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Romantic Long Island City Engagement Session

From the coziness of their home to the glow of sunset high above the Manhattan skyline, Lauren Fair’s photos take us on a romantic journey with this adorable engaged duo. By the end of the photographic adventure, we feel like fast friends – can we join you guys on that picture perfect rooftop patio?

From the Bride-to-be… The very first wedding-related decision we made was that we absolutely had to have Lauren Fair Photography shoot our wedding. One of the major criterion that our venue had to have was an opening that matched with Lauren and Tim Fair’s available dates. We looked at venues in NYC, Philadelphia, Mexico, and finally decided on Shadow Lawn in The Hudson Valley region of New York. The quaint and rustic venue was perfect for us and we couldn’t have been more excited to learn that it worked out with our photographer’s schedule as well.

We weren’t interested in engagement photos at first, but decided to have them done since Lauren and Tim include them in all of their packages. They explained to us that it helps them get to know each couple before the big day and allows the couple to gain some experience with “acting naturally” while being photographed. We were super excited to meet them, so we happily took their advice, and couldn’t be happier that we did. We had so much fun during the shoot and can’t stop gushing over the photos. As an added bonus, Lauren and I discovered that we have a lot of similarities including our names, our love for our dogs (both named Oliver) and our style (which came in handy when I realized I forgot a belt and Lauren gave me the one she was wearing!)

We began the shoot in our apartment in Long Island City, with our beloved pup Ollie, and then headed across the street to Gantry Park, which spans about 3/4 mile and abuts the East River, with spectacular Manhattan views. Our favorite photos were underneath the gantries themselves. Next we headed up to the rooftop of a 32 story high rise for some of the best views of Manhattan right at sunset.

Needless to say, we cannot wait to have the opportunity to work with Lauren and Tim again for our wedding in September. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Venue: Shadow Lawn

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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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Stylish Wedding at The Foundry

Full of the perfect blend of elegant and personal touches, like a vintage locket with a photo of the Bride’s parents that hung from her bouquet (and amazing gift from her MoH!), this wedding is absolutely lovely in every sense of the word. 4 Eyes Photography captured this full blown lovefest to utter perfection, and we can’t stop pouring over the soft blush florals or romantic modern decor in the gallery here — and we know you won’t either!

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From the Bride… We first met in law school. We had taken several classes together, and Charles had actually interviewed me for an externship at one point, but we were only passing acquaintances. The day we graduated from law school, we ran into each other out at bar celebrating and started talking. We completely ignored all of friends for the remainder of the night (sorry guys), and have been together ever since.

* What prompted the decision to have the wedding at this particular venue?  It was a combination of luck and procrastination. We got engaged in November 2013 and decided we wanted to take a few months to enjoy being engaged before diving into wedding planning craziness. We did not fully appreciate, however, just how far in advance New York City wedding venues book up. By the time we got serious about looking for places, options for a Saturday night in 2014 were few and far between. We knew the Foundry was already booked up when we went to look at it, but it wasn’t far from our Williamsburg apartment so figured it was worth a shot. We fell in love immediately. The main space is just stunning, and we loved the idea of being able to mix the intimate, industrial feel of a dance party inside with the romantic feel of a tented dinner surrounded by ivy outside. But, it was already booked for all of the dates we were interested in. Then one day a few weeks later we were randomly looking at the Foundry’s calendar online and noticed that there had been a cancellation for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. We jumped on it immediately. By that time it was already March, so we had a whole wedding to plan in less then six months, but it was so worth it. We loved the Foundry!

* What was the ‘inspiration’ for your wedding style, wedding colors, etc. ?  We turned to Julia and Brita for help with design and décor for the wedding. They came up with a “gilded garden” theme which worked perfectly. The tent had a rustic chic feel with a mix of long uncovered farm tables with eucalyptus runners, and round and square tables with flax tablecloths and floral arrangements. We then used greenery, florals, and candles in the inside space to help warm it up and pull in the design from the tent. For the ceremony itself, we used two birch trees and the Foundry’s curtains to frame the space. Once the ceremony was over, the trees were flipped to the back of the room and used for an interactive guest book.

Any special moments? My mother passed away shortly after I graduated from college. On the night of our rehearsal dinner my Dad brought me her wedding ring to wear as my “something old” and “something borrowed.” It was very special and a nice way to have her with me. My amazing maid of honor also gave me an antique locket with a picture of my parents on their wedding day to tie around my bouquet when I walked down the aisle.

Photography: 4 Eyes Photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Foundry | Event Design And Florals: Julia Lake Parties!

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Organic Chic Wedding at The Foundry

The Foundry is one of those venues that I can spot from a mile away and instantly recognize. And every time I do, my eyes light up with joy and an eagerness to see how each couple will make it their own. It’s lovebirds like these two that keep setting the bar. Working with Workship LuxuryVillage Invites and so many more talents, you can see the entire day from Cly By Matthew here in the full gallery.

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From Cly By MatthewWe really loved the organic floral design and the simple decor of this chic same sex wedding at the Foundry. Workship Luxury did an amazing job decorating the center pieces and we really loved the bride’s bouquet with long stems. It was unique and beautiful. The bride with the wedding gown went for the vintage chic 1920’s hair style and red lipstick. She was really drop dead gorgeous in person and we really enjoyed capturing her beauty. They did not see each other before they walked down the aisle and when they did, I can’t forget their facial expressions. They were just so in love and in the moment together. They had many out of town family and friends who joined the celebration. There was so much love in the room and family and friends really had a great time.

