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The Ultimate Saint Regis Hotel Hotel Wedding

Let’s face it, the Saint Regis Hotel is what wedding dreams are made of. Case in point? This stunner of a celebration captured by Justin & Mary and Tweed Video. Overflowing with classic details and cultural influence, this is one celebration that you’ll want to bookmark pronto. See it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Matthew and Asha were married March 19, 2016. Asha has mixed heritage and is half Indian, so the couple decided to fuse traditions and invite guests to a two day celebration in New York City where they reside.The first event was Friday March 18, an Indian Sangeet at Ph-d rooftop lounge at the Dream Downtown. The location was significant to them as three years prior, they had met and were stuck in an elevator in that very hotel! The couple wanted to return to the ‘scene of the crime’ to celebrate with friends and family.

The couple opted for minimal decor – just vibrant petals and colorful votive candles to contrast the sweeping skyline views and amazing lighting at the venue. Guests feasted on Indian food and then the festivities began. Accompanied by a dhol player (traditional Indian drum) the bridal party performed dances choreographed by the bride and her friend (both former dancers, the bride a former Radio City Rockette.) The night ended with a raucous dance party.

The color palette inspiration was shades of rosé and gold. The bride’s dress was Marchesa with intricate crystal and pearl detail on the décolletage. The bridesmaids dresses were sequins in alternating shades, each dress with a unique detail to make it their own. The florals were in the same palette, roses, hydrangeas, vintage yet modern. The bouquets were all studded with crystals for an extra sparkle.The groom opted for a navy blue tux and his groomsmen wore black. The groom loves to wear red socks, so he incorporated touches of red into his custom suit supply tux – embroidery on the shirt and under jacket collar, and lining of the jacket. The bride’s nephews also wore red socks to match the groom during the ceremony.The girls got ready in the glamorous Tiffany suite. The matron of honor (bride’s sister) conducted a ‘burn ceremony’ in which each bridesmaid made a wish for the couple and threw it in the fire.

The ceremony was interfaith, drawing on Christian & Indian traditions, designed by the couple and officiant Lisa Traina. In addition to Christian readings, there was the hindu ‘7 steps’ and a rose ceremony for the bride’s late mother. The rose ceremony was conceived by the bride and a tribute to their shared love of the ballet, and when the ballerina pulls a rose out of her bouquet for her partner. During the ceremony, the bride pulled a rose from her bouquet in honor of her mother.During the reception, the couple continued the themes of ‘old New York’ and travel through their first dance to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Come Fly with Me.’ The dip and groom’s moves surprised guests! The couple and guests dance the night away…

Guests left with a luxury scented candle designed by the bride who works for a global fragrance house. She worked with a perfumer to make a custom scent that reflected Matthew & herself – Indian sandalwood, American Cedarwood, to represent their roots, and a touch of coconut as a nod to their family name. Named Wanderlove, the candle represented two individuals coming together, filled with wanderlust and love.

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Photography: Justin & Mary | The Weddings | Videography: Tweed Weddings | Wedding Coordinator: Kristina Camia | Floral Design: Dieter Van Beneden of Vert de Gris | Wedding Dress: Notte by Marchesa | Wedding Cake: Love Street Cakes | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Synderela | Makeup: Emily Amick | Hair: Erin Taylor From Glamsquad | Calligraphy: Handrawndesign | Tuxedo: Suit Supply Chicago | Officiant: Lisa Traina | Wedding Venue: Saint Regis Hotel | Bride's Rings: Monique Pean Homme | Calligraphy Globe: Simply Gypsy Designs | Chief Advisor: Emily Reifel | Groom's Ring: Cartier Cufflinks | Henna: Sandy Patangay | Sangeet Catering: Guarav Anand | Sangeet Lighting: PH-D Rooftop | Sangeet Music: DJ Suhel | Sangeet Photography: Jason Weston | Sangeet Venue: PH-D Rooftop | Straight Razor Shaves for the Groom: Priv | Wedding Music: Ernest Mills Band

