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NYC Spring Cherry Blossom Elopement

For all those brides who’ve ever wondered what a chic, New York City elopement could look like – this one is for you. It’s what happens when two madly-in-love sweethearts tie the knot at City Hall with Emilia Jane Photography by their side. Designs By Ahn whipped up the prettiest pink bouquet for the occasion, and there’s so much more in the gallery right here.


From Emilia Jane Photography….The perfect cherry blossom NYC elopement! These two lovebirds flew in from Moscow to get married at City Hall in New York and have a lovely intimate dinner with family at Bobo. They wanted a classic day and in my opinion it was timelessly perfect.

Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Flowers: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Gown: Miu Miu | Cake: Laduree | Ceremony Venue: New York City Hall | Reception Venue: Bobo NYC | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hotel/Getting Ready Locaiton: Marlton Hotel | Tights: La Perla

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Chic New York City Elopement

Results are in, and this duo officially wins the title of “cutest couple ever.” Seriously! The stylish pair surely turned heads on the way to City Hall for their chic elopement, and grabbing the attention of a New Yorker is no easy feat. Get ready to gush over all the aw-worthy moments and click here to see more from Jimena Roquero.

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From Jimena Roquero….Aileen and Harry met in DC where they both work and live, but they decided to secretly get married in New York. They picked a date in the middle of December and they celebrated a romantic elopement in City Hall. It was a perfect day, just the way they had planned it. They even got a free ride from the taxi driver who drove them to Tribeca for the photoshoot!!

From The Bride…My husband and I met in DC but we decided to travel to NYC for the wedding because it is one of my favorite cities. I moved away from NYC in 2003 and to this day still miss it dearly. We wanted the day to just be simple and just about us, so we didn’t tell anyone except for my girl friends who would be our witnesses. The day after, we surprised our family and friends with the news.

Photography: Jimena Roquero Photography | Wedding Dress: Shopbop | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bracelet: J.Crew | Makeup: Sasha Yefremova | Hair: Johnny Wojtanowicz | Suit: Massimo Dutti | Bag: Diane Von Furstenberg | Bouquet: LDF Floral Design | City Hall: City Hall | Coat: Shopbop | Earrings: Juliet & Company | Groom's shoes: J.Crew | Tie: Hermes

5 Tips for Purchasing a Custom Engagement Ring

Engagement rings aren’t always discussed at length, because well, a proposal is most often a surprise. But nonetheless, scouting out the perfect ring is a tough process. So why not go the custom route? Josh Levkoff is giving us five handy tips on the process today. If you’re in the market for a one-of-a-kind sparkler, you might want to tuck this one away for safe keeping! And darlings, we won’t tell if you anonymously leave this post up on your sweetie’s screen.

From Josh Levkoff Private Jeweler… We all know someone whose engagement ring is just…meh. That should never be. For something that will be worn and seen every single day, an engagement ring should be loved, cherished, and coveted! As a custom jeweler at Josh Levkoff Jewelry for many years, I’ve seen it all. From clients who know exactly what they want, to those who have no clue, creating custom jewelry is an experience from beginning to end. By going the custom route, you and your jeweler can create a one-of-a-kind engagement ring together that you can be sure no one else in the world has. So what exactly is the process and best way to approach customizing an engagement ring? Here are five important tips to getting the sparkler you’re in the market for.

1. Get inspired. From pages of a magazine to pins on Pinterest, inspiration can be found anywhere! Talk to people, take pictures of friends’ rings, go window shopping—anything for interesting ideas. Knowing your (or your significant other’s) style is important as well. Are you a risk taker, or more conservative? Do you like to dress up, or be casual? These factors can be brought into the ring creation. At a loss? The design team at Josh Levkoff Jewelry can provide you with plenty of ideas to get the wheels turning.

2. Find a jeweler you trust. Working with someone you can trust is a very important factor in this process. Ask around—usually word of mouth will find you a reliable jeweler. From there, be sure to use their knowledge, resources, and experience. Let him or her bring their talent and creativity to your project! After all, they’re in this business for a reason.

3. Set a budget. Custom rings are not just for the rich and famous, but because of their endless possibilities (and the fact that there are typically diamonds involved), they can get pricey quickly. So set your budget, be upfront about it with your jeweler, and stick to it. There are many ways a jeweler can help you can stretch your budget and maximize resources to obtain a beautiful piece. And remember: bigger is not always better.

4. Pick your stone. This is when it starts to get fun! At Josh Levkoff Jewelry, clients not only get a beautiful end result—they are educated along the way. When custom designing a ring, you first pick out the center diamond and then you build the rest around it. The design team goes through all of the shapes and sizes of diamonds and/or various other gemstones until you find the perfect stone. With diamonds, craftsmanship and quality can vary drastically, so it’s important you find a jeweler who can give you the best quality piece for the best price.

5. Be open-minded and have fun! With today’s technology, anything you dream up can be created. And if you’re worried about taking a risk on a unique ring, don’t be! Thanks to CAD, or computer-aided design, you can see what your piece will look like before you throw down your credit card. CAD will help your jeweler take the design concept and its specifications (such as finger size, metal type, stone shape and size, stone placement, shank width, setting style, and more) and build a 3D design for your approval. So don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous! This is a unique opportunity to showcase your freedom of expression.

When customers see the final piece completed, they are mesmerized by it. And after being involved throughout the entire process, they feel a stronger appreciation for their unique piece. A custom design piece of jewelry always turns into an heirloom, a true treasure.

