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Elegant NYC High Line Engagement Session

When this beautiful bride-to-be arrived at the High Line to meet her beau for a couples’ photoshoot, she had no idea he was about to propose — or that it would be captured on film! Oh, and the helicopter tour around the city and private dinner with both their families he planned after the shoot? Just icing on the cake. Captured by the always lovely Alicia Swedenborg, this e-sesh is jammed packed with urban charm, intimate moments, and happy smiles you can imagine. Take a peek at the full gallery here!


From The Bride…Paul and I met at NASDAQ, where we both worked, when I was on a work trip to NYC and was seated next to Paul by chance. After Paul unsuccessfully asked me out right then and there, he pursued me for months through witty emails and IMs from afar. When I finally moved to New York City 6 months later, I couldn’t say no to his relentless charm! 3 years later, after sharing trips around the world, meals in almost every restaurant in Manhattan, and the incredible love and support from our friends and families, Paul and I are so excited to start our married lives together!

Our mutual friend reached out to me months ago asking if I could convince Paul to pose for couples portraits to enhance his portfolio. Thinking I was completely in charge of the plans as usual, I committed us after pitching the idea to Paul. Unbeknownst to me, this was all part of a master plan to get me to the Highline, our first date location. When we arrived, Paul got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and our friend was hiding in the bushes documenting the whole event!

After the proposal, we went to Hogs and Heifers, our classy part 2 of our first date, and shared our news with the bra-clad waitresses over a tequila shot. Paul brought me to a few more meaningful spots before telling me “there weren’t enough hours in the day to revisit all of our special places”. With that, we arrived at the Manhattan helipad, where both of our families were there to surprise me (enter: me completely losing it, ugly tears) and we took an amazing helicopter ride around the city.

After some bubbly and Skype sessions to family abroad, Paul’s brother, a sous chef, prepared a massive feast for our families at his restaurant, Lupa. We finished the evening with celebratory drinks at Houston Hall with our best friends. It couldn’t have been more perfect. And here I was thinking I was the planner in the family!

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Hair And Make Up: Glamsquad | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt | Venue: New York City | Bride's Dress: Alice And Olivia | Groom's Blazer: Mark Marengo | Groom's Pants: J.Crew | Groom's Shirt: Suit Supply

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Romantic Garden City Wedding

A classic yet personal affair that’s one part preppy and one part romantic, this sweet fête captured by Judith Rae Photography is lovely from the very first image to the last. With gorgeous invites from Katie Fischer Design that truly set the style and overflowing florals from B&W Mockawetch Florist, this couple has one gorgeous gallery of images to cherish forever.

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From The Bride…Jeff proposed in front of our Christmas Tree in our New York City apartment on Christmas Eve. His proposal was romantic, heartfelt, and such a lovely surprise! We were fortunate enough to spend the Christmas and New Year’s holidays celebrating the happy news with family and friends.

Before we even began seriously wedding planning, we knew that we wanted a party that really highlighted what matters to us most as a couple: family, friends, and fun! We wanted a relaxed atmosphere with good food and great music where everyone could let loose and really celebrate and enjoy this special time in our lives with us. As we began planning, we wanted all of the details from our wedding to reflect our personalities and our focus on creating a fun, laid back environment for our family and friends. We chose a classic, preppy color palatte (navy, green, and grey) and tried to incorporate meaningful details wherever we could: Jeff chose socks commemorating an element of their friendship for all of his groomsmen, while I carried a shamrock charm on my bouquet as a nod to my family’s Irish heritage and all the guests that were attending from Ireland. The escort cards were handmade using stamps that we picked up in London, near where we are currently living. We worked with Katie Fischer Design for our invitations as we wanted something unique and reflective of our personal style. My mom even made and decorated our traditional Irish wedding cake!

On May 31st, we were married at Our Lady of Victory Church in Floral Park, New York in front of our closest friends and family. We were blessed to have guests travel in from Ireland, London, Australia, and eight different states! Our families played an integral role in our ceremony as our siblings presented the gifts and read passages we had specifically chosen, while Jeff’s nephew, Reid, handed out the program’s Jeff’s brother designed and printed for us. After the ceremony, our guests joined us at the Garden City Country Club which provided a beautiful backdrop for the evening. We loved the venue from the moment we saw it and we were so happy that our guests were able to fully enjoy the outdoor cocktail hour space! We enjoyed the heartfelt toasts, delicious meal, and celebrating with the people we love most. Jeff and I are pretty certain that our ultimate goal of creating a fun environment for family and friends was achieved because the dance floor was packed all night!

