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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: Junda's 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 Photography Inc | 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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We Have the Secret To the Perfect Garden Wedding

If you dream of a wedding filled with cherry blossoms, daffodils, forsythia and hydrangea, you’re definitely not alone. The question is – where exactly to host this bloom-filled wedding, and when? We’ll let you in on a little secret. Before the Montauk summer crowd gets crazy, May and June are the perfect months for that garden party you’ve always wanted. And Solé East Resort is the perfect locale to host.

If we’re being honest, outdoor weddings are some of our favorite ways to say “I do.” We’re always down for a ceremony smack dab in the middle of a garden paradise, followed by a tented reception… or an al fresco celebration under the starry night sky. Which is just one of the many reasons we love Solé East Resort – not to mention their gorgeous manicured lawns, amazing Backyard Restaurant and fabulous pool, complete with St. Tropez lounge beds. And when you book your Big Day during those breathtaking spring months, you’ll even get pre-season room rates for your guests. That’s a win-win in our book.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and say “I do” amongst the beautiful gardens at Solé East Resort, call 631.668.2105 or email info@soleeast now to start planning your dream day. And don’t forget to ask about the Spring 2018 Wedding Discounts for available May and June dates.

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Vineyard Wedding Inspired by the Couple’s Honeymoon Destination

Inspired by an upcoming Italian honeymoon, this couple drew from the beauty of their favorite place while planning their wedding. The result is a delicious mix of fall colored blooms by Stacy K Floral, and tablescapes dotted with the flavors of Italy. From olive branches at each place setting to signage of all their favorite spots, see how New York perfectly melds with Italy through the gorgeous images by Michael & Carina.

From the Photographers… Lindsey and Justin married on the most beautiful day at a vineyard in New York and celebrated with their friends and family in style. The couple is headed to Italy on their honeymoon; to celebrate their love for Italy, the wedding decor was heavily inspired by their favorite place. Fruits and wine were carefully placed on each table in the reception area and each table had a special Italian city they were inspired by.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Cinematography: Jacquelyn Daley Photography | Floral Design: Stacy K Floral | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hayley Paige | Hair Stylist: Cristina Magliocchetti | Calligraphy : Hanwriting | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Accessories: BHLDN | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: Minted | Ribbons: Tono Co

A Glam NYC Wedding for the Modern Bride

A black tie wedding with the Statue of Liberty in the background? It’s hard to think of anything better! And that’s exactly what we have for you today, pretties. Love Me Do Photography and Shutter and Sound Films captured Sharleen and Andy’s modern, glam wedding complete with geometric accents and moody florals arranged by Designs by Ahn, planned by the ever-talented Erganic Design.

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From Carina of Love Me Do PhotographyPhotographing Sharleen and Andy’s wedding was a dream come true for any photographer. Weather-wise, it was a perfect September day, and Sharleen and Andy looked phenomenal. Sharleen thought of everything when it came to her Bridesmaids and guests, making sure everyone had what they needed to be comfortable and have fun throughout the day. I loved that they opted to walk from the hotel to the venue for photos, because we got some of the best photos on our five minute walk down the street. Everyone was in such good spirits and was truly excited for the couple. Lots of tears were shed and smiles were all around. Being there and photographing their evening, you really got a sense of how great Sharleen and Andy are, and how much their friends and family genuinely love them. Because I know how much Sharleen and Andy value photography, I feel so honored to have been picked to photograph their wedding.

From the Bride… Andy and I often joke that we’re like the same person. Our relationship is effortless, and we’re so eerily on the same wavelength that to be with each other is almost to be with ourselves. We both know how hard that is to find, so the very likely prospect of never having met is scary to imagine. We didn’t swipe right, work together, or have a single mutual friend — I happened to sit in an empty seat next to him at a fundraiser, and he struck up a conversation. Had any single circumstance been different, we’d never have met. So, despite the fact that we’re both skeptics with very different backgrounds — he’s a born-and-bred New Yorker, I’m from Ottawa, Canada — our story has turned us into reluctant believers of sorts.

