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Traditional Rochester Country Club Wedding

When the Bride is an event planner, you know you’re going to see a beautiful wedding and an amazing party too! This blissful couple achieved just that, with invitations from William Arthur and lovely lavender florals (and some help from Mom!) setting the tone for an utterly elegant affair. Take a peek at the full gallery from Alexandra Meseke, to see some major pretty from this lovely day.

From Alexandra Meseke PhotographyBeth and Mike are the kind of couple that every photographer dreams of photographing. Not only are they both easy on the eyes without even trying, the camera also loves their chemistry. They were so comfortable with us from the very beginning, and I think it really shows in these photographs of them. I really love when you can look at a photograph of a couple on their wedding day and completely forget that a camera and a photographer was even there. It manages to be just them being themselves and looking so effortlessly happy.

Beth and Mike planned a flawless event. While they wanted it to be beautiful of course, it was more important to them that their guests have an incredible time. Everything was elegant and classic about this day. They picked one of the most beautiful county clubs in all of the Rochester area. The golf course CCR is so beautiful you really do manage to forget you’re even on a golf course. There is so much history just in the beauty and size of the trees.

What I loved about this event is that Beth did not get caught in trying to out DIY all the other brides out there. She let her venue speak for itself, and accented it with some phenomenal flower arrangements, and table settings. It never ceases to amaze me what a mix of differently sized candle votives can do to a table and therefore a room. Keep is simple, keep is timeless, keep is beautiful. Another really lovely detail was that instead of table numbers they did places that were significant to them as a couple and as individuals. Personal touches like that really go a long way. The other part of what we loved about this event is what an incredible party it was. Every single guest was on up and dancing because the music was amazing. If you’re going to go the band route it’s so important for them it hit the thing out of the park, and Nik Lite did that and more. Every bride is going to look stunning in her own way, and a gorgeous venue is a gorgeous venue. But not everyone can pull off a killer party like that. And what more could you want then all of your loved ones to leave your wedding saying what an incredible time they had, and wishing it didn’t have to end.

From the Bride… As a child, and now an adult who is against eating lobster in any capacity (all due to a childhood experience where my little “pet” lobster whom I adored didn’t remain a “pet” for long), it was rather ironic when on our first date, Mike ordered lobster. After a quick panic phone call to my best friend in the restroom, I stayed and had an amazing time. He swept me off my feet, and five quick years later we were engaged. Interestingly enough they say that those crustaceans I adore find one mate for life and it was clear, I had finally found my lobster.

As an event planner for the Harold Pratt House in NYC for the past seven years, I’ve been planning other bride’s weddings for years, but never truly envisioned my own. All I knew from the beginning was I wanted my guests to have an amazing time and I knew I could create it myself, having listened to so many clients list off what did and did not work out for each and every wedding over the years. The entertainment and photography were the most important to us. We knew wherever we ended up it would be beautiful, and as long as guests were dancing the entire night and the memories were captured, we would be thrilled. I also have stared at, fluffed up and bustled hundreds of wedding dresses, so by the time it was my turn to buy “the dress”, my goal was to have it fit my personality and love every minute of wearing it. My Reem Acra dress was just that and more. Mission accomplished!

If I could offer advice to the bride-to-be’s out there, it would be to take it one day at a time and to please you and your fiance first and foremost, and then make compromises along the way for friends and family. In the end, everyone will have a blast, so don’t stress the small stuff. Oh and try not to serve lobster!

Photography: Alexandra Meseke Photography | Flowers: Wisteria Flowers | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Incredible Edible Cookie Company | Invitations: William Arthur | Stationary: Veronica Foley Design | Church: St. John The Evangelist Church Rochester NY | Reception Venue: Country Club Of Rochester | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Make-Up: Joan Lincoln | Hair: Lara Mattoon Via Artistic Designs | Lighting : Balloon Effects International | Band: Nik Lite Via Nik Entertainment Co. | Photobooth: SNAPpodNY | Save The Date: Natty Michelle Paperie | Seating Chart: CT-Designs | Sundae Bar: Abbott's Frozen Custard

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Romantic Summer Ceremony Decor Inspiration

When Two Of A Kind Rentals, ever swoon, and Face Time Beauty come together, we’re in for a treat. So I got excited about the magic they recently created, especially considering it showcased one of my favorite decor areas – the often overlooked ceremony site. Add in blooms from Designs By Ahn and Gotham Florist, and Alicia Swedenborg’s pics and I’m bursting with ideas. See all this beauty right this way!