A very special thank you to all our friends and families that shared this special moment with us and to all our vendors for making our wedding day exactly what we were dreaming of. Finally, thank you to Judith Rae Photography for so perfectly capturing this time in our lives.

Photography: Judith Rae Photography | Floral Design: B&W Mockawetch Florist | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Katie Fischer Design | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Victory Church | Reception Venue: Garden City Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lula Kate | Makeup: Dani Finocchiaro | Hair: Dina Gucciardo | Band: East Coast Band | Officiant: Our Lady of Victory Church

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Romantic Apple Orchard Engagement Session

This next e-sesh is what I like to call “pretty punctuated with purpose”. For it was in the exact same orchard where this handsome groom proposed and Judith Rae Photography was behind the lens snapping every sentimental spot. A crisp day complete with apple picking and cozy kisses, see it all unfold in The Vault!

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… Mike and I fell in love at first sight five years ago while both sharing a passion for live music. I was enjoying the music of a local band when he casually came over to me and asked to sit beside me. I softly said yes, and our love story began. We went on our first formal date the following night and quickly became inseparable. We had both never felt this feeling before. As the months and years went by our love only grew more and more strong.

We both loved spending time with our families and loved any outdoor activities. After my twin sisters went off to college we found a beautiful farm that was close to both of their schools. We started to make it a tradition to all meet there every fall and go apple and pumpkin picking. On our third year enjoying the farm, in the rolling hills of the apple orchard, Mike got down on one knee and uttered those magical words; “Jenna, will you marry me”. It was so magical to have that once in a lifetime moment shared with my sisters in a spot we held so many memories.

The following year we came back to that magical farm and enjoyed taking our engagement photos there. It was so special to be able to capture that love and that feeling all over again. We often speak about how excited we are to one day bring our family to that farm and tell them about our love story.

Photography: Judith Rae Photography | Venue: Harvest Moon Farms And Orchard

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Elegant + Chic Fort Tryon Park Outdoor Wedding

Planning an outdoor wedding? Consider color – lots and lots of color. Take this celebration as example. Exuding an aura of splendor like no other, it’s a fete that proves nature is an an extraordinary canvas for intensely bright florals and lovely lace accents. Cynthia Chung Weddings shared the special day and it’s all waiting in the gallery!

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From Cynthia Chung WeddingsWhen you have a outdoor wedding in Fort Tryon Park… it’s going to be amazing. Hands down. Lauren and Eric couldn’t have planned it ANY more beautifully. The weather was perfect, their outfits were perfect, the florals for this wedding blew me out of the water and their taste for music was right on point.

Eric used to always stop by a florist near their home in Brooklyn, but when they moved out of Brooklyn and into the city, the florist was so sad about them leaving, she actually cried. That’s how close they were to her. So when they called her to do the flowers for the wedding– she was thrilled and she created some amazingly gorgeous bouquets and decor!

Lauren and Eric are really down to earth, fun loving and food loving couple. Their sense of style also was so well represented through the little details of their wedding. Both being huge foodies, picking tabasco sauce as their wedding favors couldn’t have been any more perfect- “keeping it spicy”.

It was an amazing day both for beautiful photographs yet also a fun time.

From The Bride…Every bride says the same thing: best day ever! And I’m not trying to say they’re liars, but I’m calling them out because September 6, 2014 was in fact THE BEST DAY EVER!! Let’s backtrack a bit. In late July of 2013 Eric and I took the train out to Long Beach for what was supposed to be like any other summer Sunday. Unbeknownst to me Eric had other plans. After his surprise proposal in the sand and the obligatory phone calls to our family we started discussing and planning how we envisioned our ideal day. We knew we wanted something in the city, outdoors, and most importantly there had to delicious food! The hunt was on but it didn’t last long; we took a trip up to Fort Tryon Park to see the New Leaf Cafe. It had everything we wanted, a beautiful setting, and an awesome staff to boot!

We knew we wanted to use our amazing and talented neighborhood florist (http://saffron-brooklyn.com/) and when we told her that good news she was so happy for us that she was actually moved to tears! All I had to do was send her my Pinterest board and she did the rest.