Photography: Elario Photography Inc | Jewelry: Josh Levkoff Private Jeweler | Venue: Private Residence

The Pan American Hotel Penthouse

We love to find a venue that feels like a fabulous beach destination for you and your guests, but no passports are necessary! Case in point: New Jersey’s Pan American Hotel Penthouse. Featuring panoramic views of the iconic Wildwood Crest beach, each and every event held at this unique locale is truly unique and amazingly beautiful.

Whether you’re planning a small, intimate ceremony or a soup to nuts celebration for 100, the Pan American Hotel Penthouse is completely dedicated to making each couple’s wedding dreams come true. Not only will guests love the luxe accommodations and stunning views, but they’ll also receive discounts to local amusement piers and watermarks which are less than six blocks away! Count me in. 

The Pan American Hotel Penthouse provides couples with amazing (and certified!) wedding + event planners to handle all the details of their big day and you’ll find the perfect package no matter your budget or style! For more information and to start planning your big day, head over here.

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Brooklyn Urban Garden Wedding

When Loli Events and Blossom and Branch join creative forces, good things happen. REALLY good things. They’re the pretty makers behind this rainy day Brooklyn wedding and the photos by Khaki Bedford are all the proof we need. Settle in with your cup o’ joe and prepare for an urban garden affair done right.


From Khaki Bedford PhotographyAdam Gerber, an Architectural Engineer, and Dana Friedman, a Non-profit Grant Writer, got ready at one of my favorite venues, The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was on the verge of torrential downpour when we headed outside to do the First Look and just as we stepped out it started pouring. It was a blessing in disguise as we ended up using the hotel room instead, which resulted in some of my favorite photos of the day! One of my favorite moments was during the First Look. Dana waited for Adam in her room, while looking out the window towards the Manhattan skyline, Adam crept in and they held hands back to back long enough for me to get “the shot.” They were so excited and it was such a lovely moment. You could tell how in love they are and they didn’t let the terrible weather ruin an ounce of their excitement for one another!

After getting ready at the Wythe Hotel, Dana and Adam walked to the eclectic Jungle Design garden for the ceremony. I love how the photos go from neutral blues and whites of the hotel to an explosion of color and greenery! The ceremony was short and sweet and then they all headed back to the Wythe Hotel for an amazing dinner at Reynard, toasts, and dancing!

Photography: Khaki Bedford Photography | Event Planning: Loli Events | Flowers: Blossom and Branch | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Jungle Nyc | Reception Venue: Wythe Hotel | DJ: Michael Seidler | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Getting Ready: Wythe Hotel | Lettering: TucciCursive | Rentals: Ace Party Rentals

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Cozy Hudson, NY Barn Wedding

It’s kind of a blogger cliché, but I’m one of those girls who completely geeks out over fall. The leather boots and pumpkin lattes, cozy sweaters and nutmeg candles – it’s everything I love rolled into one perfect time of year, and this berry colored wedding is yet another reason why. Pickles And Pies brought the romantic barn vision to life and Rebecca Yale Photography has all the goodies here.

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From Erin Crosby of Pickles and PiesAs a wedding planner and stylist I come across many kinds of weddings. All weddings are special, but others rise above that and become something truly memorable. Andrew and Gretchen are two of the kindest and lovliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Because Gretchen was off in Boston getting her degree from Harvard Business and Andrew had just opened up his first restaurant, Untamed Sandwiches here in NYC, Getting together and planning a wedding was not going to be easy. We relied on lots of emails and the use of Pinterest.

Gretchen being able to pin pictures that inspired her, and get ideas out of her head and into board gave me a peek into her wants and hopes for this wedding. What I came away with was a rustic, sweet, and romantic barn wedding. She chose jewel tones and deep purples for her colors, and let me fill in the blanks. I loved using lace and wooden boxes for floral centerpieces, and the use of craft paper for all our paper goods. We had custom chalkboards for the program and shuttle schedule. For the ceremony, we filled wood cones with dried lavender for the guests to throw, and had personal wood fans for the heat.

The entire day was filled with personal touches. The love of their lives is their dog Revis, who couldn’t be at the wedding. We created the special cocktail for the day called The Revis Island, to have him be a part of the celebration. The “guest book” was actually a polaroid camera. Guests took fun pictures of themselves then glued them into a custom book with a little note to our happy couple. One of my favorite touches to the wedding was the “table numbers”. They chose places/restaurants that had special meaning or importance in their relationship and told the story of why on the back of the cards. Every guest came away knowing a bit more about them as a couple. One of the big things that makes Andrew and Gretchen so wonderful, is that they are people who give. Helping others is part of who they are, and they are passionate about it. So instead of giving their guests a traditional gift, they let their guests choose what charity of three that were important to them to donate to. We made cards that were placed on each table setting, then set up a display of 3 jars for guests to put their cards in. They chose North Shore Animal League, Minds Matter, and Root & Rebound. The most beautiful thing to see was people not only putting their cards in, but dipping into their pockets and putting cash into the bowls.

This wedding ended up helping three organizations in need. The food was served family style by Cucina out of Woodstock. The day was captured by the wonderful Rebecca Yale. And the 45 Riots kept everyone dancing all night. We ended the night with a grand sparkler exit towards their after party, where we had a bonfire and late night drinks and snacks waiting for everyone. It was a beautiful day, for a wonderful couple.

