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Phi and Bryan’s engagement session from celebrated New York wedding photographer, Alicia Swedenborg, is so dreamy! The lighting is magical and every image is like an study in pastel ombré. It’s seriously so amazing. Just wait until you get to the shots from Top of The Rock. Gasp! Gorgeous!

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The proposal: We are surrounded by our families (especially mine; we live down the street from my mom and sister). Always having family functions and gatherings we are rarely home alone. It was Christmas Eve and I had a very long week at the salon working around the clock for clients. My last client came in late so I had to stay, knowing I needed to come home and get ready for Christmas Mass (we go with my family every Christmas Eve). I stayed late and got home completely wiped out. Bryan had come home from work, very calm and sweet that day. As I was getting ready for Mass he continues to follow me around the house telling me how beautiful I was and how much he loved me. I didn’t think anything of it, as I’m spraying on perfume making it the last thing to be done, I turn around to ask Bryan how I looked? He replies “I think you look beautiful but I think you’re missing something,” and gets on one knee and pulls out this black box. I got so excited I started to cry. We got the chance to be alone in our house we just bought, just being in the moment just the two of us was something so special. So that day went from being a stressful day to the best day of my life. It will definitely be a Christmas Eve to remember.

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Photography: Alicia Swedenborg // Outfit #1 Dress: ASOS // Shoes: Christian Louboutins // Bryan’s Jacket: H&M // Bryan’s Pants: Perry Ellis // Outfit #2 Dress: BCBG // Necklace: RJ Graziano // Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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You guys have to check out THIS. WEDDING. Captured by the fabulous Sylvie Gil Photography, Kate and Justin’s wedding day at Durham Ranch is SO. GORGE. We’re especially loving the muted palette and elegant, industrial-chic decor designed by Shannon Leahy Events. And those florals by Natalie Bowen are taking it to a whole other level!! You’re going to love it!

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography // Planner and designer: Shannon Leahy //  Florals: Natalie Bowen // Hair & Makeup: Julie Morgan // Paper: Yonder // Catering – Paula Leduc Catering //
Cake: Sweet on Cake // Photobooth: Snap Fiesta  // Rentals: Wine Country Party  // Linens – La Tavola Linens // DJ Cams: Kelsey Pavao  // Ceremony Musicians: Starlite Strings Duo // Cocktail Musicians – The Easy Leaves  // Venue: Durham Ranch

We can definitely confirm two things today at GLW: 1) pink walls take our breath away 2) we’re kinda bonkers over this super chic, editorial-inspired engagement shoot. Captured by the fabulous photographers at The Love Studio, this session is a glimpse into the totally cool (not to mention aesthetically pleasing) lives of Nicki and Paul. See more about the inspiration for the shoot below and enjoy!

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From the photographer: Taking our cue from intimate captures of 60’s iconic couples like Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, we styled this shoot to reflect Nicki and Paul’s love, playfulness, contradictions and discerning aesthetic. Nicki worked with hair and makeup artist Misty Fox who specializes in the entertainment industry to create her elegant yet tousled look.

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Photography: The Love Studio  // Hair & Makeup: Misty Fox // Restaurant: Harbord Room

Nathelie and Michael’s wedding is striking. We’re obsessing over all the graphic details like the white-on-white-on-white reception decor and the bride’s uber-editorial Inbal Dror gown. Our favorite part, though, are the super glam reception florals. Crazy-talented Green Lion separated the all-white arrangements by bloom for a graphic and totally luxe feel. Amaze!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The wedding was special and unique for us because we were able to have all of our family and friends to see us married in a town where we loved spending time as a couple. My family is from the NY area as well as most of our friends. Bringing them to Newport to share in the seafood and amazing sunsets was really special. Since for most this was their first time in Newport, we wanted to make it a true wedding weekend and not just a wedding day, by having welcome drinks Friday night and a farewell brunch on Sunday. As a couple we are really fun and love to have a good time and we really wanted our guests to feel our personalities in every aspect. We both come from large Italian families and frequent Miami a lot as I am half Cuban. We really wanted to incorporate our cultures as well.

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

The gown was made by Israeli designer Inbal Dror. I bought it at Mark Ingram Atelier in NYC. It was the last appointment on my first (and only) day dress shopping. I didn’t know what style I wanted and was trying on everything. The incredible sales woman, Ayana, suggested this dress that she had from the back. I immediately fell in love with the dress, it was so different from a traditional wedding dress but so romantic with the lace and pearl details. It took about a week to think it over and after a quick second try-on I was sold.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We tried to make lots of special details part of our day. The food was where we focused on personalization the most. Our cocktail hour included lots of Cuban passed hors d’oeuvre to honor my heritage and foods that we enjoy together when we are in Miami (mini cuban sandwiches, croquetas de jamon, beef empanadas, plantain chips) as well as lots of seafood to really highlight all that Newport and New England have to offer, especially local oysters. Our dinner menu featured 3 courses to include a risotto course which is the way we like to treat ourselves on date nights, by sharing a pasta course. The assorted Italian pastries to finish were inspired by the dessert plate served at our favorite restaurant in Miami. Mike absolutely loves Del’s Lemonade, so I surprised him at the end of the night with a stand at the reception. Other little details included custom match books for guests to take since we both love to collect match books from restaurants we visit. Lastly, the personalized light-up foam sticks was true to our party side and allowed our guests to keep the party going with our amazing band.