A major style inspiration for our big day was the fact that I’ve always known I wanted a black tie wedding. I wanted guests to have an excuse to dust off their tuxes and gowns and really bring it! With the help of my planner, Sojourner of Erganic Design (who was a total godsend and came recommended by Be Inspired PR), this led to a “modern glam” aesthetic with a geometric triangle theme and a color palette of black, ivory, and mixed metallics of gold, copper, and rose gold. I’ve always been drawn to darker, moodier elements, so we incorporated that into style accents — black stationery with gold foil, some dark flowers, and black candles.

This preference also led to the selection of our photographer, Carina of Love Me Do Photography. So many portfolios looked the same to me, with the same whitewash, color palettes, filters, and poses. At first sight, Love Me Do Photography’s work jumped out at me. It was just as beautiful and dramatic as any, but with raw emotion, grit, and split-second moments I felt were missing in others’. Going with them was one of the easiest (and best!) decisions we made.

When venue-hunting, our two requirements were a great “New York” feel and a space that had character. We saw many venues that had one without the other. At the suggestion of a friend, we checked out Battery Gardens and instantly fell in love with their location, their floor-to-ceiling windows, and the epic view. Since our ceremony would be onsite, we loved how there were distinct, separate areas for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception (this was harder to find than we expected). Exchanging vows while the sun sets, with the Statue of Liberty in the background? Yes, please.

Despite some ominous weather forecasts, we got super lucky with the weather, and it was a dreamy September day – warm and sunny with a few clouds and a great breeze for photos. The whole affair went off nearly without a hitch, save for the linen rentals not showing up, my bustle loops breaking, and a guest arriving with an unexpected plus-one! If anything, these hiccups just made for good stories.

People warn you that the day whips by in a blur, and they aren’t kidding, but time did almost seem to stop at certain moments: watching Andy’s eyes twinkle as he read me his vows, listening to my sisters sing a song we used to sing as kids during their speech, hearing my dad laugh as we danced. Andy and I are both pragmatic to a fault in many ways, so justifying a big wedding wasn’t always easy, but it was truly a special, spectacular day, and we couldn’t be happier with it.

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Photography: Love Me Do Photography | Cinematography: Shutter And Sound | Event Planning + Design: Erganic Design | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Stationery: Inked Carbon | Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vow To Be Chic | Hair + Makeup: Beautini | Favors: Rescue Flats | Venue: Battery Gardens | Cake Toppers: Facci Designs | Chairs: Broadway Party Rentals | DJ + Lighting: Genesis Events | Furniture: Two of a Kind | Napkins + Matchboxes: For Your Party | Photobooth: Fun Booth | Production: Be Inspired PR | Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU

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When Talented Vendors Have Creative Freedom to Plan a Real Wedding

Although the Bride works in the wedding industry at Twobirds Bridesmaid, her vision for her own nuptials was simple and elegant – she wanted it to feel like a dinner party for family and friends. She carefully selected each of her trusted vendors then gave them creative liberty – and lovelies, it sure did pay off. Sag Harbor Florist created gorgeous grapewood spheres and florals inspired a sculptural installation at the venue, Longhouse Reserve, and Lisa Vorce Co. turned the Sperry Tent into a stunning reception space. There’s no better way to kick off your weekend than with this wedding, captured by Artisan Production and Braedon Weddings.

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For almost twenty years I have been spending my summers in East Hampton. Recently my parents became full time residents, so now it is the place I call home. When thinking about getting married, there was really no other destination I could think of to celebrate the most special day of our lives.

Our wedding was at Longhouse Reserve, a 16 acre sculpture garden in East Hampton, NY. The first time I visited Longhouse, I remember telling my dad this is where I wanted to get married. It is breath-taking – the grounds are covered with flowers and greenery as well as installations from a variety of artists.

I work in the bridal industry (Director of Operations at Twobirds Bridesmaid in Manhattan) but never really thought too much about my own wedding. I really just wanted it to feel like a big dinner party with my family and friends. We worked with Lisa Vorce (and her amazing team) who is a dream. She thinks of everything and made the planning process easy (i.e. I really didn’t do anything).