From The Bride…Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more. In the morning, I had so much fun getting ready with my bridesmaids – admiring the hair stylists’ and the makeup artists’ work; popping champagne and lots of laughter. I was so lucky to be surrounded by such inspiring women who were also my closest friends, and it helped distract me from the butterflies in my stomach. I only learned later that my soon-to-be husband was experiencing the same butterflies while watching World Cup games with his groomsmen, even though I assumed he’d be the calm and collected one!

Seeing my husband for the first time for our First Look was probably my favorite moment of the day. Us being together (forever!) was the whole reason everyone had gathered in Hudson that day, and so seeing each other in our wedding-finery was both exhilarating and calming at once. My husband told me his favorite moment was later on seeing me walk down the aisle, but I was concentrating so hard on not crying at the time that I barely remember it.

Our officiant was a mutual friend who got ordained for the occasion and led a moving and personal interfaith ceremony. Despite an iffy forecast earlier in the week, the weather was perfect, and we got to enjoy the beautiful grounds of our venue for our ceremony and cocktail hour. We moved into the barn for the reception, which had a natural beauty without any adornment, but really took my breath away when I saw how our planner had set everything up – from the hanging twinkle lights, to the table runners, to the floral centerpieces, to the dance floor…no detail was overlooked!

We enjoyed a delicious family-style feast from Cucina and then a rocking dance party care of 45 Riots. And of course, through all the craziness, our incredible photographer was there to capture the special moments that were over in the blink of an eye. She was the best vendor decision we made for our wedding, and I will relive the day for years to come through her gorgeous images. Now that it’s all over, I’m just so excited to be married to the love of my life, and we’re so lucky to have celebrated our love with our nearest and dearest in the most wonderful way possible!

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videography: NST Pictures | Planner: Erin Crosby Of Pickles And Pies | Floral Design: Erin Crosby Of Pickles And Pies | Wedding Gown: Jenny Lee Bridal | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Catering: Cucina | Makeup: Face Stockholm | Hair Stylist: Jackie Kalmenson | Band: 45 Riots | Groom's Suit: Brooklyn Tailors | Venue: The Hill | Bouquets And Bouttonnieres: Christa Stosiek Of Markristo Farms | Earrings: Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry Purchased At Charm Chain | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's And Groomsmen Ties: John Varvatos | Ketubah: Paper Cuts By Oren | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Second Shooter: Monika Photography

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Brooklyn Neighborhood Engagement Session

We see lots and lots of engagement sessions on this little ol’ blog, and that’s a good thing, because I adore them. I love seeing the raw love between the bride and groom-to-be, like these two snapped up by Pezz Photo, lovin’ in their very own neighborhood. Get a taste of their sweet love right here in the galley.

From Pezz PhotoFor Vanessa and Jon’s engagement session, we decided to explore the Brooklyn neighborhood where they live. Since the bride-to-be worked at New York Public Library, we were delighted to stumble upon a local library featuring fun artist scrapbooks. This shoot highlights a summer of love in NYC, as the couple enjoys all the sights and tastes of the city before traveling to Tampa, Florida for their wedding.

Photography: Pezz Photo | Venue: Brooklyn Neighborhood

Library Inspired Wedding in New York

Here at SMP, we’re firm believers that inspiration is everywhere, and for these two lovebirds, a passion for reading had them hitting the library for some creative ideas. With help from Hatch Creative Studio, the unique design incorporated fun pieces (like a card catalog to hold the escort cards!) throughout the decor. Loli Events made sure everything ran perfectly and according to plan, and Photo Pink captured each magical moment.


From The Bride… My husband really wanted the farmhouse look, but I wanted something a little more upscale. We chose the Foundry because the greenhouse space offered something very spiritual and meditative with its ivy, water, and glass roof. The Foundry also offered lots of different spaces– I wanted my guests to have a different experience in every room, so there was always something to discover. I wasn’t too concerned with continuity of design.

Barb Salzman from Hatch Creative Studio was instrumental into turning our wedding into an experience, not simply an event. I didn’t want anything too tight or structured, lighter was better, but I also love installations. Barb spent hours with us helping me find just the right mix of yellow flowers, just the right heaviness and sparsity for the vases and the arch, and also located us a card catalog to pack our escort cards. She also listened to my less than conventional opinions about my bouquet. Our sample meeting was magical– I felt like I got to walk through my own wedding at her studio!

Finally, we were absolutely THRILLED with our PhotoPink pictures. We still think we have the best pictures we’ve seen.

My husband is not religious, but I am, so I modeled our ceremony after a Catholic wedding rite. We used the traditional “in sickness and in health” vows and also wrote our own surprise vows– Alex promised to always keep me at an external body temperature of 72 degrees (because I am always cold). I wrote the ceremony, and we really made sure that the focus was on the sanctity of marriage and union, rather than on our love.

We had choreographed our first dance using swing steps and had a lot of cool side by side steps. However, we hadn’t counted on the fact that my dress was about 4 feet+ in diameter and covered both our feet! No one could see our fancy moves.

At the reception, Alex sang for me and accompanied himself on guitar, Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” to hearken back to our lazy college days together, and Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Fire.” He made everyone swoon.

