Winter Bowery Hotel Wedding

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

Three Sixty Tribeca Wedding

 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

Athenaeum Wedding

With so many strapless wedding dress options, it is nice to see a Bride choose to wear straps.  This Amsale gown had a fun lattice tulle skirt, dramatic embellished flowers at the waistline and a plunging back.  Anne looked absolutely gorgeous and it suited her perfectly for an outdoor wedding in California.Athenaeum Wedding - Ang Weddings and Events - Next Exit Photography-1

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The colour palette for this summer wedding in Pasadena was green and white; always refreshing and light.

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The reception took place at The Athenaeum with its Mediterranean style architecture and timeless feel.   The gardens provided so many pretty backdrops for their portraits.

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Wedding favours were little pots of tea labelled "Love is Brewing".  In lieu of a guestbook, mad libs were provided for guests to have fun filling in the blanks.

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I loved how the paper lanterns and lights twinkled above as the guests danced the night away.  It was a day full of happiness and laughter.  Just as a wedding should be.

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Reception Venue: Athenaeum / Ceremony Venue: Holy Family / Photography: Next Exit Photography / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Mary Falkingham / Band: Art Deco / Hair: Leanne Gurmin / Makeup: Nicole Wittman / Gown: Amsale via Kleinfeld Bridal / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaids / Officiant: Father Christopher Speck / Lighting: Dolphin Party Rentals / String Trio: Flashback / Cake: Federico's / Chocolates: Mignon Chocolate / Favors: Idea Chic Invitation: Arthur's Invitations / Wedding Paperie: Designed by Bride's brother Mad Libs: The Trendy Sparrow

Cascade Bouquet

I may be yearning for Spring here with a fluid cascade bouquet from our Athenaeum Wedding.  I love the mix of different textures of the various flowers and elegant leafy tendrils.  Beautiful work by Mary Falkingham Floral Designs.green white cascade bouquet

Photography: Next Exit Photography / Bouquet: Mary Falkingham

Food Wedding Favours

I often get asked what makes for a good wedding favour.  I am a huge fan of something edible.  A favourite bakery like Billy's Bakery, candy store like Pappabubble, or chocolate shop like Burdick Chocolate make for a sweet treat for your guests to eat on the way home.  Incorporating something to do with the city you are getting married, or perhaps where you are from is also a great idea.  Maybe your family is from the south, and you could do grits with a tasty shrimp and grits recipe.wedding favor shrimp and grits-1

Photography by Belathee via Design Sponge