SUBMIT WEDDING
View All Weddings in The Tri-State Area
A Hampton Wedding that Will Most Definitely Put You in a Summer State of Mind

Four years ago this month I was preparing for my own Big Day—just one month out. A summer-lover at heart, a July wedding was always in the cards for me and one by the ocean, of course. Today’s nautical Montauk fete from Brklyn View Photography is taking me back big time with it’s seaside views and east coast vibes. I don’t doubt it’ll get you in the summer state of mind too!

From Brklyn View Photography… Fall is one of my favorite seasons in New York. I love when the weather gets a bit cooler, the leaves start to change, and it’s the perfect time of year for a wedding. Margaret and Phil love Montauk. They spend many Summer’s together growing their relationship out in the Hamptons so it was the only place to have their wedding. The held their wedding ceremony and reception at the stunning Gurneys Star Island Resort.

The bride wore a stunning wedding gown from Pronovias and her grandmother’s wedding ring in her honor. Her bridesmaids wore blush peach dresses and held delicate bouquets from AvaFloral. Margaret’s all white wedding bouquet is one of my favorites ever! So simple and so stunning. The groom wore a light blue suit and his best men were a mix of the bride’s brother and his childhood best friend. Margaret and Phil had their wedding ceremony outside in front of the cottages with the lake view at Gurneys Star Island Resort. The stood under the beautiful floral arch that framed the couple perfectly.

As the couple exchanged their vows and became husband and wife, everyone was overcome with emotion and celebrated the newlyweds as they walked down the aisle arm and arm. The Farmhouse Ballroom was decorated with white and pops of greenery. Margaret and Phil love to dance and A Sterling Band kept the dance floor packed the entire reception. It was such an honor to be with Margaret and Phil on their wedding day and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for this amazing, sweet, and lovable couple!

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Cake: Montauk Bake Shoppe | Invitations: Pixie Chicago | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: Cherise Loren Beauty | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Wedding Venue: Gurney's Newport | Wedding Band: Sterling Band

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
This Shoot Is Giving Us Major Chuck and Blair Vibes and Every Gossip Girl Fan Needs to See Why

Any Gossip Girl fans in the house? Because this gorgeous wedding inspiration from Ulvia Mammadova is giving us major Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf vibes. Every inch of this shoot is romantic beyond words. The bride’s Galia Lahav dress looked like a fairytale against the dramatic fountain at Bethesda Terrace. Precious Flowers created an ethereal blue and white bouquet that made our hearts skip a beat. It’s truly the most perfect “classic New York” wedding inspiration we’ve ever laid eyes on. See it all for yourself at the full gallery!

From Ulvia Mammadova4 years ago my own wedding in Azerbaijan got published on Style Me Pretty, and now I would like to share an editorial shoot how it would be look like if it was in New York.. This is a story of two young people who fell in love with each other in the magical city New York: Anna, a model and contemporary artist, and Ryan – professional latin dancer.

In order to create clean and intimate shots in the most touristic spot – Central Park we’ve been ready and all set up by early dawn. And here it is – time stops and fairy tale starts right here on Bethesda Terrace, free of people. Though it was an inspirational shoot, I enjoyed how it turned out so real and true emotionally! I wanted to make something alive, free and effortless, just like the New York city itself, something more than just beautifully styled shoot, to show the beauty of youth and spontaneous love.. That chemistry and connection, how they were looking at each other, I was getting inspired by them during the shoot!

Oh, and Galia Lahav wedding dress.. – an endless inspiration for every bride to be! Sparkly gown with an embellished corset, embroidered with silk flowers and crystal accents – was love at first sight. When we were choosing the dress together with Bridal Reflections team, I was so lucky to see and to talk with Galia Lahav head designer – Sharon Sever, who creates these pure pieces of art.. Thanks to an incredible team of very talented people, who stand behind this shoot. Nude and glowy makeup done by Liza Ray. Unique and timeless rings from Victor Barbone, which always has a history behind of every piece.. Jennifer Behr earrings in the shape of leaves were nothing but the perfect match with petals on the dress, completing the look inspired by the grace of nature..

Photographer: Ulvia Mammadova | Florals : Precious Flowers Houston | Wedding Dress : Bridal Reflections | Stationery : Chavelli | Groom : Ryan Raffloer | Bride : Ariel @ New York Models | Creative Director: Ulvia Mammadova | Earrings : jennifer behr | MUAH: Liza Ray | Wedding Rings: Victor Barbone Jewelry

A Rustic Fall Wedding at Hayfield Catskill Alive with Vibrant Color

It may be on the cusp of Summer, but it’s a crisp Fall day in our minds thanks to this gorgeous wedding captured by Elena Wolfe Photography. The beautiful bride and her handsome hub chose a bright color scheme rich with orange, pink and burgundy hues complimenting the Fall foliage surrounding their venue, Hayfield Catskill, in upstate New York. The lucky bridesmaids were able to choose their very own dream dress for the special day, allowing their unique personalities to shine through! Oh, and prepare to be wow-ed by the colorful arrangements from Heart and Soil Flowers. Keep on reading to step inside this charming day, planned to perfection by Modern Kicks.

From the Bride… We got engaged in Camden, Maine over July 4 weekend when we were there on a family trip. I always wanted an emerald engagement ring however my husband would not let me be part of any ring design. All I was able to share was what stone I wanted and my ring size and he insisted on doing everything else, which meant I knew nothing about the ring until the moment he pulled it out and proposed. The emerald stone had been set in a man’s ring that belonged to my husband’s late grandfather. Before we got engaged, when my husband told his grandmother he wanted to propose and I wanted an emerald, she got the ring and gave it to him and he had the stone reset in a new design. It is truly one of my most treasured possessions and incredibly special to have a part of his grandparents with us all the time.

When we got engaged we already knew we wanted a fall wedding with the backdrop of the outdoors and the foliage at its peak. Hayfield truly embodied everything we were looking for and the barns and the beautiful surroundings laid the foundation for the aesthetic direction we went in – especially the colorful leaves which inspired the colors that were featured in the floral arrangements by Heart and Soil Flowers, the bridal bouquet and the color palette I gave my bridesmaids so they could choose their dresses. Overall we wanted our wedding to be a fun celebration where our guests could enjoy themselves, enjoy the natural beauty of the Catskills and have a memorable time.

My dress was one of my most favorite parts of the wedding. Going dress shopping I really had no idea what I wanted and therefore I tried lots and lots of different shapes, fabrics, cuts, etc. This Halfpenny London top and skirt combination really embodied our wedding for me, a beautiful shape – the satin top bringing a classic touch and the fringe skirt adding playfulness and ease which felt appropriate given the barn and outdoor setting. It was important to me that each bridesmaid be able to choose their dress – color, style, everything – as I wanted everyone to be comfortable and feel their best.

I love the mismatch look and encouraged each of them to choose dresses with embellishments, prints, different textures and fabrics, etc. I loved each dress they chose, I loved how they really fit each bridesmaid’s personality and the way they looked all together at the wedding was exactly what I envisioned. We wrote the table assignments on vintage window frames we rented from Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals. The look and feel of that display fit perfectly with the rustic beauty of the barns and gave a nice, no frill touch to the seating.

My sister in law designed the wedding invitations and we worked very closely with her on all elements of the aesthetic direction. She then painted the leaves in watercolor before scanning them digitally to create the invitations. Those motifs were utilized throughout the invitation suite as well as the programs, menu, table settings, etc. At the wedding. We had a short non-denominational ceremony officiated by a dear friend of ours which made the experience incredibly special. Having someone so close to us, who knows us both really well and therefore was able to bring a very personal touch to the celebration and then be the one to pronounce us husband and wife was one of our favorite moments.