Photography: Photo Pink | Coordination: Loli Events | Event Design: Hatch Creative Studio | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Radish Catering | Reception Venue: The Foundry | Catering: Radish Catering | Hair: Styles On B | Grooms Attire: Armani | Cake Topper: Yellow Bird

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Romantic Autumn Wedding at The Foundry

Bold statement alert: the gallery you’re about to click through is bar none my favorite Jen Huang wedding ever. And if you take a look back at her amazing work over the years, you’ll realize that’s a pretty big deal. With layer upon layer of rich berry tones and floral lover’s heaven a la Poppies & Posies, this Monday morning just got really, REALLY good.

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From The Bride…My vision for the wedding design was romantic and ethereal, much as is my personal style. I’m a California girl through and through, and I wanted the wedding design to show my casual-but-funky style. Purple is both my and my husband’s favorite color, so we started our palette there, and moved on to include mint greens and rose golds.

The inspiration was vintage chic, with a lot of very soft touches to contrast with the industrial design of the space. As writers and scifi nerds, it was also very important to us to incorporate quite a few personal elements (hence the star wars table names, the vintage typewriter, the invitation addressed to Dumbledore,  and the LOTR quotes!). The aesthetic was ultimately driven by my gown, which in layers of blush silk chiffon and organza-but with a high couture design, embodied the romantic, modern fairy tale vibe I had envisioned. Because I wore blush, I wanted my bridesmaids to wear ivory, and the sweep of our collective gowns really added sense of airiness to the space. 

I put together a lot of the details myself-with the help of my very patient bridesmaids-including the chalkboards and cakestands-and although it was a lot of work, the end result was better than anything I could have ever hoped for. Everything flowed together so perfectly, from the romantic twinkle lights, to the vintage sofas, to the farm tables, to the deep purple dahlias and earthy succulents. Every detail of the design was seamlessly integrated, and although nothing ever goes exactly as planned, the culmination was flawless; there isn’t a single thing I would’ve changed about my wedding day! 

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Videography: Forged In The North | Floral Design: Poppies & Posies | Wedding Gown: Kleinfelds | Cakes: Lael Cakes | Invitations: Aerialist Press | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Catering: Michael Start | Makeup: NYC Faces | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting: Stortz Lighting | DJ: Jay MacElFresh | Groomsmen's Attire: Alton Lane | Venue: The Foundry | Belt: Etsy.com | Bridesmaids Robes: Etsy.com | Chalkboard Table Signs: Charlie Chalk | Hairpiece: BHLDN | Large Mint Chalkboards: Etsy.com | Menus And Programs: Etsy.com | Rentals: Patina | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Save The Dates: Copter Labs

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Classy Sun West Studios NYC Wedding

This soiree from Betsi Ewing? It’s a New York City classic through and through. Clean lines, white backdrops, crisp ivory florals and killer style (hello gorg Carolina Herrera dress!)… and did I mention it’s sprinkled with the cutest of kiddos? It’s a sweet sophistication that will keep you coming back for more.

From Betsi Ewing Studio… While in New York for business Madrid native Daniel was introduced to Gitty through a mutual friend. Neither knew they were being set up when they arrived at the now defunct Hotel Griffou in the West Village. Their dating savvy friend had thought it best they meet before having the opportunity to Google each other, and not because either was sitting on extensive criminal indictments but because she thought the “old fashioned way” stopped both from arriving with pre-conceived notions. Two weeks after they first met, Daniel returned to New York and took Gitty on four dates in a row. And while Gitty thought the relationship was most likely not going anywhere due to the fact that their homes sat on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, she still accepted his invitation to join him in Madrid for a week. And from there began a back and forth between Madrid and NYC which still continues today. They decided to get married in New York because it was where they met but also because it was halfway between Gitty’s family in Los Angeles and Daniel’s family in Spain. They married in an open plan loft in Chelsea surrounded by 140 of their closet friends and family. Their friend Jeff, who performed the ceremony, described it as the joining together of Gitty’s 120 friends with Daniel’s 20. It was a wonderful night of which they remember very little outside of the ceremony and the tug of war over the air conditioning. The Spanish contingency felt strongly that any air conditioning was too much while the Americans explained that sweating was not an attractive look. In the end, a compromise over the thermostat was reached. No doubt the first of many to come.

Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Event Planning: Mary Giuliani Catering & Events | Floral Design: Michael Day Studio | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: Paperless Post | Brides Shoes: Carolina Herrera | Venue: Sun West Studios | Earrings: Pomellato | Leather Belt: Carolina Herrera

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Rustic Wedding Under the Pines at The Roxbury Barn

When the beautiful Bride just so happens to manage the wedding section at Etsy, there’s no doubt her wedding will be sprinkled with the loveliest of details—details you’ll fall hard in love with. And when you ‘meet’ both her and her dashing Groom via Josh Gooden‘s amazing film, you’ll instantly fall in love with them too. Their sweet love letters to one another, happy first-look smiles and a twinkling first dance… it’s adorable and heart-warming. See the rest here in the gallery from Inbal Sivan!

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From Josh Gooden CinematographyThis is one of my favorite weddings that I’ve ever had the privilege to shoot. The bride manages the wedding section of Etsy.com as a staff member, so we were in for a real treat! The wedding took place under some amazing pines in Roxbury, NY, so it had a very woodsy/rustic feel. Both the bride and groom are insanely talented in their own right, so there were personalized vows that spoke to them, surprise guitar performances, a tango or two from Zack’s grandparents, and more.

