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Harold Pratt House Wedding With Classic Vintage Details

There is something undeniably romantic about a winter wedding in New York City. It’s the stuff that movies are made of and with good reason. Enter, this celebration held at the Herald Pratt House layered with the most cozy and intimate vibes. Draped with elegant details planned by Classic Events and winter white blooms by Denise Fasanello, this duo gave their guests a classic, true New York experience—to which, Judy Pak beautifully snapped it all up. See it all here!

From the Bride… We started our planning knowing that we wanted a winter wedding in New York City (a dream of mine which Tony thankfully connected with). We also knew that we wanted our wedding to feel intimate, warm, and classic. Tony has two daughters, so an emphasis on family was really significant for us. The idea of welcoming our friends and families to celebrate with us as we became an official family unit was really special. A lot of our guests traveled in from out of town, so it was also important to us to give them a true New York experience.

I have always been drawn to the 1920’s, so my inspiration began with two photos of my Great-Grandmothers on their wedding days (photo has been uploaded). Working with a team of incredible vendors, we focused on modern interpretations of vintage-inspired details to create the timeless, romantic atmosphere that we had envisioned. Elements such as film photography, trailing love knots on my bouquet, and classic cocktails rooted our wedding in tradition, while welcome speeches given by my step-daughters, contemporary design elements, and our super fun DJ gave it that modern twist we wanted.

When it came to the actual day, we were prepared for it to fly by, but it almost seemed to move in slow-motion. Having complete faith in all of our vendors allowed us to relax into every individual moment. The weather was nice enough for us to take pictures outside before the ceremony began, both on our own in Central Park, and with our bridal party on Park Avenue. Looking through the pictures, we love the transition from the wintry outdoor shots to the warm candlelit images inside. Throughout the evening, it was amazing looking around at any given point and seeing all of our favorite people enjoying themselves as much as we were. It would be impossible to pinpoint a favorite part of the day, but ending the evening with everyone from ages 13 to 90 on the dance floor is a memory that we won’t soon forget.

Photography: Judy Pak Studio | Event Planning: Classic Events NYC | Florals: Denise Fasanello Floral Design | Cake: Nine Cakes | Food: Cobblestone Catering | Ceremony & Reception: Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall | Hair & Make Up: Face Time Beauty Concierge

The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden Wedding That Barely Beat The Rain

From Jainé at Brklyn View PhotographyA week before Sue and Chris’s wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the weather called for rain and heavy thunderstorms. We started to prepare for the worst. The happy couple purchased very cute clear umbrella’s from Kate Spade New York and went into their wedding day with positive attitudes hoping for the best. And guess, what happened? We beat the rain! As Sue began to put on her beautiful wedding dress from Rivini By Rita Vinieris at the Marriott Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge, the drizzle started to slow down. By the time we arrived at The Palm House, the rain had completely stopped! We were in luck!!

It was an emotional first look between Sue and Chris inside the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Afterwards, we walked the gardens making stops at Bluebell Wood, the Rose Garden and Magnolia Plaza during their bridal portraits. As I photographed the very last family photo, the rain started again. It was divine timing if I have ever seen it! Our two hour window for photos was absolutely rain-free!!

Sue and Chris held their wedding ceremony inside the breathtaking Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. They recently renovated the space and it’s so much lighter and brighter now which of course, I absolutely love. What an incredible wedding venue to say your vows and become husband and wife.

The newlyweds shared their first kiss and celebrated their marriage with their closest family and friends. Hank Lane’s Sugar Lane Band brought the house down as everyone danced the night away!

Sue and Chris are a perfect match and it was so incredible to be part of their wedding from their engagement session to capturing their wonderful wedding day. I cannot wait to see where these two go (they are always traveling!) and I hope to stay part of their lives capturing all their important moments as husband and wife! Congratulations Newlyweds!! Xo ~ Jainé

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Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Floral Design: X-Quisite flowers & events, inc. | Invitations: Lion in the Sun | Reception: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Brides Shoes: Badgely Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Patina Catering | Hair & Makeup : Mg Beauty | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: SRG Fashion | Groomsmen's Attire: SRG Fashion | Officiant: Christopher Frost Shelley | Brides Dress: Rivini | Getting Ready: Marriott Downtown Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Rustic Chic Wedding at 26 Bridge

From the Bride… If I had to pick a word to describe our wedding it would be ‘true’. Right from the start, Jeremy and I wanted our wedding to be true to who we were and what we believed. We met in college and our relationship naturally grew from a wonderful and true friendship. This idea of authenticity and truth carried over into every thought that went into the wedding between our party, venue, ceremony, and all details in between. ~ Cynthia Chung Weddings









We chose to get married in New York City not only because it was more convenient for both of our families than Washington, D. C., but because Jeremy knew that it would be incredibly special for me to be home. New York is filled with so many beautiful venues, but it still took some time to find a venue that felt ‘true’ to us, until we stumbled upon 26Bridge!

Located a hop, skip, and a jump away from Brooklyn Bridge park, the historic metal factory, now an open event venue, was a perfect fit for us. Visually, we loved that the space spoke for itself. Going into the planning season, I was inspired less by colors and more by textures like brick, metal, glass, and greenery, which helped to organically develop the neutral color theme that we went perfectly with the space.

Another highlight of working with 26Bridge was that we weren’t limited to a preferred vendors list, which allowed us to choose who we wanted to work with. One of my favorite aspects of our wedding was that everyone seemed to be personally connected to us in one way or another. Between our floral designer from DC, my makeup artist, our photographer, and more, I was not only working with people whom I greatly respected, but people that I knew and appreciated on a deep level. Sarena Edenfield, my hair and makeup artist, perfectly nailed the natural look that I had wanted.

