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Glamorous Vintage Summer Wedding

I’m absolutely smitten with this glamourous affair. Not only is it bursting with beauty crafted by Jessica Tocko for A Polished Plan and DM Events, but it’s also got one pretty rad couple. Case in point? In lieu of a traditional champagne toast, this duo embraced the Bride’s Polish roots and toasted with shots of vodka while singing a traditional Polish celebration song. See it all unfold in the gallery a la Sidney Morgan!

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From the beautiful Bride… We met in New Haven, CT, in the fall of 2008. Brian had just started graduate school and was in the same program as my twin sister, Annie. The night we met, Brian and his friends had tried to see a movie, but it was sold out. Instead, they went to a bar called, Bar, where I was with Annie. She introduced Brian as, “That guy who sits in the front row in class, and always has something interesting to say.” I was smitten.

If not for that sold-out movie, we may have never met!

We moved to Jersey City, NJ in 2011 for new job opportunities and have been there ever since. In that same year, our family grew a bit in the addition of our spunky Boston Terrier, Franklin, who has been a source of love and joy in our lives.

Just after our 5-year anniversary, Brian proposed! We knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and had talked about getting married, but the actual proposal was a total surprise. It was a private, intimate proposal at our apartment in the Paulus Hook neighborhood of Jersey City, on a crisp and sunny March day.

I said, yes! Then the first planning began!

We chose the Metropolitan Building as our venue because it struck the perfect industrial and vintage balance that we were looking for. Our hope was to immerse our guests in an experience that transported them from the day-to-day, to a place in their hearts where they would be inspired to celebrate.

We channeled the venue’s history and whimsy in the many DIY details we incorporated. From the homemade candle escort cards, to the table numbers, to the mirror signs hand-lettered by one of our closest friends, these elements helped add a very personal touch to the experience. Plus, working on these projects throughout our engagement brought us even closer together and added to our appreciation of how everything came together on our special day.

The ladies at A Polished Plan truly helped make our vision of the day a reality. Their help in planning and executing all the tiny details allowed us to focus on enjoying the moments.

From the handsome Groom… We felt lucky to be surrounded by so many friends and family in our bridal party! Margaret had both her sisters Annie and Diana as her co-maids of honor (co-MOH’s) because they are both so important to her.

Margaret purchased her Jenny Packham dress from Everthine bridal in Madison, CT. Her twin sister Annie, was also married in a Jenny Packham dress from Everthine in June 2012.

Our dog Franklin is a big part of our family and we knew he had to be there. He joined us for family pictures right after our first look and wore a mint green bow tie that belongs to Brian.

In lieu of a traditional champagne toast, we embraced Margaret’s Polish roots and had our guests toast us with shots of vodka while singing “Sto Lat”, a traditional Polish celebration song.

We hand-poured beeswax candles into vintage jelly jars that served as both an escort card and a wedding favor for our guests.

Margaret’s best friend and bridesmaid, Angela J. Brysiewicz, offered up her artistic skills and designed/created all of the beautiful vintage-inspired mirror art.

From The Couple…Make it YOUR day: This is a celebration of your past and future. It should reflect your personality and aesthetic.

Hire a day-of coordinator: You don’t want to sweat the details on your wedding day.

Book your photographer ASAP: You’ll want these memories captured in a true and beautiful sense by someone who understands you. The best photographers book early!

We’d like to thank both of our parents, whose love and support throughout the entire process made the day exceptionally special.

Photography: Sidney Morgan | Videography: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Wedding Planner: Jessica Tocko for A Polished Plan | Floral Design: DM Events | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham From Everthine Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Love Your Face Beauty | Hair Stylist: Jenna Drudi | DJ : DJ Jon Blak From Scratch Weddings | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Eclectic Unions | Ceremony And Reception: The Metropolitan Building | Groomsmen Attire: Zara | Wedding Cake And Desserts: Cocoa Bakery

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Alexandra Grecco + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There’s obsession, and then there’s the way we feel about the gorgeous tulle skirts from Alexandra Grecco; a seriously sassy + totally stunning collection that you honestly NEED to see.  Think an array of fabulous colors and lengths meets six layers of fully-lined tulle, all with a gorgeous silk waistband.  From everyday brunching to e-shooting with your sweetie, you’ll never feel so pretty… or so chic.

Based in NYC’s coolest borough (Brooklyn!), each Alexandra Grecco piece is crafted in sizes 00-14 and layered with the perfect amount of tulle for that fabulous flare we know you will absolutely adore. Imagine soft, ethereal shades like ivory, dusty blue, seafoam and champagne mix and mingling with your favorite pair of heels and that cashmere sweater your honey can’t seem to get enough of… OR looking absolutely awesome on each of your bridesmaids as they stand beside you on the big day.  Not to mention that each Alexandra Grecco skirt is more than perfect for every.single.event on your itinerary, so you can channel that inner fashionista for your bridal shower, engagement party and going away party!

