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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

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The Most Breathtaking Warehouse Wedding We’ve Ever Seen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Honeymoon Locales You Have To See To Believe

We’re true believers that honeymoons are an absolute necessity – whether that means taking a weekend excursion to your fave city or jetting off for a 14-day stay in paradise, that post-wedding relaxation basically needs to happen. But if you’ve found yourself at a loss on just where to celebrate, we’re making it easy. Check out seven of our favorite locales for the best kind of newlywed vacationing.

SHERATON MAUI RESORT & SPA

Why we love it: Other than the fact that it’s totally convenient (read: no passport or foreign currency required), the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the perfect combo of laid-back, post-wedding relaxation and fun activities that will keep you and your love basking in the sun. Take a scuba lesson or two, attend the nightly cliff dive ceremonies at sunset or spend your days golfing the Ka’anapali’s Royal and Kai courses.

What you can’t miss: SPG Weddings’ Honeymoon Wishes. It’s a honeymoon registry service that allows your family and friends to gift amazing entertainment and activities for you and yours, like beachside luaus, snorkel cruises and sunset cocktails on a sailboat. You’ll love the awesome itinerary, and your guests will love knowing they contributed to all of the fun.

W PUNTA DE MITA  

Why we love it: Located right on the beach in Mexico’s IT city, W Punta de Mita will blow you away with their gorgeous decor that is one part modern chic and one part cultural artistry. Trust us: the design alone makes for one amazing stay with vibrant colors and unique decor dotting literally every inch of space. Oh, and the rooms? The views will have you never wanting to leave.

What you can’t miss: The world-famous restaurants. Think Southeast Asian cuisine at Spice Market, live cooking stations at Venazu, adult ice cream (!) at WET Deck’s poolside restaurant and signature ceviche at Chevicheria, a converted 1950’s Chevy truck. And if you want to keep thing ultra-private, make reservations at the exclusive MESA1 with your very own personal chef that will design a seven-course tasting menu just for you.

THE ST. REGIS BORA BORA RESORT

Why we love it: Honeymoons are for relaxing and escaping it all, and if you’re looking for the perfect spot to lay back on the beach and do just that, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is IT. This French Polynesian hot spot is all about soaking in the sun… AND partaking in some of the most unique activities on the planet. We’re all for renting an Aquabike Underwater Scooter, visiting a Pearl Farm or checking out the resort’s private Lagoonarium when you’re not lazying it up in paradise.

What you can’t miss: Their overwater villas. You can literally sleep, eat and relax in luxurious amenities perched right above the crystal clear waters of the lagoon. It’s awesome.

LE MERIDIEN TAMPA 

Why we love it: This boutique hotel used to be a federal courthouse, so you know the architecture is awesome. On top of that, the Le Meridien Tampa’s Unlock Art™ program gives guests FREE access to some of Tampa’s best galleries and museums by just showing your room card. Which means you can spend your day soaking in the creativity and culture, then head back to the hotel for an amazing meal at one of their yummy restaurants.

What you can’t miss: Their Bicycle Programme. With an entire city to explore (and a list of amazing museums to visit), you can rent a bike, helmet and lock for just $8/hour.

THE WESTIN NEW ORLEANS CANAL PLACE

Why we love it: The French Quarter is just steps away, but that isn’t the only reason we adore this gorgeous hotel in the heart of New Orleans. From the stunning architecture to the awesome Mississippi River locale to their Make a Green Choice program, you’ll love all of the fab amenities of The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, plus their proximity to Bourbon Street. Not to mention all of the amazing restaurants New Orleans has to offer… there’s a reason it was named the top food and wine destination in the United States.

What you can’t miss: If you love to get your fitness on, you honestly couldn’t pick a better location. With a  WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio located right on property and state-of-the-art equipment, you don’t have to miss your daily sessions. Plus, their RunWESTIN™ program allows you to soak in all of the sights New Orleans has to offer with custom running maps of the area, plus a towel and bottle of water for cool down.

SLS LAS VEGAS, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO RESORT 

Why we love it: Anyone who has ever been to Vegas knows that it’s a city that literally never stops, so the list of fun-filled activities? Basically endless. The SLS Las Vegas, A Tribute Porfolio Resort puts you smack-dab in the center of it all with an amazing locale on The Strip and access to all of the gourmet restaurants, theaters and sightseeing you’ll want to take it. Get ready to go, go, go, then head back to your seriously stylish room for some rest and relaxation.

What you can’t miss: The Foundry. Vegas’ most talked about venue, this unique space hosts some of the greatest entertainers in the world – from comedians to bands you can’t wait to see. Plan your honeymoon around their awesome lineup and you’ll be SO happy.

THE WESTIN GOLF RESORT & SPA, PLAYA CONCHAL

Why we love it: If your dream honeymoon description includes the words seclusion and tranquility, then The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is right up your alley. We never turn down a chance to spend a romantic evening seaside with a glass of bubbly in hand, and this resort takes it to an entirely new level with all-inclusive benefits.  Plus, with a plethora of water sports, the championship Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and the easy access to Costa Rican National Parks, you can mix in some much-needed adventure.

