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Sarah Pease in the Four Seasons Magazine

Posted by SarahJun 04, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Four Seasons Magazine about wedding favors and how to make them stand out. From memorable to personal, there’s a suggestion here for everyone! To check out the whole article, head over to The Four Seasons Magazine. 

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Recent Favorites: Fun Wedding Food

Posted by SarahMar 27, 2015

Food is always a crowd pleaser. Here is just a sample of some food highlights from our recent clients.

Pretzels with labels that said “Kim and Bill tied the knot,” jars of locally made honey with tags saying “Love is Sweet,” a giant periodic table of macarons and test tubes with candied sunflower seeds for a couple who work as scientists and gourmet ice cream sandwiches with edible labels.

Fun Wedding Food

 

Photos by Christian Oth Studios, Daniel J Photography, Brian Dorsey Photography.

Creative Escort Card Ideas

Posted by SarahFeb 24, 2015

We love to get creative with our escort card ideas! Here are just a few that we’ve done recently that have been huge hits.

Left to Right and Top to Bottom: Sharone and Elan had giant flower-filled walls by The Arrangement with hanging ribbon to display their table assignments. Anca and Nate opted for a sophisticated yet simple floral display by Rountree Flowers of single blooms in crystal vases and delicate cards. Alena and Andrew embraced the tropics with drink flags in hibiscus-infused margaritas at the start of cocktail hour. Sabrina and Matt’s farm-to-table wedding was complete with mixed metal farm figurines connected with magnets to hold each card in a standing position. Abbie and Joon’s library-inspired wedding featured wooden bookcases perfectly styled to hold their calligraphed books indicating the seating assignments. Heather & Chris’s guests went nuts for rectangular boxes of M&M’s (her favorite candy) displayed in a color-blocking style while Carolyn & Matt gave a nod to the antique bank atmosphere by doing a key and a vintaged tag. Finally, Petra & Chris kicked off the festivities in a genuinely Mexican fashion with Don Julio mini tequilas.

Creative Escort Card Ideas

 

Photos courtesy of: Rossa Cole Photography, Jennifer Davis Photography, Elizabeth Medina Photography, Daniel J Photography, Brian Dorsey Photography, Kelly Guenther Photography, Craig Warga Photography.

A Brilliant Wedding: Britten and AJ

Posted by SarahFeb 24, 2014

Britten and AJ couldn’t have been more of an amazing couple to work with! Their wedding took place in beautiful Tuxedo Park New York.  After exchanging ‘I Do’s’ at their church ceremony it was off to the reception.  A stunning waterfront reception combined with an exquisite look created by candles, chandeliers and elegance. During cocktail hour, guests arrived to a pianist playing a grand piano and as the sun set on the lake, the guests were invited inside for dinner and dancing.  A few special tables remained on the stone porch with prime views of the sunset.  Everyone danced the night away, and all were especially entertained by the photo booth, a special surprise that Britten had arranged for AJ! When the night had ended guests were given a bottle of custom-labeled wine as their favor with a lovely bottle carrier. We were also thrilled to have their wedding featured on Carats & Cake! Check out the post here. Congratulations Britten and AJ.

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Reception at Night

Thanks to Craig Warga for the amazing photos!

A Brilliant Wedding: Susana and Craig

Posted by SarahFeb 10, 2014

Susana and Craig wanted to exchange vows in an intimate ceremony amongst family and their closest friends. They said “I do” in a stunning little church, and then went off to take photos around the city.  Instead of having their guests wait around for the reception to start, they were treated to a bus tour of New York City. When everyone arrived to The Standard Hotel for cocktail hour, they were greeted by panoramic views of the The High Line and the NYC skyline, as well as a Jazz trio of Julliard performers. Stepping into The High Line room for dinner, guests took their seats at one of two long banquet tables that were adorned in contemporary succulent arrangements. After a dinner filled with heartfelt speeches, guests took to dancing the night away. When it was time to say goodbye, guests received oh so fun Mast Brother Chocolate favors and they were a total hit! The evening was timeless, just like our wonderful couple! Congratulations, Susana and Craig!

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NYC Tour Bus

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Mast Brothers Chocolate

NYC Skyline View

Thanks to Christian Oth Studios for the amazing pictures!

A Brilliant Wedding: Danielle and Greg

Posted by SarahJan 20, 2014

After being fortunate enough to plan Greg’s Proposal to Danielle, it was such a treat to then help plan their big day! They settled on a destination wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and went for an all white color palette. They couple chose to have the bridal party just consist of the Maid of Honor and Best Man, which perfectly were Greg’s two kids. The whole day expressed pure beach elegance. Danielle walked down a white aisle runner as Canon in D played, and an abundance of star lights hung over the dance floor where the couple shared their first dance as Bride and Groom to Jason Alden’s song Heaven. To keep with the festive and beachy feeling, the couple offered their guests mini bottles of tequila as their escort cards and take home favors, which were a big hit! Congratulations Danielle and Greg!