From the beautiful Bride… On August 25, I married my best friend. It will be a day I’ll always treasure. Zack and I began dating our last semester at college, but those four months were some of the happiest of my first 22 years, with more surprises, fun, and love than I thought possible. After an amazing post­grad adventure to Peru, we parted ways to Philadelphia and New York, deciding to stick together as long as our motto, “so far, so good,” rung true. A couple of years later, I landed a once­in­a­lifetime internship and moved to New York to work on the Etsy Blog. As I planted roots for my career and life in the Big Apple, we tested our relationship in a 400­ sq. ­foot East Village studio, complete with a Murphy bed.

Luckily we turned out to be two peas in a pod, and after three ­and­ a­ half years of dating, we got engaged. True to form, Zack surprised me with a poem chronicling our relationship, turned into an artful book illustrated by Attic of Curiosities. The simple ring held the diamond that had engaged his mother and grandmother, which we later complemented with a 1920’s setting. As we began planning the wedding of our dreams, we realized how important it was to us that the experience reflect who we are. We wanted to set the tone with a ceremony that was honest and heartfelt, in a setting that highlighted our love of nature and sense of adventure. We wanted to create a joyful atmosphere for friends and family that would extend throughout the weekend, encouraging mingling and fun.

We found the perfect setting in Roxbury, New York, a charming historic town in the Catskill Mountains. We made our invites from scratch, with commissioned stamps made locally. We reduced paper waste by folding the invite to be the envelope itself, and included the RSVP form and other important information on our website. The many bed and breakfasts and private rentals in the area provided lodging for our guests, who had fun exploring neighboring towns and a local farmers’ market. An informal rehearsal dinner at the local performing arts center, with lighthearted “acts” by friends, family and a local bluegrass band, kicked things off and set the tone for a jovial weekend.

We got ready at the historic Roxbury Village Inn, where we later held our Sunday brunch. My bridesmaids were able to roll out of bed and mosey over to the bridal suite to prep for the wedding. I gave them each a necklace from The Whirlwind, choosing unique designs to match their individual styles. To wrap the stems of our bouquets, I found vintage scarves in tonal colors from zaama, Ethel and Annie Scarves, sunsprite2011, Sarara Vintage, and Luv Me Two Times.

Our wedding was held at The Roxbury Barn, whose beautiful grounds provided a flexible canvas for our special day. We chose to have our ceremony in an intimate grove of tall, lodgepole pines that felt magical from the first time we visited it. We framed the ceremony with tall curtains we made ourselves, and the addition of flowers at the base completed the simple look. My nephews were our ring bearers, with pillows from whichgoose and cute bowties made by bloombyarissia. We developed a heartfelt ceremony with the rabbi, a family friend, and each wrote our own vows that made the moment sincere and personal. After sealing our marriage with a kiss, thousands of maple leaf “helicopters” floated from above — our own version of bubbles.

After cocktail hour overlooking the Catskills, we moved downhill to have dinner on the lawn outside of the barn. The decor elements we added included place cards (with twine from fromlosttofound) and table runners, which were quick and easy since we simply tore the woven fabric and left the edges raw to fit the rustic setting. We purchased bulk frames, and made some into reusable menus, with chalkboard paint and pens. Our table “numbers” were actually places that held significance in our relationship; guests could move around, meeting people and learn more about our history. Finally, the flowers, mercury glass, candles and string lights from the venue and florist made the scene transition beautifully as the sun set. We paused during dinner to take in the wonderful moment.

When dinner and speeches were complete, we began the real party in the barn. The dancing didn’t stop for hours. With such a beautiful structure, hardly any decor was needed. I created garlands out of scraps of fabric, and we hung childhood and family photos upstairs. We had a Magnolia photo booth upstairs, and asked our guests to paste in a print of themselves and add message to our guest book, which was created by Three Trees Bindery. It is a keepsake we will treasure forever.

If there are any takeaways we can share from our experience, they’d be: There are no rules. Just because something is traditional doesn’t mean it’s right for you. We carefully made decisions based on whether doing (blank) meant a lot to us — and in the end, everything we said and did felt genuine to us. Spend thoughtfully. Chances are, this is the largest amount of money you will spend thus far in your lives. Your dollars can go far in contributing to both a beautiful day, and to supporting the livelihood of artisans and small, local businesses. Create your own vows. We wrote ours a week before our wedding, and the process forced us to get off the high ­speed­ planning train, and focus on why we were doing this. Reading them in our ceremony was unforgettable, and they will help guide us throughout our many years ahead.

The night ended with a bonfire on the hill, where we wound down and reflected on what a beautiful day it had been. Several months later, we’re still pinching ourselves, and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Photography: Inbal Sivan Photography | Cinematography: Josh Gooden Cinematography | Coordinator: Casper De Boer | Florist: Catskill Flower Shop | Ceremony Venue: The Roxbury Barn | Reception Venue: The Roxbury Barn | Caterer: Jonah Shaw | DJ: White Label DJs | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

Timeless Long Island Wedding at Chateau Briand

There are so many moments captured by Ayenia Nour Photography of this gorgeous wedding planned by Exquisite Affairs Productions I adore, but there are two that truly make me weak in the knees. First, is that ceremony setting. It’s beyond and will probably day in my dreams for days. Second, is the way these two look at each other. Obviously, there is so much more to swoon over, but a Groom that looks at his gorgeous Bride that way always wins in my book.

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From The Bride…Corey won me over with his great sense of humor and strong family bond. So when he proposed, it made perfect sense to be surrounded by both of our families. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, he asked me to marry him, after a few minutes, I realized he was serious, and I finally said “yes!”

