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Modern + Elegant Jewish New York City Wedding

One look at this gown and you’ll be asking your atelier to add sleeves ASAP. For this stunner of a look is not only timeless, but it’s sophisticated, glamorous, and if it was good enough for royalty – well, who are we to object? It’s the type of silhouette and celebration that’s got each and every one us asking for a wedding redo, because when it comes to the pairing of Ang Weddings And Events, Nine Cakes, and Mademoiselle Fiona behind the lens, well we’re in wedding wonderland. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From the Bride… Jason and I serendipitously met at a grocery store while we were both in high school (in neighboring towns) and kept finding our way back to each other through college, long-distance moves and simply growing up. When Jason and I got engaged (on the Pont des Arts in Paris a few years ago), the last thing that entered my mind was planning a wedding. Instead, I couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I was to have found my match and that we chose each other forever. While my energy quickly turned to thinking about the wedding we’d have to celebrate our marriage, that initial thought never left my mind and still hasn’t to this day.

At the time that we got engaged, we were living in San Francisco and about to make a move back to the east coast, where we both grew up, to New York. Once we arrived back in New York, the planning was in full effect. We quickly chose The Foundry in Long Island City as our venue; it felt so much like us and the way we wanted our wedding to be – beautiful but not fussy, interesting but not complicated, full of possibilities but not overwhelming. Once the venue was secured, it was pretty remarkable how easily the rest fell into place.

We wanted the mood of our wedding to be romantic but maintain a beautiful simplicity to it. Every vendor we found contributed to this mood and beautifully executed our vision – from our band, who flawlessly played music that was personal and meaningful to us (I walked down the aisle to Sigur Ros and we had our first dance to Ben Folds) to our caterer who crafted some of our favorite foods like mini lobster rolls and grilled cheese in a beautiful but approachable way, to our florist who made the most gorgeously lush arrangements reminiscent of a romantic garden.

More important than our vision for what the wedding would look like, though, was our vision for what the wedding would feel like. It was paramount to us that our wedding was intimate, personal and family-oriented, so Jason’s dad officiated the ceremony (one of the best wedding decisions we made), we placed old family photos on book shelves for guests to look at, we had long rows of tables at dinner so our guests could feel like they were at a family dinner, and we incorporated family traditions and heirlooms into the ceremony like the ketubah and chuppah covering. I even created all of the candle favors as a personal way to thank our guests for being a part of our wedding day.

Throughout the entire planning process, we focused on one goal: to throw a memorable party for the people in our lives who meant the most to us – the family and friends who felt like family – that fill our lives with love, support and happiness. Looking back on our wedding day, I think we did just that.

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Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona | Cinematography: Bayly And Moore | Event Planning: Ang Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Poppies And Posies | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge From Lovely Bride | Wedding Cake: Nine Cakes | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Zara | Catering: Michael Stuart NY | Hair: Face The Day NY | Band: The Story Tellers Of New York City | Favors: Riles And Co | Tuxedo: J. Crew | Wedding Venue: The Foundry | Chuppah: Your Chuppah NY | Clutch: Whiting And Davis | Ketubah: Jennifer Raichman | Rentals: Patina Rentals | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Save The Date: Ello There

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Glamour Meets Rustic NYC Summer Wedding

I like creative combos and when this glamorous-meets-rustic celebration came across my desk, all sorts of stylish ideas came with it. Thanks to the gorgeous pics by W Studios New York and Designs By Ahn’s fab floral creations, this is one chic aesthetic that I hope to see so much more of. With Bartleby & Sage serving up tasty treats and 74 Events keeping everyone on the dance floor, it was a NYC night to remember – see it all in our VAULT this way!

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From W Studios New YorkThe Foundry is the gem of Long Island City. Originally used as a metal foundry, this venue is one of a kind, its industrial structure softened by the natural greenery and vines that envelope the building. It was the perfect spot for Jen and Zach to host their intimate wedding! We started the day with the girls at the St. Regis complete with personalized glasses of rosé, monogram pjs and of course a few jumps on the bed! After we headed to the Foundry, where Jen was escorted by her uncle to say her vows with Zach surrounded by the closest family and friends. We loved all of the gold accents that brought a touch of old world glamour to the celebration, from the golden leaves in the bridesmaid bouquets to the gold glitter artfully sprinkled around the table numbers. With taper candles, string lights and Moroccan style lanterns lighting up the brick interior, the scene was set for a perfect evening. Long tables spanning the length of the room buzzed with happy conversation and the clinking of glasses. The guests danced in an adjacent room and just when they thought the party was at an end, the newlyweds surprised them with a whiskey bar and a dessert table complete with a MomoFuku Milk Bar cake, cupcakes, donuts, and s’mores!

From the Bride… Our day was nothing short of wedded bliss! Every detail so close to our hearts, finally coming together with those we love most, sharing in the moments we will never forget – perfection, from the anxiously awaited first look on the breathtaking terrace of the Foundry, to hearing the cheers of our guests as Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” escorted us down the aisle, the intimate Southern Supper ringing in our new nuptials and at last, the coup de grace of the now famous Billy Joel charade between my Uncle and my Groom. We simply could not have fathomed a more fitting celebration and are forever thankful for the gracious support of our wonderful family, friends and vendors.