Visit Alexandra Grecco today to order that skirt of your dreams.  And don’t forget to pre-order the new Lace Elliot Top (available in ivory, pale grey, nude or black) to pair with your skirt or dress… or even your favorite denim.  You can thank us later.

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SMP readers will receive 20% off their order with the code “stylemepretty15″, valid until July 18, 2015.

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What: Alexandra Grecco is giving away a fabulous tulle skirt in any size or color offered to one lucky SMP reader! (Value $188)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us where you would rock your amazing Alexandra Grecco skirt!

Who: One winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, July 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Hair: Brittany Romney | Makeup: Mandy Bisesti

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Emotional + Elegant New York City Wedding

Get out the tissues, my dears! This incredibly sweet film shares some of the most sincere, emotional vows I’ve ever heard, from two handsome Grooms who, as videographer, Mckenzie, from McKenzie Miller Films says, made it so evident how privileged they felt to finally be able to become husbands. Take a peek at all the NYC-backed beauty below, and make sure to have a tissue on hand!

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From McKenzie Miller FilmsDavid and Trey had a beautiful and emotional wedding with their closest friends and family in NYC. Obviously incredible people on their own, David and Trey are made infinitely better by being together. Their vows were some of the best I have ever heard, and it was so evident how privileged they felt to finally be able to become husbands.

From the Grooms… David and Trey were married on a perfect spring day in New York City.  Both actors (Trey has made several television appearances including Orange is the New Black and Hulu’s Deadbeat), they met in 2010 while performing in a musical in Ogunquit, Maine. These two were meant to be from the beginning, and although they got engaged in 2012, they waited until only 6 weeks out to start planning their wedding! It was a day filled with lots of love and a tremendous amount of laughs.  

Photography: Danny Weiss | Cinematography: McKenzie Miller Films | Floral Design: A Creative Touch | Cake: Allison Mahoney - The Singing Baker | Catering: Mint Catering | DJ: Nestor Marsh From MD Music & Entertainment | Grooms' Attire: My Suit | Officiant: Jeff Blumenkratz | Venue: 404 NYC | Lighting And Planning: Shine Events | Logo: Carter Thompson

A Stunning Burgundy Wedding in Brooklyn

Truth be told? This piece of pretty had me at Burgundy. The perfect blend of rich hues and artistic details, my love for this fete borderlines obsession. From the Bride’s Lazaro gown to the stunning florals, every little detail Haley Sheffield snapped is more than beautiful than the last and can be found right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Usually I am so indecisive about things, but with our wedding, I was never more sure. I guess my ideas had been brewing in my head for about 7 years, since Adam and I first started dating. Our waterfront venue was a converted 1800′s liquor warehouse in Red Hook Brooklyn. Our amazing wedding planner helped us find this gem. Exposed brick, wood beams and huge arched windows with views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. The venue was so “us”. It was vintage-romatic, and that was the style and design we were after. Once we booked the venue, we planned every little detail. For my tablescapes, I wanted guests to feel as though they were viewing a still life painting. I personally searched and hunted silver, tea pots and milk glass vessels to hold my unique florals. Fresh fruits of the harvest surrounded those arrangements. Chalk board guest board, hand spray painted wine bottle candle holders, hanging Edison bulbs strung from the rafters. A lot of DIY, but so worth it.

What I looked forward to was the moment when it all came together. For example, I hadn’t seen the Bridesmaids dresses in person till that day. I literally chose the fabric colors at the store and just went with my artistic gut. I couldn’t wait to see my vision come to life and of course I couldn’t wait to see Adam.

That feeling of overwhelming joy when walking down the aisle. It truly was the most perfect day.

From Haley SheffieldThis wedding is close to my heart. When Cadence reached out to me, over a year before her wedding to photograph her Big Day in NYC, my heart leapt for joy. Cadence and I had been long-time social media friends (how strange is the internet?!). Knowing that she had impeccable taste–both unique and timeless–and that she was an art teacher and photographer herself, I couldn’t help but to jump all-in to the photographic process.

Needless to say, Cadence’s wedding was one of my favorites of the year. With her background in art and admiration of the “classic” aesthetic, the fusion became a dream when the wedding unfolded. I absolutely loved the uniqueness of her color palette–the deep burgundy and cobalt with soft tones throughout. Juxtaposed against the clear horizon and beautiful empty canvas of The Liberty Warehouse, you couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.

