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Elegant Manhattan Wedding

It’s official, Trent Bailey Studio is the master of wedding photography. I mean, just take one look at this gallery and you’ll be hard-pressed to claim otherwise. From capturing the sweetest first look, to their darling exit, Daughter Of Design was on hand crafting wedding magic like you wouldn’t believe. Oh, and the Kiss The Bride Films? You won’t want to miss it. See it all below and in The Vault!

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From the Bride… We sort of have an unofficial “theme” to the wedding based on our hometown. We both grew up in Saltaire, Fire Island – that’s where we met as kids and also where we got engaged so designed the wedding around this idea of a “seaside home” vibe.

Many young girls and women spend hours dreaming of their wedding day. The dress. The flowers. The cake. The first dance. It’s hard for me to explain why I never dreamed about my wedding day growing up. It wasn’t for lack of excitement, or because I didn’t plan on getting married, I wanted to begin my experience with an open mind and feel free to do whatever felt right. That’s why, when it came time to begin the planning process with my husband, our perfect day came as naturally as our love for each other.

It is unusual, these days, to find the person you want to marry when you are fourteen. We both grew up spending our summers in a beach community on Fire Island. In our town there are no cars, bikes are the only form of transport, and people don’t wear shoes. The reason this place is so special though is because of the life-long friendships that are forged there. This was where our relationship started, and everything grew from there.
Michael proposed to me on that very same island, the night of the summer solstice, on a quiet sunset-lit beach. We later met up with our friends and family for an evening of celebration. It was a perfect night!

When it came time to start planning, we both agreed very early-on that the most important thing for us was to have all of our family and closest friends in attendance. With this in mind, we knew we wanted to keep our wedding fairly local; within a few hours of New York City. While we thought this decision had simplified the process, we had no idea how many wedding venues are in this area. Our amazing wedding planners at Daughter of Design helped us narrow down the choices and imagine all the ways each space could be used. When we came across the Altman Building, an old carriage house in Manhattan with white brick walls and vaulted ceilings, we didn’t know right away that this was the place for us. We decided to have our wedding here for two reasons; first it is a beautiful vintage-industrial structure, but more importantly, this wide open venue gave us the ability to be creative and to turn the space into anything we could imagine. Obviously this flexibility is a two-sided coin, more freedom meant more work, however, it also meant that each aspect of the design, decor and style were distinctly “us”! Our hand was in the detail of every element of the wedding.

Even though we chose not to have our wedding theme focused on Fire Island, it is such an important part of our lives that our talented florist, Louis Miller Design, and planner, helped us find ways to incorporate unique “nods” wherever we could. For example, our entryway was decorated with iron maritime lanterns, potted beach grass, and a wooden wagon. The escort card display was modeled after the tennis sign-up board from the island. Even the cocktail-hour had lights hanging from the ceiling to create a warm mid-summer feel.

Our ceremony was a few blocks from our apartment, at the church Michael and I are both members of. To help create a more personal experience Michael’s pastor traveled up from his home town in New Jersey. Her sermon was better than either of us could have imagined, drawing from aspects of both of our lives and recognizing the strengths in our relationship. It set this infectious tone for the night. The reception and after-party were executed flawlessly. For me the most challenging part of the wedding was not the decision making or the planning, it was trying to stay in the moment the entire time. What everyone tells you is correct, the whole thing goes by really fast. The best advice I could give to future brides and grooms on this monumental day is to enjoy every second and take in every moment.

Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Cinematography: Kiss The Bride Films | Event Design + Planning: Daughter of Design | Floral Design: Lewis Miller Design | Church: First Presbyterian Church In The City Of New York | Reception Venue: The Altman Building | Catering: PS Tailored Events | Hotel: Gramercy Park Hotel

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A Wedding Story with Upper Story by Charlie Palmer + Style Me Pretty

We recently teamed up with the fabulous Upper Story by Charlie Palmer to co-host an awesome night of inspiration, A Wedding Story.  Think breathtaking micro-wedding displays, uber-talented vendors and yours truly talking all things pretty in one of our fave Manhattan venues.  Yummy treats, wedding inspiration and bubbly?  It was sooo amazing.

You know we never ever turn down a party and chatting with all of YOU about your upcoming nuptials is most definitely a reason to celebrate.  Which is why we couldn’t wait to co-host A Wedding Story, plus mix and mingle with some of the most brilliant vendors NYC has to offer.  I’m talking experts like Maggie Margerite Studios, Aureole, The Booth, Beyonder Events, Baccarat, Rosa Rosa, Christina D’Asaro Design… and sooo many more.  Not to mention the breathtaking backdrop that is Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, a venue that has everything you’ll EVER need to seamlessly create your dream day. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday evening.