All of our vendors were so spectacular: Braedon, our photographer, and Aaron, our videographer, were the best to be around all day and fit in like they were wedding guests! We used a lot of the vendors that my sister used last spring, so it really felt like family. The band, Northstar from Elan Artists, was out of this world. Everyone at the wedding cannot stop talking about them! Flowers were done by the amazing Anasatasia at Sag Harbor Florist who outdid herself. Lisa collaborated with her on these gorgeous grapewood spheres inspired by Grace Knowlton’s “structural orb” installation that was on the property. I never would have thought of creating something so beautiful and allowing them to creatively express themselves without my input made it the most seamless process.

The local vendors were so special to have. Our home away from home in the Hamptons is Nick & Toni’s (the chicken is all my husband talks about) so to have them cater the wedding was a no brainer. We did it French style so the tables shared all the sides and you had the option to sample all the entrees. Nick & Toni’s pastry chef made us two cakes – one gluten free (for me) and one for Evan. I love weddings this way as it creates a more casual and relaxing vibe.

Thanks to my sister (Jamie Mizrahi who is a stylist in LA), I was outfitted in custom Brock Collection (my dream dress) for my rehearsal dinner! I am just waiting for another place to wear that dress. For the wedding day I wore Ines Di Santo – a simple dress with an open back. My flower girls (Twobirds CEO’s daughters and my best friends) were outfitted in our tulle flower girl dresses. It was so special to have them apart of our day and be able to see our creations come to life!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our special day the best day of our lives.

Photography: Braedon Photography | Cinematography: Artisan Production | Event Planning: Lisa Vorce | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Shoes: Nancy Gonzalez | Catering: Honest Catering | Makeup: Ashimoto | Hair: Scotty Cunha | Band: Elan Artists | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Wedding Venue: The LongHouse Reserve | Tent: Sperry Tents | Flower Girl Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Rehearsal Dinner: Bell & Anchor | Rehearsal Dress: Brock Collection | Sunday Brunch: Nick And Tonis

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5 Reasons Why This Mendocino Coast Resort Is For You

If we’re being honest, choosing the Heritage House Resort to host your wedding celebration needs no explanation. But if counting down our list of Top Five Reasons Why this resort is absolutely amazing means spending some time with one of our fave venues ever, well…. we’re all for it. Scroll to find out why this is THE perfect place for you.

1. THE VIEWS

There are stunning views, and then there are the stunning views at Heritage House Resort. Which means you’ll be saying “I do” with breathtaking cliffs and the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. Sound appealing? Just wait until you see it in person… It’s awe-inspiring.

2. THE FOUR STAR AMENITIES

We love the Northern California coast for its insane beauty, but staying at a resort that offers up luxe amenities is important, too. Heritage House Resort is known for its Four Star amenities – with everything from ocean view rooms to an amazing restaurant to a relaxing spa on its menu.

3. THE VENUE OPTIONS

Saying “I do” seaside means something entirely different at Heritage House Resort, and when it comes to picking the right spot to tie the knot on their gorgeous property, you have a lot of options – from a beautiful meadow to a sweet gazebo. (We’re sort of obsessed with the Deer Field Meadow by the ocean bluffs.) Just remember – whether you’re planning on throwing an intimate party or a larger soiree, they can handle it all.

4. THE AWARD-WINNING CUISINE

No wedding is complete without a stellar menu, and Heritage House Resort certainly won’t disappoint when it comes to a tasty celebration. Their culinary team will create a custom menu using local, fresh and sustainable produce, so you know it’ going to be good. And your guests will never stop talking about it.

5. THE SPA

Every bride, groom AND bridal party deserves a little pampering, so we couldn’t leave out the luxe offerings of The Spa at the Heritage Hotel. From relaxing massages to a bridal pampering package, they’ll have you looking (and feeling!) like a true princess before you walk down that aisle.

Whether you’re hosting a small wedding celebration for just a few close members of your family or a larger party for all of your family and friends, contact the talented staff at the Heritage House Resort to start planning that dream wedding weekend.

