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Classic Mansion Wedding with New Orleans Style

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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Summer

From photographer, Antonio RochaThe 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.

Photographer: Antonio Rocha | Videographer: Lesean Rowe | Florist: Pedestal Florist | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Sidney Garber | DJ: DJ Nix | Band: High and Mighty Brass Band | Mansion: NYIT de Seversky Mansion | Second Shooter: Anthony Presta

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Whimsical Brooklyn Wedding

As crazy cool as this wedding is (and it’s awesome), it’s the couple at the center of it all that really grabs your attention.  A duo that is crafty enough to place Super 8 cameras around their venue and ask their amazingly talented friends to capture every moment.  The result?  A beautiful film unlike any other, and the perfect compliment to their gorgeous day captured by Feather & Twine Photography.  See it all here.

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Fall
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Warehouse

From the Bride… Sitting down to write about our day brings up such happy memories. The best part was that James was very involved in the planning with me. It meant so much to me to be able to put this together with him.

All we wanted was for our guests to enjoy a comfortable atmosphere, delicious food, and good music. And the most important thing – beautiful photographs to last forever.

It was held at The Green Building in Brooklyn – a big open space with chandeliers, exposed brick and french doors leading to a beautiful outdoor area. It was perfect. The idea that we could decorate this empty space was so exciting! Despite a big guest list, we still wanted it to feel casual and for our guests to make friends, enjoy themselves and feel right at home. We had a blast working with Molly from Glitter + Rye to make the space feel cozy and intimate.

Our vendors were all exceptional and went beyond our expectations. We worked with Shannon from Naturally Delicious to cater the evening. She made us feel like anything was possible and helped us plan the wedding of our dreams – a never-ending cocktail party, with an abundance of passed hors d’ oeuvres and comfort food stations.

Our all vinyl DJ, Michael Antonia – The Human Jukebox, kept the dance party going all night. He mixed old throwbacks with new music, and people still tell me what a great time they had on the dance floor. He also played some very old music which I’d requested, specifically for my grandfather to enjoy. I remember a moment during the night when I heard one of my grandpa’s favorite songs start playing. I ran over to him, and even though he couldn’t dance with me, we stood together and I held him tight. And now, only three months since the wedding, my sweet grandpa is no longer with us. But he was happy and healthy on my wedding day, and I just have to hold on to that. I’ll always be able to look back and cherish the precious moment he and I shared in the midst of the reception because our amazing photographers were right there to capture it.

Our floral arrangements were done by Sarah Bedford of Bedford & Co. Sarah was lovely to work with and her subtle, but striking flower design looked effortless. Sarah also created my beautiful flower crown.

My make-up artist, Mandy Bisesti, made me feel natural and beautiful, like myself but flawless. My hair stylist Seventy Jane Arniotis, gave me loose waves with a braided crown. Woven into my braid was a gold chain my grandmother had left to me.

And now, my dress. It was a blush Sarah Seven gown, purchased at New York’s Lovely Bride. I adored it and our entire wedding color scheme was based on the color of this dress. I intended to make it lighter, but the designer wasn’t available to work with me. I had it altered by layering sheer, ivory fabrics overtop with the help of Rebecca Schoneveld. She was a dream. I sent her my ideas via Pinterest, drew up sketches for her and she helped me bring everything together.

My bridesmaids were all mismatched, dolled up in Jenny Yoo’s Bridesmaid and Social Collections. Each of the girls chose a dress that suited her, with a few guidelines – it had to be neutral, short and the more sparkles the better. To compliment and contrast, my maid of honor wore a gorgeous, candy green Ceremony gown by Joanna August. James was in charge of the guys, who were also free to mismatch.

To capture video footage, we bought four Super8 cameras and placed them around The Green Building, with a balloon attached so they could be spotted easily and a note with instructions, just in case the camera was new to any of the guests. We encouraged people to pick them up, take some footage and pass it along. After the wedding, we digitized the film and edited together a fun party video for ourselves.

We are so lucky to have been surrounded by so much love and support. My mother’s poem she wrote for us brought tears to my eyes. And my sister gave such an endearing speech, telling sweet stories about me and my James. All of the toasts were very special. I’ll always remember their thoughtful words.

That was our wonderful day. And I’m excited for the rest of our days. James is more than my best friend, he is my heart. He treats our love as something special and important. He lifts me up and lights up my life with laughter. His happiness is precious to me and I’ll always try to make him smile and laugh for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Feather & Twine Photography | Gown: Sarah Seven Via Lovely Bride | Invitations: Jason Chiusano | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Engagement Ring: Eliana Designs (Custom Designed By The Groom) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Naturally Delicious | Event Design: Glitter + Rye | Make-up: Mandy Bisesti | Hair: Seventy Jane Arniotis | DJ: The Human Jukebox | Favors: Gentle Brew | Audio Rentals: RheeWind | Balloons: NY Balloon & Basket Co. | Bride's Wedding Band: Dawes Designs At The Clay Pot | Cake, Desserts And Cookie Favors: Milk Bar | Doughnut Desserts: Doughnut Plant | Florals: Bedford & Co. | Flower Girl Dresses: The Little Pea Boutique | Furniture Rentals: It's An Occasion | Groom's Band: In God We Trust | Maid Of Honor Dress: Joanna August | Programs, Thank You Notes, Signs: Heather Francovitch | Tailoring: Rebecca Schoneveld | Tenting: NYFF Events | Transportation: The NY Trolley Company | Venue: The Green Building

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Glamorous Pink + Black Wedding

Take a location like the breathtaking Hempstead House and glam it up with some glittery details and a whole lot of romance and the results are seriously amazing.  Now add in a dream team of vendors (think Once Upon a BrideSwank Productions and L&L Style Photography) and a duo that is the epitome of stunning and it’s almost too pretty to believe (trust me).  See it all in the full gallery.

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Summer
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Mansion

From the Photographer…  This wedding took place on July 6th, 2013 at the sumptuous Hempstead House in Long Island, an old estate and mansion built in 1917. The day was hot but events were planned accordingly with the guests wearing light dresses and suits and protection from the sun by Chinese style umbrellas.

Paula and David looked spectacular. They wanted to have a first look and say some special words to each other in a private space before the guests arrived. After that bridesmaids and groomsmen got together for some pictures. Everything had a “beginning of the century” feeling, framed by the gorgeous mansion and the gardens.

The music had a vintage tone as well, with old jazz tunes performed live and giving it all a Gatsby touch, which was inspired in this location.

Photography: L&L Style Photography | Videography: Mackler Studios/ Michael Van Beuren | Event Planning: Swank Productions | Hair And Makeup: Rob Harmon | Entertainment: DJ Trife/ Dana Wise | Officiant: Reverend Don | Bridal Hair: Once Upon A Bride | Live Music: Brian Newman | Mansion & Estate: The Hempstead House | Photobooth: Majestic Photobooth | Transportation: Amex Limo/ Anna

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