[iframe http://www.youtube.com/embed/DwHYxfzFrJs 600 338]

Photography: Elena Wolfe Photography | Cinematography: Hello Super Studios | Coordination: Modern Kicks | Floral Design: Heart & Soil Flowers | Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London | Catering: 121 Restaurant & Catering | Makeup: Kim Misner | Hair: Kyra Hair | Calligrapher: Ella Romero, Farebella | Band: Kazz Music Orchestra | Barn: Hayfield Catskills | Accomodations: Eastwind Hotel | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Photo Booth: Hudson Trailer Co. | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Vintage Rentals: Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals | Wedding Dress Boutique: The One Bridal

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
A Light and Romantic Wedding Inspiration Shoot at The Adelphi Hotel

I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for Saratoga Springs, NY…I visited once a few years ago and fell in love with the city from the tradition of horse racing to the charm throughout the downtown streets. It is no wonder Michelle Lange Photography teamed up with Kelly Strong Events for this classic and romantic inspiration shoot at The Adelphi Hotel, located in the heart of Downtown Saratoga Springs. The soft color palette paired perfectly with the overflowing amount of windows and the natural light in the event space. Add in a stunning bouquet and floral displays by Olive and June and you feel like you’ve stepped into a dream. Now, I am left asking myself…when am I heading back to Saratoga Springs?!

From Kelly Strong Events

The Location

The Adelphi Hotel is a new luxury hotel and wedding venue in the heart of Saratoga Springs, New York. Located on Broadway, you can’t find a more central location for your guests to enjoy everything that downtown has to offer. Within in the Adelphi Hotel is Blue Hen – a stunning atrium inspired restaurant and event space. An incredibly unique space, overflowing with natural light, we knew this is where we wanted to be.

The Design

Seeking a romantic, classic feel we designed the day to allow for beauty to lie in the subtle details. The design plan was built around this space that is so bright and airy with stunning blue chairs. Because of everything the venue has to offer, we wanted to compliment the surroundings rather than compete with them. Choosing a subdued color palate allowed us to build a beautiful table design with thoughtful details that didn’t detract from the stunning venue. Layers of fabric were used to create a runner that laid on top of a dusty rose, matte linen. The beautifully textured paper goods were done in neutral tones and brought to life by the blush florals and gold accents. The main centerpiece was accented by unique blooms – like flowers floating in a bowl of water – that created a beautiful visual statement. Finally, a romantic, ruffled design cake accented with blush blooms tied the classic feel to the dessert table.

The Destination

Saratoga Springs is rich with horse racing tradition. It is such a special part of the destination, so we wanted to include a subtle nod to its history without over-theming the day. The simple white horses, created by Ink Revival, were added to each menu for the hint that we were looking for.

The Team

The team of partners that worked together on this day are local to Saratoga Springs but bring a breadth of experience to the table. Each partner has recently relocated to the area from cities across the United States and abroad. With this experience, the team was able to create something completely unique and not yet seen at the Adelphi Hotel.

Photography: Michelle Lange Photography | Event Design and Planning: Kelly Strong Events | Floral Design: Olive and June | Cake: Austin Bayliss Cakes | Stationery: Ink Revival | Wedding Venue: The Adelphi Hotel | Beauty: True Beauty | Bridal Shop: Lily Saratoga | Model: Bohemian Bulldog | Rentals: Total Events

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Industrial Romantic NYC Wedding Inspiration shoot at Boro Hotel in Long Island City

When it comes to NYC weddings, a chic industrial vibe is where it’s at. But what if you want to soften that industrial edge a bit? This editorial from Williamsburg Photo Studios, Wonderlust Events and DESIGNS BY AHN is exactly how. Layered with florals, blooming patterned plates and a delicate palette, a feeling of warmth and Hygge pours from every image. See it all here.

From Williamsburg Photo Studios and Wonderlust Events… We based ourselves at the ‘Boro Hotel’ where we got the chance to turn the industrial wedding space into a romantic and elegant space with feminine touches for our same-sex couple. The views from this room in the hotel located in Long Island City provides an amazing panorama of the New York skyline however for us it didn’t last too long because instead we got to experience the first snow day of the year.

We wanted to bring a feeling of warmth & Hygge into this room through the use of stunning florals and decoration. We focused our colour palette on soft pinks, purples and greys. We decorated the table with a grey linen tablecloth, black cutlery, taper candles, floral patterned chargers and the show-stopper flower cloud above the top table. This really added an element of understated luxury.

​This beautiful buttercream flowers cake is almost too pretty to eat! We focussed on minimalistic stylish stationery and added a simple embossed design to add some texture. A seating plan was made using biscuits – ‘seating for eating’ which included the guest name and table number, while also doubling up as guest favours. Our beautiful ladies wore stunning gowns by the talented Marina Semone.

Photography: Williamsburg Photo Studios | Event Planner: Wonderlust Events | Event Stylist: Wonderlust Events | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dresses: Marina Semone | Cake: Brooklyn Floral Delight | Stationery: Pale Press London | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Ashely Zhang Jewelry | Hair & Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup | Hotel: Boro Hotel | Venue: Boro Hotel | Biscuits: Honeywell Bakes | Chargers and napkins: Zara Home | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Hair pieces: Hushed Commotion | Model: Tout Talent | Model: Morgan Glenn | Model agency: Morgan Glenn | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Ring box: JePromis

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Elegant Pastel Wedding at Saratoga National Golf Club

From one wedding dress with two looks to a classic tented reception to the homemade wine made by the Bride’s father, there’s so much to love woven in the fibers of this celebration planned by Christine Wheat. I don’t doubt that you’ll find yourself swooningly smiling at every image from Michelle Lange. Take a look here for more.

From the bride… Since Spencer and I both have Upstate New York roots (we met in high school!), we were thrilled to tie the knot in Saratoga Springs. We loved the idea of creating a venue from scratch so we opted for a big tented wedding on the grounds of Saratoga National Golf Course. Our goal was to create a modern and elegant space with a touch of rustic charm. With collaboration efforts from Rain or Shine, Mazzone Hospitality, Renaissance Floral Design & Christine Wheat Special Events, our wedding dreams became reality – a beautifully draped clear top tent filled with muted florals, long farm tables, giant chandeliers, tons of greenery and tapered candles – not even the rain could take away the beauty of this tent! Michelle Lange and Eric Floberg did such an amazing job at capturing all the big moments and little details.

Every moment of the day was a favorite, but walking into the dining tent while the guests were still enjoying the cocktail hour was really special. It was awesome to soak up the environment, that we had spent so many months creating, just the two of us. My parents also surprised us by recreating a local ice cream shop for dessert – such a memorable way to end the night!

Thanks to the team at Angela’s Bridal in Albany, I was able to achieve having two wedding day looks with just one dress. I wore a Paloma Blanca lace fit-and-flare dress with a full tulle skirt over the top for the ceremony. The tulle skirt was removed for the reception!

One of my favorite details was how we paid tribute to my Italian roots. Homemade wine was served (made by my father & his cousin) and homemade Italian wedding soup (made by my mother) was the first course, served in individual soup pots. I also loved the escort card wall, which displayed ombre escort cards with gold calligraphy on a wooden board. It was a work of art!

