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Classic + Elegant New York City Wedding

I’m all about love stories and this one is basically a rom-com brought to life. For what began as blind date in the Big Apple – on the coldest day of the year – led to their forever and this “casual classy” fete. From the Hana Floral Design blooms, to the chocolate chip cookie dough soufflé (!!), Christian Oth flawlessly captured every moment (including an impromptu stop for ice cream) here.

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Spring
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… Many brides dream of their wedding day ever since childhood. I was never that person. But quickly after becoming engaged to Mike, it became a day I could envision down to the very last detail. And after a year of planning, it exceeded every one of my expectations mostly because it was the start to forever with the best man I’ve ever met.

Forever began on a blind date in New York City on the coldest day of the year in January 2013. We met on the corner of Hudson and Morton Streets in the West Village. We were set up by two good friends who work together at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. My friend, Katie, overheard Mike’s friend, Courtney, talking about setting him up with another woman. Katie intervened saying she had another girl he had to meet instead. Courtney vetted me thoroughly while Katie provided me no information except that I had to go. Well a year later on that very same street corner on another frigid night in January, Mike got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes…repeatedly.

We quickly decided on a New York City wedding because it’s where we met and fell in love, not to mention we think it’s the best city in the world. No other place felt right, even though I’m a Midwestern girl from Ohio and he’s from Southern New Jersey. We knew we wanted to be married in our neighborhood Catholic Church Our Lady of Pompeii. We then chose our venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, soon after because we both wanted a downtown Manhattan location near where we live. After that big decision was made, all our incredible vendors fell nicely into place. We both wanted an elegant NYC affair but without any hint of stuffiness – “casual classy” as I liked to call it. The reason we decided to have a big wedding was because we wanted the rare opportunity to have everyone we loved in one room. Knowing brides and grooms never get enough time with their guests, we wanted to make sure everyone knew how special they are to us by writing handwritten notes as escort cards to welcome everyone. Our hands almost fell off after all that writing, but it was well worth it.

The look of the wedding all started with the dress. I chose Johanna Johnson’s Garbo gown that immediately set a subtle art-deco tone. And then Tricia Kim from Fourteen-Forty designed a custom invitation suite, programs, menus, among other pieces to fit the glamorous and vintage vibe. She started our wedding on the perfect foot. And the flowers, designed by Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral Design, made our wedding more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. I still dream about those coral peonies! I wish I could have carried around my stunning bouquet for days rather than just hours. Our wedding wouldn’t have been half as classy without her gorgeous work. And Glen Allsop from Christian Oth flawlessly captured every single moment of the day including our impromptu stop at an ice cream truck in Washington Square Park.

And last but not least, the food! To say I’m not the healthiest eater would be an understatement. Mike has gotten used to my not so fancy palate so it was important to me to have comfort foods that I love. So the night started with deviled eggs, meatballs, and grilled cheeses to name a few and ended with a chocolate chip cookie dough soufflé all by Abigail Kirsch. We really wish we got a chance to eat more.

Our other wish…that we could relive the entire day over again!

Photography: Glen Allsop/Christian Oth Studio | Videography: Tweed Weddings | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Abigail Kirsch | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Pompeii Church | Reception Venue: Lighthouse At Chelsea Piers | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Catering: Abigail Kirsch | Makeup: JWO Productions | Hair: Brides By Benedetti | Band: Around Town Entertainment | Groom's Suit: Canali | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Invitations & Paper Goods: Fourteen-Forty

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Classically Elegant New York City Wedding at Studio 450

A good dose of New York City glamour is always welcomed in our world of weddings, especially when it happens to look like this. And would you believe that this couple planned their dazzling affair from 4,000 miles away!? I just goes to show that divine details are doable, no matter the distance, and you can see it all in the !

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Summer
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Loft
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… Getting married in New York was an obvious choice for us, since we met and started our relationship there. And New York in the spring is just so beautiful. However, planning a wedding from 4,000 miles away without a planner was challenging. With the time difference and all the details that you can really only finalize in person, it took a lot of efforts and several trips to make it happen. Fortunately, most of our European guests were ecstatic about taking a vacation in the Big Apple, and all our providers were very accommodating. It was also a great test for our relationship; since we got through it, we feel like we can really make it through anything. The wedding day itself was the highest point. Seeing everything we worked so hard for coming together exactly like we pictured was magical, and all the pressure that had built up over the preceding months was finally dropping, which made the whole celebration even more emotional.