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From Two of a Kind RentalsI teamed up with an amazing group of wedding vendors and spearheaded two styled shoot titled “Candle Lit Arches” and “Chuppah Delight.” We receive an overwhelming amount of questions from brides each spring regarding the many ways to style their ceremony backdrop. And this is our answer for them! Just one of the many ways it can be done.

We get excited about a good wedding arch and wanted to prove to our brides that it can be done in a modern, trend-forward way (unlike the traditional plastic arches you see at a lot of rental companies!).

The amazing team at Designs By Ahn wrapped our Vintage Metal Arbor with buckets of green garlands and fresh florals to achieve a romantic, lush green backdrop. White, blush and cream colored blooms were incorporated to add a romantic accent. With the addition of large and small vintage metal lanterns, candles and the Green Building’s exposed brick walls, this entire backdrop came to life!

Our groom wears a 100% wool custom Suitable suit (thanks to their amazing wedding party discount!) while our bride wears an intricately beaded Nearly Newlywed sweetheart gown. Special thanks to the Facetime Beauty hair and makeup team for providing red lips and a head full of curls for our bride!

We could think of no better backdrop for this shoot then The Green Building in Brooklyn, New York. The venue’s rustic, exposed brick walls and natural colored floors created a most majestic canvas for this shoot. Thanks to Alicia Swedenborg for the photography and Ever Swoon for styling!

We also outfitted our bride in Preston & Olivia veils which perfectly accented the intricate Ceci New York stationery included in this shoot. Bridal bling provided by Marisa Perry brought our bride to life! Flower crowns made from white, blush and cream colored flowers made by Designs by Ahn adorn our bride’s head.

The “Chuppah Delight” design goes out to all of our brides who ask for wedding decor direction! Most times our rental clients have reception decor, menu details and color schemes planned out from the beginning but tend to forget about one important thing… their ceremony backdrop! With the help of our vendor friends here in New York, we introduce brides and grooms into the wonderful world of non-traditional chuppah options and what that could look like for their big day.

Gotham Florist layered bunches of greens and fresh florals on Two of a Kind’s White Birch Chuppah to achieve a magical layering effect. As you can see, we excluded the typical white chuppah linen and instead showcased layers of greens and magenta, light pink and white flowers creating our own natural canopy.

Made in Heaven Cakes baked a lace covered 3-tiered cake for our bride and groom to cut which matched perfectly with the intricate Ceci New York stationery included in this shoot.

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Event Styling: Ever Swoon | Florist: Designs By Ahn | Florist: Gotham Florist | Cake: Made In Heaven Cakes | Invitations: Ceci New York | Jewelry: Marisa Perry | Make-up: Linsey for Face Time Beauty | Hair : Lauren for Face Time Beauty | Calligraphy : Ink Revival | Groom's Suit: Suitable | Venue: The Green Building | Bridal Boutique: Nearly Newlywed | Decor Rentals: Two Of A Kind Rentals | Veils: Preston & Olivia

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Modern NYC Bookstore Wedding

Stop everything you’re doing; we have a dress that deserves your full attention. This Oscar De La Renta masterpiece is pretty much all I’ve been thinking about since the moment I laid my eyes on it, and this stylish Bride is my new hero. Her chic celebration, planned by ever swoon, is chock full of goodness and Sasithon Photography captured them all right here. My new fav? I think so.

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From the beautiful Bride… We decided to get married when we stumbled upon the venue, Housing Works Bookstore in SoHo, New York. Housing Works is a non-profit bookstore in our community and, with its mahogany- paneled bookshelves and spiral staircases, the space felt very intimate and true to our experience in New York. Our objective for the evening was to throw an elegant and modern dinner party with delicious food and great music. We planned our wedding remotely during a year in which we were living in Italy, so we relied heavily on the endless know-how and organization of our Event Planner Tamra Sanford of Ever Swoon, and the impeccable aesthetic of our Floral Designer Kat Hyppolite of Kat Flower. Kat created beautiful bouquets and centerpieces in pinks, burgundy and purple that looked wild and romantic, and complimented the floral motifs Nico designed for our invitations and paper goods. We also had a wonderful photographer, Sasithon Pooviriyakul, who completely understood how to translate our vision of an intimate dinner party into stunning candid images of the evening.

