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.

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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

Farmhouse at Bedford Post

If you ever happen to be up in Westchester, or you just want to get out of the city, you should visit the Farmhouse at Bedford Post.  The drive is one hour from Manhattan, but the trip is totally worth it.  The food at the Farmhouse is so delicious!  My friends who love food as much as I do have been telling me to go for some time, and I was not disappointed.  The five course tasting menu actually turns out to be eight, as they bring out three amuse bouches before you even start.  The seafood broth in the second course and the suckling pig in the fourth were probably some of the tastiest things I have had in a while.  The fontina pasta with black truffles was also incredible.If you can make a weekend of it, stay at their 8 room inn, so you can really enjoy that wine list and not have to worry about driving home. I took a stroll around the place before dinner and it was so peaceful and pretty at dusk.

They have a yoga loft which they also use as an event space.  If you are having a smaller wedding and good food is really important to you, you should take a look into this intimate venue in an extraordinary setting.  I am definitely going back there for dinner again soon.  (Fun fact - Richard Gere is one of the owners).

Photography by Ang Weddings and Events

Modern Winter Styled Shoot

Our styled shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty last week and I am so happy to be able to share the images from Karen Wise Photography here on our blog.

Loren from Naturally Delicious put us in touch with the owner of this beautiful town house in Brooklyn, which was built in 1887.  The homeowner is an interior designer, who has added so many interesting contemporary elements to the house.  The simplicity of the more modern furniture allowing you to really appreciate how ornate the house itself is. We used the house and the art it contains to inspire our styled shoot.  A room upstairs had an incredible teal wallpaper covered which faces, which led us to adding a teal accent to our colour palette.  The house is a private residence that is only available on a selective basis for intimate weddings and cocktail parties. Naturally Delicious is the exclusive caterer for this venue.

The elegant satin gown by Angelo Lambrou, shoes by Aruna Seth, headpiece by Sara Gabriel and art deco clutch by Moyna were from Gabriella New York Bridal Salon.  The jewelry was from Paris through Mark Ingram Atelier.  We wanted to keep the fashion contemporary with lots of clean lines and just a touch of sparkle.  Makeup for the models by Lindsey Jones.

Rountree Flowers designed the stunning flowers for the shoot, starting with this bridal bouquet of French ranunculus, frittilaria and double freesia tied with a silk teal ribbon.

The boutonnieres were single Eucharis lilies.

Luke wore an impeccably tailored Duncan Quinn suit with a subtle navy dotted pattern.

All the paper goods were designed by Regas.  The blind hit letterpress on the invitations were inspired by the pattern on a wooden tray, and the lattice on the response envelopes by the wooden floor in the living room.  The bold patterns were brought through to the escort cards, place cards and menus.  I adore the bright teal envelope liner that they added to the invitation suite.

The bridesmaid bouquet was composed of ranunculus and narcissus.  For the bridesmaid dresses we used a grey dress from 57 Grand and a teal dress from Anthropologie, both with ruffle details.

Naturally Delicious provided all the food, drinks and desserts for our shoot.  Starting with hors d'oeuvres of sea scallops with applewood bacon and rosemary skewers.

Curried crab salad with buttered fingerling potatoes.

Prosciutto with caramelized pears and an aged balsamic reduction glaze.

Smoked bacon polenta panini with mozzarella and basil aioli.

Fresh ricotta with chestnut honey on a crisp bruschetta.

Specialty cocktails were a pomegranate sparkle martini, St Germaine bubbly, and a pink grapefruit mojito.

When we thought of a winter shoot, white immediately came to mind and Jessie from Rountree Flowers suggested adding different shades of grey.  To keep the flowers contemporary Rountree Flowers used only one type of flower in each of the white square containers - ranunculus, the akito rose and narcissus (which have an incredible scent).  Each of the tables was named a different Brooklyn neighbourhood.  Candlelight was an important element to our design.  We used simple frosted square votives on the tables.  Over the ornate mantelpiece, Rountree Flowers arranged elegant Eucharis lilies in rectangular containers, surrounded by rectangular pillar candles of varying size.  The flickering light from the pillar candles reflecting in the glass containers added a romantic warm glow to the room.

Naturally Delicious created a winter white dessert table, including a Tahitian vanilla wedding cake.  Rountree Flowers added an arrangement of quince branches, which are only available during the cooler months of winter.

For our favours, we wrapped boxes of varying sizes with different white and silver ribbons, each with a different sweet treat inside.

Our models for the shoot were a recently married couple, who both happen to be comedians.  Many thanks to Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer for braving the cold on a winter day in January for the shots on the stoop!

Thank you to everyone for collaborating on this fun project.  It was such a pleasure working with you all!

