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Library Inspired Wedding in New York

Here at SMP, we’re firm believers that inspiration is everywhere, and for these two lovebirds, a passion for reading had them hitting the library for some creative ideas. With help from Hatch Creative Studio, the unique design incorporated fun pieces (like a card catalog to hold the escort cards!) throughout the decor. Loli Events made sure everything ran perfectly and according to plan, and Photo Pink captured each magical moment.

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From The Bride… My husband really wanted the farmhouse look, but I wanted something a little more upscale. We chose the Foundry because the greenhouse space offered something very spiritual and meditative with its ivy, water, and glass roof. The Foundry also offered lots of different spaces– I wanted my guests to have a different experience in every room, so there was always something to discover. I wasn’t too concerned with continuity of design.

Barb Salzman from Hatch Creative Studio was instrumental into turning our wedding into an experience, not simply an event. I didn’t want anything too tight or structured, lighter was better, but I also love installations. Barb spent hours with us helping me find just the right mix of yellow flowers, just the right heaviness and sparsity for the vases and the arch, and also located us a card catalog to pack our escort cards. She also listened to my less than conventional opinions about my bouquet. Our sample meeting was magical– I felt like I got to walk through my own wedding at her studio!

Finally, we were absolutely THRILLED with our PhotoPink pictures. We still think we have the best pictures we’ve seen.

My husband is not religious, but I am, so I modeled our ceremony after a Catholic wedding rite. We used the traditional “in sickness and in health” vows and also wrote our own surprise vows– Alex promised to always keep me at an external body temperature of 72 degrees (because I am always cold). I wrote the ceremony, and we really made sure that the focus was on the sanctity of marriage and union, rather than on our love.

We had choreographed our first dance using swing steps and had a lot of cool side by side steps. However, we hadn’t counted on the fact that my dress was about 4 feet+ in diameter and covered both our feet! No one could see our fancy moves.

At the reception, Alex sang for me and accompanied himself on guitar, Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” to hearken back to our lazy college days together, and Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Fire.” He made everyone swoon.

Photography: Photo Pink | Event Design: Hatch Creative Studio | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Radish | Reception Venue: The Foundry | Catering: Radish | Hair: Styles On B | Grooms Attire: Armani | Cake Topper: Yellow Bird | Coordination: Loli Events

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Romantic Autumn Wedding at The Foundry

Bold statement alert: the gallery you’re about to click through is bar none my favorite Jen Huang wedding ever. And if you take a look back at her amazing work over the years, you’ll realize that’s a pretty big deal. With layer upon layer of rich berry tones and floral lover’s heaven a la Poppies & Posies, this Monday morning just got really, REALLY good.

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Fall
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Romantic

From The Bride…My vision for the wedding design was romantic and ethereal, much as is my personal style. I’m a California girl through and through, and I wanted the wedding design to show my casual-but-funky style. Purple is both my and my husband’s favorite color, so we started our palette there, and moved on to include mint greens and rose golds.

The inspiration was vintage chic, with a lot of very soft touches to contrast with the industrial design of the space. As writers and scifi nerds, it was also very important to us to incorporate quite a few personal elements (hence the star wars table names, the vintage typewriter, the invitation addressed to Dumbledore,  and the LOTR quotes!). The aesthetic was ultimately driven by my gown, which in layers of blush silk chiffon and organza-but with a high couture design, embodied the romantic, modern fairy tale vibe I had envisioned. Because I wore blush, I wanted my bridesmaids to wear ivory, and the sweep of our collective gowns really added sense of airiness to the space. 

I put together a lot of the details myself-with the help of my very patient bridesmaids-including the chalkboards and cakestands-and although it was a lot of work, the end result was better than anything I could have ever hoped for. Everything flowed together so perfectly, from the romantic twinkle lights, to the vintage sofas, to the farm tables, to the deep purple dahlias and earthy succulents. Every detail of the design was seamlessly integrated, and although nothing ever goes exactly as planned, the culmination was flawless; there isn’t a single thing I would’ve changed about my wedding day! 