On the other hand, I had been following the work of Cynthia Chung, our photographer, for years so it was a dream to be able to have her capture moments throughout the day. In many ways, getting to work with these phenomenal, yet familiar people made the whole planning and day-of process feel so much more like a family event. In the same vein, while Jeremy and I didn’t do a lot of craft DIY decor, we still executed many things on our own.

Katy Gale, our floral designer, helped order our flowers and create “recipe cards” for me to use so that my dear friend, Chanhee, and I could arrange all bouquets and boutonnieres. This allowed us to order flowers through a wholesaler and do our own floral arranging, while getting Katy’s expertise and guidance in floral design.

Another favorite part of my wedding was our stationery. My dream job would be to have my own stationery store because I love all things paper, but most of my favorite stationery brands were incredibly expensive. One of my bridesmaids had a logo made for Jeremy and me by one of my favorite graphic designers, Jessie Schnall. We used this and a custom font from Minted to design our own invitation, program, seating chart, and table numbers. I have loved Jessie’s work for years now, so it was such a joy to be able to use something specifically designed for us in almost all of our stationery pieces. I particularly loved our wedding program because aside from the ceremony details and lyrics, we included a hand drawn map of the nearby DUMBO area that Jeremy drew so that our guests could explore the area during our cocktail hour.

Overall, the day was filled with so much joy and we felt so grateful to have shared it with so many people that we love.

Photography: Cynthia Chung Photography | Floral Design: Praiseworthy Petals | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Ceremony Venue: 26 Bridge | Reception Venue: 26 Bridge | Shoes : H&M | Rings: Brilliant Earth | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vow To Be Chic | Catering : Delicious Moments | Makeup: Christine From Salon 718 | Groomsmen's Attire: H&M | Hotel: The Tillary Hotel | Graphic/Logo Design: Jessie Schnall | Stationery Font: Minted

NYC Destination Elopement for Two UK Foodies

Katy and Phil flew all the way from the UK to get married in NYC! They wanted the urban New York City as their backdrop and just have an small intimate yet exciting destination wedding. Their families also came to support their marriage. Katy is a florist from the UK so her florals and photography were an important part of the day. Along with getting that NYC grittiness with murals and graffiti, we also were able to luck out with a 2 -day pop up ice cream shop from MILK LA that was happening in Soho, and this UK couple got to enjoy ice cream from the opposite coast! ~ Cynthia Chung Photography

Love these or what!?! See so many more in a stop-action fun for all feature on Cynthia Chung’s Blog!

From the Bride… I love the style of Valentino and the quality is amazing! When we decided on New York I wanted a city style wedding dress. It was elegant and the lace detail was the perfect classic touch. I didn’t want a typical wedding shoe, I wanted it to be a stylish feature to compliment the dress. I chose the Rockstud patent leather heels in the colour Poudre from Valentino.

My husband, Phil, regularly shops at Ted Baker in the UK and it fits him perfectly. The waistcoat has a contrasting back panel which was a lovely feature to the mid blue suit. And his shoes are also from Ted Baker, we liked how the modern brogue shoe which complimented the style of the suit and location of NYC.

We wanted a relaxed, simple wedding without the planning overshadowing the whole event. We love New York, around every corner there is something cool so it felt the right place to invite our families to spend the week. We had our small reception at PJ Clarke’s since we are keen foodies. I do my research by trying some of the best culinary delights wherever we go. We looked into some lovely private function rooms but it didn’t feel as personal. We first visited PJ Clarke’s in Washington D. C and we were told the meat was sourced from the same place as the White House and it turned out it was the best steak we had ever eaten! Therefore, for sentimental reasons and the amazing location of the Lincoln centre at night we felt Pj Clarke’s Lincoln centre was a perfect choice for our guests for a New York City feel.

Flowers are very personal to me because I’m a florist in the UK and design for retail. I looked into wholesalers but decided to enjoy our week in NYC to the max. Elan flowers had the perfect style I was looking for so we completely trusted them. I carefully chose the range of flowers I wanted including peonies, stocks, jasmine and ranunculus, olive branches and eucalyptus. I wanted to use two ribbons with neutral colouring that I had bought myself; a velvet sage green ribbon and a crochet cotton ivory ribbon for the flowers and buttonholes.

We chose our photographer because we wanted photos which were arty and captured the style of New York including graffiti murals. They were absolutely perfect and exactly how we wanted to remember our day! Unfortunately my grandma wasn’t here to share memories of our special day, therefore my mum gave me her ring to carry with me on the day. We didn’t invite our closest friends so we celebrated with them when we returned to the UK and gave them a little wedding favour of a USB with a selection of our favourite wedding photos.

Photography: Cynthia Chung Photography | Floral Design: Elan Flowers | Wedding Dress: Valentino | Ceremony: NY City Hall | Wedding Shoes: Valentino | Hair: Christy Dylo, Spoke & Weal Salon | Grooms Suit: Ted Baker London | Hotel: NOMO SOHO Hotel | Bag: Mulberry | Earrings: Alex And Ani | Grooms Shoes: Ted Baker London | Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

The Most Perfect Fall Day To Say “I Do”

I have a thing for fall weddings and this romantic Brooklyn bash is exactly why. A warm October day, with the leaves just beginning to change colors… is there any setting more suited for these two cuties to say “I do”!? Cassi Claire and NST Pictures captured the autumn allure and all the sweet details of their boathouse wedding, leaving us with a gallery of goodies to explore. Happy Friday indeed!

