We spend all our time working to make someone else's celebration perfect. When bridal market rolls around in the fall, it is a nice change that we all get to party instead! This year Martha Stewart Weddings threw a fabulous party at The Pierre to celebrate their 20th anniversary. It was so fun to have a night out with my wedding family. Here I am with 3 amazing ladies (and fellow mamas), Judy Pak, Mary Lee Herrington and Betsy Thorleifson. Judy's instagram got picked up by Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the best instagrams from the party! I reckon it was Judy's hat that did it for us. Check out the link for more pictures from the awesome night.
The details in Emily and Marco's September wedding at Wave Hill were a sight to behold that day. The one and only Saipua created a floral dream that brought Wave Hill to a whole other level. I loved the four lush urn arrangements and the white benches for their ceremony at the romantic pergola overlooking the Hudson. At Wave Hill House, they brought the garden inside with lush garlands, gorgeous flowers, towering trees on the tables and glowing candlelight everywhere.
In this digital world, I have to say it makes me adore paper and beautiful invitations even more. Katie Fischer Design's invitations were my absolute favourite from last year. The perfect combination of modern, fresh and elegant. Paperfinger calligraphed all the text, Katie hand drew the rose, everything was letterpressed on thick stock and Katie hand painted each piece the colour of cafe au lait dahlia (which needed a mix of four different colours). I am sure their guests appreciated that each piece of stationery they encountered was a piece of art!
Now let's talk about the fashion! Untraditional and down right amazing. Emily wore a white J. Mendel top, a pink and gold rose Dior skirt with black tulle underneath, and metallic rose gold Dior shoes. Marco wore a crisp white dinner jacket from Ralph Lauren. Don't you think more men should wear this at their weddings?
Another unique element I loved was their jazz band The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys that played their ceremony, led a second line to their cocktail reception and kept the party going during dinner. Later that night DJ Sam Turner from Beat Train Productions played a great set and kept everyone on the dance floor.
A big thank you to the talented Jillian Mitchell who captured this special wedding in such a light filled, romantic and striking way. It was so hard for me to edit the images down for this post!
Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Venue: Wave Hill / Event and Floral Design: Saipua / Invitation and Wedding Day Paperie: Katie Fischer Design / Calligraphy: Paperfinger/ Catering: Great Performances / DJ: Sam Turner from Beat Train / Band: New Orleans Swamp Donkeys / Hair and Makeup: Rachael at Prive Salon / Rentals: Party Rental / Bride’s skirt: Dior / Bride’s top: J. Mendel / Bride’s shoes: Dior / Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren Black Label
I was just having lunch with a sweet bride who got married 2 months ago at The Plaza. After chatting about how much we both loved the video that McKenzie Miller artfully created, I realized it was high time I shared it on the blog. McKenzie's work is pure editing brilliance. The way she entwines the ceremony and speeches into the cinematography captures the day with such meaning and emotion. This wedding had so many great speeches that were inspiring, tender, funny and celebratory. I found out that the father of the groom ended up improvising much of his speech as other people had mentioned things that he had planned to say. I was surprised as his speech that night was so good! Watching this video had me all choked up. Make sure you watch it fullscreen to get a glimpse into this incredible night at The Plaza.
I spent two delightful weeks in Tuscany in August. August is usually a good time to sneak away from New York and spending it in Italy could not have been better. For the first week I was with family at a villa in Val d'Orcia and for the second week with friends at a villa on the outskirts of San Gimignano. Filled with delicious food (I can happily eat pasta every day for 2 weeks) and excellent company, I only wish it could have been longer. The light in Tuscany is so incredible. Must be a photographer's dream to shoot a wedding there. I will be back very soon Toscana. Very soon.
It has been a busy summer here at Ang Weddings and Events. I don't usually take three weddings in a row over three consecutive weekends. It is a lot of weekends away from my baby daughter. However given the opportunity to work with such lovely couples at The Plaza, The New York Public Library and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, it was impossible to say no. I am looking forward to sharing the professional photographs when they are ready. In the meantime, here are some sneak peeks of the weddings we just worked on, taken from my phone.
There were so many things I loved about this wedding at the New York Public Library. The ghost chairs in Astor Hall just blended away and let guests really marvel at their surroundings. Levy Lighting highlighted the architecture in Astor Hall and created a starry night in Celeste Bartos Forum. They brought in magnetic lights which stuck to the ceiling and did not have to use any rigging. Genius.
A sweet wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns rounded out our summer weddings. How adorable are these gold farm animals that the bride found on Etsy for the escort cards? We were all worried about the weather, but with umbrellas and rain boots in preparation for portraits, not a drop of rain fell that day.
I am off to Tuscany for two weeks of holiday bliss this weekend and doing some villa hopping. We are spending one week with family and one week with friends celebrating their 40th birthdays and their 10th wedding anniversary. I cannot wait. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!