From the tasty cuisine samples from Jennifer Day (three words: Mac & Cheese Bar) to the delicious glasses of champagne from Taittinger to the ah-mazing desserts from Aureole’s Michelin-starred pastry chef, Pierre Poulin, A Wedding Story was a night we won’t soon forget.  Weren’t able to attend?  We missed you, but no worries.  You can contact Upper Story by Charlie Palmer to discuss all things wedding and plan your Big Day at a space that combines awe-inspiring views with understated elegance.  Do it today, loves.

Photography: Maggie Marguerite Studios | Event Planning: CHARLIE PALMER STEAK | Vendor: Baccarat

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Bridal Reflections Celebrates 43 Years + A 2016 Expansion!

Finding that dress of your dreams?  Sooo important.  Which is why choosing the right bridal salon is almost as crucial as choosing your special someone. Enter Bridal Reflections, our go-to (+ newly remodeled!) locale for fab customer service, 43 years of serious know-how and a couture gown selection that is all kinds of gorgeous. Say goodbye to stressful dress shopping, loves… and hello to the one. 

Celebrating 43 years this month, Bridal Reflections knows everything there is to know about finding the perfect gown for you and your Big Day.  Think THREE fabulous locales, a beyond friendly staff and an unhurried selection process that will always make you feel comfortable.  Not to mention that their Carle Place, Long Island salon was completely renovated and expanded for 2016.  Which means a seriously luxurious + crazy spacious showroom, a red carpet AND an awesome 360 degree mirrored view.  We love.

Can’t wait to start that journey towards that dream gown?  We don’t blame you.  Contact Bridal Reflections TODAY to book your next appointment.  You’ll be able to browse their never-ending lineup of beautiful gowns and accessories (for you AND your besties), including stunning veils, headpieces and jewelry. Trust us, adding that special touch has never been easier… or more awesome.

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Engagement Session at The Top of the Rock in New York City

How GORGE is this e-sesh?! High above the hustle and bustle of New York City Anastasia and Jovani are showing us what Valentines Day is all about. Sharing sweet kisses and stunning views, You Look Lovely Photography has shared the dreamiest captures from the day complete with a scarlet gown that is definitely worth obsessing over. Get lost in the lovely and see it all for yourself in The Vault!

From You Look Lovely Photography There is no place more amazing to enjoy the epic views of the bustling city than the Top of the Rock. You wouldn’t know it by the photos, but there were over 200 people enjoying the New York City scenery with us from nearly 100 stories up!

Anastasia wore a gorgeous scarlet gown that looked amazing blowing in the wind and Jovani looked straight out of a Bond movie – all that was missing was the martini. As the sun set behind the skyline, a dusty glow glimmered around them, making the moments feel cinematic. We’re still amazed at how it feels like they’re the only two people in the world when you look at these photographs, but the roof was nearly packed!

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Photography: You Look Lovely Photography | Dress: Rent The Runway | Venue: Rockefeller Center

Spring 2016 Collection from Lovely + A Galentine’s Day Party + A Giveaway!

In the off chance you aren’t completely obsessed with all things Lovely (read: you totally should be), today we’re giving you THREE big reasons to fan girl out immediately.  I’m talking a debut collection of seriously stunning bridesmaid + party dresses from Lovely’s sister site, shoplovely.com, a “Galentine’s Day” celebration with Bow & Drape AND a fab giveaway.  Happy Monday?  Yes, indeed.

Crazy gorgeous dutch floral maxis, chic + structured bridesmaids’ dresses and beyond flattering silhouettes… shoplovely.com’s new playful collection of bridesmaid + party dresses is EXACTLY what all of you fashion-forward SMPers are looking for.  Think crazy cool crop tops, open back dresses and hi-low hems ready to party the night away at every event in your Big Day lineup… from your wedding (your besties will love you) to your engagement party to your rehearsal dinner and beyond.

Continuing the fun in their NYC location, Lovely is hosting a “Galentine’s Day” party on February 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm with Bow & Drape.  It’s a fabulous evening of dancing, bubbly and crafting your very own sweatshirt using only sparkly letters and your very clever imaginations.  RSVP today at hello@lovelybride.com and prepare to have some major FUN.  (All sweatshirts retail for under $100.)

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What: Lovely is giving away a Bow & Drape sweatshirt with your own custom theme at each Lovely location!

How: Simply visit one of Lovely’s fabulous locales in NYC, Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Rochester, NY to enter with your name and email.

