I am absolutely in love with this bride’s dress. This Reem Acra wonder from Gabriella New York is my definition of perfection and combined with this beautiful bouquet, I’m already pinning away to my heart’s desire. Robert And Kathleen captured this NYC rooftop celebration and you can join me as I ooh and aah over at the gallery for at least a couple more hours.
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From Robert & Kathleen Photographers... It was a running joke for a while among Abtin’s family and friends that his apartment was relatively empty. For a number of years after he purchased it, the place had only the bare essentials, furniture-wise. That wasn’t just due solely to Abtin’s busy schedule nor did it represent any lack of interest in furniture on Abtin’s part. In fact, Abtin was very interested in finding pieces that would complete his home. He just wanted to make sure they were the perfect pieces. He’s not one for impulse purchases. Each one would be picked with thought and care.
Abtin was very much the same way when it came to finding the right woman. He wasn’t one to jump from relationship to relationship. He wanted someone kind and generous, someone who shared his passion to help others. If she also happened to be drop-dead gorgeous, so much the better. Then he met Elsa. She was everything he could have ever wanted and so much more. With a heart as big as her smile, she changed his life from the moment they met. Pretty soon, his apartment (and his life) was decidedly more full.
Maybe part of Abtin’s hesitation about furnishing his apartment wasn’t just about finding the right pieces. It was about finding the right partner. He knew that he wanted to share his life, share his home, with someone special. And when Elsa came along, it all felt right. They found the perfect pieces of furniture from their home together and every time they used each piece they would think about the adventure they had picking it out. They were no longer just objects, but memories.
Elsa & Abtin exchanged vows in an emotional ceremony officiated by her brother during which there was probably not a dry eye in the room (including ours). The kind of love these two share is raw and powerful and their happiness is contagious. It was clear that all of their guests felt lucky to be there to celebrate such a remarkable couple and we felt honored to have been there to capture it all.
Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Floral Design: Red Rose And Lavender | Cake: A Simple Cake | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | DJ: 74 Events | Band: Brooklyn Sugar Stompers | Bridal Gown: Reem Acra | Bridal Salon: Gabriella New York | Hair & Make-up: Tashena Of Lasio Studios | Location: Gramercy Park Hotel
Toasting your new nuptials while overlooking all of Manhattan seems like something out of a movie, and that’s exactly the vibe you feel looking through these stunning photos by Karen Hill. This wedding, brought to life by Daughter Of Design, is bursting at the seams with joy and you can’t help but fall in love with this adorable couple, watching Hello Super Studios‘ film and soaking up every smile in this gallery.
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From Karen Hill Photography… Rumi and Rei’s wedding ceremony took place a week earlier in Tokyo, Japan. The groom, Rei, is a New Yorker and met Rumi while working in Japan. (He’s from NYC and is half Japanese). Their friends and families traveled to both events and the party just continued! Talk about colliding cultures, jet lag and language barriers; it was amazing.
There are so many things to love about this wedding party – the gorgeous relaxed decor, the flowers, happy people, the adorable couple, the groom’s father singing and playing guitar in a band as a surprise to the couple, (total surprise!) and the amazing story of love across the world.
How fitting to have their cocktail party on top of the world at Le Parker Meridian Estrella Penthouse in NYC with the most incredible view of the city and Central Park. Such a great love story!
Photography: Karen Hill Photography | Videographer: Hello Super Studios | Planner: Daughter Of Design | Florist: Ariella Flowers | Cake: Ron Ben-Israel | Invitations: Bella Figura | Hair: Jeff Chastain | Lighting: Le Parker Meridien | DJ: Bass Squad | Favors: Bernard Maisner | Hotel Penthouse: Le Parker Meridien | Makeup: Nam-Vo | Music: Daniel Foose | Rentals: Taylor Creative | Rentals: Bridge Props | Rentals: Sound House | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Sushi Caterer: Hideo Kuribara
I’ve only been to NYC a few times, and I’ve not once gotten the chance to enjoy either Central Park or West Village, unfortunately. So today, I’m living vicariously through these two cuties captured by Judy Pak in the form of their adorable love sesh that has me determined to visit both these lovely spots. It’s official, they’re on the list, but for now, this sweet gallery will surely do.
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From the beautiful Bride…Hery and I met the summer of 2010 working at an overnight summer camp in Maryland. Seeing Hery passionately work for this ministry testified to his character, and we became close friends between the basketball and gymnastics lessons, campfires, silly games and songs. Our friendship grew into a steadfast love, and we embarked on our dating journey. After several years of long distance as we finished up our education and various internships, our careers finally lead us both to the beautiful city of Philadelphia.
Hery, a pediatric nurse, proposed on Christmas morning after working the night shift before. His sleepiness could not contain his enthusiasm, however, as I pulled out a bespoke mug from my stocking. Engraved on the mug, he had quoted my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice: “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I love and admire you,” and on the reverse side, it read, “Will you marry me, Christine?” I turned around to find him on one knee with a little, blue box in his hand and the most genuine smile lighting up his face. Obviously, I cried and somehow murmured out “Yes!”
Choosing where to have our e-session was one of the easiest decisions we’ve made in the wedding planning process. The iconic New York City boasts hundreds of gorgeous locations and is the beloved childhood home of my fiancé, Hery. We selected the background of Central Park because of the juxtaposition between the lush foliage and the fabulous city views and the West Village for its cozy coffee shops – our favorite date day activity! Although the forecast called for thunderstorms, we braved the weather and were rewarded with the dreamiest lighting! Judy was wonderful in making us feel comfortable and capturing our love for each other on film. We will cherish this experience forever and cannot wait to take our wedding day photos!
Photography: Judy Pak | Black Dress: Felicity & Coco | Blush Dress: Red Valentino | Venue: West Village | Venue: Central Park