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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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A Romantic Wedding with a Sweet Bohemian Vibe

Michelle’s vision for her wedding day was simple: a romantic, intimate setting with a sweet boho vibe. A truly gorgeous concept, but one that needs a truly gorgeous locale to work. Enter Sole East Resort, a stunning resort smack-dab in the heart of Michelle and Mike’s engagement city – Montauk. From the breathtaking gardens to the yummy cuisine (hey there, lobster rolls), it was a night that these two loves will never forget, complete with s’mores. Scroll to get inspired by every beautiful moment below.

From the Bride… I had a vision that my wedding would have a slight bohemian vibe, with whimsical accents and flowers. I knew I wanted it held in a romantic, intimate setting. Lucky for Mike and me – that’s exactly how it came to life. Sole East Resort had the perfect mix of what we were looking for: a beachy/boho vibe that still felt elevated enough to have black-tie optional, a space that our wedding guests could easily take over for a whole weekend as a home base, and a venue that could accommodate both the ceremony, reception and after party without having to move our guests in between.

My color palette was neutrals for the bridesmaids and paper (i.e. invites, menus, signs, etc.), but I definitely wanted a lot of different bold colors for the wild flowers. This worked well in the garden setting of Sole East Resort. We did our first look and initial pics before the ceremony at Sole East Resort and then at a spot out near Ditch Plains, but the Sole East Resort grounds were so beautiful in June with all of the flowers and greenery and are some of my favorites.

I loved the custom escort card display that my planner, James, put together. He created this huge tree out of wild flowers which was inspired by the tree we got married under at Sole East Resort. It was beautiful. Mike had the idea of using names of surf breaks as our table numbers instead of actual numbers, and we loved how that came to life. The reception was under a beautiful sailcloth tent that fit perfectly on Sole East Resort’s grounds. The shrubs make it very unique and didn’t interrupt the layout at all. My dress (Reem Acra) was my absolute favorite. I got it from Saks, and they really took care of me during all my fittings in the weeks leading up to the big day. I also loved my hair and makeup artists from MG Hair & Makeup. My Stylist Val was a gem! She kept me calm, and was spot on with my hair and makeup vision.

A real highlight on Sole East Resort’s part was the dinner. Definitely get the lobster rolls – big hit. The steak and fish were spot on, and all the veggies were so fresh, and doing it all family style was the best! Cindi, Dave and Sue at Sole East Resort were great. They really worked with our planner to help execute everything to perfection.

After the ceremony and cocktail hour, the rest of the night was a whirlwind of amazing dance floor moments, toasts, photo booth pics, and more dancing – our live band was awesome! We ended with an after party at the hotel bar, coupled with s’mores by the fire pit. Our wedding at Sole East Resort was at absolute dream. We could not have been happier with how the day turned out.

Michelle and Mike’s wedding was amazing, which is not at all surprising, since Sole East Resort is the kind of place that just does weddings right. From the spring blooms bursting at every corner (think rhododendron, swaying ornamental grasses and red maples), to the hammocks, adirondack chairs and St. Tropez lounge beds, to the amazing amenities and food, you can literally just sit back and relax while their talented staff handles it ALL. Which means that sophisticated garden wedding you’ve always dreamed of? It’s right at your fingertips – and so is lounging by the pool. To start planning that laid-back meets elegant affair, contact Sole East Resort today at events@soleeast.com or 631.668.2105. And don’t forget to ask about their spring discounts. Your big day is going to be so, so awesome.

Photography: Jj Ignotz | Floral Design: James Abel Events | Dress: Reem Acra | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering : Sole East Resort | Hair & Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup | Venue: Sole East Resort | Tent: American Tent Company | James Abel : James Abel Events | Wedding Reception & Lodging: Sole East Resort

Beautiful Blues + Stunning Watercolors Makes This Summer Wedding Shine

Just because your celebration is by the shore doesn’t mean you have to go all out classic nautical. This wedding right here took their locale and used it as inspiration in a whole other wondrous way… we’re talking stunning watercolor stationery and the most beautiful shades of blue we ever did see. Kelsey Combe captured our new favorite blue hues and more, creating a gallery that makes us downright jealous that we weren’t at this summer celebration ourselves. See it all right this way!