We knew we didn’t have room (as in space and also budget) for a band so we started researching djs. After an afternoon of good music and food in the guanus, Eric said “wouldn’t it be great if we could get Mr. Sunday?”. So I sent them a Facebook message and we set up a phone interview, booked them, filled out a survey listing our wants and then met with Justin the week before the wedding. He is a professional in every sense of the word and provided us with a soundtrack that totally represented who we are and what we wanted.

Next on the list was our photographer. After countless hours scrolling through reviews and profiles of borrowing stuffy options i came across a photographer (Cynthia Chung) who’s images really gave an insight into the bride and groom she was shooting and also gave a sense of comfort. She also happened to have some really cool “stop motion” photography which I totally fell in love with. I sent her an email and Eric and I went to meet and we knew we loved her the second we met. (Not only was she a source of calm throughout the planning process and the big day, but I had asked her for advice on scheduling the day and she provided a detailed outline… Lifesaver!!!!)

When it came time to go dress shopping we took a trip to the wedding dress mecca known as Kleinfelds where I found a beautiful sheath and lace gown by David Fielden. I loved everything about this dress, it was just what I wanted (even if I needed to do some convincing…it wasn’t what my mom and sister imagined for me but once they saw the dress on me they agreed that it was just perfect.

Eric had his suit made by a tailor he had done business with in the past and met on a trip to Hong Kong. It was a perfect blueish gray that really popped. His brother, the best man, wore a grey suit, and my two brother, Jeff and Jamie wore navy blue brooks brothers suits. All the boys wore pink ties to match my sisters, the maid-of-honor, pink dress from J.Crew. We didn’t even plan it but the grooms side of the family all wore gray and the brides side all wore either navy or pink. It looked super sharp in the photos.

For favors we looked to Etsy and found these awesome hot sauce bottles from “Nonna’s Kitchen” with the labels “keeping it spicy.” We are both huge foodies and adding a touch of foodie-ness was percent for our wedding favors.

Our invitations were absolutely amazing! They looked beautiful and had this super slick city skyline for the envelope liner. I worked with a wonderful team of professionals at Cheree Berry Paper and they rocked!!

Photography: Cynthia Chung Weddings | Floral Design: Saffron | Wedding Dress: David Fielden | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony: Fort Tryon Park | Reception: New Leaf Restaurant | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Wedding Favors: Nonna's Kitchen | Music: Mr. Saturday Night

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Garden Chic Brooklyn Winery Spring Wedding

This neighborhood fête from the lens of Rima Brindamour is celebration of local loveliness. For when these reconnected childhood sweethearts married on their 7 year anniversary (!!) the Brooklyn Winery proved to be the perfect place. Striking a balance of spring florals and industrial beauty, every detail is downright delicious (including their menu options) and you can see it all in the gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride… Alex and I met on vacation with our families in Bermuda when I was 9 and he was 12. We didn’t see each other for nearly 12 years when we reconnected at a family function in 2008. We immediately hit it off, dated long distance for a year until he moved to New York, and then moved in together a few months after I graduated from college. In September 2013, Alex proposed during a trip to Europe, in front of the Eiffel Tower where we enjoyed a surprise picnic with our friends. Upon our return from Europe, we started planning the wedding, hoping to be married the following September in Westchester.

When our original venue fell through in January 2014, we were sent back to the drawing boards. Our thoughts immediately fell on the Brooklyn Winery, which we’ve lived next to for the past 4 years. It’s been a part of our story, as we shared a glass of wine there when we signed our lease on our current apartment, we frequent the wine bar on a regular basis, and we always admire the beauty and uniqueness of their weddings every time we walk by. We set up a meeting as soon as we could and booked the venue for May 30, 2015, which also happens to be our 7 year anniversary. We could not wait to bring our friends and family from near and far to experience our corner of the world for a weekend to celebrate our nuptials. It also didn’t hurt living half a block away from the venue, on top of having a year and a half to plan the wedding.

