DIY

The Proposal Planner: Allen and Fen

Working with Allen, who is both incredibly kind and lives in Australia, to create his dream proposal was an absolute blast.  Many late night and early morning phone calls were made between Allen in Australia and myself in New York, but the end product was a truly unique proposal.  Fen believed she was meeting Allen’s parents in New Jersey and sightseeing on her first trip to New York City, but what she didn't know was that Allen had been planning a Harry Potter-themed proposal for her.  Allen made a lunch reservation at an exclusive club in Manhattan, which served as the perfect backdrop for this memorable proposal.  As Allen and Fen arrived, I led Allen to the private dining room while Fen was taken to the coatroom and then escorted to Allen. Fen was met with a glass vile filled with a quote from Harry Potter.  After reading it she opened the door to the private room, which was decorated with Harry Potter books, vintage bottles made to look like potion bottles and an abundance of romantic roses and candles, and was confronted by a kneeling Allen and an engagement ring.  After she said yes, the two enjoyed a romantic lunch for two.  The happy couple's imaginative engagement was even featured in the New York Post.  If you missed it, click here to read!  Congratulations, Allen & Fen!  

New York Post

Romantic Marriage Proposal

Harry Potter Proposal

Down On One Knee

Happy Couple

Thanks to Zlatko Batistich for the gorgeous photos!

The Proposal Planner: Jeff

Jeff had already informally proposed at a beautiful waterfall, which became the inspiration behind his intimate and thoughtful New York City proposal.  Because the couple is close to their faith, we created a waterfall of ribbons with Bible verses printed on them. Surrounding this unique waterfall were lush greens, roses, hanging mementos with notes that reminded the couple of their relationship and rocks transcribed with the traits that Jeff admired most about his lovely girlfriend.  Differing from Jeff's informal proposal, this time when she said yes she received a sparkly diamond ring.  Congratulations, Jeff!

Custom Marriage Proposal

Down On One Knee

NYC Engagement

Thanks to Paparazzi Proposals for capturing this amazing moment.

The Proposal Planner: Paul and Grace

On an early spring day, Grace thought she was attending the opening of a friend's art gallery in Manhattan but was utterly surprised when she arrived to find the gallery filled with digital art installations and romantic decor.  A scrolling path of soft pink petals led Grace through the gallery and to a wall decorated with an abundance of elegantly hung pink ribbon.  Paul wanted to incorporate his and Grace's shared Korean heritage, so perched against the ribbon there were large, hand cut Korean symbols that spelled "Will you marry me", and she said "Yes!".  Paul and Grace then shared a romantic dinner prepared by a private chef and later met their family and friends at a local bar to celebrate their engagement.  Congratulations Paul and Grace! Thanks to Blue Daisy for the beautiful photos!

Korean Proposal Details

Down on one knee

Prink Proposal Details

NYC Couple

Alternative Wedding Bouquets

Gone are the days when a bouquet of white roses was the only choice for a bride.  Brides are foregoing traditional floral bouquets in favor of bouquets made out of brooches, vegetables, and even…doorknobs!  If a traditional floral bouquet isn’t your thing, check out these alternatives. Alternative Wedding Bouquets

Colorful brooch bouquet by Jasmine Photography,  Gold brooch bouquet,  Doorknob bouquet, Artichoke bouquet.

Wedding Ceremony Exit Tips

We've all seen those incredible photos of couples exiting their ceremony or reception with sparklers, bubbles, confetti or rice.  What you may not know is that those moments have usually been carefully orchestrated behind-the-scenes!  Here are a few tips:

  • -Before you order anything, make sure your venue allows it.  Many venues restrict confetti or sparklers for clean-up reasons or fire hazard reasons.
  • -If you're tossing something outside, make sure it's environmentally friendly.  Rice can be very hazardous to birds.  A better alternative is bird seed or a special type of rice that crushes underfoot and dissolves in water.
  • -Recruit some "ringers" to start the trend of the bubbles/confetti/etc. Otherwise you'll be down the aisle before anyone has tossed their confetti!
  • -Check everything beforehand and unwrap it or open up any seals.  Many times bubbles come with a silver seal that will impede timely bubble-making as you head down the aisle.

Confetti Bubbles & Rice at Wedding Ceremony

Photos courtesy of  Snippet & Ink, ZLynn, Violet & Earnest.

Non-Traditional Chuppah

I was pretty sure this would always be my favorite chuppah (or mandap, or canopy depending on your religious affiliation). But when I saw this little gem on Style Me Pretty today, I thought it was the prettiest non-traditional chuppah ever and had to share. Unique Chuppah

Photo by Elizabeth Lloyd.