Photography: Jen Huang | Videography: Ryan & Heidi Studio | Floral Design: Poppies & Posies | Wedding Gown: Mark Zunino | Cakes: Lael Cakes | Invitations: The Aerialist Press | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting: Stortz Lighting | DJ: Jay MacElFresh | Groomsmen's Attire: Alton Lane | Belt: Something Ivory | Bridesmaids Robes: ComfyClothing | Catering : Michael Start | Chalkboard Table Signs: Charlie Chalk Designs | Hairpiece: BHLDN | Large Mint Chalkboards: Revived Vintage | Makeup: NYC Faces | Menus And Programs: Confetti Gray | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Rentals: Rent Patina | Save The Dates: Copter Labs | Venue: The Foundry LIC

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Contemporary Long Island City Wedding at The Foundry

I love this Bride and Groom. I love them for the obvious reasons, yes. You can tell they are head over heels for each other, and I just adore that. But what really rocked my socks off about this duo is their way of making their big day 100% them. It made for a day that was not only perfect but personal – and thanks to Agaton Strom we can see every moment of their stylish day here.

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From the Bride…My name is Shawna and my husband’s name is Wes. We met a decade ago on the streets of NYC and after a 10 year courtship, in jobs that kept putting us in different cities, we finally were able to move in together in Long Island City, NY. We loved it there so much and on a walk one day found this incredible oasis in the midst of the city – The Foundry. An old metal mill that still had many of the iron work and exposed beams intact! It was as quirky and unconventional as we are, but beautiful enough for everyone to appreciate. It was home, literally and figuratively, and it represented all the love, the work and the time we put into our relationship to finally be able to get marries. Wes is an advertising art director so he created an arch logo to mimic the foundry’s arches to put on all our stationary, such as the seating labels and the menu. We also had the string quartet play a Death Cab for Cutie song that meant a lot to us at an important crossroads in our relationship as my walk down the aisle song, and we printed that out so everyone could read the words. We also had them play The Pixie’s “Where is My Mind” as our song to walk down the aisle together, because we thought this whole day was pretty crazy after a decade of being together.

My bridesmaids are all so unique and beautiful, I chose a Jenny Yoo dress that they could wear any way they’d like (with long panels that could be tied a plethora of styles). I also had 2 of my closest male friends in my bridal party, and had them wear pocket squares that matched the color of the bridesmaid dresses.

Our families are incredibly diverse and we wanted that to be reflected in the wedding. Wes’ mother is Chinese but he grew up on a farm in Vermont. So we asked our caterer to have Chinese inspired cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres but to have desert platters with Vermont staples like their ocal maple syrup. My father is retired FDNY so we had the FDNY pipes play for us right after the ceremony. One of my bridesmen is a classical pianist and The Foundry tuned their old piano so he could play a special piece for us. Wes and I have been together so long I wanted to name the tables after the years BEFORE we met (since most everyone thinks of us as a duo) – and I put pictures of us during that year as the table setting. Im a broadcast new reporter, and instead of a videographer, I wanted the day to be captured like a documentary so our caterer set up a time lapse camera in the space and just sped it up to the music of our procession, first dance etc etc.

The table settings were elegant and simple with lots of white flowers and hanging candles. Our ceremony was unconventional – we kept it short and gave our own vows and chose to tell funny stories about moments in our relationship that everyone in the room could identify with. It made for a laugh filled ceremony, which was important to us because our strange sense of humor is what has always marked our bond. At the end of the day we wanted everyone represented in our wedding because they’ve all helped to make up who we are and why we love each other so much.

Photography: Agaton Strom | Wedding Planner: Exquisite Affairs Productions Inc. | Floral Design: Atlas Floral Decorators | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: City Sweets & Confections | Shoes: Brian Atwood | Catering: Marcey Brownstein Catering + Events | Lighting: Prestige Lighting Events | Officiant: Jesse Hendrich | Birdesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Clutches: Snap Handbags | Event Space: The Foundry | Groom's Attire (bowtie): Charvet | Hotel: 6 Columbus | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Carolina Herrera

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