Photography: Cly By Matthew | Videography: Cinema Factory | Floral Design: Workship Luxury | Wedding Dress: San Patrick | Invitations: Village Invites | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Catering: Dish Food NYC | Makeup: VickyC5 | Hair: The Little Hair Shoppe | DJ: NRG Entertainment | Wedding Venue: The Foundry | Tuxedo: Vera Wang Lavender

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Intimate New York City Metropolitan Building Wedding

This might be the sweetest flower girl I’ve ever met—she’s the cute little cherry on top of this gorgeously intimate day captured by Boris Zaretsky. From the invitations crafted by Bella Figura to the Bride’s sweeping Madeline Gardner dress to the cozy reception filled with sounds from 74 Events, the entire fete is New York City elegance at it’s finest. Hop over to the full gallery for even more!

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From the beautiful Bride… From the second Greg and I got engaged in the intimate setting of Greg’s parent’s backyard with only our dog Harley as our witness, we knew that we wanted to plan a wedding that was just as intimate and a representation of us as the proposal itself. We had been dating for a little over three years by the time Greg proposed and I had never previously thought about what kind of wedding I was going to have. With the help of pinterest, Style Me Pretty, and the wonderful but dangerous tool which is the internet, Greg and I set out to plan the party of our lives, to celebrate the love, respect and admiration that we have for one another.

The first and most important task was to locate the venue. Oddly enough, this did not take long as we fell in love with the first venue we saw. A co-worker of mine, who got married the previous year, listened to me go on and on about not wanting a hotel or a catering hall wedding and immediately suggested the Metropolitan Building. It was love at first sight. The Metropolitan Building, with its shabby chic style and a mystical romantic ambiance, spoke to us and we knew this was the place for us. It was different and unique and showcased our love for antiques. Going antique shopping had become one of our favorite pastimes and to incorporate this into our wedding was an unexpected treat. Not to mention, I couldn’t wait to see our wedding photos since the Metropolitan Building serves as a spectacular backdrop for any photo shoot.

Once the venue and date were set, we started to focus on everything else – the wedding planner, the photographer, the florist, the music, the stationary, etc. I was able to find Kate of Green Apple Weddings and Events and Melanie (florist) by combing the internet and seeing their incredible work. I could not have planned such a spectacular event without these two ladies. Kate was my organizer and sounding board while Melanie was my artist who painted with the most beautiful flower arrangements. The pink, white and orange flowers coupled with the candelabras turned the Metropolitan Building into a magical wonderland.

I struggled with the decision of whether to hire both a photographer and videographer or just a photographer. I happen to have attended high school with a very talented photographer. I would stalk his facebook page and blog in anticipation of seeing his recently posted photographs. I was ecstatic when he agreed to shoot my wedding! Boris’ shots not only tell a phenomenal story but also evoke emotion more than any other photos that I have ever seen.

The two things which did not come easy to me were the invitations and the wedding dress. It took me several months to narrow down the perfect invitation from Bella Figura, suitable for the space and the occasion. As for the wedding dress, I ended up buying two dresses. If there is any piece of advice that I would give a soon to be bride, it would be to take her time picking her wedding dress. Many factors can sway a bride’s decision – pressure from family members, pressure from store clerk, price, etc. It is important to take your time and not to make any haste decisions. In my search for the perfect wedding dress, I tried on dresses ranging from $900 to $14,000. My initial purchase was a body hugging mermaid dress which fit my figure and looked beautiful but unfortunately after much thought and consideration I realized that it wasn’t formal enough. I then started trying on A-line dresses, which I never previously considered. It is very important for brides to try on different wedding dress styles since you never know what dress you will fall in love with. Keep an open mind and keep looking. Don’t ever settle for a dress you are not sure about. My second dress was perfect for the space and for me. It was a dropped A-line which showed off my figure and had the ballroom style skirt. I also opted for a light cream/champagne colored dress as opposed to white.

Once the invitations were sent and the dress was found, I turned my attention to the bridal party and more particularly, the bridesmaid dresses. I wanted my bridesmaids to all be dressed in vintage-style dress but I also wanted all of the bridesmaids to be in different dresses to accent their individuality. We decided to all go shopping at the local department stores and we were able to find the perfect set of dresses – all in cool silver, blue and purple tones. At first I was not sure how it would turn out but now looking back at the photos, I could not have been happier with their choices. And not to mention, the bridesmaids can now easily wear their gowns to other events!

Oftentimes, I was consumed by the minor details which I was told repeatedly that no one would notice. Nevertheless, I spent a significant amount of time picking out the hand calligraphed escort cards, creating fun and playful programs, designing the custom napkins, and putting together the wedding favors. I think in the end it all paid off.

Photography: Boris Zaretsky | Event Planning: Green Apple Weddings | Floral Design: Melarosa - Melanie Cirulnick | Wedding Dress: Morilee By Madeline Gardner - AF Couture | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Calvin Klein | Catering: Maia Pearl Catering | Hair And Makeup: Gorgeous Bride NY | DJ: Duane Harriott | Bow Tie: Le Noeud Papillon | Groom's Attire: Tallia | Wedding Venue: Metropolitan Building | Bridal Robe: Linea Donatella | Bridesmaid Robes: Victoria Secret | Bride’s Bracelet/Jewelry: Nadri From Nordstrom | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Cake And Cupcakes: Baked NYC | Cufflinks: Men’s Wearhouse | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse (Calvin Klein) | Groomsmen Gifts: Personalized Cigar Holder And Flask | Groom’s Shoes: Prada | Love Sign: Handmade By Bride And Groom | Menus/Table Numbers/Escort Cards/Programs: Lion In The Sun | Portrait Location: Gantry Park | Save The Dates: Checkerboard Ltd.

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