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Photography: Lauren Alisse Photography | Photography: Holly Shankland Photography | Photography: Cyoung Photography | Hotel: Heritage House Resort

A Classic NYC Wedding Not To Be Missed

It doesn’t get much more classic than a NYC wedding and this one hits it out of the park. No surprise then that the team behind it all is absolutely topnotch. From Ashley Douglass Events to DESIGNS BY AHN and Face Time Beauty Concierge, it’s a home run. And then we have Glen Allsop of Christian Oth capturing all the beauty and romance – hop on over to our gallery to see all the magical moments!

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From Ashley Douglass Events… In what feels like a far-away land from NYC, through the blooming summer trees, you can see the George Washington Bridge in the distance hanging over the Hudson. You feel as if you’re on top of a skyscraper watching over the city, but you’re on the top of Wave Hill in Riverdale surrounded by unimaginable natural florals and rolling hills. The sunsets stretch on longer than any other summer sunsets as the sky reaches out more vast than anything else your eye can see. A garden that is open for the public to enjoy during the day, and a special place to let your evening wedding grow bright – Wave Hill’s stone walk ways, gardens, and graceful architecture will go beyond your imagination when creating your outdoor garden wedding.

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Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Event Planning: Ashley Douglass Events | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Cake: Chantilly Bronxville | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Great Performances | Make Up: Marci Saucedo | Hair: Face Time Beauty Concierge | DJ: DJ Frank Delour | Hotel: The Surrey Hotel | Wedding Venue: Wave Hill | Day of Paper: Roseville Designs | Musicians: Iconiq String Quartet | Rentals: Party Rental LTD

This Wedding Is the Definition of Industrial Chic

I think you can get to know a lot about the kind of love a Bride and Groom just by their smiles. And these two? Well, their smiles say it all. Working with a handful of our fabulous Little Black Book Members including Polka Dot Events, 501 Union, Cobblestone Catering, Face Time Beauty Concierge and Isabelle Selby, they pulled off an industrial chic wedding for the books. Join us for allll the moody romance, over in the full gallery!

From Tracey at Polka Dot Events… Though both New York City born and bred, it took a move to Washington D. C. For law school at Georgetown University for Manhattanite Caroline and Staten Island native Max to meet and begin their relationship. The two were engaged by graduation and soon moved back to NYC where they settled in Brooklyn with their adorable doodle puppy named Edna. Caroline, an advocate and attorney, and Max, also an attorney, decided to hold their wedding at 501 Union, a former supper club with a swanky New York vibe, and teamed up with Tracey Goldstein of Polka Dot Events and Sachi Rose Design to transform the space, and plan an event that was uniquely “them.”

From their Staten Island Ferry Save The Dates (with Edna as the Captain) to their Earth-Day influenced favors (complete with Baggu reusable bags, ACLU bookmarks, the US Constitution, and seed packets) each detail of the wedding embodied Caroline and Max’s unique touch and personalities. Groupings of wildflowers lined the aisle leading up to a wild and asymmetrical cherry blossom chuppah with colorful orange, green and burgundy floral accents. Caroline, her mother and brother walked down the aisle to Sweet Caroline as the room smiled and giggled at the song choice. The ceremony was officiated by Cantor Nancy Bach, and Caroline and Max recited their own vows. Inside the reception, a large greenery installation was created to look as it was creeping out from 501’s skylights, and large wood tables were decorated with lush and colorful urn centerpieces and still-life accents of greenery and fruit. At each place setting sat natural linen napkins, sprigs of rosemary and a combined menu-placecard complete with an illustration of Edna in her dinner gear. The night was full of delicious new American style food from Cobblestone Catering and ended with a delicious dessert table of sweet bites and a small cutting cake from Luckybird Bakery.

