I did a fun interview with cosmopolitan magazine last year about working weird hours as a wedding planner, which was published in their September 2013 issue. They also interviewed a chef, reporter, ER nurse and broadway performer. My method of recovering from a big wedding day is drinking huge quantities of water. I never drink enough water on a wedding day. Yoga is a huge part of my life as well. My favourite studio in the city being Yogamaya in Chelsea. When I can't get to a studio class, there is always Yogaglo, which can be done any time of day. Perfect for me!
Spring is definitely here! About time too. There was no better place to enjoy it over the weekend than at Wave Hill, overlooking the Hudson River. No work for me on this trip up to Wave Hill. It was a delight just enjoying the gardens and letting my daughter roll around on the grass in one my favourite places. The buds peeking out a harbinger of the beauty to come.
Photography by Ang Weddings and Events
It is such an honour to have Sarah and Bobby's summer wedding at the liberty warehouse featured on Snippet and Ink! I have been following this blog for many years and find it a great source of inspiration. The incredible photography, beautiful layouts and the unique details make this wonderfully curated blog a must read. This was a fun collaboration with Dave Robbins Photography, Verde Flowers and many more talented people. Click on the image below to see the full post. Don't miss their highlight video from Kiss the Bride Films.
Photography by Dave Robbins Photography
Married ladies, are your wedding dresses still hanging in your closets or neatly boxed up and taking up too much room in your New York apartment? Donate it to a very worthy cause! Drop by the Taj Lounge 48th W. 21st street between 6pm and 9pm on April 1st for a drink (10% of proceeds will benefit Wish Upon a Wedding) and bring along your wedding gown if you have one to donate. Gown donations are tax deductible and proceeds will benefit Wish Upon a Wedding, a non profit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances.
I have planned a lot of weddings, but this is the only 1st birthday I have planned. My daughter was born on a snow day in Manhattan. I remember distinctly looking out the window and watching the snow falling softly as we waited for her to make her appearance. I decided to make her 1st birthday a winter one-derland theme. It snowed the week leading up to her party, so everything was appropriately white. Betsy from Nine Cakes designed the fun cake with a totally adorable penguin on top. We went for classic flavours, vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. She also made banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Everything was so delicious. I may have eaten 2 cupcakes and 5 slices of cake over the next day or so. You are amazing Betsy. Thank you for making my baby's birthday extra sweet! After putting together so many dessert tables for weddings, I certainly couldn't let the chance pass to put a little one together for my baby. The chocolate chip cookies were from Tate's Bake Shop with cute little milk bottles to go with them.
Luke's Lobster provided super fresh lobster rolls and crab rolls. Wish I had taken a picture of the little rolls, but we were all too busy tucking into them. The Meatball Shop provided hearty beef meatballs in classic tomato sauce and chicken meatballs in mushroom gravy sauce. We had little slider buns so guests could make their own sliders, or just eat the meatballs on polenta (there must have been many sticks of butter in that polenta....it was crazy good). For favours I packed up desserts for guests to take home.
Happy Birthday baby! Not such a baby anymore.
Photography: Ang Weddings and Events / Cake and Cupcakes: Nine Cakes / Cookies: Tate's Bake Shop / Cake Stands: The Cellar and Martha Stewart Collection via Macys / Invitation and Paperie: Mama Moonlights / Tablecloth: Joann / Snowflakes: DIY / Inflatable Penguins: Oriental Trading / Grosgrain Ribbon: Creative Trims / Stickers for Monthly Photograph Banner:DnA Designed / Favour Boxes: Paper Mart / Lobster Rolls and Crab Rolls: Luke's Lobster / Meatballs: The Meatball Shop / Party Dress: The White Company
Don't miss the New York Magazine Weddings Event on Thursday. Always a fun time for me to see old friends and meet some new vendors. You can order your tickets online here. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Thursday March 27th 5-8PM.
I'm so happy that Jenna and Eddie chose a bright and punchy colour palette for their new york wedding. Jenna wanted white flowers, but with bright pops of purple and pink. By Yena Designs brought her vision to life effortlessly. Creating a wedding that was modern and fresh. My favourite part of the floral design had to be the installation at the escort table with 3 types of orchids. It was such a show stopper and the first thing that guests saw when they walked up the grand staircase to the wedding. Here are some pictures by the talented Christine Chang Photography who captured the fun couple in just the right way. Jenna in her stunning lace and tulle Monique Lhuillier gown really took Eddie's breath away when he saw her. There were many happy tears shed at their first look. Moments like these constantly remind me how lucky I am to do what I do.
To complement the colour palette, we lit the ballroom with a clean white on the length of the walls to showcase the beauty of the architectural details, and a subtle pop of purple at the ends. The cake by Ron Ben-Israel with a gorgeous garland of flowers across the tiers was the perfect ending to this fun celebration. Not being able to decide which of the delicious flavours to go with, they chose to do alternating layers of vanilla and chocolate cake, with separate layers of roasted pistachio, passion fruit with lime and salted caramel fillings. The different cake layers looked so pretty when cut. If you can, why not?!
Photography: Christine Chang Photography | Venue: W New York Union Square | Floral Design: By Yena Designs| Wedding Planning: Ang Weddings & Events | Stationery: In a Card | Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | Ceremony Musicians: Elan Artists | Officiant: Rev. Annie Lawrence | Lighting: PSAV | Band: Jay Lamont Band of Hank Lane Music | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ralph Lauren | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: JAC Beauty | Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Suit: Giorgio Armani
What a lovely way to start Monday off with one of our summer weddings on Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book Blog! Working with a dream team of wedding professionals, it was a delight to bring Amy and Mike's vision to life, and see everything come together on their wedding day. Read more about the garden ceremony, ballroom reception and the little personal touches on Style Me Pretty.
