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They Planned a New Year’s Eve Wedding in 55 Days!

If you thought planning a wedding set smack dab in the middle of the holiday season was impressive, just you wait. Because this couple did that with only 55 days to make it happen. Thanks to the DM Events, along with 74 Events and Trent Bailey Studio behind the camera, you’ll see how just the right vendors helped bring together the New Year’s wedding of their dreams. Oh and this year? These two will now be celebrating as a sweet family of three.

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Winter
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Elegant

From the Bride…Chris and I met in 2009 when we both worked at a large law firm in New York City. Our transition from colleagues to friends to dating took a brief four and a half years, but when we finally got together in August of 2013 it was clear to me that it had been him all along. Our relationship moved quickly after that, and on a chilly night in January of 2015 Chris proposed to me on the streets of Manhattan with the Chrysler Building as a backdrop.

Soon after, we started considering wedding options. I knew the exact feel I wanted for our wedding – an intimate, outdoor summer affair, full of soft light and natural, organic details. I spent hours browsing Style Me Pretty for inspiration images of peony-filled bouquets and soft-hued bridesmaid dresses. But that all changed in late October, when we unexpectedly found out that I would likely have some infertility issues. Our doctor told us that in order to have the best chance of conceiving naturally, we should move our family planning up as much as possible. Chris and I didn’t hesitate. We knew that having children was something we both wanted dearly, so I got to work.

We decided on a New Year’s Eve Wedding, which gave us exactly 55 days to plan. We couldn’t believe our luck when we found out that The Wythe Hotel, a venue we had previously toured and fell in love with, was available. We booked it immediately and everything started to fall into place. I eschewed the soft, organic details I had planned on for a color palette that was moody and romantic. The deep burgundy accents and pops of gold were a perfect complement to the industrial setting and already celebratory night. As the clock neared midnight, our friends and family all joined us on the dance floor to say farewell to 2015 and usher in 2016 in the most amazing way possible.

My favorite moment came when we had our first dance. We chose ‘It Had To Be You,’ – a song we picked from ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ which always somehow felt like our story – two friends, living on the Upper West Side, who eventually realize they were meant for each other all along. In those moments, time seemed to stop and for the first time that day it was just Chris and I, dancing to our story and enjoying everything that was taking place around us.

While our wedding looked nothing like what I had imagined, it turned out to be exactly what we needed. We were so lucky to have had the most incredible day and to start our lives together surrounded by our closest family and friends. Chris and I are now expecting a little girl in November, and we could not be more excited to celebrate this coming New Year’s Eve as a family of three.

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Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Event Planning: DM Events | Floral Design: DM Events | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Stationery: Lion in the Sun | Hair + Makeup: Glamsquad | DJ: 74 Events | Venue: Wythe Hotel

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Classic Central Park Celebration – Complete With a Donut Cake

Classic weddings are my jam but I reallyyyy like those with a little edge. And this one has it in spades. From the rings to the shoes, this Bride has style. But it didn’t stop there. Their wedding cake is by far my favorite one yet – a Momofuku birthday cake with a doughnut base. And with that, I’m sold. Merari Photography captured every detail for us to ooh and aah over – see them all in our Vault right this way!

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Summer
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ChurchEatery
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Classic

From the Bride… Allan and I met in class freshmen year of college. Funny enough, we had most of our classes together and Allan willingly became my study buddy after I bribed him with food from the dining hall of course. We were first study partners, then good friends, and a few dates later the rest was history! After college, our relationship became long distance with Allan in upstate New York and myself in DC. On a weekend we had planned to be together in DC, Allan had to back out last minute so I made brunch plans with one of my friends. As we were walking to brunch along the Georgetown waterfront, we ran into this a cappella group singing. It turned out to be my friends from the a cappella group I sang with in college and out came our family members holding signs of the significant dates of our relationship. After we made it through the dates, Allan popped out proposing. It was such a memorable day and I’m so glad he had our family and friends involved.

As we started planning the wedding, we were going back and forth between venues in Maryland and New York. Once we saw the Central Park Boathouse, it was a no brainer to celebrate our marriage there. It’s such a beautiful venue and Central Park has always been special for us since it’s where we had one of our first dates. On our ten year dating anniversary, it just made sense to celebrate our marriage where it all began!

Since we chose the iconic Central Park Boathouse as our venue, we wanted our wedding to be timeless, classic, and romantic with hints of our personality. We wanted our venue to be flooded with florals and metallic details and the colors to be blush and gold mixed with other neutrals.

I absolutely loved our seating cards! I loved the idea of merging the wedding favor and seating card all in one. The simple bud vases with flowers coordinating our table arrangements were perfect. Once people brought them to their tables, it added to the table arrangement we had and made the tables look so beautiful flooded with flowers. I also loved our wedding cake. It was a mix of our two favorite desserts – Momofuku birthday cake and Dough doughnuts. Ask anyone of my friends and they’ll tell you Dough is one of my weaknesses.

Walking down the aisle is a memory I’ll never regret. I walked halfway down the aisle by myself and as I turned into the church, just seeing all of our family and friends was such a special moment. I met both my parents halfway down the aisle and they continued to walk with me. I loved having both of them walk me down the aisle. I can’t pinpoint just one favorite memory from the day, but when planning the wedding Allan and I just wanted our special day to be a big party with all of our family and friends. Halfway through the reception seeing everyone have fun was definitely the highlight of my day and sort of a sigh relief that all of the planning and prep was worth it!

If you had to do it over again, I don’t think I would have done anything differently! All of our vendors really made the day special and turned our dream into reality.

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Photography: Merari Photography | Cinematography: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Event Planning: Whimsy Weddings | Floral Design: Cress Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament Church | Reception Venue: The Central Park Boathouse | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Glamsquad | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Doughnuts: Dough Brooklyn

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Two Fall Trunk Shows You Just Can’t Miss

Need a reason to break out the bubbly and celebrate? Well one of our fave bridal shops on the planet, Lovely, is hosting TWO amazing trunk shows and we’re throwing on our party shoes pronto. Think a plethora of beautiful + knowledgeable Lovely locales meets the stunning gowns from Anna Campbell meets the boho vibes of Rue De Seine. Mark your calendars, because this is beyond awesome.

Known for her elegant + sophisticated styles, Anna Campbell’s newest collection, Ceremony, is everything you’ve ever wanted in your Big Day attire, plus sooo much more than that. From the beyond flattering silhouettes to the intricate details that will WOW to the breathtaking craftsmanship that literally shines through each and every piece of silky fabric, we can’t wait to see these stunners in person.

Anna Campbell Trunk Shows

Philly: 10/14-10/16 |  LA: 10/21-10/23 | San Francisco: 10/28-10/30 | Washington DC: 11/11-11/13 | Rochester NY: 11/18-11/20 | Houston: 12/9-12/11 | Charleston: 12/16-12/18

Ultra-feminine and completely free-spirited, Rue De Seine’s latest collection, Love Spell, is for all of you lovelies looking to walk down the aisle in a seriously stunning boho beauty.  Think gorgeous details woven into every.single.gown, the finest of fabrics and a laid-back, yet completely elegant vibe that we can’t get enough of.  You’re guaranteed to fall sooo in love.

Rue De Seine Trunk Shows

NYC: 10/28-10/30 | Houston: 11/26-11/28 | Philly: 12/2-12/4 | Miami: 12/9-12/11 | San Francisco: 12/16-12/18 | Washington DC: 1/6-1/8 | Charleston: 1/13-1/15

Contact Lovely today to book your appointment, because that dream gown? They have it, y’all.