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Michelle and Nick are creative types who wanted an Old New York vibe for their wedding day—think classic, timeless, refined, traditional yet modern with 1950’s flair. The ceremony and reception were help at Bryant Park Grill with florals by Greenpoint Floral. We’re loving the authentic retro styling of the bride and groom—those red lips! Sarina and Quyn of Khaki Bedford Photography were the perfect vendor choice for the couple capturing all the moments of the day their signature photojournalism style.

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From Sarina + Quyn, Khaki Bedford Photo: Michelle + Nick were such a fun couple to work with! We always love working with creative types (Nick is into painting, music and fashion design; Michelle video installation, fashion and projection) and these two were no exception. For their wedding though, they decided to go for a more traditional/old school NY vibe and they just nailed it! Think Old New York (classic, timeless, refined); traditional yet modern. Michelle’s style was that of a 1950’s movie star with her Bettie Page bangs, vintage inspired long-sleeved lace dress and red lips; ready and eager to flash a smile. And then Nick with his white tux! It was all very old school and just perfect! And also just so fitting that the wedding took place at the plaza, an homage to Old New York and classic style. The guests were also dressed to the nines in timeless black tie attire. The bridesmaids wore full length vintage-inspired gowns and one in a pantsuit – again, perfectly classic and modern!

During portraits, there was such a palpable energy walking the streets of New York with Michelle and Nick. The city moving past and the two of them just so, so happy and everyone cheering and offering congratulatory words. We used the steps of the NY Public Library for the first look and the columns were such a perfect backdrop!

The ceremony took place on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill long after sunset so it was very dark and moody, basically lit by the surrounding City lights! Dark venues can sometimes be challenging to photograph, but we love the feel of intimate and moody light.

Lastly, the reception really was just like one huge party. You could just feel the energy from all of the guests! A lot of weddings have a lull when dinner is served and this wedding seemed to dance right over that into the evening. Everyone was truly there to have a good time!

Photography: Khaki Bedford Photography (Sarina + Quyn) // Florist: Greenpoint Floral // Getting Ready Venue: Bryant Park Hotel // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Bryant Park Grill // Hair + make up: Adrian Alvarado // Dress: Custom Design by Shareen // Bride’s Shoes: Rochas // Groom’s Suit: Jacket – John Varvatos / Everything Else –  Baldwins Formals // Rings: Custom design (engagement ring using diamonds from groom’s grandmother’s ring)

 

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Valerie and Ryan’s Palm Beach wedding planned by Simply Couture Weddings, is filled with bright florals, grandiose architecture and style at every turn. The bride’s citrus-hued bouquet by Port + Palm Co. is a show-stopper and we can’t get enough of the groom’s rad, white dinner jacket. Lucky for us, Shea Christine Photography was on hand at the Flagler Museum to capture all the details in this palm-tree lined affair.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I wanted to do something different from a sand ceremony or unity candle so I found a Celtic Handfasting tradition. My husband and I literally “tied the knot” and it was meaningful because we both have a Celtic background. We also lived in Miami for 2 1/2 years and I have Cuban heritage so I wanted to incorporate an “Hora Loca” into our reception to bring the party! We got foam light sticks, glow sticks, and party beads and our planner passed them out towards the end of the night to keep the party going!

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

The gown is from Spanish designer Pronovias (another nod to my heritage.) I knew the elements I wanted in a dress – lace, off the shoulder with sleeves, defined waist, back detail –  and I spent hours looking in magazines and on websites for the perfect one. I tried on over 50 dresses! But when I saw that dress on a website one night I knew it was the one. I had to hunt for a salon that carried it because it was part of the 2017 collection which was just being released, but I finally found it at Couture Bridal in Miami Beach. When I tried it on, I pictured myself standing next to my husband and I couldn’t help but cry – that was it!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We’re big Disney fans so I definitely wanted to incorporate that in a subtle way – we got a Disney-themed cake topper and had some Disney props in the photobooth. Also I’m a huge Lilly Pulitzer fan and with the events being held in Palm Beach, it wasn’t hard to work that into the wedding theme. We had Lilly print patio furniture and menus at the rehearsal dinner, and our wedding florals were Lilly’s jungle inspired.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For me – taking portraits after the first look. He had seen me in my dress so the emotion and the nerves had passed. I felt I could relax and have fun. It was all about us and I felt so special and beautiful but we didn’t have a hundred pairs of eyes staring at us yet. For him – just before she walked down the aisle. Even though we did a first look, seeing her walk down the aisle toward me was what I had been waiting for all day. It was emotional when they opened the doors to the pavilion and I saw her again with her dad.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We both work in retail and met working at J.Crew. Fast forward 5 years, Ryan had always wanted the engagement to be a surprise. So he enlisted the help of his mom to get the ring from a jewelry store in his home town and picked the last proposal spot I would ever guess. While on vacation with his family that summer at his favorite lake, he waited until our last night by the campfire when we were making s’mores. He refused to toast my marshmallow for me, which I thought was strange (because he didn’t want the ring to fall out of his pocket in the dark.) Everyone had been waiting for him to ask the whole trip and I had no idea! Finally his parents were going to bed when he asked them to take a picture of the two of us. That was when he got down on one knee and said he couldn’t live without me and asked me to marry him! How could a girl say no to that??