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From the Bride… My family spends practically every weekend of the summer at Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, New York, and it’s one of my husband and I’s absolute favorite places, so when we got engaged in April of 2016, choosing our venue was a no-brainer. We booked Shenorock the very next day.

Though the venue is right on the water – which would normally inspire a reception with a beachy, nautical vibe – we really wanted to create a more formal, sophisticated atmosphere, with a few casual and unexpected touches throughout.

After meeting with our florist Diana at Petals, we knew that she would be the perfect partner to help us execute our vision, and boy did she deliver! At cocktail hour, blue and white ginger jars and lanterns of various sizes were surrounded in florals. In the ballroom, vintage crystal candlesticks holding tall tapers were offset by rustic farm tables and lush white and ivory florals popped next to blue watercolor table numbers and menus.

The entire wedding had a very personal touch, as my mom and I imagined and sourced every detail ourselves. My mom even tracked down every single candlestick, lantern, and ginger jar used throughout the space. In the end, everything turned out even more beautiful than we could have ever imagined, and Jake and I were able to laugh, cry and dance the night away in a place that means so much to both of us.

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Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Cinematography: Lucid Lens | Event Planning: Jack & Grace Events | Floral Design: Petals Party & Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Sachin And Babi | Cake: Artuso | Invitations: Morgan Holliday Designs | Ceremony Venue: Church Of The Resurrection | Reception Venue: Shenorock Shore Club | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Bar and Salon | Calligraphy: Val Cole | Lighting: Fabrico Events | Transportation: County Coach | Earrings: Sachin And Babi | Rentals: Party Line Rentals

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Their Engagement Story Is as Sweet as Their Wedding

They met while seated next to each other by chance at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Three years later they returned and got engaged overlooking the same spot they had met. It’s hearing stories like these that makes me love my job, so I’m absolutely thrilled that today we get to sneak a peek at this duo’s colorful wedding day at Hempstead House, photographed beautifully by CLY BY MATTHEW.

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From the Bride… Fate brought Kevin and me together. We met by chance at the pool at the Fontainebleau in Miami when a pool attendant asked if I wanted to sit next to a cute boy. Fast forward three years, and we’re back at the Fontainebleau celebrating our third anniversary. Kevin asks me to marry him on a balcony overlooking the spot where we had met three years prior. It was perfect – so intimate and meaningful! The next morning, we went to see if we could find the pool attendant that introduced us. Low and behold, he was still working at the Fontainebleau and remembered sitting us next to each other!

We knew we were destined to be together and were eager to plan a celebration with our closest family and friends that would capture our spirit and love for one another. Our vision was to have a classic, elegant wedding that would harken back to a bygone era by blending our love of Americana with Gatsby influences. We wanted the venue to speak for itself, so we chose The Hempstead House, a historic gold coast mansion, previously occupied by the Guggenheims. It was the perfect backdrop to create the atmosphere we wanted that was completely tailored to our taste. We began sourcing vintage furniture, décor, and other details, keeping in mind the period during which the mansion was built. Some of my very favorite details featured in the wedding were an Art Deco vanity set, a family heirloom passed down to me from my grandmother, and my bridal jewelry, which was made in the same decade. I found the jewelry at a flea market in Chelsea before I even bought my dress! Also, dried roses from the first bouquet that Kevin had ever given me added a sentimental touch to the bridal suite.

Guests were met with seasonal refreshments of lavender lemonade and brown sugar iced tea upon their arrival and were invited to sit facing a gorgeous chuppah designed by In Full Bloom. We exchanged vows overlooking the Long Island Sound with sailboats passing in the distance. Immediately after the ceremony, we celebrated our nuptials with cocktail hour al fresco, where guests enjoyed playing croquet on the lawn and eating fresh oysters while melodies from Alexandra Cellist & Ensembles filled the summer air.