Photography: Michelle Lange Photography | Cinematography: Eric Floberg | Wedding Planning: Christine A. Wheat Special Events Firm | Floral Design: Renaissance Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake : Saratoga National Golf Club | Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Hair and Makeup: Make Me Fabulous | Band : New York Players Band | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Saratoga National Golf Club | Bridal Shop: Angela's Bridal | Invitation Design : JennyCDesign

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
A Romantic Sunrise Engagement Session on the Brooklyn Bridge

As Carrie Bradshaw once said… “Year after year, twenty-something women come to New York in search of the two ‘L’s: Labels & Love.” Well, this gorgeous engagement session from Erika Parker Photography is the perfect combination of both! The minute we laid eyes on this stunning dusty blue Carol Hannah gown we were instantly blown away by it’s romantic movement and ethereal style. This dress paired with the iconic location of the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise and there you have it – the most romantic NYC photo shoot ever.

From Erika Parker Photography… The Brooklyn Bridge is an icon in New York City. It’s a remarkable work of architecture. It evokes emotions of nostalgia, romance, but is also very industrial, and urban. Carol Hannah makes beautiful gowns, that flow and have such incredible personalities. They Myrina gown made by Carol Hannah is one of my favorites. I love it because its not traditional, yet is so elegant and ethereal.

The fabric moves in a way that doesn’t seem like its from this Earth. I always see this dress photographed at the beach, or on a beautiful mountain top. These venues absolutely do it justice, but I wanted to show that an urban setting can be equally as spectacular. Not every bride can have a wedding in the mountains or at the beach, and there are a lot of ways to be creative in your own environment.

For years I’ve wanted to do a sunrise shoot on the Brooklyn Bridge, and this shoot was everything I’d hoped it would be. True, we were up at 3am to start hair and make up, but it was oh so worth it. The sun crept up over the bridge, making the sky pink, and slowly warmed into yellow. It was truly an incredible morning. I want couples to be inspired by this shoot, and to realize that they can also do something like this, if it is planned correctly.

Photography: Erika Parker Photography | Gown: Carol Hannah | Hair and Make Up: SB Beauty | Accessories: Mickey Lynn | Model: Natalia Harris | Model: Nick Zibz

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Colorful + Cultural Wedding Blue Hill At Stone Barns in New York

Having meticulously planned my own wedding, I can attest that it takes a lot to get to that end result. So, when I see a celebration like this one, jam-packed with layers of personalized details, I not only see the love, but feel every curated, every carefully crafted moment…thanks to the uber-talented designer Bride, who made all that beauty come to life. From incorporating her own art to seamlessly blending two cultures together, she truly thought of every last detail. Even asking her 90-year-old uncle to be the ring bearer (sweetest thing ever)!! With The Wedding Library at the coordination helm, Peartree Flowers on bloom duty and Sophie Kaye behind the lens, it was a truly special celebration and one that I promise you’ll want to cozy up to!

The theme of the wedding was A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a Chinese twist. Set at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, nestled in a beautiful countryside landscape just beginning to turn to autumn, the celebrations made every effort to pay tribute to the natural surroundings, from the carefully selected menu to the elaborate decor. The hallway leading to the reception featured a romantic cascade of hanging vines and fall foliage in a gradient of colours, while the tables were covered with flowers and tall, lush branches, dripping with hanging candles, to transform the space into a glowing enchanted forest. The overall effect was both sophisticated and magical.

As both the bride and groom are Jewish, and the bride is Chinese as well, the wedding represented a true marriage of the two cultures. Before the ceremony, the families and wedding party participated in a private tea ceremony and Ketubah-signing, during which the bride wore a traditional Gua dress from Hong Kong, while the groom donned a Chinese “cabbage blossom” over his suit. At the reception that evening, everyone danced the Hora, and to close out the night, they had a Taiwanese-style send-off, offering Chinese wedding candies to their guests.

The chuppah was the centerpiece of the ceremony, a gorgeous floral structure with moody and romantic hanging blossoms. At nightfall, it was revamped into a lantern-lit pavilion that guests could walk through to get from the hayloft to the main restaurant. The effect was utterly ethereal, with the soft, rosy glow from the lanterns lighting up the dark courtyard. It was the perfect way to repurpose the chuppah, and served as a stunning and memorable bridge between both cultures!

As for the bride’s gown, she chose a romantic, off-the-shoulder dress with beaded flowers across the shoulders by Israeli designer Chana Marelus, who personally added unique embellishments to the dress. Veil-designer Daphne Newman created a bespoke veil with matching flowers and beadwork. As a special touch, Daphne embroidered Kim and Isaac’s names onto the petals of one of the flowers in the center of the veil. Isaac wore a custom-made blue Zegna suit with a red velvet bow tie, and gifted his groomsmen and the two fathers with kimono bow ties in varying shades of red, each with a different pattern, to compliment the bridesmaids’ dresses. Finally, the guests wore burgundy kippot during the Jewish ceremony.

As Kim is an artist and is often commissioned to design wedding invitations, it was a dream come true for her to be able to design the artwork for her own wedding. She created and hand-lettered all of the paper goods, from the personalized crest and invitations to the escort cards and the custom-made mugs in the gift bags. The wedding suite featured whimsical illustrations of significance to both Isaac and Kim, as well as auspicious Chinese motifs and symbols to honour Kim’s heritage.

From the beginning, Kim and Isaac knew that deciding on a color scheme would be nearly impossible; Kim’s love of colors has had a huge influence on her artwork, and would play a big role in the wedding as well. Instead, they chose to draw inspiration from the mood and environment of the day: autumnal foliage and crisp chinoiserie as an homage to the season, bridesmaid dresses ranging from the palest blush to a deep burgundy as a nod to Chinese wedding colours, and rich jewel-tones for the tables and bouquets to tie everything together. On the whole, the tapestry of colours was what helped make the day so festive and unique, and full of warmth and happiness.

From The Wedding LibraryI just adored this wedding – full of color, cultural elements, and the sweetest couple. The bride, Kim, illustrated their incredible invitations, all paper goods, and the favors. I was so excited to shoot with such an amazing color palette – a pastel blue runner, a vibrant chuppah, and the most painterly florals made up their wedding day details. The couple involved moments from both of their families and religions, with traditional jewish elements, chinese lanterns, and a tea ceremony.

Photography: Sophie Kaye Photography | Coordination: The Wedding Library | Floral Design: Peartree Flowers | Gown: Chana Marelus | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: Natalia Bizinha Makeup Artist | Wedding Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | Bride's Instagram: Kim Zeluck | Bride's Website: Kim Zeluck

Ethereal Brooklyn Wedding at Prospect Park Boathouse

Can we talk about boathouse weddings for a sec? They’re kind of the best of both worlds if you ask me. Waterfront, check. Charm, check. City vibe, check. Well, the latter is definitely the case for this Brooklyn affair at Prospect Park Boathouse! Jing and Chiyoon called on Brilliant Event Planning to elevate their Big Day, while Sophie Kaye and Elysium Productions documented every detail and every smile so beautifully. You can feel the love jumping right off the screen—have a look here for even more.

[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/242227214 600 338]

From Brilliant Event Planning… Jing and Chiyoon got married on a perfect July day in Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Boathouse! They first got ready at The Lotte NY Palace. Both the bride and the groom had two wedding day looks. The groom wore a classic black tux for the ceremony and then changed into a white tux for the reception. The bride wore a ballgown and veil for the ceremony and then changed into a simpler dress for dancing.

The day had oodles of special details! The color palette was grey, green, ivory, and a touch of blush, which complemented the green tiled ceiling of the boathouse. The menus were custom and printed directly onto cloth napkins. The escort card display was designed with wax seal, deckled edge escort cards with gold calligraphy. At each place setting, guests had a small gift waiting for them – rosé gummies with hand calligraphy on ribbons for place cards. Gifting candy is a Chinese wedding tradition!

