a blizzard. A family friend told me that “snow on your wedding day means that God is blessing your marriage” and we couldn’t have been happier with the bad weather! The snow made the weekend incredibly cozy and romantic, our guests really embraced the atmosphere. The bridal party and families spent the day at The Carlton Hotels incredible “New Yorker Suite” visiting and enjoying our mimosa bar while I prepared for the night. We later enjoyed an emotional “first look” and took to the streets for some stunning photos in the snow. After our ceremony concluded at the historic Church of the Incarnation, we surprised our guests with double-decker tour buses to take them on a quick jaunt through Times Square to the reception. Once at the reception the skies cleared and guests were able to dance the night away feeling like they were atop the city itself. It was an absolutely perfect weekend that we will cherish the rest of our lives.

Photography: Caroline Frost | Videographer: Red Bicycle Media | Planner: Milestone Events By Kristy | Floral Design: Michael George | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Magnolia Bakery | Invitations: Bella Figura | Reception Venue: Studio 450 | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Relish | Hair: Giselle Macri | DJ: Aria Melody | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang Black | Bridal Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Cake Topper: Clayphory | Getting Ready Hotel: The Carlton Hotel | Makeup: Makeup By Erin | Menus/Programs: Wiregrass Weddings | Photography Assistant: Amy Rizzuto | Transportation: Gray Line NY Sightseeing | Vintage Postage: Verde Studio | Wedding Signage: Paper Tangent

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Outdoor Brooklyn Wedding with the New York Skyline http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/09/25/outdoor-brooklyn-wedding-with-new-york-skyline/ http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/09/25/outdoor-brooklyn-wedding-with-new-york-skyline/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:00:37 +0000 http://www.stylemepretty.com/?p=368354 When it comes to ceremony backdrops, the New York City skyline pretty much tops the list. It’s completely iconic yet wildly romantic, and this Brooklyn lovefest is the pretty little proof. The couple built their wedding on modern design with classic sensibilities, and 13:13 Photography snapped up every last bit. Click here to see for yourself.

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From The Bride…I met my husband, Ahmet, in Istanbul. I was teaching there for a summer, and we fell in love. Shortly after I returned to the states, he relocated here as well. Our first year together was an adventure, to say the least, and we came through it with a fantastic bond and love for each other. We originally married in September 2011 in a small NYC CIty Hall ceremony with family, but held off on wedding receptions until the summer of 2013. Waiting to celebrate was a great idea, as we were able to have a fantastic ceremony and reception, my husband was able to use the English he had mastered over the past couple of years, his family was able to join us in New York from Turkey (and my family joined us in Turkey as well for our 3rd — and final — wedding celebration, but that’s another story!) and everything came together fabulously.

Our day was really very special. We wanted something that was celebratory & beautiful, that blended both of our cultures, and most of all, that was fun. We incorporated details from Turkish culture (“Turkish delight” favors, Turkish music and folk dance) while still maintaining a traditional American wedding ceremony and reception. The Turkish folk dancing was a big hit with all of our guests!

I also DIYed many of the details: my headpiece, the glass pedestal bowls for the centerpieces, invitations, programs and menus, and favors. I love crafting and our wedding was the perfect excuse to put it into practice. 1 year later, we are so incredibly happy and grateful to be spending our lives together, and we are expecting our first child! We are very, very excited to start our family.

Photography: 13:13 Photography | Florist: Flowers By Emil | Wedding Dress: Bridal Garden | DJ: Starry Night's Gabriela Jeffrey | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Giando On The Water | Makeup: Nessa Kraja

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