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Romantic Pratt Mansions Wedding

When a talented team of vendors join forces with a stunning bride and groom and the exciting backdrop that is the NYC, this is exactly what happens.  A day that is sooo filled with gorgeous moments, you can barely contain your excitement.  Think Judy Pak74 Events and QuatreCoeur (just to name a few) teaming up to create a romantic Manhattan paradise at the Pratt Mansions.  See it all here.

From the Bride… Morgan and I took care to plan a wedding celebration that truly represented who we are and honored our backgrounds, and where our guests would have a blast. We had a Persian wedding ceremony rich with poetry and symbolism that was officiated by a wonderful family friend of mine, during which our bridesmaids grinded sugar over us to ensure a sweet life together. Morgan’s dear family friend John Patrick Shanley wrote a beautiful piece for us that he read during the ceremony. We tasted honey from each other’s fingertips right before our first kiss, making it that much sweeter and unforgettable. To honor Morgan’s Jewish heritage, we broke a glass to represent the fragility of marriage and the special care it needs, and we signed a ketubah that we will treasure forever. Our bagpiper was a surprise gift from Morgan’s mom and stepdad, who is Irish. Brian Meagher, the pipe major for NYU (our alma mater), piped everyone into the mansion with beautiful tunes, and then back downstairs from the ceremony. We are both huge Francophiles, so French food and music at dinner was a must, followed by a show-stopping croquembouche from Ceci-Cela.

We wanted the decor to be classic and chic, which was nearly effortless at the Pratt Mansions. All of our vendors were so wonderful at bringing our wedding visions to life. Ruth from Quatre Coeur created the most gorgeous, lush flower arrangements I have ever seen. Mark and Jason from our catering company, Jason Rogers Hale, worked with us every step of the way to make sure every detail was perfection (which means a lot coming from a perfectionist bride and a food snob groom). Rob Kelley from 74 Events was a seriously amazing DJ and crucial to keeping the energy of the party alive. More than anything, we loved our photographer, Judy Pak. Looking at her magical photos brings us right back to that incredible day and all its fleeting moments. Our wedding day was truly the best day ever. We will never forget that surreal feeling of seeing all our favorite people together in one place, celebrating our love with us.

Photography: Judy Pak Photography | Florist: Quatre Coeur | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coren Moore Inc. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Caterer: Jason Rogers Hale | Makeup: Toby Klinger | Hair Stylist: Noriyasu Shimano | DJ: 74 Events | Officiant: Nafiseh Sedaghat | Venue: PRATT MANSIONS FIFTH AVENUE | Bride's Dress: Amsale | Cake Designer: Croquembouche From Ceci Cela | Getting Ready Location: Rosewood Mayakoba | Groom's Shoes: Ryan Seacrest Distinction | Groom's Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Second Photographer: Studio R Photography

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New York City Engagement

It’s hard not to fall in love with the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Especially when presented as the prettiest of backdrops in a stylish engagement session like this one captured by Megan Tsang Studio.  With trips to The Wythe HotelThe Highline and 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, it’s the sort of fabulous shoot that just screams “NYC chic.”  See it all in the full gallery.

From Megan Tsang Studio… Naomi and Nate are both architects based out of southern California. Naomi was working in New York when Nate moved in with her friend while he attended Columbia University for his Masters of Architecture. Although they both went to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for architecture, they didn’t meet until he moved to New York.

Because they spent so many years building their relationship and making memories in New York, they wanted to go back to where it all started for their engagement session. We explored Brooklyn, the Highline and the East Side, and I captured them at some of their favorite spots.

Naomi and Nate will return to the San Luis Obispo area for the outdoor wedding in May 2014.

Photography: Megan Tsang Studio | Location: Wythe Hotel | Location: 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar | Location: The High Line

Cross-Country Engagement Session

Wanting to pay homage to all of the special places that were such an amazing part of their relationship, these two sweeties travelled from the hustle and bustle of NYC to the sunny shores of California and back again.  The result?  A collection of drop-dead gorgeousness captured beautifully by Chaz Cruz with a whole lot of love bursting from every image.  See it all right here.

From the Bride… In November 2012, Bryn proposed to me on the staircase of his childhood home in San Francisco, just a block from where we met and fell in love.

Our shared love of the outdoors often took us to Marin County, where the we went on our first date. Many Fleet Weeks, Festivals and Spring Trainings later – it was our careers that led us to New York City where we currently reside.

San Francisco beginnings, Marin adventures and New York City hustle – these three places are the settings and future of our lives together.

Photographer: Chaz Cruz Photography | Beach Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Gold Dress in Central Park: J. Mendel | Long Sleeve Dress In SF: Belstaff | White Formal Dress on NY Rooftop: Ralph Lauren