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A Whimsical Wedding at Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building

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Aug 122013
 

When Will, a graphic artist with a penchant for photography, proposed to Rachel, he didn't just ask that all-important question—he spelled it out in images he captured of billboards and signs from the couple's travels. "He created a book," Rachel explains, "each page spelling out, 'Will you marry me, Rachel?'"

The couple planned their April wedding with the same creative zest, dividing wedding planning duties to design a fete at the Metropolitan Building that appears both effortless and organic.

After Rachel and Will discovered Long Island's Metropolitan Building, "it felt as if it was our space," the bride says. Its open—and even hidden—rooms, distressed wood floors, wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and ornate crystal chandeliers "created a grand and romantic space" for their wedding, Rachel says.

Before she slipped into her gown, Rachel swept her loosely-curled hair to the side, accenting the casual bun with two small, white blooms. The bride also wore a pair of diamond earrings her father brought from Singapore and a pearl bracelet purchased by her aunt. "Both were perfect," she says.

A textile designer by trade, the bride "decided to design the wedding dress, you know, being a designer and all," she says. Inspired by a piece of lace from her grandmother, Rachel created a layered gown with buttons that trailed down her back.

Rachel's bouquet overflowed with peachy-pink peonies, yellow tea roses and large tropical leaves.

Bridesmaids chose their own black dresses "so that they could wear them on another occasion," the bride says. "You can never have too many little black dresses."

Their bouquets mimicked the bride's, a mix of vibrant peonies, tea roses, ranunculus and greens.

Boutonnieres were made from single roses. Groomsmen also donned an engraved tie clip, a gift from the groom.

The bride describes their wedding ceremony, held in one of the Metropolitan Building's many rooms decorated with leafy garlands for the occasion, as "simple, personal and tranquil."

Will's brother, who served as the couple's best man, played the acoustic guitar during the ceremony. "We don't remember a moment where people weren't dancing or the atmosphere was not enhanced by the music playing," Rachel recalls.

The couple's reception decoration "centered around the space," the bride says. "Once we found that, it evolved."

Florist Poppies & Posies placed "large tropical foliage juxtaposed with soft, pastel ranunculus, peonies and tea roses" in antique containers to created an eclectic look with touches of vintage whimsy, Rachel says.

Scattered among the centerpieces were books, adding height to the small arrangements.

The couple offered a full bar alongside a dinner menu that included grilled flank steak, marinated chicken breast, pasta and vegetables. Dessert? A choice of lavender, red velvet or carrot cupcakes.

Rachel and Will's small, white lavender wedding cake was inspired by the groom's love of LEGOs.

In lieu of more traditional favors, the couple opted for a photo booth, where guests could pop in and snap silly photos of themselves. The booth gave two copies of each image, and Rachel and Will asked guests to leave one copy with them as an extra-special wedding keepsake.

Asked to choose her favorite wedding memory, Rachel couldn't. "They were all wonderful," she says.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan Building || Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rachel Rose || Bride's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Groom's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Made by aunt of the bride || Florist: Poppies & Posies || Caterer: The Raging Skillet || Cake Baker: Pinisi Cafe & Bakery || Favors: Classic Photo Booth || Entertainment: Play Something Good || Photography: Shannen Norman Photography

A Whimsical Wedding at Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building

 Bohemian, J.Crew, New York, Real Weddings, Romantic, Spring, Vintage, Whimsical  Comments Off on A Whimsical Wedding at Long Island City’s Metropolitan Building
Aug 122013
 

When Will, a graphic artist with a penchant for photography, proposed to Rachel, he didn't just ask that all-important question—he spelled it out in images he captured of billboards and signs from the couple's travels. "He created a book," Rachel explains, "each page spelling out, 'Will you marry me, Rachel?'"

The couple planned their April wedding with the same creative zest, dividing wedding planning duties to design a fete at the Metropolitan Building that appears both effortless and organic.

After Rachel and Will discovered Long Island's Metropolitan Building, "it felt as if it was our space," the bride says. Its open—and even hidden—rooms, distressed wood floors, wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and ornate crystal chandeliers "created a grand and romantic space" for their wedding, Rachel says.