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Wedding Favors

Thanks to Daniel Aguilar for the wonderful photos!

A Brilliant Wedding: Brooke and Scott

Posted by SarahDec 09, 2013

October weather can be very unpredictable, however, Brooke and Scott lucked out and had their wedding on a perfect fall day. The brisk yet sunny weather complemented Brooke and Scott’s elegant and rustic wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY.  Just as the sun was setting, the gorgeous bride walked down the aisle to “If It’s Magic” by Stevie Wonder played by a solo trumpet.  As Brooke and Scott’s guests headed inside for the reception they were greeted by an abundance of glowing candles and other incredible glass details.  Thousands of candles in unique glass vessels could be found all throughout their spectacularly beautiful reception.  Guests weren’t only awed by the beautiful luminous displays, everyone raved about the delicious cake from Momofuku Milk Bar for dessert. After a day filled with love and laughter, the bride and groom’s family and friends left this truly stunning wedding with special favors – homemade sea salt caramels by Brooke herself!  The couples amazing wedding was featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs, if you missed it make sure to read it here! Congratulations, Brooke and Scott!

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Fall Wedding Couple

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Happy Couple

Thanks to Michael Falco of Christian Oth Studio for the fabulous photos.

A Brilliant Wedding: Sabrina and Matt

Posted by SarahAug 23, 2013

Sabrina and Matt were such a great couple to work with and creating their dream wedding was an amazing experience.  The bride’s family’s New Jersey estate served as both the fabulous backdrop and the inspiration for their elegant wedding. A bevy of farm-to-table and personal touches were incorporated throughout the day.  Following the couple’s lovely ceremony, guests headed to cocktail hour where they collected escort cards supported by farm animal figurines in gold and silver hues and snacked on authentic Australian meat pies, which were a nod to the bride’s parents Australian heritage.   After the newly married couple shared their first dance to “What A Wonderful Life” by Louis Armstrong under their stunning tent, complete with sophisticated chandeliers and a classic black-and-white dance floor, family and friends enjoyed grass-fed beef from cows raised at the family’s estate, banana cake from Billy’s Bakery and and left with jars of honey that were locally blended and jarred.  From the magnificent setting to the abundance of personal details, Sabrina and Matt’s springtime wedding was a truly unique and beautiful event.  Congratulations, Sabrina and Matt!

We were thrilled to have Sabrina & Matt’s wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!

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Spring Wedding

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Happy Couple

Thanks to Daniel J Photography for the outstanding photos.

A Brilliant Wedding: Trevor & Rodney

Posted by Sarah PeaseJul 03, 2013

When Trevor and Rodney asked me to plan their wedding reception I could not have been more flattered and truly honored.  Not only are they a dynamic, amazing, head-over-heels in love couple, but Trevor is also a former colleague of mine and he & Rodney have been dear friends for years.  Talk about pressure!  After hosting an intimate ceremony at City Hall on a separate date, Trevor and Rodney threw their reception bash at Astra and the party was just as fun as the grooms themselves.  Guests raved about the delicious cake from City Cakes, which featured a logo created by Rodney, a talented graphic designer.  Thank you gifts featuring Trevor’s favorite hometown snack, Tayto’s from Ireland, and a favorite wine were also a big hit among their guests.  Besides the packed dancefloor and scrumptious meal, the guests had a blast with the flipbook booth – not just a photobooth – a flipbook booth!  Guests even got to take home their own customized flipbook complete with a photo of the happy couple and their custom wedding logo, perused memory boards filled with mementos from the couple’s love story and enjoyed gorgeous centerpieces of black calla lillies by Blossom & Branch. I’ll never forget the heartfelt speech that Trevor gave, there most certainly wasn’t a dry eye in the entire room.  The grooms and their friends and family celebrated their marriage in an undeniably fun fashion and threw one heck of a party.  Congratulations Trevor and Rodney!  I feel so very lucky to have been part of your special day.

Thanks to Zlatko Batistich for the great photos.

Same Sex Wedding Reception

Cake Details

Wedding Favors

A Brilliant Wedding: Natasha and Harvard

Posted by Sarah PeaseNov 21, 2012

On October 1, 2011, we had the pleasure of watching Natasha and Harvard get married in a beautiful chapel within the Church of Heavenly Rest on the Upper East Side.

These two lovebirds wanted a simple celebration, with the emphasis on family and friends. So, following their intimate ceremony, everyone headed to Amaranth Restaurant for some good food and fun!

Unlike most weddings, they allowed the speeches to be open to all, giving the reception a cheery, family-feel. As a final touch, each guest received an adorable box of macarons at their place. Congratulations Natasha and Harvard!

Photos courtesy of Laurie Rhodes Photography 

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