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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.

Carats & Cake

Bridal Details

First Look

Wedding Ceremony

Reception Details

Bride and Groom

Wedding Favors

Reception at Night

Thanks to Craig Warga for the amazing photos!

A Brilliant Wedding: Laili and Paul

Posted by Sarah PeaseJun 25, 2013

Even on the most beautiful day a bride can become distressed, so you can imagine how impressed I was by Laili’s upbeat and refreshingly relaxed demeanor on her wedding day, which happened to be the same day Hurricane Irene shut down Manhattan.  Public transportation may not have been working, but this didn’t stop Laili and Paul, who live in Geneva, Switzerland, or their guests from making it to their gorgeous afternoon ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The couple and their guests braved the coastal winds and headed to the Prince George Ballroom for the reception.  Laili is an interior designer and her design aesthetic is represented all throughout the sophisticated blue and orange decor.  Laili and Paul were introduced as husband and wife to the sounds of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder and Laili, who is of Persian heritage, shared a traditional Persian dance with her father.  No amount of rain or wind could have stopped the joyous feeling surrounding Laili and Paul’s wedding day.  Congratulations Laili and Paul!

Thanks to Jeff Tisman for the stunning photos.

Happy Couple NYC

Green Wedding Details

Orange Reception Details

NYC Wedding Kiss

A Brilliant Wedding: Bill & Christine

Posted by Sarah PeaseJun 13, 2012

Christine and Bill got married on a warm, sunny day in September. Their fun and lighthearted nature was present in nearly every aspect of their wedding. They exchanged vows in a Catholic ceremony and Christine stole the show in her intricately designed Monique Lhuillier gown and a lace bolero handmade by her mother.

Upon exiting the church, Christine and Bill were greeted by a sea of bubbles and headed to capture some carefree photos on the beach, while guests headed to Giorgio’s to start the festivities.  They kicked off the party with their first dance “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis and continued the party late into the evening. It was an absolute joy to be a part of their big day! Special thanks to the super-talented Roberto Falck for perfectly capturing the spirit of these two lovebirds.

Purple Wedding Details

Wedding Exit Bubbles

New York Pink & Purple Wedding

A Brilliant Wedding: Laura & Bryan

Posted by Sarah PeaseApr 11, 2012

There are so many things that I loved about Laura & Bryan’s wedding day.  From the contemporary reception setting of The Glasshouses, to the juxtaposition of the romantic florals by Blossom & Branch, their choice of chameleon chairs, the tiny but meaningful details that appeared at every turn throughout the day – everything came together to be perfectly ‘them.’

My favorite part was their choice of cocktail hour music.  Laura & Bryan decided on an acoustic set by their band, The Benjamins.  Tunes from the early 90s were the musical backdrop – music that the bride and groom actually listened to when they met in college and still have on their iPods to this day.  It created an environment that was relaxed but elegant, approachable yet refined – just like the lovely bride and groom.

I’m also proud to share that their wedding was recently a feature on Style Me Pretty! Thank you to this wonderful couple for letting me be part of their day, it was truly an honor.

Romantic Wedding New York

Classic Wedding Manhattan

Romantic Wedding NYC

Glasshouses Wedding New York

Photos by Four Eyes Photography.

A Brilliant Wedding: Jacob & Dina

Posted by Sarah PeaseDec 07, 2011

Jacob hails from Canada and his California bride, Dina, were brave souls selecting their wedding date in February! As luck would have it, the weather held out and it was a snowy, yet clear day.  Their beautiful wedding was held in the library at the New York Academy of Medicine and was the perfect mix of their shared intellectual flair, Jewish Orthodox faith, and their genuine warmth and love for each other, their families and friends.  It was a true pleasure to kick off our 2011 season with these two and an absolute honor to be a part of their big day!

Library Wedding New York City

New York City Winter Wedding

Jewish Orthodox Wedding Ceremony

Library Wedding New York City

Library Wedding New York

Flowers by Blossom and Branch, Hair by Stacy Pitt, Makeup by Sally Duvall, Venue NYAM, Kosher Catering Esprit Events, Band Simcha All-Stars, Non-Kosher Catering Sterling Affair, Photos by Karin VonVoigtlander.

Before You Book your Wedding Day Wheels

Posted by Sarah PeaseJun 08, 2011

Whether you decide on the classic stretch limo or a fun party bus for your wedding day wheels, select a vehicle that will allow your photographer and videographer to travel with you. If possible, include your planner(s) as well in this count. This is especially important in New York City, where traffic can prevent vendors from getting to the next venue on time.  Having vendors riding with you ensures an easy transition wherever your big day is being held!

Wedding Limo Tips

 

Photo courtesy of The McCartney’s.

Color Your Groomsmen Happy

Posted by Sarah PeaseMar 08, 2011

Colored socks have been all the rage lately as a way to introduce color into your groomsmen outfits, but if you’re looking for an idea with a little more style, try going to ground level with colored shoelaces! The colors are customizable to your wedding colors; they can be all the same, or match the bridesmaid dresses. Pair them with a set of great hightops and they double as your groomsmen’s gifts. Not only is this a great way to appreciate your best guys, it’s a fantastic choice for adding that extra little bit of hipster flair to the men’s outfits.

Colored Shoelaces for Groom Wedding Attire

Photo courtesy of Ciro Photography via The Wedding Chicks.

A Brilliant Wedding: Denise & Adam, Getting Ready

Posted by Sarah PeaseDec 07, 2010

Denise & Adam got married on the hottest day of the year! Despite the weather, these two were all smiles. Adam is a very talented writer and created a special gift for his bride-to-be: a series of notecards for me to read to Denise before she received her surprise. No question that the notecards will be a treasured heirloom, just like her beautiful Cartier watch. More amazing photos by Jeff Tisman to come!

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