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Photography: W Studios New York | Floral Design: Designs By Ahn | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Cupcakes: Magnolia Bakery | Shoes: Schutz | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Bartleby & Sage | Calligraphy: Apothecary Bee | DJ: 74 Events | Venue: The Foundry | Bride's Earrings: Samantha Wills | Ceremony Chalk Board: Designs By Ahn | Gold Dress Hanger: BHLDN French Market Hanger | Monogram Shorts: Southrn Sophisticated Shop | Personalized Wine Glasses: Mrs. Simblissity Shop | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Totes: Dream State Shop

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Moody Indoor Urban Wedding at The Foundry

Urban elegance is the name of the game for this Long Island City wedding photographed by Lindsay Hite of READYLUCK. Starting with a ceremony covered in twinkling cafe lights and ending with a reception that’s the very definition of “chic,” it’s no wonder Around Town Entertainment kept the party going well the night. See it all waiting in THE VAULT.

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From the Bride and Groom, Lesley and Josh… From the outset, we wanted to throw a beautiful and personal party for our friends and family to celebrate the love we have for each other and for them. We envisioned New York City as the location of our wedding because the city is where our relationship began. It’s where generations of our family members married, and, practically speaking, is a close destination for the majority of our guests. We wanted the wedding to have an offbeat, but elegant vibe that would reflect our interests and personalities, as well as put this beloved city on display.

We were instantly attracted to The Foundry – partly because of the view of Manhattan, partly because of the lush courtyard, and mostly because it felt like it had a lot of character. At the same time, it was a terrific blank slate to translate our vision. After that was decided on, we selected vendors that both connected with our vision and we felt would be easy to work with despite us being in Utah and their being in New York.

From the Bride, “Soon after we selected the venue, I started searching for her dress and found ‘the one’ at Alta Moda, a local dress shop in Salt Lake City. This dress had everything I wanted, and didn’t even know I wanted! I fell absolutely in love with the dress’s unique, intricate lace pattern, its feminine silhouette that accentuated my curves, and ultimately, it’s timeless feel.”

We spent a lot of time concerning ourselves with tangible details – coordinating typefaces, colors, materials, and all things tactile. We were struck by the story of The Foundry, which had been part of the local brass and metal production industry. We wanted to avoid an overly industrial look, but chose neutrals and metallic colors as sort of a nod to the building’s history. This palette also complemented everything else – the flowers, the food, the music, the people, etc.

We truly lucked out with our vendors. Lindsay from READYLUCK was a pure joy to work with. She is an incredibly talented photographer and one of the kindest, most thoughtful and easy-going people we worked with. Hiring her was by far one of the best decisions we could have made during our planning process. Our caterers were phenomenal to work with throughout every phase of the planning process and brought us both such joy to see how our ideas materialized on the big day. Working with them was one of the highlights of planning because we shared so much love and appreciation for each other.

We were thrilled to partner with Saipua, whose design aesthetic perfectly complemented the ambiance we strove to create. We also loved that Saipua, in essence, is a mother-daughter business with Sarah as head florist and designer and Susan, master soapmaker. For favors we knew everyone would enjoy, Susan created customized soaps we gave our guests at the end of the evening. A live band was a must, and we were thrilled with Around Town’s renditions of each and every song. Having them there certainly made the reception all the more lively and photogenic.

We did not have too many DIY elements (other than our vows). The most unique aspects of our wedding were the ceremony and cake. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s oldest friend who got to know Josh especially well during the couple’s courtship in New York. Her ceremony was so touching and personal – it was by far one of the most talked about features of our wedding. Similarly, the wedding cake was actually made by a close friend of the bride, from college. It was such a treat to involve her in this way. We placed complete trust in her and the results far exceeded our expectations.

From the bride, “It’s hard to know what advice to give because I’m not sure whether it’s better to give advice based on what went right or wrong. A lot of former brides advised me to “enjoy every moment,” Honestly, that was harder to manage than I expected, in part because I still felt somewhat responsible for getting things done on the day of the wedding, and that gave me additional, unwelcomed stress. So my advice is a bit more specific: ‘In order to be fully present and enjoy every moment (1) make sure your “day of” timeline and plans are as final as you need them to be to feel relaxed, (2) be sure checks for tips are made up in advance and someone has been delegated the task of distributing them, and (3) drink just enough to relax your expectations and truly enjoy your party.’

Photography: Lindsay Hite / READYLUCK | Event Design: Jose Rolon Events | Floral Design: Saipua | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Invitations: Tabula Rasa | Reception Venue: The Foundry | Engagement Ring: Tiffany | Catering: Real Food Catering | Makeup: Jessa Blades | Hair: The Karcher | Lighting: Universal Light And Sound | Favors: Saipua | Groom's Attire: Barneys New York | Officiant: Naomi Zeveloff | Ceremony Music: Venus Ensembles | Transportation: Luxor Coach | Tent: ACE Tents | Beer: Triboro Beverage | Bridal Salon: Alta Moda Bridal | Bride's Earrings: Katie Waltman | Bride's Hairpiece: Debra Moreland | Bride's Wedding Band: Catbird | Groom's Wedding Band: In God We Trust | Reception Music: Around Town Entertainment | Wine And Liquor: Quality House Wines

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