Rustic Chic New Leaf Wedding

I really enjoyed working with this Bride and Groom.  They decided to have a short engagement of four months, but you would never have guessed it by looking at the many personal details that went into this intimate wedding.  They were lucky to have a Saturday in June still available at New Leaf Restaurant & Bar just a few months prior.  A great start to the wedding planning!  New Leaf is a hidden gem, nestled in Upper Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, near The Cloisters Museums and Gardens.  The cobblestone exterior and the granite archways give it a rustic inn feel.  Dining there you are surrounded by the lush greenery of the park and a stone's throw away from the centre of Manhattan.

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Guests were greeted by Ushers in seersucker suits welcoming them with pre-ceremony lemonade and iced tea.  The ceremony took place outdoors on Linden Terrace, where Linden trees form a romantic natural canopy.  Views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge provided a spectacular backdrop for the couple's vows.  Linden Terrace is a public park and you are required to apply for a permit to have your wedding ceremony there.  You cannot stop the public from entering Linden Terrace, but most people when told there was a private wedding ceremony taking place, were kind enough to move on or take an alternate route around the park.  There were a few people who actually go there to watch the weddings each weekend and sit on the benches nearby.  If you choose the venue, be prepared to have some additional onlookers who will add to the applause at the end!  

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The week had been spotty with rain and we were preparing to have the ceremony at New Leaf (plan B), but the day of the wedding, the sun came out and it was a beautiful June day.  

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Modern Trousseau was able to rush the bridal gown, and the Bride customized it by resizing the flower and adding a flowing organza sash.  It perfectly accentuated her waist and floated around her beautifully as she walked.  

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The bridesmaids wore pink silk dresses from Anne Taylor, silver shoes and a personalized bracelet that the Bride had gifted them.  

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Thyme growing in tiny terracotta pots decorated the low cocktail tables lining the path outside New Leaf.  It was such a beautiful day that most of the guests enjoyed their pre-dinner cocktails outside.  

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The escort cards were profile pictures of all the guests from the Bride and Groom's collection, with champagne corks used as individual stands. 

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The guest count was around a hundred, so we tented the patio and draped the tent to give a luxurious feel.  (You could also use a clear tent, with a view of the surrounding trees and night sky).  Olive rattan table runners ran the length of the reception tables and fruitwood Chiavari chairs complemented the natural outdoor feel.  The flowers from Sprout had a loose organic "just picked" style.  

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The invitations, programmes and menus were individually hand stamped by the Bride and bridal party with details of the day and a leaf motif.  

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Votive candles and hurricane candle lamps of varying heights brought a warm glow to the draped tent.  

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The Bride hand painted all five pairs of the wooden cake toppers for the delicious creations from Nine Cakes.  Each pair showing a different aspect of the couple - her Korean heritage, his sport's team, her time spent in Hawaii and their Halloween costumes from the previous year.  

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Guests were sent home with sweet handmade candies as favours.  Thank you to Jen Huang for her incredible light filled and fine art photography.

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This wedding was published on Once Wed

photography: Jen Huang Photography / event planner: Ang Weddings and Events / venue: New Leaf Restaurant & Bar / cake: Nine Cakes / flowers: Sprout / bridal gown: Modern Trousseau / bridesmaid dresses: Ann Taylor / hair flower: Bride's Head Revisited / rings: Kwiat / paper products: DIY / cake toppers: DIY / cinematography: Well Spun Weddings / officiant: Alma Daniel / tent: NY Tent / rentals: Party Rental / ceremony and cocktail music: Manhattan Swing / DJ: Beat Train / makeup: Divine Makeup Artist / hair: Chevogue