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From the Bride… My fiancé and I always knew we wanted to get married locally (we live in Brooklyn), and when we stumbled on the historic Prospect Park Boathouse we knew it was the perfect venue for us. We fell in love with the building – the incredible green tiled vaulted ceilings, the chevron floors, and the stunning views of the lake and surrounding park. So we kept the rest simple to let the beauty of the boathouse shine, sticking to neutral white flowers with lots of greenery to play off the ceiling, and touches of rose gold as a nod to our weddings rings (also rose gold!). And when the day came, it was more incredible than I could have imagined – it was 78 degrees in October, the leaves had just starting changing, and we were married by my best friend right on lake, in front of our closest family and friends. It was the perfect beginning to a wonderful life with my new husband – I’ve never felt luckier.

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Photography: Cassi Claire | Videography: NST Pictures | Event Planning: By Amanda Event Studio | Floral Design: Ashley Drago | Wedding Dress: Made With Love Bridal | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Cake: Junior's | Bride's Shoes: Raye | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Bon Soir Caterers | Make Up: Gab Reyes | Hair: Emily Carcaramo | DJ: Jay McElfresh | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse

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Colorful Balloons, Dancing + Endless Love: This Is The Best!

How amazing, fun and fabulous is this wedding!? I’m at a loss for words to describe the joy that radiates from Cynthia Chung’s photos of this NYC celebration. Two families came together when Jess and Arc said “I do” and the result? Dancing, super personalized details, and endless amounts of love and laughter… evident in every one of these pics in our gallery! Dive in right this way!

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From Cynthia Chung PhotographyEverything about this wedding was amazing! I loved how the families of both the bride and groom – two completely different cultures – were able to fuse together and throw one hell of a dance party! Jess and Arc are two people that love having a great time and bringing their communities together and it was SO very apparent throughout the entire wedding! Dance seemed to be a very special bond between the two, and my highlights of the day was when they spent some time dancing to the music of a street acapella group in the West Village, and when Arc (the groom)’s mother decided to initiate Jess into the ‘family’ with their special family traditional dance… It was AWESOME to see. Everyone had a great time that night, old and young!!

From the Bride… We wanted somewhere convenient where our family and friends could all gather to celebrate the journey the two of us have been on and were willing to commit to for the rest of our lives. After dating for seven years, we weren’t looking to make a huge fuss and didn’t really have much of a vision, which quickly led us to selecting a restaurant as a location. We had also been to over 12 weddings in 2016 and knew we wanted to personalize everything as much as possible as it wouldn’t be so “Insert Bride + Groom here”. From our hand-drawn portraits to the Brazilian bom boms (my favorite dessert) – we tried to infuse the wedding with “us”. I think the most sentimental thing about the whole day was the people who were there to share in our memory with us… And of course the groom :) Everything else could easily have been replaced or removed and I would have been equally as happy!

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Photography: Cynthia Chung Photography | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Groom's Suit: Enzo Custom | Hotel: Conrad New York City | Wedding Venue: City Winery | Groom's Watch: Tiffany & Co. | Illustration: Jessica Nam | Wedding Rings: Knoblach Jewlery

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Saturday Morning Movie: Creative + Personalized Fall Brooklyn Wedding

What do I have to do to get in on this tribe? The friends of this Bride and Groom came together to create an uber creative and personalized wedding, taking care of everything from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the ceremony music. But when it came time to capture the magic live, this couple chose wisely and had NST Pictures film their special day. And one viewing of their highlight film right here and it’s evident that they made the right choice. Don’t you agree!?

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From the Bride… We have a very talented group of friends, so rather than hiring vendors, many of the people who made our day a reality were friend vendors “friendors” which made the day so personal and intimate. Our wedding signage and day-of coordination were completely done by friends. Two of our friends who are amazing musicians sang for our wedding ceremony, and our wedding band was comprised of friends as well. One of my bridesmaids went to college with me at FIT. She now works in fashion design and so graciously designed and custom created my nine mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses and stood by me as a bridesmaid on her birthday. Another bridesmaid did an amazing job on my hair and makeup while the rest of the bridesmaids did their own. I am so thankful for these amazing friends who came together to help make this day so perfect!

Our photographer is a good friend, and as a huge photo person, I originally thought those would be my priority and that the video would be secondary so I was so conflicted about having a wedding video. Nonetheless, I still wanted to get a trailer film made to look back on our day and discovered NST Pictures. The moment we received our trailer, it was like the day came rushing back. Obviously, pictures will bring back memories but NST did such a beautiful job editing and making the day come to life in those five minutes of captured moments. When we watch the video, it pours out the whole spirit and heart behind that day all over again. When it comes to picking a videographer, I would definitely say don’t skimp out or settle. You need to find someone who understands your vision and who will understand how you want to remember this day forever. Mariano and I knew for a fact we did not want a cookie-cutter video. We wanted something different that was more of a cinematic experience that told a story, and NST did such a great job at capturing us as a couple in those few moments!

We love warehouses and industrial spaces so we knew right away Brooklyn was where it would all take place. We like the raw and urban look of brick walls, metal beams, and open spaces. So when we walked into 26 Bridge for the first time, we knew we had found exactly what we were looking for. When it comes to colors, we are pretty minimalistic. We wanted to keep everything very earthy and neutral with small pops of color to tie in the fall season. I wanted our decor to revolve around more foliage than florals so we decided to incorporate a lot of greens into the bouquets, as well as, half-size eucalyptus garlands on our dinner tables – wooden farm tables to tie into the earthy tones – decorated with mix-and-match glass bottles which we collected (the bottles were actually our favorite sparkling water and cold brew coffees which we felt added a little quirk and personality to centerpieces!). The little flowers that we did have were white, blush, and nude mixed with the green foliage and I also had hanging burgundy pieces to match my wine-colored velvet heels that complemented my custom dress by Sarah Seven (Mariano wore an H&M suit with Saint Laurent shoes – the ultimate high/low combination!). My crown was actually my mom’s from her wedding – it was the perfect something borrowed that completed my look that day.

