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)
This was a really special wedding from last year at The Bowery Hotel. The bride and groom had such impeccable taste and style. She wore a tea length fringe dress from Stella McCartney and gorgeous Valentino shoes. I got to work with some of my absolute favourite people in the wedding world and everything came together beautifully that day. A total dream team. The perfect way to end our 2013 season. Click on the image below to read more about this sweet wedding and the brilliant pros involved. Many thanks to Kathryn for the feature on Snippet & Ink and Karen Hill for sharing her always lovely work.
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.
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