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Romantic Central Park Engagement Session

These two fell in love via love letters and continued as they celebrated one holiday right after the other before this Groom-to-be left for Afghanistan. The proposal came at the same spot where they celebrated that faux Valentine’s Day, so it’s only proper that their engagement pics were captured there as well. As if it couldn’t get any better, these cuties say “I do” next February 13, to toast the next day, as husband and wife, properly and officially. See all of Meg Miller’s pics accompanying this love story right this way!

From the Bride-to-be… Mike and I were good friends for nine years before we went on our first date. And from that friendship, both our playful banter and unfaltering trust in each other have continued to be the heart of our relationship. Mike is a First Lieutenant Officer, and I first knew I loved him when I sat down to write him a letter while he was in the US Army Ranger School. I really wanted to help distract him from his tough training, but I did not know how I could write anything without seeming completely in love. So it took me a few weeks to admit it and gather the courage, but once I had received a letter from him, I bit the bullet and wrote my own. From there, our dating courtship took place over dozens of letters to each other over five months before a weekend visit in Atlanta where we told each other how we felt in person.

Eventually, Mike moved to upstate New York and I lived in Manhattan. We dated long distance for over two years including nine of those months with Mike deployed in Afghanistan. We had only three weeks’ notice when he was told he would be leaving. I worked with our families to surprise him with celebrating every holiday he was going to miss while away. Our first dual family dinner was “Thanksgiving.” “Christmas Eve” was spent making cookies and opening stockings at his parent’s house, and “Christmas morning” was the hardest to pull off but I managed to set up a mini tree with lights (in October!) while he slept in the same room. But Mike wanted to know when “Valentine’s Day” was going to be, so he could be prepared. We spent Valentine’s Day in Central Park with a picnic and a carriage ride that started off from Columbus Circle. He says in that moment when I walked up to meet him was when he knew he was going to marry me when he came home.

That was the reason why he proposed to me at Columbus Circle, and also the reason why we wanted to have our engagement pictures taken there. We brought a bottle of champagne and a blanket to have a small picnic like our first “Valentine’s Day” date during our shoot to feel more candid. I love anything and everything white, so Mike surprised me by having a posy made of these beautiful white flowers the day of our session to carry throughout the park. Our wedding day will be February 13, 2016, and the next day will be our first day as man and wife, and our first Valentine’s Day spent in person together as well. So for us, everything has come full circle.

Photography: Meg Miller Photography | Dress: Elizabeth And James | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Central Park

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Elegant Manhattan Wedding

One part sleek meets sophisticated, one part traditional meets classic, this stunning Manhattan affair from Classic Events NYC will completely make your Monday.  From the breathtaking orchid-filled florals from Pedestals to the bride’s fabulous Nicole Miller gown to the take-your-breath-away reception at Guastavino’s.  Head to The Vault for every amazing moment captured by Joseph Lin.

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From the Bride… When Mario and I got engaged my first priority was to hire Classic Events NYC to plan and organize the affair and make my vision of an elegant Manhattan wedding a reality. Upon meeting with Danielle from Classic Events, I explained what my wishes were for my wedding day and, based on our first conversation, I knew it would be exactly what I wanted and more. We set up an appointment at Guastavinos and immediately fell in love with the space and their team. We booked it the following day without seeing any other spaces.

For ceremony location, we knew wanted to get married at the historic St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mott Street. The church held significance for us as both my grandparents and parents were married there. In our search for a photographer who would take flawless photos and capture every significant moment of our day, I was recommended by a friend to call Joseph Lin Photography. As soon as I saw his work, I immediately was intrigued by his artistic style and creative ideas.

For our flowers, we wanted something elegant and chic to complement the gothic urban style of our venue. We hired Steven Polizzi from Pedestals who was able to deliver exactly what we were looking for and make everything flawless.

For makeup and hair, I was very concerned about looking overdone and unnatural. I hired the talented team from Alex Anthony Salon who listened to all of my concerns and knew exactly how to make me look and feel like the most beautiful version of myself.

Photography: Joseph Lin Photography | Event Planning: Danielle Elder, Classic Events NYC | Floral Design: Steven Polizzi for Pedestals | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Old Cathedral | Reception Venue: Guastavino's | Makeup: Blue Michael Cosmetics | Hair: Alex Anthony Salon | Band: Bobby Attiko For Hank Lane | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Getaway Car: Romantique Limos

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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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