Who: Six lucky winners (one per locale) will be announced on Lovely’s Instagram on February 12th! Good luck, loves! xo

Photography: Brooke & Sam Photography | Event Planning: Shop Lovely | Calligraphy: Emilia Paavola | Co-Sponsor: Bow & Drape

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That Time We Went to a Dog Wedding

You guys, this week we went to a dog wedding. You read right – a dog wedding. And let me tell you, when two Instagram starlets (who just happen to be pups) tie the knot, it’s serious business. Think a glamorous NYC affair complete with final fluffs and an official first look. Betsi Ewing Studio snapped every moment of the ToastMeetsWorld™ + FriendsofFinn celebration, including a Marchesa gown for the bride and celebrity guest sightings through the night. More inside THE VAULT!

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Modern NYC Wedding at Studio 450

I’ll ride the New Years high for as long as I can and that means soaking up every single bit of fresh, chic style that I can get my hands on – and lucky for me, we have this modern Manhattan bash by Daughter of Design to dive into. With a Bride that rocks her Romona Keveza gown (courtesy of Gabriella New York) and Lindsay Madden’s pics to pin all over our Pinterest boards, I’m feeling inspired already. Oh and McKenzie Miller Film’s clip? The icing on the cake. Head to the VAULT for it all.

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From Lindsay Madden… Mia and Jake were married on a gorgeous summer day at Studio 450 in Manhattan. Mia and Jake envisioned their wedding day to be modern yet romantic and most importantly, centered around their family and friends. They teamed up with Annie Lee of Daughter of Design and Bess Wyrick of Celadon & Celery in order to bring their vision to life. Studio 450 was the perfect blank canvas for their blush and gold color palette. Mia’s bridesmaids selected their own dresses and their whole look was tied together by lush bouquets provided by Celadon & Celery. Mia looked radiant in her blush Ramona Keveza wedding dress from Gabriella Bridal while Jake looked very “downtown black tie” in his Michael Andrews Bespoke tuxedo.

Bess Wyrick created an organic yet modern chuppah for the couple’s rooftop Modern Orthodox ceremony. The location for the ceremony was both intimate and incredibly romantic. The reception decor complemented Studio 450’s clean space and since it’s always the details that make any event stand out, Annie Lee of Daughter of Design worked her magic with a gold on clear on pink tablescape. Another design element that really caught everyone’s attention was the wisteria and vine ceiling installation created by Bess Wyrick and her team for the dance floor. Mia and Jake’s cake was designed by Cake Alchemy and all of their guests danced the night away courtesy of the Michael Hart Band.

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Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Event Planning: Merren Events | Event Planning: Daughter of Design | Floral Design: Celadon And Celery | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Cake Alchemy | Invitations: Minted | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Simply Divine | Makeup: Amy Chin | Hair: Joyce Cohen | Lighting: Robert Stark Lighting | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Venue: Studio 450 | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

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Paws for a Cause: Purchase Tickets from Zola for Toast and Finn’s NYC Wedding

When two Instagram celebrities tie the knot, you know we wouldn’t miss it for the world. Especially when said celebrities are beloved furry friends Toast and Finn and their wedding just so happens to be for a good cause. It’s the ultimate celebration and we’re inviting you to join us alongside this power couple on Wednesday, January 13, as they vow their forever in New York City.

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For tickets and to learn more, visit Zola where this dynamic duo registered and all proceeds from the gift registry and wedding will benefit a charity dedicated to raising awareness and stopping illegal puppy mills. Please note this event is in NYC.

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SPG Weddings

Destination weddings are fabulous, that goes without saying. But a destination wedding at one of SPG Weddings’ stunning resorts?  An entirely new level of awesome.  Think breathtaking affairs in gorgeous locales like Walt Disney World, the Caribbean and the always vibrant NYC.  It’s the wedding you’ve always dreamt of, all wrapped up in amazing customer service and high-end luxury.

With SPG Weddings, you’re not just saying “I do” to the love of your life… you’re treating your guests (and yourself!) to a weekend of pure pampering with a stunning list of properties that pride themselves on going above and beyond your every expectation.  Picture celebrating your I do’s with a rooftop reception overlooking Central Park at Le Parker Méridien New York, sharing that first kiss as a newly betrothed duo at Manhattan’s premiere locale, the St. Regis New York (hello, 15,000 square feet of function space) or dancing the night away in turn-of-the-century fashion at the W New York – Union Square, a breathtaking property in the Landmark 1911 Beaux-Arts building that happens to house the Great Room, a restored bank vault that is the definition of opulence. It’s perfectly curated cuisine meets beyond yummy cocktails meets SPG Weddings’ Whatever/Whenever® service.  Making a statement on your wedding day has never been so easy.

