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Wedding Morning Bridal Suite Inspiration

While there are many parts of my upcoming wedding that I’m looking forward to, spending the morning with my favorite ladies is by far one of the most exciting. Love & Light Photographs captured this joy and the gorgeous gowns from Two Birds Bridesmaid and Gabriella New York just make it all even better. Between Sleep and Awake filmed the fun and this gallery has me more excited than ever.

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From Love & Light Photographs… One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is the time spent getting ready with the bride in the morning. Chances are, your friends have traveled from near and far to be with you… and let’s face it – it’s the ultimate time to be a girls girl. Everyone is getting their hair and makeup done, champagne bottles are popping, and you are reminiscing about the old days – the days before you met the love of your life. This girl time is so special and I wanted to create a styled shoot with exactly that vibe. This super cool loft fit the bill with it’s modern yet rustic decor, tons of natural light, and a big farm table with lightbulbs strung over it to bring everyone together. Amy Kuschel’s chic gown from Gabriella Bridal was simply perfect for the scene, and I loved adding fun pops of color against the chambrays and blues that provided the backdrop. Anne of Blade NYC just GETS it. The bride’s bouquet is everything and I had so much fun photographing it in this chill yet chic environment. I hope it inspires brides to think about a special getting ready location that is meaningful to them. To take a second and cheers her favorite people in her life who ALWAYS have her back. To breathe a few deep breaths before walking down the aisle… hope you love!

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Between Sleep And Awake | Floral Design: Blade Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Invitations: Graceline Illustration & Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry : Sara Gabriel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Hair & Makeup: Alanna Janes Makeup Artist | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York | Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals

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Romantic Brooklyn Winery Summer Wedding

Fresh florals, rustic and minimalistic tablescapes, and plenty of red wine set the scene at this romantic Brooklyn Winery wedding. It’s difficult to choose, but my favorite modern detail might be that macaroon tower… Yum! Cody Raisig captured every delicious detail in the gallery here, so take a peek!

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From Photographer Cody Raisig … We wanted our wedding to be different than the weddings we’ve been to. The groom resides in Brooklyn, and we wanted to do it in an upcoming part of the city. We wanted the venue to be urban, rustic and modern, and we found that in the Brooklyn Winery.    We still had a few D.I.Y. projects left the night before the wedding, so we found ourselves with glue guns in our hands, finishing up a large re-purposed window that was used for the table assignments. Other last-minute craft projects the night before the wedding included placement cards and tying name tags to bottles of wines, which were used as wedding favors.The bridal gown was a slim and satin dress by Theia. It was open back and modest but a little revealing. The bride’s hair piece was from Twigs and Honey. The bridesmaids dresses were blush twist wrap dresses from Dessy, which were great because each bridesmaid could choose her own style. The cake was a macaroon tower from Vendome NYC. We just sent them a photo of our invitation and venue so they could match the colors.  This was a hit with our guests.

Photography: Cody Raisig | Floral Design: G! Designs | Wedding Dress: Theia | Cake: Vendome | Invitations: The Knot | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | DJ: DJ Jaye Diggs | Groom's Attire: Hermes | Groom's Attire: Canali | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Winery | Dessert: Blue Marble | Music: Penguin Music

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Lower Manhattan Casual Engagement

When the Bride-to-be is an editor at Women’s Wear Daily, you know the style bar is going to be set high. Add in a handsome beau plus adorable pup and you’ve got an engagement sesh captured by Amy Carroll that’s one for the books. A pair of too-cute-for-words shoes and gorgeous hair and makeup by StyleSeat are the cherries on top of this NYC lovefest.

From The Bride…Jake and I met our freshman year at Alma College in Michigan and have been inseparable ever since. He’s a country boy at heart and even agreed to move to New York City with me when I was accepted into graduate school at NYU. (Now that is love!) Last August when we decided to move to Long Island, he asked if we could take some photos with the skyline in the background since we would soon be ‘burbanites. We were under the giant Pepsi sign in Long Island City and it was taking him forever to set up the camera on the tripod and get the perfect angle. He finally came and stood by me, and as I smiled, waiting for the self-timer to go off, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was the happiest moment of my life, and he got bonus points for having the camera on video so the whole thing is recorded.