We are now blogging about married life on LifeasLeoncziks.com. As high school sweethearts, we ended up getting married at the age of 23 and moving in together after the wedding which is not a scenario you hear about as often nowadays! We like to blog about what married life has been like and share our experience as two young people chasing our dreams as husband and wife!

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Photography: Michael Tabuzo | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Floral Design: The Rosewood Girl | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Dulce de Leche Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dayra Galarza | Catering: Creative Foods Caterings | Band: Brian Beckford | Groom's Suit: H&M | Ceremony Music: Gabriella Chavez + Charlie Sztyk | Wedding Venue: 26 Bridge | Day-Of Coordination: Angelena Hreczny | Groom's Shoes: Saint Laurent | Hair + Makeup Artist: Courtney Androsiglio | Wedding Signage: Sabrina La Salle

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Your Guidebook to a Chic Holiday Elopement

Calling all winter brides-to-be! This holiday elopement editorial at the New York Public Library, designed by Bespoke Only, is #goals. It’s at once minimalist and festive, exactly what you’d expect of a chic NYC couple, and don’t even get us started on the fashion. Two words: Red. Velvet. We’ll go ahead and let you discover that goodness all on your own as you scroll through Sally Pinera’s images.

From Sally PineraNYC lovers honor their elopement with a celebratory saxophone stroll through the city after sharing vows at the New York City Public Library. This editorial celebrates stylish elopements made to highlight a unique and urban, classy couple. Design by Bespoke Only and gorgeous Marchesa and Johanna Ortiz gowns – this voguish celebration is a true statement!

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Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Design: Bespoke Only | Floral Design: Bespoke Only | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Shoes: Johanna Ortiz | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Olivia Halpin Hair | Venue: New York Public Library | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Red Gown: Johanna Ortiz

An Absolutely Adorable NYC E-Shoot!

These two shine bright amid the winter chilliness of New York City, from the Seaport to the busy streets of the Big Apple. Their smiles kept each other warm – and make our hearts giddy with love! Alison Conklin braved the cold weather with them and we’re mighty glad she did – these engagement pics are too cute to miss!

From Alison Conklin… Thank you so much for featuring this fun cold weather engagement session! My favorite image from this session is the one of them in the steam on the streets of NY!


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Photography: Alison Conklin Photography

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One Weekend is All You Need to Plan That Dream Wedding

If we’re being honest, finding the right wedding venue can be a little tricky. It takes time, patience and maybe a lucky break or two. That’s why we are so excited for the 5th annual Wedding Show Weekend happening on March 10th and 11th. Hosted by the venue-finding geniuses at Country Club Receptions, it features over 35 country clubs and golf courses across the country (including three in New York and one in New Jersey). In other words? It’s your chance to find that perfect venue all in one weekend – for free.

We know there are a lot of wedding shows out there, but Wedding Show Weekend is different. It’s stress-free, convenient and free – and with two fab country clubs in New York and one in New Jersey, you’re sure to find the right venue for you and yours. Like one of the Wedding Show Weekend’s coolest venues, the Dyker Beach Golf Course. It’s a historic Brooklyn icon that opened over 100+ years ago and the elegant decor + 6,000-square-foot patio are awesome. Also on our love list? The Pelham Bay and Split Rock Golf Courses, aka, two Bronx treasures that originally opened in 1901. If you love anything and everything Art Deco, the ballrooms will floor you. Oh, and speaking of ballrooms – the Beaver Brook Country Club in Hunterdon County, New Jersey is a one-of-a-kind venue that can host 180 guests. Plus, the views are insanely gorgeous.

Whether you’re planning the celebration of a lifetime in New York or New Jersey, the Wedding Show Weekend is your one-stop venue shop with four country clubs and golf courses that are perfect for hosting your big event. Also perfect? Not taking weeks upon weeks to find that venue of your dreams and literally filling one amazing weekend with all of the locales you’ve been eyeing, so you can start planning. Not to mention the amazing vendors, on-site directors and tasty cuisine for you to sample.

Ready to meet the venue + vendor team that will make your dream day happen? RSVP for free on the Wedding Show Weekend’s website and start planning your two days of venue hopping. And be sure to visit their Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for even more inspiration.

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Bowling, Margaritas + A 90s Cover Band: We SO Wish We Were Invited To This Wedding!

I am insanely jealous that I was not a guest at this wedding. Held at the fabulous Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, this Bride and Groom celebrated with some of the best wedding food and drink I’ve ever heard of. We’re talking fried chicken and frozen margaritas… at the cocktail hour alone! Oh and that cocktail hour? It was held at the Brooklyn Bowl across the street from the Wythe. This wedding just keeps getting better and better with every new detail (designed by Lavender Grey Events)… and with every one of Adam Barnes’ photos. See more from the best party in town right this way!

From the Bride… When we decided to have our wedding on the east coast, close to our families, we knew that New York City was our ideal location. Our guests would be coming from all over – California to New Zealand – so a location with lodging and activities was the top of our list. We loved that Williamsburg and Wythe Hotel offered just that. Joe and I created an accommodations book of our favorite bars, restaurants, sights, hotels, and shopping that we included in our invitation designed by Sloane Harmony. We included things like my all-time favorite view of Manhattan (from the Staten Island Ferry at night), and Rough Trade (Joe’s favorite place to go digging for vinyl). We both just wanted our guests to have an unforgettable weekend in the city we love.

