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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.

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Summer
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Hotel
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Rustic

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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A Modern Foundry Wedding in Full Bloom

A handful of blooms is enough to grab our attention, but add in the fact that this lovely was an intimate ceremony with Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography behind the lens and that’s a surefire way to make us smile. A stunning celebration complete with the unbelievably talented Face Time Beauty Concierge on hand ensuring the beauty was topnotch, we’ve got it all waiting for you to witness firsthand via The Vault!

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Spring
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Urban Space
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Whimsical

From the Bride…When we planned our wedding we wanted it to feel like us. The Foundry was the first and last venue we looked at! It had the perfect balance of an Industrial and garden-like space with the ivy covered exposed brick. In the summer the space transforms into a magical oasis overlooking the city.

We opted for an intimate ceremony in the green house followed by a cocktail hour with all our friends and family. Since we are both foodies the meal was such an important aspect of the night. There was a huge emphasis on local, simple food that felt like home cooking. Dinner was served family style under the bridge overlooking the Manhattan Skyline. It was a perfect summer night that allowed for the tent lining to be taken down and we could be immersed in the urban garden. The dinner setting was whimsical in every sense. The Foundry already had so much lush greenery and we emphasized it with beautiful, wild flowers arrangements that made the entire space feel both rustic and chic. It felt like a summer garden party with pops of pale pink, blue and gold.

For the cocktails we choose a sweet pink mix of grapefruit, elderflower with a shot of fresh beet juice called Drop the Beet as well as Back that Hass Up, a spicy creamy combo made with avocado. For our dessert bar we were inspired by our favorite sweets from trips we had taken together. The Nutella from our breakfast spreads in Turkey, macaroons from Paris, chocolate chip cookies from when we got engaged in Maine. We chose a hazelnut cake with layers of Nutella and salted caramel butter cream as well as a vanilla cake with lemon butter cream and cream cheese frosting. We also had a cookie bar with cookies shots filled with vanilla milk. Flourless chocolate pecan cookies and assorted pastel macaroons.

We wanted everything to feel natural and not overdone. The ceremony, dinner, dessert, the space and the way I wanted myself to look. My dress was a beautiful Vera Wang that I didn’t want to overpower. I had my hair pulled back in a simple bun, natural and soft makeup and no jewelry but our new wedding bands. The bridesmaids and groomsmen played perfectly off of each other and the space in rose hued gowns and blue suits.

The excitement of the night made it go by so quickly. After the speeches were given and the meal was served, we all danced the night away inside. One of the most memorable parts of the night was seeing how happy my husband was and dancing with all of our friends and family. It was a perfect evening that we will never forget.

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Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography | Event Planning: Loli Events | Floral Design: Poppies & Posies | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Fourteen-Forty | Catering: Purslane Catering | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Calligraphy: Papersoul | Venue: The Foundry | Beverage Services: RAPT New York

 

P.S. See this couple’s engagement session here!

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They Pulled off a Garden Wedding in the City

The task? Plan a lush, organic, Napa-inspired wedding…and do it in the middle of New York City. Luckily, floral genius DESIGNS BY AHN didn’t even flinch but instead took their vision and ran with it. The result is an urban garden party photographed by Sawyer Baird and there’s a whole lot more this way in The Vault.

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Spring
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Urban Space
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Modern

From the Bride…When it came to planning our own wedding, my husband and I knew we didn’t want to get married at a banquet hall. As a native Californian, it only made sense to be surrounded by nature but since my husband wanted hard liquor served at our wedding, a Napa venue was out of the question. We also found it difficult planning a wedding across the states amidst our busy work schedules. I was then recommended by two of my coworkers to check out the Foundry. The Foundry was definitely a stunning unique space amidst a desolate area. What drew me in was the lush ever growing ivy wrapped around the exterior of the old restored building and inside the greenhouse. I never imagined finding a garden venue in the city. Even though my husband and I had our concerns of the limited capacity the space could hold it helped us narrow our guest count to our closest family and friends.

After selecting the venue, everything else fell into place. I am usually drawn to neutral, organic and very simple aesthetics. Since the venue is naturally beautiful in itself, it allowed me to keep decorations minimally romantic with lots of greenery, candles, and ivory flowers. It tied back to my flowing gown, the bridesmaids’ long chiffon dresses and lush ribboned bouquets. We opted out of the bridal party prom look and had the groomsmen in classic dark navy suits while my husband wore a midnight blue and black tuxedo. My florist, Victoria of Designs by Ahn took my vision and created something more than what I dreamed it would look.

My amazing calligrapher, Esther Clark, whose style I adore, created all the delicate organic paper pieces for the day. Our DJ, James Mulry played our favorite rock songs during cocktail hour and then uptempo beats after dinner. With the help of our caterer everything was cohesive, lush and absolutely beautiful. Our wedding definitely looked like a secret garden party and served as an amazing backdrop for photos.

Planning for the wedding can at times be overwhelming especially during an extreme work schedule but it was well worth it in the end because we got to celebrate the love we have for each other with all of the wonderful people in our lives ALL on the same coast and city at the same time. And there may never be a time when that happens again. We only wished the party lasted a few more hours.

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Photography: Sawyer Baird | Cinematography: Live Pictures Studio | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Baked NYC | Invitations: Esther Clark | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Real Food Catering | Hair + Makeup: Agata Zmudka & Sachiko Yanase | DJ: James Mulry | Groom's Attire: Theory | Groomsmen's Attire: SRG Fashion | Hotel: Paper Factory Hotel | Venue: The Foundry | Flower Girl Dress: Rainey's Closet | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Invitations + Menu: Plume Calligraphy | Photo Booth: Lumi8 | Ring Bearer Attire: Zara

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