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Enchanted Garden Engagement Party Inspiration

I’m jealous of all the NYC ladies out there, having The Kitchen Table so close by to host events. A gorgeous space with unlimited possibilities, and the best part? When it’s time to clean up, you just head home. But I’ve a feeling I’d never want to actually leave an engagement party like this, captured by Orange Blossom Photography. With all this pretty, I’d be quite happy staying put for quite awhile.


From Orange Blossom PhotographyThis photo shoot will inspire you to bring the charming simplicity of a garden indoors to your table for an intimate engagement party. We took a few style cues from The Great Gatsby with our gold dress choice, and the styling of our drinks. We did a dress change to show an even more light and feminine option.

We focused on the details of showing this new space in New York as an enchanted, yet glamorous, place for a bride-to-be to host an intimate engagement party. We wanted to take the rustic element of the reclaimed wooden table and chairs, and show how you can make it feminine and glamorous. We used elements of gold and textured one-of-a-kind dishes trays and chargers to bring this space to life. We used pale peach flowers and bold bright pink flowers to add femininity to the rustic and masculine space.

The green floral garland running down the length of the table was a key element in the table design by Judy. It softens the space. We decided to create another dimension to the table by making the hanging garland above the table. It really brings the outdoors in. We like the idea of hanging garland instead of building large arrangements on a table which make it harder for people to talk across a table. This helps the environment stay intimate, yet visually interesting. The slice of cake is styled with blackberries to further show the idea of a delicate and pretty environment. Small plates of bite sized food are featured so you can see another aspect of delicate and detail oriented food styling that Judy Kim can do for you at The Kitchen Table NYC.

All of the delicate florals were hand created by Judy Kim, of the Judy Lab. She was also the amazing food stylist. Our two glamorous dresses are by Lovely Bride in Tribecca. Our beautiful and petite delicious cake was created by Amy, owner at the Sugar Flower Cake Shop in Manhattan. Our amazing models hair and makeup look was stunningly created by Stacey Weinstein and her team at Once Upon A Bride. Our classic stationery was custom made by Supattra Samanyaphon of The Printery in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

The Kitchen Table NYC, features an intimate space where you hire your own chef to prepare a custom meal or hours d’oeuvres for your guests. Our goal was to make the space feel enchanted and feminine and bring the outdoors in.

Photography: Orange Blossom Photography LLC | Floral Design: The Judy Lab | Cake: Amy At Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Stationery: The Printery | Hair & Makeup: Stacey Weinstein | Event Venue: The Kitchen Table NYC | Food Stylist: The Judy Lab | Gowns: Lovely Bride | Table Ware: Good Light Props

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Simple and Elegant Bouquet Inspiration + WIUP

Hello, lovelies! Alas, another week has come and gone. But whatever the weekend has waiting, we wanted to leave a good SMP taste in your mouth with some stunning florals from the talented ladies at Flower Girl NYC. Photographer Marjorie Prvl stumbled upon the Lower East Side establishment and, lucky for us, teamed up to create quite the gallery. So go. Be free. And take time to smell (er…look at) the roses.

From Marjorie Prvl Photography… In my search to expand my portfolio, I came across the talented ladies over at Flower Girl NYC and reached out to them. I asked them if they were interested in having me stop by the shop so that I could photograph a few of their bridal arrangements and they happily agreed. Their shop is located in the Lower East Side of New York. They crafted these simple but gorgeous arrangements for me to capture. Enjoy!

Photography: Marjorie Prvl Photography | Floral Design: Flower Girl NYC


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Traditional Manhattan Wedding

It never fails: I see the breathtaking work of Karen Wise and my entire heart turns to putty.  It’s just one of those givens in my day to day here at SMP, and this beautiful Manhattan affair?  I want it.  From the gorgeous stylings of James Abel Events to that stunning gown from Gabriella New York Bridal Salon to the bride whose smile lights up the entire room, it’s pure perfection.  See it all here.

