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 

Central Park Boathouse Wedding

Tara and Jesse were lucky enough to have a whole wedding weekend.  We started with a rehearsal dinner, which was hosted at their family home.  Tara and Jesse love to cook and had made the food for a 100 person dinner!  The next day everyone woke up bright and early for an afternoon wedding at the iconic Central Park Boathouse. This was followed by an after party at a loft 320 studios, where everyone danced to the wee hours, fueled by a popcorn machine we brought in.  The weekend was rounded out with a brunch the morning after.  What a great way to extend the celebration with friends and family!Central Park Boathouse Wedding - Ang Weddings and Events - Craig Paulson Photography-5

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Tara has beautiful penmanship.  She hand-wrote the invitation envelopes for their wedding.  She also wrote their ketubah and the escort cards.  Jesse is a mathematician, so the escort cards contained equations which led guests to their tables.

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The couple wanted to bring in a blend of jewel tones for their floral decor, with purples, blues and reds.  Thistles and berries added a textural element to the softer hydrangea and iris in the centerpieces.

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Tara and Jesse did not want a traditional wedding cake, and requested a simple but delicious sheet cake.  When I sent them to Amy at Sugar Flower Cake Shop, she had none of it.  When they were ordering a sample tasting cake from Amy, she found out that their invitations had been designed by the uber talented Atelier Isabey.  A quick call to Margot at Atelier Isabey to get a copy, and Sugar Flower Cake Shop sent a sample cake that was decorated with elements from their invitation design.  Tara and Jesse were floored by how beautiful the cake was, changed their minds, and had Sugar Flower Cake Shop create three wedding cakes for them!  A central cake influenced by their invitations, which was flanked by two flower boxes.

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It was a delight to work with a couple that were so much in love.

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Read about how bringing friends and family together was so important to the couple on Style Me Pretty.

Photography: Craig Paulson Photography | Venue: Central Park Boathouse in New York City, New York| Wedding Planning: Ang Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Lenox Hill Florist | Officiant: Rabbi Ruth Durschlag | Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop  | Band: Pete Saunders Band via Hank Lane | After Party Venue: 320 Studios in New York City, New York | After Party Caterer: The Secret Chef  | After Party DJ: Aria Melody | After Party Rentals: Something Different Party Rentals | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Atelier Isabey | Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee via Bergdorf Goodman | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Lindsey Jones

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