I spent the night before the wedding with my Maid of Honor and best friend of 10 years, Alexandria. In a beautiful room at the Wythe with a stunning view of Manhattan, we talked about my soon-to-be hubby and drank champagne… it was a good, old fashioned sleepover. When the morning arrived and my bridesmaids joined us, the fun and excitement continued. Joe spent the morning with his family – the men got straight razor shaves, followed by lunch at Reynard – and the afternoon with his groomsmen getting ready while we had bagels and mimosas two floors down. My old friend and fantastic makeup and hair stylist, Nicole Amaducci glammed my girls, while I was pampered by Michiko Boorberg and Clarissa Luna. Alexandria’s mom adorned the softest robes with gorgeous geometrical lace for myself and the bridesmaids, and I presented vintage handkerchiefs (I had a feeling it would be a tearful day). Joe gifted his groomsmen with his favorite book inscribed with a note to each. Joe and I decided not to do a first look because I always had this idea of catching the look on my groom’s face as I walked down the aisle towards him with all of our loved ones supporting us, so instead, our wonderful photographer Adam Barnes caught a first look for both my mom and my dad.

Guests were welcomed by a 3-piece jazz band and a pre-ceremony bar marked by a big wooden sign we created. Joe’s parents brought the wood and his great grandmother, artist Ilonka Karasz’s easels, and I (along with my favorite Cricut machine) created vinyl lettering and transfers of artwork done by my Maid of Honor – to create bar menus and signage to be used later. La Petite Gardenia dressed the space with decadent foliage garlands full with pods and berries for texture.

Walking down that aisle towards Joe was everything I imagined. As we both fought back tears (I was right about needing the handkerchiefs), all I could think about was that this is what every little girl dreams about. It really was the fairytale. We were married by Alexandria’s father, someone we greatly admire and who opened his heart to us both over the years. We read vows that made each other laugh and cry and we finished our walk back down the aisle with a toast of our favorite champagne. It was perfect.

We did something a bit different for our cocktail hour – we led all of our 115 guests across the street to Brooklyn Bowl. Here we used another of the signs we created to encourage guests to follow us into the bowling alley. At Brooklyn Bowl, they enjoyed Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, cocktails, and the Bowl’s famous frozen margaritas while showing off their skills at a few frames. After cocktail hour, the sign was flipped to “Let’s Eat” and guests were welcomed back to the Wythe for the reception.

The Outdoor Garden had transformed from our ceremony space to the soon-to-be dance floor, but first, guests were invited into the Main Hall for dinner after stopping to pick up their escort cards. Immediately after Joe and I got engaged at the United Artists Theatre DTLA, we went for a celebratory drink at The Ace Hotel. We came across their photo booth and took a few pictures to capture our excitement. Now every time we see a photo booth, we have to go in to add to our collection – but back to the escort cards. We had the two photo strips from our engagement reproduced and Ivory Plum Lettering wrote everyone’s names and table numbers on them for us. My dad and I built the wall they were attached to. The reception began with our first dance. My dad and I shared the second, followed by Joe and his mom. These are some of my favorite pictures of the whole night: Joe doing a merengue with his mother, my dad and I fighting back tears…

After dinner and four beautiful speeches, the doors to the Outdoor Garden opened and our beyond fantastic 90’s cover band, Jeff From Accounting, drew the crowd outside. I had created a big sign as a surprise for Joe (with the help of my dad and a long time family friend) with a piece of our story on it. After he saw, I snuck upstairs for a costume change. I also surprised him with a cigarette girl who passed cigarettes, cigars, and custom matches with Alexandria’s drawing of our dog, Dylan, that said “Congrats Mom and Dad”. Joe’s favorite movie is the Sound of Music, so there was even a little joke with the signage. We didn’t do the traditional bouquet or garter toss, but after an amazing dance / scream your face off to your favorite 90’s song (i.e. Say It Ain’t So, Hey Jealousy, etc.) set, we cut a small cake and bite sized desserts were brought out on concession trays I had created so that guests didn’t have to leave the dance floor. The band had ended and our wonderful DJ played an inspired mix of popular music from the 70’s through the early 2000’s, kicking it off with amazing disco. The night ended with our guests getting to take home a night cap. Rocks glasses, mini bottles of alcohol, and mixers were set up on two bookshelves and guests could grab their ingredients on the way out the door. For those that wanted to keep the party going, Schimanski Nightclub opened it’s doors to our guests.

It was everything I dreamed it would be. Our guests had an amazing time, we were surrounded by amazing friends and family, the food was delicious, the music was wonderful, we bowled, I got to marry my best friend… it was incredible. I’ll never forget standing in the middle of the dance floor, looking up at the glow of the string lights and the moon beyond, and thinking “this is what complete happiness feels like”. Thank you to all who shared in and made our day possible. We love you.

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Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Coordination: Baskin Events | Event Design: Lavender Grey Events | Floral Design: La Petite Gardenia | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Sloane Harmony Design | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Calligraphy: Ivory Plum Lettering | DJ: Daniel Moose | Groom's Attire: Topman | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Wythe Hotel | 90s Cover Band: Jeff From Accounting | Bride's Hair: Michiko Boorberg | Bride's Makeup: Clarissa Luna | Bride's Party Dress: Herve Leger | Bride's Party Earrings: Brittany Leslie | Bride's Party Shoes: Schutz | Bridesmaids' Hair + Makeup: Nicole Makeup And Hair | Cocktail Hour Venue: Brooklyn Bowl | Groom's Shoes: Common Projects | Rentals: Patina

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Parisian Inspired Bridal Style is Everything You’ve Been Looking For

They say Paris is always a good idea, and we’ll go ahead a lump chic French girl style in with that sentiment. Inspired by gorgeous Marchesa gowns and a painterly pastel palette, East Made Event Company fashioned a bridal shoot perfect for a romantic walk down the aisle. Blush tulle, structured lace, and floral appliqué are paired with bouquets by AvaFlora and a Laduree cameo, of course. Get inspired to add a Parisian flair to your wedding day with stunning imagery by Sophie Kaye and the gorgeous film by Anna Lord Studio.