Bespoke menus, one-on-one customer service and venues that will make your heart sing… that’s what an SPG Wedding is all about.  From the completely captivating Great Room of the historic W Minneapolis – The Foshay (think 3,080 square feet with over-sized windows overlooking the city) to the never-ending list of amenities offered at The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort (five pools, the world-class Mandara Spa + access to Disney golf courses), it’s a non-stop lineup of loveliness.  Not to mention customized wedding websites, guest room rates and complimentary shuttles.  It honestly doesn’t get any better.

Contact SPG Weddings TODAY to begin planning your dream day.  And don’t forget to ask them about their ah-mazing Honeymoon Offer! (Hint: You can earn Starpoints® to use toward free honeymoon nights!)

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Image Credits (Top to Bottom): Le Parker Méridien New York + W New York – Union Square + St. Regis New York + The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort + W Minneapolis – The Foshay

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Supergirl Actress Laura Benanti’s Elegant New York City Wedding

This right here is proof that Laura Benati is a gem. For her special day soars new heights (Supergirl status, anyone?) and it’s got us flying high from every sweet detail. Graced with delicious Marcey Brownstein Catering + Events details and Laura Marie Duncan Photography covering every detail, this right here is one gallery you’re not going to want to miss. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From Anne Barge… Laura Benanti, Supergirl and Nashville actress, was married in a private ceremony at Riverside Church in New York City this past Sunday, November 15th.

Benanti wed beau Patrick Brown in a strapless, Alençon lace Anne Barge gown from Mark Ingram Atelier. I am a longtime fan of Benanti – from her Tony Award-winning performance in Gypsy – and was overjoyed to have Laura in one of my designs.

On stands in People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive Issue, I revealed my well wishes for the newlyweds. “Laura is exactly the type of bride that inspires me. She is a timeless beauty with a vibrant spirit. I was thrilled to have her in my gown and wish Laura and Patrick a lifetime of happiness together.”

The intimate ceremony and reception included family, friends, and close colleagues, including fellow actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Connie Britton, Celia Keenan-Bolger, John Ellison Conlee, Michael Arden, Julie White, and Chelsea Nachman. Musical theatre writer and performer Todd Almond sang his song “Take Good Care of Me” for the couple during the church ceremony.

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| Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Wedding Cake: Baked NYC | Catering: Marcey Brownstein Catering + Events | Hair: Charles Barker Strahan | Venue: Riverside Church | Spirits: Catskill Distillery | Wedding Rings: Lori McLean

Elegant + Modern Summer Wedding in New York City

Katie Osgood Photography captures the kind of weddings that make you feel good. Her secret? Amazing vendors (we’re looking at you Unique Visions StudiosDM Events Planning And DesignFacetime Beauty, and Magnolia Photo Booth Co.) + one unforgettable NYC backdrop = undeniable happiness. It’s the type of beauty only attainable in THE VAULT, and lucky for you we’ve got it all waiting to share!

From DM Events… We loved working on Kate and Sam’s wedding! They were super laid back and wanted their big day to be equal parts fun and stylish… music to our ears! They were fans of Studio 450, a blank canvas (aka a designer’s dream!), which gave us the perfect opportunity to create a custom design that felt relaxed, sensible and sophisticated.

The ceremony took place on the roof, and when New York City is your backdrop, not much else is needed! The inherent design of the venue is white on white so we warmed it up a bit with touches of wood, gold and lush greenery, along with hundreds (not kidding!) of candles adding that soft amber glow we all love!

Guests enjoyed a family-style fete by the uber talented catering team KG Fare. The Southside, the couple’s signature cocktail featuring gin, lime, mint and simple syrup, was poured generously throughout the night and was a huge hit. The couple opted for Momofuku’s infamous naked cake that was not only beautiful to look at, but also delicious! With so many delights for the refined palate, we totally loved that Kate surprised Sam at the end of the night with his favorite NYC treat: a Gray’s Papaya King food truck! It was a perfect way to end a perfect night!