What you can’t miss: The Royal Beach Club. Newly renovated and for adults only, the Royal Beach Club is all about above and beyond service with everything from premium cocktails to exclusive breakfast + lunch service to access to a private pool and super luxe accommodations. You’ll even get preferential reservations to all of the resort’s fabulous restaurants, spa, tennis and golf.

Contact SPG Weddings (@SPGWeddings) to start planning your dream getaway with your loved one… and don’t forget to ask about how you can earn FREE honeymoon nights when you host your wedding at one of their fab locations.

This Modern NYC Affair Was Planned in Only 6 Weeks

In the scheme of wedding planning, six weeks is but a blink of the eye. And while most couples are just beginning to settle on a date, these two planned one very chic wedding. New York City set the stage for this intimate gathering of family and friends designed by Bespoke Only, with florals and all the greenery by Peartree Flowers and images captured by James A. for Judy Pak Studio. Imagine the most stunning, chic, beautifully modern cocktail party you’ve ever been to and you get this perfect celebration.

Planning a wedding takes a very long time, and Jodi and David love each other so much that they did not want to wait. After considering eloping, but realizing it was not for them, as they both wanted their families to be present, they did the next best thing- had a small wedding for immediate family 6 weeks after they got engaged and surprised everyone else by telling them in the save the date that they were married and now wanted to party with everyone. It was funny because people didn’t know if they were married already or first going to getting married. It was as if they did not know how to read the card. That said, they wanted an amazing party to friends, family, food, photos, dancing and more. To this end, they planned with Bespoke Only, a huge cocktail party on what turned out to be the most gorgeous NYC Sunday night in June. They enlisted to help of many vendors including Judy Pak, who captured the most incredible images. Their emotion, love and excitement was captured in every photo. They did a terrific job- so much so, that the photographers themselves felt like friends. Jodi and David wanted them to have as much fun as everyone at the party- and this shows in every image. What was so special was that Jodi and David were able to relive their wedding with all their friends and family through decorative elements such as calligraphed vows in a mirror, displaying items used in the ceremony, and wearing the same jewelry as a nod to those they love present and past for all to see. While yes Jodi and David’s wedding and celebration was somewhat unorthodox, it was perfect for them and their wanting to start their life as a unit immediately. And perhaps the biggest perk to come from it, like their website says, it allowed David to move into Jodi’a apartment sooner.

Photography: Judy Pak Studio | Florals: Peartree Flowers | Dress: Mark Ingram Atelier | Catering: Mauzone Main Event Caterers | Makeup and Hair: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Calligraphy : Ink Revival | DJ : Generation Events | Invitations + Paper Goods: Suite Paperie | Planning and Design: Bespoke Only | Rentals: Patina | Rentals : Party Rental LTD

This Wedding Needs No Fixin’ Up… It’s Downright Joanna Gaines Perfection

I’ll be honest; I’ve never seen an episode of Fixer Upper. But after soaking up this wedding – and I mean majorly staring, obsessing, and crushing hard on every single detail – all inspired by none other than Joanna Gaines… well, I know what’s on my tv lineup this weekend. From the beautiful Jenny Yoo bridesmaids’ dresses to the rustic elegant reception decor, Cassi Claire captured it all – and even some sweet moments with this four-legged friend. See them all in our gallery right this way!

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From Cassi ClaireI am so excited to share Lizz and Steve’s wedding day with ya’ll! Lizz captured my heart from her very first email when she described her wedding vision as “Joanna Gaines in wedding form.” Considering Joanna Gaines is everything I would like to be in life, I knew I HAD to work with this amazing couple! This wedding has all of my favorite things: relaxed elegance, an abundance of greenery, Jenny Yoo floral bridesmaids dresses, and the perfect sunset with a HORSE! On top of all that, we had the most perfect weather, a huge and hilarious wedding party, and the wine was flowing freely… it doesn’t get better than this!

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Photography: Cassi Claire | Videography: Intrigue Wedding Films | Floral Design: Riverhead Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Jundas Pastry | Invitations: Twelve Nineteen Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Chuch | Reception Venue: Martha Clara Vineyard | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Ross Schaudel Catering | Makeup Artist: Makeup By Adria | Hair Stylist: Natural Makeup Artist | Hair Stylist | Sally Biondo | Favors: Personalized Lazer Designs | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bride's Shoe Designer: Stuart Weitzmen | Music - Cocktail Hour: Michael Duca | Music - Reception: LI Sound DJ

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Family Heirlooms Make for a Timeless Wedding

Elizabeth and Daniel have several incredible marriages to look up to as inspiration for their own – both their parents and Elizabeth’s grandparents have been happily married for 30, 40, and 70 years respectively! Fittingly, they chose to incorporate little items from each of these couples throughout their wedding day, from a handkerchief to the cake topper. The result was a timeless celebration of love and family, planned to perfection by Cynthia Ross Events and captured by A Day of Bliss Photography.

