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An Opulent, Cinderella-Inspired Wedding at Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel

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Jan 142014

When Jennifer met Brandon, a 32-year-old business owner, at a tucked-away wine bar, she instantly knew he was The One. The bride, also 32 and a publicist, called her sister the second she got in a cab on her way home: "Finally, I met him!" she exclaimed. Brandon felt the same way, and called her the next morning during her daily Starbucks run to set up another date.

Six years later, they made it official, in a lavish black-tie wedding in their home city of Chicago. They chose the glamorous Peninsula Hotel downtown because it felt as intimate as it did grand. "I knew the first time we visited that it was perfect," Jennifer says. "It had an intimate feeling about it, and I loved the beautiful terrace overlooking Michigan Avenue."

The grand, formal hotel proved the perfect backdrop for Jennifer and Brandon's fairy-tale wedding. True to her childhood dream of a Cinderella-worthy bash, the couple added a healthy dose of glam, with touches like a chandelier hanging from their chuppah, a crystal-adorned bridal gown and heels, and masses of ivory roses.

For months, Brandon had been planning an ultra-extravagant proposal on a couple's trip to Florida. But on a pre-vaca shopping trip at Bloomingdales, Jennifer tripped on her heels and sprained her ankle. Two ER visits later, they were forced to postpone their getaway. But Brandon refused to move to plan B: a month later, they made the trip after all (with Jennifer back up on her heels), and he pulled it off beautifully, booking a romantic four-course dinner in their presidential suite. The only downside? Jennifer was so excited, she screamed "Yes!" before Brandon even got to break out the ring!

Jennifer knew from the beginning she wanted to wear Monique Lhuillier on her wedding day. "I love fashion, and have always loved Monique's attention to detail and exquisite beading," she says. After three trips to her boutique in NYC, Jennifer chose an intricately embellished gown. She paired it with crystal Christian Louboutin slingbacks. "I call them my 'glass slippers'", she says. "It was a fairy tale come true!"

Jennifer and Brandon's ceremony was black-tie and glamorous (think towering arrangements of ivory roses, a Swarovski-encrusted bridal bouquet, and gilded, candle-laden tables lining the aisle), but self-written vows made it feel intimate and personal. "Thank you for coming into my life and making my fairy tale come true," Jennifer said to her groom.

For their 160-person reception at the ballroom in the Peninsula Hotel, Jennifer and Brandon wanted to make the space feel like Cinderella's ball—if it were held in downtown Chicago in 2013, that is. The look was all white, ivory, and gold, with mirrored tables, antique touches, candles galore, and more ivory roses than we've ever seen.

After a three-course seated dinner, Jennifer and Brandon cut the multi-tier cake, decorated with swirling ivory roses. "I literally designed the cake—drew it out and gave it to chefs at The Peninsula to create."

Jennifer and Brandon's first dance was to a shared favorite, The Goo Goo Doll's "Iris". One of the most special aspects of the night, Jennifer says, was bringing her entire family—young and old—together. "Both of our grandmas were able to make it. My grandmother, who's 94, made a wonderful speech and partied past midnight!"

Ceremony Venue: Peninsula Hotel, Chicago || Reception Venue: Peninsula Hotel, Chicago || Wedding Planner: Reva Nathan and Associates || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Hair: Erin Ahern withSalon Buzz || Makeup: Stella Mikhael || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom's Attire: Giorgio Armani || Florist: Richard Remiard || Music: Ken Arlen Orchestra || Catering and Cake: Peninsula Hotel Chicago || Photography: Robyn Rachel Photography

—Amanda First

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Dec 312013
Modern Couple Blue Shoes Chicago Wedding

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

When they were freshmen at the University of Indiana, hanging around the dorm with some other students, Jon, now 31 and an IT consultant, told a joke about sausages in a frying pan. Most of his friends dismissed it immediately as another one of his silly wisecracks—to this day, no one can remember exactly how it went—but one person laughed. Jamie, a 31-year-old communications consultant, remembers finding her future husband instantly entertaining—and, luckily, she still does.