This wedding was particularly special for a number of reasons. The couple had such a distinct style, I had the pleasure of working with the uber talented team at Saipua and I was working at Wave Hill, where I was married myself. Once Wed put together such a beautiful spread of the wedding. I am so happy with all the love this wedding has received, which has been well deserved for something as beautiful as this. (Also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine.) Thank you to Jillian Mitchell for her sublime images.
If you have never seen stop motion video, you have to watch this. One of the best I have seen by the incredibly talented Bayly & Moore. They came all the way over from New Zealand to shoot Cristina and Jason's wedding at The Foundry and we are so lucky they did. With luscious floral design by Poppies and Posies, it was such a delight working on this wedding! (Full screen is best for the video)
It is our 4th wedding anniversary today. I have a big wedding this weekend, so my husband agreed to shift our celebration to next week. Being big fans of Michael White, we are off to Ai Fiori, one of his restaurants we have yet to try. The traditional gift for the 4th anniversary is fruit or flowers. I made my husband the biggest fruit salad our refrigerator could physically hold. It might take us a week to eat it. He was much more creative and gave me a floral scarf and some beautiful flowers. Happy anniversary to my love.
Photography by the incredible Susan Stripling at Wave Hill, who gave us priceless memories of that day. As a side note, 4 years on, and I still adore the gown I chose by the brilliant Angel Sanchez. I did wonder how long I would love it given that it was a different one shoulder gown with bold floral appliqués. Still love it!
Coming up on their first wedding anniversary on 4th of July, I realized it was high time I shared Sarah and Bobby's wedding on the blog. They were married on a beautiful sunny day at the Liberty Warehouse, with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline across the water. The bride's grandparents were all immigrants and Holocaust survivors and her grandmother, who immigrated to this country after the war, was at the wedding. The groom's family on both sides have been in this country for a very long time. His father's side first came here in 1684 and a relative on his mother's side signed the Declaration of Independence. Rabbi Gloria Milner did a wonderful job of weaving their stories into the ceremony.
Sarah and Bobby wanted to get married at a venue that was romantic, rustic and still felt very New York. The floral design was vintage and garden inspired, with a touch of glam. We used warm amber uplighting around the room and festive cafe lights over the dance floor. For the escort cards, the bride hand tied sparklers to escort cards with a delicate blush ribbon. When we were playing with the sparklers late night, fireworks started going off in the distance. A perfect ending to a lovely wedding! Thank you to the wonderful Dave Robbins for sharing these images with us.
Photography: Dave Robbins Photography / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Venue: Liberty Warehouse / Floral Design: Verde Flowers / Dress, Brooch: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings: Kravit Jewelers / Rings: Mimi So / Tuxedo: Martin Greenfield / Bridesmaid Dress: Seraphine / Hair: Melissa Hernandez, JAC Beauty / Makeup: Maribeth Madron, JAC Beauty / Band: Bobby Attiko via Hank Lane / Videography: Kiss the Bride Films / Officiant: Rabbi Gloria Milner / Lighting: Stortz Lighting / Desserts: Sugar Sweet Sunshine / Cupcake Stand: Swoon Sweet Designs / Stationery: Judy Paulen Designs / Escort Cards, Ribbon: Green Acres Cottage from Etsy / Sparklers: Wedding Day Sparklers
This was a classic and timeless wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Sue Kessler from Christian Oth Studio did an incredible job capturing the intoxicating fall colours and this elegant couple at The Plaza and in Central Park. We're so pleased to have the wedding featured in Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book Blog!
Photography by Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio
Amy and Mike were married outside on a beautiful summer day with a backdrop of majestic trees. Both of them were very busy with their work schedules, so I had a great time collaborating with Amy's father and stepmother, who wanted to create a celebration that was elegant and timeless. I feel lucky to work with parents who are so kind and gracious, and have such impeccable taste. Amy wanted lots of pink in her wedding, so we incorporated this in her elegant calla lilly bouquet and blushing pink makora orchids in the centerpieces. See all the pretty from Jen Huang Photography below.
Photography: Jen Huang Photography / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films / Gown: Marisa / Floral Design: Rountree Flowers / Invitations: Lee's Art Shop / Ceremony Venue: The Carltun / Reception Venue: The Carltun / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair and Makeup: JAC Beauty / Lighting: Richie Hart Events / Officiant: Rabbi Michael Weisser / Band : Jeff Lubin Band via Hank Lane / Save the Date: Papercake Designs
I am so excited to share Emily and Marco's Wave Hill Wedding with you in Martha Stewart Weddings. Admittedly I may have done a little dance when I read the email from the photographer that it had been picked up for the real weddings special issue. This was a very unique celebration with some of my favourite wedding vendors and at a venue that is personally very special for me. With floral design by Saipua, paperie by Katie Fischer Design and calligraphy by Paperfinger, it was a sight to behold that gorgeous day. Thank you to Jillian Mitchell for capturing all the beauty, so I know that it wasn't all just a dream.
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.