We wanted to strike a certain balance between a spring, floral themed wedding with the industrial beauty of the venue, and I think we did a wonderful job. We tried to maintain a springy, natural palette of peachy pinks and neutrals with bright floral greens. Since we weren’t having an outdoor wedding like we originally wanted, we tried to bring the outdoors inside by having lots of flowers and succulents to give a romantic, rustic, “garden-party” feeling to the venue. By sprinkling votives and hurricanes throughout the venue, we perfectly achieved that look, especially in the atrium, where the glass roof makes it feel like you’re underneath the stars. The venue itself is so beautiful that we didn’t need to go overboard with the decor, but it provides a great canvas to make it what you want it to be.

It was really important for us to choose vendors who were either friends/family or locally based, as we really wanted the wedding to be a celebration of us, our neighborhood, and our favorite things. One of our favorite vendors was our stationer, Swiss Cottage Designs, located in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. I cannot sing enough praise for these ladies! Courtney and her team perfectly captured the look we were going for and created some of the most unique and beautiful invitations we’ve ever seen!

Some vendors we knew personally were our DJ, JusB, a friend and former co-worker of Alex’s; my uncle, David Clason at Betteridge in Vail, Colorado, who designed and made my engagement ring and our wedding bands; our florist, Maureen Lanning at Bedford Village Florist in Westchester, a long time friend and colleague of my aunt, who did an absolutely amazing job and is a true artist in her craft; and Alex’s client, Anna Kim, who served as our Day of Coordinator. To keep it local, we ordered our cake from Momofuku Milk Bar in Williamsburg, and crafted our place card holders out of succulents purchased from Sprout Home, also in Williamsburg. Our welcome bags that we gave to guests staying at Le Jolie and the Wythe include local treats such as McClure’s pickle flavored potato chips and cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar.

We didn’t go overboard with the DIYing, but we loved how everything we did turned out. I work at an advertising agency and one of our producers had a bistro chalkboard left over from a shoot, much like the one that Brooklyn Winery places outside during their weddings with the couple’s names written in chalk on it. I knew it would fit in perfectly with the rustic chalkboard theme of the venue, so I took it home and used it to list our seating arrangements. Also, with the help of one of our amazing groomsmen, we spent the day before the wedding potting miniature succulents in adorable silver buckets to serve as our place cards, decor for the table, and favors.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the dress! I had my eye on the Reem Acra beauty since before we got engaged. My aunt and I went to Bergdorf’s one afternoon to see if we could score a same-day appointment. The woman at the front desk kindly told us we would have to come back another day, but when I spotted my dream dress hanging out front, she was so nice and fit us in for a super quick appointment. We were in and out of there in 45 minutes – I think I set some world records! Somehow I knew that the cap sleeves and twisted bodice would suit my body type perfectly, and as soon as I tried it on, I knew I had found my dress. Joan at Bergdorf’s couldn’t have been nicer, and I would highly recommend any of their saleswomen to assist with finding your dream dress!

I felt very strongly about my bridesmaids choosing dresses that made them feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. We tried on some great dresses but realized that they just wouldn’t work for everyone’s body types, and I wanted to avoid having one or two girls feel uncomfortable in the dress we chose. I ended up giving them a color scheme, a very loose theme and a Pinterest page to give them some guidance. In the end, I was so pleasantly surprised by how beautiful everyone looked both individually and as a group. Even though the dresses did not perfectly match, the hair, makeup and accessories brought everything together perfectly to create a cohesive look. I still can’t get over how gorgeous and glowing they were!

We held our rehearsal dinner at the Wythe Hotel, where we also stayed in the North 8th loft (we live on North 8th Street, so found it quite fitting). The loft has a beautiful private terrace, where we had a quick rehearsal with our family and bridal party before heading down to the private dining room in the cellar of the hotel. Reynard, the hotel’s restaurant, created an absolutely spectacular family style meal that set the tone for the weekend. Following the dinner, we headed over to Nita Nita, just a few blocks from the Wythe, where we enjoyed after dinner cocktails with family, our bridal party, and out of town guests. The following morning, the bridal party showed up bright and early to the Wythe where we relaxed and were pampered by our amazingly talented hair and makeup team, consisting of our hairstylist, Henry de la Paz (also a friend), and our makeup artist, Shai, who has become a friend in the process and just launched her own makeup line, Josephine Cosmetics! Alex and his groomsmen got ready at our apartment, enjoying Best Pizza (if you live in Williamsburg, you know it’s the best) and local Brooklyn Brewery beers.