Afterward, guests were escorted through the front doors of the Hempstead House into a dramatic foyer and were greeted by an oversized floral arrangement, which sat on a table amid miniature racehorses (a nod to the Belmont Stakes, which took place on the same day as our wedding just a few miles from the venue). Our guests were seated for dinner at a mix of long and round tables dressed with an iridescent silk shantung, which glistened in the candlelight. Each style of table was adorned with a different floral arrangement in shades of peach, lavender, blush, cherry red, and pink. The long tables had verdant garland with peonies, roses, and ranunculus seemingly growing out of the table and the rounds had a cascading arrangement with a similar vibe to the garland perched on low crystal vessels. To make the sweetheart table feel distinct, we had a splendid edging framed by vintage copper candlesticks found in a Parisian flea market.

Guests danced the night away with the help of DJ Ben from Remixologists, periodically retiring to the library, to stop by the CLY by Matthew photo booth, or to visit the billiard room where leather lounge furniture and a mahogany bar stood ready to serve libations. The skilled team at Philip Stone crafted our specialty cocktails, which included The Belmont Jewel (a bourbon cocktail) and La Vie en Rose (Kir Royale with rose syrup and a single floating petal). To end the evening, we popped a magnum of Perrier-Jouët, poured over a tower of coupe champagne glasses and served our guests a Sugar Lane Cake Shop creation that was equal parts beautiful and delicious. The flowers, created completely out of sugar, were so lifelike that we felt guilty eating them. The day was documented by the amazingly talented CLY by Matthew, who captured every moment of our wedding in great detail. He has such an amazing eye and is so dedicated to his art!

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Photography: CLY BY MATTHEW | Photography: MATTHEW REE PHOTOGRAPHY | Cinematography: ByDesign Films | Event Coordination: Dazzling Affairs | Floral Design: In Full Bloom Florist | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Sugar Lane Cake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Phillip Stone | Makeup: Jesella Beauty | Hair: Blow Me Away | DJ: Remixologists | Band: Alexandra Cellist and Ensembles | Groom's Attire: Giorgio Armani | Venue: Hempstead House, Sands Point Preserve | Photo Booth: Cly Booth

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Exchanging Vows on the Most Beautiful Family Farm

This couple hit the venue jackpot with a stunning family farm that is near and dear to their hearts.  It proved the perfect setting for their country meets New York City affair planned by Faith Ferguson and captured by Cadence Kennedy with assistant photography by Kayla Tiffany. Bucolic views, chic black and white details and a gorgeous tented reception can all be found in the gallery plus a film by Belinda Video Productions below.

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From the Photographer…This wedding was one of my favorites of the season. During my drive from Long Island to Warwick, I couldn’t wait to see what Bride Lauren had dreamt up. She brought a truly unique vision for her family farm wedding. Starting the day at houses just across the street from one another, both bride and groom were anticipated their first. The first look took place overlooking the farm, with portraits to follow amongst the rolling hills. Being a September wedding, I loved the subtle hints of fall amongst the tree tops. Chic accents of black and white graced the entrance to the ceremony, preparing guests for what was to come in the white tented reception. Guest sipped signature drinks from black and white striped straws during cocktail hour as they strolled through the hay barn with hanging lanterns. The celebration continued and guests dance the night away on top a black and white dance floor, under the stars. Looking back, Lauren and Mathew’s wedding was unforgettable, and the city had a chance to meet the farm.

From the Bride… Having our wedding at the most amazing location on the family farm was near to our hearts, but we wanted to also incorporate our love for New York City into the theme of the wedding. I had a vision of classic, clean lines and black and white that would really pop and be unique in a country setting. Everything was executed flawlessly and it was more beautiful and perfect than we could have ever imagined. Favorite moments/photographs of the day: We both surprised ourselves with how unbelievably comfortable we were in front of the camera and that is thanks to Cadence. We enjoyed every minute of taking photographs and you can see that through how amazing they came out. The photographs captured our love, our friendship and our happiness from our wedding day.

Photography: Cadence Kennedy Photography Collection | Videography: Belinda Video Productions | Event Planning: Faith Ferguson, Faith Ferguson Productions | Floral Design: Joe Richinelli Design | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Cake: Barbara Baxter | Invitations: Paperless Post | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Marianne Vanderwall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Make Up: Krystal Bicknell At Main Street Cutters | Hair: Krystal Bicknell At Main Street Cutters | DJ: Steven Vittoria | Tux: The Black Tux | Cigar Roller: Tony Santana Cigar Rolling Co. | Headpiece: Kleinfeld Bridal | Photography - Assistance: Kayla Tiffany Photography | Veil: Pnina Tornai

We Found Your Venue If You Are Wanting Backyard Wedding Vibes

Backyard weddings are our jam, but if you’re not too keen on hosting your Big Day celebration at your own abode, we’ve got the perfect solution: Sole East Resort. Think of it as your home away from home with everything from gorgeous gardens, bamboo archways and a fire pit perfect for roasting post-nuptial s’mores. It’s that backyard vibe we absolutely adore meets a talented events team that will handle every jaw-dropping moment. You seriously can’t go wrong.

