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NYC Elopement Straight Out of Vogue!

There are elopements, and then there are elopements like Emily & Johann’s epic day. With an emphasis on iconic scenery, designer fashion and endless love, it’s no wonder the images by Katie Grant left our jaws dropped. Dive right into the full gallery here.

From Katie GrantAfter legally marrying in Hong Kong in a traditional ceremony, Emily & Johann decided they wanted to actually start their marriage in style by eloping to NYC for the celebrations. Vows were exchanged in Grammercy Park (where photos couldn’t be taken) and the two then roamed the famous streets of NYC for various iconic shots.

Lyndhurst Castle hosted their wedding meal while the NYC skyline set the stage for their portraits. Emily embraced the Grammercy feel and wore a Netta Benshabu gown for the ceremony with quirky teal Dolce & Gabanna shoes and red lip and then changed into a more classic look for the remainder of her day; sporting a stunning Inbal Dror gown and Louboutin shoes.

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Photography: Katie Grant Photography | Event Planning + Design: Lacy Geary | Floral Design: Saipua | Gown: Inbal Dror | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Venue: Lyndhurst Castle | Accessories: Percy Handmade | Banner: Linen & Leaf | Bridal Salon: Audella Bridal Hong Kong | Cape: Jannie Baltzer | Grammercy Gown: Netta Benshabu | Grammercy Shoes: Dolce & Gabbanna | Hair and MU: Jennifer C. Nieman | Silk: Silk & Willow | Veil: Bride La Boheme

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2017 Bridal Beauty Looks to Inspire

We get downright giddy when it comes to hair and makeup; add in the bridal element and before we know it, we’re head over heels heart-eyed. So when Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup wanted to share some fresh bridal beauty looks to inspire all you newly engaged ladies out there, we literally jumped at the chance. And of course we needed some gorgeous gowns to pair all the lovely looks with and Gabriella New York Bridal Salon came to the rescue. Matthew Ree of CLY BY MATTHEW worked his magic behind the lens and the finished results? Let’s just say, our Friday has been made.

The “No Makeup” Makeup Look

From Mar of TEAM Hair & MakeupWe created a fresh faced look with a touch of a moisturizing water-based airbrush foundation and a little highlighter (in a “C” shape from cheekbone to the upper brow) to give an instant glow! Braids are back and have been all year so we created this soft and romantic take on a side braid to give a more “dressed up” feel with an effortless appeal.

The Bella dress by Reem Acra

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal Salon This style really speaks to our Gabriella New York bride. It’s beautiful and feminine with just the right amount of sexiness and edge. Because of the plunging neckline and stunning lace detailing, we felt that it would lend itself to a variety of hair and make up styles and just couldn’t resist seeing what the experts came up with!

Updo + Bold Lip

From Mar of TEAM Hair & MakeupShine may be fun for your lips, but for a more dramatic and vampy look, go matte! It’s a bolder look which then requires less overall makeup. Many matte lipsticks have moisturizers in them nowadays so you won’t feel like you’re in the Sahara Desert anymore! The hair for this look may look like a hot mess but it’s on purpose! Pretty easy to do too! Just straighten your hair and add in a texture spray (salt sprays work great too) and do a fun bun for that red carpet hair!

The Palace dress by Lela Rose

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal Salon We love this gown because of its clean lines and very “of the moment” off the shoulder neckline in the front and then the surprise amazing train detailing in the back. This is a perfect gown to highlight a fabulous hair style because there is no detailing such as lace, appliques or beading to compete with.

Smokey Eyes + Crazy, Fun Hair

From Mar of TEAM Hair & MakeupConsider natural tones when applying “smokey” eyeshadow colors to your eyes. We like less smoke and more lashes – we LOVE fun and flirty false eyelashes! This is the key to this soft, yet dramatic, look. THM Hair Extensions were added in for the tousled “down do”. We waved the hair with a one-inch iron, wrapping wide pieces around the barrel and then allowed the hair to cool before literally tossing her hair up and down! Pin the sides up and you have some sexy waves, which will stay out of your face throughout your wedding. Or use the volume and texture to create an amazing braided updo for later (dancing time?!).

