Tana & Scott
New York, New York
Q&A with the Bride
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
During my time as an actress I booked a gig for a wedding photo shoot at Angel Orensanz Foundation. To be absolutely honest, I almost didn’t even walk through the front door when I arrived onset. I looked up at the old building with it’s paint peeled towering gates from the sidewalk where I was standing and I instantly had visions of being in a real life situation resembling the first two-minutes of every Law & Order: SVU episode. I took a deep breath, walked through the front doors and my heart stopped. The perfectly preserved Gothic interior majestically lit as if it were frozen in time, glow of the chandeliers above; it was the most magical hidden gem in the City and you would never suspect it from the outside. From that point on, I knew if I ever got married I couldn’t imagine a more perfect location.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
My wedding planner, Maya Kalman of Swank Productions, and I had four months to plan everything. During our initial consultation I had mentioned the idea of maybe doing a few DIY projects myself to justify the typical costs of a Manhattan wedding. One of my suggestions was using paper flowers to create a really personal and romantic feel, but I cringed at the thought of tissue paper pom-poms or crepe paper flowers that didn’t look realistic. I wanted paper flowers that looked lush, organic, luxurious and had durability. After a few hours of fruitless online searching I just decided I was going to make my own. Had I made paper flowers before? No. Had I made anything out of paper or even picked up a glue gun since my days in Girl Scouts? Absolutely not. What stemmed from an idea of maybe creating five or ten flowers blossomed into a collection of over 700 uniquely handcrafted individual pieces of floral artwork from personalized escort cards, boutonnieres and corsages to a cascading bridal bouquet and five tier wedding cake dripping in vines.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
We hosted our cocktail hour and reception on the mezzanine level of Angel Orensanz which was curtained off from the main room below. In lieu of the standard stadium announcement of the newlyweds followed by awkward transitional pauses, Scott and I opted for a subtle gesture to announce the end of cocktail hour, signal the start of dinner, and our arrival to the reception. As the lights began to rise in the main room, the music of “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine softly mixed in, and one by one each panel of curtain upstairs was pulled back to allow the guests to watch us during our first dance from above.
Jamie & Justin
Dove Canyon, California
From the Photographer: “Jamie and Justin wed at the very-private Dove Canyon Country Club, nestled in the hills near Orange County’s Santa Ana Mountains—and one thing is certain about this couple’s future: Their children will have gorgeous eyes. And possibly an affinity for the Anaheim Ducks, as well as hard-core partying, because before their grand exit under a shower of sparklers waved by guests, this wedding brought the house down on the dance floor! Dissatisfied with traditional bridesmaid dresses, Jamie opted to dress her bridesmaids in silver sequins and soft pink folds, and tied in the rest of the wedding design using similar hints of pink in places such as cake embellishments, sparkly lettering on the soles of her shoes, and the ceremony seating sign. Justin put his own touch on the affair, as well: he is a photographer, and set up an open-air photobooth capture some of the revelry as the night wore on.” – Luminaire Images
Lindsey & Matthew
Newport Beach, California
From the photographer:
“Matt and Lindsey’s summer Newport Beach wedding was one I had been looking forward to all year. They held their wedding at one of my favorite venues, the Newport Beach Marriott and enlisted some of my favorite vendors. LVL Events really tied their day together, leaving not one detail to chance. Matt and Lindsey tied the knot under the gorgeous outdoor gazebo on the Marriott lawn and their ceremony could not have been more perfect. Their reception followed in one of the hotel’s grand ballrooms, adorned in pink floral arrangements, by Bloom Box, that were simply breathtaking. Matt and Lindsey were given a first look of their reception site before their guests so that they could take it all in and were they surprised. I would have to say their favorite detail of their room was their sweetheart table, which was not covered in your standard linens but instead a blanket of fresh pink roses. . . absolutely stunning! The remainder of their day included a dress change by Lindsey, out of her stunning fairytale gown into a shorter version of the same gown, so chic! And of course a fun photo booth, caricature artist and a classic ice cream station to put the perfect ending touch on a perfect wedding day. ” – Lily Stein Photography
This year, we published over 200 real weddings on this blog – from glamorous affairs to laid-back celebrations, we’ve truly seen it all. But some weddings and details really stood out, and we wanted to share them with you.
Modern and Cheeky Wedding Stationery
The wedding of two graphic designers in Palm Springs, California featured some of the coolest details we’ve ever seen. In particular, we loved the paper goods – from the aisle markers to the menus, the contemporary design and informal language really sets the tone for a totally relaxed affair and showcases the couple’s sense of humor. See more of Tiffany and Mark’s completely creative wedding here.
Photo: Mike Arick Photography
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Inspiration for your wedding decor can come from anywhere – and a favorite movie, especially a classic film like the1952 Gene Kelly/Debbie Reynolds favorite Singin’ in the Rain, is a great place to start. We love how the creative Savannah-based vendor team, lead by Morgan Gallo Events and Azelle Photography, took this idea to heart by creating a style shoot full of Old Hollywood glamour and a touch of whimsy. Of particular note are the bright color palette, old school-meets-modern lounge area, raindrop-inspired details at every turn (love that cake!), and the vintage umbrellas hanging above the dance floor. Who said that rain on your wedding day is a bad thing? Check out the stunning, inspiring photos below – plus a bonus video from this gorgeous shoot.