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This Party Gets the Best Brunch Ever Award

This shower crafted by Twenty Three Layers along with florals by Van Vliet & Trap should get the best ever brunch award and it has everything to do with the dessert spread. Donuts, artisan marshmallows AND gem shaped cookies are only the beginning. Try adding a savory farm-to-table breakfast, like 3 billion choices of drink bars and a sea of pretty color captured by Kathleen O’Donnell. It’s proving that being surrounded by pastel is the best way to brunch. A mimosa bar helps too.

We just loved planning this very special shower for our guest of honor! Such a fun theme with our favorite color palette (pastels) + a modern twist of geometric shapes giving the room a clean, fun and lively vibe!

As guests enter the space they drop books and gifts onto the custom book cart. Servers offer them welcome cocktails and a specialty mocktail we named “Flower Child” as the mocktail was adorned with edible flowers. We built a custom juice bar with Juice Press organic juices which was a total crowd pleaser! Along with a Mimosa + Bloody Mary station set up on opposite ends of the bar.

Working within a raw space, we wanted to create a warm and comfortable environment by adding a lounge area which we styled using pastel touches.

For the kids, we created their own little area where they were able to do fun diy projects and take photos of each other using pastel polaroid cameras! There was a DIY Onesie station where adults were able to have some fun with the kids-hanging their dolled up onesies from a close line.

Poppy’s Catering provided a Farm to Table experience offering delicious salads, proteins and yummy quiches! And for that sweet treat, we created one of our signature style dessert bars filled with yummy treats For the backdrop we framed a piece of the same fabric we used for the table runner, tying it all in.

Photography: Kathleen O'Donnell Photography | Event Planning + Design: Twenty Three Layers | Floral Design: Van Vliet & Trap | Cupcakes: Magnolia Bakery | Catering: Poppy's Catering | Artisanal Donuts: Dough Doughnuts | Custom Table Runners: Minted | Fresh Juices: Juice Press | Furniture Rentals: Taylor Creative | Graphic Design: Two Paper Dolls | Marshmallows: Squish Marshmallows | Marshmallows: Three Tarts Bakery | Paper Crowns: origami est | Raw Space: The Glasshouses | Rentals + Fabrication: Evolution Rentals | Vegan Cupcakes: Babycakes | Vegan Donuts: Dun-Well

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The Sara Gabriel Trunk Show at Gabriella New York

Gabriella New York gives us a lot of reasons to celebrate and this month is certainly no exception.  That’s because on April 13th and 14th, they’ll be hosting a Sara Gabriel Trunk Show and, let me tell you, loves… it’s going to be awesome.  Think stunning handmade veils, headpieces and jewelry more than perfect for you + your wedding.  Mark your calendars and break out the bubbly. This is going to be sooo good.

When it comes to adding just the right touch of gorgeous to your wedding day attire, designer (+ total genius) Sara Gabriel knows everything.  I’m talking dazzling Swarovski crystals, delicate French Lace and intricate detailing carefully crafted into each and every handmade accessory.  Which means that whether you’re a romantic bride planning a sweet garden affair or a modern fashionista ready to party the night away on a rooftop overlooking the city, Sara Gabriel has a piece that will truly speak to your personal style and individuality.  And did I mention they are ALL truly breathtaking?? We love.

View the latest Sara Gabriel has to offer in gorgeous veils, amazing overskirts, detachable straps, stunning headpieces and dazzling jewelry + meet the designer herself (!) at Gabriella New York’s Sara Gabriel Trunk Show happening on April 13 – 14, 2016.  Visit Gabriella New York here or call 212-206-1915 to book you appointment.


Their Love Story Began In New York, So They Returned For Their Wedding

If you heart New York, then you are going to heart this classic New York City wedding. From the English Garden-inspired Bryant Park ceremony and Bryant Park Grill reception to the Momofuku Milk Bar wedding cake and all-night dance party thanks to 74 Events, this was the ultimate Manhattan affair. Add in a glamorous Bride and Groom and Ryon:Lockhart Photography to capture al the magic, and you’re left with photos as iconic as the city itself in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Our story began in New York City – meeting through mutual friends and the rest, as they say, is history. Our lives melded together seamlessly, falling in love with the city as our backdrop. Shortly after our engagement we made the decision to move from New York to Los Angeles, kicking our wedding planning into high gear!

Nestled in the heart of the city, Bryant Park Grill was a quintessentially New York venue. The view from the roof offers the city skyline while also overlooking the lush greenery of Bryant Park in August. It set the stage for the “English Garden” vision in my mind, which the brilliant Rawan Rihani of Aurora Botanica executed perfectly. Rawan’s expertise in floral design, along with her kind spirit, make the wedding floral planning process seamless! From the flower adorned cake to the sweetest flower girl crown, and everything in between, it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.

Our cross country move had an unexpected twist – it led us to our amazing photographers, the husband and wife team at Ryon:Lockhart Photography. Recommended by west coast friends, we were trading places with Sarah and Tim as they relocated from LA to NYC, just in time for our nuptials. We overlapped with them in Los Angeles and were able to do some engagement photos in Venice beach. I love that we did our engagement photos in Los Angeles because along with our
wedding photos, we capture our tale of two cities. The moments Ryon:Lockhart captures with their artistic eye and gorgeous use of natural light are lifelong treasures for our family.

The wedding weekend quickly arrived and it was an incredible kind of homecoming for us. To have all of our friends and family surrounding us in New York City for the weekend was truly magical. It’s a special time capsule that I can always replay in my mind. Kicking off the weekend in our old neighborhood favorite, 12th Street Ale House, our rehearsal dinner at Perry Street, and the perfect wedding day at Bryant Park Grill – it was a dream weekend with our beloved friends and family. Our DJ, Duane Harriot of 74 Events, had the crowd on its feet throughout the night. Looking out from our sweetheart table at dinner, Phil and I were overwhelmed with gratitude to be surrounded by the wonderful people sharing in the joy of our wedding: parents, aunts, and uncles who have nurtured us through the years, friends who have become family. Phil’s mom exclaimed the next day (as we polished off the top of the Momofuku wedding cake in her kitchen!) “you could feel the love in the room – it was palpable.

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Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Floral Design: Aurora Botanica | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Bride's Shoes: Monolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Bryant Park Grill | Makeup: Stephanie Perez | Hair: Kristina Maccaro | DJ: 74 Events | Groom's Attire: Lanvin | Venue: Bryant Park Grill | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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