When planning their April 2013 nuptials, Jamie and Jon knew they wanted to honor both their shared love of their home city, Chicago, and their wacky sense of humor. They chose the Chicago History Museum for their modern, sophisticated reception because it perfectly represented their city life together: the couple said "I do" surrounded by artifacts and memorabilia from their hometown, and just steps away from the path where they coach a team of runners each weekend.

By adding personal touches like custom notes, a quirky, self-written ceremony, and a visit from their favorite hot-dog truck, Jamie and Jon crafted a party that went way beyond any affair we've ever seen and became a day so completely their own, they'll never forget a second.

Couple Chicago History Museum Wedding Engagement Ring on Modern Stripe Background

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

"Jon believes that the perfect proposal contains three elements," Jamie says. "It should be a complete surprise until the moment it happens, it should be at a location I can go to when I'm having a sad day, and it should include an experience I've never had before." Ever the consultant, he put together a spreadsheet weighing every possible proposal scenario. The winner? A jaw-dropping underwater "will you marry me?" in the whale tank at Shedd Aquarium (he signed them up for a whale-training session), complete with bubble-wrapped ring box. Yes, it really does get that romantic.

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

Jamie wore a trumpet-style Monique Lhuillier gown with a Chantilly lace and French tulle overlay, three-quarter sleeves and a train. Paired with a cathedral-length veil embellished with Swarovski crystals, the gown was equal parts sophisticated and modern. Her blue Manolo Blahnik pumps coordinated with Jon's orange socks as a nod to their shared alma mater, the University of Illinois.

White Wedding Bouquet Tulips Roses Peonies Groom Boutonniere White Ranunculus

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

Jamie carried a pale bouquet of French tulips, white peonies and roses tied with an ivory silk ribbon. The groom wore a boutonniere of white ranunculus.

Bride Ceremony Chicago History Museum Monique Lhuillier Ceremony Program Custom Monogram Chicago History Museum Wedding Ceremony Chicago History Museum Topiary Modern Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

In fitting with the French-garden feel of their wedding, Jamie and Jon lined the aisle with boxwood topiaries for their informal, self-written ceremony, which was officiated by a close friend. Jamie walked down the aisle to "Henry the Eighth" by Herman's Hermits, her late father's favorite song. The two vowed to "eat all the chocolate chip cookies you want to bake for me," and "always run at your pace."

Chicago History Museum French Tulips Chandelier Chicago History Museum Main Room Wedding Escort Cards Chicago History Museum Wedding

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

In the museum's quirky main room, surrounded by reminders of the industrial history of Chicago, Jamie and Jon created a modern organic paradise, lighting the room in soft green tones. As guests walked into the reception, they found their seat assignments under a giant arrangement of French tulips under a crystal chandelier—talk about a grand entrance!

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

"In lieu of a guest book we had a "Wishing Tree" where guests wrote their wishes, wisdom and wit for us and placed them on the tree. Our families read their wishes as part of the ceremony," Jamie says.

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Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

The couple swapped out round dinner tables for long ones and covered them with grey silk tablecloths, white linen napkins, white china, and green and black glassware. Boxwood-wrapped planters of white tulips, roses and ranunculus served as centerpieces, and freestanding topiaries around the room added to the mod-garden vibe.

Personalized Monogrammed Family Style Wedding Menu Square Tiered Wedding Cheesecake Dessert Lounge Wedding Chicago History Museum

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

Jon, the foodie half of the newlywed couple, took care of the menu. He included a note on each guest's custom-monogrammed card explaining his selections, and letting everyone know that he made a donation to the Kidney Cancer Association in their honor. The spread was way beyond your standard filet mignon and seasonal vegetables. Each dish was Italian-inspired, family style, and absolutely mouthwatering: think individual cheese plates for each guest, rust artisan pizzas, and baskets of warm garlic bread. "We loved to hear that guests felt pampered when they sat down to our tables," Jamie says.

