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Elegant Manhattan Rooftop Garden Wedding

Living in a concrete jungle like New York City, you come to appreciate hidden gems like this venue, 620 Loft & Garden, which feels like you’ve transported yourself to a vibrant oasis. Captured by Kelly Kollar Photography and designed by Ever Swoon, this elegant wedding oozes timeless New York vibes. From the invitations by East Six Design to a Mr. & Mrs. license plate clutch, every detail was planned to perfection. The bride looked gorgeous with the help of Face Time Beauty and from the pictures, it looked like rockin’ party with Generation Events leading on the dance floor. Don’t miss a single detail here!

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From the Bride… Erik and I met in Barcelona in 2011 through a mutual friend. Erik is from Barcelona and I was teaching English there. We moved from Barcelona to Atlanta in the spring of 2013 and got married a few months later on August 31. The ceremony was an intimate one at my parents’ home in Georgia. They live on 50 acres with a 5 acre lake where we got married on the dock with just our families in attendance.

We moved to New York City at the end of January 2014 and knew that we wanted to do a second wedding in the city where all of our family and friends could celebrate with us. We also knew we wanted to get married in August because most of Spain takes the month of August off for holiday. Plus this would be the perfect one-year anniversary celebration!

Since we had already had a more casual rustic wedding, our vision for our second wedding was to have an elegant New York City wedding. However, we didn’t want the atmosphere to be too serious, and I think our venue was perfect for that. We chose 620 Loft & Garden because it gave us this magical private garden in the middle of Manhattan! I didn’t have a lot of specific ideas for the wedding, but I knew I wanted it to be romantic with lots of candles, varying shades of gold accents, and soft colors.

We also wanted to pay homage to our different cultures, but without making it the focus or letting it become a theme. Erik and I thought the best way to do this was through cocktail hour. This is where we had an Iberian ham carving station that our guests couldn’t get enough of! We specially ordered Estrella Damm beer that is brewed in Barcelona and Sweetwater beer that is brewed in Atlanta. I also just had to have cocktail napkins saying “Salut Y’all” because “salut” means “cheers” in Catalan, the language spoken in Barcelona, and because nothing is more southern than “y’all”!

We didn’t want to do wedding favors because they often go to waste, but it was important to Erik and I to have a fun party. So, we ordered glow sticks, custom glasses with American and Catalan flags on them, and of course Statue of Liberty hats and those were our “wedding favors.” We didn’t think many people would wear them, but they were so popular that we ran out and had to ask guests to borrow some because they were all gone before Erik and I could get any! Dancing to the music of our amazing DJ on our private rooftop garden in the middle of Rockefeller Center with our close family and friends was everything we wanted it to be and more.

Our wedding photographer was one of the best parts about the wedding. Kelly was so much fun to work with and her work was just stunning! I had seen too many fun NYC wedding picture ideas on Pinterest to get them all done on the wedding day, so Erik and I decided to get dressed up again a few weeks after the wedding, rent an old taxi to drive us around, and have Kelly take pictures of us all over NYC. We had a blast and the pictures turned out amazing! Having that special afternoon just for our fun pictures was great because there was no wedding to stress over. Plus it kind of doubled as a trash the dress session since we walked through the streets of Soho, Times Square, and even went into the subway! Best decision we made!

Photography: Kelly Kollar Photography | Videography: Tree of Life | Event Planning: ever swoon | Floral Design: L'Atelier Rouge | Stationery : East Six | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sue Wong | Catering: Abigail Kirsch | Hair And Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Groomsmen Attire: Baldwin Formals | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Top Of The Rock | Flower Girl Dresses: J.Crew | Getting Ready Venue: W Hotel On Lexington Ave | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Music: Generation Events | Photobooth: Flashtag | Wedding Dress, Veil And Earrings: Winnie Couture

Elegant Fall New York City Wedding

This Fall NYC wedding is a total stunner. With invitations from Tie That Binds, planning from True Event, Reverend Annie Lawrence officiating, and rockin’ tunes from The Remixologists at the reception, there’s no way this fabulous affair wouldn’t be a smashing success! Lucky for us Craig Paulson Photography was there to capture all the love, and share it with us in the gallery here!

From the Bride… When we were searching for a venue in New York and the surrounding area, I felt overwhelmed with the paradox of choice. We went to a number of raw spaces, gardens and estates, but nothing felt right. One evening, when a huge snow storm had blown through all of the tri-state area, we ventured out into the desolate streets of the city to find dinner. We decided upon The Park for its cozy fireplace and delicious pizza. It was a staple of our Chelsea neighborhood. Tonight, for the first time, it was completely empty. Walking through the gorgeous indoor garden room, we knew — this was the place. It had been right under our nose the whole time!

With the help of Sarah from True Event, Ingrid from Tin Can Studios and Frances from The Park, we settled on a floral palette ranging from deep, dusky roses to the palest pinks and everything in between. We even included some orange tones to bring out the Fall colors of our November wedding.

Sarah helped me bring the setting at The Park up a notch, as it’s more of a casual, romantic vibe and we wanted the affair to be black tie optional. We worked with Party Rentals to add gold embellishments and included lighted votive candles within the table arrangements to set the mood for an evening wedding.

I worked with Kim at Craig Paulson photography to set a number of formal and pre-wedding shots at our hotel, The Dream Downtown, and at the venue before the ceremony. She and Caleb caught so many lovely shots – it was hard to pick which to submit!

I worked with Mekala from Tie That Binds stationary to create a custom watercolor map of the Chelsea area as well as a signature watercolor of our two dogs that wouldn’t be able to join the ceremony – it was our special way of incorporating them into our big day! She also created the menus, place cards and ceremony programs to go with the floral palette we’d chosen.

My husband requested a few details including a jazz band during the cocktail hour with a 20s vibe, signature cocktails served before the ceremony (which we also held at The Park) and a raw seafood bar where we had live shuckers preparing fresh oysters and clams. My major request was a pink themed candy bar for guests during dessert and a surprise visit from the Gorilla Grilled Cheese Truck, a NYC staple, at the end of the night. The guests loved leaving the venue and getting some grilled cheese, tomato soup and tater tots before making their next move of the night!