And an amazing film from Clark + Walker Studio


From James Abel Events… When Dana and Stu were beginning to plan their wedding, there were several things that were important to them. Creating a fun, relaxed yet interesting environment for their guests was top on their list. Angel Orensanz was the perfect location with its unique architectural details and its wonderful open space. They decided to do long tables with white flowers. A “pop” of a russet color was used throughout the wedding including invitations and flowers to mirror Dana’s amazing red hair.

With Stu’s love of Steve McQueen and Dana’s of Audrey Hepburn, these elements were definitely going to be incorporated. During the cocktail hour, classic movies of both of these Hollywood icons were shown in the background. Finally, Stu’s other love… Bourbon! A variety of boutique bourbons were set up for guests to do tasting at their leisure. Overall, this wedding was one of the most unique, that totally embraced the couple and their interests.

Photography: Karen Wise Photography | Videography: Clark + Walker Studio | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Catering: Thomas Preti Caterers | Band: Jerry Kravat New York | Hotel: Hotel On Rivington | Bridal Dress Salon: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Ceremony + Reception: Angel Orensanz Foundation | Event Planning, Floral Design & Decor: James Abel Events | Lighting Technician: Roberto At Angel Orensanz

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New York City Engagement Session

We all know that New York City is one of the coolest places on the planet… that’s a fact.  But throw in an adorable duo who are super excited to say “I do” and a day of lovely captured by Theo Milo and it becomes one of the most romantic places on earth, as well.  Greatest city on earth?  We think so.  See all of the lovely right here.

From the Bride… Even though Peter and I will be getting married next year in my home state of North Carolina, we both liked the idea of getting our engagement photos taken in NYC. Manhattan has always been the backdrop to our relationship and now it is where we have made our first home together. We live in the Bowery, right in the mecca of three hip and trendy neighborhoods (SoHo, Lower East Side, and the East village) and we really wanted pictures to reflect our real lives in our actual hang out spots. I had the idea of an ‘Uptown & Downtown’ engagement shoot theme and spent a lot of time scoping out street art locales around our neighborhood (and not to mention deciding on just the right amount of leather!).

While I love the timelessness of our shots in Central Park, I’m a bit obsessed with how our downtown pictures came out. Our photographer, Theo Milo, did an amazing job working with all of the locations we gave him. It’s hard to believe that all of the downtown photos are within a three block radius of our house – Theo even got our normal coffee spot to look magical. And we lucked out with the bold graffiti wall right across from our apartment, it changes all the time and this had to be the best one I’ve seen yet. Some of my favorites are with our adorable puppy, Bowery, she steals the show! Being a southerner it took me a while to embrace the city, but now I feel so lucky we get to spend this fun time in our lives in the greatest city in the world.

Theo Milo Photography: Theo Milo

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New York City Wedding from Dave Robbins Photography + Ang Weddings and Events

Some things in life are just a given. You’ll never have to argue that the sky is blue, or that this wedding at The Bowery Hotel captured by Dave Robbins Photography is perfection. Because it’s just fact. With Ang Weddings and Events at the planning helm and floral design by Blooming Today it’s no surprise the day was perfectly pretty. It was all topped off with a buffet of cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery serving as the icing on the cake for this gorgeous day, so devouring this gallery? That should also be a given. See it here.

From the Bride… Brian and I met through Nicole, his cousin and my best friend and matron of honor. I’m from Dallas and Brian is from Long Island, so our theme was “Texan Weds Yankee”. We incorporated Texan and New York elements to showcase our backgrounds. We first saw The Bowery Hotel while attending an after-party for the band, The Strokes after their MSG show in 2011. The second we walked into the Bowery, we both instantly fell in love with the space. It was such a unique venue and we knew that if we were going to be married in New York City, we would have to try and somehow swing the Bowery. Our puppy, Penny Lane is our family and had to be included in our special day!

Wedding Photography: Dave Robbins Photography | Reception Venue: The Bowery Hotel | Ceremony Venue: Church of St. Joseph | Officiant: Father John McGuire | Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events | Floral + Event Design: Blooming Today | Cupcakes: Magnolia Bakery | Invitations: Designed by friend of the Bride | Wedding Day Paperie + Favors: DIY | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | DJ: Play Something Good | Makeup: Kim White | Sight Seeing Bus: Gray Line

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