The biggest surprise of the evening? Everyone got to munch on hot dogs straight from the Chubby Weiner truck, a Chicago institution, during the reception.

As for dessert, Jamie and Jon ordered their three-tier cheesecake from a local, family-run vendor to show support to their city. And that's not all: After getting down on the dance floor in flip-flops the couple provided, guests were treated to a sweet session in Jamie and Jon's dessert lounge, complete with Lucite chairs, embroidered pillows and tables with warm chocolate chip cookies, whipped chocolate souffle, and s'mores supplies.

Bride Groom Chicago History Museum Wedding

Photo: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studio

What everyone loved most about the wedding, Jamie says, is the wit they took care to weave throughout the fun-filled evening. Jon and Jamie's shared sense of humor was everywhere: in their vows, in little notes they left guests everywhere, in their whimsical song choices, and in their quirky, playful venue. They met because Jon made Jamie laugh, and—she says—years later, they're still laughing together.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Veil: Nancy Shefts || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Jewelry & Wedding Rings: Family heirlooms || Hair: Roger Gumm of Colette Salon and Spa || Makeup: Nicole Jacob || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Of their own choosing || Groom's Tuxedo: Nicholas Joseph || Florist: Beth Tarrant of Anna Held Floral Design Studio || Catering: Jewel Events Catering| |Invitations: Pioneer Announcements || Music: Amaryllis Strings, Michael Walters Orchestra || Cake: Swedish Bakery || Favors: Donations to The Kidney Cancer Association || Wedding Planner: Frank J. Andonoplas || Photography: Robin Sloan, River Bend Photo Studios

—Amanda First

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A Formal Late Fall Wedding at the Berkeley Hotel on the Jersey Shore

 Ceremony & Vows, Elegant, Fall, Formal, New Jersey, Real Weddings, Romantic, Traditional  Comments Off on A Formal Late Fall Wedding at the Berkeley Hotel on the Jersey Shore
Dec 302013

When Joe, 32, proposed to Emily, 31, at their NYC apartment in 2011, he knew they were in for the event of a lifetime. Emily's the wedding and events manager of the New York Public Library, host to some of the city's most glamorous and elegant soirees—not to mention, of course, Carrie Bradshaw's would-be wedding in Sex and the City.

Emily's helped coordinate some of the most memorable weddings New York has ever seen, but she knew she wanted something a little different for her and Joe. The two were longtime friends from summers past at the Jersey Shore, and they chose to honor their time there together with a formal, modern reception at Asbury Park's breathtaking Berkeley Hotel. Family heirlooms, personalized details, and organic decor helped make the late fall (November 17, the same wedding date as Emily's parents!) bash feel warm and intimate.

One sunny day in October 2011, Emily's boss told her to take the afternoon off as a special treat. Psyched for a few blissful hours of shopping and pampering, Emily shrugged off Joe's insistence that he wasn't feeling well and needed her to hightail it home ASAP. She strolled in in the late afternoon, laden with shopping bags, to find Joel kneeling on the floor with a ring. "I had no way of knowing, but Joe had called my boss to tell her he was planning to propose and to have her send me home," she explains. "Knowing that he put all of that together for me—on his own—made it truly one of the best days of my life."

"The formality of the venue dictated a very traditional invitation with some modern changes, like custom envelope liners and a laser-cut shape," Emily says. She worked with Adrienne at the Village Invites to create a custom suite that felt both traditional and of-the-moment.

Emily knew right away that a traditional gown with sleeves would look just right in a formal church ceremony. "Finding something with sleeves in a sea of strapless gowns was easier said than done, but I ultimately fell in love with a long-sleeved, high-necked Alencon lace Augusta Jones gown," she says. With a cathedral-length veil, the look was elegant, timeless and breathtakingly beautiful. "I was so sad to take off the veil," Emily says. "The gown—amazing. But the veil was...magic."

Her mother's gown was also made of Alcenon lace, and Emily's seamstress cut out a small piece and sewed it into the lining of her gown, just above her heart. In her black velvet clutch, Emily carried old love letters her grandparents sent to each other—talk about something old!

