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Cultural Beauty at Tappan Hill Mansion

We simply adore Justin & Mary around these parts, but when they send us a wedding this stunning, this full of meaning – we want to give them the biggest virtual hug of all time. Because it doesn’t get more gorgeous than the images sitting pretty below, it simply doesn’t. It’s two beautiful ceremonies wrapped up in one picture perfect gallery, and you can see them all here


From the Bride…Our wedding represented a joining of our love and friendship, and also a joining of our families of different religions and cultures. It was sometimes challenging to weave all of the important aspects of our cultures together, but we look back on the day with warmth and sheer satisfaction. Our wedding was an all-day affair starting with the Jain ceremony in the morning followed by lunch, and continued on into the evening with the Catholic ceremony and festivities. The Indian ceremony was colorfully animated while the Catholic ceremony was quiet and serene, leaving us feeling like we were the only two people there. Nature played a big role in our choice of venue. We wanted to be near trees and water, and Tappan Hill Mansion overlooking the Hudson River onto New Jersey (where we both grew up) was perfectly fitting. While it was a big wedding we wanted the details to feel simple and personal. On multiple occasions we gathered friends and family members to assemble programs, paint table numbers, and stamp favor bags. The planning process gave us a chance to learn more about each other, our families, and create a unity that we will maintain in our marriage for the years ahead.

Photography: Justin & Mary | Event Design: Abhishek Decorators | Floral Design: Diana Gould | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Shoes: Isola | Venue: Tappan Hill Mansion

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Classic Westchester Engagement Session

Rebecca Yale and engagements go together like bow ties and lace. It’s true. She knows just how to capture her couples’ love stories effortlessly every time. In fact, my fiancé and I are doing our very own e-sesh with this lovely lady tomorrow! I can’t contain my excitement and this pretty, pretty love session is partly to blame. With the Bride-to-be, Samantha, also a stylist and owner of Missing Piece, their shoot was bound to be gorgeous from the get-go. Get lost in the stunning gallery right here!

From Rebecca YaleLiving in New York City there are so many beautiful spots to photograph, but sometimes you just have to get out of it for a breath of fresh air and gorgeous greenery. For Sam and Joel’s engagement session we headed out to her parent’s home in Westchester, which was the perfect setting for lovely summer photos set against the backdrop of a 100 year old home and lush green trees full of golden light. Samantha is an incredible stylist based in New York City who is a regular at New York City Fashion Week and has worked with everyone from Stacy London to Badgley Mischka and Nylon Magazine. She styled her engagement photos perfectly with flattering summery dresses in shades of pink and cream to bring a timeless elegance to her photos. Below she shares some tips on how to style the perfect engagement session!

From Samantha Brown of the Missing Piece… As tempting as it may be to style your engagement session with dramatic or bold pieces, you want to make sure you opt for clothing that will let your love story be the main focus. Anything too trendy will distract from your facial expressions and body language. Your clothes can completely change the tone of your photographs so keep in mind how you want to look and the color story you want to tell. Look for clothing and accessories that will stand the test of time–you don’t want to look back on these photos later and wish you had worn something different. Keep it clean and classically you and your engagement session will remain a timeless treasure in your relationship.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Engagement Ring: Diamer Fine Jewelry | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Love Ring: Diamer Fine Jewelry | Necklace : J. Crew | Stylist: Missing Piece | White Dress: Dolce Vita

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New York Wedding Film at The Metropolitan Building

I’ve heard my fair share of love stories, but when they start with a chance meeting at age 11, you know it’s something special. Fast forward years later to a Central Park proposal and what follows is a classic New York wedding planned by DM Events that’ll make you stop and swoon. Press play on the film from Unique Visions Studios and get started!


From The Bride & Groom…We met in a double-wide trailer classroom when we were eleven years old. Basically, we owe East Cobb Middle School’s horrible planning a big ‘thank you’ for bringing us together.

Before you say, “awww” – we didn’t know we were completely head over heels in love with each other until we both found ourselves in New York City. In fact, we were not even friends in high school and rarely saw each other outside of class. However, any acquaintance is a friend when you move to big bad New York, so I (Blair) got back in touch with Ron when I was looking for a place to live in the city. Ron sweetly offered to show me around town, but busy schedules kept it from happening. Finally, three months after my move to NYC, I took him up on his offer. Our connection was instant & it was clear I had either met my best friend or my soul mate. Turned out to be both! After running around town together for two straight nights, we decided to take our new friendship on a date. In particular, we went on a picnic in Central Park.

We went on a picnic for our first date in Central Park. Yes, it was awesome. I even turned down free tickets to a Yankee’s game to hang out with my new crush. Fast forward five years, to Ron’s 29th birthday. Since it fell on a Monday, we decided to keep it low key and re-do our picnic in the park. OBVIOUSLY, you can see where this is going. The thing is – I DIDN’T! Sunday night before his birthday, I couldn’t sleep. It was just one of those crazy nights where sleep doesn’t happen. Unfortunately for me, Ron woke up at 8:30 ready to go! He shot out of bed (very unlike him) and begged me to just get ready so we could go to the park. I kindly reminded him that you don’t picnic before 11AM, but he couldn’t calm down. So, FINE. Who am I to ruin a birthday? I got in the shower and slowly got dressed trying to slow down this train. While I showered, he packed our picnic and slipped the ring into the picnic bag. Lucky for him, I didn’t question his work and just allowed him to pack as he pleased! As Ron will tell you, I’m not very good at letting anyone plan anything, so this was quite out of the ordinary. I must have been exhausted. Of course I said “yes” and the rest is history!

Photography: Mel Barlow & Co. | Cinematography: Unique Visions Studios | Cake: Nine Cakes | Stationery: Paperfinger | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Ceremony + Reception: The Metropolitan Building | Makeup & Hair: Erika Franco | Planning + Floral Design: DM Events

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