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This French-influenced editorial was inspired by the romantic, couture bride – one who still swoons over dreamy painterly pastels, yet is enticed by luxurious details and bespoke pieces. Working with three brand new Marchesa Couture gowns fresh off the runway, we pulled concepts from both the luxury wedding market and current fashion trends to keep our shoot feeling current and inspirational. A trio of unique accompanying bouquets by Ava Flora brought our vision to life in the heart of the city that never sleeps, imitating the beautiful city of light. Flatlays created by stylist Elizabeth were the breather images between portraits and moody movement images, beautifully displaying the brand new collection of Bella Belle Shoes, macarons in gorgeous tones, and stunning jewelry from BHLDN. Our fresh-faced model embraced each look with a coordinating aesthetic – from the tousled, playful girl wearing blooms and eating macarons, to the sleek traditional bride in silk and lace, to the dreamy tulle gown in the most lovely shade of blush. The surrounding landscapes and architecture of French inspired NYC enhanced the beauty of each gown and helped complete our editorial story.

Photography: Sophie Kaye Photography | Cinematography: Anna Lord Studio | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: BHLDN | Rings: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Makeup: Natalia Bizinha Makeup Artist | Hair: Reflections Hair Design | Calligraphy: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Creative Direction: East Made Event Company | Gown Referral: Lovely Bridal Shop | Headpiece: East Coast Trimming | Model: Kathleen McGonigle | Ribbon: East Coast Trimming | Veil: Sheeta Design

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Organic, Soft, Minimalist… And Oh So Magical!

I’ve been to the 1Hotel in Miami before so when this Bride stated that her and her future hubby were inspired by its gorgeous space… I knew exactly what she meant (it’s stunning to say the least). With that style in mind, they went ahead creating a wedding that was minimalist yet so magical. Kate Ignatoskwi captured it all for our lucky eyes – see more pics below and in our gallery right this way!

From the Bride… To be honest, when we started thinking about planning our wedding, all we knew was that we wanted to throw an awesome party and have a vibe that would be true to us as a couple: simple and fun!

While we are both coincidentally from Singapore, Andrew and I were set up on a blind date here in NYC and knew we wanted to celebrate somewhere in the city (also for the convenience factor!). We had went on vacation to Miami where we stayed at the 1Hotel and were obsessed with the space: minimalist, eco-friendly, and truly thoughtful service. When we found out they would be opening a 1Hotel by the Brooklyn Bridge in 2017, we knew that would be the perfect venue for our wedding. During our first visit to the event space, we wore construction hats in the dead of winter, but could already tell that it would be beautiful upon completion. The actual event space was even more beautiful than we had imagined, with marble, concrete and wood embedded with lush greenery.

Our personal aesthetic is modern: I love neutral tones, greys, asymmetry, and natural light. We left most of the actual planning to my super helpful planner, Melissa, who was able to take our idea of a “minimalist space” and turn it into a reality. On the day itself, the weather turned out perfect, and we were able to do our ceremony semi-outside overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge in front of a cool floral installation on the rocks by our fantastic florist Bourgeon. The wedding day itself flew by because we were having SO much fun with our family and friends! Fortunately, we have the most beautiful photographs by Kate to remember ALL the moments. The food, drinks, cake, service were all amazing – everyone was happily fed and hydrated. :)

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Photography: Kate Ignatowski Photography | Event Planning: Bespoke Only | Floral Design: Bourgeon | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Nine Cakes | Stationery: Refine Studio | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair + Makeup: VickyC5 | DJ: 74 Events | Wedding Venue: 1 Hotel South Beach | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Groom's Tux: Michael Andrews Bespoke

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The Cutest Couple’s Engagement Shoot at the Iconic NYPL

“We don’t really have an earth shattering love story. It was more like an awkward encounter over the internet followed by a string of awkward encounters in person, and then eventually finding out that we liked being awkward together.” I knew immediately after reading their story, I wanted to be best friends with this couple and that their New York Public Library engagement session photographed by Andrew & Ada was about to steal my heart. One look at this gallery, and I was not disappointed.

From Andrew & Ada Fine Art Photography… It was serendipitous that Charlotte would find us and we would be traveling to NYC that summer. Being a photographer herself, Charlotte knew exactly what she wanted! She wanted to have a fine art look: very clean and modern, but incredibly romantic. We joined them amongst the columns and steps at the New York Public Library in Bryant Park and our day with them began.

Charlotte and David are both light-hearted and humble people that find moments to joke and laugh in between every occasion. We found ourselves laughing through the session with them as if we have known each other forever! Yet through all the dad-jokes and puns, they ultimately seek each other to hush and hold; to whisper kind words and share kisses on cheeks.


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Photography: ANDREW AND ADA | Dress: David's Bridal | Ring: Littman Jewelers | Bouquet: DIY | Save the Dates: DIY

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A Magically Golden NYC Engagement Shoot

Golden hour, a beautiful bouquet, lots of laughter, love and even a celeb sighting; the perfect ingredients for a stylish and successful engagement shoot if we do say so ourselves! With all of these elements in place, we dive into Emily Jane’s shoot right here and fall in love immediately, leaving us feeling inspired and pretty giddy. What more could we ask for!?

From Emily Jane Photography… Just to be around Jackie and Danny is a real treat. They are a team in every sense of the word. They met while in school in Michigan and both moved to NYC to start their careers after graduating. 

I met up with Jackie and Danny in NYC at their cute apartment. As we drove around the city they both pointed out spots they loved to spend time together. One of their favorites was Central Park.

