I love a wedding that celebrates culture while also celebrating all the love. Luckily, this bride and groom agreed and planned a day with nods to both their Thai and Chinese heritage, with gorgeous touches like florals by Occasion9. Head to The Vault from more from the lens of Cynthia Chung.
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From the Bride…I put a lot of though on how I wanted the wedding to look and what I needed to have at the wedding when I was planning. I ended up choosing the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel because it provided Chinese banquet food (my husband’s only request) in a more traditional wedding venue and space to hold a traditional Thai ceremony as requested by my mother. It also had a nice outdoor balcony for outside ceremonies. However, my taste has more of a rustic vibe so I tried to incorporate that in some of the details of my wedding. I also knew that I always wanted to do as much hands on as I could. I ended up making the ring box, the soap wedding favors, card box, ring bearers’ bow ties and other decorations at the wedding. My friends helped make the veil, the cake topper, “Here Comes the Bride” sign and the guest book sign. My colors were grey and mint green and when I was browsing for cake toppers, I realized Totoro was the perfect choice since he is grey and both my husband and I shared a love for Totoro. I was able to incorporate it into my soap favors, cake topper and photo booth. The thing I enjoyed doing the most was making the soap wedding favors, from cutting the soaps by hand to packaging and labeling each favor. It is also great that I can use the left over favors.
The wedding day went by like a whirlwind. I was worrying about rain for the week prior to the wedding, and alas it did get misty and drizzly the day of. It prevented us from having the ceremony outside in the surprisingly nice balcony at the Sheraton but it did provide for beautiful pictures at the Gantry. Everything else went by without any problems (that I know of!). I love the games and customized Totoro photo booth the DJ/MC provided and the games were one of the most memorable part of my wedding. They were really into making a Totoro themed photo booth for me and it came out more wonderful than I expected. I think in the end, everything came together wonderfully.
Photography: Cynthia Chung Photography | Floral Design: Occasion9 | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | DJ: Sang Along Entertainment | Venue: Sheraton Hotel | Bolero: Lovely Bridal Shop
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Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Photography: Sophie Kawalek Photography | Jewelry: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Pink + Tan Linen Styling Boards: Lux Bindery | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box
When Sarah of Brilliant Event Planning set out to plan her own wedding day, she could only describe the feeling as completely surreal. She took her years worth of experience and deep connections in the industry to design a rooftop NYC “I do” with incredible vendors behind it. Scroll below for links to Sarah’s own dream team, including photos by Craig Paulson and cinematography by Orange Films.
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From the Bride…What is it like for a wedding planner to get married? Surreal! After planning so many different types of weddings, it’s hard to decide what you like best. All we knew was that we wanted it to feel happy, fun, and intimate – and it was! There was a ton of laughter and we have never felt more loved!
We said our “I do’s” on the rooftop. The inspiration for the ceremony backdrop was climbing bougainvillea, but we think that Jessie from Rountree Flowers made something that’s better than the real thing! We were blown away when we walked down the aisle! When it came to stationery, we had the added challenge of needing things to be bilingual. Caitlin from Regas came up with the a fun, creative way to accomplish that – little scroll programs that could incorporate both English and Russian without needing to do a traditional folding program.
We ended up catching the last of the sunshine and by the time guests were taking their seats, the rain was really coming down! As guests walked into the reception, they took escort tiles to find their seats. One of my clients inspired me to try my own calligraphy (you know who you are!) and I ended up doing all of the calligraphy on the tiles myself. It was quite the undertaking! The dinner tables were designed in a “shades of blue” palette – vintage blue and white China, dusty blue candles, and menus with a pale blue letterpress front. I really struggled to find runners in just the right shade of blue and an airy enough material, so we actually made the runners out of cheesecloth that we dyed. Misha and I looked like Smurfs for days!
Before we knew it, we were cutting the wedding cake and dancing the final song of the night! And boy did our family and friends dance! The next day we were heading to Peru for our honeymoon and wishing we could do it all again! We are so grateful for our incredible vendors and were so lucky to have them on our team!
Photography: Craig Paulson Photography | Cinematography: Orange Films | Event Planning: Brilliant Event Planning | Floral Design: Rountree Flowers | Cake: A Simple Cake | Invitations: Regas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: 74 Events | Officiant: Bettina Yiannakourou | Venue: Bryant Park Grill | Bride's Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Bridesmaid's Hair + Makeup: Glamsquad | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: 45 Riots | Cheese Boards: Valley Shepherd Creamery | Dinnerware: borrowed BLU | Farm Tables: Weir Event Rentals | Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals | Runner: The Original Aisle Runner Company