Photography: Katie Osgood Photography | Videography: Unique Visions Studio | Event Design: DM Events & Design | Event Planning: DM Events & Design | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Studio 450 | Catering: KGFare Catering & Events | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Band: Project Orange | Bridal Jewelry: Rent The Runway | Cantor: Nancy Bach | Digital Calligraphy: Lion in the Sun | Escort Card Scroll: Laurel Writes | Menus + Napkins: Paperwhites | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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Tea Time and Macarons with Ladurée Soho

The second you step into one of Ladurée’s boutiques or tea rooms, you instantly feel as if you were transported into Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette.” Decorated in dreamy pastels, ornate French Baroque furnishings and sprinkled with the most decadent and delicious pastries, Ladurée is how I picture heaven. With Rebecca Yale behind the lens and Mrs. Ladurée, Elisabeth Holder, on hand, we captured the French maison‘s magic—read about the brand below and take a peek in THE VAULT!

From Ladurée… The story of the Ladurée macaron began in the mid-20th century with Pierre Desfontaines, second cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, who had the delicious idea of creating a double macaron, two simple macaron shells joined in the middle by a luscious filling. 

This small delicacy, crunchy on the outside and meltingly creamy on the inside, is meticulously prepared. Almond powder, eggs, sugar and a pinch of unequalled savoir-faire are essential to the successful realization of this recipe, ensuring that every macaron has this delicate balance of flavor and texture. 

Every new variation meets the standards of previous creations, with an effort to diversify flavors and colors, since color is an important element in the macaron’s power of seduction. 

The Soho Tearoom, the first in the United States, offers several salons of exceptional character, each with its own decorative ambiance, in the Ladurée style. All the rooms are decorated with custom-made furniture and unique pieces, collected from the finest Parisian antique shops. The mood is decidedly feminine, combining the history of decorative arts and French art de vivre.

The boutique’s main sales counter is made entirely of pristine white marble, the center stage for all of Ladurée’s sweet temptations. From macarons to freshly made pastries, the comptoir features all of Ladurée’s irresistibly unique creations A large, elegant bookcase, like a “cabinet of curiosities,” showcases the exquisite boxes sought after by gourmets all over the world. And nearby, of course, are the spools of ribbon, delicately unwinding silky lengths of rustling satin, the final touch on a precious Ladurée gift.

Inside the Madeleine Castaing Salon, named for the French interior designer and muse of the Napoleon III style, The furnishings of the salon are a combination of Napoléon III and neoclassical styles. Two magnificent ceiling chandeliers draped in blue silk diffuse a soft light over small guéridon tables in black wood, and cozy little Napoléon III armchairs upholstered in midnight blue velvet. All are accented by silk passementerie trimmings and textiles chosen in honor of the famous Parisian shop at 21 rue Bonaparte, now occupied by Ladurée.

The next salon, The Pompadour Salon, the décor resembles a formal salon where one can imagine Madame de Pompadour inviting poets to read at her court, with all her ladies in waiting, discussing the latest roman. Guests settle comfortably into small banquettes or large old-fashioned armchairs, covered with striped and floral textiles in tones of blue, green and dusty rose. Gourmet moments naturally harmonize with the décor: a pistachio Réligieuse, or a rose-flavored Saint Honoré blend perfectly with the room. All the decorative elements evoke the charm, gentility and romanticism of a private home, giving this salon all the elegance of the 18th-century style.

Finally, the garden. In clement weather, guests are welcome to our very special cherry blossom tree-shaded garden, lulled by the chirping of birds and the gentle rippling of the fountain. In this calm haven, far from the noise of the city, one can taste all of the specialties of Ladurée’s menu.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Location: Laduree | Macarons, Pastries + Tea: Laduree

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15 Picture-Perfect Central Park Spots For Engagement Sessions

Some New Yorkers escape to the Hamptons in the summer—the rest go to Central Park. Spanning more than four square miles of prime Manhattan real estate, the park is an escape from city living. From the romantic paddle boat rides on The Lake to the furry friends at The Zoo, Central Park offers picture-perfect settings for any couple’s engagement session! Click through to discover some of the best spots.

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Urban New York City Garden Wedding

Inherently New York with a taste of British charm, this romantic garden fete planned in the hands of Bellafare is a composition of everything we love here at SMP. Be it a dash or ballroom glamour married with personal details (like the couples cat, Pearl), ethereal Jenny Yoo gowns paired with the Bride’s Gabriella New York dress, or Michael Antonia keeping the party grooving into the evening, Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography snapped it all to share!

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From the beautiful Bride… Jon and I met in an unlikely way. Jon is musician, and my former employer hired his band for an event. We instantly clicked and the rest is history.

It was important to us for our wedding to reflect us both as individuals, and as a couple. Jon hails from the UK, and obviously loves music, while I grew up in Manhattan, and wanted our wedding to feel inherently New York.

