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Organic Modernist Garden Wedding in Brooklyn

I love some over-the-top glamorous “I Do’s,” but it’s intimate, eco-chic weddings like this that really hit home with a California girl like me. Captured by Mademoiselle Fiona, the pared-down essence of these organic “I Do’s” shone through personal details, like the handmade paper bag lanterns, as well as through undeniably fun elements (hello, gold piñata!). Take a peek through the gallery here to see it all!

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From Bespoke OnlyAmy and Peter were the kind of clients that we simply hit it off from the very beginning. These two had a very clear vision of what they were hoping achieve – a celebration to highlight the notion of love and faith for one another. With the concept in mind, we designed an intimate gathering that celebrates a sense of community. Pared down to the essence, the feel was beautiful in a humble fashion through all the elements. We carefully curated the space with a styling approach that is organic and simple yet nothing short of whimsy.

Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg was the perfect spot for Amy and Peter. The mix of old and new mingle harmoniously in the space. The exposed timber beams and cast iron columns created a rustic warehouse backdrop while a sense of history grounds the design with reclaimed/restored materials and contribution from local artisans. Carrying a similar look, we brought in industrial style barn tables with steel frame and paired them with Tolix chair for an iconic urban bistro flair. An assortment of iron terrariums and bud vases made of recycled glass housed air plants, various of succulents, river rocks and fun tropical fruits such as Cucamelon while copper miniature garden insects, including butterfly and ladybug nestled in between to mimic the scene of a real garden. A grape vine based wreath was hung on the brick wall at the courtyard to frame the most intimate ceremony. The couple’s close friend played acoustic guitar when the bride was walking down the aisle. With the summer breeze, everything simply felt so natural and uncontrived. The majority of botanical elements were chosen with their longevity in mind and given away to the guests as favors at the end of night. It was a true green event with minimal waste. Amy and Peter proved a wedding needn’t to be lavish yet still captivating in every way.

A line of carved white paper lanterns that spell “Best Day Ever” were flickering in the breezy summer night at this Brooklyn hot spot. Another highlight of the night was the piñata, an ode to the bride’s fond childhood memory in hometown Austin. Because nothing says a fun party more than a gold piñata!

From The Bride…Peter and I wanted our wedding to be a representation of the two of us – personal and nothing over the top. We didn’t know what the final result would look like until day of the wedding but it was fun being part of the journey and getting to work the kindest group of people who made it happen!

Wythe Hotel was the first and only venue we visited. Once we stepped into the entrance, we knew immediately it was for us. We loved the space so much that we didn’t feel like it needed to be masked with heavy décor. The staff and coordinators were also extremely helpful and patient while assisting every detail of the wedding!

When we were in the search for our photographer, we knew we wanted someone with a well-edited eye, who could embrace the environment we would be in. When we came across Fiona’s website, we both couldn’t believe how beautiful her weddings were; each photo was thoughtfully composed yet felt so natural. Then we knew we had to work with someone who could magically put everything together. Upon recommendation, we met Melissa from Bespoke Only, who seemed to understand what we wanted right away. She grasped the overall fresh and light hearted atmosphere we described for the wedding; also adding her own details that made it so much more beautiful than what we imagined!

I saw the Dauphine gown on J. Crew’s website when we got engaged and knew it was what I had to wear. As it was three months before the wedding and the gown was still out of stock online, I sent an email to CEO Mickey Drexler and President Jenna Lyons, requesting the gown. The dress arrived two days later and I couldn’t be happier with all of it.

Growing up in Austin, every birthday party I attended had a piñata, it was such a fun and festive way for all the attendees to come together and celebrate. This was an unexpected detail for our guests and also bringing a piece of my childhood to such an important day! Confetti System created piñatas that were irresistible and modern, that we thought would be a fun décor for the ceremony space as well.

With all the components coming together, it was so special to celebrate a special moment with our families and friends who showered us with love and laughter. Peter and I keep on feeling like the luckiest Bride and Groom as we look back on our wedding. It was truly the best day ever created by Melissa and captured so beautifully by Fiona; and we would never change one bit!

Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona | Event Design: Bespoke Only | Bride's Shoes: J Crew | Hair: Stephanie Arias At Dry Bar - Dry On The Fly | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Wedding Venue: Wythe Hotel | Bride's Dress: J Crew | Pinatta: Confetti Systems | Rental: Broadway Party Rentals

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#LOVEWINS For Modern Nautical Wedding at Liberty Warehouse

Today is a really great day my friends. With the Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriage is now legal in every single state in our country, our smiles and hearts are bigger than ever and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with one fabulous wedding between two adorable dads. Amy Shey Jacobs for Chandelier Events orchestrated the fabulous fete and Dave Robbins didn’t miss a beat. See all his pics in this gorgeous gallery – and cheers to kicking off the weekend on a really fantastic note.

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From Amy Shey Jacobs for Chandelier EventsJerry and Scott had been a duo for over 17 years. They have spent a lifetime together building their family: an amazing son Owen, their beautiful NJ home, their careers and an incredible circle of blended families and friends. When they were finally granted their chance to make their love official through marriage, they were ready for an all-out celebration!

Inspired by the beach – from New England spots like Ogunquit, Maine and the Jersey Shore where they share a summer home – Jerry and Scott wanted to bring their family and friends from near and far to the New York Harbor to celebrate in true nautical-meets-Brooklyn style. They enlisted Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events (who Jerry had known for many years) to bring their vision to life – she brought them to the piers of Red Hook, Brooklyn to Liberty Warehouse, a converted warehouse complex with wrap-around views of the harbor from the Verrazano Bridge to the Brooklyn Bridge and a bird’s-eye view of the Statue of Liberty. There, the rocky shores, buoys, boats and ferries sailing by, became the perfect place for these two dads to wed. Incidentally, just as they selected their venue, Jerry and Scott’s son Henry made his debut into the world – kicking the joy of wedding celebration into overdrive.

With the goal to bring the best of Maine to Brooklyn with a sophisticated, masculine aire, Chandelier Events worked with Grayson and Arturo at New York City’s Prudence Designs to bring the farm tables to life with burlap runners and burly driftwood centerpieces flanked by glistening lanterns, succulents and proteas. The unfinished wood was accented with vintage cross-back chairs and market lights strung above by Pegasus Lighting – who installed a dramatic marquee lighting installation spelling L-O-V-E over the stage. And whimsical touches were abound, from the vintage oar escort card display created by Prudence Designs and Belles Lettres Calligraphy to sea-glass chargers with kraft-bag menus and pretzel breads created by Chandelier Events at every seat to the “groom’s side, groom’s side” ceremony chalkboard display!

For #TwoDadsWed, who write a blog Two Dads Cook (http://twodadscook.tumblr.com), the menu was a paramount priority for Jerry and Scott! Both gourmets in their own right, Jerry and Scott naturally wanted to bring the taste of summer alive at their wedding. The guys worked with Amy and The Liberty Warehouse to dream up a four-course tasting menu that drove the nautical essence home, from roaming oyster shuckers at cocktail hour to an elaborate tasting meal featuring fresh burrata salad with local tomatoes and frisee, family-style lobster rolls served with mason jars of chilled gazpacho, steaks and onion rings and a New England-style dessert station with a whoopie pie tower “wedding cake,” old fashioned seltzer egg cream station and a surprise artisanal ice cream truck for dessert on the deck and the dance floor!

Speaking of the dance floor, Jerry and Scott worked with Kerry Beach, bandleader and lead vocalists of Elan Artists’s The Elements to craft a custom play list that would keep guests on their toes all night long. The result was an epic setlist that started with surprise recessional serenade “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons, which led guests New Orleans-style into cocktail hour, to mash-ups of New Age classics (“Melt with You,” “Take on Me” and “Sweet Dreams”) to new EDM hits from Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris. And just when guests thought they’d seen it all, Chandelier Events and Elan Artists worked behind the scenes for a late-night live music surprise by street-band, The Drummadics, which brought the party to their feet!

To say it was a celebration of love is an understatement. Knowing what marriage is all about when you make the commitment in front of your family and friends is truly a gift!

