I love that this couple waited a few months to start the planning—a few months to soak in the wonderful time that an engagement is. My fiancé and I did the same exact thing and I’m so glad we did. And this wedding right here? It’s proof that waiting to plan, doesn’t hurt the pretty one bit. This classic day has a simple, understated beauty that truly lets the love shine, and shine it does in this gorgeous gallery from Betsi Ewing Studio.
From the beautiful Bride…Rob and I met one night while we were out celebrating my sister’s birthday. We were introduced by mutual friends and though neither of us were looking for anything serious, we hit it off instantly and spent the entire night talking amongst ourselves in a crowded bar. From that point we went on to date for six years and on our sixth anniversary we went out to Sag Harbor for a little celebratory weekend. We had made plans to relax for a bit before dinner and when I walked out of the shower, Rob was fully dressed and down on one knee. It was so unexpected and magical. The entire weekend we felt like we were living a dream. Getting engaged is really such a wonderful time. The love and support you feel from friends and family cannot be described.
In order to maintain the magic we decided to postpone wedding planning for one month (which then turned into three) and I’m so glad that we did. To be able to embrace the love and not worry about wedding planning stress was perfect. Once a few months passed, we finally began thinking about what we wanted our wedding day to look and feel like. We immediately knew we wanted the day to feel romantic and classic and be one hundred percent reflective of who we are as a couple. We compiled a list of venues and visited De Seversky Mansion on the NYIT campus. This was our first and only venue tour. As soon as we drove up to the estate we knew it was where we were going to get married—it was perfect. Romantic, classic and intimate.
Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more and my favorite part of the ceremony was when our officiant read the three things we loved most about each other. I can still remember standing there listening to the officiant reading what Rob said about me and thinking to myself it sounded exactly like what I had written about him.
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Cake: Fiorello Dolce | DJ: In The Mix | Floral Design: Bella Casa Floral Designs | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Hair: Tanya Kovacevic | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Limo: Lancelot Limo Service | Makeup: Marge Barker | Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio | Photography - Assistance: Alexis June Weddings | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Venue: De Seversky Mansion | Wedding Dress: Designs On You
A. Her dress. Can we talk about her dress? B. The first look. It really doesn’t get ANY better than that. And C. Um, the insanely beautiful reception. One part traditional elegance, one part New Orleans inspired goodness complete with a second line. Photographed by Antonio Rocha, this wedding is the very definition of pure, unabashed elegance. More here!
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From photographer, Antonio Rocha…The wedding of Ashley and Michael was one with a rich history, deep friendships, and memorable moments. Their wedding took place in the very beautiful NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Guests came from all over the world to witness this union.
During the ceremony, Ashley and Michael exchanged handwritten vows. Ashley’s Maid of Honor was her longtime friend, Ashley, who has witnessed the love couple has for each other first hand and knew Michael was in love with Ashley since the moment he met her. Michaels’s bestman, was his college friend, Kwame. They studied together at Harvard and have been friends ever since. Paying homage to their African roots, the couple jumped the broom after exchanging rings.
After the ceremony, the guest were escorted into the library where they had cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. After cocktail hour, the reception started with the traditional first dance soon followed by the New Orleans style second line around the mansion. Since Ashley is from New Orleans, it was a must for the wedding. It was an elegant and lovely wedding.
Band: High and Mighty Brass Band | DJ: DJ Nix | Florist: Pedestal Florist | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Mansion: NYIT de Seversky Mansion | Photographer: Antonio Rocha | Rings: Sidney Garber | Second Shooter: Presta Imagery | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Videographer: Lesean Rowe
It’s been a week of absurdly pretty features, but can I let you in on a little secret? We might have saved one of the very best for last. Judy Pak, Loli Events and Matthew Ree are just a few of the big names behind this springtime swoonfest, and you can visit the full gallery for much, much more. Happy Friday, my dears! xoxo
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Lauren of Loli Events… Although brief, Springtime in New York is always rejuvenating and exciting. Everything feels brighter, happier and just full of life. This shoot captured exactly that with a perfect dose of glamour and whimsy. The beautiful grounds of the Old Westbury Gardens was a no- brainer as a backdrop. Everything there is lush, thoughtful and simply stunning. Our goal as luxury wedding vendors was to capture some serious beauty while having fun and enjoy the moment. It is so easy to get caught up and forget to pause and take in your surroundings. This shoot is dedicated to creating a bit of wanderlust and a need to just take a slow deep breath.
Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York | Cake: Ana Parzych | Dress: Jenny Packham | Dress Rental: Little Borrowed Dress | Floral Design: Tashi & Bobo | Hair Pieces: Emily Riggs | Hair Stylist: Seonghee Park | Makeup: Seunghyn Seo Of KAKABOKA | Photography: Judy Pak | Photography: Matthew Ree | Props/Tabletop: Trove of Poppies and Posies | Styling/Table Set Design: Loli Events | Wedding Venue: Old Westbury Gardens
Last Chance to enter Modcloth’s Wedding Styles Contest
Honeymoon Funds from Traveler’s Joy
Williams-Sonoma’s Annual Dream Registry Sweepstakes
A Pave Diamond Disc Necklace from The Clay Pot
TWO sets of loungewear to TWO lucky SMPers from Duffield Lane
A set of flashcards from Learn to Speak Wedding
Don’t miss this week’s DISCOUNTS…
Abbey Malcolm Letterpress + Design
For our Australia brides… Don’t forget to enter to win an engagement session at South Curl Curl beach from Poli Weddings
For our California brides… Discounts from Jonathan Young Weddings and Dr. Diaz.
For our Canada Brides…Discounts from Blush & Gray, Renata De Thomasis and Christine Arnold Photography
For our Midwest brides… Discounts from reStyled Vintage Rentals and La Belle Fleur Events
For our New England Brides… A discount from Aster B. Flowers
For our Southwest Brides…Make sure to RSVP to Chateau Cocomar’s Royal Occasion Bridal Open House (This weekend!)
For our Tri-State brides…Don’t forget to enter to win Photography + Videography Collection from NST Pictures and discounts from New Museum, Femina Photo + Design, NY Smile Specialists and HowAboutWe for Couples PLUS don’t miss Gabriella New York’s Winter Sample Sale!
And of course, this week’s lucky winner…