Photography: Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography | Videographer: Mint Wedding Cinematography | Floral Design: Stefan's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Cake Alchemy | Ceremony Venue: Studio 450 | Catering: Pride Caterers | Hair And Makeup: The Blonde Brunette | Groom's Attire: De Fursac, Paris | Linens: The Finishing Touch | Rentals: Highline Party Rentals

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Marchesa Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Fact: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon knows a thing or two about hosting a fabulous trunk show.  I’m talking days of non-stop pretty + discounts that will make your hearts sing.  So to say that we’re excited for the upcoming Marchesa show on July 23 – July 26 is, well… a serious understatement.  Think drop-dead gorgeous designs meets awesome customer service meets you + the dress of your dreams.

Imagine luxe fabrics like lace and chiffon joining forces with intricate beading, fabulous french netting and beyond flattering silhouettes and you’ll land squarely on the beautiful masterpieces known as Marchesa bridal gowns.  From classic beauties to chic modern designs to vintage-inspired pretties that are dripping in romance, each and every intricately crafted gown in the Marchesa line is the pure definition of elegance.  Which means that whether you’re saying “I do” in a stunning cathedral or a breathtaking loft space above the city, Marchesa has a gown that will fit your vision perfectly.

Contact Gabriella New York Bridal Salon today to book your appointment for July 23 – July 26.  You don’t want to miss Marchesa’s showcase of their classic designs, as well as the latest from their Spring 2016 collection.  And did I mention the special 10% Trunk Show discount available throughout the weekend? It’s going to be awesome.

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Sperry Tents

In the world of drop-dead gorgeous weddings, Sperry Tents reigns supreme; from their sweeping panels of sailcloth to their premium flooring options to their breathtaking (+ totally creative) lighting.  Add all of that handcrafted goodness to a fabulous locale under the stars and it’s a day that is as romantic as it is sophisticated… or what we here at SMP like to call the perfect wedding.

Handcrafted by sailmakers in coastal New England, all Sperry Tents feature genuine sailcloth, solid wood support poles and pennant flags that will wave a charming hello to each and every one of your guests.  Think breathtaking tents available in an array of fabulous sizes that are more than perfect for your wedding, welcome party or going away brunch.  Which means that whether you are partying the night away with 400 of your nearest or dearest or preparing for the big day with an intimate rehearsal dinner, there’s a Sperry Tents’ size and shape just right for you and your celebration.

Start planning your dream day by contacting one of Sperry Tents’ Tri-State offices in Mystic and Greenwich, CT; Finger Lakes and Hamptons, NY; and New Jersey.  Trust us, you’ll be so very, very happy you did.

Credits: Image 1: Leila Brewster (Photography) + True Event (Event Design & Coordination) + Hana Floral Design (Floral) + Rentals Unlimited (Rentals) + La Tavola (Linens) + Ryan Designs (Lighting & Draping) | Image 2: Eric Barry Photography | Image 3: Isabelle Selby Photography | Image 4: Charlotte Jenks Lewis | Image 5: SNAP! Weddings | Image 6: Orchard Cove Photography | Image 7: Susan Sancomb Photography  | Sperry Tents

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Summery Westhampton Engagement Session in the Rain

Shingled houses, periwinkle hydrangea blossoms and effortless glamour—that’s what I think of when I think of the Hamptons. And this chic New York couple’s e-sesh has that Hamptons’ style in spades, photographed by Betsi Ewing Studio. From the vintage-inspired ring designed by the Groom to the couple’s adorable yellow lab, Riley, you don’t want to miss any of this chic shoot.


From The Bride…There’s not a day that goes by, that Sam and I don’t thank our lucky stars (and my cousin for the gentle nudge) that we found each other in the big NYC. We’ve been dating for 5 years, and this past November after a crazy week that included a whirlwind move and a surprise birthday party for Sam (mission accomplished), a little before 7am on our first Saturday in the new apartment, Sam woke me up asking to spend the rest of our lives together.