Before she slipped into her gown, Rachel swept her loosely-curled hair to the side, accenting the casual bun with two small, white blooms. The bride also wore a pair of diamond earrings her father brought from Singapore and a pearl bracelet purchased by her aunt. "Both were perfect," she says.

A textile designer by trade, the bride "decided to design the wedding dress, you know, being a designer and all," she says. Inspired by a piece of lace from her grandmother, Rachel created a layered gown with buttons that trailed down her back.

Rachel's bouquet overflowed with peachy-pink peonies, yellow tea roses and large tropical leaves.

Bridesmaids chose their own black dresses "so that they could wear them on another occasion," the bride says. "You can never have too many little black dresses."

Their bouquets mimicked the bride's, a mix of vibrant peonies, tea roses, ranunculus and greens.

Boutonnieres were made from single roses. Groomsmen also donned an engraved tie clip, a gift from the groom.

The bride describes their wedding ceremony, held in one of the Metropolitan Building's many rooms decorated with leafy garlands for the occasion, as "simple, personal and tranquil."

Will's brother, who served as the couple's best man, played the acoustic guitar during the ceremony. "We don't remember a moment where people weren't dancing or the atmosphere was not enhanced by the music playing," Rachel recalls.

The couple's reception decoration "centered around the space," the bride says. "Once we found that, it evolved."

Florist Poppies & Posies placed "large tropical foliage juxtaposed with soft, pastel ranunculus, peonies and tea roses" in antique containers to created an eclectic look with touches of vintage whimsy, Rachel says.

Scattered among the centerpieces were books, adding height to the small arrangements.

The couple offered a full bar alongside a dinner menu that included grilled flank steak, marinated chicken breast, pasta and vegetables. Dessert? A choice of lavender, red velvet or carrot cupcakes.

Rachel and Will's small, white lavender wedding cake was inspired by the groom's love of LEGOs.

In lieu of more traditional favors, the couple opted for a photo booth, where guests could pop in and snap silly photos of themselves. The booth gave two copies of each image, and Rachel and Will asked guests to leave one copy with them as an extra-special wedding keepsake.

Asked to choose her favorite wedding memory, Rachel couldn't. "They were all wonderful," she says.

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan Building || Reception Venue: Metropolitan Building || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rachel Rose || Bride's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Groom's Wedding Ring: Rebecka Froberg || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Made by aunt of the bride || Florist: Poppies & Posies || Caterer: The Raging Skillet || Cake Baker: Pinisi Cafe & Bakery || Favors: Classic Photo Booth || Entertainment: Play Something Good || Photography: Shannen Norman Photography

Jul 052013
 
Wedding dress from the Claire Pettibone 2014 collection

Photo: Steve Eichner

While some brides want to model their wedding-day style after modern-day princesses (hello, Kate Middleton), vintage-loving gals may look to another regal lady for inspiration—Downton Abbey's Lady Mary. This gown from Claire Pettibone's Spring 2014 collection has a vintage-inspired cameo motif that offsets its slim, modern silhouette—perfect for a bride who wants a touch of Edwardian glamour on her wedding day. The romantic, embossed flowers and stripes are subtle but lovely, and the demure V-neck is universally flattering.

View the entire Claire Pettibone Spring 2014 collection and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

—Terri Pous

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Pinterest Wedding Hairstyle We Love: A French-Braided Side Bun

 Bohemian, Hair, Wedding Hairstyles, Whimiscal  Comments Off on Pinterest Wedding Hairstyle We Love: A French-Braided Side Bun
Jul 022013
 
Wedding Hairstyle Idea French Braided Side Bun

Photo: Rylee Hitchner

This French-braided bun is a little bohemian, a little fashion forward—and complements practically any face shape (perhaps making it a perfect bridesmaid style, too). If you're a French-braiding whiz, it's also an easy style to do yourself. Helpful hint: Prep with a texturizer. It will be much easier to style, and the braid will stay in place better. Try one of our favorites, Bumble and Bumble Texture Creme.

Check out 9 more gorgeous wedding hairstyles snagged from Pinterest—along with tips for getting each look—in the complete slideshow.