Photography: Dave Robbins Photography | Event Design: Prudence Designs | Event Planning: Amy Shey Jacobs For Chandelier Events | Calligraphy: Belles Lettres Calligraphy | Lighting: Pegasus Productions | Band: The Elements | Wedding Venue: Liberty Warehouse | Dessert Bar: Baked NYC | Food Truck: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream | Performance: Drummadics For Elan Artists | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Roaming Raw Bar: Oysters XO

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Alexandra Grecco + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There’s obsession, and then there’s the way we feel about the gorgeous tulle skirts from Alexandra Grecco; a seriously sassy + totally stunning collection that you honestly NEED to see.  Think an array of fabulous colors and lengths meets six layers of fully-lined tulle, all with a gorgeous silk waistband.  From everyday brunching to e-shooting with your sweetie, you’ll never feel so pretty… or so chic.

Based in NYC’s coolest borough (Brooklyn!), each Alexandra Grecco piece is crafted in sizes 00-14 and layered with the perfect amount of tulle for that fabulous flare we know you will absolutely adore. Imagine soft, ethereal shades like ivory, dusty blue, seafoam and champagne mix and mingling with your favorite pair of heels and that cashmere sweater your honey can’t seem to get enough of… OR looking absolutely awesome on each of your bridesmaids as they stand beside you on the big day.  Not to mention that each Alexandra Grecco skirt is more than perfect for every.single.event on your itinerary, so you can channel that inner fashionista for your bridal shower, engagement party and going away party!

Visit Alexandra Grecco today to order that skirt of your dreams.  And don’t forget to pre-order the new Lace Elliot Top (available in ivory, pale grey, nude or black) to pair with your skirt or dress… or even your favorite denim.  You can thank us later.

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SMP readers will receive 20% off their order with the code “stylemepretty15″, valid until July 18, 2015.

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What: Alexandra Grecco is giving away a fabulous tulle skirt in any size or color offered to one lucky SMP reader! (Value $188)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us where you would rock your amazing Alexandra Grecco skirt!

Who: One winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, July 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Hair: Brittany Romney | Makeup: Mandy Bisesti

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A Stunning Burgundy Wedding in Brooklyn

Truth be told? This piece of pretty had me at Burgundy. The perfect blend of rich hues and artistic details, my love for this fete borderlines obsession. From the Bride’s Lazaro gown to the stunning florals, every little detail Haley Sheffield snapped is more than beautiful than the last and can be found right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Usually I am so indecisive about things, but with our wedding, I was never more sure. I guess my ideas had been brewing in my head for about 7 years, since Adam and I first started dating. Our waterfront venue was a converted 1800′s liquor warehouse in Red Hook Brooklyn. Our amazing wedding planner helped us find this gem. Exposed brick, wood beams and huge arched windows with views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. The venue was so “us”. It was vintage-romatic, and that was the style and design we were after. Once we booked the venue, we planned every little detail. For my tablescapes, I wanted guests to feel as though they were viewing a still life painting. I personally searched and hunted silver, tea pots and milk glass vessels to hold my unique florals. Fresh fruits of the harvest surrounded those arrangements. Chalk board guest board, hand spray painted wine bottle candle holders, hanging Edison bulbs strung from the rafters. A lot of DIY, but so worth it.

What I looked forward to was the moment when it all came together. For example, I hadn’t seen the Bridesmaids dresses in person till that day. I literally chose the fabric colors at the store and just went with my artistic gut. I couldn’t wait to see my vision come to life and of course I couldn’t wait to see Adam.

That feeling of overwhelming joy when walking down the aisle. It truly was the most perfect day.

From Haley SheffieldThis wedding is close to my heart. When Cadence reached out to me, over a year before her wedding to photograph her Big Day in NYC, my heart leapt for joy. Cadence and I had been long-time social media friends (how strange is the internet?!). Knowing that she had impeccable taste–both unique and timeless–and that she was an art teacher and photographer herself, I couldn’t help but to jump all-in to the photographic process.

Needless to say, Cadence’s wedding was one of my favorites of the year. With her background in art and admiration of the “classic” aesthetic, the fusion became a dream when the wedding unfolded. I absolutely loved the uniqueness of her color palette–the deep burgundy and cobalt with soft tones throughout. Juxtaposed against the clear horizon and beautiful empty canvas of The Liberty Warehouse, you couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.

I absolutely LOVED the texture of her stunning Lazaro gown and the timelessness it added to her classic bridal look. Paired with Adam’s velvet bowtie (swoooooon), there was a nostalgic air about them together while still remaining fresh. And that theme was woven through the entire wedding. Although the Liberty Warehouse is a fairly modern venue, the Edison bulbs hung for decor brought a since of old to the room. The table decor included silver pieces that Cadence and her mother collected over the course of her engagement, but Cadence also tied in modern protea with her arrangements (including her bouquets!).