Our first task was daunting: to find a large space and make it feel intimate. We had a sizable guest list, but didn’t want our wedding to feel overwhelming or impersonal. We looked at many beautiful raw spaces, but when we came upon Gotham Hall, we fell in love. It took a bit of imagination and help from florist Bess Wyrick (the brains behind Celadon and Celery) but we ultimately created a romantic garden feel, inside of an art deco ballroom. To put our own twist on the space and evening, sketches of the Union Jack, an American flag, and our cat Pearl, were featured on napkins and cocktail stirrers; we had a “taste of Britain” station during our cocktail hour featuring bangers and mash, shepherds pie, and other UK treats; and a dessert bar hosting our favorite New York baked goods ranging from Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding to two Momofuku wedding cakes.

We also took the evening’s soundtrack pretty seriously. We worked with Venus Ensembles to perform some of our favorite songs via string quartet during the ceremony, and had a jazz trio for the cocktail hour. Our one request – make the cocktail hour feel like a Woody Allen movie—we think they did a pretty great job! And for the reception, DJ Michael Antonia did a fantastic job of keeping everyone on the dance floor, burning off the calories from the Momofuku cakes, we hope…

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Event Planning: Bellafare | Floral Design: Celadon And Celery | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: I DO INVITATIONS by Sue Coe Designs | Bride's Shoes: Chanel | Rings: Shivani Gems | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Thomas Preti – Events to Savor | Makeup: Ana Sicat | Hair: Butterfly Studio | Lighting : Bentley Meeker | DJ: THE FLASHDANCE | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Officiant: Gloria Milner | String Quartet: Venus Ensembles | Venue: Gotham Hall | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Bride's Purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim | Cake Topper: Jolie En Rose Vintage | Dessert: Magnolia Bakery | Getting Ready Venue: The Standard East Village | Headpiece: Untamed Petals

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Whimsical + Elegant Wedding at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

After their initial wedding venue closed, this couple, understandably, became discouraged with the wedding industry. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe came to the rescue, along with a team of vendors that lifted this couple’s spirits and created one joyous celebration. Brindamour Photography and Magbooth captured the fun and this gallery is a beautiful reminder that sometimes second choices are meant to be.

From Brindamour PhotographyI’m so excited to share these photos from Yejee and Nick’s wedding last month. These two were one of the many couples left without a wedding venue after ReBar unexpectedly closed last year but as you’ll see in the photos, they didn’t let that get in their way. Instead they threw a kick-ass party at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo. Housing Works is one of my favorite venues and Yejee and Nick did a wonderful job of incorporating the venue into their wedding decor using books as table numbers and a cake stand. It was a freezing day (notice the snow in many of the outdoor portraits) and I have to give major props to this bridal party for being such great sports and allowing me to get the shots I wanted despite the cold. Seriously, these guys might go down as the baddest bridal party yet!

From the beautiful Bride… Growing up as the resident tomboy of the house for most of my life, I didn’t know what I wanted from one of the most important days of my life. It wasn’t as if I was exactly surprised to be engaged on November 9th, 2013. Nick and I had been dating for 7+ years since college, and since we had only dated each other, we were pretty set on being with each other for the rest of our lives. But when the ring was on my finger, there were so many things we needed to learn.

Some things were easy. I chose my dress in a heartbeat about a year before the wedding at David’s Bridal. Despite the many admonishments against choosing your wedding dress too early, I loved my White by Vera Wang dress and wore it for both the ceremony and reception. I know I said I was a tomboy before, but I loved this princess-y dress with the blush sash. The bridesmaids’ dress colors were a bit harder to decide on, but after searching through SMP posts, I decided on peacock at David’s Bridal. David’s Bridal worked well for us since my bridesmaids were scattered across the country (Florida, California, and New York) and they had time to go get their dresses sized and altered at the nearest location.

The biggest hurdle was the venue. Nick was a medical student (he’s almost done) in debt (he’s not done with that) and I, working for the New York City government, was not exactly rolling in dough. First, we decided on a New York City wedding to lower the number of guests we had to invite since both of us grew up and went to undergrad in Austin, Texas. Then, we tried to find cheap, but still unique, options for a wedding venue in New York City. We found ReBar in Brooklyn… and signed over all of our money to the venue. For a couple short on cash and not too picky about the wedding, it was a dream come true. If you’ve heard the news about ReBar (it closed and left 200+ couples stranded), you’ll know that we lost all our money that we’d paid in full to the venue. Our families were horrified, and frankly Nick and I were left feeling disheartened and discouraged about the wedding business in general. Thankfully, we had enough time (about eight months) to regroup.