Sole East Resort has always been one of our fave Hamptons venues, and it’s not just because of the sweet Tudor charm and their 70 gorgeous guest rooms. Their accommodations are amazing and their onsite amenities make it the perfect place to relax and play with your friends and family. From their heated pool to their fab Montauk locale to their awesome (+ full-service) Backyard Restaurant, it’s the best place ever to spend a weekend celebrating you and yours. Gather your friends around the fire pit after your rehearsal dinner, take a 5-minute walk to the beach the morning of your Big Day to ease those butterflies and host your last hurrah with a goodbye brunch the morning after your nuptials. They literally have everything covered – and it’s all with that laid-back charm we love so much about the Hamptons.

Sole East Resort isn’t just the perfect place to tie the knot, they have the perfect staff, too. From planning your rehearsal dinner to coordinating your big moment to everything in between, the Sole East Events Team has you totally covered. Our advice? Shoot them an email pronto (events@soleeast.com) to get started planning your amazing nuptials. That backyard wedding you’ve always wanted is waiting – and there are still a few prime May and June 2018 dates available (with generous discounts!) if you’re last-minute planning!

Photography: 4Eyes Photography | Ceremony & Reception : Sole East Resort

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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Colorful Blooms + Bites To Kick Off A Wedding Weekend

I’m not sure that there’s a better way to kick off your wedding celebrations than this colorful farm-to-table feast at Cedar Lakes Estate. Bright blooms, bites and endless wine… it’s the perfect way to say “Let’s do this”! Karen Hill captured it all.. and continued to capture the next day’s fabulous festivities which you can see on our Front Page right this minute! A delicious double dose of beauty to kick start your wonderful weekend! Cheers!

From Karen Hill… Nathalie and Hugo’s Shabbat dinner was held in a brimming vegetable garden at the Cedar Lake Estates, at one long classic farm table in the middle of a vegetable garden in the middle of a campground. Among their closest friends and family, they shared a farm to table dinner and wine under the stars. The most extraordinary part for the couple was to have Nathalie’s grandmother in attendance from Israel. The emotions were grand, so loving, so happy!

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Photography: Karen Hill Photography | Event Planning: SociaLife Event Planning And Production | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate | Venue Coordination: Stephanie Karvellas

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Golden Hour + a Glittering Lake Make for a Magical Ceremony

Cedar Lakes Estate is situated beside a glittering lake in New York – you can already tell its going to be a gorgeous spot for a wedding, right? Add in that magical golden hour glow captured by Karen Hill Photography, the exceptional work by SociaLife Event Planning and Production, a show-stopping hanging floral installation by Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design, and one absolutely stunning couple, and you have this wedding. Can’t get enough? Neither can we, which is why their rehearsal dinner is coming up next.

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From Karen Hill PhotographyNathalie and Hugo’s wedding at the Cedar Lakes Estate took place by a gorgeous shimmering lake in the middle of a campground that by late afternoon, transforms itself into a magical place. Nathalie and Hugo’s traditional Jewish ceremony held at the golden hour on a summer day transfixed their friends and family for a few moments, and the rest of the world crept silently away. It was pure magic when they said, “I will. I do. With all my love,” and then the party began. And what a party it was! In the end, it doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you – isn’t it? So much joy at this wedding!

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Photography: Karen Hill Photography | Cinematography: NY Filmworks | Event Planning: SociaLife Event Planning And Production | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Lucky Bird Bakes | Stationery: Wide Eyes Paper Company | Makeup: Dana Rae | Hair: Rachel Breach | Tuxedo: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Wedding Venue: Cedar Lakes Estate | Music: Hank Lane Music | Venue Coordinator: Cedar Lakes Estate

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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

Say Yes to the…Venue!