We are getting married back home in Michigan at Greencrest Manor, so we wanted something completely different for our engagement pictures. Luckily, our fabulous photographer, Amy Carroll, had a trip to New York planned, so it worked out perfectly. We decided on lower Manhattan because it was the first place we lived in New York and really felt like home. In fact, The Metro in some of our photos was our first apartment building.

Jake is letting me run wild with the wedding planning, so I wanted to make sure the engagement photos were representative of both of our styles. (Hence, the flannel!) We also had to include our dog, Asti, in some of the pictures. Yes, we are those crazy dog parents. We had so much fun traipsing around the financial district for this shoot and it makes me even more excited for our wedding—but mostly for building our life together afterward.

Photography: Amy Carroll | Makeup: Brian Dean, StyleSeat | Hair: Kelley Louise, StyleSeat

Lakum Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Gabriella New York Bridal Salon is amazing; we all know that.  But pair those geniuses of bridal wear with the fabulous, Brooklyn-based designers at Lakum and that’s what we call a can’t miss event.  Think a trunk show to end all trunk shows with an entire “suite of looks” to take the oh-so-chic bride (that’s you) through every phase of her wedding weekend.  Say it with me, loves: awesome.

From feminine silhouettes to unique + modern detailing, the new Lakum collection is totally gorgeous… and totally unique.  Which means that jaw-dropping entrance you were hoping to make on your wedding day is, well.  Right at your fingertips.  Not to mention that Lakum’s focus on detail, movement and construction makes each piece absolutely perfect for every single event on your agenda; from that fab engagement party to that sweet bridal shower to your going away brunch as newlyweds.

Contact Gabriella New York Bridal Salon to book your appointment for the upcoming Lakum Trunk Show on Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st, including a sneak peak at the new Spring 2016 line.  You don’t want to miss a moment, lovelies.

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Chic Fall Brooklyn Winery Wedding

What is it about the Brooklyn Winery that always makes for the coolest wedding backdrop? It’s played host to some of our favorite “I dos” to ever hit the SMP pages, but this particular day planned by Roey Mizrahi Events is guaranteed to give any NYC wedding a run for its money. Captured by Clean Plate Pictures, it’s the urban indoor affair done oh-so-right.

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From Clean Plate PicturesJessi and Michael’s big day was the best possible way to end my wedding season. Not only are they the sweetest couple, but they also got married at the Brooklyn Winery, which is one of my favorite venues. Everything was perfect from the beautiful flowers to the cute cakes to the music; the Howard Fishman band is fantastic! So glad I got to spend the day with these two lovebirds and their wonderful friends and family.

From the Bride… Growing up, I never dreamed about the wedding. If anything, I worried more about avoiding becoming a “perfect wedding” obsessive than I did about the day itself. So when the time came, Michael and I agreed on two basic things: we wanted our ceremony to feel low key and relaxed, and we wanted to work with people who were sweet and nice. We lucked out and ended up finding an amazing location and an incredible team.

The first important piece that fell into place was identifying Brooklyn Winery as our venue. We’d been looking at places in and around the city and nothing was quite right. One night I was in deep Google mode and noticed pictures of a beautiful place right in Williamsburg that I hadn’t seen on any lists. It was cozy and rustic and as soon as we walked in, we knew we wanted to get married there. They were a one stop shop for venue, catering and decor – all we’d need to find were a florist, a photographer and music. Brian, the co-owner, and Jessica, the in-house event planner, went out of their way at every step to make us feel special. I really can’t say enough good things about them (or their awesome fried chicken.)

I stumbled upon Amy Gardella of Seaport Flowers one afternoon as I was stopping into her shop just to pick up a bouquet for my apartment. She was in the midst of getting a wedding out the door (but was somehow still giving every customer lots of attention) and I immediately loved her simple but gorgeous style.
We found our great photographer Erica just by looking around the internet at pictures we loved. In addition to having a great eye she also has the perfect “wedding-side manner” for dealing with nervous brides and grooms. She gently gave us super helpful suggestions (like convincing us we’d really want to get a “first look” shot of Michael coming to meet me after I was dressed and glammed. It’s one of our fave photos.)