Emily wanted an unconventional bouquet with lots of texture that spoke to the season. She chose a wintry, organic mix of white kale, artichokes, succulents, pepperberries, seeded eucalyptus and grey craspedia.

Emily's bridesmaids wore slate gray chiffon gowns from Bill Levkoff. Their gorgeous black fur stoles and smoky quartz jewelry were generous gifts from the bride!

Joe looked extra-dapper in a slim fit custom tuxedo from Calvin Klein.

Emily and Joe were married in St. Elizabeth's Church in Avon by the Sea, New Jersey, where they'd spent many summers together with their families. To add to the warm, inviting feel of the evening ceremony, they lined the stairs outside with candle-lit lanterns. The traditional Catholic ceremony was officiated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, a friend of Joe's parents.

Emily and Joe planned to have the wedding party arrive to the church via antique trolley, but engine trouble led to some unforeseen circumstances. "After the engine began sputtering and smoking, I still can't believe the boys drove the trolley to the church as it billowed exhaust and fumes and onlookers stared in horror!" Emily says. Her bridesmaids gamely piled in an SUV instead, and Emily made a dramatic entrance in a vintage Rolls Royce.

At their large, formal nighttime reception at the beaux arts Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, the couple used organic elements like mercury glass, tall hurricanes, and sprays of white berries to match the height and elegance of the soaring, high-ceilinged ballroom. They incorporated both round and long tables to create a communal feel, even with the 242-person guest list, and added flickering candlelight, lanterns, and dark linens to make the room feel extra-inviting.

They collaborated with Kitschens Catering, a small Asbury Park-based caterer, to create a dream seasonal menu. After hors d'ouvres like mini lobster rolls, shrimp shooters, and cheese-stuffed olives, guests dug into sweet potato bisque, a petite filet, and homemade pasta with veggies.

In fitting with their classic wedding, Emily and Joe chose a traditional vanilla cake with raspberry filling. They had custom cake toppers created to look just like them, and they plan to break them out every year on their anniversary!

Joe plays the drums in a band, and the couple surprised their guests by having him jump on stage to jam out to "Boogie on Reggae Woman" as the evening wore down.

The wedding was held just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, and though they feared for days the future of the town that meant so much to them, the couple's ceremony and reception venues remained unscathed. In lieu of favors, they made a donation to the Asbury Park conservancy in each guest's name, and a year later, they remember the devastation of those weeks and feel grateful for the perspective the storm offered.

"While the color of the flowers and the flavor of the cake may seem all-consuming, remember that in the end, it is just one day to celebrate a lifetime of love and friendship. It is the people around you and the fact that they may be coming from near and far to celebrate with you that really matters," Emily says.

Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth's Church, Avon by the Sea, NJ || Reception Venue: The Berkeley Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ || Day-Of Coordinator: Lisa Archambault and Andy Spray of Palm Productions, Stefani Hanson at the Berkeley Hotel || Bride's Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones || Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal || Hair: Jessica Gere of Simply GorJess Hair || Makeup: Josie Vega || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Lefkoff || Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein, Vera Wang at Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Custom || Florist: Bonnie Capuzzello of Petal Beach || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Village Invites || Music: The Smokin' Section || Catering: Kitschen's Catering || Cake: Roseanna Cobb || Rentals: Party Rental LTD || Photography: Jeri Houseworth Photography

—Amanda First

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One Couple’s Elegant, Natural Wedding at Cherokee Plantation in South Carolina

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Dec 242013

What do you get when you mix natural Southern beauty with the glitz and glam of the Gatsby era? You get the September 29, 2012 wedding of Gillian, 31, and John, 32, an airy, sophisticated celebration that brings North and South together in perfect harmony.