You know that feeling everyone talks about when they’ve found THE dress? This bride had it when she came upon the oak tree at Bedell Cellars in Long Island’s North Fork. Standing there, she knew it was where she would say “I do” to the love of her life, and the picturesque spot set the tone for the entire day. Hamptons Aristocrat enhanced the rustic elegance of the vineyards, choosing a neutral color palette and leafy green arrangements created by Sag Harbor Florist, for a natural beaut’ photographed by Lindsay Madden that we can’t get enough of!

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From the Bride… Ryan and I met 10 years ago on one of our first days of college. After almost nine years of dating and two-and-a-half years of planning our wedding, the one thing that continually inspired us throughout the process was wanting to plan the absolute best party for our guests that had been with us throughout our relationship. We kept our friends and family in the forefront of our decisions knowing that this is a one-of-a-kind occasion where you have everyone that you love most – both sides of the family and friends from every stage of life – in the same room.

One of the first decisions we made was choosing Bedell Cellars as our venue. I spent my summers in Long Island and can remember visiting the North Fork vineyards with my parents and grandparents from a young age, so I knew that the location would be the North Fork. We visited a lot of vineyards, but the first time I saw the oak tree at Bedell, I knew that was where I would get married. The feeling that most brides have when they try on their wedding dress is the exact way I felt when I stood there.

Everything that came after was a direct reflection of the natural beauty and rustic space that Bedell offers. We chose blush, green, and white as our colors, not only because they’re my favorites, but because they perfectly highlighted the space without taking away from it. Aside from the French country inspired centerpieces, candles were placed all over the pavilion, and they added the best warm, twinkle of light in all of our pictures!

Planning a wedding taking place on Long Island while living in Boston during my last year of law school and studying for the bar exam started to feel like a destination wedding! I knew that one of the most important things was having vendors that I could rely on and that would work seamlessly together. My wedding planner, Jessi, was second to none! Without Jessi (and my mom) the night certainly wouldn’t have come together like it did. She has an eye for every last detail, the most helpful tips, and is such a calming presence when things get crazy! Hamptons Aristocrat provided the most amazing food and unique service that you can get at a wedding. The Dylan Matthews Band from Hank Lane was an absolute highlight for us and our guests. Absolutely everyone was on the dance floor the whole night! It was amazing seeing all of our guests having such a blast! Lindsay Madden and Kristen Kiraly captured our day in pictures and on video in a way that will make sure that we never forget a single moment – even the moments that we didn’t get to witness ourselves. We couldn’t be more grateful to have every emotional, sentimental, and hilarious moment to look back on. If there is one piece of advice I would give all brides its to go with your gut when choosing your vendors. I picked all of mine based off of the feeling I got during the initial phone calls and definitely didn’t go wrong with any of them! When you can trust your vendors, you’re able to enjoy the planning process so much more. Instead of getting caught up in every last detail, I knew I could rely my vendors to guide me in the right direction, and I was able to enjoy every last second of our wedding. It truly was the best day ever!

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Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Cinematography: Kristen Kiraly Films | Event Planning: Hamptons Aristocrat | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: A Fabulous Fete | Wedding Shoes: Klub Nico | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Hamptons Aristocrat | Makeup: Linda Gallo | Hair: Nataley Pennacchio, Head Rush Salon | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Entertainment: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Bedell Cellars Winery | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Tie: The Tie Bar

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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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The Story Behind This Elopement Will Give You All the Feels

With 2017 coming to an end, we’re sharing one of the most generous love stories of the year. Brace yourselves.


Houston natives Shellie Schoellkopf and Robert Callaway were supposed to get married in a big Southern ceremony and reception in their home state of Texas on October 7th. Hurricane Harvey had other plans. The couple decided to cancel their reception and donate the $5,000 price tag of the post-ceremony party to help their community, which was devastated after the storm. This story of paying it forward doesn’t end there either.

Meanwhile, a few hundred miles north, local New York married couple, Cat Greenleaf (who you may recognize from USA’s “Talk Stoop” where she interviews celebs on her stoop in Brooklyn with her rescue pups) and her husband Mike Rey, had recently opened a stunning wedding venue upstate, The Catskill Mountain House. Moved by Shellie and Robert’s story, they flew them out for an elopement re-do and honeymoon on the gorgeous property, complete with a glamorous tour of New York City to see the sights.