Photography: Isabelle Selby Photography | Planner: Polka Dot Events | Florist: Sachi Rose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Lucky Bird Bakes | Ceremony Venue: 501 Union | Reception Venue: 501 Union | Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Caterer: Cobblestone Catering | Hair and Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Lighting: Baron Pro Sound | Band: Elan Artists | Hotel: The Ludlow Hotel | Invitations/Escort Cards/Table Numbers: Venamour Stationery & Ephemera | Menus/Favor Tags: Lion in the Sun | Party Dress: Rachel Comey | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Save the Dates: Swiss Cottage Designs

This Couple Met Above the Clouds, Literally!

I feel absolutely blessed to experience others’ love stories for a living. Love and (pretty details) for a living ain’t bad my friends. If you’re an avid SMP reader, you get to experience that love on the daily, too. Today’s story is ridiculously romantic. This adorable duo literally met above the clouds, on a jet of course! Once you’re done admiring Charlotte Jenks Lewis‘ imagery, read the Bride’s writeup to find out just exactly what these two chatted about on that first-meeting flight and how it inspired their wedding day.

From the Bride… Jacob and I met in truly the most serendipitous of ways: on an airplane from Florida to New York! It was January 8, 2011; I was on the way home from a Disney trip with friends and Jacob was coming home from a business trip. While I maintain Jacob was totally unhelpful as I struggled to put my bag in the overhead bin, he has a very different memory of the entire encounter! Either way, once he pulled out an obscure book written by a historian I love, we started talking. Two hours flew by, and the rest was history!

As two history nerds, when Jacob and I got engaged we knew we wanted to create an elegant museum wedding with a classic New York City feel that also incorporated organic elements through the use of outdoor space. With that in mind, our design inspiration quickly became Elegant, Organic, and Modern. After looking at a few historic New York venues, we saw the Museum of the City of New York. A classic Georgian mansion with a striking marble staircase that served as my aisle and a beautiful brick-inlaid terrace overlooking Fifth Avenue and scenic Central Park, we knew we had found the perfect venue. Aiming to play up the museum’s dramatic design elements rather than trying to overpower them, our color palette featured marble, ivory, pale grey, and blush rose for the ceremony, while the rest of the evening featured mauve, plum, green, and gold.

Coming down the marble staircase and seeing Jacob grinning up at me and the smiling faces of 185 of our closest friends and family is a moment I’ll never forget. With the museum’s light installation glittering above me as I rounded the spiral staircase, I remember thinking that this moment was uniquely wonderful and just right. And from there, the night only got more incredible; we kept one of the museum’s exhibits open for our guests to explore, the food was delicious, and our amazing band kept everyone on the dance floor all night long. At the end of the night, we gave our guests airplane-shaped bottle openers as favors, with tags on them reading, “From Delta 1296 to 5.20.2017…” as an homage to our unlikely meeting story.

Our wedding was the absolute most fun, exciting, and special day of our lives, and we feel so lucky to have been able to celebrate our love with the people most important to us. So, my one piece of advice for brides on their big day? Do your best to stay truly mindful and in-the-moment for each part of the day. Remember that everything will inevitably fall into place, and as for the things that don’t, no one will be the wiser, so dance the night away with people you love and have the BEST time!

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Videography: NST Pictures | Planner: C&G Weddings | Floral Design: Flwr Studio | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations: Fourteen-Forty | Shoes: Converse | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Great Performances | Hair and Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Lighting: Stortz Lighting | Tuxedo: Alabaster & Chess | Wedding Venue: Museum Of The City Of New York | Tent: Stamford Tent & Event Services | Chuppah Frame: Chuppah Studio | Cufflinks: Heirloom | Groom's Shirt: Paul Stuart | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Groom's Watch: Breitling | Music: Elan Artists | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Vest and Bowtie: Brooks Brothers

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Magical Elegance is a Pool Filled with Coral Peonies

“Magical elegance” was the Bride and Groom’s inspiration for this wedding and they most certainly hit the nail on the head. Combining the classic beauty of the Bedford Post Inn with moments of brilliance like a pool dotted with coral peonies and bright blooms by Sandra Taurina, this celebration planned by Eventavli toes the line between cozy, relaxed and wildly gorgeous. Get lost in all the pretty imagery captured by Simply Sarah with even more right here.