We were lucky enough to have friends and family from all over the world join us for the evening, so we worked with our celebrant Fintan Moore to create a ceremony that was intimate, thoughtful, and true to our partnership. We decided on a Celtic Handfasting ceremony, which celebrated our shared Irish heritage and communicated a key message of the night: two families coming together. As interludes during the ceremony our friends recited poetry from the staircase behind us. It was a special moment to celebrate our love and friendship; our wedding party knotting our hands together with ribbons as our guests watched on from the balcony above. Since we had over a year to plan the wedding, we had the opportunity to be very mindful of every detail. I designed my own fragrance for the day, and Chris had cufflinks made to honor his favorite soccer team.

Over the past seven years we have shared seven addresses, so we named our seven tables after streets we have lived on, which was another fun way for our guests to share in our story. Of course even the best-laid plans often go awry, and the blazing red wedding dress was chosen only days before the wedding. Some of the most important parts of the night included handmade and personal elements made by our families. Chris’s sister prepared her incredible coconut cream pie, our absolute favorite, for our wedding dessert and my mom made handmade paper using flowers and seeds from her garden, which she turned into bookmarks to pair with our wedding favors – books from Housing Works, of course!

Photography: Sasithon Photography | Event Planning: Ever Swoon | Floral Design: Kat Flower | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Bracelet: Cartier | Hair And Makeup: Giovanna Berardi Of Parlor | Groom's Shoes : Alden | Wedding Venue: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe | Earrings: Oscar De La Renta | Groom's Pocket Square: Sarah Drake Design | Music : Dean Tsur - The Juilliard School

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Glamorous Lyndhurst Castle Wedding

This next glamorous affair is something straight out of a storybook. From their castle ceremony to the pastoral surroundings, every detail a la X-Quisite Events is downright dreamy. Exchanging vows amidst the sun-drenched foliage, Unique Visions Studios captured every happy tear while Sara Wight shared it all in the gallery.

 

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From the Sara WightWhen public relations professional Jessica, 25, and private wealth portfolio manager, Anthony, 29, met working at a small cafe in Somers, N.Y. in 2005, they had a new found friendship. What they would find over the next three years is that their friendship was something more. They got engaged in November of 2014. For their big day, the couple wanted a venue they could make their own, but one that was unique and captured the vision the bride had since she was a little girl. “I always wanted the fairytale wedding,” recalls Jessica. “We wanted an elegant farm-to-table feel with a touch of vintage.” The couple, who now lives on the Upper East Side felt it was only natural that they marry in Westchester county, the place they grew up. When it came time to wed, the couple chose Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, N.Y. An outdoor ceremony at the iconic Rockefeller castle amid the pastoral fall foliage made for a storybook backdrop. Lanterns led down to candlelit tent – romantic and whimsical. Amber lighting highlighted the sea of white and blush hydrangeas and roses. Rustic farm tables surrounded the dance floor, which was flooded with friends and family as they danced the night away to the sounds of Hank Lane’s finest. “It was everything I wanted and more,” says Jessica.

Photography: Sara Wight | Cinematography: Unique Visions Studios | Floral Design: X-Quisite Events | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Lulu Cake Boutique | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Philip Stone Caterers | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Venue: Lyndhurst Castle

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Romantic + Elegant New York Garden Wedding

Garden weddings are my happy place and this elegant affair has got me beaming from ear to ear. Capturing an organic oasis filled with old world charm, Jen Huang Photography was behind the lens as these hometown sweethearts wed in true style. With stellar details by Roey Mizrahi Events,  McKenzie Miller Films captured every happy tear below!

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From Roey Mizrahi Events… Kristen and Chris’ love story begins in the town in which they both grew up. While they hadn’t met until several years after high school, they quickly made up for lost time and crafted a playful relationship. It was clear they were destined for one another and as a result, Chris asked Kristen for her hand in marriage at the top of the Belvedere Castle in Central Park.

The couple was inspired by thoughts of an elegant English garden for their late August wedding. After a handful of venue visits, Kristen and Chris fell in love with NYIT’s de Seversky Mansion. It was the perfect combination of old world charm, elegance and beauty. On the day of, a quaint glass terrarium settled upon a rustic wooden table served to provide guests with custom programs and handkerchiefs for the ceremony. Behind the mansion, in a setting adorned with natural and lush florals, the ceremony was held underneath a towering linden tree. The couple recited custom vows, crafted by Collette McGuire from Ceremonies and Beyond, to one another before friends, family, and loved ones.