Poppies and Posies decked out the staircase in a cascading floral treatment complete with pillar candles, which gave the whole room a romantic glow in the evening! They also designed modern, lush floral tablescapes, utilizing gold brushed vessels to coordinate with the gold flatware from borrowed BLU. During dancing, guests had the opportunity to get a fashion-style sketch of them in their gowns and everyone went home with a keepsake piece of artwork!

Photography: Sophie Kaye Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Floral Design: Poppies & Posies | Cake: A Simple Cake | Stationery: Regas | Reception Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse | Hair and Makeup: VickyC5 | Officiant: Christopher Frost Shelley | Transportation: All Star Limo | Favor: Sugarfina | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Live Painters: Drawn Together NYC | Music: Generation Events | Planning: Brilliant Event Planning | Rentals: borrowed BLU

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Moody + Neutral Boho Wedding Inspiration at 501 Union in Brooklyn

We don’t often see the words moody, neutral and boho strung together, but that’s why we love today’s wedding inspiration so much—especially when we see rich tones and moody vibes taking center stage in 2019. Styled by Stylish Details Events and set at 501 Union, the marriage of deep hued walls and that iconic wallpaper make way for a gorgeously dark canvas where the Bride pops in her Schone gowns and florals transform the space into a tropical bohemian love shack. Join us in the full gallery from Sara Joan for more.

[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/296527540 600 338]

From Stylish Details Events… This styled wedding photo-shoot was inspired by the mid-century design of 501 Union. This Brooklyn venue is a hot spot for couples who are looking for a unique and stylish space to say “I-do”, while skipping the bustle of the city. Sophie Mae of Stylish Details Events wanted to highlight the industrial vibe of the venue, while incorporating the soft color tones of the moment. She chose some of the best vendors from the East and West Coast to execute the vision!

The editorial was captured by Brooklyn local Sarah Joan of Sarah Joan Studio. Her photography style was perfect for the overall look and feel of the shoot, which was classic with an modern edge. The highlight film was shot by Emma of Emma Lynn Cinema. We love how Emma brought the shoot to life in her film!

We partnered with the wonderful ladies of Designs by Ahn, the Manhattan based florist who specializes in intricate and whimsical designs. We loved how she mixed classic floral selections with unexpected blooms to create a unique tables cape that offered an outside of the box “wow factor”. We opted for ice grey velvet linen from Luxe Linen to add texture to the tabletop rentals provided by Signature Party Rentals.

The marble table was custom designed by the talented team at RentQuest NYC. They also provided the dreamy velvet chairs which complimented the tableware to perfection. We especially loved the hand crafted menus and place cards created by Emily of Eclaire Paperie.

Photography: Sara Joan Studio | Videographer: Emma Lynn Cinema | Event Styling : Stylish Details | Florist : DESIGNS BY AHN | Hair and Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup | Venue: 501 Union | Gowns: Schone Bride | Jewels : The Jewel Princess | Linens : Luxe Linen | Model: Kiara Ailene | Model : Isaac McKinley | Rentals : RentQuest | Stationary and Paper Goods: Eclaire Paperie | Tabletop : Signature Party Rentals

An End of Summer Garden Wedding at Riviera at Massapequa

A stunning blush and white wedding on Long Island?! Sounds like the best way to end the summer with a bang if you ask us! This adorable couple tied the knot at Riviera at Massapequa, a classic venue with a rustic twist. Their day was filled with soft and romantic blooms by Tims Florist and the sweetest pale pink Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses. Lucky for us, Jennifer Lam and Betsi Ewing Studio were there to capture the magic unfold! See it all below!

[iframe https://player.vimeo.com/video/307807047 600 338]

From the bride… Danny and I had the perfect end to the summer Long Island wedding. This was a stunning classic rustic venue filled with soft, fun, romantic, garden pictures. It also had a lot of white and greenery. Every weekend on Long Island this summer was filled with rain. We knew if we got a beautiful summer night that it would be a home run not just for us but for everyone. Everyone would be in a good mood and that is exactly what happened.

Details were very important to my special day. I wanted it to be a different experience for everyone. We got so lucky and it was one of the first Saturday nights in the summer that was sunny which made it even better. People were really enjoying themselves. We had our cocktail hour outside on the water with a full pasta station since the bride is 100% Italian. We also had a rustic lemonade stand that had our two signature cocktails. The lemonade stand was such a hit and made it easy for people to have a nice summer drink in their mason jar. They kept the jars as favors. We wanted it to be very elegant but also wanted people to feel laid back and relaxed. I think our photographer did a great job capturing the beauty of the rustic venue but still capture it in a stunning way. We kept the wedding party very small and only included our siblings. I was never a fan of color so I made sure to use a lot of white and a lot of greenery. My sisters had on very pale pink Jenny Yoo gowns which were stunning. My brothers and his brother had on navy blue Calvin Klein tuxedos. They were perfect combo for summer.

Our priest made us write essays about “Why this person out of everyone?” –  to our Surprise he read the full essays. It was super magical and everyone loved it. On Long island there is a famous burger place called All American in Massapequa. We got 100 hamburgers and 100 cheeseburgers for guest to enjoy on their way home. They were a big hit because me and my husband didn’t even get a chance to eat one because they were all gone. We don’t know how to use Uber so we called a yellow taxi to go home that night and everyone made fun of us. Overall it was a great end to the summer and a great beginning to the rest of our lives. We also used the perfect song ft Boccelli which all my Italian family members loved. Someone told me during the wedding planning process not to stress the right choices , that the right choices will make themselves known. This really helped me because at the end of the day, the right choices do pop up and make themselves known. I made a board and it started with 100 pictures then closer to the wedding it had 7 of the things I really wanted.

Photography: Jennifer Lam Photography | Videography : BETSI EWING STUDIO | Floral Design: Tim's Florist | wedding gown : Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Sugared Fig Paperie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | makeup : Alexandra Giampaolo | hair : Megan Silverman Hair | suits : Calvin Klein | Wedding Venue: The Rivera | Lemonade Stand : Lovely Lemons | Photobooth : Snappy Booth | exit station : all american burger

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
When Two Wedding Photographers Wed at a Romantic Tented Wedding in Upstate NY

If we had to choose one wedding that could be described as the perfect SMP wedding – it would without a doubt be this beauty of a day captured by Jessa Schifilliti! Think romantic blush blooms, lush greenery, a tented reception and the sweetest couple ever. Since the bride, photographer Meredith Jane Photo, and groom are wedding photographers themselves, the minute they got engaged… you better believe the wedding planning was in full swing (with the help of the bride’s friend and planner, Keri at Always Yours Events!) The Wild Dahlia made her fairytale floral dreams come true… you have to see archway she created at the entrance of the chapel – Heart. Stopping.

From the Bride… I cannot believe our wedding day has already come and gone — if only we could relive the day over and over again! As wedding photographers ourselves and after capturing so many precious moments together for our clients during their weddings, Chris and I reminded each other each chance we had to “take it all in”  throughout our wedding planning journey. Nevertheless, I look back on this past year and the four years we’ve been together prior and it feels like a complete whirlwind.

It all started when we went on an “epic” first date on Martha’s Vineyard where we rode a moped all the way around the island.  Three years later Chris took me back to Martha’s Vineyard to propose, and so I knew we had to incorporate that aspect of our love story into our wedding day.  About three hours after we got engaged I called my good friend, wedding planner and fellow wedding industry professional Keri of Always Yours Events to get a jumpstart on our wedding plans right away. As a wedding photographer myself, I knew who I wanted to photograph our wedding even before we got engaged, and so I immediately reached out to my fellow Syracuse University alum Jessa Schifilliti on our boat ride back to the mainland.

