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Summer Wedding Inspiration

Guess what? Paperless Post asked us to share some of our favorite summer wedding inspiration with you to potentially inspire future designs!

As simple as it may sound, there is no better inspiration for a summer wedding than summer itself. Summer - or l’ete as the French call it - means picnic baskets and lemonade and days by the pool. It means fresh fruit at the farmer’s market and this summer we’re all about taking inspiration from our citrus cravings. From half-orange sorbets and lemon-filled vases to watermelon canvas totes to fit welcome gifts for guests, we can’t get enough of all that juicy Vitamin C. It’s fresh, fruity, fun, and can be spun anyway you want. And the fact of the matter is? No one does color better than nature herself.


It’s a midsummer night’s dream and we’re looking toward the fragrant bohemian notes of Scandinavia. Think lush flower crowns of dark blooms and milky leaves, and exquisite white gowns of hand-embroidered lace and tiny beads. Envision flower walls of white chrysanthemum and pink peonies and layered cakes topped with strawberries as red as the rose. There is something magical and mesmerizing about this ethereal contrast of dark and light - and we can’t get enough!


We love the idea of old-school romance, but it doesn’t hurt to take a few ideas from our times. It is the twenty-first century after all! We’re talking about wedding sites for your guests (go green on the RSVP?), and cell phone charging stations (those electronics need some fuel too!). We mean Fujifilm instant cameras for a guestbook and #hashtags for the big day.


These are just a few of our 2015 summer favorites! What are yours?


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The Proposal Planner: Jenni and Phillip in Central Park

On a rainy spring afternoon, Jenni and Phillip set off on a romantic stroll through Central Park. Heading east towards the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they decided to cut through the Shakespeare Garden to admire the flowers. While winding through the garden, they "discovered" a gorgeous wooden box, hand-carved with their names, lying in their path. That was when Phillip got down on one knee. An intimate ensemble of singers and musicians appeared and begin to play Jenni's favorite U2 song, "All I Want is You." Jenni was completely surprised! Through happy tears, she said yes!

Then, Phillip showed her the box. The outside had a loving note for her, as well as a reference to the "Love is Patient" quote from the bible. When Jenni opened the box, she found that it was filled with packets of seeds. Around each packet was a band that held a reason why Phillip loved her. It was a perfect rainy day in Central Park for these two lovebirds! Congratulations Phillip and Jenni!

Lovely photos courtesy of Blue Daisy.

 Central Park Marriage Proposal

Engagement Belvedere Castle Central Park

Marriage Proposal Shakespeare Garden

Personalized Wooden Box Marriage Proposal

Seeds and Sweet Sentiments Marriage Proposal

Tiffany's Engagement Ring Marriage Proposal

Kiss Marriage Proposal Central Park

A Brilliant Wedding: John & Lauren

John and Lauren were married on a very hot July day at the incredible Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and were one of the most fun, laid-back and in-love couples I've ever worked with.  Not to be thrown off by the warm weather, Lauren was absolutely stunning in her Vera Wang gown and throughout the day, I could see they were so in tune with each other, just genuinely happy to be together. Their outdoor ceremony was simple and refreshingly sweet, with the bride walking down the aisle to Tango from Scent of a Woman. When it came to the reception, their fun-loving personalities came out - a bourbon bar with spiced nuts showcased John's love for a great bottle of whiskey and their introduction song of Big Pimpin by Jay-Z showcased their lighter side.  A great dance party followed as the new Mr. and Mrs. partied the night away under the glasshouse atrium.  Congratulations to John & Lauren, it was such an honor to be part of your day!

Outdoor Wedding Brooklyn Details

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Wedding

Brooklyn Wedding Garden Bourbon Bar

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Wedding Bride & Groom

Photos courtesy of Daniel Krieger.

A Brilliant Wedding: Vanessa & Nicole

I remember when Vanessa & Nicole sent me their list of formal included a note that said "We'd like photos of us laughing, we do that a lot." As you can tell by these fantastic photos, they were certainly right.  These two lovebirds met as roommates and tried to remain only friends but alas, love got the better of them and they fell head-over-heels for each other. Their intimate, spring wedding was filled with smiles, merriment, hugs, kisses ...and, you guessed it, a ton of laughter.  They encouraged their guests to "Remember to Live" and enjoyed every last bit of their big day. I'm pleased to announce that their photos were recently featured on Style Me Pretty.  I was privileged to be part of their amazing day and am so grateful to have met them.

Lovely photos courtesy of Kate Triano Photography.

Brooklyn Sweet Wedding

NYC Wedding Spring

Intimate Brooklyn Wedding

Intimate Brooklyn Wedding Kiss

A Brilliant Wedding: Sandra & Jon

Sandra & Jon were married at the New York Botanical Gardens on a gorgeous fall day. Their guests were greeted with apothecary glasses filled with hot apple cider as they awaited the start of the sunset ceremony. After they exchanged their "I Do's," the couple hosted a fun-filled party complete with a packed dancefloor thanks to Around Town Entertainment, a photobooth and a spectacular candy bar. A special thank you to Jonathan Young for these beautiful photos. From the truly wonderful bride & groom to their darling family and friends, we were thrilled to be a part of their special day! NY Botanical Gardens Wedding

Candy Bar Photobooth Wedding