Photography: Craig Paulson Photography | Event Planning: TRUE Event | Floral Design: Tin Can Studios | Invitations: Tie That Binds | Ceremony Venue: The Park | Reception Venue: The Park | Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair & Makeup: Gloss and Glam | DJ: Remixologists | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Officiant: Rev. Annie Lawrence, NYC Wedding Officiant | Ceremony Music: Elan Artists | Hotel: Dream Downtown | Food Truck: Gorilla Cheese

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Casual NYC Fall Engagement Session

As a fellow bride-to-be whose relationship has a major focus on food, I thoroughly appreciate this couple’s love for their weekly farmers market trips, and can’t think of a more personal and adorable idea for an engagement shoot. Judy Pak trailed along through Union Square Greenmarket and all the way to Gramercy Park, capturing every smile and we’re just smitten with these postcard-worthy pics.

From the Bride-to-be… James and I met in New York City when we were both new lawyers working at the same law firm. We lived only a few blocks away from each other in the Union Square area and would go to the Union Square Greenmarket every Saturday morning. We still go almost every weekend and love walking through, seeing what has been grown nearby and picking out what to cook each weekend.

Our shared love for food and cooking has been a huge part of our relationship. James proposed at Blue Hill at Stone Barns out in a field on the farm (before having an amazing meal!), and we are getting married in a barn in the Berkshires. But, at heart, we are still New Yorkers and since we aren’t getting married here, we wanted to take engagement pictures that would capture our true home.

We mentioned the Greenmarket idea to Judy, wondering if she thought it would work, and she was super enthusiastic to give it a try. We were also lucky to be able to borrow a key to Gramercy Park from a friend of James’s family, so we walked from the market, down Irving Place (one of our favorite blocks in the city) and ended in the park. It was a perfect fall day and we had the best time getting to know Judy and practicing our smiles for the wedding!

Photography: Judy Pak Studio | Hair and Makeup: Michiko Boorberg | Location: Union Square Greenmarket | Location: Gramercy Park

Classic Black + White Manhattan Central Park Wedding

A Manhattan wedding with a couple as chic as these two is bound to be a glamorous affair. Combine this stunning couple and the classic backdrop of the city with flawless photography from Trent Bailey Photography and you’ve got a wedding seriously worth lusting over. Once you’ve picked your jaws up off of the floor, take a moment to look at the gallery for all the gorgeous details—you can thank us later.

From Trent Bailey PhotographyOn a rainy day in Manhattan, Christina and David tied the knot downtown and then headed uptown to celebrate with their friends and family in Central Park. Christina was a gorgeous bride and David was such a dapper groom. There is something so magical about Manhattan weddings on a rainy day, and it was an honor to photograph such an incredible couple’s wedding day!

From the beautiful Bride… David and I met in New York City as co-workers and for the past five years have spent our free time together exploring, discovering and falling in love with the city and all it has to offer. There are many lenses through which New York can be seen, but our favorite is black and white – classic, timeless and elegant old-New York. We wanted this theme to resonate through each detail of our wedding.

I have wanted to get married at The Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village since the moment I stepped foot in it with David several years ago. The white wood interior, black and white floors and crystal chandeliers made for a very romantic setting to share with our family and closest friends. In keeping with our theme, we wanted a venue that was clean in décor but classic, and the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park was the perfect fit. To complement the windowed exterior and breathtaking views that the boathouse provided we wanted lots of candlelight and little color. For our invitations, programs and menu cards we kept true to our theme by working with The Printery, the century-old bespoke stationer that produces gorgeous custom stationary. Everything from the wording to the coloring was kept simple and classic.

The day of our wedding was everything we hoped it would be and more. We had a full Mass for our ceremony and chose songs that were meaningful to us from throughout our lives. Elizabeth Fillmore customized my dress to perfection. My father and I arrived to the ceremony in a vintage Rolls Royce which David and I then rode away in. My bridesmaids all wore different dresses of the same hue and the groomsmen wore black tuxedos – furs and jackets added a touch of glamor for the girls while warding off the chilly fall night. We took our photos after the ceremony at the New York Public Library, a last minute idea from our photographer Trent Bailey in lieu of the weather, and I cannot imagine having taken them anywhere else.

We kicked off cocktail hour at the boathouse with a signature martini and American Songbook classics via a saxophone and guitar and continued the reception with a wonderful band, capable of doing both the oldies we love and our favorite contemporary hits. David stood out from his groomsmen at the reception where he changed into a classic white dinner jacket.

Dennis of Lenox Hill Florist created a clean and romantic feeling through candelabras, baby’s breath, tea lights and branches draped in small votives. Michelle of Michelle Elaine Weddings helped us in executing our vision flawlessly through her focus on all of the details. And finally, Trent Bailey perfectly captured every incredible moment and detail through his lens, through which we will remember our wedding for a lifetime.

Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Videography: Joseph Edwards Films | Event Planning: Michelle Elaine Weddings | Floral Design: Lenox Hill Florist | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Cake: Geraldine Taylor | Invitations: The Printery | Ceremony Venue: Church Of St Josephs In Greenwich Village | Reception Venue: The Central Park Boathouse | Makeup: Jamie Mazlin | Hair: Carrie Hill, Bumble And Bumble | Band: The All Stars | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Transportation: Stars And Stripes | Hotel: Soho House New York | Hotel: Soho House New York | Ceremony Band: Gsus Band | Earrings: Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry Purchased At Charm Chain

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Enchanted Garden Engagement Party Inspiration

I’m jealous of all the NYC ladies out there, having The Kitchen Table so close by to host events. A gorgeous space with unlimited possibilities, and the best part? When it’s time to clean up, you just head home. But I’ve a feeling I’d never want to actually leave an engagement party like this, captured by Orange Blossom Photography. With all this pretty, I’d be quite happy staying put for quite awhile.

From Orange Blossom PhotographyThis photo shoot will inspire you to bring the charming simplicity of a garden indoors to your table for an intimate engagement party. We took a few style cues from The Great Gatsby with our gold dress choice, and the styling of our drinks. We did a dress change to show an even more light and feminine option.