Shockingly, the only date the three of us had available was the most popular date of 2018 – August 18, 2018. Since Chris and I were both from upstate NY and living in Boston, it hadn’t occurred to me until about a year before he proposed, but I realized my high school just outside of Saratoga Springs would be the perfect backdrop for our wedding. While this school does not allow weddings anymore, they were so kind to make an exception for this milestone. This venue has a special place in my heart — not only had I attended high school and multiple summer camps there, but my mother had also taught language there for 40 years, and so it has become like a second home to myself and family over the years.

Our entire celebration was absolutely magical.  Keri helped add so many sentimental touches and fine details to our design that nodded to our four year love story including whiskey two ways as signature cocktails from our third date involving whiskey tasting, nods to the moped ride where we fell in love (including a vintage Vespa), and my love of watercolor. I knew the only florist who would make my fairytale wedding dreams come true was The Wild Dahlia. And boy did she deliver! Her vision to transform the archway in front of the chapel was incredible and was truly a highlight of our wedding design.

My gown was one of my favorite details. Christina from Head Over Heels along with Blue Thread Bridal helped create a custom gown and veil that was exactly what I had envisioned. Because I have seen so many weddings, I just couldn’t decide on some details leading to what many of my friends lovingly referred to as a “transformer wedding dress.” Detachable off the shoulder sleeves with floral appliqué replaced later with a boat neck topper to cap my then trumpet dress that was underneath my a line gown the entire day.

Guests danced the night away to Superfly Sounds‘ amazing mix of music and even enjoyed watching the Schenectady Pipe Band crash our wedding (another nod to Chris and my relationship and our love for our Scottish heritage). One Chance Media provided the perfect alternative to the typical photo booth with GIFs that printed into flip books that guests could take home as favors. So much love and thanks to our “dream team” who made our wedding so remarkable. As a wedding photographer I knew how much we would cherish this day, and so I chose a team of vendors who are are truly top notch — our celebration was executed to perfection by every one of them! Our wedding was such a dream and the best day of our lives. It’s a celebration we will never forget, and a day we have already grown nostalgic for these short months later.

[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/292381525 600 338]

Photography: Jessa Schifilliti, Photographer | Videography: Buell Productions | Event Design: Always Yours Events | Event Planning: Always Yours Events | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Cake: Lauren's Specialty Cakes | Stationery: Amanda Day Rose | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Old Daley on Crooked Lake | Hair and Makeup: Alexandria's Beauty Salon | DJ: Superfly Entertainment | Bride and Groom: Meredith Jane Photography | Brush Calligraphy: Emilee Ann Hopkins | Chairs + Bar Rentals: True North Rentals | Custom Robes: By Catalfo | Custom Wedding Dress: Head Over Heels Bridal | Custom Wedding Dress: Bluethread Bridal | Flipbook Photobooth: One Chance Media | Linen Rental: BBJ Linen | MOH Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Ribbons: Stella Wolfe | Tabletop Rentals: Peak Event Services | Tent + Table Rentals: Rain Or Shine | Vespa Rental: Cycles 128

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Chic Modern Inspiration with Wild Florals at the Top of the Rock

The second we saw this ridiculously chic, golden-toned inspiration from Kylee Yee Photography we were IN LOVE. I mean, how could we not be? With soaring Manhattan skyline views, perfectly imperfect blooms from Sarah Saunders Studio in mustard and auburn hues and not one but two stunning gowns from The Law Bridal and Dan Jones Bridal – this heavenly NYC day is everything. Hey, modern brides, prepare to be swept off your feet…

From Kylee Yee PhotographyWith the bride and groom coming from different countries and backgrounds, this union was a love they had to fight for.

Having met while on vacation in NYC during the Fall, they decided this is where and when they are going to marry; in an intimate rooftop ceremony with only their closest inner circle. How romantic is that?

After the wedding, NYC is to be their home where they will lay down their roots.

We wanted to mix a clean, translucent modern vibe with wild fall flowers embracing amber and mustard Fall tones. Sarah Saunders Studio did such an incredible job bringing this vision to life through her gorgeous floral arrangements. 

The images are inspiration for the modern chic couple, with a focus on modern fashion-forward pieces, and a real love strong enough to overcome major challenges and transcends race, religion and borders.

Photography: Kylee Yee | Florals: Sarah Saunders | Wedding Dress: The Law Bridal | Cake: Nine Cakes | Invitations: Erin Braun Design | Shoes: Bella Belle | Ring: Bliss Lau | Make Up: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Frank Giacone | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Bridal Dress Shop: SPINA | Bridal Stylist: Madly Bride | Concept/Design: Kylee Yee | Earrings: lele sadoughi | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: borrowed BLU | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Shoes 2: Manolo Blahnik | Top of the Rock: Top Of The Rock | Wedding Dress 2: Unbridaled by Dan Jones

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Inside Sharleen Joynt And Andy Levine’s Romantic Wedding Anniversary

If you’re in need of a few romantic ways to celebrate your wedding anniversary – leave it to Bachelor alum Sharleen Joynt and husband Andy Levine to give you all the inspiration you’ve been looking for. These two adorable NYC residents knew exactly how to take advantage of all the city has to offer for their one-year anniversary, from an intimate lunch date in Brooklyn to an exciting night on the town, all captured by Judy Pak Studio. But our favorite part of their special day… it has to be the incredibly thoughtful anniversary gift Andy gave to Sharleen.

The romantic date. Sharleen looked so effortlessly gorg (per usual) in an elegant little black sweater dress from Sezane paired with Zara booties to meet her husband for their anniversary lunch date. The handsome couple met at The Osprey at 1 Hotel in Brooklyn, it was the perfect place for an intimate evening where they could reminisce for hours about their amazing first year as a married couple. Andy, being the perfect gentleman that he is, greeted Sharleen with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers from B Floral and a gift wrapped in shimmering gold ribbon.

The gift exchange. Throughout the entire date, Andy couldn’t help but be anxious for Sharleen to finally open his anniversary gift – a brand new bottle of perfume that she absolutely adores, Beautiful Belle by Estée Lauder. Sharleen just can’t get enough of it and wears it practically every single day… how could she not when it smells as lovely as it does! Beautiful Belle is an irreverent blend of Lychee, Mimosa, Rose Petals, Orange Flower, Gardenia and Marzipan Musk. Of course Sharleen absolutely loved it… there may have even been a happy tear or two.

The night out on the town. After their lunch date and tear-filled gift exchange, Sharleen changed into the most stunning all-white Alexandra Grecco jumpsuit that made her feel like a bride all over again – complete with a fresh spritz of Beautiful Belle of course! The two roamed the charming cobble-stone streets of Dumbo hand-in-hand, caught some breathtaking views of the Brooklyn Bridge and danced the night away on cloud nine. We couldn’t dream up a more magical way to celebrate the happiest of endings.

Photography: Judy Pak Studio | Flowers: B Floral | Dress: Sézane | Shoes: Zara | Creative Direction & Wardrobe Styling: Veronica Rogers | Hair & Make UP: Anna Breeding | Jewlery/Clutch: lele sadoughi | Jumpsuit: Alexandra Grecco | Perfume: Estee Lauder | Restaurant: The Osprey at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Bright Summer Elegance at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

We’re back in the New York groove on SMP! Since this adorable duo got engaged in the West Village and tied the knot in Brooklyn, they decided to incorporate all of their favorite NYC sips and eats on their wedding day. We’re talking New York pizza, Momofuku birthday cake balls and a specialty cocktail from their go-to West Village bar! With a little help from Sasithon Photography of The Wedding Artists Co., NST Pictures (their video is MUST-see!), Jove Meyer Events and DESIGNS BY AHN… their wedding was everything they could have dreamed of and more.

