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Charming New York Country Club Wedding

I love when I see lavender at weddings, the simple beauty, the calming color, the intoxicating scent. It’s a no brainer and all of the little touches of lavender at this rustic summer celebration has me pinning away. From the sweet bouquets to the bunches tied on the ceremony chairs, I imagine the whole scene smelled amazing. Levi Stolove captured it all; see more right here!

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From Levi Stolove PhotographyChristina, born and raised in NYC, and Colin, from Toronto, met in New York and fell in love.

Sleepy Hollow Country Club, where their wedding took place, used to be the Vanderbilt house. Perched atop a hill side with views of the Hudson, its classic architecture and detail were a great contrast to the couple’s relaxed nature. They wanted their wedding to be fun, full of love and have a relaxed feel to it. Candid photographs were the most important to them to capture all the small moments that make up a wedding day: a kiss, a hug, holding hands as the emotions run through them and all their loved ones. They had a friend officiate their wedding, and they recited their own vows. And then they danced the night away!

Photography: Levi Stolove Photography | Event Styling: Miriam Park | Floral Design: Molly Culver | Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez | Bakery: TuLu's Bakery | Band: The Story Tellers Of New York City | Wedding Venue: Sleepy Hollow Country Club | Selection Of The Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew

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Traditional Westchester Wedding at the Ritz Carlton

These two sweeties?  They’re amazing.  The kind of amazing that rushes off to Puerto Rico to tie the knot, elopement-style, then returns home to celebrate a year later with their awesome friends and family.  And not just any celebration: a totally gorgeous, totally breathtaking ballroom affair complete with vibrant blooms and a gallery of pretty captured by B Hull Photography.  See it all here.

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From B Hull Photography Anna & Jake had attended the same college and had several mutual friends in common, but it wasn’t until that summer class of 2006 when he stole her heart. They have been inseparable ever since, they eloped to Puerto Rico in 2012, but didn’t let the magic end there. They planned a beautiful ceremony and reception to celebrate with friends and family in the States as well a year after.

Photography: B Hull Photography | Bride's Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Bridesmaid Dresses: Tara Keely by Lazaro | Venue: Ritz Carlton Westchester | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhullier | Groom's Tux: Vera Wang Black | Make Up Artist: Cecile Of Ritz Carlton Spa | Second Shooter: Ayenia Nour

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Shenorock Shore Club Wedding

There’s no doubt about it, this is a wedding that is beyond beautiful.  A day that is overflowing with modern meets romantic stylings that are the perfect match to a stunning seaside backdrop.  But dive even deeper into all of the gorgeousness, and one thing is certain: this is a wedding that is all about celebrating love.  The love these two sweeties have for one another, and the love they share for their amazing friends and family.  See every heartwarming moment captured by Kelsey Combe right here in the full gallery.

And a little something special from Moho Creative?  Yes, please.

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From the Bride… Rob and I met on the dance floor of the Sand Bar in Fire Island, NY in August, 2009. He danced over to me and my girlfriends in a goofy pair of sunglasses and certainly caught my attention. The following week we went out on our first date back in New York City and from then on we’ve been pretty much inseparable.

My father passed away when I was in college and sadly Rob never got to meet him, I know they would have loved each other so much. Rob knows how much my relationship with my dad means to me, so when he proposed in Montauk, NY Labor Day weekend, three years after we met, with the same diamond my father gave to my mother in 1969, it was one of the most special and treasured moments of my life.

We both grew up in New York, so we knew getting married here with all of our friends and family present was exactly how we wanted to celebrate our day. We were married in the beautiful Church of St. Augustine in Larchmont, NY – the church I attended with my family as a child. It was so special to walk down the aisle with my oldest brother. We were also fortunate to have a family priest marry us – his care, humor and closeness kept our larger church wedding feeling small and intimate.

Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, NY was the obvious choice for our reception. It is a place so special to me and my family, growing up there as members and now with Rob and I as our own members, it was the perfect place to start our new lives together. Shenorock was such a special place to my dad. He always loved to sit on the beach and take pictures of seagulls. In fact it has become a joke in our family that whenever a seagull comes around we pretend it’s him coming to say hello. Despite being ruined in Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012, the team at the club rebuilt the most beautiful clubhouse in time for our June wedding. The day was perfect, not a cloud in the sky, the gorgeous deck overlooking the Long Island Sound was an amazing setting to host our family and friends. The evening was so gorgeous it really became and indoor/outdoor wedding with our guests wandering throughout the serene setting.

When it came to the overall look and feel of the wedding, I knew I wanted it to be soft and romantic, playing off of the natural beauty of the setting. The girls at Black Dahlia Design turned my vision into perfection with lush white peonies, gorgeous garden roses, full tulips and a soft pop of lilac. I loved the juxtaposition of the glittery mercury glasses and woven, gray linens. Our printed materials all kept to the soft, gray and white color palette with small floral details. Our guest book was a nod to our New York roots and my dad, a book honoring 100 years of Grand Central Terminal. Grand Central was my dad’s favorite place in the city, a place he was in and out of everyday, a place we always met him in the city, a place Rob and I took engagement photos, a place that feels like home. Another nod to my dad was a group of photos of me and him and a wooden seagull Rob and I have in our home. Funnily enough, seagulls appear in the background of our pictures or perched on the roof of the clubhouse – in his own way my father was letting us know he was there with us.

Our bridal party embodied the soft colors of the day, my gorgeous girls in long chiffon dresses from Amsale in the soft Dove color and the boys in classic navy suits and lavender ties. As for my dress, I saw it in a magazine a few years before we got engaged and I knew it had to be the dress I wore the day I got married. When I went to Mark Ingram Atelier I tried on a variety of gorgeous dresses but as soon as I put that dress on, I knew. The extraordinary lace, the cap sleeves, the delicate buttons down the back, it was perfect. I sewed a small blue heart from fabric from one of my father’s ties into my dress as my something blue – it felt important to me to have a piece of him with me throughout the day. My mother’s vintage earrings and a stunning headpiece topped it all off. I became exactly how I envisioned myself looking as I married the man I loved so much.

Overall, the most important thing to both of us on our wedding day was that it truly felt like us. From the mini grilled cheese sandwiches at the cocktail hour, to the full peonies in our centerpieces, Rob’s surprise New York Giants cupcakes, our awesome photo booth, even those goofy sunglasses worn on the dance floor – we wanted our guests to leave feeling like they didn’t just attend our wedding, they truly shared our day with us.

Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Videography: Moho Creative | Floral Design: Black Dahlia Design | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose From Mark Ingram Atelier | Cupcakes: Palmer's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Church Of St. Augustine | Reception Venue: Shenorock Shore Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale From Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Linda Gallo | DJ: White Label DJs | Grooms Attire: Custom Suit | Bride's Headpiece: Paris Accessories | Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren & Charles Tyrwhitt | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Printed Materials: Write On!

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Alder Mansion Wedding from Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography

I can’t help but get a little giddy every time Wedding Wednesday rolls around. Not only because it means wedding after gorgeous wedding all day long, but the rally of excitement, excessive pinning, and #WW Twitter love that follows. But to kick off one such special day, it takes a wedding with an extra umph of sparkle. *Enter* this pretty little number from Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography that brings the modern fairytale fete to life. Join me for some major swoon in the full gallery right here.

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From the Bride…Neither Simon nor I are from New York; Simon is from Bermuda and I am Canadian. Since we have built our life together in New York, we wanted it to be the place we were married. The emphasis for us was on family and friends and basically throwing an amazing party! We knew we wanted it to be unique. Alder Manor was the perfect place for us because it was outside of the city, huge, and so beautiful. The wallpaper was peeling off the walls in some areas but it added to the charm. The actually building was gorgeous and the grounds were sprawling and a little wild, which was perfect. It ended up being exactly what we hoped for – Fun, easy, and filled with the people we love.