 We started the shoot in Greenwich Village as golden hour approached. We walked through the charming neighborhood and even stopped to buy fresh flowers. 

As we got closer to golden hour we took a cab into Central Park (we even saw Ben Affleck on the way!) The light this evening was just beautiful. 

I love when the light hits the top of the buildings from inside Central Park. It’s a really beautiful sight. All of the sudden harsh, hot sun becomes this soft creamy light. It’s the perfect time to walk around to park and that’s what we did.

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Photography: Emily Jane Photography

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Enchanting Blush + White Summer Wedding

Amid the hustle and bustle of NYC, there is a green oasis, The Foundry, covered in beautiful ivy and host to enchanting weddings such as this one right here. Brklyn View Photography captured it all, from the lush surroundings to the tender moments between the new Mr. and Mrs. and this gallery of gorgeousness is putting us in one heck of a great mood. Want in on all this happy energy? Follow our lead right this way

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From Brklyn View Photography… The Foundry is one of the prettiest and most unique wedding venues in New York City. It’s the perfect mix of old and new, soft and hard with an amazing outside reception space and that’s why it was the perfect location for Laura and Kim’s wedding day! Laura and her bridesmaids got ready at The Foundry while Kim was with his groomsmen at their apartment in Brooklyn. The bride wore a stunning wedding dress by Alvina Valenta and everyone was a little obsessed with her head piece by Twigs and Honey (including me!!). The Foundry’s beautiful backyard garden space was in full bloom and the ivy was the perfect shade of green for their wedding party photos.

As the ceremony began, Kim saw Laura for the first time as she walked down the aisle arm and arm with her Father. The couple each wrote their own wedding vows that had everyone wiping their eyes by the time they said “I do”. With the help of their friends, the couple created the copper frame for their ceremony space that Mahir Floral Events dressed up with a detailed floral arrangement. I love how the couples mixed metals, shades of blush, rose gold, and greens for their wedding decor.

Under the clear tent in the garden, guests were invited to dine under the stars. Speeches by the Maid of Honor, Best Men and Laura’s father gave further insight into how deep their love goes and how they are absolutely perfect for each other. I’m so honored to have been part of their incredible day and excited to share some of my favorite wedding photos!

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Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Floral Design: Mahir | Wedding Dress: Che Bella | Invitations: Paperless Post | Reception Venue: The Foundry | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Hair + Makeup: Beautini | DJ: Expressway Music | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Bridal Accessories: Twigs & Honey

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Blending Heritages Made This Thoughtful + Colorful Wedding Unforgettable

The bride is from Chile and is Catholic. The groom is from Australia and is Jewish. They met in South America and now call New York home. Brilliant Event Planning – along with a fantastic team including Face Time Beauty Concierge, Alicia Swedenborg, and Generation Events – brought all those influences together, and the result is this bright and beautiful, totally personalized botanic garden wedding! Before checking out the full gallery, be sure to read all the details below – there are so many thoughtful touches you won’t want to miss!

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From Brilliant Event PlanningRomina and Alexander wanted their wedding to feel happy and to be a celebration with their family and friends, many of whom had to travel from around the world to be with them. They merged Alexander’s Australian and Jewish heritage with Romina’s Chilean and Catholic roots, and the result is this bright, colorful wedding that is packed with personal touches!

The day started with Romina getting ready with her family and Alexander with his at his parent’s home. Our favorite detail from the morning is their invitation suite by Ellen Weldon. It was done completely in hand calligraphy and paired with a hand-drawn map of NYC containing little icons for all of the places important to the wedding weekend! As soon as everyone was dressed, they headed to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for photos. They lucked out – the weather that day was incredible!

After a teary first look and lots of pictures in the garden, it was time for the ceremony. A cello and piano duo played as Romina made her entrance. During the ceremony, the couple merged Jewish and Catholic traditions. There was a chuppah and, of course, breaking glass at the end of the ceremony, as well as a unity candle. The ceremony was completely bilingual and officiated by two of their closest friends. Romina really wanted the flowers to be bright and colorful, but still elegant. Denise Fasanello, the florist, couldn’t have gotten this more perfectly!

Romina designed and created a massive escort display to represent Chile, which is not only where she is from, but it’s also where she met Alexander. Each guest received a card that placed them at a table named after a different city in Chile. The display was accented with custom NYC taxi cabs, a nod to the city Romina and Alexander call home. Each cab had their names and wedding date, written in hand-calligraphy. Later in the evening, the couple surprised their guests with a sala performance! After a standing ovation, their DJ, Jason of Generation Events, took over the dance floor with a hybrid music performance – a DJ paired with drums and a sax. The trio kept the dance floor on fire until 1am! At the end of the night, guests gave Romina and Alexander a sparkler send-off, and the newlyweds drove off to the Brooklyn Bridge in a vintage NYC checker cab.

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Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Cinematography: Kiss The Bride Films | Event Planning: Brilliant Event Planning | Floral Design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design | Invitations: ellen weldon | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | DJ: Generation Events | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Photo Booth: Hipstr Photobooth | Salsa: Casa Brazilia

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Take a Peek at the Most Intimate Engagement Session We’ve Ever Seen

Intimate. It’s the only word needed to describe this at-home engagement session, captured so beautifully by Sally Pinera. And we’re kind of in love with the stripped down approach – the simplicity, romance, and raw emotion are enough to make our hearts skip a beat. So join us as we peek into the sweet, sweet moments shared by this gorgeous, New Yorker couple.

From Sally PineraEngagement sessions are a beautiful way to capture the intimate love between a couple. I would deem them to be just as important as the wedding photos because its just you two, nothing else – no dress, no guest, no vow book – just you two that make it special.