It was then that my friend Jennifer suggested the Housing Works Bookstore and Café in SoHo, Manhattan to me. Ironically enough, another friend, Justine, had shown me a blog post about a Housing Works Bookstore & Café wedding to me years ago, even before I had moved to New York City. I had gushed about the event, telling her “I would love this kind of wedding, but there’s no way I would be able to have this wedding.” When the second recommendation came, it really seemed as if God had dropped the obvious solution in my lap. There was no reason why I couldn’t check if that lovely bookstore wedding would be possible. When I had mustered up the courage to ask about the wedding venue, Amanda and Josh at Housing Works understood our ReBar situation and helped as much as they could to make the wedding possible!

The rest was easier than expected. Josh suggested the library-card-theme for the placement of our guests, which we took off with: hand-stamped library cards, numbers written on library card sleeves (a la my dad), then pasted on real books (my own copies to be given as favors) as table numbers, and the bookstore itself added its own charms with their hanging lights and illuminated bookshelves.

The day-of went perfectly, from the gorgeous styling by Tara Jarvis from Bloom Beauty Lounge (and her sweet, encouraging words as I got ready), amazing camera work by Rima Brindamour (the bridal party had a lot of fun running out of the way on green lights), never-ending dance floor engineered by DJ Ben (former ReBar DJ who stuck by many ReBar couples), beautiful and unique flower and cake flower arrangements by Kristen Usui (recommended to us by married friends), silly photo booth pictures by Magbooth, and gorgeous cake by Silk Cakes (mmm buttermilk cream). Our ceremony venue, German Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Paul, was also a very considerate and communicative host, and the custodian Frankie assisted with every problem we came up against. Lastly, I have just got to say that Josh, our event coordinator at Housing Works, helped us relax and have fun during the reception by being absolutely attentive and sympathetic to the needs of the event!

A Few Tips:

Tip 1: Attend your friends’ weddings and learn from them.
Tip 2: Be very clear with your bridal party and family about what you like or don’t like about weddings.
Tip 3: Don’t spend your resources on things just because you merely feel like you have to.
Tip 4: Choose a bridal party composed of friends who you are completely comfortable with – if you’re thinking “Will she be offended because I don’t ask her?” you probably shouldn’t!
Tip 5: Hire our vendors if you’re in the NYC area! ☺

Photography: Brindamour Photography | Floral Design: KRISTEN USUI At Happy Tears | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Silk Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St Pauls German Evangelical Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair And Makeup: Bloom Beauty Lounge | DJ: DJ Ben | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

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Elegant NYC Wedding at The High Line Hotel

Just when I think I’ve seen my share of elegant NYC weddings, I come upon a gem like this one and my heart beats a bit faster once more. Karen Hill worked her magic behind the lens, capturing this gorgeous affair planned by Classic Events, and from the beautiful Bride’s veil (swoon!) to the epic dance party thanks to Around Town Entertainment, it’s proven once again the glory of a classic city celebration.

From Karen Hill PhotographyThe wedding day story of Liz and Bert’s wedding begins at the Refectory at the Highland Hotel where I found the florist, Putman and Putnam, busy finishing the beautiful floral arrangements. I love shooting with film because of how beautifully film renders its subject and how it captures it with such softness. These days photographers who shoot with film are becoming more and more scarce so when a client connects with my images and loves what I do, it makes me feel it’s worth while.

The High Line Hotel is a complete site with everything needed for a beautiful city wedding. The garden, Refectory and Gothic Chapel are amazing. It’s a grand venue.

Liz and Bert are both from the south and have called NYC home for the past ten years. By day, he’s a lawyer and by night he’s in two bands, the Stemms and The Post, while she’s a writer for Diane von Furstenberg by day and a writer for herself by night. Their wedding was celebrated with friends and family for an unforgettable day, filled with love, laughter and beautiful light.

Photography: Karen Hill Photography | Event Planning: Classic Events NYC | Floral Design: Putnam And Putnam | Ceremony Venue: Theological Seminary | Reception Venue: The High Line Hotel | Catering: Peter Callahan Catering | Band: Around Town Entertainment

Romantic Early Morning NYC Wedding Session

After hosting their wedding in Korea, these adorable lovebirds wanted to capture some iconic wedding pics in New York City, where they first met, fell in love and now reside. They donned their wedding attire and headed out to the Meatpacking District and West Village in the early morning light, sharing intimate moments, with Rebecca Yale snapping away. The finished results are nothing short of magical.