From the bride…Rutherford and I first met in 1997, when he was attending college with my sister Natalie. At the time I was still in high school and had a massive, secret crush on Rutherford; although I’m sure it was somewhat obvious! I always looked forward to seeing him and whenever my sister was having get togethers I would secretly hope for Rutherford to be there. Nothing ever came of my innocent crush as life took us in different directions, but God had a plan for our future and we reconnected thirteen years later. From that moment forward it was as if everything we had been thru in life brought us back to one another!

Our engagement couldn’t have been any more special! Rutherford and I always travel together around our anniversary which coincides with Rutherford’s birthday week and last year we decided to go to Eleuthera, Bahamas. My sisters and I had traveled to the island earlier that year and just fell in love! Rutherford decided that my favorite beach on the island would be the perfect place for the proposal. I was so excited to be back at Lighthouse Point and was rushing to get to the top of the cliffs to see the view that I had missed so much since my previous visit. I told Rutherford to watch out for snakes on the way up to the cliff’s edge; little did I know we were about to get engaged! I was busy taking pictures of what remains to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen on earth and Rutherford suggested that we take some “selfies” together. I thought it was a bit strange as the day before when I was trying to do so he wasn’t too on board with the idea. Rutherford embraced me from behind and when I blurted out “hey I’m trying to take pictures” (in my head thinking leave me alone haha) he suggested that I just enjoy the view and moment. Rutherford then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him; I was shaking as I couldn’t believe what was happening. I then began to ask “why am I shaking” as in my heart I felt nothing but comfort and excitement. It was a beautiful moment that I will never forget!

Our wedding day was truly a celebration of our love! In planning our wedding my vision was one of magical elegance. The design inspiration was drawn from the elements of nature which complement the organic setting of Bedford Post Inn. I fell in love with the simple charm of the inn and beautiful property which lends itself to feeling more like a private home. Our stunningly designed invitation suite set the tone for the details to follow. A number of personal touches were incorporated into the wedding including my bouquet which was tied with lace from my grandmother’s island of Samos, Greece, the serving of a ceremonial cocktail native to my husband’s family’s country of Haiti and favors of wildflower and thyme honey imported from Greece. From our ceremony in the yoga loft overlooking the gardens, to the reflecting pool decorated with vibrant flower petals, our wedding song sung by Jermaine Paul, the incredible floral arrangements, to dancing under the stars our wedding day was everything we hoped it to be and more! Our favorite memory from our wedding day was the moment we both saw one another for the first time at the ceremony and embraced hands. Any nerves that we may have been feeling quickly subsided and were replaced with excitement!

To all newly engaged brides I would most definitely recommend Simply Sarah Photography! From my very first conversation with Sarah I knew that she was the photographer I had been searching for to capture our special day. Speaking with her felt more like catching up with a friend; she was extremely easy-going, patient and understanding. Her positive, comforting energy was felt even more so in person as she created a fun, safe space allowing for an enjoyable experience! Sarah’s work is incredible; the ethereal feeling evoked through her photographs is second to none! I really believe it is more than a coincidence that I came across Sarah’s beautiful work through her posts of Eleuthera; the same island where my husband and I were engaged! We are so blessed to have had Sarah behind the lens and will cherish the moments she captured for a lifetime.

Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Planning: Eventavli | Floral Design: Sandra Taurina | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Invitations: Spurle Gul Studios | Shoes: Aquazzura | Catering: Bedford Post Inn | Makeup: Chico Mitsui | Hair: Ertan Kahriman | DJ: DJ B. Mills | Groom's Attire: Armani | Wedding Venue: Bedford Post Inn | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints

This NY Loft Wedding Is Simply Perfection

From the custom wedding dress, to the sleek and modern design details, to the finest city venue, this Brooklyn wedding is the epitome of the ultimate city affair! With incredible event designing and florals by Faye + Renee, the day was glamorous yet minimalist and modern all wrapped into one. Get ready to be inspired after browsing the gallery all captured by the super talented Ryon:Lockhart Photography!