We focused on the details of showing this new space in New York as an enchanted, yet glamorous, place for a bride-to-be to host an intimate engagement party. We wanted to take the rustic element of the reclaimed wooden table and chairs, and show how you can make it feminine and glamorous. We used elements of gold and textured one-of-a-kind dishes trays and chargers to bring this space to life. We used pale peach flowers and bold bright pink flowers to add femininity to the rustic and masculine space.

The green floral garland running down the length of the table was a key element in the table design by Judy. It softens the space. We decided to create another dimension to the table by making the hanging garland above the table. It really brings the outdoors in. We like the idea of hanging garland instead of building large arrangements on a table which make it harder for people to talk across a table. This helps the environment stay intimate, yet visually interesting. The slice of cake is styled with blackberries to further show the idea of a delicate and pretty environment. Small plates of bite sized food are featured so you can see another aspect of delicate and detail oriented food styling that Judy Kim can do for you at The Kitchen Table NYC.

All of the delicate florals were hand created by Judy Kim, of the Judy Lab. She was also the amazing food stylist. Our two glamorous dresses are by Lovely Bride in Tribecca. Our beautiful and petite delicious cake was created by Amy, owner at the Sugar Flower Cake Shop in Manhattan. Our amazing models hair and makeup look was stunningly created by Stacey Weinstein and her team at Once Upon A Bride. Our classic stationery was custom made by Supattra Samanyaphon of The Printery in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

The Kitchen Table NYC, features an intimate space where you hire your own chef to prepare a custom meal or hours d’oeuvres for your guests. Our goal was to make the space feel enchanted and feminine and bring the outdoors in.

Photography: Orange Blossom Photography LLC | Floral Design: The Judy Lab | Cake: Sugarflower Cake Shop | Stationery: The Printery | Hair & Makeup: Once Upon A Bride | Event Venue: The Kitchen Table NYC | Food Stylist: The Judy Lab | Gowns: Lovely Bridal Shop | Table Ware: Carol Hung

Romantic Central Park Boathouse Wedding

We get a double treat today m’dears with not one, but two, CLY BY MATTHEW romantic weddings. We soaked up some modern romance at Studio 405 this morning and now this summer celebration here not only has us dreaming of sunny skies ahead but warms our hearts with just one glance at these two lovebirds. NYC is the magical picture perfect place today and I’m loving every bit of it.

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From Matthew & Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEWThis is a beautiful, classic and romantic wedding at the Central Park Boathouse.

The Bride wanted to incorporate many family elements in her details. The candlesticks used were given from her great-grandmother, the wine glass belonged to her great-grandparents and even the chuppah was made with her great-grandmother’s table cloth.

The general theme of the day was “from generation to generation,” celebrating the people who came before them.

Photography: Matthew & Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Event Planning: Katie Berger | Floral Design: Lenox Hill Florist | Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers | Hair: Stacy From Styles On B | Hotel: Essex House | Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Makeup: Stacie Ford | Videography: First Day Films | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Wedding Venue: The Loeb Central Park Boathouse  Band: Silver Arrow Band 

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Modern + Romantic New York City Wedding

I’m not surprised that this beautiful Bride is an interior designer; she has quite an eye. With the gorgeous florals by Occasion 9 spread throughout Studio 405, this modern venue becomes uber romantic and the perfect backdrop for this stylish love fest. Matthew and Bo of CLY BY MATTHEW snapped up every NYC moment and every morning would be better starting out with pretty pics like these.

From Matthew & Bo of CLY BY MATTHEWKaren and David’s wedding was a perfect NYC wedding.

Their apartment with a beautiful NYC skyline view was just a few blocks away from The Empire State Building and their reception venue, Studio 450. Karen got ready at the Gramercy Park Hotel with its beautiful romantic decor. Her details were all so gorgeous and stylish. From her beautiful organic bouquet and her invitations with calligraphy to her vintage-inspired ring.

Karen and David really wanted to incorporate all the beautiful historical locations in NYC for their wedding photo shoot. They even rented a vintage cab to go around the city to take pictures, which was such a cute idea.

After the ceremony, we stopped by Central Park for bridal party pictures, and then Karen and David also stopped by the New York Public Library for few pictures alone. When we got to Studio 450, they even let us up the rooftop to get more pictures of the skyline of NYC.

The bride is an interior designer, and she had impeccable taste in what she wanted for her wedding day. Her wedding was chic, romantic and modern! The floral arrangements were stunning, and the dessert bar was set up perfectly. The rest of the night was full of fun and dancing!

Photography: Matthew & Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Floral Design: Occasion 9 | Calligraphy: Julia Bez | Catering: Real Food | Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier | DJ: Dj Kahn | Desserts: BAKED | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Hotel: Gramercy Park Hotel | Invitations: Darling Press | Makeup: Tara Zielenski | Photo Booth: Modern Photo Booth | Reception Venue: Studio 450 | Vintage Cab: Film Cars | Wedding Dress: Edgardo Bonilla

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Romantic + Timeless New York City Fall Wedding

Tradition and elegance are always wise choices and this beautiful Bride took these classics and created a masterpiece, saying her vows at the very church her new husband’s grandparents were baptized at. But considering she spends her days working at Jimmy Choo, some chic style wasn’t far away either. See every sparkling second, captured by Mademoiselle Fiona and McKenzie Miller Films, right this way!

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From the beautiful Bride… New York City. It’s the city where we fell in love, where we had our first apartment together, and where my now husband (!!) Anthony proposed. We knew it would make for both a memorable and fun wedding weekend for both our families and friends.

Teissia Treynet of Firefly Events put our ideas into reality creating a timeless, romantic, old New York garden-style wedding. It’s thanks to SMP that I stumbled upon her and instantly fell in love with her amazing style. She helped us to create a unique combination of both modern and vintage and ensured the day was flawless.

Fashion plays a big part in my life working as an Account Executive at Jimmy Choo, and I knew for my dress I had to go directly to the source of wedding fashion, Monique Lhuillier. I fell in love at a trunk show with her Adele gown, which was a fitted, trumpet silhouette made from french lace, tulle and intricate pearl beading. It featured a beautiful open back and illusion neckline which made the classic silhouette more modern. I added a flowy, tulle veil with lace appliques to give it a more romantic but traditional feel. My bouquet was soft, filled with an array of garden roses, white sweet pea, ranunculus, lilac, anemones and soft greenery.