Wedding Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Wedding Planning + Floral Design: Fete | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Alder Manor | Catering: Silkstone Catering | Caricatures: Peter Woolcock |  Invitations: Sarah Dobson, Friend of Bride | Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses: Kaelen, Designed by the Bride| Clutch: Alexander McQueen | Wedding Bands: Eva Fehren

Westchester Wedding by Erik Ekroth

Welcome, welcome to the launch of Style Me Pretty New York! We are started the pretty party with a wedding that you are SURE to melt over. I can’t tell you what I love more – the blending of cultures in this wedding or the blending of rustic meets complete and utter drop dead gorgeous elegance. That drop dead gorgeous elegance stuff gets me every time, and when you throw farm animals into that equation, well you have a gush fest. This wedding of a duo originally from worlds apart was brought together beautifully at Blue Hill at Stone Barns by the creative vision of the bride and the talents of Hatch Creative Studio.  And of course, there is more gush fest goodness in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Mark and I are originally from half a world apart from each other (Mark is from Nevada and I am from Hong Kong), so from the beginning of our wedding planning we knew that most of our guests would be out of town, and even out of the country! The priority for us was to have our guests feel that they are an important part of the wedding. Having lived hectic lives in New York City, we wanted a wedding that wasn’t exactly in Manhattan. Our vision was inspired by a late summer night in the garden, picnic with old books under large trees, and rustic country elements. Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester NY, a 40 minute drive from Manhattan, couldn’t make a better choice for us. Ultimately, we just wanted a small celebration with 72 guests, eating the most amazing farm fresh food and enjoying an intimate night with everyone. The goal for us was to create one-of-a-kind wedding elements that our guests could take home as keepsakes and treasure after the wedding.

Instead of hiring a wedding planner, I did my own planning and utilized Etsy as a source for most of my wedding vendors (I have 30+ etsy transactions as proof!). With this, not only was I able to create keepsake items by hand (save-the-date, ceremony programs, menu envelopes), but our wedding budget opened up for a few splurges that we would cherish forever, such as our one of a kind vintage hanky invitations, an old time jazz band, my Monique Lhuillier gown, and an amazing floral and decor designer to help realize our vision of a rustic style wedding.

On the day of our wedding, window panes in the atrium were filled with rows of hanging single bud flowers in vintage medicine bottles. The outdoor seating aisle was lined with flower filled garden lanterns. Vintage lace decorated gates led to a pathway of vintage picnic blankets with books and flowers heaped on atop. We said our vows under a vintage reclaimed chuppa. The escort card area that separated the ceremony and cocktail spaces was created with reclaimed wooden containers, bottles and jars with wedding favors (egglings) wrapped in drawstring hemp bags, adorned with hand-sewn lace. Pig and sheep figurines, sourced from ebay, were spray painted in cream and used as place cards, placed on top of home-made kraft menu envelopes. The pig and the sheep theme also appeared on the wrapping envelopes of our wedding invitations. They are actually our Chinese zodiac signs, understood by only those who would have known!

Wedding Photography: Erik Ekroth / Floral & Decor Design: Hatch Creative Studio / Wedding Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns / Wedding Invitations: Bird & Banner / Wedding Band: John Ragusa Music / Wedding Cinematography: Barnaby Draper Studios / Makeup: Maral Balian of Warren Tricomi Salon / Hair: Stacy Pitt / Wedding Cupcakes: Billy’s Bakery / Calligraphy: Heather Burns of Perch Papiers / Vintage Postage Stamps: Verde Studio / Wooden Table Numbers: Liz Artistry / Wooden Guest Book: Bragging Bags / Wedding Program Design & Assemby: The Bride / Wedding Program Printing: Baumbirdy / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride’s Hair Piece: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaid Dresses: Sarah Seven + CLF by Claire La Faye / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Custom / Groom’s Cufflinks & Stud Set: David Yurman / Groom’s Bow Tie: Brioni / Groomsmen Ties: The Hill-Side / Pocket Square: Vintage / Wedding Favors: Eggling

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