Following our first look photos, taken in the courtyard of the Wythe, the bridal party ordered Uber SUV’s (because who needs rented limos anymore when you have them at the click of a button?) that took us over to the Brooklyn Winery. Prior to the ceremony, in between taking photos with the bridal party and family, we relaxed in the bride and groom’s suites as the guests trickled in. The Winery really has perfected the flow of their weddings – some of the compliments we heard the most from guests were that they were never without a drink (they offered glasses of sparkling wine as they entered the ceremony) and they never stood around wondering what was going to happen next. Immediately following the ceremony, we were swooped up to the parlor where the staff brought us sparkling wine and a sampling of all of our hors d’oeuvres. We then mingled with the guests for cocktail hour, and they brought us into the atrium to see the dinner set up before any of the guests. This was really a special moment for us as it looked so much better than we could have ever dreamt!

One of the reasons we chose Brooklyn Winery was for the delicious food. I can’t sing enough praises for their food! We tried to play with the stereotypical chicken and steak often served at weddings and chose buttermilk fried chicken and leg of lamb. Our guests were floored by how delicious everything was. Following dinner, we gave a quick toast, cut the cake, and headed to the dance floor for our first dance, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green (we saw him live at BB King’s a few years back, so this song has always been special to us). We danced our booties off (so much so that the cap sleeve of my gown ripped and I ran to my apartment to change into my after party dress early!) Following the reception, we walked down the block to Roebling Sporting Club, where we had an open bar and munchies like sliders and fries for our guests. We ended up heading to a friend’s rooftop a few blocks away for a surprise after-after-party, where they had a full DJ setup that kept us dancing until the wee hours of the morning! The following day, we checked out of the Wythe, had brunch at Rye with our siblings and best man, and headed to the airport to jet off to Hawaii for our honeymoon.

You probably can’t tell from the pictures, but I was sick with bronchitis throughout the entire weekend! With a little help from our friend who is a doctor, and so much love from all of our friends and families, we were able to overlook this slight inconvenience and have the absolute best weekend of our lives! The best part about getting married in our neighborhood is that every time we walk around Williamsburg and past our venues, it brings back all of the best memories and puts a huge smile on our faces.

Photography: Rima Brindamour | Floral Design: Bedford Village Florist | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs | Bride's Shoes: Butter Shoes | Makeup: Sholayide Otugalu | Hair: Henry De La Paz | DJ: JusB | Grooms Attire: JCrew | Groomsmen's Attire: JCrew | Hotel: Wythe Hotel | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Winery | After Party: Roebling Sporting Club | After Party Dress: Alice + Oliva | Bride's Bracelet: Ben-Amun | Bride's Clutch: Whiting & Davis Bags | Cake Topper: Alexis Mattox Design | Day Of Stationary: Yao Cheng For Minted | Engagement Ring, Wedding Bands, Bride's Earrings: David Clason At Betteridge | Photobooth: Brindamour Booth | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Wythe Hotel | Succulents: Sprout Home | Welcome Drinks: Nita Nita

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Classically Elegant Summer Wedding at New York Botanical Garden

“To infinity and beyond”… while yes, this phrase may tap into my love for childhood movies but besides that, it’s also one pretty fabulous motto, wouldn’t you say so yourself? This cute couple used it throughout their special day, bringing an air of whimsy and fun to their elegant affair, captured by Bia Sampaio Photographs and The Candi Project. See every pretty pic (from the ladies in their gorgeous Twobird Bridesmaid dresses to one adorable flower girl) right this way!

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From the Bride… My overall vision was to create a day that felt romantic but with a wink, and didn’t take itself too seriously, even though getting married itself was obviously a serious decision. I wanted to create something that felt timeless, classic and beautiful, but also infused the silly sides of our personalities (ie: cornhole at cocktail hour, photo scavenger game during dinner, booth with crazy props during reception, etc).

It was very important to me that everything about my wedding aesthetic felt timeless and classic, even down to the colors. I didn’t want to look back at pictures 10 or 20 years down the line and wonder what I was thinking! My friends teased me when I said my wedding style was romantic with a wink, but my point was, that I wanted everything to be pretty, but not to take us too seriously! In general I love grey and white with an accent color, but wanted it to feel more special for the wedding. So I thought a silvery grey and ivory combination, would balance feminine pops of pink!