Tradition was important to us both as we planned our day, which is why we chose to be married at Saint Anthony’s Church in Soho. The beautiful, historic church is not only the first Italian parish in Manhattan, but is also where Anthony’s grandparents were baptized. The church itself is stunning with its cathedral ceilings, stained glass windows and a pipe organ. Garlands of magnolia leaves were draped the entire length of the aisle to tie back to our idea of lush greenery. The altar was anchored with beautiful arrangements in mercury glass urns. We did not see each other prior to the wedding, which made walking down the long aisle that much more special. Following the nuptials and traditional vows, we gathered all our ceremony guests for a fun, vintage style wedding photo on the steps of the church.

As a Bride, you are likely in control of almost all the details that go into your wedding. Weather, being the exception. When we chose our venue of TriBeCa Rooftop, we fell in love with the breathtaking views of the city and the idea of a rooftop cocktail hour. I relentlessly checked the weather the week leading up to the big day, and to my disappointment our forecast was for rain. While I know this superstitiously means good luck, I knew we would have to go with plan B, an indoor cocktail hour. The morning of October 4th poured, and I was surprisingly calm. Luckily, as my father and I got into our vintage car to head to church, the sky had cleared and was now a beautiful shade of pink. It was truly magical and made for spectacular skyline views on the roof! Words of wisdom NYC brides, have a rain plan!

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Designs transformed the modern TriBeCa space to a warm, romantic and inviting space with soft, beautiful arrangements, lush greenery, unique vessels, and more candles, hurricanes and lanterns than one should ever light. To warm up the space, we hung string cafe lights across the length of the dance floor. For our tablescapes, I fell in love with the idea of having a few different arrangements on the tables to create some dimension in the room and make things more intimate. We kept the color scheme neutral and timeless with touches of white, ivory, blush and green accompanied by silver mercury glass. For our head table where we sat alongside our bridal party, we had a stunning runner made with greenery and pops of white and blush blooms. We chose classic style place settings with art deco flatware, calligraphed escort cards, and tied our menus with lace ribbons and olive branch sprigs.

Music was also important to us and we believe it sets the mood of any party. One of the first vendors hired was the phenomenal Groove Shop Band, who truly kept our guests on the dance floor the entire night with a set list filled with a great mix of our favorite oldies, love songs and modern hits. Our first dance was to “I Belong to You,” by Lenny Kravitz. Later in the evening, to our pleasant surprise, our cousins’ arranged for extra special guests, The Gipsy Kings! Their Spanish infused salsa style turned our dance floor into a frenzy and truly was one of the most memorable moments of the day!

Mademoiselle Fiona and McKenzie Miller Films were there to capture the day and provide us with beautiful, lasting memories of both the planned and unexpected events.

Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Event Planning And Design: Firefly Events | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: St. Anthony’s Of Padua | Reception Venue: Tribeca Rooftop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting: Power Posse Productions | Band: The Groove Shop | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Transportation: Silver Star Limousine | Bride's Ceremony Shoes: Louboutin | Bride's Reception Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Day-Of Papery: Lion in the Sun | Getting Ready Venue: Soho Grand | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Linens: Cloth Connection | Music: The Gipsy Kings | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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Chic New York City Wedding at Gramercy Park Hotel

How do you compete with the regal elegance of a venue like the Gramercy Park Hotel? With a fabulous Nicole Miller gown and one too cute for words pup. With just a few chic touches and some pretty petals, this fall NYC wedding became outstanding and Robert & Kathleen Photographers is showing it all off with this gorgeous gallery, cute pup and all.

From Robert & Kathleen PhotographersWhen they first struck up a conversation at a crowded midtown Manhattan bar in the spring of 2009, Jean had no idea that she had just met the man she was going to marry.  But there were things that might have tipped her off that the universe was trying to bring them together.  They were both raised in Texas, and in spite of sharing a mutual friend, they didn’t get to know each other until they happened to move to the biggest city in America.  They might have passed one another in the lobby or on the elevator of the office building in which they both happened to work, but they didn’t have their first conversation until they just happened to be in one of the many, many bars in the city.

Even though that first conversation went really well, Jean didn’t think there was much of a future at first because Andy had told her he was moving to LA in just three weeks. He asked for her number anyway and called her several times to ask her to join him for an official first date.  Thankfully, she agreed to go and see where this could lead.

That night, over dinner in the West Village, Jean and Andy made a connection so strong that it ultimately made him decide to postpone his cross-country move for a bit just so he could spend more time with her.  When Andy did finally go to LA, they stayed together and had some fun with the distance – seeing each other every two or three weeks and sometimes meeting in another city they could explore together.  Somewhere over the miles of air travel, long phone calls and adventures together in new cities, they both discovered that they couldn’t live without each other.

Once Andy returned to New York and they started planning their wedding, they decided it had to take place in the city that had brought them together. This past fall, they exchanged vows in the NYC neighborhood they now call home and we feel so honored that we were there to capture the magic of their day with their family, friends and their sweet dog, Tofu.

Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel

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Central Park Summer Engagement Session

Brklyn View Photography discovered a little secret when they had the privilege of snapping this summertime engagement shoot; hit up NYC’s Central Park at dawn and the place is all yours. With such free reign, it’s all the better to capture the sweet smiles between a newly engaged couple like these two and we’re lucky enough to get a little sneak peek at all the goodness to come for them right here.

From Brklyn View PhotographyWhat happens when you visit Central Park early in the morning on a gorgeous summer day? You practically get the place all to yourself! Crystal and Thomas travel to New York once a year and wanted to incorporate their favorite city into their engagement session.

We walked through the park astounded by its beauty and the quiet. The lack of crowds really gave us room to explore and play in the park. How adorable is Crystal’s “Pride and Prejudice” clutch? Love! It was such a treat photographing this sweet couple for their engagement photos, and I was thrilled to be part of their New York love story. Congratulations Crystal and Thomas!

Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Clutch: Kate Spade

Casually Elegant Summer Wedding at Bryant Park Grill

Bryant Park Grill might just have bumped up to the top of my favorite wedding venues list. With the rooftop ceremony option, it’s a little secret garden in the middle of NYC, an absolutely perfect place to say your “I do’s.” Henry + Mac photographed this beautiful bash there, one that is full of pretty details while also looking like one fantastic party – captured live by Forged In The North. See more right here!

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From the Bride… Shawn and I have a bit of a unique love story. I moved to NYC in the summer of 2010 and was living with two roommates – it just so happened that Shawn was the brother of one of them. Shawn worked out of the apartment so we saw each other every day. One night we went out for pizza, the next day a walk through Central Park, and about two weeks later we started dating and have been together ever since.

From day one, NYC played a huge role in our relationship. We met here, fell in love here, and plan to raise a family here. The city has basically always been the third person in our relationship, so getting married in the city was a natural choice. When we saw the Bryant Park Grill, we knew it was the spot.

From the moment we started planning our wedding, we had two rules: 1) that we wouldn’t take ourselves too seriously, and 2) that it would be a fun party, above all else. To us, that meant being married by one of our best friends, serving the food that we loved, dancing to the music we loved, and being surrounded by the people we loved the most.

Our ceremony took place on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill. It was so beautiful with the perfect amount of city and nature. Our friend Jason married us and spoke beautifully about our relationship. We wrote our own vows, which were essentially love letters to each other.

We wanted the day to be filled with lots of personal touches so we ordered cocktail napkins with Beatles lyrics, customized cake toppers, drink signs and straws, cake stands, sparkly linens, and wood table numbers.

Picking the music was the decision we took the most seriously. We’re huge Bruce Springsteen fans, so I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Thunder Road.” For our first dance, we wanted a fast and fun song to get the party started so we chose a live version of “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” and it did just the trick. For the rest of the night, we played everything from Doo-Wop to cheesy 80’s music to ‘NSYNC to classic rock. Our guests didn’t stop dancing the entire night, which was the goal!

We’re self-deemed foodies who love dessert so we incorporated some of our New York favorites, cookies and a cake bar from Momofuku Bakery and a Coolhaus ice cream truck which was waiting in the park for our guests at the end of the night.

There are many moments from the day that absolutely stand out to me – waking up the morning of the wedding, in bed with my five best friends and walking around Bryant Park at 7:30am because we couldn’t sleep, getting ready with my mom, grandmother, and best friends, seeing my dad for the first time, and dancing so much so that my legs hurt for the first few days of our honeymoon, but the absolute best was when I first saw Shawn outside the NY Public Library during our first look.

I can’t really explain it, but in that moment, it was like no one else existed. As corny as it may sound, from that point on the small details of the day didn’t really matter. I was marrying my best friend, the best person I could have dreamed of. Our wedding was already the best day before it even really began.

Photography: HENRY + MAC | Videography: Forged In The North | Floral Design: The Wild Ivy | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Cake: A Simple Cake | Invitations: Pink Toast Ink | Bride's Shoes: Miu Miu | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Sally Duvall | Entertainment: 74 Events | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Bryant Park Grill | Dessert: Momofuku Milk Bar | Dessert Truck: Coolhaus | Getting Ready Location: Bryant Park Hotel | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Photo Booth: Sweet Booths

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Classic New York City Wedding at PUBLIC

After saying their “I do’s,” this Bride and Groom took a walking tour of their own through this city they love, with Dave Robbins snapping up every picture perfect, postcard worthy moment, before they joined their guests at cocktail hour, surrounded by City Blossom’s beauties. There is no denying the Big Apple has a certain special flair about it and these pics are prime proof.

From the Bride… On November 11, 2011, at a small bar on the Upper East Side, Christopher and I met for the first time. Two years later Christopher proposed on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Whether dining out, enjoying Central Park or partaking in cultural activities, New York City has always been special to our relationship. From the day we became engaged we knew we wanted to celebrate our wedding with friends and family in the city where we fell in love.

Three things mattered to us when planning our wedding: sharing New York City with our guests, selecting a venue with incredible food, and finding a photographer with the vision to capture their day.

We selected a holiday weekend for our wedding because the majority of our guests were coming in from out of town. To begin the wedding weekend each guest received an I ♥ NY welcome gift bag with local amenities and a specially mapped walking tour of the our neighborhoods. To give our guests a true taste of New York, we spent months selecting the right neighborhoods and restaurants for the wedding, choosing TriBeCa Grill for the rehearsal dinner, The Smith in East Village for brunch, and Nolita and the Michelin Star ranked PUBLIC for our reception.

After interviewing eight photographers, we selected Dave Robbins to capture our special day. On our wedding day we woke up to rainy skies, but by the time the events began, the weather had improved. The bridesmaids joined me for breakfast and hair and make-up in midtown at The New York Palace Hotel. The groomsmen enjoyed straight razor shaves at New York Shaving Company before returning to Le Parker Meridien for burgers at Burger Joint. In the early afternoon, the groomsmen and groom strode down 5th Avenue to the Palace where we had our first look. It was then on to Grand Central Terminal for group portraits.

We were married surrounded by friends and family at All Souls Church, on the same block as their apartment in the Upper East Side. Our guests headed to PUBIC for cocktails and canapés including fried oysters, salmon ceviche and curried lentil spring rolls, while we enjoyed a few moments of serenity on the roofdeck of our apartment building. Before joining our guests at PUBLIC, we revisited the site of our engagement at the Met and even grabbed a quick hot dog on a stroll through Central Park.

In addition to vases of blush and white flowers matching the bridal bouquets, each of the receptions six tables were themed around a different city we had visited, which were important to our relationship. The groom found wire frame sculptures of famous monuments from each city to mark the tables, and I designed a seating chart and acrylic frames with table numbers that provided a description of the city’s significance. Wedding favors were desserts themed from each city – black and white cookies from NYC, lamingtons from Sydney, Georgetown cupcakes from Washington D.C., TCHO chocolates from San Francisco, and Tunnock’s Teacakes from London, all hand wrapped by us.

Following a dinner of venison, tilefish or pappardelle, guests enjoyed mini desserts, cake, and cocktails followed by dancing. To conclude the night, we surprised their friends and family with pizza delivered from Lombardi’s – NYC’s first pizzeria. A truly magical New York experience was had by all.