I absolutely LOVED the texture of her stunning Lazaro gown and the timelessness it added to her classic bridal look. Paired with Adam’s velvet bowtie (swoooooon), there was a nostalgic air about them together while still remaining fresh. And that theme was woven through the entire wedding. Although the Liberty Warehouse is a fairly modern venue, the Edison bulbs hung for decor brought a since of old to the room. The table decor included silver pieces that Cadence and her mother collected over the course of her engagement, but Cadence also tied in modern protea with her arrangements (including her bouquets!).

In addition to the nostalgia of the decor, Adam and Cadence tied in several details to the day that were special to them. Part of the themes running through their wedding was their love for Maine (a staple location for them as a couple), brought in through a subtle use of lobster in their decor. In addition, they offered whoopie pies (a Maine favorite) as a dessert option/favor–and the guests loved them! Lastly, Adam and Cadence tied in their different cultures (Egyptian and Italian) during their reception by dancing to the most amazing cultural music by the live band! I have never seen so much guest involvement in my life–the joy was absolutely contagious! Lastly, at the end of the night, I took Cadence and Adam out onto the balcony of the Liberty Warehouse to capture a photo of the two of them with the Freedom Tower in the background. Adam is a member of the New York City Ironworkers (how amazing!) and was a part of the crew that helped construct the tower. Such a perfect way to end the night!

Photography: Haley Sheffield | Floral Design: Petals & Roots | Makeup: Kristen Therese | Hair: Tiffany Hayden | Bride Dress: Lazaro | Bride Shoes: Diane Von Furstenberg | Cake / Whoopie Pies: Merrie Stone-Ober | Catering (Also Venue): The Liberty Warehouse | Donuts: Carpe Donut NYC | Invitations / Paper: Moontree Letterpress | Warehouse: The Liberty Warehouse | Wedding Planning: Orchard & Broome

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Urban New York City Garden Wedding

Inherently New York with a taste of British charm, this romantic garden fete planned in the hands of Bellafare is a composition of everything we love here at SMP. Be it a dash or ballroom glamour married with personal details (like the couples cat, Pearl), ethereal Jenny Yoo gowns paired with the Bride’s Gabriella New York dress, or Michael Antonia keeping the party grooving into the evening, Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography snapped it all to share!

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From the beautiful Bride… Jon and I met in an unlikely way. Jon is musician, and my former employer hired his band for an event. We instantly clicked and the rest is history.

It was important to us for our wedding to reflect us both as individuals, and as a couple. Jon hails from the UK, and obviously loves music, while I grew up in Manhattan, and wanted our wedding to feel inherently New York.

Our first task was daunting: to find a large space and make it feel intimate. We had a sizable guest list, but didn’t want our wedding to feel overwhelming or impersonal. We looked at many beautiful raw spaces, but when we came upon Gotham Hall, we fell in love. It took a bit of imagination and help from florist Bess Wyrick (the brains behind Celadon and Celery) but we ultimately created a romantic garden feel, inside of an art deco ballroom. To put our own twist on the space and evening, sketches of the Union Jack, an American flag, and our cat Pearl, were featured on napkins and cocktail stirrers; we had a “taste of Britain” station during our cocktail hour featuring bangers and mash, shepherds pie, and other UK treats; and a dessert bar hosting our favorite New York baked goods ranging from Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding to two Momofuku wedding cakes.

We also took the evening’s soundtrack pretty seriously. We worked with Venus Ensembles to perform some of our favorite songs via string quartet during the ceremony, and had a jazz trio for the cocktail hour. Our one request – make the cocktail hour feel like a Woody Allen movie—we think they did a pretty great job! And for the reception, DJ Michael Antonia did a fantastic job of keeping everyone on the dance floor, burning off the calories from the Momofuku cakes, we hope…

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Event Planning: Bellafare | Floral Design: Celadon And Celery | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Sue Coe Designs | Bride's Shoes: Chanel | Rings: Shivani Gems | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Thomas Preti Caterers | Makeup: Ana Sicat | Hair: Butterfly Salon | Lighting : Bentley Meeker | DJ: Michael Antonia | Groom's Attire: J. Crew's Ludlow Shop | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Officiant: Gloria Milner | String Quartet: Venus Ensemble | Venue: Gotham Hall | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York | Bride's Purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim | Cake Topper: Jolie En Rose Vintage | Dessert: Magnolia Bakery | Getting Ready Venue: The Standard East Village | Headpiece: Untamed Petals

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8 Charming Engagement Session Spots in New York City

I’m not a native New Yorker, but after more than a year of living in Manhattan, it definitely feels like home. Tom Wolfe wrote, “One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” And when you have your engagement session at one of the city’s iconic locations, you belong to it for forever. Click through the slideshow to see the best spots for your engagement session.

NYC's Best Backdrops
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NYC's Best Backdrops
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