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A Cascading White Wildflower Bouquet

 Bohemian, Flowers & Decor, Rustic, Wedding Flowers, White  Comments Off on A Cascading White Wildflower Bouquet
Jun 172013
 
white wedding bouquet with hydrangeas

Photo: Louisa Bailey

Botanical artisan Amy Wright, of Wunderplant in Melbourne, Australia, concocted this cascading style using Queen Anne's lace, white hydrangeas, flannel flowers, white bougainvillea, Australian wax flowers, and pussy-willow grass. "The teardrop bouquet shape has a vintage connotation that is currently extremely popular," says Wright.

See more all-white wedding bouquets in the complete slideshow.

—Gillian Nigro

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A Sunny Bohemian Wedding Bouquet with Kumquats

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Jun 142013
 
Orange and Yellow Bohemian Wedding Bouquet

Photo: Gisel Florez

The sunny wedding bouquet complete with poppies, ranunculus, garden roses, dancing lady orchids, sweet peas, veronica, and seeded eucalyptus features an unexpected extra stem—a branch of kumquat fruit! The flowers' handpicked, eclectic look and flowing coral ribbon make the bouquet a perfect pick for a bohemian bash or a more casual summer soirée.

See more bohemian wedding bouquets in the complete slideshow.

—Alyssa Wells

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A Butterfly-Printed Bridesmaid Dress by J.Crew

 Bohemian, Bridesmaid Dresses, Bridesmaids, J.Crew, Pink, Whimiscal  Comments Off on A Butterfly-Printed Bridesmaid Dress by J.Crew
Jun 132013
 
J.Crew butterfly-printed bridesmaid dress

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew

This butterfly-printed bridesmaid dress by J.Crew is perfect for the bohemian bride who adores a dash of whimsy. With a free-flowing fabric to match a free-spirited personality, this printed chiffon shift would be right at home at an outdoor bash. With wild flowers in hand, and a loose, textured hairstyle, your girls are bound to enchant your guests in this magical dress.

"Arabelle" dress in silk chiffon, $250, J.Crew

—Lauren Frankfort

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A White Tulle and Taffeta Flower Girl Dress Perfect for a Summer Wedding

 BHLDN, Bohemian, Flower Girls, Summer, White  Comments Off on A White Tulle and Taffeta Flower Girl Dress Perfect for a Summer Wedding
May 312013
 
white BHLDN flower girl dress with long sleeves

Photo: Courtesy of BHLDN

When it comes to outfitting your littlest ladies for a summer wedding, we can't get enough frilly flower girl dresses. This white tulle and taffeta frock from BHLDN is one of the sweetest we've seen—we love the sheer sleeves and empire waistline. And while this adorable flower girl is perfectly styled for a bohemian bash, this dress would be just as lovely at any outdoor wedding where the setting is relaxed and romantic.

"Alice by LOVE" white tulle and taffeta flower girl dress, $145-$154, BHLDN

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A White Tulle and Taffeta Flower Girl Dress Perfect for a Summer Wedding

 Bohemian, Flower Girls, Summer, White  Comments Off on A White Tulle and Taffeta Flower Girl Dress Perfect for a Summer Wedding
May 312013
 
white BHLDN flower girl dress with long sleeves

Photo: Courtesy of BHLDN

When it comes to outfitting your littlest ladies for a summer wedding, we can't get enough frilly flower girl dresses. This white tulle and taffeta frock from BHLDN is one of the sweetest we've seen—we love the sheer sleeves and empire waistline. And while this adorable flower girl is perfectly styled for a bohemian bash, this dress would be just as lovely at any outdoor wedding where the setting is relaxed and romantic.

"Alice by LOVE" white tulle and taffeta flower girl dress, $145-$154, BHLDN

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May 292013
 
Wedding dress from the Junko Yoshioka 2014 collection

Photo: Thomas Iannacone

Thanks to its over-the-top, retro-glam decadence, Great Gatsby fever is showing no signs of slowing down. This above-the-knee, flapper-inspired Junko Yoshioka Spring 2014 wedding dress is playful and breezy, but the beading and contemporary illusion neckline keep the look bridal enough for a bohemian garden wedding. We love the possibilities that a casual wedding opens up for bridal fashion, and this frock proves that even a laid-back affair can still have plenty of glitz and glamour!

View the entire Junko Yoshioka Spring 2014 collection and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

—Terri Pous

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