From the bride… Daniel and I met at Hofstra University our last semester in 2010. We were paired together alphabetically by last name. As soon as we all introduced ourselves, it was interest at first sight. Daniel is smart, witty and made me laugh through our conversations on facebook chat. I looked forwarded to when our group had to meet. Right before graduation we went on our first date walking through Central Park. We ended up officially dating a few months after, which turned into four blissful years.

His proposal was very romantic! We took a trip upstate NY to Seneca Lake for his birthday. We went wine tasting and later that night we went to a farm to table dinner with Riesling wine pairing. The owner introduced herself and started to give us a tour which lead us into the tasting room which is were Daniel proposed! It was such a magical night with great conversations of love with the surrounding company.

We knew we wanted to have an original wedding, that takes you away from your traditional hall. Daniel comes from a huge family and I come from the opposite, we had to find an accommodating venue that could hold 250 guests. We knew we wanted to be in New York with a warehouse vibe. It was the second venue we looked at and once we arrived, we both knew this was it! The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook Brooklyn has two floors, open raw concept with the ability to create anything you wished. Our vision was to create a speakeasy vibe, utilizing both floors and outside. The venue director, florists and props along with the DJ & lighting made it happen. They were all on board with our vision which we had ample time planning with our two year engagement.

The wedding weekend quickly arrived and it was an incredible kind of homecoming for us. We had our Welcome Gathering in the Penthouse Suite at Gild Hall Hotel which was a nice ice breaker since it was the first time the entire bridal party was together. The next morning the myself and the bridal party rushed off to the Liberty Warehouse to get ready in the bridal suite which offered the perfect lighting for our makeup artist and a big space to get ready. The boys got ready at the hotel that offered the perfect gentlemen setting with leather and metal details.

My dresses were designed by Rolando Santana which slid on like a glove, I wanted to stick with a timeless, classic look. I trusted all my bridesmaids to pick out their dress of choice. Daniel wanted to stand out so we chose a navy suit with black lapel while the groomsmen had black tuxes. When everyone got together for pictures it blended so well.

If I had to describe the day with one word, magical. We were nervous about the day since there was a hurricane coming up the coast. Fortunately it decided to hold off, we had our ceremony outside with the sun setting in the back of Lady Liberty. Cocktail hour was out on the Promenade listening to the Brooklyn Bluegrass Band and indulging in the food. We were then whisked away to the second floor to have dinner, listen to speeches and of course dance with our parents. Then it was time to party! We allowed all the guests to move downstairs where we turned it into a speakeasy vibe. There was antique furniture set up on the perimeters of the dance floor and access to enjoy the outside as well.

The night ran so smoothly, all the decor and music was perfect. For dessert we had Waffles and Dinges outside and inside guests could enjoy cake and espresso. All our vendors we worked with were more than accommodating, they were or became friends. We had a enchanting night and it was wonderful to be surrounded by friends and family. Ryon : Lockhart Photography captured beautifully this magical day that everyone cannot stop talking about months later!

Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Event Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Wedding Dress: Custom by Rolando Santana for Ports 1961 | Cake: Lucky Bird Bakes | Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering: The Liberty Warehouse | Hair and Makeup: Artist Makeup Academy | DJ: Dash of Class | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Liberty Warehouse | Dessert: Wafels Dinges

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Adorable Central Park Engagement Shoot

Some photo shoots are just so easy, breezy, you sense it immediately upon looking at the pics. And this engagement session is one of those. These two cuties are so full of love and laughter and these pics by Erika Brown radiate it wholeheartedly. They strolled through Central Park and dipped and danced, smiled and swirled… and we can’t get enough!

From Erika Brown Photography… This was a simple yet truly unforgettable engagement session in the heart of NYC. Tim and Kristy are so incredibly sweet and completely in love so photographing them and capturing these special moments was so, so easy.

From the Bride-to-be… Tim and I met on Valentines Day 2014. We had a mutual friend throwing a Valentines Day party and after some persuasion from our best friends, both decided to attend. Our mutual friend introduced us almost immediately after I arrived and as the night went on, we kept finding our way back to each other :)

After a couple weeks, Tim asked me out and we had our first date at the Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC. I know it is super cliche but we pretty much hit it off from the very first date. Fast forward to April 8th, 2016…. I had thought I was attending a close friend’s birthday party but little did I know Tim had much more planned. We walked up to the Gramercy Park Hotel (where we had that very first date) and Tim proposed outside while inside awaited our parents and closest friends ready to celebrate our engagement with us!