From timeless crystal flutes that would make Liz Taylor swoon to charming Airstream caravans and bold patterns, these photos captured by Mekina Saylor Weddings will take you back in time to what feels like a 1960s movie set. If this story of paying it forward (twice!) doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzies, I don’t know what will.

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Photography: Mekina Saylor Weddings | Venue: The Catskill Mountain House

This Fall Barn Wedding is as Sweet as it Gets!

There really is something ultra romantic about an Autumn wedding, when the brisk air makes it’s debut and the leaves turn golden as they begin to fall. This bride always knew she wanted her wedding to be during this glorious time of year and who could blame her! With a neutral color palette, an insanely gorgeous venue, and eventing planning by Ang Weddings & Events, this couple’s rustic barn wedding was done to perfection. Browse the beautiful gallery below, all captured by James Anderson of Judy Pak Studios!

From the bride… I always envisioned my wedding in the fall around my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I envisioned close friends and family, great food and a lot of dancing. And I always knew I would wear comfortable–yet stylish–shoes. My style was “elegant rustic” as coined by my cousin. My color palette was cream, pinks and pomegranate accents. I found a vintage, cream colored mailbox that we set up on a table for “notes to the bride and groom.” We had so much fun reading them the day after the wedding. I think our chuppah was a real highlight. For an indoor wedding we had a beautiful, wild chuppa made by Saipua and it was placed in the center of the room so the guests could surround us. The ceremony was our favourite moment. We spent a year thinking about it and planning it, even though it was only 30 minutes, it was very personal and we were able to incorporate various elements from the traditional to the modern and include our families and friends. It was also lovely to have the guests seated in the round with our chuppah at the center. We felt surrounded by so much love.

The flowers and candles all designed and arranged by Saipua were amazing. We could not have been happier with the gorgeous and wild arrangements that captured the season and the space we were in. And the venue itself, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, was incredibly beautiful. The acoustics in the hayloft were wonderful. The cake was provided by Blue Hill and it was traditional, simple and like the rest of the meal, completely delicious. It was Apple, Crème Fraiche, Vanilla Chiffon Cake. The dress was by Jenny Peckham from Gabriella Bridal Salon. It was super comfortable with gorgeous beadwork and a vintage feel. Alterations by Susan Ruddy who did all of my alterations at Gabriella. She also has her own studio, The Wedding Dresser, and I’ve since used Susan for other dresses and other occasions. She’s amazing. The venue, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, was a total dream. From the space to the service to the impeccable food, it was one of the first and best decisions we made. We had our program and day of signs printed by Lion in the Sun, from Brooklyn. They were friendly and easy to work with and delivered beautiful work on time. Our rings also came from Fitzgerald’s, a jewelry designer in Brooklyn.

Our photos were by James Anderson of Judy Pak Studios. We loved working with James and Judy and they were considerate and attentive to all of our requests. We had the most amazing DJ. Sean Marquand of 74Events. They were so wonderful to work with and everyone danced all night long. People still ask us about our DJ and playlist from the wedding. My hair color was by Cassie Coen of Sally Hershberger Uptown and hair and make up were by Gary Noble of NOBLE Salon in Stamford, CT. Gary and his make up artist, Erica, traveled to the venue on the day of while he also specially opened his salon in Stamford to my bridal party. The very first and best decision I made was to hire a wedding planner. I did a lot of research beforehand and met with several planners but when I met Tzo Ai of Ang Weddings, I knew immediately she was the planner for us. This was a gift to myself so I could enjoy the process and especially the day. Making sure you have someone by your side who understands your goals and tastes and can make recommendations for your vendors and handle all the logistics is such a gift and for us, was a worthy investment. In the end, she saved us time, money and allowed for total peace of mind.

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Photography: Judy Pak Studio | Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Saipua | Gown: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Invitations : Cynthia Hoffman | Hair and Makeup : Noble Salon | DJ: 74 Events | Barn : Blue Hill At Stone Barns | Day of Paperie: Lion in the Sun

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