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Romantic NYC High Line Engagement

This couple’s recipe for a darling engagement is simply beyond. Avid foodies, the groom whipped up the ultimate ruse for his Alexandra Grecco donning bride-to-be. No step was omitted – from curating a completely custom cookbook to celebratory champagne where their first date took place. With Shadi Boulos behind the lens, every image captured is entirely delightful and can be enjoyed here.

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From Shadi Boulos Photography…”The Perfect Pairing”. One of my greatest joys is sharing one of life’s special moments with close friends. A few months ago, my friend Tony approached me to help him with a wonderful proposal idea for his girlfriend, Sherry. Both Tony and Sherry share an appreciation for cooking and dining out. There’s no other way of saying it – they love food. Over the course of their relationship, Tony and Sherry dined out a lot and there were a select few meals that left an impression on them. So, Tony’s proposal idea: Tony contacted restaurants in Jersey City, New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles where they had their most memorable meals to compile a book of recipes containing his and Sherry’s favorite dishes. The restaurants loved the idea! Not only that, but Tony commissioned me to photograph some of the dishes he chose to include in the cookbook.

Tony and I worked hard to keep Sherry unsuspecting. You see, Sherry and I previously planned to do a photo session of her donning a beautiful ivory tulle skirt by up-and-coming designer, Alexandra Grecco. What Sherry didn’t know is that these photos were also to be her engagement pictures! As far as Sherry knew, Tony “reluctantly” agreed to make an appearance in some of the photos. I met the couple at The High Line in New York City where they had their first NY date, and where Tony had planned the proposal.

Tony decided that he wanted to propose to Sherry privately, so I called the couple and pretended I was running late. With a basket of “props” in hand, the scene was set for Tony to propose.

As they “waited for me to arrive,” Tony suggested to go through the props, which included the cookbook, a bottle of champagne, two champagne flutes, and a beautiful diamond ring. Upon seeing the book, Sherry said “Oh, Shadi got us a cookbook to take photos with!” As she started flipping the pages, Sherry slowly came to the realization that all of the restaurants were ones she’s been to before and that the recipes were some of their favorites. She continued until the last recipe; a recipe for their story:

The Perfect Pairing

For the Michigan girl:

  • 1 package of Canadian Bacon
  • ¾ cup of Yellow Maize
  • Bake in California sun for 2 years

For the Jersey guy:

  • 4 blocks of Swiss Chocolate
  • 2 cups of Kenyan coffee beans
  • Heat in a Jersey City melting pot

ONE | Thoroughly whisk 1 Michigan girl and 1 Jersey guy at a destination wedding in California for 5 hours. Follow by seasoning with countless hours of Facetime.

TWO | To add in East Coast flavor, move mixture to Jersey City. In a saucepan over low heat, pour in 2 unhealthy obsessions with food, 1 instant camera, 50 new friends and a generous amount of love.

THREE | Let sit until the 27th of September. When ready, add the following: 1 tulle skirt, 2 champagne flutes and 1 fake cookbook. Cover entire recipe with an abundance of God’s blessings. Top with 1 diamond ring.

FOUR | Propose and serve.

As she finished reading the final recipe, she looked up to see Tony down on one knee. After many tears and a resounding “YES,” I arrived to photograph the newly engaged couple.

I took them to one of my favorite locations and began photographing. The beautiful scenery, Sherry’s stunning outfit, and their happiness made for an outstanding proposal session.

From The Bride…To say that I was completely surprised is an understatement. While Tony was busy planning behind the scenes, I was under the impression that should a proposal happen, it wouldn’t be for several months given our families travel schedules and the desire to have both our families be together on that special day. On that particular Saturday, Tony’s father was “out of the country” so a trip to the High Line in a beautiful tulle skirt, and with Tony dressed to the nines, didn’t raise me any suspicions.

There’s no other way to describe Tony’s proposal idea as anything short of perfection; there was no detail left unplanned. And afterwards, while doing a proposal photo-shoot with Shadi, I’ll never forget that feeling I had looking up at Tony of just true joy and an overwhelming amount of love. The entire day – from the most perfect proposal, the beautiful photo shoot with the talented Shadi Boulos, a delicious 7-course dinner at Per Se, and a surprise late night celebratory dessert and champagne with both of our families – is what every girl dreams of, and is what will always serve to remind me how beyond blessed I am to have found someone like Tony.

Photography: Shadi Boulos Photography | Men's Attire: Charles Tyrwhitt Shirt | Mens Attire: Kenneth Cole Reaction Shoes | Mens Attire: J. Crew Suit | Location: The High Line | Location: Greenwich Village | Moto Jacket: Lucy Paris/ Bloomingdales | Skirt: Alexandra Grecco | Women's Attire Styling: Candace Hanna | Women's Hair: Sarah Elsie | Women's Shirt: Wolford | Women's Shoes: Ralph Lauren

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New York City Engagement Session in Greenwich Village

My favorite engagement sessions are always, without fail, the ones where I get to take a little peek into the personalities of the people in front of the camera. So when this adorable duo decided to bring Studio Finch along to snap some pictures of their typical Saturday morning in their gorgeous neighborhood, they ended up with pictures that are simply priceless. See why I’m such a huge fan here.

From Studio FinchJulie and Mike absolutely love their neighborhood- it’s the perfect place to call home. Since they will be getting married in Chicago, they wanted to make sure to showcase New York City and Westvillage. Greenwich is filled with their favorite coffee shops, antique bike stores, the Hudson River boardwalk, Strand Bookstore and just about everything you can dream of. (Not to mention, Warby Parker just opened up shop, and Julie is obsessed going there. Glasses collection? I dare say yes.