After deciding we waited long enough to get married, we booked and planned our wedding in less than 3 months! I had a vision of the venue style I wanted, I was looking for a clean modern look with outdoor option. With one look at the newly renovated room at Chateau Briand, I was sold! The outdoor area provided a romantic aisle to meet my groom.

Pinterest helped me find inspiration and organize ideas. I tried to stick to a timeless style. Lucky we had the support of our talented family and friends. My mother-in-law addressed all of our invitations with her calligraphy. A dear family friend brought my bridal vision to life, first by creating a headband out of a piece I found, then by shifting the belt on my dress. I wore my sister’s handmade cathedral mantilla veil to complete a classic look. To stay connected throughout the day, I held my grandmother’s handkerchief with my bouquet, pinned with her photo charm.

No wedding is complete without a few DIY projects. My card box was a group effort to create the look of a draped veil. My sister is a “day of” wedding coordinator and quickly had recommendations for vendors. Photographer Ayenia Nour and videographer 15 Minutes of Frame, captured the love we felt that day. Under a tree planted for his grandfather, at Corey’s parents historic Long Island home, I had my first look at my handsome groom, followed by photos around the beautiful southern looking grounds. It was a day we will never forget.

Photography: Ayenia Nour | Event Planning: Exquisite Affairs Productions | Floral Design: Flowers by Burton | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Kollection - Alita Graham | Bride's Shoes: Nina | Make Up: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Limo: Camelot Specialty Limo | Venue: Chateau Briand | Video: 15 Minutes of Frame

Brooklyn Wedding with Urban Elegance

You’d be hard pressed to find a love story sweeter than this. What started as neighbors in Brooklyn for six years ended in an eventual date, proposal and wedding set in the very same neighborhood where it all began. Think classic elegance meets urban charm, with Gabrielle Aronas’ beautiful florals, Stacie Ford’s flawless makeup and Katie Osgood working magic behind the lens. More right here.

From The Bride…For years Greg was just the boy who lived below me. We passed one another in the hallway of our Brooklyn brownstone hundreds of times and after 6 years decided we should be friends. We soon became inseparable and what started out as friendship quickly developed into so much more. We fell in love over Thursday night drinks, Sunday dinners and countless Yankee games and after 2 ½ years of dating Greg proposed to me at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Greg and I quickly jumped right into wedding planning. We met, fell in love, and got engaged in Brooklyn

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Contemporary Long Island City Wedding at The Foundry

I love this Bride and Groom. I love them for the obvious reasons, yes. You can tell they are head over heels for each other, and I just adore that. But what really rocked my socks off about this duo is their way of making their big day 100% them. It made for a day that was not only perfect but personal – and thanks to Agaton Strom we can see every moment of their stylish day here.

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From the Bride…My name is Shawna and my husband’s name is Wes. We met a decade ago on the streets of NYC and after a 10 year courtship, in jobs that kept putting us in different cities, we finally were able to move in together in Long Island City, NY. We loved it there so much and on a walk one day found this incredible oasis in the midst of the city – The Foundry. An old metal mill that still had many of the iron work and exposed beams intact! It was as quirky and unconventional as we are, but beautiful enough for everyone to appreciate. It was home, literally and figuratively, and it represented all the love, the work and the time we put into our relationship to finally be able to get marries. Wes is an advertising art director so he created an arch logo to mimic the foundry’s arches to put on all our stationary, such as the seating labels and the menu. We also had the string quartet play a Death Cab for Cutie song that meant a lot to us at an important crossroads in our relationship as my walk down the aisle song, and we printed that out so everyone could read the words. We also had them play The Pixie’s “Where is My Mind” as our song to walk down the aisle together, because we thought this whole day was pretty crazy after a decade of being together.

My bridesmaids are all so unique and beautiful, I chose a Jenny Yoo dress that they could wear any way they’d like (with long panels that could be tied a plethora of styles). I also had 2 of my closest male friends in my bridal party, and had them wear pocket squares that matched the color of the bridesmaid dresses.

Our families are incredibly diverse and we wanted that to be reflected in the wedding. Wes’ mother is Chinese but he grew up on a farm in Vermont. So we asked our caterer to have Chinese inspired cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres but to have desert platters with Vermont staples like their ocal maple syrup. My father is retired FDNY so we had the FDNY pipes play for us right after the ceremony. One of my bridesmen is a classical pianist and The Foundry tuned their old piano so he could play a special piece for us. Wes and I have been together so long I wanted to name the tables after the years BEFORE we met (since most everyone thinks of us as a duo) – and I put pictures of us during that year as the table setting. Im a broadcast new reporter, and instead of a videographer, I wanted the day to be captured like a documentary so our caterer set up a time lapse camera in the space and just sped it up to the music of our procession, first dance etc etc.

The table settings were elegant and simple with lots of white flowers and hanging candles. Our ceremony was unconventional – we kept it short and gave our own vows and chose to tell funny stories about moments in our relationship that everyone in the room could identify with. It made for a laugh filled ceremony, which was important to us because our strange sense of humor is what has always marked our bond. At the end of the day we wanted everyone represented in our wedding because they’ve all helped to make up who we are and why we love each other so much.

