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Striking Shades of Berry for an Urban Autumn Wedding

Color palettes full of soft hues and neutrals have taken over the wedding scene in the past few years. And while beautiful in every way, this day rich with vivid jewel tones feels like such a breath of fresh air. No surprise, the vendors behind it include some of our favorite people like Bella FiguraFace Time BeautyGabriella New York and Jarrell Entertainment, just to name a few. The incredible Heather Waraksa shot this city celebration and LOVE in PROGRESS captured the film clip below!

From the bride… Mark proposed on a beautiful spring day inside Gramercy Park, the only private park in Manhattan that actually requires a key to get in! We live down the street but had never been inside until Mark creatively secured a key for the big question.

We knew we wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair for our closest friends and family, ideally close to home. The Gramercy Park Hotel was undeniably the perfect choice. The historic hotel is classic New York while also being stylish and unique. Mark and I can see the magical glowing lights inside the GPH’s rooftop terrace from our apartment window, and we had always imagined what it would be like to have our wedding there. Getting married in our neighborhood allowed us to share the part of New York that we love so much with our friends and family.

The venue was an urban garden rooftop with views of the NYC skyline. I was inspired by the rich colors and fabrics of the hotel’s decor. We picked a date in late November and I immediately had a vision of dark burgundy, lavender and ivory flowers to complement the lush greenery of the terrace. Our floral designer, Denise Fasanello, made this come to life with organic arrangements of peonies, garden roses, and anemones. To make the setting even more romantic, she added long tapered candles to enhance the lanterns, votives and fairy lights that were already strewn throughout the venue.

I found my dress during my first and only shopping trip at a trunk show at Gabriella New York! The warm ivory color was perfect for fall and the hand-sewn 3D floral detailing was on trend and suited to the aesthetic of the ivy-wrapped terrace. My search for shoes took much longer but once I discovered this pair of velvet burgundy Gianvito Rossi heels, I knew they were mine.

We added personal touches that were meaningful to us, including our family’s adorable Boston terrier in our wedding photos, wrapping my bridal bouquet with my great-grandmother’s antique handkerchief, and topping our wedding cake with a retro cake topper from my parents’ wedding.

It was important to us that our wedding to be relaxed and fun, yet refined and tasteful. We achieved this by selecting vendors who not only reflected our style but were also warm and easy to be around. Capturing the memories was extremely important and we knew we could trust our photographer, Heather Waraksa, to provide us with beautiful, editorial style images that we will cherish for years to come. Having great chemistry with the team we hired to carry out our vision was invaluable. We couldn’t have been happier working with Kay Chittiappa, the coordinator at the GPH, who helped flawlessly execute our dream wedding.

We were so lucky that the weather was sixty degrees and sunny – a perfect fall day in the city. The autumn colors of the leaves in the park added to the vibrancy of the day. Our guests arrived to music by a live jazz trio, and the catering by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group was incredible. Our favorite moments included taking photos throughout our neighborhood, sharing our handwritten vows during the candlelit ceremony, and dancing the night away to DJ MKL’s amazing playlist.

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Photography: Heather Waraksa | Cinematography: LOVE in PROGRESS video productions | Floral Design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Cake: Empire Cake | Stationery: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Engagement Ring: Josh Fishman | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Lauren & Vanessa | Hair Stylist: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Calligraphy: Little Flower Calligraphy | DJ: Jarrell Entertainment | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Suits: Jos A. Bank Rentals | Officiant: Honorable Elizabeth D. Pessala | Wedding Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel | Bride's wedding band: Doyle And Doyle | Dance Floor: Jarrell Entertainment | Groom's wedding band: Tiffany & Co. | Hair Accessory: Jenny Packham | Jazz trio: Jarrell Entertainment | Veil: Sara Gabriel

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Tying the Knot in a City They Fell Head Over Heels For

A breathtaking Monique Lhuillier and an equally as breathtaking Manhattan skyline are quite the match. And for this couple, who fell in love with New York City it made the most sense to gather their loved ones in the spot they fell head over heals to celebrate. Both modern and traditional, ethereal and wholeheartedly NYC, this wedding planned by Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli and captured by Cynthia Chung Photography will make you fall hard for the Big Apple too.

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From the Bride… Neither Daniel nor I grew up in New York but had both moved here for work. During our time in New York, we both fell head over heels in love with the city. Especially after we got engaged in the Hamptons, we knew we wanted to have our wedding in New York City, to commemorate and celebrate our time here. From the second we saw the stunning panoramic views of the downtown Manhattan skyline from the top floor of Trump Soho, every other venue paled in comparison.

As most of our guests would be coming from out of town, we thought this was the perfect way to showcase for them the city. We chose the Church of the Heavenly Rest for our ceremony because we were enraptured with the majesty and beauty of its architecture, and it most definitely fulfilled the dreams I’d had since I was a little girl of a fairy tale wedding. For the decorations and floral designs, we wanted to keep everything clean, classic, and elegant. Especially with the stunning architecture of our church and the unique downtown views of Trump Soho, we didn’t want to have too much and detract from their intrinsic appeal. From my walk down the aisle, to being introduced to all our family and friends as husband and wife for the first time, to dancing the night away with the Manhattan skyline lit up behind us, every detail and every single person we had the opportunity to work with was so perfect and far exceeded anything we had ever imagined.

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Photographer: Cynthia Chung Photography | Cinematographer: Rock Life Studios | Wedding Planner: Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli | Floral Design: Flowers of the World | Wedding Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | Ceremony: Church Of Heavenly Rest | Reception: Trump Waikiki - Reece | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair Stylist: Glamsquad | Groomsmen Suits: Suitsupply | Transportation: Blue Steak Limousine | Bride Jewelry: Judith Ripka | Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom Accessories: J.Crew | Groom Shoes: Brooks Brothers | Groom Tuxedo: Suitsupply | Music: Hank Lane Music | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd

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A Blind Date That Ended in Forever Love

Laura and Will met on a blind date and the rest, as they say, is history. They quickly knew they’d found “the one” and when it came time to plan their dream wedding, New York City was the only place to be. They exchanged vows in Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park and we’ve got all the images from Levi Stolove Photography.

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From Levi Stolove PhotographyLaura and Will wanted to get married close to home on the Upper West side but also feel like they weren’t in the middle of the city. Fort Tryon Park with it’s Hudson River views is a perfect melding of city and country.

It was a blustery day which added to the drama, rain threatening, dramatic clouds overhead but it all seamed to work so well. Laura started the day downtown at The High Line Hotel and Will started the day at his parent’s home in New Jersey.

We met at the park with an outdoor ceremony and got to wander around the gardens for their portraits. They both love to dance so the dance floor was jumping. The two of them beamed all day and danced all night.

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Photography: Levi Stolove Photography | Wedding Planning: Color Pop Events | Floral Design: G! Designs | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Butterfly Bakeshop | Make-up: Wedded Kiss | Hair: Styles On B | DJ: Sugartown Industries | Officiant: Jesse Hendrich | Ceremony Jazz Band: The Seth Myers Group | Invites & Paper Goods: Bonomo Paper Co. | Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booth | Restaurant: New Leaf Restaurant

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