Chinese Indian Gotham Hall Wedding

Kathryn and Chas' wedding had two ceremonies!  With both ceremonies and dinner taking place in the same room at Gotham Hall, it took a team of the best creative professionals to execute it all so smoothly and beautifully.  Coming from very different backgrounds, it was important to the couple to pay proper tribute to their Indian and Chinese cultures and religions.  We started the day with their Hindu ceremony.  By Yena Designs created a striking gold chiffon mandap with bright pops of orange dahlia and magenta phalaenopsis orchids draped elegantly from the corners.  The aisle was artfully decorated with petals inspired by rangoli designs.  The bride was so happy when she saw the room, she shed a tear!  With the conclusion of the first ceremony, guests were ushered upstairs for coffee, tea and dessert, as the room was changed for the Catholic ceremony.  The floral palette was a clean white with a few subtle touches of pink.  To honour Kathryn's grandmother, Yena placed a few pale pink lilies, her favourite flower, into her bouquet.

One of my favourite personal touches was the Indian rangoli vine surrounding the Chinese "double happiness" character.  Both elements were used separately on the invitation suite, but on the wedding day they were combined and used on the menus.  I loved the symbolism of bringing both families together that day.  Guests dined under the grand dome at tables dripping with orchids from Yena.  With romantic draping from Dazian and dramatic lighting from Bentley Meeker, the room was breathtaking!  They partied the night away to the incredible sounds of the Blaire Reinhard Band.  I am so proud of how everything came together for Kathryn and Chas that day and could not have done it without the amazing team involved!  

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Photography: Brian Hatton Photography / Event Planning and Design: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral and Event Design: By Yena Designs / Venue: Gotham Hall / Catering: Thomas Preti / Band: Blaire Reinhard Band | Draping: Dazian / Lighting: Bentley Meeker / Audio and Staging: Eastern Stage Productions / String Quartet: Sun Nectar / Hair and Makeup: Face Time Beauty / Hindu Ceremony Chairs: Mandap Design / Invitations: Kate’s Paperie / Gown: Monique Lhuillier via Kleinfeld Bridal / Bridesmaid Dress: Donna Morgan

 
 

New York Palace Wedding

Laura found in the New York Palace the perfect combination of classic New York city charm and old world romanticism.  On a crisp fall day, she married her love Andrew at this Manhattan gem.  She looked so beautiful in her Carolina Herrera gown, with a simple sleek bodice, which flowed down into soft romantic layers.  Paired with her silver Jimmy Choos, and an orchid and rose cascade bouquet, she took his breath away.  

Their reception was such glamorous elegance.  As you entered the Villard Ballroom, the first thing you saw was two long mirrored tables, covered with tall tapered candles in crystal candelabras and clear vases overflowing with blooms.  It created a really dramatic entrance.  Laura wanted flowers in pastel colours accented with bright pops of hot pink, deep plum and peach, which Tantawan Bloom did with brilliant skill.  Ron Ben-Israel Cakes designed a delicate lace covered cake with a floral cake topper.  As a playful nod, the cake was vanilla with baked in funfetti!   The evening ended with oversized sparklers outside in the courtyard.  A sweet note to a fun filled celebration.  

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Photography: Carolyn Monastra For Christian Oth Studio / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / /Floral Design And Lighting: Tantawan Bloom / Venue: New York Palace / Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera / Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes / Invitations: Judy Paulen Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Makeup: Face Time Beauty / Hair: Liam Carey / Band: The Stingers / Officiant: Rabbi Ron Broden / String Quartet: Curtis Music 

The Carltun Wedding

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. 

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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

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

Angel Orensanz Wedding

I really enjoyed working with Katie and Adam.  Their Jewish wedding was full of symbolism and meaning.  It was a spectacular venue and they had a fun-loving bridal party.  Seeing a couple so much in love being joined in marriage is always a joy and an honour.The bridal party got ready at the Thompson LES hotel, just a few blocks away from the wedding venue.  They had a penthouse suite, which also served nicely as their after party venue after the wedding.  The floor to ceiling windows and balcony offered sweeping views of downtown New York.

The dress was designed by Birnbaum and Bullock, personal friends of the Bride.  An elegant strapless jewel encrusted lace gown with a lace edged veil.

Katie and Adam had their first look on the balcony of the hotel suite. It had an incredible view of the city with the Empire State Building in the background.

Portraits were taken around the stylish hotel.

The Bridesmaids wore Two Birds bridesmaid dresses in silver, with the Maids of Honour wearing dresses with an ivory bodice.  The bridal party joined the Bride and Groom for portraits on the New York streets around the hotel.  I love the contrast of the beautifully dressed group against the graffiti covered walls and grungy streets downtown.  Anthony and Barbara from Anthony Vazquez Photography captured the day beautifully with a striking edgy style.

Looking sharp guys.

I always remind my couples to eat the morning of the wedding.  Thank goodness nothing from the pizza dripped on the white gown!

The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts.  The Foundation is housed in one of the oldest surviving gothic-revival synagogues in New York, and has proudly kept its architectural integrity.  When it opened in 1849, it was the largest synagogue in the United States.

The chuppah was decorated using sheer white draped fabric with orchid blossoms and hanging votives.  A family heirloom, a talis, was incorporated into the roof of the chuppah.  The hanging chandeliers were draped with a mix of ivy and passionflower vine.

The tables were named for different cities that the Bride and Groom had visited together.  Each table had a framed name of the city and a framed photograph of the couple there.  The floral design for the long tables was a combination of vanda orchids, purple sweet pea, lavender snapdragon and lavender spray roses in antiqued silver vases.  A friend of the couple made the paper goods for the wedding.

Adam had proposed to Katie at a John Mayer concert a year prior.  When John Mayer saw this was happening, he made up a song on the spot and serenaded the newly engaged couple from the stage.  This was caught on video, which went viral after being uploaded to YouTube.  We played the video on four plasma screens just before the introduction of the Bride and Groom to a huge round of applause and laughter from the guests.  Later during the reception, the Adam surprised the Katie by jumping on stage, picking up his electric guitar and singing Wonderwall to her.  Together with the touching speeches from family and friends, it was an incredibly meaningful evening, so full of love.

Bernard Brim and the New York Players from Starlight Orchestras kept the dance floor packed the entire night.

Nine Cakes created a beautiful dessert table of five different flavored cakes on stands of varying heights and a selection of mini desserts.  The cakes were decorated with jewels in purples and blues with accents of silver.  It was a feast for the eyes and just as tasty.

Photography: Anthony Vazquez Photography / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Getting Ready Hotel: Thompson LES / Ceremony + Reception Location: Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts / Bride Dress: Birnbaum and Bullock / Cake: Nine Cakes / Caterer: The Secret Chef / Flowers: Studio Artiflora / Officiant: Rabbi Meir Berger / Cinematography: Well Spun Weddings / Rentals: Something Different Party Rentals / Band: Bernard Brim and the New York Players, Starlight Orchestras / Hair + Makeup: Beauty Collective / Bridesmaid Dress: Two Birds