Since our first date, it’s been a package deal with the three of us (yes, that includes our lively and handsome Yellow Lab, Riley). We live in Manhattan and spend our summer weekends in Westhampton – most of our time is usually spent taking cover from the splashes of Riley’s pool dives. So when it came time to start planning our wedding, we thought a winter wedding in the city and engagement photos in Westhampton were the perfect balance. Truthfully, wedding planning has been a breeze, when things get stressful we take a wedding planning hiatus. We consider ourselves to be a great team and have made all planning decisions together – but the best part about this whole wedding is that we get to be Mr. and Mrs. in January!

Crazy weather tends to follow us whenever we make plans… so a little rain didn’t stop us from taking engagement photos with the amazing Betsi Ewing. Hopefully rain for engagement photos means a beautiful wintery white snowy wedding day!

Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio | Dress: Asos | Engagement Ring: Custom Designed By The Groom! | Wedding Bands: Family Heirlooms | Men's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Venue: Westhampton New York

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Romantic Golden Hour NYC Engagement from KT Merry Photography

Working at SMP, I fall in love on a daily basis—call it an occupational hazard. But, I’m being sincere when I say I’m completely head-over-heels in love with this stunning couple’s breathtaking engagement session from KT Merry Photography. From the bride-to-be’s gorgeous dresses to the couple’s cute pooch and dancing among the Manhattan skyline, every photo from this shoot will make you swoon.


From The Bride…I had recently moved back to Pittsburgh, PA and wanted to reconnect with my old friends. Two friends of mine (brothers) that I grew up with, owned a successful clothing store downtown and I went to go visit them one day. Coincidentally, Jerimiah, who was also a mutual friend of theirs had the same idea. He immediately caught my eye and I “nonchalantly” asked the one brother about him. I later found out that Jerimiah had pulled the other brother aside to do the same. A week later we went on our first date. Jerimiah picked me up and when we pulled up to the restaurant, he pulled out 6 bottles of wine. He had no idea what type I liked so he got every type, which immediately won me over. When we got to the restaurant, Jerimiah told them his name the hostess said ” Nice to finally meet you!” She looked at me and explained he had been calling consistently all week and was persistent about getting us a table. It was an all curated meat restaurant and I was a vegetarian, but seeing how much he put into our first date it meant so much to me. I didn’t have the heart to tell him. As I ate every vegetable side that night and politely picked at the egg on top of the beef tar tar he ordered (hoping he wouldn’t notice), I continued to go on the best date I’ve ever been on. Although it went against all of my rules, I asked him to join my friends and me to a concert the next night, we then went to an event together the night after that and quickly became inseparable. A year and a half later he surprised me with a trip to San Francisco, where he took me on an amazing yacht sailboat on the bay and asked me to marry him. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited in my life, he even had to remind me to give him my left hand! We celebrated all day and then he took me to Van Morrison live that night – something that’s always been on my bucket list. I feel beyond lucky to have him in my life, I still can’t believe I snagged up this dreamy man.

I fell in love with KT’s breathtaking work years ago and when she came to New York to shoot our engagement session I pretty much fell in love with her and Chad too. It’s funny to think we were so nervous to be in front of the camera – they made us feel so comfortable, our session ended up being such a blast! KT captured our little family so perfectly, from Pooch trying to jump in the Bethesda Fountain to us dancing on the Top of the Rock – it was all absolute perfection and when we saw our photos our minds were blown! The way she works with light is unreal, seriously swoon-worthy. We knew we’d be more than ridiculously happy with having her as our photographer but our expectations were beyond exceeded – we are so thrilled have her and Chad as a part of our wedding day this August!

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Makeup: Brian Dean | Groom's Shoes : Oak Street Bootmakers | Groom's Suit: Suit Supply | Blue Dress: Free People | Location: Central Park | Location : Top Of The Rock | Picnic Basket And Blanket: West Elm | White Dress: Erin Fetherston

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