We followed Julie and Mike around to showcase one of their typical Saturday afternoons- filled with reading, coffee, and neighborhood exploration. We stopped by Hudson Urban Bicycles, which had a plethora of amazing bikes and scooters in their yard. The Highline Trail allowed for some amazing urban nature- a bit of air in the contrete jungle. Everywhere from the Hudson River Board walk to Newspaper stands. It’s always amazing to see how much New York has to offer.

Photography: Studio Finch | Greenwich Village: Greenwich Village | Hudson Urban Bicycles: Bike Shop | Julie And Mike's Glasses: Warby Parker | Julie's Blue Pants: Gap

West Village Engagement Session from Elisabeth Millay Photography

There’s just something about this engagement session captured by Elisabeth Millay Photography that makes me happy.  Like, an all caps kind of HAPPY that puts a smile on your face that won’t go away. The reason?  The beyond adorable duo strolling casually through the streets of their West Village neighborhood, looking uber-chic with their cute-as-can-be King Charles Spaniel, Lady, in tow.  Don’t miss a minute and join me in the gallery for sooo much more.

From Elisabeth Millay Photography Casey and Joel are marrying in Napa next summer. They took engagement photos walking through their West Village Neighborhood in Fall. Their beautiful King Charles Spaniel, Lady, joined them for the outing.

Wedding Photography: Elisabeth Millay Photography /  Location: The West Village Neighborhood, New York City, New York

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Greenwich Village Engagement Session from Judy Pak Photography

Judy Pak knows a thing or two about snapping a pretty picture.  And that’s a fact.  Because the images she captures are always, always breathtaking – and have been the cause of quite a few happy dances here at SMP headquarters.  Needless to say, when she sent along this gorgeous Greenwich Village e-session, we knew we were in for a love-filled treat.  And the adorable couple, perfect city backdrop and gallery of beautiful images was just what we thought it would be.  Amazing.  Click here for more.

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From Judy Pak PhotographyJeesun is a NYU professor and Thomas is an architect. They are quite the charming couple with an arsenal of amusing anecdotes — definitely the type of couple who gets invited to all the dinner parties. For their engagement session, we started around NYU, where much of their courtship took place, and ended at Central Park.

Jeesun and Thomas are a product of an interesting set-up — Thomas had no clue, and Jeesun was initially resistant to the idea. Jeesun’s friend had invited Thomas to be at her husband’s birthday, and Jeesun almost didn’t show up. That night, Thomas arrived late at the dinner and there were two chairs open – one happened to be next to Jeesun. Luckily, Thomas made the right choice and sat down next to the lovely lady he would eventually ask to be his wife. Although they are from two completely different cultures, these two are really from the same place.

Photography: Judy Pak Photography / Location: Greewich Village, New York

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Greenwich Village Wedding at Twenty Four Fifth by Tara Leigh Photography

Get ready to fall in love with a Bride, her handsome Groom and their exquisite NYC affair as seen through the talented lens of Tara Leigh Photography – because I’m pretty sure it’s close to impossible not to let this fête sweep you off your feet. From the pretty Valentino pumps to the timeless style seen around every corner – it’s city chic defined, and you can see every gorgeous bit of it in the full gallery of images!

From the Bride… Tristan and I knew from day one that we would get married in NYC. With him being from Seattle and me from Maryland, it was fate that brought us together one night on the subway. Yes, we met on the NYC subway, and he was the cutest thing I’d ever seen! With our wedding being in March, we knew it would have to be indoors. I was terrified of ballrooms with crystal and hot pink lighting, so it was important to us that our affair be extremely classy with elegant touches and of course a wild party to top it all off. We absolutely fell in love with Twenty Four Fifth, which is the old Fifth Avenue Hotel from the 1920’s located a block from the arch in Washington Square Park. The second we walked into this space and saw the antiqued mirrors and sunken dance floor, we were sold. It was absolutely perfect, and I immediately pictured beautiful candle centerpieces with simple flower arrangements. As for my bouquet, I had my heart set on white fringed tulips which my wonderful floral designer was able to track down, even though they were out of season. I absolutely loved it. Many of our unique touches were handmade by talented folks on Etsy — the feather pens, ad-lib guest book cards, grooms card, bridesmaids’ earrings, etc.

The ceremony was held at the Church of St. Joseph near Washington Square Park, which led to beautiful pictures in the park. Our guests then walked the two blocks to the reception. Our friends and family LOVE to dance, and my groom even sang his own version of “Melt with You” by Modern English to me as as sweet surprise. Our guests ended the night with hot dogs, NYC cart-style, and a copy of the New York Times from that day. It’s a very surreal thing to have everyone you love in one room, and that is something that will stay with us forever. Every detail of this day turned out perfectly (except when the groom’s limo accidentally went to Brooklyn on the way to the ceremony — oops!), and I think the pictures by Tara Leigh Photography could not be more exquisite. Her pictures help us re-live this wonderful day whenever we want.

Wedding Photography: Tara Leigh Photography / Ceremony: Church of St. Joseph in New York, New York / Reception: Twenty Four Fifth in New York, New York / Floral Design: Glenn Wolski of Urban Design Studio / Wedding Day Coordination: Oh So Fabulous! / Wedding Cinematography: Joey G’s Memories Video / Wedding Invitations: Elle Ette Designs / Accommodations: The Standard, East Village / Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez / Bride’s Reception Dress: Sue Wong / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Bride’s Bolero, Necklace, Gloves + Hair Piece: BHLDN / Rings: Royal Asscher + A.Jaffe via Michael C. Fina / Hair: Butterfly Studio Salon / Makeup: Lauren Cosenza ( / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) via Bella Bridesmaid / Groom’s Tuxedo: Brooks Brothers

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