Photography: Agaton Strom | Wedding Planner: Exquisite Affairs Productions | Floral Design: Atlas Floral Decorators | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: City Sweets & Confections | Shoes: Brian Atwood | Catering: Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events | Lighting: Prestige Lighting Events | Officiant: Jesse Hendrich | Hotel: Sixty LES | Birdesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Clutches: Snap Handbags | Event Space: The Foundry | Groom's Attire (bowtie): Richard James from Mr Porter | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Carolina Herrera

Boho Brooklyn Engagement

It took about two seconds into this engagement shoot for me to realize we had our hands on something special. I’m talking blooms from Pollen Floral Design and photography by Brumley and Wells…or in other words, the dream team. They took to the rooftops of Brooklyn for a boho chic love sesh, and the gallery is proof that #WeddingWednesday is going to be soooo good.

From Brumley & Wells… Zach and Tara’s styled engagement shoot was such a dream thanks to the craftsmanship and artistry of Boston Pollen, who created the floral arrangements and dip-dyed the dress and fabric. Brooklyn provided the perfect backdrop for with its quintessential views of Manhattan and it’s grungy, vibrant streets, a perfect fit for this Greenpoint couple.

Photography: Brumley & Wells | Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design

PopUp Dinner in Brooklyn

A friend of mine attended an all white PopUp dinner party last summer, and I swear I spent the entirety of that evening stalking her Instagram account. It’s pretty much the coolest concept ever, and such a wonderful way to bring like-minded people together. This particular beauty was pulled together by Hand Made Events, and with Sorella Muse behind the lens you’re going to want to spend some time in the gallery. 

 

From Hand Made Events… The PopUp Dinner Brooklyn was an elegant, graceful “pop-up” flash dinner picnic that was held in a secret location in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The location was disclosed to ticket holders three hours before the event began at 5pm. Dinner promptly started at 7pm. The night gathered over four thousand guests dressed elegantly in white as they decorated and designed lavish table decor, and brought their own inspired cuisines with their favorite beverages of choice to enjoy an unforgettable summer evening with friends in Brooklyn. There was an array of wandering musicians during dinner followed by a performance by Ben Folds and later Dj OP for dancing.

PopUp Dinners are spreading across the country! From San Francisco, to LA, to Miami, to Charleston, these events are becoming popular with people everywhere.

Founded in 2011 in San Francisco, Garrett Sathre and Nicole Benjamin, partners at Hand Made Events, are continually inspired and thrilled to create new events that bring people together to celebrate the simple things that connect us all; wonderful food, great wine, and dining with those we love. 

Photography: Sorella Muse | Event Planning & Design: Hand Made Events | Lighting: Stortz Lighting | DJ: Chante Cutter | Special Performance: Ben Folds | Sponsor: Acura

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Cultural Beauty at Tappan Hill Mansion

We simply adore Justin & Mary around these parts, but when they send us a wedding this stunning, this full of meaning – we want to give them the biggest virtual hug of all time. Because it doesn’t get more gorgeous than the images sitting pretty below, it simply doesn’t. It’s two beautiful ceremonies wrapped up in one picture perfect gallery, and you can see them all here

From the Bride…Our wedding represented a joining of our love and friendship, and also a joining of our families of different religions and cultures. It was sometimes challenging to weave all of the important aspects of our cultures together, but we look back on the day with warmth and sheer satisfaction. Our wedding was an all-day affair starting with the Jain ceremony in the morning followed by lunch, and continued on into the evening with the Catholic ceremony and festivities. The Indian ceremony was colorfully animated while the Catholic ceremony was quiet and serene, leaving us feeling like we were the only two people there. Nature played a big role in our choice of venue. We wanted to be near trees and water, and Tappan Hill Mansion overlooking the Hudson River onto New Jersey (where we both grew up) was perfectly fitting. While it was a big wedding we wanted the details to feel simple and personal. On multiple occasions we gathered friends and family members to assemble programs, paint table numbers, and stamp favor bags. The planning process gave us a chance to learn more about each other, our families, and create a unity that we will maintain in our marriage for the years ahead.

Photography: Justin & Mary | The Weddings | Event Design: Abhishek Decorators | Floral Design: Diana Gould | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Shoes: Isola | Venue: Abigail Kirsch

Classic Westchester Engagement Session

Rebecca Yale Photography and engagements go together like bow ties and lace. It’s true. She knows just how to capture her couples’ love stories effortlessly every time. In fact, my fiancé and I are doing our very own e-sesh with this lovely lady tomorrow! I can’t contain my excitement and this pretty, pretty love session is partly to blame. With the Bride-to-be, Samantha, also a stylist and owner of Missing Piece, their shoot was bound to be gorgeous from the get-go. Get lost in the stunning gallery right here!

From Rebecca Yale PhotographyLiving in New York City there are so many beautiful spots to photograph, but sometimes you just have to get out of it for a breath of fresh air and gorgeous greenery. For Sam and Joel’s engagement session we headed out to her parent’s home in Westchester, which was the perfect setting for lovely summer photos set against the backdrop of a 100 year old home and lush green trees full of golden light. Samantha is an incredible stylist based in New York City who is a regular at New York City Fashion Week and has worked with everyone from Stacy London to Badgley Mischka and Nylon Magazine. She styled her engagement photos perfectly with flattering summery dresses in shades of pink and cream to bring a timeless elegance to her photos. Below she shares some tips on how to style the perfect engagement session!

