Kimberly and Bill's down to earth personalities made planning their wedding so much fun. Kimberly and Bill were married in early April on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill overlooking the beautiful park. Following with their New York City venue, guests were treated like true New Yorkers with personalized taxi cab escort cards. You could feel the love between Kimberly and Bill as they started their night off with a first dance to "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel. The rest of the night was spent dancing, eating, drinking and laughing with friends and family. To finish off the night, each guest was given a freshly baked, late night pretzel as they exited the venue. Congratulations Kimberly and Bill!
Gemma and Scott originally hail from England and Australia, but wanted a New York wedding to show their out-of-town family and friends what the Big Apple is all about. They exchanged their vows at Calvary-St. George's Church before hopping into a vintage taxi that took them to meet their closest friends and family at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Upon entering the terrace, guests stepped into an enchanted garden. Beneath the romantic lights and greenery, pastel blooms were dispersed along the tables. But, even in this dream-like setting, the city was ever present. Traditional table numbers were replaced by pictures of places in NYC that were special to Gemma and Scott and guests soon danced to classic NY songs, as boas and beads were brought to the dance floor. Even the top tier of their cake was elegantly decorated with the city skyline! Despite all the big city details, Gemma and Scott did not forget where they came from. Their wedding color, violet, was chosen to honor a grandmother who couldn't make the journey to New York, while the roses in Gemma's bouquet honored another grandparent. The British and Australian flags on the front of their taxi were yet another cute way to remember their roots.
At the end of the night, guests took home violet boxes of chocolate from Vosges, the couples' favorite SoHo chocolate shop. Gemma and Scott's wedding so perfectly used cute details to blend past and present, that we can't help but love it. Congratulations Gemma and Scott!
Beautiful photos courtesy of Maggie Harkov.
Christine and Bill got married on a warm, sunny day in September. Their fun and lighthearted nature was present in nearly every aspect of their wedding. They exchanged vows in a Catholic ceremony and Christine stole the show in her intricately designed Monique Lhuillier gown and a lace bolero handmade by her mother. Upon exiting the church, Christine and Bill were greeted by a sea of bubbles and headed to capture some carefree photos on the beach, while guests headed to Giorgio’s to start the festivities. They kicked off the party with their first dance "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis and continued the party late into the evening. It was an absolute joy to be a part of their big day! Special thanks to the super-talented Roberto Falck for perfectly capturing the spirit of these two lovebirds.
Robert wanted to propose to Mariela on Valentine’s Day with her friends and family, so I designed a proposal concept inspired by their hopes and dreams for the future and found an inventive way to incorporate everyone into the experience. The happy couple arrived to Ca Va for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner, but when Mariela stepped into the private dining room, she was surprised by about 30 of her closest friends and family. One by one, each person stepped forward and presented her with a specially-wrapped gift. A book on starting a small business gave her advice on the day care she plans to open, a photo of her with her mother represented the couple taking care of their families in the future, a garter tucked into a beach-themed box represented the laid-back, beachfront wedding they envisioned.
After she unwrapped each gift, he explained how he envisioned their future together, and got down on his knee to pop the question! Mariela said yes and the couple enjoyed a celebratory dinner with their whole family. Congratulations to Robert & Mariela! Thanks to Sofia Negron for the fantastic photos, stay tuned for the video.
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!
Photos courtesy of Daniel Krieger.
Ange wanted to propose to his princess, Laurie. I drew inspiration from the famed Rockefeller Family, the closest thing to American royalty. As legend has it, one of the most elaborate Rockefeller parties involved each guest receiving a small silver trowel upon arrival. At the center of the dinner table was a long, low vase shaped like a trough, filled with sand. Each guest used their trowel to dig into the sand and find their gift - a perfectly cut ruby, emerald or diamond. We began Laurie's princess marriage proposal with a shopping spree at Bergdorf's. Upon returning to their suite, Laurie was surprised by a professional hair & makeup artist - all with the decoy of it being part of their preparation for a fancy evening out. They made their way up to the penthouse and and saw a glass trough filled with crystals: inside she discovered a tiara, Queen Mary Louboutin heels and finally, her ring! Tears of joy accompanied Laurie's "Yes!" and an incredible dinner at Le Cirque followed. Thanks to Maggie Harkov for the incredible photos.