Annabelle and Carlos wanted their session to be as intimate as possible while showcasing the city that they met, fell in love, and lived in. It’s always important to not force things at an engagement session. Allowing natural rhythms, natural movements, and natural stages to happen give way to magical moments! For Annabelle and Carlos, we had an intimate yet playful session indoors in the comfort of a bed. There were no frills, no crazy mountain backdrops, no gown or flowers. Just the two of them, in love, in the comfiest clothes. With that, we headed into the hustle of the city and walked around Central Park and the iconic Top of the Rock to finish their session as true New York lovers.

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Photography: Sally Pinera | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Olivia Halpin Hair

The Most Breathtaking Warehouse Wedding We’ve Ever Seen

With the Bride’s father unable to travel to the wedding because of health issues, the photography and videography took on an even greater importance.. and the finished results are just as stunning as the celebration itself. CLY By Matthew captured every ounce of beauty, from the grandeur of the venue to the tender moments between this beautiful Bride and Groom, and Fred Lee filmed the action live and it all came together oh so perfectly. This is a gallery not to be missed.

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From the Bride… Our wedding was bittersweet. As we were finalizing the details and readying ourselves for marriage, we were hit with the crushing and heartbreaking news that my dad had suffered a stroke just two weeks before the big day. He wouldn’t be able to travel from Korea to NY. Plans to cancel or postpone the wedding rushed through my mind. In the end, with tears and heartache, we decided to go through with the wedding at my dad’s request. I would have given anything to have had him there, but he was able to experience every detail and relive the day through the work of our talented photographer, Matthew of CLY by Matthew, and our amazing videographer, Fred Lee, who truly captured the raw emotions of that day.

If you’re not familiar, Long Island City is an industrial area across the river from Manhattan, where our view is the beautiful and towering NYC skyline. This place is special to us. After nearly seven years together, it’s where my then boyfriend and I chose to move in together for the first time. It’s where he proposed the very night we moved in. It’s where we built our home full of so much love and constant laughter. That’s why, when it came to choosing a place to get married, Long Island City was a no brainer. It was, after all, where we joined our lives together.

Our venue, The Metropolitan Building, is quite simply, a breathtaking warehouse hidden within the industrial remnants of Long Island City. Though unassuming at first glance, you’re transported to a different era once you walk in. The space is enchantingly beautiful, and its details are hauntingly captivating. With its multiple floors, each full of individual character and charm, we knew that we could bring our vision to life here in this century-old gem.

It was important to our families that in addition to our Americanized ceremony that we performed a Korean ceremony as well. With the vibrant colors of our Korean outfits contrasting against the muted colors of the warehouse’s walls, it was a special moment where two cultures met and blended beautifully.

Greens and candles flooded our reception floor, creating a warm, natural and inviting atmosphere against the unadorned warehouse aesthetic. Garlands of leaves lined the long tables while thick bundles of tall eucalyptus branches were scattered throughout the open space. As a focal point, fairy lights were suspended over our sweetheart table giving us the feeling of sitting under a canopy of stars.

It takes a village, they say. We couldn’t agree more. All of our vendors were so wonderful to work with. Special shout out to our planners, Emily and Jasmine of Events by O9, who guided us every step of the way to make sure every detail was taken care of and nothing was overlooked.

I thank my lucky stars that my dad is better now. Looking back on our big day, however, even though his absence inevitably coated a layer of sadness throughout the celebration, our vendors worked so hard to ensure that everything was perfectly executed and that all we needed to do was to enjoy the moment. Our family, friends and everyone who brought that day to life managed to make our wedding magical, and for that, we’re forever grateful.

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Photography: CLY BY MATTHEW | Videography: Fred Lee | Event Planning: Events by O9 | Floral Design: Events by O9 | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Pauline Bakes | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Bassett Caterers | Hair + Makeup: VickyC5 | Lighting: Universal Light And Sound | DJ: URE Events | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Metropolitan Building | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Salon Of Manhasset | Day of Coordinator: Events by O9 | Floral Assistance: Occasion9 | Korean Ceremony: The Hanbok | Photobooth: Cly Booth

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We’d Get Up at 4am For An Engagement Shoot as Gorgeous as This

Four o’clock in the morning is always a tough pill to swallow… unless you’re having your engagement pics taken by Sophie Epton at sunrise with the skyline of NYC behind you. Sophie snapped these two as they strolled across the Brooklyn Bridge, and with the city to themselves, they ventured to Washington Park to continue the fun. With sights to see and sweet moments galore, we have quite the gallery, definitely worth spending some quality time in. Join us there, right this way

From Sophie Epton Photography… Ray and Wes are some of the nicest clients we’ve ever had, and when they asked us to photograph their engagement session in NYC (the city where they started their life together) we couldn’t wait to pack our bags and jet off to the Big Apple to document this special occasion!

While getting up at 4am is never fun, it’s always worth it for the shoot, especially in a big city! We were all up bright and early on a brisk June morning right as the sun was peeking up over the Brooklyn Bridge… and it felt like we had the entire city to ourselves. We shot at all of Ray and Wes’ favorite areas… DUMBO, the Brooklyn Bridge, Washington Park, and even managed to get in a few photos of the two of them in the street while taxis sped by in the hectic energy of the urban jungle. Ending our shoot at the beautiful High Line by the Chelsea Market, Ray had us all cracking up talking about how “he could finally eat a bagel now that the shoot was over.” Ray and Wes, we adore you and our time together in the city… can’t wait for the big day!

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Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Shoes: Cole Haan | Blazer: Banana Republic | Dress Pants: Celio | Dress Shirt: J.Crew | Dress Shoes: Banana Republic | Film Developing + Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Jeans: Levis Jeans | Shirt: Banana Republic

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