The Greta dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal SalonElizabeth Fillmore used this amazing hammered silk for her Greta gown, which takes her iconic sheathe silhouette to a whole new level. It’s the perfect gown for that sophisticated, chic, sexy bride. It felt like the hair and make up options for this gown were endless, which is why we chose it. We just knew that Mar from TEAM Hair + Makeup would do something amazing and they did!!!

Pretty Finishing Touches

From Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup… Hair accessories are the perfect finishing touch to any hairstyle. When choosing a piece for your hairstyle, keep in mind that less is more! It’s called an accessory because it meant to add a little, not a lot. For example, this delicate chain piece is the finishing touch to a fun boho inspired style.

The Freesia dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal SalonThis dress is a personal favorite of mine due to its nod to the 70’s and subtly sexy style. I felt that this gown would be a great way to showcase that 70’s hair that we love so much – think modern day Farrah Fawcett! It’s just an overall incredibly chic look.

The Maple Tree Top + Venus Skirt by Lihi Hod

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal SalonThis gown is the epitome of boho chic. The silhouette of the bodice gives off a “casual” vibe, but the gorgeous beadwork steps it up to be more than bridal worthy! We selected this gown because it really lends itself to an updo in order to highlight the beautiful detailing on the bodice. It also presented a unique challenge to style the bride’s hair up without being too traditional!

From Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup… When your groom sees you walking down the aisle, wouldn’t it be nice if he recognized you? This is why so many women say for their wedding day look “I just want to look like myself” and we agree! Bridal hair and makeup, for us at TEAM, is more about the natural enhancement of a bride rather than a total overhaul! And these looks are perfect examples!

P.S. More coming soon…

Are you as obsessed with these looks as we are?! Stay tuned, more coming soon, including all the details to “Get the Look” for this one!

P.S.S. Even more magic from Matthew Ree…

As if we needed another reason to love Matthew Ree, he’s hosting a photography workshop in Cuba in February… and there are only a few spots left! Head right here to get all the details and join in on what can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience! P.S. SMP will be presenting virtually!

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Photography: CLY BY MATTHEW | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Wedding Dress: Lihi Hod | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Hair Extensions: THM hair extensions

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Multicultural Thai-Chinese NYC Wedding

I love a wedding that celebrates culture while also celebrating all the love. Luckily, this bride and groom agreed and planned a day with nods to both their Thai and Chinese heritage, with gorgeous touches like florals by Occasion9. Head to The Vault from more from the lens of Cynthia Chung.


From the Bride…I put a lot of though on how I wanted the wedding to look and what I needed to have at the wedding when I was planning. I ended up choosing the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel because it provided Chinese banquet food (my husband’s only request) in a more traditional wedding venue and space to hold a traditional Thai ceremony as requested by my mother. It also had a nice outdoor balcony for outside ceremonies. However, my taste has more of a rustic vibe so I tried to incorporate that in some of the details of my wedding. I also knew that I always wanted to do as much hands on as I could. I ended up making the ring box, the soap wedding favors, card box, ring bearers’ bow ties and other decorations at the wedding. My friends helped make the veil, the cake topper, “Here Comes the Bride” sign and the guest book sign. My colors were grey and mint green and when I was browsing for cake toppers, I realized Totoro was the perfect choice since he is grey and both my husband and I shared a love for Totoro. I was able to incorporate it into my soap favors, cake topper and photo booth. The thing I enjoyed doing the most was making the soap wedding favors, from cutting the soaps by hand to packaging and labeling each favor. It is also great that I can use the left over favors.

The wedding day went by like a whirlwind. I was worrying about rain for the week prior to the wedding, and alas it did get misty and drizzly the day of. It prevented us from having the ceremony outside in the surprisingly nice balcony at the Sheraton but it did provide for beautiful pictures at the Gantry. Everything else went by without any problems (that I know of!). I love the games and customized Totoro photo booth the DJ/MC provided and the games were one of the most memorable part of my wedding. They were really into making a Totoro themed photo booth for me and it came out more wonderful than I expected. I think in the end, everything came together wonderfully.

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Photography: Cynthia Chung Photography | Floral Design: Occasion9 | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | DJ: Sang Along Entertainment | Venue: Sheraton Hotel | Bolero: Lovely Bridal Shop

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