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From the Bride… Dan and I were married on September 24, 2016, the same month my parents had their 30th wedding anniversary and the same year my grandparents reached 70 years of marriage. Plus, Dan’s parents have been married for over 40 years – we are so lucky to have so many great examples of loving marriages to look to!

We choose to get married in New York because we began dating and ultimately fell in love here in this beautiful city. Plus, I’ll let you in on a little secret – I had been dreaming of getting married at St. Patrick’s Cathedral since I was a little girl, so it truly made our wedding a dream come true.

Because we have so many marriages to model ours off of, we wanted to include as many things from those as we could. The cake topper was used at my parents’ wedding, the handkerchief I carried was my grandmother’s, and Dan carried his grandfather’s ruby ring with him the entire day. These small things helped us incorporate our families into our wedding day.

Dan and I like to read every night before bed, so we couldn’t help but sneak away to get a few pictures in the Yale Club library! Afterwards we continued celebrating and dancing, so it was no bedtime ritual that night.

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Photography: A Day Of Bliss | Cinematography: Charltone Wedding Cinema | Event Planning: Cynthia Ross | Floral Design: Atlas Floral Decorators | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Ceremony: St Patricks Cathedral | Reception Venue: The Yale Club Of New York City | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair and Makeup: Glamsquad | Band: The Touch Band | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Atelier | Bride's Reception Shoes: Stubbs And Wootton | Veil: Pronovias

High Fashion Inspiration for the Modern Bride

If you’re idea of modern includes stark, neutral design, then let this colorful inspiration prove you wrong. Incorporating high fashion beauty with modern color blocking and the most vibrant of hues, this shoot planned by Chloe and Mint, with florals by Of the Flowers and images captured by Sally Pinera, will have you crushing on gorgeous gowns.

Unusual. Unique. Out of the box. Modern. – These were the words surrounding this amazing color block theory shoot. For the modern bride wanting to express a unique wedding that is highly fashionable, this is for you! Color blocking has been around for ages but we don’t see them well executed at weddings. Going from a singular color to multiple tones, color blocking allows the bride to focus on very intricate and particular details to execute tastefully. We had the pleasure of working with Gabrielle who was our fashion stylist -With gorgeous Marchesa and Claire Pettibone gowns and simple yet alluring makeup. We had soft pink with poppy red, orange sorbet with lavender, and baby blue with sunny yellow. All of these color blocks are versatile and would be perfect for any season! For the final tablescape encompassing all three color blocks, we had an all white tabletop, floral arrangement, ghost chairs against silky assorted fabrics hanging representing each color block. We hope to inspire the next modern bride to do something as unique as these inspirations!

Photography: Sally Pinera | Planner: Chloe Mint | Floral Designer: Of The Flowers | Ring: Single Stone | Fashion Stylist: Gabrielle Hurwitz | Ghost Chairs: Blueprint Studio | Gowns: Marchesa | Gowns: Claire Pettibone | Makeup and Hair Artist: Sharon Y. Park | Paper Goods: Kaela Rawson

Individual Bridesmaid Bouquets + Inspiring Details For This Elegant Barn Wedding

We’ve seen our fair share of fresh ideas around these parts so it’s safe to say that when something brand new makes it’s way across our desks, we get pretty excited. Case in point: this wedding’s approach to bridesmaids. Instead of following tradition, our bride let her girlfriends wear whatever they desired and gifted them each with a beautiful bouquet for one gorgeous group photo in the gardens. It’s unique, ultra chic and oh so sweet and we’re 100% on board. See this pic – and all the rest by Rebecca Yaleright this way!

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From Rebecca YaleEmma and Izzet were married on a beautiful summer afternoon in an intimate gathering of friends and family at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York. The couple threw a large fete for friends and family in Turkey, where they both have family, but decided to have a small luncheon gathering to celebrate in their new home, New York.

The bride got ready with the help of a friend and her aunt as they nibbled on delicious pastries and fresh fruit, all from the farm. The bride opted for loose and natural curls, perfect for the farm setting, pinned back with fresh flowers that complimented her beautiful white and green bouquet. After sharing a first look in the garden, the bride and groom were joined by their family for portraits and the ketubah signing before their ceremony. They said their “I do’s” under a beautiful lush chuppah of greenery followed by a private moment to themselves walking the gardens for a few portraits before joining their guests for cocktail hour. Instead of having traditional bridesmaids, the bride opted to honor her friends by letting them wear whatever they wanted and gifting them each a bouquet for a group photo of them all together in the gardens.

Guests enjoyed a three course gourmet meal from the farm followed by cake decorated with white and green flowers. The bride and groom paid homage to their British roots by gifting their guests truffles and Wedding Breakfast Tea from Fortnum & Mason as a wedding favor.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Bride And Blossom | Wedding Dress: Christos | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Ryan Cotton | Band: Bianchi Musica | Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Atelier


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