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They Pulled off a Garden Wedding in the City

The task? Plan a lush, organic, Napa-inspired wedding…and do it in the middle of New York City. Luckily, floral genius DESIGNS BY AHN didn’t even flinch but instead took their vision and ran with it. The result is an urban garden party photographed by Sawyer Baird and there’s a whole lot more this way in The Vault.

Urban Space

From the Bride…When it came to planning our own wedding, my husband and I knew we didn’t want to get married at a banquet hall. As a native Californian, it only made sense to be surrounded by nature but since my husband wanted hard liquor served at our wedding, a Napa venue was out of the question. We also found it difficult planning a wedding across the states amidst our busy work schedules. I was then recommended by two of my coworkers to check out the Foundry. The Foundry was definitely a stunning unique space amidst a desolate area. What drew me in was the lush ever growing ivy wrapped around the exterior of the old restored building and inside the greenhouse. I never imagined finding a garden venue in the city. Even though my husband and I had our concerns of the limited capacity the space could hold it helped us narrow our guest count to our closest family and friends.

After selecting the venue, everything else fell into place. I am usually drawn to neutral, organic and very simple aesthetics. Since the venue is naturally beautiful in itself, it allowed me to keep decorations minimally romantic with lots of greenery, candles, and ivory flowers. It tied back to my flowing gown, the bridesmaids’ long chiffon dresses and lush ribboned bouquets. We opted out of the bridal party prom look and had the groomsmen in classic dark navy suits while my husband wore a midnight blue and black tuxedo. My florist, Victoria of Designs by Ahn took my vision and created something more than what I dreamed it would look.

My amazing calligrapher, Esther Clark, whose style I adore, created all the delicate organic paper pieces for the day. Our DJ, James Mulry played our favorite rock songs during cocktail hour and then uptempo beats after dinner. With the help of our caterer everything was cohesive, lush and absolutely beautiful. Our wedding definitely looked like a secret garden party and served as an amazing backdrop for photos.

Planning for the wedding can at times be overwhelming especially during an extreme work schedule but it was well worth it in the end because we got to celebrate the love we have for each other with all of the wonderful people in our lives ALL on the same coast and city at the same time. And there may never be a time when that happens again. We only wished the party lasted a few more hours.

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Photography: Sawyer Baird | Cinematography: Live Pictures Studio | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Baked NYC | Invitations: Esther Clark | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Real Food Catering | Hair + Makeup: Agata Zmudka & Sachiko Yanase | DJ: James Mulry | Groom's Attire: Theory | Groomsmen's Attire: SRG Fashion | Hotel: Paper Factory Hotel | Venue: The Foundry | Flower Girl Dress: Rainey's Closet | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Invitations + Menu: Plume Calligraphy | Photo Booth: Lumi8 | Ring Bearer Attire: Zara

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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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Glamorous Vintage Summer Wedding

I’m absolutely smitten with this glamourous affair. Not only is it bursting with beauty crafted by Jessica Tocko for A Polished Plan and DM Events, but it’s also got one pretty rad couple. Case in point? In lieu of a traditional champagne toast, this duo embraced the Bride’s Polish roots and toasted with shots of vodka while singing a traditional Polish celebration song. See it all unfold in the gallery a la Sidney Morgan!


From the beautiful Bride… We met in New Haven, CT, in the fall of 2008. Brian had just started graduate school and was in the same program as my twin sister, Annie. The night we met, Brian and his friends had tried to see a movie, but it was sold out. Instead, they went to a bar called, Bar, where I was with Annie. She introduced Brian as, “That guy who sits in the front row in class, and always has something interesting to say.” I was smitten.

If not for that sold-out movie, we may have never met!

We moved to Jersey City, NJ in 2011 for new job opportunities and have been there ever since. In that same year, our family grew a bit in the addition of our spunky Boston Terrier, Franklin, who has been a source of love and joy in our lives.

Just after our 5-year anniversary, Brian proposed! We knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and had talked about getting married, but the actual proposal was a total surprise. It was a private, intimate proposal at our apartment in the Paulus Hook neighborhood of Jersey City, on a crisp and sunny March day.

I said, yes! Then the first planning began!

We chose the Metropolitan Building as our venue because it struck the perfect industrial and vintage balance that we were looking for. Our hope was to immerse our guests in an experience that transported them from the day-to-day, to a place in their hearts where they would be inspired to celebrate.

We channeled the venue’s history and whimsy in the many DIY details we incorporated. From the homemade candle escort cards, to the table numbers, to the mirror signs hand-lettered by one of our closest friends, these elements helped add a very personal touch to the experience. Plus, working on these projects throughout our engagement brought us even closer together and added to our appreciation of how everything came together on our special day.

The ladies at A Polished Plan truly helped make our vision of the day a reality. Their help in planning and executing all the tiny details allowed us to focus on enjoying the moments.

From the handsome Groom… We felt lucky to be surrounded by so many friends and family in our bridal party! Margaret had both her sisters Annie and Diana as her co-maids of honor (co-MOH’s) because they are both so important to her.

Margaret purchased her Jenny Packham dress from Everthine bridal in Madison, CT. Her twin sister Annie, was also married in a Jenny Packham dress from Everthine in June 2012.

Our dog Franklin is a big part of our family and we knew he had to be there. He joined us for family pictures right after our first look and wore a mint green bow tie that belongs to Brian.

In lieu of a traditional champagne toast, we embraced Margaret’s Polish roots and had our guests toast us with shots of vodka while singing “Sto Lat”, a traditional Polish celebration song.

We hand-poured beeswax candles into vintage jelly jars that served as both an escort card and a wedding favor for our guests.

Margaret’s best friend and bridesmaid, Angela J. Brysiewicz, offered up her artistic skills and designed/created all of the beautiful vintage-inspired mirror art.

From The Couple…Make it YOUR day: This is a celebration of your past and future. It should reflect your personality and aesthetic.

Hire a day-of coordinator: You don’t want to sweat the details on your wedding day.

Book your photographer ASAP: You’ll want these memories captured in a true and beautiful sense by someone who understands you. The best photographers book early!

We’d like to thank both of our parents, whose love and support throughout the entire process made the day exceptionally special.

Photography: Sidney Morgan | Videography: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Wedding Planner: A Polished Plan | Floral Design: DM Events | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Love Your Face Beauty | Hair Stylist: Jenna Drudi | DJ : Scratch Weddings | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: Zara | Officiant: Eclectic Unions: Wedding Ceremonies by Celebrant Jessie Blum | Ceremony And Reception: Metropolitan Building | Wedding Cake And Desserts: Cocoa Bakery

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