From Samantha Brown of the Missing Piece… As tempting as it may be to style your engagement session with dramatic or bold pieces, you want to make sure you opt for clothing that will let your love story be the main focus. Anything too trendy will distract from your facial expressions and body language. Your clothes can completely change the tone of your photographs so keep in mind how you want to look and the color story you want to tell. Look for clothing and accessories that will stand the test of time–you don’t want to look back on these photos later and wish you had worn something different. Keep it clean and classically you and your engagement session will remain a timeless treasure in your relationship.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Shoes: Tribut Ives Saint Laurent | Engagement Ring: Diamer Fine Jewelry | Necklace: J.Crew | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Love Ring: Diamer Fine Jewelry | Stylist: Missing Piece | White Dress: Dolce Vita

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New York Wedding Film at The Metropolitan Building

I’ve heard my fair share of love stories, but when they start with a chance meeting at age 11, you know it’s something special. Fast forward years later to a Central Park proposal and what follows is a classic New York wedding planned by DM Events that’ll make you stop and swoon. Press play on the film from Unique Visions Studios and get started!

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From The Bride & Groom…We met in a double-wide trailer classroom when we were eleven years old. Basically, we owe East Cobb Middle School’s horrible planning a big ‘thank you’ for bringing us together.

Before you say, “awww” – we didn’t know we were completely head over heels in love with each other until we both found ourselves in New York City. In fact, we were not even friends in high school and rarely saw each other outside of class. However, any acquaintance is a friend when you move to big bad New York, so I (Blair) got back in touch with Ron when I was looking for a place to live in the city. Ron sweetly offered to show me around town, but busy schedules kept it from happening. Finally, three months after my move to NYC, I took him up on his offer. Our connection was instant & it was clear I had either met my best friend or my soul mate. Turned out to be both! After running around town together for two straight nights, we decided to take our new friendship on a date. In particular, we went on a picnic in Central Park.

We went on a picnic for our first date in Central Park. Yes, it was awesome. I even turned down free tickets to a Yankee’s game to hang out with my new crush. Fast forward five years, to Ron’s 29th birthday. Since it fell on a Monday, we decided to keep it low key and re-do our picnic in the park. OBVIOUSLY, you can see where this is going. The thing is – I DIDN’T! Sunday night before his birthday, I couldn’t sleep. It was just one of those crazy nights where sleep doesn’t happen. Unfortunately for me, Ron woke up at 8:30 ready to go! He shot out of bed (very unlike him) and begged me to just get ready so we could go to the park. I kindly reminded him that you don’t picnic before 11AM, but he couldn’t calm down. So, FINE. Who am I to ruin a birthday? I got in the shower and slowly got dressed trying to slow down this train. While I showered, he packed our picnic and slipped the ring into the picnic bag. Lucky for him, I didn’t question his work and just allowed him to pack as he pleased! As Ron will tell you, I’m not very good at letting anyone plan anything, so this was quite out of the ordinary. I must have been exhausted. Of course I said “yes” and the rest is history!

Photography: mel barlow & co. | Cinematography: Unique Visions Studio | Cake: Nine Cakes | Stationery: Paperfinger | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup & Hair: Erika Franco | Ceremony + Reception: Metropolitan Building | Planning + Floral Design: DM Events & Design

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Blush and Gold Seaside Wedding in Montauk

Sequin table linens = best invention ever. And that little splash of glam is so unexpected in this Montauk affair but blends beautifully with the seaside surroundings. Lobsters and summer sequins, weathered docks and a line-up of blush peonies from Flowers By Beth.  Now that is a shindig we can get behind. Pore over the gallery of images captured by Brklyn View Photography right here.

From Brklyn View PhotographyTheir wedding is filled with wonderful fun details from the brides heart covered shoes, to gold glittered table cloths to the lobster themed corn holes.

Summer weddings out in Montauk are my absolutely favorite! The warm air, blue skies and all the flowers seem to be in bloom. For Annie and Sam, The Montauk Yacht Club was the perfect venue for their blush and gold inspired wedding in the Hamptons. Annie wore a breathtaking layered wedding dress from Lazzaro. Lots of layers of tulle with a lace bodice and removable lace straps fit her perfectly. The bride wore a small scissor pendant bracelet on her wedding day in loving memory of her grandmother who was a seamstress. Annie loves everything pink so it was only fitting to have pink accents throughout their entire wedding day. From her heart printed heels, pink invitations, floral printed bridesmaids dresses, and down to their pink signature cocktail, the happy couple left no detail to chance. Sam wore a tuxedo with a black and white polka dotted bow tie. The couple were married at St. Therese church in the heart of Montauk before heading over to the Montauk Yacht Club. Annie hand painted the lobster inspired corn hole games and lobster photobooth props. Their reception room was filled with a warm white glow to give a white wash effect inside the Farm Ballroom. Pink, coral and white centerpieces with mirrored vases decorated the two long tables. The couple loves the beach so it’s no surprise it was a big inspiration for their wedding day. Pieces of Beachwood were used as their table numbers and coral decorated their seating chart. I’m so honored I was part of Annie and Sam’s wonderful wedding day. There’s not doubt about it – He’s her lobster! Congratulations to the happy couple!!

Photography: Jainé Kershner Photography | Videography: Bellucci Films | Florist: Flowers By Beth | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Invitations: Eyes Wide Open | Ceremony Venue: St. Therese of Lisieux, Montauk NY | Reception Venue: Montauk Yacht Club | Brides Shoes: Sophia Webster | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Garden | DJ: TBD Entertainment | Hair Salon: The Endz Salon Montauk | Rentals: Ultrapom