There is something so magical about a winter wedding. Melanie and Greg chose the perfect venue at the Bowery Hotel with the warm brick walls, cozy fireplace and old world charm. The bride looked absolutely gorgeous in Stella McCartney, with lace sleeves and a fringe tea length skirt, which showed off her stunning Valentino heels.
I loved the smell at the ceremony created by the dramatic garland that Rountree Flowers draped over the burning fireplace. It was made up of fresh lemon leaf, magnolia, juniper and pine. Divine! The adorable flower girl crowns were so precious too.
For dinner the long tables tables were decorated with an organic rambling carpet of white pillar candles in assorted sizes, which gave the room such an incredible glow. These were augmented by winter white blooms like white ranunculus, white spray roses, white anemones, dark privet berries and touches of velvety dusty miller. Late night when the pillars were all burning down and oozing candle wax was very romantic! All beautifully captured by the talented Karen Hill.
Event Planner: Ang Weddings And Events / Photography: Karen Hill Photography / Floral Design: Rountree Flowers / Wedding Dress: Stella McCartney / Cake: Baked / Bride's Shoes: Valentino / Make Up: Lindsey Jones / Hair: Styles On B / Calligraphy: MM Ink / DJ: Play Something Good / Officiant: Rev. Annie Lawrence / Hotel: The Bowery Hotel / Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booth / String Trio: Elan Artists
A big thank you to all our couples (and their parents) who took time out of their busy schedules to write such kind reviews for us on Wedding Wire. You helped us to win the Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award for the third year running! This recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Thank you so much!
Ang Weddings and Events has been named a Top Wedding Planner by Martha Stewart Weddings in their 20th Anniversary Issue! I am deeply honoured and grateful to have been chosen to be listed among such esteemed colleagues across the country, who I admire so much. Christmas has certainly come early this year! I am still sitting here pinching myself. When I started this business, I would never have guessed that in five years I would see my name on the pages of this beautiful magazine. Being on any top list is always flattering. Being on a top list by the best of the best is beyond exciting. I am so thankful for my family, friends, clients, assistants, wedding professionals and wedding editors who have encouraged, supported and advised me over the years. Martha Stewart Weddings Winter 2015 will be out on the newsstands in a few days and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy (or let's be honest....more like 5 copies).
The bride's vision for the wedding was very contemporary with lots of clean lines. Three Sixty Tribeca was the ideal venue for this 300 person wedding, especially since the groom works for a window company. The entire venue was surrounded by 360 degrees of large windows, with incredible views of downtown Manhattan. It was the first venue we looked at. After seeing it, we knew it was the perfect fit.
The bride and groom's corgi looked so adorable in his doggie tux, that we had to have him part of the first look. He almost stole the show from the bride in her drop dead gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown (also check out the bride's earrings, which I am obsessed with). Strangers on the street kept wanting to take the corgi's picture! After some portraits, the bride did a quick change into a qi pao for a Chinese tea ceremony with close family to honour their relatives.
The bride walked down the aisle holding a cascading bouquet of phalaenopsis orchids to a solo guitar playing the Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone. That piece in the moment was so touching, I definitely had a tear in my eye. If you have not heard it before, youtube it now! This wedding was particularly special for me as I got to witness a Buddhist wedding ceremony which was officiated by three monks. The sound of the monks chanting the incense prayer and reciting of the Great Dharani of the Medicine Buddha was so beautiful. Knowing that many of the guests would not be familiar with a Buddhist ceremony, we created programmes in English and Chinese to explain each step.
As a nod to the groom's line of work, for the escort table we used 2 large windows to display the cards with a photograph of the couple as the backdrop. The frame was painted red, an auspicious colour for the Chinese. For the reception we kept the floral decor clean and modern with a palette of crisp white and green. The centerpieces were comprised of phalaenopsis orchids, calla lilies and looped bear grass in three piece installations. We incorporated green dianthus and succulents for their interesting texture. The rectangular vases reflected and really multiplied the light from the square votives. To make the white flowers really pop, we used a pewter crinkle taffeta linen with a subtle sheen. Thank you to Susan Stripling for sharing these stunning images.
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Photography: Susan Stripling Photography / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Cinematography: Kiss The Bride Films / DJ: Constantine Ptohos Via 74 Events / Floral Design: Ovando / Officiant: Venerable Chueh Chuan / Hair And Makeup: JAC Beauty / Ceremony Guitar: Elan Artists / Photobooth: Lumi8 / Gown : Monique Lhuillier / Belt: Pronovias / Red Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaid Dress: Badgley Mischka / Shoes With White Gown: Vera Wang / Shoes With Red Dress: Badgley Mischka / Jewelry: Erickson Beamon and Dannijo / Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Dog Tuxedo: Ebay
Pam and Paul were married on crisp fall day in New York. Coming into the planning process, she was not sure exactly how she wanted it to look, but she did know she wanted it to be timeless and elegant. This was a classic wedding with details that will never go out of style. Pam's gorgeous ball gown from Dennis Basso with the lace sleeves and sweet belt cinching her waist was breathtaking. She got ready at the Plaza Hotel which gave Sue Kessler from Christian Oth Studio beautiful portrait opportunities both in the hotel and in Central Park.
For their save the dates, they had an artist hand draw a black and white map of Manhattan with details of their wedding locations and a few landmarks. The traditional invitation was hand calligraphed and engraved in midnight blue with gilded beveled edges. The envelope liner and belly band cut from gilded silk screen Japanese paper added a fun pop of colour and personality to the suite. Pam loved the Japanese paper so much, it was also brought through to the wedding day items in the programme liner, table number borders and menu belly bands.
As guests entered the Central Park Boathouse, we had a jazz quartet from Elan Artists playing some of Pam and Paul's favourite jazz standards. One of the bridesmaids even joined in and sang "At Last". During the dinner reception, the Blaire Reinhard Band played such a great set that we had to invite guests to be seated for their courses multiple times as they didn't want to leave the dance floor! Pam sang in college. During dinner with some college friends she sang a cappella "To Make You Feel My Love" to her husband. It was such a tender moment. For their favours, we did cute little pies in a jar from Tiny Pies in Texas, which is where Paul is from. These were displayed at each place setting, with alternating flavours of sweet Texas pecan pie and apple pie. Those together with a floral and lace detailed cake from Nine Cakes were the perfect ending to a sweet celebration.
Photography: Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio / Event Planning: Ang Weddings And Events / Florist: Lenox Hill Florist / Gown: Dennis Basso via Kleinfeld Bridal / Cake: Nine Cakes / Ceremony Venue: Church Of Our Saviour / Reception Venue: Central Park Boathouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Hair: Liam Carey / Calligraphy: Mo Seder Via Union Street Papery / Lighting: Stortz Lighting/ Band: Blaire Reinhard Band / Favors: Tiny Pies / Invitation: Bell'Invito Via Union Street Papery / Jazz Quartet: Elan Artists / Makeup: Lindsey Jones / Save The Date: Vera Wang Via Union Street Papery / Wedding Day Paperie: William Arthur Via Union Street Papery
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