Planning: Simply Couture Weddings // Photo: Shea Christine Photography // Floral: Port + Palm Co. // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // Venue: Flagler Museum // Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias // Bridal Salon: Couture Bridal // Cake: Earth and Sugar // DJ/Photobooth: Vision DJs // Caterer: Chez Gourmet // Hair/Makeup: Emmy Sinanan // Transportation: Millenium Limo // Tux Rental: The Tux Shop

 

There is so much gorgeousness in this Hawaiian Romance editorial from Donny Zavala‘s workshop, we don’t even know where to start. Led by creative designer and stylist Lucia – Utterly Engaged, the details are fresh and textural with a muted tropical vibe. The color palette, for one, is amazing—it’s soft and subtle, while still being rich and multi-hued thanks to the work of floral designer and stylist Catalina Neal, paper designer  Sarah Ingram and props and styling pieces from BHLDN + Found Home. The grounds of Dillingham Ranch are absolutely breathtaking and Katherine Ridgely captures it all perfectly in these fine art images we know you will LOVE.

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Photography: Katherine Ridgely // Creative Designer + Stylist: Lucia – Utterly Engaged // // Film Photography Workshop: Donny Zavala // Floral Designer + Stylist: Catalina Neal // Paper Goods + Calligraphy: Sarah Ingram // Venue: Dillingham Ranch // Creative Assistant: Caroline, Pursue Love Design Co. // Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Hikari Murakami // Wedding Gown: Claire Pettibone // Veil + Hair Accessories: Sibo Designs // Grooms Suit: The Black Tux // Vintage Rentals: Roam Rentals Hawaii // Weddings Rings: Susie Saltzman // Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // Props + Styling Details: BHLDN + Found Home // Silk Runner and Ribbons: Tono + Co. // Dishware and Flatware: Maison de Ware // Velvet Linens: La Tavola Linen // Creative Candles: Creative Candles // Film Lab + Scans: PhotoVision  // Bride: Lauren Riboldi // Groom: Josh Riboldi

 

There was never a questions about where Anna and Zack would marry. Kennebunkport, in Southern Maine, had become the couple’s happy place, an escape from NYC and somewhere they shared a lot of special memories with family and friends. They enlisted Emily Elizabeth Events to design and plan their ceremony at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church and reception at Breakwater Inn and the details are absolutely stunning. Rainy day vibes and a striking, rich palette make this one stand out with florals by Watershed Floral and invitations and paper by Parrott Design Studio. See all the beautiful inspiration in these images by Emily Delamater.

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From the bride: For Zack and I there was never a question we would get married anywhere else other than Maine. Over the 8 years of our relationship, Southern Maine had become our happy place, an escape from NYC and somewhere we shared a lot of special memories with family and friends over the years. It’s also where we got engaged!

We selected our reception and ceremony venues for their breathtaking beauty, views and for the intimacy they both provided. After visiting only two other venues, it was not a difficult decision.

We both have small families and a close knit group of friends, each of whom we value dearly, and wanted the day to feel very personal and filled with love. We just could not wait to share our special place with all of them!

Between the amazing band, flowers, and all of the personal details (especially the pie); there is not a single thing we would change. Even a little rain while walking down the aisle provided us with some of the most moving moments we will surely never forget.

Photography: Emily Delamater // Event Planning and Design: Emily Elizabeth Events // Florals: Watershed Floral // Invitation and Paper Goods: Parrott Design Studio // Wedding Reception Venue, Catering, and Pie: Breakwater Inn // Ceremony: St. Ann’s Episcopal Church // Hair and Makeup: Ariel Johnson // Bride’s Gown: Rosa Clara // Bride’s Shoes: L.K. Bennett // Groom’s Tux: Alton Lane // Groomsmen Suits: Owned by Groomsmen // Groomsmen Ties: J. Crew // Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Adrianna Papell // Rehearsal Dinner: Hattie’s // Caterer for Rehearsal Dinner: Blue Elephant // Tent and Lighting Design: Sperry Tents Seacoast // Rentals: Exeter Events, One Stop Event Rentals, Emily Elizabeth Events, and Parrott Design Studio // Band: Bob Charest Band // Transportation for Rehearsal Dinner: Bo-Mar Transportation // Transportation for Wedding: Intown Trolley

 

Photographer Melanie Osorio came across the Vista Valley Country Club, with its white garden roses, stone walkways and wrought iron gate imported from Provence, and knew immediately that it was the ideal backdrop for her European-inspired photoshoot. The details are perfection including InLoft Calligraphy‘s gold and raw-edge invitations, an intricate Claire Pettibone gown and an intimate and organic table setting amidst the oak trees. Pavan Florals added pops of color to the space with the vibrant florals—including an installation on the front of the gate leading into the ceremony space. This one is endlessly inspiring and all captured on film by Melanie Osorio Photography.

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Vendors:  Photographer: Melanie Osorio Photography // Florist: Pavan Florals // Calligraphy: InLoft Calligraphy // Venue: Vista Valley Country Club // Dress: Claire Pettibone // Hair and Makeup: Love Notes by June // Models: Marissa and Zach // Rentals: Sweet Salvage Rentals // Dishes: Crate and Barrel // Runner: Silk and Willow // Accessories: Petals and Stones // Ring: Susie Saltzman // Tux: The Black Tux // Pottery: Beanpole Pottery // Cake: The Good Cookies