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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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Elegant NYC High Line Engagement Session

When this beautiful bride-to-be arrived at the High Line to meet her beau for a couples’ photoshoot, she had no idea he was about to propose — or that it would be captured on film! Oh, and the helicopter tour around the city and private dinner with both their families he planned after the shoot? Just icing on the cake. Captured by the always lovely Alicia Swedenborg, this e-sesh is jammed packed with urban charm, intimate moments, and happy smiles you can imagine. Take a peek at the full gallery here!


From The Bride…Paul and I met at NASDAQ, where we both worked, when I was on a work trip to NYC and was seated next to Paul by chance. After Paul unsuccessfully asked me out right then and there, he pursued me for months through witty emails and IMs from afar. When I finally moved to New York City 6 months later, I couldn’t say no to his relentless charm! 3 years later, after sharing trips around the world, meals in almost every restaurant in Manhattan, and the incredible love and support from our friends and families, Paul and I are so excited to start our married lives together!

Our mutual friend reached out to me months ago asking if I could convince Paul to pose for couples portraits to enhance his portfolio. Thinking I was completely in charge of the plans as usual, I committed us after pitching the idea to Paul. Unbeknownst to me, this was all part of a master plan to get me to the Highline, our first date location. When we arrived, Paul got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and our friend was hiding in the bushes documenting the whole event!

After the proposal, we went to Hogs and Heifers, our classy part 2 of our first date, and shared our news with the bra-clad waitresses over a tequila shot. Paul brought me to a few more meaningful spots before telling me “there weren’t enough hours in the day to revisit all of our special places”. With that, we arrived at the Manhattan helipad, where both of our families were there to surprise me (enter: me completely losing it, ugly tears) and we took an amazing helicopter ride around the city.

After some bubbly and Skype sessions to family abroad, Paul’s brother, a sous chef, prepared a massive feast for our families at his restaurant, Lupa. We finished the evening with celebratory drinks at Houston Hall with our best friends. It couldn’t have been more perfect. And here I was thinking I was the planner in the family!

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Hair And Make Up: Glamsquad | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt | Venue: New York City | Bride's Dress: Alice And Olivia | Groom's Blazer: Mark Marengo | Groom's Pants: J.Crew | Groom's Shirt: Suit Supply

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Elegant + Chic Fort Tryon Park Outdoor Wedding

Planning an outdoor wedding? Consider color – lots and lots of color. Take this celebration as example. Exuding an aura of splendor like no other, it’s a fete that proves nature is an an extraordinary canvas for intensely bright florals and lovely lace accents. Cynthia Chung Weddings shared the special day and it’s all waiting in the gallery!

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From Cynthia Chung WeddingsWhen you have a outdoor wedding in Fort Tryon Park… it’s going to be amazing. Hands down. Lauren and Eric couldn’t have planned it ANY more beautifully. The weather was perfect, their outfits were perfect, the florals for this wedding blew me out of the water and their taste for music was right on point.

Eric used to always stop by a florist near their home in Brooklyn, but when they moved out of Brooklyn and into the city, the florist was so sad about them leaving, she actually cried. That’s how close they were to her. So when they called her to do the flowers for the wedding– she was thrilled and she created some amazingly gorgeous bouquets and decor!

Lauren and Eric are really down to earth, fun loving and food loving couple. Their sense of style also was so well represented through the little details of their wedding. Both being huge foodies, picking tabasco sauce as their wedding favors couldn’t have been any more perfect- “keeping it spicy”.

It was an amazing day both for beautiful photographs yet also a fun time.

From The Bride…Every bride says the same thing: best day ever! And I’m not trying to say they’re liars, but I’m calling them out because September 6, 2014 was in fact THE BEST DAY EVER!! Let’s backtrack a bit. In late July of 2013 Eric and I took the train out to Long Beach for what was supposed to be like any other summer Sunday. Unbeknownst to me Eric had other plans. After his surprise proposal in the sand and the obligatory phone calls to our family we started discussing and planning how we envisioned our ideal day. We knew we wanted something in the city, outdoors, and most importantly there had to delicious food! The hunt was on but it didn’t last long; we took a trip up to Fort Tryon Park to see the New Leaf Cafe. It had everything we wanted, a beautiful setting, and an awesome staff to boot!

We knew we wanted to use our amazing and talented neighborhood florist (http://saffron-brooklyn.com/) and when we told her that good news she was so happy for us that she was actually moved to tears! All I had to do was send her my Pinterest board and she did the rest.

We knew we didn’t have room (as in space and also budget) for a band so we started researching djs. After an afternoon of good music and food in the guanus, Eric said “wouldn’t it be great if we could get Mr. Sunday?”. So I sent them a Facebook message and we set up a phone interview, booked them, filled out a survey listing our wants and then met with Justin the week before the wedding. He is a professional in every sense of the word and provided us with a soundtrack that totally represented who we are and what we wanted.

Next on the list was our photographer. After countless hours scrolling through reviews and profiles of borrowing stuffy options i came across a photographer (Cynthia Chung) who’s images really gave an insight into the bride and groom she was shooting and also gave a sense of comfort. She also happened to have some really cool “stop motion” photography which I totally fell in love with. I sent her an email and Eric and I went to meet and we knew we loved her the second we met. (Not only was she a source of calm throughout the planning process and the big day, but I had asked her for advice on scheduling the day and she provided a detailed outline… Lifesaver!!!!)

When it came time to go dress shopping we took a trip to the wedding dress mecca known as Kleinfelds where I found a beautiful sheath and lace gown by David Fielden. I loved everything about this dress, it was just what I wanted (even if I needed to do some convincing…it wasn’t what my mom and sister imagined for me but once they saw the dress on me they agreed that it was just perfect.

Eric had his suit made by a tailor he had done business with in the past and met on a trip to Hong Kong. It was a perfect blueish gray that really popped. His brother, the best man, wore a grey suit, and my two brother, Jeff and Jamie wore navy blue brooks brothers suits. All the boys wore pink ties to match my sisters, the maid-of-honor, pink dress from J.Crew. We didn’t even plan it but the grooms side of the family all wore gray and the brides side all wore either navy or pink. It looked super sharp in the photos.

For favors we looked to Etsy and found these awesome hot sauce bottles from “Nonna’s Kitchen” with the labels “keeping it spicy.” We are both huge foodies and adding a touch of foodie-ness was percent for our wedding favors.

Our invitations were absolutely amazing! They looked beautiful and had this super slick city skyline for the envelope liner. I worked with a wonderful team of professionals at Cheree Berry Paper and they rocked!!

Photography: Cynthia Chung Weddings | Floral Design: Saffron | Wedding Dress: David Fielden | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony: Fort Tryon Park | Reception: New Leaf Restaurant | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Wedding Favors: Nonna's Kitchen | Music: Mr. Saturday Night

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