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A Purple and Yellow Wedding in New York

Posted by Kim on Apr 29, 2013

Megan & Tyler

June 16

Poughkeepsie, New York

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Q & A with the couple:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Even before we were engaged we said we would get married at The Grandview because of the amazing views. It is located directly on the Hudson River with the Mid-Hudson Bridge in the background. Multi-colored LED lights hang from the bridge’s superstructure which makes for a perfect backdrop in the evening sky. We had our reception in their Outdoor Ballroom which offered the feeling of an outdoor wedding, and allowed us to take full advantage of the stunning views and perfect June weather.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. I loved my Lazaro wedding dress. The trumpet style fit me perfectly and the beaded bodice and platinum sash with handmade flowers made for the perfect amount of detail. If I could wear my wedding dress every day, I would.

2. Flowers/Decor/Color Scheme. Everything matched from our centerpieces to the groomsmen’s socks all the way down to the custom invitations and stamps. 

3. Personal touches.  Rather than the traditional bouquet toss we decided to present bouquets to my grandmothers.  Also, on my bouquet we attached my grandfathers’ army tags, in their memory.   

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Megan would say, looking great in her dress.  I (Tyler) would say dancing with my wife for the first time; it was a beautiful thing even though I repeatedly stepped on her cathedral length veil!

Tyler would say, dancing with his mom. I (Megan) would say when they revealed the decorated outdoor ballroom to Tyler and me for the first time before all the guests were seated. Everything was exactly how we had planned it, from the centerpieces down to the wine bottle favors placed on the tables exactly how we had instructed. Having those few moments of calm, just the two of us, taking in all of our hard work was amazing.

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Whimsical Bird-Themed Summer Wedding in New York

Posted by Kim on Mar 07, 2013

Marsha & Michael

August 18

Newburgh, New York

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony to capture our “love bird” theme and we thought The Powelton Club would be the perfect place. Also, the place is extra special to us because my in-laws had their wedding reception there in 1975.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Cake: This is where it all started. I saw a picture of a cake online that had a “love birds” topper and that gave me the idea of having a “love bird” theme. I wanted a replica of the cake and I sure got it!

2. Floral arrangements and decor: Our florist did an amazing job incorporating all the elements and transforming our venue into a magical place.

3. Wedding dress: I exchanged my dress not once, but twice. It is true, the third time’s a charm! I fell in love with the third dress instantly. It felt like my dress was the piece to pull off our “love bird” theme.

Give us the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about

The outdoor ceremony. It was picture perfect! We saw some tears from our families and friends (not to mention my own) when we recited our vows to each other, and we know those were tears of joy.

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Purple and Orange Vineyard Wedding in New York

Posted by Kim on Mar 05, 2013

Kerrie & Amin

August 25

Sagaponack, New York

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Q & A with the Bride and Groom:

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be? 

Do not try and do everything yourself, enlist the help of others. I say this because without the help of my mother and stepfather who literally planned everything (with the exception of my matron of honor, Damaris and one of my maids of honor, Tara, who were also integral in planning and execution) I don’t know how this day would have been possible. From the moment I screamed “Mom! I’m engaged!” she literally started planning the wedding.  If I didn’t know any better I would’ve thought she was waiting for that moment from the day I was born.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

During the party, one of my favorite songs came on (“I Am Blessed” by Mr. Vegas) and when I heard the entire crowd signing my favorite line in the song which is “I am blessed, I am blessed, Every day of my life I am blessed, When I wake up in the morning, And I lay my head to rest, Every day of my life I am blessed,”  in that moment I literally had to stop and take it all in because no truer words could have been spoken about my wedding day and my life to date.

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Creative and Chic New York City Wedding

Posted by Kim on Feb 11, 2013

Tana & Scott

November 11

New York, New York

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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.

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Tracy & Ryan

August 17

Riverhead, New York

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We love all of the charm that the North Fork of Long Island has to offer – the old barns, farmland, and of course the wineries! So we knew we wanted our wedding guests to experience all of that.  We looked at a few different wineries on the North Fork, but what made Martha Clara so perfect and unique was their big old barn where we had our reception.

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

We had our ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors at Martha Clara, and since it was a beautiful day, the horses were hanging out in the field.  One of them actually came right up to the fence looking for food! It was so cool to have them as part of our “backdrop.”

Our florist, Becky Jens from Moments in Time Floral Design hung these really cool paper lanterns inside the barn above the dance floor.  When the sun went down, it really helped to get the party started!

Instead of handing out wedding programs, we made a large chalkboard with the details of the wedding party written on it, and propped it against a fence so guests can read it as they entered the ceremony space.  Not only did we save paper, but I think it added a unique touch and a rustic feel to our event.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

We had about 20 months to plan and organize our wedding, and we felt that this gave us an opportunity to just enjoy being engaged and take our time with planning the wedding.  We were able to focus on all the little details that we felt made our event unique.

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