From the Bride… Our wedding was an elegant, black-tie affair at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on a perfect summer evening. The Palm House is all glass, with an open, organic feel that we wanted to keep consistent with our décor, which was sophisticated with bursts of color and plentiful flowers.

We had so many special touches that made our wedding uniquely ours. Our specialty cocktails were mementos of our relationship: the Matahari (Nick’s favorite) is an invention of a West Village bar we frequent, and the Aperol spritz (Amanda’s) is one we enjoyed on our trip to Italy a few years ago.

Before we go any further, check out this amazing video from NST Pictures!
[iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/288020801 600 338]

We got engaged in the West Village in NYC, where we live, so we wanted to incorporate some of our favorite spots, especially for our out-of-town guests. Towards the end of the night, guests had amazing New York pizza – and Joe & Sal’s crushed it with their famous garlic knots! For our wedding favors, we gave guests our favorite Momofuku birthday cake balls. When the band finished its amazing set, our guests sent us off with rose petals to a party bus, where our bridal party and families joined us! Our entire wedding day was perfect in every way.

Photographer: Sasithon Photography of The Wedding Artists Co. | Videographer: NST Pictures | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Cake: Nine Cakes | Stationery: Julia Bez | Ceremony Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Lighting: Universal Light And Sound | Band: Elan Artists | Wedding Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar | Officiant: Peter Boruchowitz | Bride's Hair: Jessica Gillin | Bridesmaid's Hair: Glamsquad | Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths | Planning: Jove Meyer Events | Rentals: Party Rental LTD

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Contemporary Red Wedding Inspiration at West Edge in New York City

Is it too early to think about Valentine’s Day? For those of you who are saying I do in February, probably not! It’s just a short couple of months away. If you’re tossing around the idea of classic reds, this one is for you loves. And the trick to not going overboard with red? Let your backdrop sing with whites like Simply Sunshine Events and Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design did here. Have a look in the full gallery from Asher Gardner for even more.

From Lindsay with Simply Sunshine EventsIn a neutral yet contemporary setting, we created this look to exhibit an edgy, modern yet minimalistic style with a high focus on textures, natural elements and repetitive design themes. The inspiration for this event design was drawn from the simplicity and complexity of a violin. The soft curves yet strong lines, the melodies it produces… a clean, vibrant and provocative sound. The design sense is a cross between mid-century and Scandinavian sensibilities all the while being softened with organic elements. We did this through the use of lush florals paired with details with slim profiles and refined accents – harder lines relaxed through the use of more delicate textures

We celebrated this inspiration by layering a limited color palette – various shades of white and sultry reds, accented by brass and wood accents for the most impact. By focusing on just a couple of colors, we reveled in the art of restraint while exuding a fashion-forward style.

Photography: Asher Gardner Photography | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Reception Venue: West Edge | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Catering: Creative Edge Parties | Hair & Makeup: Melissa D'Aloia & Co. Luxury Hair & Make Up | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue : West Edge | Cake Design: Sarah & Simon Cake Design | Calligrapher / Stationer: Belles Lettres Calligraphy | Furniture Rentals: RentQuest | Gift Boxes: Fountain Greetings | Planning & Event Design: Simply Sunshine Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stationer: Simply Sunshine Events | Tabletop Rentals: The Tabletop Company | Wedding Dress Atelier: Bridal Atelier Montclair

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Camp is Turned Gorgeous With This Cedar Lakes Estate Wedding

Imagine the rugged beauty of Hudson Valley paired with a breathtaking camp-like backdrop of Cedar Lakes Estate, plus a truly gorgeous wedding day and you get this gem planned by SociaLife. The layers upon layers of white florals by Faye + Renee are tucked inside Brklyn View‘s imagery. See the FULL GALLERY and be sure to carve out some time for the film by NST Pictures as well.

Cedar Lakes Estate is one of those dream venues because everywhere you look it’s picture perfect. From the mountain top views, to the outside amphitheater, gorgeous outside garden, adorable cabins and of course, the beautiful lake the venue sits on so when Megan and Sam reached out to me about capturing their wedding day I was beyond excited.

They are the most gracious, kindest and genuine couples I have every had the pleasure of working with and so honored they chose me to photograph their amazing wedding weekend at Cedar Lakes Estate. They put together a stellar collection of wedding vendors and created a true dream team. Socialife Events planned an coordinated the entire weekend and Faye and Renee Floral and Events created truly spectacular florals for the happy couple.

Megan wore a gorgeous lace wedding dress from Monique Lhuillier and crystal encrusted nude flats from Christian Louboutin. When the couple shared their first look on the mountain top, it was truly breathtaking. Sam could hardly speak after seeing his gorgeous bride! The weather was perfect for their mountain top ceremony and outdoor poolside cocktail hour.

Inside the reception space, Faye and Renee created the most amazing hanging floral installation over the couples head table. One of my favorite places at Cedar Lakes Estate is the dock sitting on the lake and I made sure to take Megan and Sam there for their bride and groom photos. Seriously, some of my all time favorite wedding photos for one of my all time favorite couples.

Megan and Sam met when they were teens, then again in college and then finally a few years later, they got together – FOREVER! They are the real deal and going to grow old together and I cannot wait to be part of their lives and capturing all the big milestones these newlyweds are going to create. Congratulations Newlyweds!

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Videographer: NST Pictures | Wedding Planner: SociaLife Event Planning And Production | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Wedding Cake: Wild Flour Bakery | Wedding Invitations: Art Paper Scissors | Reception Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair & Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Bridemaids Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Brides Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Photo Booth: PopShop Photobooth | Wedding Band: 45 Riots | Welcome Bag & Map: Susan Widdicombe

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
High School Sweethearts Who Overcame Tragedy to Celebrate Pure Love

Taylor and Brenden’s anniversary session, and entire love story, fully embodies the ‘for better or worse‘ in ways most people could never imagine! From meeting in high school (seriously, it was meant to be), to a terrifying and grim cancer diagnosis, to truly experiencing a medical miracle and surviving… their story, captured by Brenden’s sister Mikaela Marie Photography, has my whole heart. You can feel their undeniable love in these photos and I adore their sweet and simple details celebrating a big move to the city. You HAVE to read Taylor’s recollection at the bottom of this post!

From Mikaela Marie PhotographyWhere to start with these two? Brenden is my brother and Taylor is my sister-in-law and I am just so proud of these two. When they moved to the NYC area for Brenden to attend law school I just knew that I needed to set up a shoot for them! It wasn’t long ago that we didn’t even know if Brenden would survive, let alone move to NYC to attend law school as a happily married, fully healthy 25 year old! Capturing Brenden and Taylors unwavering love for each other was a breeze. These two haven’t always had it easy but they handle life with grace, strength and a wonderful sense of humor. It rained the morning of our shoot and in true Brenden and Taylor fashion, they rolled with the punches with smiles!

From Taylor… Having someone who dreams your wildest dreams with you isn’t something you expect to find at 15, yet somehow here we are, almost a decade later living the dreams that provided a foundation for what we both thoughts was only going to be a ‘first love’. Brenden and I met each other for the first time, three different times.

When we first met as high school students in driver’s education, and that meeting didn’t go to well. I was a bubbly freshman and Brenden was a sophomore who frankly, would have rather been asleep. Long story short, we exchanged not so pleasantries without even introducing ourselves, and went our separate ways.