Link to Style Me Pretty

Link to behind the scenes video by Love in Progress

Photography: Karen Wise Photography / Event Planning + Event Design: Ang Weddings and Events / Flowers + Event Design: Rountree Flowers / Catering + Dessert Table: Naturally Delicious / Paper Goods: Regas / Makeup: Lindsey Jones / Cinematographer: Love in Progress / Venue: Brooklyn Historic Mansion 280washington@gmail.com / Dress: Angelo Lambrou Shoes: Aruna Seth Headpiece: Sara Gabriel Clutch: Moyna Handbags via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Jewelry: Paris via Mark Ingram Atelier / Suit: Duncan Quinn / Grey Bridesmaid Dress: 57 Grand / Green Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie / Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals / Couple: Abbi Crutchfield + Luke Thayer

Per Se Wedding Reception

It is clear that the Bride and Groom love good food and wine when they host their wedding reception at Per Se.  Each course was a work of art and Chennergy captured everything beautifully.  Special thanks to Dan for sharing these stunning images.  Especially for the foodies among my readers, enjoy!

During cocktail hour, the guests were offered tours of the kitchen.

A slideshow made by the Groom's sister of their first wedding in India was played.

“salad of globe artichokes” greenmarket carrots, pickled garlic, parsley puree, cipollini onion shoots and ‘pain de campagne’

“sauteed fillet of atlantic halibut” mushrooms ‘a la grecque’, compressed radishes, celery branch and watercress

“macaroni and cheese” butter poached nova scotia lobster parmesan crisp, creamy lobster broth and mascarpone-enriched orzo

“marcho farms’ nature fed veal” caraway seed ‘pain perdu’, roasted heirloom beets, horseradish-scented kendall farms’ creme fraiche, garden mache and ‘borscht’

“coconut and mango delice” lime curd, coconut ‘success’ and mango sorbet

“chocolate vs. vanilla” chocolate ‘financier’, valrhona chocolate ganache, madagascar vanilla bean custard, candied coco nibs and bitter chocolate mousse

The favours were signed cook books, Ad Hoc at Home.

Link to Part I

Photography: Chennergy / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Dress: Carolina Herrera via Mark Ingram Atelier / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Rings: Cartier / Bridesmaid: Jenny Yoo / Hair: Mizu / Makeup: Marco Castro / Florals: Lotus / Favours: Ad Hoc at Home / Invitation: Minted / Getting Ready: Four Seasons / Ceremony Venue: St Bartholomew's Church / Reception Venue: Per Se

Borough Market

New York has lots of museums, but I sometimes forget to take advantage of what is right around the corner.  It takes a flight across the Atlantic Ocean for me to get to a museum.  I visited the Saatchi Gallery earlier this week and the Natural History Museum today.  It was the exhibit for the annual wildlife photographer of the year.  I really wish that exhibit had New York as part of its tour.  The images are incredible.

Then I was off to Borough Market, a place I went to regularly when I lived in London.  Whenever I am travelling, eating the local food is one of my greatest pleasures and going to the local market is not far behind.  Borough Market is full of excellent British produce and International fare.

The restaurant Roast overlooks Borough market.  Any restaurant connected to a market is often worth a visit, and this was a great example.

Deep-fried whitebait with tartare sauce and lemon.

Goosnarch chicken legs with baked potato and winter mushrooms.

Mulled Bramley apple, cranberry and almond crumble with English custard.  Almost all my school dinners in Cambridge had pudding smothered in custard, so eating custard brings back childhood memories for me.  This was a much tastier, vanilla speckled version, compared to what I remembered!

Photography by Ang Weddings and Events

A Trip to Tuscany

Sorry for the lack of blog posts last week.  I was in Tuscany for a week with my family.  We really love visiting Italy and have been back repeatedly for summer vacations.  There is something about the delicious food, beautiful wine, and the friendly Italians that make for such a relaxing and enjoyable trip each time.  We have done trips to Sicily and Lake Orta, but Tuscany seems to get the most votes as we have been back there the most.  Last week we were at a beautiful villa in Maremma.These were our driving directions to the villa - "on your right you will see a long tree lined road with cypresses perfectly aligned. Turn right and continue for 2 km. until you reach a big stone on your right, drive upward till the property gate."  Don't you love that?   Definitely no road signs to be found.

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We made a trip to a nearby family owned vineyard, where they had just begun the harvest.  All the grapes are harvested by hand from 6.00-11.15am over the course of two months by four people.  In December, there is only one family member that they trust to prune the seven hectares of vines, which he does again by hand. They make 30,000 bottles a year.  The hard work and hand crafted nature of their business is just incredible.  It does seem to be a lifestyle that agrees with them, as the 95 year old grandfather is still very active and fixes wooden furniture by hand.

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Siena was only an hour drive away, so we made a day trip there.  There were many depictions of the town's emblem - a she-wolf suckling infants Romulus and Remus.  According to legend, Siena was founded by Senius, son of Remus, who was in turn the brother of Romulus, after which Rome was named.

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There was plenty of vino,....

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...delicious pasta that a lovely Italian lady Maria cooked...

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...and my husband and sisters surprised me with an early birthday celebration.  My birthday is actually months away, but as my family is spread over Asia and Europe, they decided to celebrate my decade change in Italy.  My sister hand made this beautiful cake in London and brought it over to Italy with her!  She hand carried it on the plane and managed to sneak it through by saying it was my wedding cake.  Thank you so much to my family for a wonderful birthday!

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My flight back to NY was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene.  I am writing this in London, on a short layover.  I may have to go hunting for some yorkshire pudding or bangers and mash later today.  I hope that all of you on the east coast stayed safe.

Photography by Ang Weddings and Events