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Wedding Cake That Tastes Ah-mazing + It’s Healthy!?! Win-Win

Cake is my love language and clearly Emily Lael knows the quickest way to my heart. Crafting up vegan and gluten-free treats, I certainly wouldn’t mind indulging in a guilt-free slice on the daily. So whether you’re planning a special occasion or just need a daily fix, CLY BY MATTHEW and Larissa Lax captured it all to share in The Vault

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From Emily LaelEmily Lael Aumiller, pastry chef and founder of Lael Cakes, is releasing her first cookbook where she shares her tricks of the trade on baking with alternative ingredients. To celebrate the launch she recreated a few whimsical dessert tables using techniques from the book. Learn how to create a stunning vegan and gluten-free cake for any special occasion that is not only made with wholesome ingredients but that tastes amazing. Whether it’s your allergies, lifestyle or to create something special for friends and family, this will give you the tools that you need to create a custom cake that will really wow everyone!

Pure Artistry: Extraordinary Vegan and Gluten-Free Cakes includes recipes for staple cakes (like Mexican Chocolate, Lemon-Poppy, and Classic Red Velvet) plus icings and fondant, how-tos on cake construction, and information on necessary ingredients and tools. The truly extraordinary feature of the book is the gorgeous cake designs, which are organized by mood—classical, classical whimsy, modern, and modern whimsy. These teach the reader foundational decorating techniques, like making sugar flowers, while inspiring bakers with photography that is gorgeous enough to stand on its own.

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Photography: CLY BY MATTHEW | Cinematography: Larissa Lax | Event Planning: Cana's Miracle, LLC | Cake: Lael Cakes | Event Space: Sunday Suppers

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Witness The Ultimate Cherry Blossoms Covered E-Sesh

New York in the spring is just magic. Take this stunning engagement session from Rebecca Yale Photography as prime example. From the petal covered park to the sweet kisses Lindsay and Steven share, we think it’s safe to say that they basically had the best engagement session ever. See it all in The Vault!

From Rebecca Yale PhotographyLindsay and Steven got engaged in a perfect New York moment when Steven surprised Lindsay at Bowtie Cinemas in Chelsea with a movie that ended in his proposal and their friends surprising them in the theater. The New York based couple decided to take photographs in Central Park catching the perfect magical moment when the city is coated in pink petals and is at its most photogenic! The bride kept the styling classic in a white dress and the groom in a blue blazer to compliment the beautiful blossoms and then changing into a more casual outfit for a stroll by Bethesda Fountain.

From the Bride-to-be…. About four years ago, my roommate Jessie and I were riding up in our elevator when a few guys happened to exit on our floor. We turned to enter our apartment and they continued to the one right next door. We later heard music blaring from their apartment, and naturally intrigued, I said to Jessie, “We should crash their party”… and so we did!

We knocked on our neighbor’s door and I said, “If you guys are going to blast loud music, you should really invite your neighbors.” We were immediately greeted with smiles and I quickly made eye contact with Steven from across the room. After about ten minutes of being there, he came up to me and said “do you crash parties often?” I have been smitten ever since.

Steven and I had plans to see the Hunger Games movie opening weekend with two of our friends (I am a fanatic). When we arrived at the movie theater, the usher encouraged us to wait after the movie was over because they were showing special deleted scenes – we were pumped!

After the movie was over and the credits started to roll, people started the exiting the theater but there was no way I was going to miss the deleted scenes! The lights dimmed, and all of a sudden, Steven was on the screen. For the next three minutes, I watched as Steven, our friends, and families lip synced to our favorite song- “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti & Spearhead. I watched as he danced and played air guitar in front of our most memorable New York spots – from the building where we first met to our first date spot at Alta.

After the video was over, the lights turned back on and everyone in the theater stood up. To my surprise, it was all of our friends and family, who had been there the whole time! I was in a state of shock. Steven got down on one knee and proposed. The best part is, we have the whole proposal on video to share with our loved ones for years to come.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Shoes: Valentino | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Bride's Dress: ALC

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