The next time we met, Brenden was surprising a friend and he jumped around a corner to surprise who he thought was his friend which Just happened to be me. Embarrassed, we ran separate ways, only to find out later that this was the second time we met. The third time we met was just a matter of days later. As a freshman, Our teacher partnered us up for a practice, round and by the end of class I felt so drawn to this dark haired and eyed boy, compared to my very blonde and blue eyes. But more than anything I was drawn in by his passion for debate, he was well read and he had a knack for masterfully articulating complex details.

From there we started talking nearly 24/7 and haven’t stopped, trust me if you know us you would agree. We bonded over our ambitions that felt too big for our little farm town, and our individual dreams of big city living. We entered our relationship responsibly, as all 15 year old’s obviously do. We agreed that when we were no longer having fun together we were done, no questions asked. Then one week became two, and that became a month, and then all the sudden we were racking up years of photos in the couple’s page of our high school year book.

Like any other Friday in late March, Brenden and I went out on our standing Sushi and dessert date. Brenden had a terrible toothache and we called the date short, so he could rest. The next day he was driving 13 hours to Georgia where his parents had just moved while he stayed behind to finish the last month of high school. Brenden’s pain became unbearable over the drive, and after arriving he went straight to an emergency dentist to see what was wrong. From there it kind of snow balled, the dentist sent him to the ER, the ER ran about every test under the sun and he was admitted to pediatrics for observation because while they still didn’t have any official diagnosis yet, they did know that he was that he was very sick.

On March 21, 2011 Brenden was diagnosed with advanced T cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL for short. From there he started chemo and began his 4-year battle with cancer. Through the first year, and hardest part of Brenden’s chemo he lived in Georgia. His abrupt move to Georgia meant that he would not physically finish his senior year and that we would begin a long-distance relationship at 17 years old, which is a uniquely challenging situation before you even factor in his diagnosis.

During the beginning stages of treatment Brenden was in a clinical trial. Due to the combination of drugs they were using in the trial, he suffered an incredibly rare set of complications. Brenden was giver less than a 5% chance of survival in early June of 2011. We were told if he did survive, his quality of life would leave hi his severely handicapped. We were also told to prepare for the significant possibility that he would die and if he did indeed survive that he would spend the remainder of his life in a vegetative state and needing around the clock care. A major stroke, a craniotomy, and another brain surgery later I stood huddled over the virtually lifeless body of the boy that I had fallen in love with not so long ago.

As I was told after the fact, I stood unwavering and afraid for 3 days strait watching what we were told to assume were the final hours of life for this beautiful boy of mine who had given me his class ring and a promise ring just a few months earlier. In a miraculous act that rewrote medical books, we watched Brenden slowly get better. Over the course of a year he continued a high regimen of chemotherapy while learning to walk, talk and live again. While the summer of 2011 came crashing down around me far away from all of this at home in Kansas, I clung to the notes we had written each other and the promises we had made to one another. After the fact, Brenden and I would later come to find that summer, more than ever we would both loose ourselves in the dreams we had dreamed together. Our idealistic dreams as high school sweethearts like traveling the world and moving to the big city far, far away where we would live, Brenden as a lawyer and I as a child life specials. Dreams of one day having a beautiful home, 4 kids, 2 dogs and a cat, all which had pre-selected names, because that’s type of wanderlust dreams and ambitions you have at 16 before you give up on your dreams and settle for what comes easily.

On the night before his last chemotherapy appointment Brenden told me to dress up to celebrate his final appointment with a dinner at his favorite steakhouse. What he didn’t tell me, was that before dinner we were going to a rose garden and arboretum, and he just happened to have an engagement ring to replace my promise ring from years ago. After he was given a clean bill of health we packed up and moved to attend Missouri State University and being a new chapter of our lives together. Before we knew it, we were wrapping up our bachelor’s degrees and preparing to begin master’s degrees. We did take a break from our near contestant mounting to do lists and go back home and get married in Kansas.

On our wedding day, the majority of things that could go wrong did. It rained all day and night on June 24, 2016 accept for one golden hour that somehow lined up perfectly with our outdoor ceremony. I had dress issues, nearly half of our venders had major issues and our wedding ice cream cake melted before we could cut it. Yet somehow all of this chaos just fell into the background because we were finally, and blissfully living out the first of many dreams we had once clung so tightly too for hope.

When we got married, had you told me we would celebrate our second anniversary in NYC I would have laughed at you. Brenden applied to Seton Hall Law School along with nearly 20 other schools. Seton Hall has a unique program opportunity called the Legal Education Opportunity fellowship. When applying perspective student write an essay on hardships they have overcome in their life. Brenden of course submitted a summary of the last 7 years of his life and was fortunate enough to receive this scholarship. In June of 2018, the weekend of our second anniversary at that, we loaded all of our earthy belongings into our tiny car and a rental truck and then drove two days east to move into our tiny city loft sight unseen.

I truly believe our meeting not once, not twice but three times before it actually stuck and laid the groundwork for our relationship was an adventure that you only see in romantic comedies. I know that the way our lives and relationship changed in 2011as two scarred kids was an unlikely heart break with a hiding blessing at the end that we are still reaping benefits from. Now we are here, in the busiest city in the world, starting the life and living the dreams we dreamed nearly a decade ago. This leap of faith we are taking together in the fearless pursuit of what sets our soul on fire is our greatest adventure thus far, and little did we know that we were being prepared for this very adventure in what felt like the most hopeless time of our lives.

Photography: Mikaela Marie Photography | Floral Design: Mikaela Marie Photography | Dress: Morning Lavender | Film Lab: The Find Lab

A Lakeside Summer Soiree with a Serendipitous Beginning

I’d bet if we did a poll on the most romantic movies, The Notebook might just pop up as an all-time favorite. So when I saw this “Noah and Allie” moment, with the couple in a sweet row boat on a mossy waterbed, I knew our brides were going to love this one! Sabina and Michael’s storybook romance began in the most unconventional and sweep-you-off-your-feet way and the enchantment of their Monroe, NY wedding followed suit. In a sea of fresh greenery, delicate florals, and epic photos by Bashful Captures… enjoy!

From photographer Bashful Captures: “Sabina and Michael has such an awesome love story. Michael’s sister was reading Westchester Magazine’s “Beautiful People” issue and saw a girl that had many interests that were similar to her brother, Michael. 

Then she contacted one of the editors of the magazine, who agreed to pass along her brother’s contact information. Then she didn’t hear anything for two years and one day, Michael told her that he has been dating Sabina and the rest is history! Just like their love story, their wedding was so sweet and beautiful.

At a lakeside mansion, set in a tranquil forest setting made for a magical intimate evening with their family and friends. They started the evening with a garden ceremony followed by cocktail hour on the terrace of the 18th century mansion. Then the dinner was held in its courtyard under the stars, and dancing in the candlelit ballroom.”

From the bride… We joke around about how he picked me out of a magazine. In reality, it was a little more involved than that.

Michael had just started his medical internship in Connecticut, and the hospital was his life. Around that time, I was featured in a magazine for Westchester County, an issue his sister Samantha happened to flip through. Call it a sister’s sixth sense, divine intervention, or just savante-like intuition, somehow with her suggestion that magazine ended up in Michael’s hands.

I had never even entertained the idea of online dating. Blind dates to me were a joke. Yet, somehow, he reached out, and somehow I answered. After 4 years of being out of touch with reality in med school myself, life as I knew it had moved on without me. Friends got married, moved, started new jobs, had babies. So I said to myself, I’m coming back to NY, why not meet this guy? He was a doctor in training. He liked movies. His birthday was in September. We already had 3 things in common.

I wasn’t expecting too much. Even in the days before Tinder, I was always under the impression that these things hardly ever worked out for the long term. Yet after 3 hours of playful conversation and wine, they closed the bar on us on our first date. I was intrigued by how fast time flew that night.

