Personal Touches

I love personal touches added to your wedding day.  This Bride and Groom met on an airplane!  Ron Ben-Israel Cakes captured this in an elegant way with simple little planes on a white vanilla cake with alternating layers of chocolate and hazelnut praline with hazelnut crunch filling.NY palace wedding - ang weddings and events - jen huang photography-17

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Cake by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes / Photography by Jen Huang Photography

Andaz 5th Ave Wedding

Samantha was one of the most relaxed Brides I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  When you are an ER doctor, who deals with high pressure situations on a daily basis, the stress of other things just pale in comparison!  She was a delight to work with also because she was happy to leave the details to her wedding professionals.  I always ask my clients for their preference (if any) on different aspects of the wedding. Samantha knew exactly the colour palette and feel she wanted for the wedding.  When she had an opinion on something, she was never afraid to give it, and when she didn't have a strong feeling on one of the little details, she would often say "whatever you and Jessie (Rountree Flowers) think would work best".  Music to a designer's ears. How gorgeous is this bouquet?

The wedding took place at the super stylish Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel, which Kevin had read about in an architectural magazine.  Apt 2E has a number of different rooms, which made for an interesting flow for the wedding celebration.  My favourite room was the library, where the ceremony took place.  Rountree Flowers styled the bookshelf using lush ivy, ferns, jasmine vine, lattice lanterns, candles, family photographs from the Samantha and Kevin, and the hotel's own props.  I love what a unique backdrop this created, like you were inviting your guests into your own home for your wedding ceremony.

We placed a wedding popper on each ceremony seat and during their recessional there was a joyous sound of poppers exploding and streamers flying through the air!

The location of the hotel made perfect sense as it was right by Bryant Park, where Samantha and Kevin had their first date.  The weather was beautiful that day and they were able to spend some time doing portraits around Bryant Park.

Cocktails took place in the open kitchen where guests were able to see Chef prepare the food.  Great fun for all the people who love food!

Dinner was in a room with spectacular views of the New York Public Library.  We used the hotel's dark wood tables and black bellini chairs for a sleek and contemporary feel. Along the tables, Rountree Flowers placed a silver runner with a lattice pattern and soft sheen that reflected the candlelight beautifully.  The varied arrangements included deep red dahlias, vanda orchids, black beauty roses, silvery grey dusty miller, grey brunia and a touch of seeded eucalyptus.  Samantha found red double happiness boxes in Taiwan, that she filled with Lindt Chocolates for wedding favours.

Congratulations to Samantha and Kevin!  It was such an intimate and unique wedding. I had so much fun working with you!

Featured on Style Me Pretty

Wedding Photography: Maggie Marguerite Studios / Wedding Venue: Andaz 5th Avenue in New York, New York / Wedding Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Rountree Flowers / Officiant: Carissa Templeton / Wedding Cake: A White Cake / Wedding Invitations: Invitations by Ajalon / Wedding Day Paper Goods: Minted / String Duo: The Juilliard School / Jazz Band: Koran Agan / Favors: Lindt / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Hair: Ken See / Makeup: Makeup by Tiffany / Groom’s Suit: Helmut Lang

Andaz 5th Ave Wedding on Style Me Pretty

Two of our weddings are on Style Me Pretty within a week and we could not be more honoured.  Make sure you check out Samantha and Kevin's wedding at the stylish Andaz 5th Ave Hotel.  A very special venue for a very special couple.

Photography by Maggie Marguerite Studios / Bouquet by Rountree Flowers

Black Wedding Gown

Wedding traditions are beautiful, but it is fun when someone comes along and decides to throw that out the window and put their own stamp on the wedding.  This gorgeous Bride decided to do just that and wore a fitted black gown with a plunging neckline. After all this is your wedding day and you should do whatever makes it you.

Photography by JC Page Photography via Style Me Pretty

Intimate Per Se Wedding

Upcoming this year we have two weddings at The Foundry and two weddings at The Bowery Hotel.  Last year we planned two weddings at Per Se.  Things sometimes happen in doubles for us and with amazing venues like these, that is quite alright!  I am so pleased to be able to share these gorgeous images of the Per Se wedding from Karen Wise Photography here on the blog.This couple loved eating great food and wanted a really intimate dinner celebration for the wedding.  After looking at a number of delicious fine dining restaurants in Manhattan, they chose Thomas Keller's Per Se at the Time Warner Center.  They had their ceremony at City Hall on Friday and their dinner reception the day after.  With quite a few guests travelling in from out of town, we planned a walking tour of Greenwich Village through Big Onion.  Who would have guessed that a one day snow and thunderstorm would pass through Manhattan in October!  Despite the crazy weather, their guests were such troopers and still went on the walking tour (slightly condensed version).

The Bride wore a chic short black dress from Jason Wu with stunning platform leather pumps from Gucci.  Jessie from Rountree Flowers created a  bridal bouquet of white ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus and acorns, surrounded by sleek black feathers, and wrapped with a black satin ribbon with pearl pins.

The escort table was quite narrow, so instead of doing a large towering arrangement, a romantic loose garland of flowers and leaves was wound around the hand calligraphed escort cards.

The invitations had included an autumnal leaf motif, so for the wooden table signs, the Bride's brother continued the theme with laser cut leaves.  I absolutely loved the lush and opulent centerpieces that Rountree Flowers created.  The loose arrangement included kumquats, flowering jasmine vine, ranunuculus, scabiosa pods, garden roses, seeded eucalyptus and tulips.  Kumquats in a floral arrangement!?  Genius. Such beautiful texture and colours.  A natural acorn subtly dusted with fine brown glitter was placed at each napkin.  With a warm glow from the mercury votives, the tables had such a delicate sophistication about them.

The ombre wedding cake  was chocolate devil’s food cake with hazelnut nougatine and coffee cremeaux. The cake topper was three simple sugar ranunculus. Congratulations again to the happy couple!  I loved working with you on this special wedding.

Published on The Bride's Cafe

Photographer: Karen Wise Photography / Wedding Planner: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Designer: Rountree Flowers / Venue: Per Se / Getting Ready Hotel: Mandarin Oriental / Makeup: Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry  / Wedding Dress: Jason Wu / Shoes: Gucci / Welcome Bags: Make Merry! / Menu, Escort cards: Ellen Weldon Design / Table Signs: DIY  / Invitation: Paperless Post / Rentals: Party Rental / Walking Tour: Big Onion