In addition to the nostalgia of the decor, Adam and Cadence tied in several details to the day that were special to them. Part of the themes running through their wedding was their love for Maine (a staple location for them as a couple), brought in through a subtle use of lobster in their decor. In addition, they offered whoopie pies (a Maine favorite) as a dessert option/favor–and the guests loved them! Lastly, Adam and Cadence tied in their different cultures (Egyptian and Italian) during their reception by dancing to the most amazing cultural music by the live band! I have never seen so much guest involvement in my life–the joy was absolutely contagious! Lastly, at the end of the night, I took Cadence and Adam out onto the balcony of the Liberty Warehouse to capture a photo of the two of them with the Freedom Tower in the background. Adam is a member of the New York City Ironworkers (how amazing!) and was a part of the crew that helped construct the tower. Such a perfect way to end the night!

Photography: Haley Sheffield | Floral Design: Petals & Roots | Makeup: Kristen Therese | Hair: Tiffany Hayden | Bride Dress: Lazaro | Bride Shoes: Diane Von Furstenberg | Cake / Whoopie Pies: Merrie Stone-Ober | Catering (Also Venue): The Liberty Warehouse | Donuts: Carpe Donut NYC | Invitations / Paper: Moontree Letterpress | Warehouse: The Liberty Warehouse | Wedding Planning: Orchard & Broome

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Industrial Brooklyn Winery Wedding

Have you ever thought about using Social Media to find a wedding vendor? I’m totally taking note from this beautiful Bride who searched unique Instagram hashtags to source her wedding dream team, genius right?! Rima Brindamour was behind the lens of this lofty Brooklyn Winery affair and the gallery is the perfect place to see it all.

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From Rima BrindamourI love all of my clients but I really love these two. I can’t express enough how wonderful it is to work with a couple that is genuinely happy and surrounded by supportive, loving, wonderful friends and family. Andria and Gavin’s Brooklyn Winery wedding was like a dream–-completely relaxed, nothing but big hugs and smiles, and everything happened right on schedule. Weddings like this remind me why I love being a wedding photographer and get me excited for the start of wedding season. Oh, and it didn’t hurt that they are gorgeous!

From the beautiful Bride… Figure out what is most important to you. Pick a few things that you really love and feel the most passionate about and invest your time and money in those areas. For us, the venue, food, and photography were very important so we allocated more time and budget to that. This meant sacrificing in other areas like getting a live band, guest favors, or specialty cocktails. At the end of the day we were able to have the wedding we envisioned without get sidetracked with the things we deemed less important to the overall experience.

Make your wedding your own: Gavin is a writer and we have a vintage typewriter that has lived with us since we moved in together so we turned it into a welcome sign for the guests. In place of flower petals for the flower girls, we cut paper hearts out of the pages of my favorite book. We also borrowed vintage books from family members to use as part of the table settings. Your guests may not know the story behind every item, but it was really fun to know the “secret” behind each piece and it made our wedding day more personal to us.

Leave time for the unplanned: I made the mistake of trying to get too ahead of things and spent a lot of time making DIY table numbers that we didn’t end up using because they ultimately didn’t fit with the rest of our theme. Definitely keep things on schedule to avoid last minute scrambles but keep in mind there are some things that may change throughout the planning process. Leave some time for these unplanned things.

Use social media: I found my hair and makeup artist through Instagram. I searched relevant hashtags like #hairmakeupnyc and #nycmakeupartist and found Laura Burns who was absolutely amazing! I highly recommend her to anyone getting married in NYC, by the way. Instagram is the next best thing to Pinterest for research and ideas because you can “browse by hashtag” and get a visual spread of ideas from real weddings instead of themock wedding shoots that are often in a lot of magazines and blogs.

Photography: Rima Brindamour | Floral Design: Whole Foods | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Shoes: Valentino | Caterer: Brooklyn Winery | Hair And Makeup: Laura Burns | DJ: Dan From Scratch Weddings | Hotel: Wythe Hotel | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Winery | Clutch: My A La Mode | Suit: Hart Schaffner Marx

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