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

 
 

Central Park Boathouse Wedding

Pam and Paul were married on crisp fall day in New York.  Coming into the planning process, she was not sure exactly how she wanted it to look, but she did know she wanted it to be timeless and elegant.  This was a classic wedding with details that will never go out of style.  Pam's gorgeous ball gown from Dennis Basso with the lace sleeves and sweet belt cinching her waist was breathtaking.  She got ready at the Plaza Hotel which gave Sue Kessler from Christian Oth Studio beautiful portrait opportunities both in the hotel and in Central Park.  

For their save the dates, they had an artist hand draw a black and white map of Manhattan with details of their wedding locations and a few landmarks.  The traditional invitation was hand calligraphed and engraved in midnight blue with gilded beveled edges.  The envelope liner and belly band cut from gilded silk screen Japanese paper added a fun pop of colour and personality to the suite.  Pam loved the Japanese paper so much, it was also brought through to the wedding day items in the programme liner, table number borders and menu belly bands.  

As guests entered the Central Park Boathouse, we had a jazz quartet from Elan Artists playing some of Pam and Paul's favourite jazz standards.  One of the bridesmaids even joined in and sang "At Last".  During the dinner reception, the Blaire Reinhard Band played such a great set that we had to invite guests to be seated for their courses multiple times as they didn't want to leave the dance floor!  Pam sang in college.  During dinner with some college friends she sang a cappella "To Make You Feel My Love" to her husband.   It was such a tender moment.  For their favours, we did cute little pies in a jar from Tiny Pies in Texas, which is where Paul is from.  These were displayed at each place setting, with alternating flavours of sweet Texas pecan pie and apple pie.  Those together with a floral and lace detailed cake from Nine Cakes were the perfect ending to a sweet celebration.  

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Photography: Sue Kessler of Christian Oth Studio / Event Planning: Ang Weddings And Events / Florist: Lenox Hill Florist / Gown: Dennis Basso via Kleinfeld Bridal / Cake: Nine Cakes  / Ceremony Venue: Church Of Our Saviour / Reception Venue: Central Park Boathouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Hair: Liam Carey / Calligraphy: Mo Seder Via Union Street Papery / Lighting: Stortz Lighting/ Band: Blaire Reinhard Band / Favors: Tiny Pies / Invitation: Bell'Invito Via Union Street Papery / Jazz Quartet: Elan Artists / Makeup: Lindsey Jones / Save The Date: Vera Wang Via Union Street Papery  / Wedding Day Paperie: William Arthur Via Union Street Papery

Harold Pratt House Wedding

Classic, sophisticated, New York, are words that come to mind when I think back on this wedding.  Allison and Brian wanted to create a celebration that would be timeless and they chose the perfect Manhattan venue for this.  The Harold Pratt House, an elegant townhouse on the upper east side built in 1919-1920.  Housing a gorgeous marble staircase, tall ceilings and antique chandeliers.  They hung one of their framed engagement pictures in the hallway near the entrance.  It was almost like you were inviting your closest family and friends to a celebration at your home (if you were so lucky to live in a place like that!)For their winter wedding we used a palette of crisp white, rich gold, romantic burgundy and touches of blush and lavender.  Rountree Flowers created two tablescapes, one with towering white quince branches, and another with low lush arrangements of roses, lisianthus, garden roses and stock.  Mercury glass pillar candles of varying heights covered the tables, and uplighting along the drapery surrounding the room created a warm glow.

A few months into planning this wedding, I found out I was expecting and would not be able to manage the wedding the day of, as I was due right about the same time.  A big thank you to Allison and Brian for being such understanding clients and so supportive through my pregnancy.  A huge thank you to my dear friend Lauren from Loli Events, who took over for me the month prior to the wedding day, and made it such a wonderful day for them both.  After all that planning, I was very sad that I could not be there the day of, but these images from Brian Dorsey and video from Kiss the Bride Films were the next best thing.  I almost felt like I was there!

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Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Videography: Kiss the Bride Films | Event Planning and Design: Ang Weddings and Events | Location: The Harold Pratt House and Peterson Hall | Floral Designer: Rountree Flowers | Band: Rhythm Collective via Elan Artists | String Trio: Elan Artists | Catering: Feast and Fetes | Hair and Makeup: Julien Farel Salon | Lighting: Glen Goldman Productions | Draping: Gio Draping Events | Cake: Nine Cakes | Invitation: Rosebrook Meyer | Wedding day paperie: Make Merry | Rentals:Party Rental Ltd | Gown: Ines Di Santo via Bergdorf Goodman | Favours: Burdick Chocolates | Groom’s Ice Cream Cake: Sundaes and Cones

A Fall Wedding at The Bowery Hotel

Lauren and Matt were married at The Bowery Hotel in the fall.  Four years after the day the met.  They loved rich fall colours and Poppies and Posies brought their vision to life with crimson, coral and berry tones.  The floral decor had a warm autumnal feel, and complimented the exposed brick walls, vintage rugs and iron chandeliers of the boutique hotel perfectly.  R Wagner Photography captured their special day with these beautiful images.The Bowery Hotel - Ang Weddings and Events - R Wagner Photography-1

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Lauren got ready at The Bowery Hotel in a bridal suite with a large terrace which offered stunning views of downtown Manhattan.

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I adore these vintage stamps that they used on their invitations.