Our superb wedding planner Roey Mizrahi kept every train running perfectly on time and somehow managed to get us and our explosion of wedding stuff and personal items through the day. The final bit of magic was getting Howard Fishman, one of our favorite Brooklyn musicians, to play us down the aisle. His albums were an important part of our romance and it meant so much to be able to have him there.

Photography: Clean Plate Pictures | Event Planning: Roey Mizrahi Events | Floral Design: Seaport Flowers | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: Nine Cakes | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Lighting: Universal Light and Sound | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Band: Howard Fishman | Favors: Eleni's | Groom's Attire: Prada | Officiant: Rabbi Andy Bachman | Venue: Brooklyn Winery

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Elegant Manhattan Fall Wedding

Guys, I think this wedding might just be the ultimate New York City fall wedding. Walking hand in hand through Central Park and the city streets, Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography managed to capture every little laugh and look from this happy couple, though we’d like to take an extra moment to admire the Bride’s stunning sapphire ring. Gorgeous right?! Click here to see the rest of the gallery!

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From The Bride…Curtis is from New York, and I’m from Colorado, but we met in New York City through mutual friends. We got engaged in Colorado, but we knew that we wanted to get married in New York City, where we met and fell in love. We wanted our wedding to have a really timeless, classic New York feel. The Union Club was the perfect spot, with its ideal location, beautiful decor and hundreds of years of history. We booked our venue and our band, Hank Lane Music (we knew we wanted to have a rockin’ dance party!), before we even found our wedding planner.

We hoped that our wedding would feel warm and inclusive, especially since so many of our guests would be traveling. We also wanted to make sure that our guests experienced the best of New York, so we incorporated little New York touches like favors from Momofuku Milk Bar, and welcome bags filled with our favorite New York treats. I cannot say enough good things about the team at JZ Events, especially our planner, Shana, who was 8 months pregnant on the day of our wedding and still bustled my dress like a pro. They made sure everything was absolutely perfect, and we didn’t have to worry about one thing on our wedding day, besides having a wonderful time.

We wanted to keep our palette simple, so we chose navy blue and white with lots of white and blush florals and tons of candles both in the ceremony room and in our reception room. I loved the idea of a romantic, intimate candlelit ceremony, followed by a classy and glamorous black tie reception. Liza at Peartree truly made all of my Pinterest dreams come true, I gasped when the doors opened and I saw the ceremony room for the first time. Our invitations and ceremony and reception paperie were from Alpine Creative Group. We chose a simple design that matched our navy blue color palette. Our cake was by Nine Cakes, and Betsy made us an adorable bicycle cake topper since we love to cycle.

When choosing our attire for the wedding, we wanted to stick with a classic New York, black tie theme, and what says classic better than Vera Wang and Valentino? My shoes were Jimmy Choo and my unbelievable earrings (which I sadly had to return at the end of the night) were Penny Preville. My shrug was from Rent the Runway. Our bridesmaids wore navy dresses from J. Crew; each girl chose her own style so that she would feel comfortable. Styles on B did our hair and Pucker did our makeup – all of the girls said that they felt so beautiful, like the best versions of themselves. Our photographer, Charlotte Jenks Lewis, did such a breathtaking job capturing all of our favorite moments from day.

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Wedding Planner: Shana Sperling, JZ Events | Florist : Peartree Flowers | Cake: Nine Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Pucker | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting: Stortz Lighting | Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar | Officiant: Allison Dolan Hall | Venue: Union League Club | Band And Ceremony Music: Hank Lane Music | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Rings: Hyde Park Jewelers | Bride's Shrug: Rent The Runway | Earrings: Penny Preville | Groom's Tuxedo: Valentino | Invitations And Paper Goods: Alpine Creative Group | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

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