Photography: Dave Robbins Photography | Floral Design: City Blossoms | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Legends | Invitations : Minted | Ceremony Venue: All Souls Church | Reception Venue: Public | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Reception Catering: Public | Makeup: Laura Nadeau | Hair: Styles On B | DJ: 74 Events | Groom's Attire: Tom James | Accommodations: The New York Palace | Accomodations: Le Parker Meridien | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Monument Table Decorations: Design Ideas | Post Wedding Brunch Venue: The Smith | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Tribecca Grill

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Modern 4th of July Wedding in New York City

People often ask me what the best part of my job is. After all, it’s all pretty awesome so it must be a tough decision. But it’s not. Not in the slightest. The best part is the pictures. The knock you off your feet, make you smile, grab a tissue kind of pictures. So that is what we’re celebrating today. The insanely beautiful moments captured by A Guy + A Girl Photography. With planning by Hold Your Hand Events there is so much more right here...and I dare you to find the prettiest one.

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From A Guy + A Girl Photography…. Angela and Arthur’s wedding was a union of two true Manhattan foodies: a renowned New York food writer, and a Food Network Digital VP. She’s from Texas, he’s a Yankee…but he owns real cowboy boots, so it was a match made in heaven. Together, they love many things, from hot dogs to wine shops, oysters to BBQ.

Their laid-back wedding day at Studio 450 on the West side had all the chic-ness of a Manhattan loft wedding (and a rooftop ceremony next to a water tower!), while maintaining a relaxed Southern vibe (many booted gentlemen, specialty mac n cheese, slaw, greens and, of course, classic BBQ!).

Angela and Arthur’s cocktail hour featured a mariachi band, specialty cocktails and delicious bites from Delaney BBQ, followed by fireworks! Did we mention this wedding just happened to be on July 4th?! Halfway through the party, the dance floor moved up one floor to swing sparklers, while watching some of the Nation’s most impressive fireworks displays over the Hudson River. It was magic!

Photography: a guy + a girl photography | Videography: Lexoria Wedding Films | Event Planning: Hold Your Hand Events | Floral Design: Molly Oliver | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | Invitations: Alli's Studio | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: BrisketTown | Hair & Makeup: Face the Day NY: Makeup and Hair Services | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Studio 450 | Musician: Mariachi Citlalli | Musician: A Starry Night | Musician: Beledo | Photobooth: Smile Lounge | Stencil Mirror: Brian Tovar

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Colorful Tribeca Rooftop Wedding

A stunning Tribeca Rooftop wedding with a vibrant color palette, crazy cool NYC views and an amazing night of non-stop dancing – this one is for you, modern lovers.  Think drop-dead gorgeous details meets bright fuchsia, cobalt blue and purple orchids from Sky Flowers, all captured by W Studios New York in one very pretty gallery.  Join me there for more.

From the Bride… We love socializing and organizing get togethers, so we knew right off the bat that we wanted a big wedding with all of our friends and family there to celebrate. We chose Tribeca Rooftop for our reception venue because of it’s amazing panoramic views and modern city vibe. In keeping with the city theme, each table was named after one of our favorite NYC landmarks and the NYC skyline was a common theme that tied the menus, place cards and invitations together.

The bridesmaids wore unique gowns of their choice in colors of fuchsia, purple, and cobalt blue that matched the cascading orchid centerpieces.

Our band kept the party going through the night with a mix of pop songs and traditional Polish music which was fun and different. We thought we knew what to expect since we planned every detail, but when it all actually came together, it took our breath away. Overall, it was truly an amazing day that was better than we had imagined.

Photography: W Studios New York | Videography: My Wedding Maker | Floral Design: Sky Flowers | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Invitations: Seahorse Bend Press | Ceremony Venue: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church | Reception Venue: Tribeca Rooftop | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Ben-Amun | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent The Runway | Make Up: Kasia Cielepak | Band: Simone Band | Menus And Placement Cards: Type & Love Paperie

Elegant Ethereal Wedding at Cipriani Wall Street

Oh how I love a grand Manhattan wedding. From the iconic New York City sights to a classic venue transformed into a midsummer night’s dream, Christian Oth Studio captured it all and left us hungry for more. Ang Weddings & Events composed this amazing masterpiece and this beautiful Bride is the epitome of a modern day princess. See this fantastic fairy tale in these pics and film below.

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From the Bride… Kuba and I met in medical school. In my first year, I took a medical Spanish class in preparation for a medical trip to Peru. Kuba, then in his second year, was also in that class and the teacher paired us together. Throughout the course of that year I would ask him for study advice and we began taking study breaks together. The first real date we had was decidedly unglamorous; we played Buck Hunter, an addictive arcade game, at a local hole-in-the-wall bar. Medical school can be a rigorous environment but our playful study breaks were the perfect antidote for the stress of a big exam. It has been nearly five years, and we have travelled the world together, practiced medicine alongside one another and fallen in love not only with each other, but with each others’ family as well.

Kuba was born in Poland and grew up in Westchester. I was born and raised in Greenwich Village in NYC. Prior to entering medicine, we both came from artistic, liberal arts backgrounds; I went to Sarah Lawrence College and studied literature and theatre. Kuba was a music major at Connecticut College. We both wound up going into medical fields that allow us utilize an artistic/discerning eye; I am training to be a Dermatologist and Kuba is completing residency in Orthopedic Surgery. My dad likes to say that Kuba and I go together like ‘skin and bones’.

We wanted to have a ‘midsummer night’s dream’ feel to the reception. Two of my favorite words (for both their meaning and sound) are ethereal and diaphanous and I wanted guests to feel that through the lighting and the flowers. We chose Saipua for flowers because their work has an ‘effortless beauty’. Their arrangements look like 18th century French paintings sprung to life. The combination of Saipua’s aesthetic with the grandeur of Cipriani Wall Street’s ballroom, made for a truly magical look.

Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Videography: Christian Oth Studio | Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events | Floral And Event Design: Saipua | Gown : Reem Acra | Cake: A White Cake | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Church | Reception Venue: Cipriani 42nd Street | Makeup: Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry | Hair: Liam Carey | Lighting: Star Group Productions | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Band: Hank Lane Music | Favours: Magnolia Bakery | Groom's Cake: Sweet Corner | Invitations And Wedding Day Paperie: Lion in the Sun | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Rolls Royce: Bermuda Limo | Tour Bus: Gray Line Ny Sightseeing

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Weddings with a view pretty much take the cake in my book. So, when I discovered that recently opened skyline sanctuary, Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, combined two of my favorite things (food and skyline views) I had to pinch myself. Taking in the Midtown Manhattan skyline is stunning, but their food? Well, it’s legendary. Perfect for private events, this sophisticated sanctuary is the perfect place for any soirée.

From Upper StoryRenowned chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer officially debuts his all-new sophisticated private events and wedding venue in NYC’s Decoration & Design Building. Following an extensive six-month build out, Chef Charlie Palmer is proud to announce the official opening of Upper Story by Charlie Palmer on the 14th floor of the Decoration & Design Building on Monday, January 12, 2015. 

Boasting 2700 square feet of sophisticated dining and private entertaining space, including division into two areas, each accommodating 70 guests and 90 guests for seated affairs or 160 when combined, and up to 300 in the combined space for cocktail-style receptions. The 1000-square foot balcony offers panoramic views beyond Midtown and the Upper East Side, a prime location for alfresco receptions overlooking the 59th Street Bridge and wedding ceremonies and keynote speaker addresses are idyllically positioned with same scenic backdrop. Additionally, the venue offers state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and a green room or bridal suite for day-of preparations. Menus are customized for each event to meet the needs of the host or group—be it a bride, fundraising committee or corporate planner.

Offering an extensive list of event menus ranging from breakfast to dessert and everything in between, Upper Story’s experienced culinary crew is the best in the business. Led by longtime Palmer protégé Adam Bordonaro, the kitchen’s flawless plates are prepared with the highest quality of ingredients with menus customized to the specifications of each event. Palmer and Bordonaro have a few unique menu items up their sleeves, including a “progressive tasting menu,” which consists of six dishes presented as side-by-side stations, each served with a paired cocktail or beverage. The venue will also offer a variety of experiential activities for off-site planners and group meetings, including cocktail demonstrations from Palmer’s Crimson & Rye craft cocktail team, cigar tastings from Nat Sherman, cooking classes, and more. Sample menus can be seen here.

With a location in the esteemed Decoration & Design building, this all-new venue required the expert hand of renowned designer, Scott Salvator. Taking a modern yet classic approach, Salvator introduced a soft color palette with dark nuances offset by burnished mirrors, complementing both the daytime and nighttime views through Upper Story’s expansive windows framing the unparalleled Manhattan skyline view. A dream for event designers and planners, Upper Story’s atmosphere is the perfect combination of blank slate and subtle décor.

The most exciting and inviting event venue in midtown Manhattan, the space sparkles with an unparalleled richness and provides the perfect stage for any event alongside our culinary creations while guests raise their glass to the most amazing city light views. 

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Welcome to the family Upper Story! xox

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Romantic NYC High Line Engagement

This couple’s recipe for a darling engagement is simply beyond. Avid foodies, the groom whipped up the ultimate ruse for his Alexandra Grecco donning bride-to-be. No step was omitted – from curating a completely custom cookbook to celebratory champagne where their first date took place. With Shadi Boulos behind the lens, every image captured is entirely delightful and can be enjoyed here.

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From Shadi Boulos Photography…”The Perfect Pairing”. One of my greatest joys is sharing one of life’s special moments with close friends. A few months ago, my friend Tony approached me to help him with a wonderful proposal idea for his girlfriend, Sherry. Both Tony and Sherry share an appreciation for cooking and dining out. There’s no other way of saying it – they love food. Over the course of their relationship, Tony and Sherry dined out a lot and there were a select few meals that left an impression on them. So, Tony’s proposal idea: Tony contacted restaurants in Jersey City, New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles where they had their most memorable meals to compile a book of recipes containing his and Sherry’s favorite dishes. The restaurants loved the idea! Not only that, but Tony commissioned me to photograph some of the dishes he chose to include in the cookbook.

Tony and I worked hard to keep Sherry unsuspecting. You see, Sherry and I previously planned to do a photo session of her donning a beautiful ivory tulle skirt by up-and-coming designer, Alexandra Grecco. What Sherry didn’t know is that these photos were also to be her engagement pictures! As far as Sherry knew, Tony “reluctantly” agreed to make an appearance in some of the photos. I met the couple at The High Line in New York City where they had their first NY date, and where Tony had planned the proposal.

Tony decided that he wanted to propose to Sherry privately, so I called the couple and pretended I was running late. With a basket of “props” in hand, the scene was set for Tony to propose.

As they “waited for me to arrive,” Tony suggested to go through the props, which included the cookbook, a bottle of champagne, two champagne flutes, and a beautiful diamond ring. Upon seeing the book, Sherry said “Oh, Shadi got us a cookbook to take photos with!” As she started flipping the pages, Sherry slowly came to the realization that all of the restaurants were ones she’s been to before and that the recipes were some of their favorites. She continued until the last recipe; a recipe for their story:

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For the Michigan girl:

  • 1 package of Canadian Bacon
  • ¾ cup of Yellow Maize
  • Bake in California sun for 2 years

For the Jersey guy:

  • 4 blocks of Swiss Chocolate
  • 2 cups of Kenyan coffee beans
  • Heat in a Jersey City melting pot

ONE | Thoroughly whisk 1 Michigan girl and 1 Jersey guy at a destination wedding in California for 5 hours. Follow by seasoning with countless hours of Facetime.

TWO | To add in East Coast flavor, move mixture to Jersey City. In a saucepan over low heat, pour in 2 unhealthy obsessions with food, 1 instant camera, 50 new friends and a generous amount of love.

THREE | Let sit until the 27th of September. When ready, add the following: 1 tulle skirt, 2 champagne flutes and 1 fake cookbook. Cover entire recipe with an abundance of God’s blessings. Top with 1 diamond ring.

FOUR | Propose and serve.

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As she finished reading the final recipe, she looked up to see Tony down on one knee. After many tears and a resounding “YES,” I arrived to photograph the newly engaged couple.