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Gasp! Swoon. Sigh…We’re basically speechless over this one. Lavender and Rose, a.k.a. event-planner-extraordinaire, created an absolutely breathtaking wedding day for Liz and Jonathan in the South of France. The florals are heavenly, the bride is timelessly elegant and the scenery will take your breath away. We can’t even find the words to describe this level of gorg. Luckily, these incredibly stunning images by the uber-talented Marianne Taylor Photography say it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We really wanted a destination wedding. I was in love with all things French – I had lived there in the past, we both spoke the language, he proposed and so it was easy, South of France it would be. I googled ‘wedding planners in the South of France’ and came across Lavender and Rose. Even from the first glance of their website, I knew they would be the right choice. Thankfully, Jennifer said they would be available to plan our wedding for late September and off we went. Jennifer was excellent. Her vision, style, professionalism and attention to detail was impeccable and at all stages of the planning process, she kept me calm and assured. I knew she had it under control (even when I didn’t) and most importantly, she understood my vision for the day. That’s key.

After a lot of issues with finding the right church, with the help of some family friends, we secured a beautiful church in Bar-sur-Loup, a tiny village just north of Mougins/Cannes. The church itself was perfect but the views were spectacular, in the mountains and overlooking a large impasse. It definitely had that wow factor. Our church ceremony music was performed by Hitched Wedding Music. Their voices are simply breathtaking and even during rehearsals, they amazed our bridal party.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We had welcome bags hand delivered by Jennifer and her team. They included a tiny bottle of champagne, locally made soap and jam from Grasse and heel protectors (as the Chateau had stony paths). They also had all the details for pick up times, locations etc so everyone knew exactly where they had to be and when. Catering was by Parfum et Saveurs – the food was simply delicious, served to guests under silver lids to keep the food warm as there was quite a walk from the kitchen to marquee.

We had a live acoustic walking band, the Gypsy Queens, who played in between courses and speeches – they went to our guests tables and asked them for their requests. They really got everyone in the party mood. It was such a good idea to have them play in between courses as I often felt at previous weddings, that part can sometimes drag. After the cake cutting (our cake was by Wedding Cakes by Pamela) and dessert, the band led us up to another staged area with a grand piano and festoon lights where Jon serenaded me – a complete surprise. It was so romantic and a moment I will treasure. Jon and I had our first dance to a live performance of the song My Cherie Amour (classic) with all our guests waving sparklers. The Gypsy Queens led everyone to the inside dance area for the final part of the day, the dancing. Our DJ was Yannick Le Roux who was excellent. I think Jennifer had to literally move people off the dance floor at 3am! Yannick really listened to what we wanted and I would strongly recommend him. Another great idea was to have the Photo Booth by Alban Pichon in the same area as the dancing so that when people got a bit tired from dancing, they could act silly with French themed props and take away their pictures.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Jon and I travelled in style to our reception in a vintage Aston Martin Lagonda. It was so vintage we had a wind up roof! I squeezed me and my dress into the car and there was just enough room for my new hubby! The guests followed behind in organised transport beeping their horns!

Our reception was held at the dreamy Franco-Italian Chateau Diter located just outside of Grasse. Filled with statues, fountains, ponds, flowers and the most spectacular renovated chateau, it was the perfect location for us. We had two large marquees set up (just in case) and boy were we glad of that. For what seemed like a lifetime (I was told later it was 20mins), we had a torrential downpour, just as we arrived at the venue. Jennifer dealt with it in true professional style and ushered everyone to champagne and canapés under the marquee. We had stunning music again from Hitched Wedding Music during the cocktail with Rob playing on a grand white piano and Rosie singing 1950s classics to jazz favourites. The French caricaturists and live cooking stations by caterer Parfum et Saveurs kept guests entertained.

The rain was worth it – after the clouds parted, we had this heavenly ethereal light, something I have never witnessed before. It was magical and made for some amazing photographs from our photographer, Marianne Taylor and videographer Clark and Palmer Wedding Films (both UK based) . They captured the detail, the light, the mood and all the tiny details which whizz past you on the day.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I met Jonathan at a friend’s birthday party in a steak house in East London. He wasn’t my usual type I have to say but I was intrigued when he ordered the largest meat platter I had ever seen. He has now admitted it was all an attempt to get my attention but I just remember asking myself ‘Who is that hungry Chinese guy and how on earth will he finish all that meat?’ Well it worked – the following weeks were full of old school romance, fun filled dates like ping pong, swing dancing and restaurant hopping. It was the most fun I’d had in a long time! After a year and a half, he got down on one knee in true romantic fashion at a beautiful Chateau in a small village outside of Lyon. And so the French story began.

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Vendors: Photography: Marianne Taylor Photography // Videographer: Clark and Palmer Wedding Films // Event Planning: Lavender And Rose // Florist: Miss Rose by Perrine // Wedding Gown: Sassi Holford // Stationery: Louise Richardson // Caterer: Parfum et Saveurs // Singer: Gypsy Queens and Hitched Wedding Music // Wedding venue: Chateau Diter