After a plentiful cocktail hour, guests were escorted into the dining room for a round of toasts presented in front of the large marble fireplace decorated with an assortment of candles. The room had a romantic & soft glow, each table lit intimately by a handful of votives. The centerpieces were lush and romantic, overflowing olive branches draped onto the shimmering linens. Anne Kilcullen from Blade Floral & Event Design truly transformed the space into one that was unimaginable and beyond the couples expectations. After dinner, the celebration moved towards a glass-enclosed porch which allowed for the stars above to act as the backdrop to the couple’s emotional first dance and the ensuing merriment. The guests had the freedom to congregate on the outdoor patio surrounding fire pits, indulging in the abundant dessert buffet, the cigar bar and the playful and entertaining photo booth.

From the beautiful Bride… With the endless guidance, advice and vision from Roey Mizrahi Events, everything fell perfectly into place. Her team was there the day of to ensure that the couple had the most amazing time and everything ran smoothly. Jen Huang Photography and McKenzie Miller Films beautifully captured all of the days moments from start to finish. This stellar team of vendors truly created the most magical day for Kristen & Chris, a day they have vocalized will be cherished forever and looked back upon with such fondness and swollen hearts.

I just wanted it to feel really warm and romantic without being too frilly. I also love classic elements but I didn’t want our wedding day to be too traditional. So I tried to mix the two with a soft and somewhat muted color scheme, really lush and romantic flowers, natural fiber linens, clean lines when it came too my dress and our stationery but then introduced some fun swirly calligraphy and of course lace. Our venue also helped capture that warm aura without feeling too vintage or too formal and stuffy. When everything came together, it was better than we could’ve imagined. I kept saying “I want our flowers to feel like an old English garden” and I think that’s exactly what Anne, our Florist accomplished, but it didn’t feel too casual thanks to our amazing & elegant venue!

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Videographer: McKenzie Miller Films | Wedding Planner: Roey Mizrahi Events | Floral Design: Blade Floral And Event Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Wedding Bands: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Noir By Lazaro | Makeup: Sally Duvall | Hair: Daleesa Weary | Calligraphy: Meme Davis Calligraphy + Design | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Grooms Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Bracelet: Cartier | Ceremony And Reception Venue: NYIT De Seversky Mansion | Ceremony Duo: Aaron Short | Cocktail Napkins: Confetti Grey | Escort Cards/Table Numbers: The Blooming Quill | Garter: BHLDN | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co | Groom's Skull Socks: J Crew | Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Headpiece: Christie Lauren | Linens: Nuage Designs | Paper Goods: Bella Figura At Judy Paulen Designs | Photobooth: The Booth | Reception DJ: MRG Productions | Ring Dish: Paloma's Nest | Second Shooter: Love & Lights Photographs | Veil: Brides Head Revisited | Vintage Keys For Place Settings: Sister Nomad Supplies | Welcome Bags: PressedCotton

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Eclectic + Colorful Brooklyn Wedding

Eclectic yet elegant, this colorful soiree is filled with personality. Marrying a warm color palette with a sparkling cityscape, this fabulous fete proves that Brooklyn is bursting with romance. Beginning with their beautiful Tie That Binds paper goods and ending the evening with a macaron cake, the gallery from Lindsay Madden Photography is the place to see it all!

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From Lindsay Madden Photography … Brooklyn weddings are some of my favorites! So when Lindsay & Max told me their wedding was going to be held at My Moon Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn I was beyond excited. This little gem of a place was on my ‘dying to photograph’ list for quite some time. Once an abandoned warehouse, My Moon is now an utterly chic restaurant infused with Moroccan & Spanish influences. Lindsay & Max’s wedding was an eclectic yet, elegant soiree filled with a warm color pallet, personality, twinkle lights & a cake made up of macaroons! I feel so lucky to have been able to capture their romantic city wedding.

Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Wedding Gown: Alyne From Solutions Bridal | Invitations: Tie That Binds | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Make Up: Styled By Jen | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Reception: MyMoon | Groom's Tux: Alton Lane | Macaron Tower: Dana's Bakery | Music: DJ's At Work NYC | Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals | Socks: Happy Socks

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