I took them to one of my favorite locations and began photographing. The beautiful scenery, Sherry’s stunning outfit, and their happiness made for an outstanding proposal session.

From The Bride…To say that I was completely surprised is an understatement. While Tony was busy planning behind the scenes, I was under the impression that should a proposal happen, it wouldn’t be for several months given our families travel schedules and the desire to have both our families be together on that special day. On that particular Saturday, Tony’s father was “out of the country” so a trip to the High Line in a beautiful tulle skirt, and with Tony dressed to the nines, didn’t raise me any suspicions.

There’s no other way to describe Tony’s proposal idea as anything short of perfection; there was no detail left unplanned. And afterwards, while doing a proposal photo-shoot with Shadi, I’ll never forget that feeling I had looking up at Tony of just true joy and an overwhelming amount of love. The entire day – from the most perfect proposal, the beautiful photo shoot with the talented Shadi Boulos, a delicious 7-course dinner at Per Se, and a surprise late night celebratory dessert and champagne with both of our families – is what every girl dreams of, and is what will always serve to remind me how beyond blessed I am to have found someone like Tony.

Photography: Shadi Boulos Photography | Men's Attire: Charles Tyrwhitt | Mens Attire: J.Crew | Mens Attire: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Location: The High Line | Location: Greenwich Village | Moto Jacket: Lucy Paris/ Bloomingdales | Skirt: Alexandra Grecco | Women's Attire Styling: Candace Hanna | Women's Hair: Sarah Elsie | Women's Shirt: Wolford | Women's Shoes: Ralph Lauren

Sample Sale at Birnbaum and Bullock November 8 + 9

Tri-state brides, clear your calendars for this weekend because Birnbaum and Bullock is having an incredible sample sale this weekend! In order to make room for new collections, they’re offering savings of up to 80% on Couture, The Steven Birnbaum Collection, Robert Bullock Bride, Accessories, Occasions dresses and more from November 8-9.

With a gorgeous selection of gowns in sizes 0-24, this sample sale is not-t0-be-missed! Offering a huge range of styles and silhouettes, brides are bound to find their dream dress at Birnbaum and Bullock. But hurry — appointments are filling up fast!

The salon is located at 151 West 25th Street, Suite 6A, New York, New York 10001. To book your appointment for this incredible sample sale, call 212.242.2914 or head over here. Happy dress hunting, my dears!

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Special Wedding Planning Event hosted Robert & Kathleen Photographers

When Robert & Kathleen Photographers are behind the lens, ridiculously pretty things are bound to happen. And lucky for you Northeast brides, the incredibly talented duo is hosting a free special event for engaged couples on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 4pm until 10:30pm at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City along with some of their favorite hand-picked vendors! Head over here to register.

This incredible event takes place on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City, and will be a perfect opportunity for couples to get a serious start on their wedding to-do list. Brides + grooms will get to enjoy an afternoon at the luxe Gramercy Park Hotel while mingling with Robert & Kathleen and wedding planner extraordinaire Angie Nevarez of Baton. There will be giveaways + promotions from vendors such as The White Dress By The Shore, celebrity make-up artist DD Nickel, Sugar Flower Cake Shop and more! Oh and get this  — Robert & Kathleen Photographers will be offering up to $500 off photography and videography services!

Sounds like a pretty amazing evening, am I right?! An RSVP and chosen time slot is required to attend, so head over here to sign up for this not-to-be-missed event!

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Whimsical Manhattan Wedding

There are a lot of reasons this wedding is completely awesome (the forever smiling bride and groom, the vibrant color scheme, the amazing florals from Sweet & Flower), but if I had to pick a favorite moment, it’s the crazy cute trio of musicians totally rockin’ post-ceremony.  I mean… is this the most adorable way to celebrate you’ve ever seen?  (Answer: YES.)  See it all captured by Ciro Photography right here.

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From the Bride… Tad and I wanted a wedding that was quintessentially New York, because it’s the city where we met and live. Once we saw the Bryant Park Grill in midtown Manhattan, we knew it was the right place! The wedding day was a beautiful sunny warm spring day, perfect for a rooftop ceremony and cocktail hour with sunset pictures in Bryant Park.

The style of our wedding was shabby chic. We wanted to add in a lot of personal details and styling to make it our own. We wrote our own vows, made photo booth props, built our own wedding website, served signature “Mr.” and “Mrs.” cocktails, and even blinged out the bridesmaids shoes with Swarovski stones that matched their belts. Kim from KTorres Designs did an amazing job incorporating our whimsical NYC theme through the entire wedding. We took the sketched skyline from the invitation envelope liner and had it printed on the thank you canvas bags.

For our color theme, we picked romantic peaches grounded in a sophisticated gray with accents of citron green and hot pink. Our talented florist, Kea from Sweet and Flower took this color palette and used it to create a floral ivy wall as a backdrop to our ceremony as well as organic centerpieces. She even decorated our simple white fondant chocolate cake with a few flowers which complimented the dessert bar that was filled with delectable cake pops, mini pies and macaroons made by Anne Marie Noonan of the Bryant Park Grill.

Inspired by the wedding scene in “End of Watch”, Tad and I took dance lessons from NY Wedding Dance to create a choreographed number that weaved together a classic slow dance with a hip hop ending. We surprised everyone when we busted out into a little MC Hammer “Can’t Touch This” number halfway through our wedding song “Crazy Love”. This really set the mood for what we wanted — a lighthearted wedding filled with lots of fun and laughs with our favorite people. DJ Accurit from Scratch Weddings had the versatility to provide classic pieces for the ceremony and cocktail hour, as well as modern hits to keep everyone on the dance floor during the reception. We were having so much fun that we extended the party for another hour!

One of the best decisions we made was choosing Rich of Ciro Photography. He has an incredible gift for capturing real and beautiful moments as they are happening. We are so glad that we have his work to remind us of our amazing day for the rest of our lives!

Photography: Ciro Photography | Floral Design: Sweet & Flower | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Shoes: Aruna Seth | Makeup: Julianna Grogan | Hair: Helen Reavey | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Hotel: Bryant Park Hotel | Venue: Bryant Park Grill