As for the wedding… I am definitely most excited to marry my best friend and absolute love of my life. I cannot wait to get our lives started together as husband and wife.

The engagement shoot was an absolute blast! Tim and I were a little apprehensive about doing an engagement shoot to begin with because we felt like that just wasn’t us (boy were we wrong). After some persuasion from our amazing photographer, Erika Brown, we decided that it probably was a good idea. We went into the engagement shoot very practically. We would be able to get used to being in front of the camera while our photographer would get to know us. We decided to do our shoot in Central Park in NYC, a very meaningful location to us considering New York is where we met and started our lives together. The shoot itself ended up being so much fun and actually a very romantic afternoon together. Erika’s fun loving personality and professionalism made Tim and I feel beyond comfortable in front of the camera. We are so excited about the pictures we took during our engagement session. We truly believe they capture our personalities and love perfectly :) To say we are more than excited to have Erika photograph our wedding is an understatement!

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“Same-Sex Marriage Is Not Legal in Our Country, So We Married in the U.S.”

This is the kind of story that makes me eager to log on to SMP every day. It’s not about the details, no, it’s a pure dose of LOVE. Because love is love, and nothing (not even a country) can deny that. Seth and Jacky are brave, strong and admirable for their journey to say I Do. Alisa Ferris‘ imagery paired with their story below is bound to brighten your day.

Seth and Jacky are not able to enjoy the simple luxuries that many couples take for granted. They can’t hold hands or kiss in public. Cozy Instagram pics? Posted with caution. The couple is from Indonesia where same-sex marriage is not recognized, and even worse, neither is homosexuality.

The two met online when Seth was just 19 and Jacky was 16; they maintained a friendship for 4 years before venturing into a romantic relationship. Fast forward eleven years, and the couple have pretty much done it all; here’s the scoop on these savvy business owners, parents and gay rights advocates.

“In Indonesia, homosexuality is not widely accepted, and gay marriage is non-existent,” stated Jacky. “After more than ten years together, we grew weary of the subterfuge and felt that we deserved to have what so many others already have.”

That mindset sent the two packing for NYC where gay marriage is legal. Their elopement in NYC was followed by a quick Honeymoon in D.C. (and a Beyoncé concert, of course!). The result was a 3-day photo session around Washington D.C. and New York City that is an emoji heart feast for the eyes.

“We have Style Me Pretty to thank for our photographer, Alisa Ferris. When we read about how she saved another couple from wedding disaster (READ: “Their Photographer Didn’t Show Up! Here’s What Happened Next), we knew we had to have her,” said Seth.

Now that their nuptials are legal, the pair are becoming recognized as gay rights advocates in their home country. “Not only did we want to get married for ourselves, but also, to set an example for our son, Jasper,” commented Seth. “We wanted to show him to stand up for what you believe in.”

“What we didn’t realize was that so many others would be inspired by our actions. Since we’ve become more open about our relationship,” Jacky continued, “I’ve received messages from many young kids telling me they were on the brink of suicide until they heard our story; now they have hope of living a life of love and happiness.”

 

Having overcome such challenges has made this power couple even stronger. Seth, the mastermind behind the couple’s advertising agency, and Jacky, a prominent fashion designer, whose clothes have been spotted on the likes of Neyo and Lance Bass, now look forward to the future with a relaxed heart.

From Alisa FerrisWhen I heard Seth + Jacky’s story, I knew instantly I wanted to document the story of their love. Sadly, even in the U.S. wedding industry, you will encounter vendors who don’t support same-sex marriage. In my role as a photographer of same-sex marriages, I’m not merely an artist, I also consider myself an activist.

Photography: Alisa Ferris | Location: New York Public Library | Location: Central Park | Location: Library Of Congress