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How radiant does the Bride look in her Monique Lhuillier gown?  It was a little chilly that day, but Lauren donned a shrug and braved the elements to take portraits outside with Matt.  I'm so glad they did make use of the remaining natural light that day.  I love how the wind was playing with Lauren's veil in this picture.

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Instead of a string trio for the ceremony, they chose to do a quartet of cellos.  The sound of four cellos was so rich and luxurious.  Tying in again with the overall feel of their wedding day.

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The escort cards were individually pinned to miniature pears.  So cute!

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In lieu of a wedding cake, Lauren and Matt had a dessert table with treats from Sugar Sweet Sunshine and their favourite candies.  Guests were hitting it hard all night.  A great way to refuel from dancing!  Every time I looked around again it was time to replenish the table.  Later into the night, an African drummer joined the DJ and kept the energy of the room pumping.

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It was such a gorgeous fall wedding celebrating the love of two people who are a perfect match for each other.  Lauren had saved the receipt from their first date, because she knew things would lead to this special day.  Congratulations again to Lauren and Matt!

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Video highlight by McKenzie Miller Films

Wedding Photography: R Wagner Photography | Wedding Cinematography: McKenzie Miller Films | Wedding Venue: The Bowery Hotel in Manhattan, New York | Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events | Floral + Event Design: Poppies and Posies | Dessert Table: Sugar Sweet Sunshine | Music: Cello Quartet, 4 Leaf Clover, DJ Shiran + African Drummer from Orchestrations | Wedding Invitations: Lion in the Sun | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studios | Calligraphy: Whoa Nelly Press | Programs: DIY | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Mark Ingram Atelier | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Earrings:Lavender by Jurgita | Bride’s Shrug: Alex Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Monique Lhuillier via The Wedding Library | Hair: Roman Kusayev | Makeup: Chante Cutter

Urban Southwestern Styled Shoot

Fortune Favors the Brave’s jewelry collection is inspired by a rugged Americana and Western sensibility mixed with a touch of 1970s-era glamour.  The jewelry represents a bold and modern reinterpretation of these classic themes, amped up with contemporary proportions for a wearable take on storied, ethereal metalworking techniques.  We found this modern tribute to the southwest as the inspiration for our bridal shoot.  We came across Agave Restaurant in NYC’s West Village- smooth adobe walls, cow skulls, with a bar beneath a wooden beam ceiling – and knew we had found the perfect urban southwestern venue.Make Merry used the jewelry as inspiration for the paper goods, incorporating many of the geometric designs into the invitation, escort cards, place cards and menus.  A deep gold liner was used for the invitation envelope and a silver liner for the response envelope.

In celebration of same-sex marriage becoming legal in the state of New York this year, we decided to use a bride and a bride for our shoot.  Abbey (an artist) and Perkins (a writer) are a real couple, which is so evident in the chemistry they had on camera.  Fortune Favors the Brave provided the jewelry and styled the two brides. Perkins wore an Equipment blouse, vintage blazer and skinny pants from Isabel Marant.  Gabriella New York Bridal Salon provided two dresses for Abbey.  For the wedding Abbey wore Amy Kuschel’s Valencia – a gorgeous dress with architectural layering, rose garden lace, and pleated netting.  A sheer V neckline provided a delicate frame to the bold jewelry she wore.

Abbey held a modern and romantic bouquet of Chocolate Cosmos, black Calla Lilies, and Succulents. The delicate petals of the Chocolate Cosmos softened the hard geometry of the Succulents and Callas. Perkins wore a boutonniere of a mini black Calla Lily and Succulent.

A bronze cord tied the escort cards to a six foot tall cactus at the restaurant entrance.  The tables were named for succulents like Blue Aloe and Dessert Rose.

Blush Designs created a modern southwestern centerpiece in Agave’s private dining room. Succulents and various cactus plants with pops of red nested in black sand created a low runner down the table. Blush Designs custom draped the table with a light grey chevron fabric with coordinating napkins. A dark brown leather cord tied the menu and napkin together.

The cake was simple and elegant, again using the jewelry design as inspiration for the geometric patterns on both tiers, with green sugar succulents as a bright accent.

The jewelry bar was set at Agave’s bar area, near the entrance of the restaurant. Guests were welcome to enjoy their drinks while adorning themselves with pieces from Fortune Favors the Brave’s collection. The jewelry was showcased on top of black sand in glass vessels, incorporating the jewelry into a landscape of succulents and cactus.

For the after party, Abbey slipped into a short sexy beaded fringe dress by Allison Parris with snakeskin booties by Loeffler Randall.

A big thank you for all the hard work that our team put into this project.  A special thank you to Blush Designs for conceptualizing the shoot and getting Ang Weddings and Events involved.  We were honoured to have our shoot published on Style Me Pretty.

Photographer: Ronnie Andren Photography + A. Park Photography / Event Design + Florals: Blush Designs / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Jewelry + Fashion Styling: Fortune Favors the Brave / Abbey’s Gowns: Amy Kuschel + Allison Parris via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Perkin’s Blouse Equipment, Pants Isabel Marant, Blazer vintage / Abbey’s Shoes: Loeffler Randall / Perkin’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Paper Goods: Make Merry! / Cord and Leather Braid: M&J Trimmings / Fabric for Linen and Napkins: Mood Fabrics / Cake: Sun Jung for Blush Designs / Cake Stand + Server: Wedgewood / Venue: Agave  / Hair: Beauty Collective / Makeup: CLM Makeup  / Couple: Abbey Golden + Kate Perkins