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From Rebecca Yale PhotographyJamie and In-Hee had their wedding for their friends and family in Korea, but decided to have photographs taken to commemorate their wedding in New York City, where they met, fell in love and currently live. We hit the streets of the Meatpacking District and West Village in the early morning to capture the empty streets filled with golden light.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Wedding Dress: Trina Turk | Shoes: Jenny Packham | Ring: Cartier | Hair And Makeup: Eun Jung Kim | Getting Ready Hotel: The Dream Downtown | Watch: Rolex | Wedding Dress (short): Monique Lhuillier

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Modern NYC Bookstore Wedding

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

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

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

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

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

Lakum Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Gabriella New York Bridal Salon is amazing; we all know that.  But pair those geniuses of bridal wear with the fabulous, Brooklyn-based designers at Lakum and that’s what we call a can’t miss event.  Think a trunk show to end all trunk shows with an entire “suite of looks” to take the oh-so-chic bride (that’s you) through every phase of her wedding weekend.  Say it with me, loves: awesome.

From feminine silhouettes to unique + modern detailing, the new Lakum collection is totally gorgeous… and totally unique.  Which means that jaw-dropping entrance you were hoping to make on your wedding day is, well.  Right at your fingertips.  Not to mention that Lakum’s focus on detail, movement and construction makes each piece absolutely perfect for every single event on your agenda; from that fab engagement party to that sweet bridal shower to your going away brunch as newlyweds.

Contact Gabriella New York Bridal Salon to book your appointment for the upcoming Lakum Trunk Show on Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st, including a sneak peak at the new Spring 2016 line.  You don’t want to miss a moment, lovelies.

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Elegant Manhattan Fall Wedding

Guys, I think this wedding might just be the ultimate New York City fall wedding. Walking hand in hand through Central Park and the city streets, Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography managed to capture every little laugh and look from this happy couple, though we’d like to take an extra moment to admire the Bride’s stunning sapphire ring. Gorgeous right?! Click here to see the rest of the gallery!

From The Bride…Curtis is from New York, and I’m from Colorado, but we met in New York City through mutual friends. We got engaged in Colorado, but we knew that we wanted to get married in New York City, where we met and fell in love. We wanted our wedding to have a really timeless, classic New York feel. The Union Club was the perfect spot, with its ideal location, beautiful decor and hundreds of years of history. We booked our venue and our band, Hank Lane Music (we knew we wanted to have a rockin’ dance party!), before we even found our wedding planner.

We hoped that our wedding would feel warm and inclusive, especially since so many of our guests would be traveling. We also wanted to make sure that our guests experienced the best of New York, so we incorporated little New York touches like favors from Momofuku Milk Bar, and welcome bags filled with our favorite New York treats. I cannot say enough good things about the team at JZ Events, especially our planner, Shana, who was 8 months pregnant on the day of our wedding and still bustled my dress like a pro. They made sure everything was absolutely perfect, and we didn’t have to worry about one thing on our wedding day, besides having a wonderful time.

We wanted to keep our palette simple, so we chose navy blue and white with lots of white and blush florals and tons of candles both in the ceremony room and in our reception room. I loved the idea of a romantic, intimate candlelit ceremony, followed by a classy and glamorous black tie reception. Liza at Peartree truly made all of my Pinterest dreams come true, I gasped when the doors opened and I saw the ceremony room for the first time. Our invitations and ceremony and reception paperie were from Alpine Creative Group. We chose a simple design that matched our navy blue color palette. Our cake was by Nine Cakes, and Betsy made us an adorable bicycle cake topper since we love to cycle.

When choosing our attire for the wedding, we wanted to stick with a classic New York, black tie theme, and what says classic better than Vera Wang and Valentino? My shoes were Jimmy Choo and my unbelievable earrings (which I sadly had to return at the end of the night) were Penny Preville. My shrug was from Rent the Runway. Our bridesmaids wore navy dresses from J. Crew; each girl chose her own style so that she would feel comfortable. Styles on B did our hair and Pucker did our makeup – all of the girls said that they felt so beautiful, like the best versions of themselves. Our photographer, Charlotte Jenks Lewis, did such a breathtaking job capturing all of our favorite moments from day.

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Wedding Planner: JZ Events | Florist : Peartree Flowers | Cake: Nine Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Pucker | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting: Stortz Lighting | Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar | Officiant: Allison Dolan Hall | Venue: Union League Club | Band And Ceremony Music: Hank Lane Music | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Rings: Hyde Park Jewelers | Bride's Shrug: Rent The Runway | Earrings: Penny Preville | Groom's Tuxedo: Valentino | Invitations And Paper Goods: Alpine Creative Group | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

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