When John and I first started dating, we spent a lot of time in the West Village. And over time, frequently ran into a Japanese artist, Katsu, who painted beautiful watercolor scenes of the neighborhood, several of which we purchased. We had always talked about purchasing an original painting, but couldn’t justify the expense. When we started talking about wedding invitations, I suggested that we have Katsu paint us into a scene on one of our favorite tree-lined streets, and the painting would be a wedding gift to each other, and also serve as a design element within our wedding invitation. The original hangs over our bed now, and serves as a beautiful piece of art, and a nice nod to our wedding, and we had the invitation designers include it within the wedding invitation suite. It wasn’t obviously that it was John and I in the painting, but I appreciated the subtlety.

I love the traditions rooted within the saying, “something old, something borrowed, something blue, and something new.” I took my something borrowed and something old very seriously – and so from my Mom, I borrowed my Nanny’s wedding band, as well as her 10th wedding anniversary band, and wore those stacked with a 25th anniversary band of my Grandma’s, who had recently passed away and left me the ring. To know how many years of love I wore on my right hand, and whose lives those rings had been a part of, and that I got to share them all at once, meant the world to me.

Personalizing the wedding down to the last detail was something we took very seriously, even creating our own logo and working with art designers to design the entire wedding suite. As a marketer, having a logo seemed instinctual, but I wanted to “stamp” the occasion with something memorable but that was rooted in our every day lives. I often say to John, “I love you to infinity & beyond,” which was the inspiration for the logo (a version of an infinity symbol + our initials) that we threaded throughout the event, from invitations, to wedding day decor. I even worked with our photo booth operators to custom select a backdrop that worked with our color scheme, and designed the printouts to match our wedding suite – logo and all. Our guests were assigned to tables, not by number, but by neighborhoods in Manhattan that had special meanings in our lives. Signage at the table included a note about why that neighborhood was special to us. A friend of ours built us a corn hole set that John painted and branded with our logo, and ordered bean bags with each of our Alma Matters, UNC for me, and UB for John!

One of our favorite things to do as a couple is to cook and to eat, so food had to be an unspoken guest at the wedding! For our wedding favors, John, my parents and I spent many weekends in our assembly line around the kitchen table – stuffing spice jars with pink Himalayan sea salt, tying silver bows and tags with the words, Live.Love.Eat, and filling little pouches with an odd number of sugared almonds, an Italian tradition, and coiling a special poem around each one. John and I each designed custom drinks to suit our tastes – and had signage made for the bar, calling each drink by a nickname.

I loved walking on to the dance floor and seeing our bridal party lined up and making a bridge for us to enter through. That was the signal for me that the fun was about to start.

I felt like Cinderella going to the ball when I put on my Reem Acra dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. I loved the fitted beaded bodice, and delicate layers that were reminiscent of flower petals.

John wore a black tux, groom mustache socks, a pink and white striped bow-tie, and boat-propeller cufflinks that I had given him as a wedding gift. Groomsmen also wore black tuxes, and John gave each of them matching groomsmen mustache socks, and pink and white striped ties.

Our ring bearers wore black tuxes and classic Converse, and our flower girls wore white JCrew dresses and silver sparkly Toms. I wanted the kids to have items that they could wear again, and I love the juxtaposition of fancy attire with casual footwear!

I needed to find a dress that would be flattering on my bridal party whose bodies are all so different, so I went with a TwoBirds dress, that could be tied numerous ways, and looked good on everyone!

John and I frequent Momofuku Milk Bar in the East Village, so it was no question that when we got married, that we would have a Momofuku wedding cake. It is literally like eating funfetti from your childhood, but the grown up, decadent version of it.

Murphy’s law… believe in it. You can be the best planner in the world, but all the planning can not account for Murphy’s Law. Just know that despite that, it will all be ok, because you’ll have your life partner in crime, by your side, getting through it with you. And don’t sweat the small stuff (even if the small stuff happens to be your wedding bands falling down an air conditioning vent before the ceremony!)

Photography: Bia Sampaio Photographs | Cinematography: The Candi Project | Floral Design: Bowman Dahl | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Church | Reception Venue: New York Botanical Garden | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Twobirds Bridesmaid | Hair: Daniele Searing | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Flower Girl's Dresses: JCrew | Flower Girl's Shoes: Toms | Getting Ready Location: Grammercy Park Hotel | Ring Bearer's Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Ring Bearer's Shoes: Converse

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