More surprises came later – we discovered that although we went to different schools – I to private, him to public – we found out that we frequented the same Blockbuster video store in our teenage years with our own gaggles of friends. My friend’s dad coached a basketball team that his sister was on in elementary school. He went to high school with one of my best friends’ college roommates.

Oddly enough, our paths had always crossed without actually crossing.

After a few weeks of dating, one night when we parted ways he called me out of the blue. He just saw a shooting star, he said. The rarity of it somehow prompted a conversation about our relationship becoming exclusive. Now six years later on a hot and sunny summer day, July 28, 2018, our families and friends gathered in a garden ceremony at Arrow Park in Monroe, NY.

It was an intimate setting with cocktail hour on the ivy wrought terrace of the mansion overlooking the expansive lake, a mansion that once belonged to the Cooper Union founder and engineer, followed by dinner under the stars. Color scheme was pure and simple – green, white, hints of champagne.

Samantha, Michael’s sister and our fairy godmother/unicorn gave a speech about how we met. His best friends gifted me with his high school hockey jersey (Michael had been a captain of the local hockey team). Dinner was a family style Tuscan menu, beginning with mixed field greens with cucumber, red onion, tomato, olives with homemade balsamic dressing, rigatoni with fresh mozzarella, followed by oregano Chicken in fresh garlic and lemon wine sauce, and an assortment of vegetable side dishes such as saffron rice, herbed risotto, and roasted root vegetables.

Our first dance was in tune to “Girl from North Country” by Bob Dylan, featured in Silver Linings’ Playbook, our first movie date, and was a tribute to our mutual love for movies. Dance floor shenanigans culminated with a cake cutting ceremony to the tune of “Belly Full” by Dave Matthews Band, followed by dessert hour and a table full of Italian style desserts. The cake had 3 layers – elderflower, salted caramel and strawberry shortcake and the groom’s cake was funfetti (his fave), in the form on a giant hockey puck. The night ended with a bonfire after party and s’mores and sparklers on the beach by the lake…and stars.

Photography: Bashful Captures | Flowers: Green Cottage | Wedding Dress: Mon Cherie | Cake : Laurie - Cakes at 350 | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Caterer: Love and Rosemary | Hair + Makeup: Melissa Scorfani | DJ: 74 Events | Wedding Venue: Arrow Park Lake & Lodge

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Bohemian Black Tie Wedding At Oceanbleu for These High School Sweethearts

Take a look at this first photo from Kelsey Combe Photography …. see that shadow in the distance? What an awesome “before the first look” shot…….

Molly & Harry were sweethearts who made it official a mere 13 years after they met in high school! Their names, alone, are enough to make you know they were destined to share a lifetime together, right?

Harry and Molly grew up together near the ocean and knew that’s where they would someday be married. With the help of Kate & Co Events ~ Molly took her iconic “first look walk” toward her soon-to-be-betrothed wearing her dream gown by Karen Willis Holmes that, quite literally, billowed in the ocean breeze. The demure full skirt turned into a few brief moments of incredible fun as Molly and Harry exchanged “first looks” soon followed by a frolic on the beach with their besties.

More of their story from wedding planner,  Kate & Co Events
As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? Sometimes planning and designing a wedding without the right help can be pretty ‘lemony’ … so when Molly reached out with just 4 months left until her big day, we clicked immediately and together, we made some really sweet, delicious (albeit, proverbial) lemonade.  Molly and Harry’s SoCal-inspired, bohemian, romantic day perfectly reflected their fun, original personalities and was infused with so many personalized touches! 

It was incredible to see everything come together so quickly and then have the immense joy of watching the hilarious yet tear-jerker ceremony culminating in endless dancing under magical lights and disco balls with a custom neon sign of lyrics from the first dance song glowing in the background.

From the Bride… Harry and I are high school sweethearts. You could say it was love at first sight: on my first day of Science Research (an embarrassingly unpopular program we were both enrolled in), I saw a picture of Harry and thought he was the cutest boy I’d ever seen. Fast forward 13 years and I still feel the same way! Since we’re from Long Beach, a small beach town on the South Shore of Long Island, we always knew we wanted to be married near the beach. We chose our venue (the Oceanbleu) because it felt like an incredibly beautiful “blank canvas” for us to infuse our own style and personalities. We opted to have our ceremony inside the venue’s attached tent and brought the outside in by incorporating tons of greenery and gorgeous, loose florals throughout the tent and ballroom.

We were so lucky to have my eloquent cousin officiate our ceremony – having him up there with us was so comforting and completely eased all of our nerves. Two weeks later, the roles were reversed when I spoke during his wedding ceremony! My favorite part of our ceremony was my grandma’s reading of the “Blessing of the Hands,” which was equal parts beautiful, emotional and humbling. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

One of my favorite details is our escort card display because it’s the perfect example of our blended styles: a gorgeous greenery wall with a custom “let all the children boogie” neon sign, lyrics from one of our favorite David Bowie songs, Starman. Discerning guests may have noticed Starman was our cake cutting song as well!

Both Harry and I work in creative industries (I’m an interior designer and Harry owns and runs a record label called Greenway Records) so it was super important to us that our personalities and passions to shine through on our wedding day. We also wanted our fairly large wedding to feel as intimate and personal as possible. In true Molly/Harry fashion, we walked down the aisle to Radiohead, created a disco ball dreamland and gave out quirky enamel pins of our faces and personalized vinyl records (hand-poured by Harry with love) as gifts.

The color palette for our wedding day was inspired by our custom wedding suite and paper goods from Smitten On Paper, with lots of greenery, blush and soft gray. I wanted the space to feel light, bright, happy and warm, so we incorporated pops of mauve, peach and mustard in the flowers, cake and lounge areas. We decided to keep our bridal party small and I let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses; the mix of different textures and muted metallics worked perfectly against the groomsmen’s black tuxes and Harry’s navy tux.

All of my wedding gown inspiration (gathered in the early days of our engagement) featured varying versions of a boho-style dress with beaded tops and full, tulle skirts. I thought – I was convinced – that was my dream dress until (dot dot dot…) a friend told me about a tiny, unassuming designer boutique in Soho called Karen Willis Holmes. I went by myself and immediately fell in love with the clean lines, style, shape and fabric of Karen’s Shelly top and Camille skirt. 

Though we were very hands-on with planning, we were also super trusting of our wildly talented dream team of vendors who created the most stunning, magical day for us!

Karen Willis Holmes’ DYG Series of wedding gowns is nothing short of brilliant! Here’s a couple of links to show you what we’re talking about:
Karen Willis Holmes DYG 
KWH ~ Camille
Real Brides Wearing KWH Designs

Our thanks to Kate & Co Events, Kelsey Combe Photography and Karen Willis Holmes ~ and of course Harry & Molly ~ for sharing their whimsical journey down memory lane the day Harry Married Molly!

Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Cinematography: Saltwater Studios | Event Planning: Kate & Co Events | Floral Design: Ava Floral | Cake: Nine Cakes | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Reception: Oceanbleu | Hair and Makeup: Erica Does Makeup | Lighting: Fushion | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Transportation: All Star Limo | Bride Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Bride Shoes: Alexandre Birman | Custom Neon Sign: Vida Graphics & Signs | Custom Save The Dates: Hoopla Love | Getting Ready Attire: Erin Casement | Linens: BBJ Linen | Lounges: Gather and Lounge | Photobooth: Majestic Photobooth | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk Ribbons: Tono & Co | Vinyl Record GIfts: Greenway Records

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here