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The Proposal Planner: Abe & Nellie

Posted by Sarah PeaseOct 10, 2014

Abe knew that he wanted to incorporate Vegas into his proposal to Nellie. The two of them absolutely loved vacationing there and if Abe couldn’t bring Nellie to Vegas, he was going to bring Vegas to NYC! Nellie had no idea what was in store for her the night that Abe invited her to a “work party” on the rooftop of a luxurious NYC hotel. When the elevator doors opened, Nellie found herself in a room transformed into a Vegas casino! Abe walked Nellie to a custom craps table with “Will You Marry Me” written on it and a deck of cards listing all of the reasons he loves her. Abe then got down on one knee and popped the question! After he got the “yes” confetti cannons went off and the couples friends ran in to join them for a casino-themed party!

Congratulations to Abe & Nellie!

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 Thank you to Paparazzi Proposals for the beautiful pictures!

The Proposal Planner: Cynthia & Humberto

Posted by Sarah PeaseOct 03, 2014

Going to see a musical on Broadway in New York City is always exciting – but even more so for our couple, Cynthia and Humberto! Cynthia started off the day in NYC thinking that Humberto was simply taking her on a city tour that included a “memory scrapbook”. At every New York City attraction they visited, they took a Polaroid picture to remember their trip by. Cynthia was excited that Humberto was taking her to see Wicked The Musical after their tour, but she had no idea what was actually in store! The couple enjoyed the show tremendously and were then offered a chance to tour the backstage area. As Cynthia and Humberto walked across the stage where the show had just taken place, Humberto got down on one knee and proposed! Cynthia said “Yes!” and the couple got their fairy tale ending!

Congratulations to Cynthia and Humberto!

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Thanks to Paparazzi Proposals for the pictures!

A Brilliant Wedding: Shu and Ed

Posted by Sarah PeaseSep 28, 2014

Shu & Ed were such a fun couple to work with! Their wedding took place at The Garrison, a lush, 300-acre property in the Hudson Valley. The couple held two ceremonies: one traditional American and one tea ceremony in the Chinese tradition. The bride wore two different dresses, a flowing white gown for the first ceremony, and a striking, red, lace dress for the second. In keeping with the rustic location, all of the signs for the wedding were beautifully done in chalk including the menus and program for the evening. The couple made their escort cards into a fun game for guests. Each card had the guest’s name and two clues on it. Guests were challenged to match their clues to a table chart with different places significant to the couple’s relationship with the guest. Once seated, guests enjoyed dinner under flickering candle light with the stunning Hudson Valley hills as a backdrop. Guests went home at the end of the night with gourmet ice cream sandwiches from CoolHaus.

We are excited to announce that Shu & Ed’s wedding was chosen to be featured on Junebug Weddings!

Check out the post HERE

Congratulations to Shu & Ed!

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Thanks to Brian Dorsey Studios for the beautiful pictures!

A Brilliant Wedding: Ara & Todd

Posted by Sarah PeaseSep 17, 2014

Few things are more nerve-wracking than coordinating a wedding for a family member, friend or a wedding industry colleague! But, it was truly our honor to have the chance to coordinate the wedding of someone who falls into two categories: Ara (of event design fame via her company Rock Paper Scissors and a dear friend) and her fiance, Todd, whose wedding took place on a sunny day in March in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ara designed all of the amazing decor herself. The mood was happy and relaxed as the bridal party danced down the aisle and cultures came together in the ceremony that took place under a chuppah and the watchful eye of Saint Anthony. The couple also had a unique lasso ceremony using lace instead of a rosary.  At the end of the night, guests snapped polaroids of themselves for the guestbook and huddled around blazing fire pits to keep warm!

Congratulations to Ara & Todd!

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Thanks to Harrison Hurwitz for the beautiful pictures!

Why In-house Destination Venue Coordinators Love Us

Posted by Sarah PeaseSep 12, 2014

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A big question we receive from prospective clients is “My venue offers an on-site wedding coordinator, so do I really need a wedding planner, too?” The short answer, which most on-site venue coordinators would agree with, is “Yes!”. Why? The long answer is twofold:

1) A planner from NYC knows what your expectations are from all standpoints – a service perspective (example: a full open bar is standard in Manhattan and so is having table-side entree choice, whereas these things won’t be standard at hotels outside NYC), a formalities perspective (the different cultural or religious requirements, or what is traditional for speeches, etc.), and even down to a granular perspective like the general style of music that you’d expect. Having someone who understands 100% what you expect from the get-go is key to pulling off a successful destination wedding. In-house venue coordinators are typically grateful to have a liaison to communicate these needs and wants clearly, resulting in less stress and frustration for both parties.
2) the venue’s expertise lies in running stellar food and beverage service, not necessarily running all of the specifics of a wedding. Having a wedding planner from outside the resort allows them to focus on what they do best — food and beverage — whereas we focus on the rest…design, decor and all of the other details means that we have our “aces in their places” and you get the wedding you dream of with less stress and more fun.
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