Photography by Jen Huang Photography
After following a blog for many years and being so inspired by what it features, it is truly an honour to have our work also grace its pages. Thank you to Elizabeth Anne Designs for featuring our fall wedding at the W Hotel. Such fun pops of colour in this wedding. Click on the image below to read more about this modern new york wedding and the talented team that I collaborated with.
I had a delicious dinner with my family last week to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We had whole steamed fish with ginger and scallions, simple steamed chicken, pork and water chestnut balls, chinese mushrooms with sea cucumber, and garlic fried snow pea shoots (probably my favourite vegetable). All home cooked by my generous in laws. It was a great excuse to eat way too much. Tuan nian fan is when family gathers on new year's eve to celebrate everything the new year will bring. This year being the year of the horse.
Photo via Paintings Chinese
The start of year for me always involves a lot calls and meeting with newly engaged couples, ready to get started on planning their weddings. There is lots of excitement in the air as ideas start sprouting for their wedding celebrations. It feels so great when you click right off the bat and you know that planning their wedding will be such a fun experience. I am very grateful for the wonderful people who choose to hire us for their special day. I say it a lot, but it will always be an honour to be part of someone's celebration as important as this. I am having a ball right now working with some awesome new 2014 and 2015 clients on booking their venues.
Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples out there! I hope you find the perfect planner for your wedding. At the very least, please hire a month of planner if you're not going with full planning. You will have so much more fun and peace of mind leading up to and on your wedding day. Be in the moment with all your loved ones, and leave planners like me to sweat the little things.
I am so very grateful for all these sweet brides, grooms, and their mothers and fathers who wrote reviews for me on Wedding Wire. We are up to 26 reviews and counting! After a wedding there are about a million thank you notes to write to guests (which always seems to take forever), so I really appreciate my clients for taking time to write reviews for me. The Couples' Choice Award 2014 recognizes the top 5% of wedding professionals across the Wedding Wire network. I have many kind clients to thank for helping us to win this for the second year running.
I am so happy to see Maggie and Steve's wedding on the ever stylish blog Merci New York. Maggie looked so radiant in her lace tiered Rivini gown, and Steve just as dapper in his tuxedo. They made for an adorable couple, with their sweet eyes for each other captured by the talented Leigh Anna from Moss & Isaac. Read more about the little details of their red and orange fall wedding at the Harvard Club on Merci. Enjoy!
Photography by Moss & Isaac
More of their wedding on our blog here.
It has been quiet on the blog as I was traveling for a month in Asia through Hong Kong, Malaysia and Bali. It was so good to gather and spend time with my family, who are spread around the globe. A week at Villa Maridadi in Bali was the ideal place to unwind and relax after a busy year. It had incredible ocean views, with the sea temple Pura Gede Luhur Batungaus steps away. I have been to Bali three times before, but always on scuba diving trips. This time round with an 11 month old baby in tow, it was more about relaxing and playing. Three swims in the pool per day instead of the usual three dives a day. I managed to fit in some yoga, a trip to Tanah Lot for a Kecak performance, drinks at Ku De Ta and dinner at La Lucciola. There were strolls through the padi fields, delicious balinese food and plenty of ice cream. Perfect. We also had dinner at La Finca, an amazing Spanish restaurant owned by a friend of ours, with lots of influence from his time in Ibiza. Such a warm and inviting place, with really excellent food. All the tapas were delicious and the steak you cook at the table on a blistering hot stone was a really fun touch. I highly recommend it.
I love the island of Bali so much! There is something just magical about it. I could keep going back again and again.
Photography by Ang Weddings and Events
Since my job is working weddings, I take particular delight in getting to attend a wedding as a guest. Even better when it is my sister's wedding in Bath UK. I love the two dresses she wore, a tea length coast dress and a fun flapper dress she found in a vintage store. I especially adore the picture that Dasha Caffrey captured of my sister leaping in the air (she is a beautiful dancer). Originally planning to have a garden party, we were rained out. We ended up having a house party at The Duchy, a Georgian townhouse that His Royal Highness Prince Charles had owned for many years. Later on we moved to one my sister's favourite pubs the King William for a delicious dinner. Being a wedding in the UK, I used the opportunity to wear a ginormous blush fascinator. If you can't wear one there, where can you?
Photography by Dasha Caffrey Photography
We are gearing up for the last wedding of our 2013 season at one of our absolute favourite venues The Bowery Hotel. I can't think of a better location for a cozy winter wedding. I am especially happy that I get to work with some incredible people in the wedding world. This is going to be a great one! While preparing for this last wedding, I am also busy working on hiring vendors for weddings in 2014 (some really exciting things coming next year), and packing for Asia. After our last wedding this weekend, I am off to Hong Kong, Malaysia and Bali for a month. I can't wait to see my family. My sisters live in London and Hong Kong (with New York, we sound like a fashion line). Seeing as we are spread around the globe, vacations together are a must. Looking forward to swapping my puffy jacket and winter boots for sun hats and swimwear in Bali. I warn you. My instagram may become flooded with Bali pictures. How I adore that island. It is pure magic. Maybe I can plan my 10 year vow renewal there....
Please bear with me during December, as my responses will be slower than usual due to the 12 hour time difference. Happy Holidays!
Photography by Ang Weddings and Events
Another sweet film from Kiss the Bride Films for an adorable couple who were married at The Carltun this summer. They wrote their own ceremony vows, with the bride quoting from one of their favourite songs, Just Breathe. This is one of the reasons why I love film. The ability to capture those vows and speeches forever. Congratulations again to Amy and Mike!