Gillian and John met through a mutual friend on Nantucket during the summer of 2009. Their romance eventually brought them to New York City, where John got down on one knee on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A year later, the couple invited 70 of their nearest and dearest to spend three days with them at Cherokee Plantation in Yemessee, South Carolina. "My family has been going there to celebrate holidays for over a decade, and we were so happy to be able to share it with everyone," says Gillian. The couple and their guests spent the weekend playing golf, shooting sporting clays, riding horses, being pampered with massages–and celebrating at a beautifully timeless wedding that balanced elegance with Southern charm.

Gillian wore a classic fitted Ines DiSanto gown with a delicate lace overlay. "The back was open with tiny pearl buttons. I felt amazing in it!" she says. John wore a super formal white tuxedo jacket, which he paired with a classic black bow tie.

The formal invitation was written in a lovely blue ink, a twist on the traditional.

Gillian chose pewter Manolo Blahnik peep-toe pumps, complete with crystal brooches, to wear under her gown. John paired his tux with customized needlepoint cufflinks that commemorated their wedding date.

The bride carried a bouquet of white and cream roses, ranunculus, sweet peas and lilacs. John's cream rose boutonniere was tied with a navy blue ribbon.

The couple wed in a traditional outdoor ceremony. Urns full of hydrangeas, roses and greenery flanked the aisle and marked the altar.

The skies opened up just after the ceremony, sending guests running for the tent. "My favorite photo from the day was the most unexpected, taken as we giddily hurried to the tent under an oversized umbrella," says Gillian. Thankfully, the rain stopped 30 minutes later and the rest of the evening was beautiful and clear.

Soft draping transformed the tented reception into an elegant affair, while chandeliers strung from the ceiling cast a glow over the tables. Guests were seated at a variety of round, square, and rectangular tables. Some of the wooden tables were left uncovered, a nod to Cherokee Plantation's history.

A mix of high and low arrangements featured tulips, hydrangeas, peonies, and roses in shades of white, cream, pink, and lavender. Low mercury vases added a touch of shine to the otherwise simple tables. Textured tablecloths were used for another layer of visual interest.

Each place was set with a classic gold-rimmed charger. The menu was printed on pale green paper and cut to fit the plate. "It featured an image of one of Cherokee's oak trees, draped in Spanish moss," says Gillian. "I've loved that tree forever, and was thrilled to have it on my wedding menu!"

The simple two-tiered cake featured a floral applique pattern reminiscent of the bride's dress. "It was delicious!" she gushes.

Lounge seating areas beckoned guests (when they weren't on the dance floor, of course!). As dusk fell, the couple surprised their family and friends with a firework display to mark the happy occasion.

The couple departed through a wave of sparklers. "You set the tone for your wedding," says Gillian. "They feed off your energy. So don't stress! Remember: everyone there loves you and is there to see you have a good time."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cherokee Plantation || Wedding Planner: Ellen Robinson of WED || Bride's Wedding Dress: Ines DiSanto || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Hair & Makeup: Stuart Laurence Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection || Groom's Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Florist: Sara York Grimshaw Designs || Invitations: Studio R || Music: Big Ray and the Kool Kats || Catering: Cru Catering || Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal || Rentals: Snyder Rentals || Lighting: Technical Event Company || Videography: Siegel FIlms || Photography: Marni Rothschild Pictures

&mdash:Jaimie Schoen

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A Glamorous Winter Wedding at the San Francisco Design Center

 California, Formal, Glamorous, Peter Langner, Real Wedding, Real Weddings, Romantic, Traditional, Winter  Comments Off on A Glamorous Winter Wedding at the San Francisco Design Center
Dec 202013

The holiday season has brought lots of good luck and good fortune to Angela, 28, and Kevin, 29, over the years. Though the pair met when they were in high school, it wasn't until a New Year's Eve party in 2008 that they reconnected and their romance was kindled. Three years later, on Christmas morning in 2011, Kevin hid Angela's engagement ring in her stocking. As she pulled out the box, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

A few days shy of a year later, the couple wed at St. Ignatius Church, a location full of significance. The bride and groom both went to St. Ignatius College Prep, as did their fathers. During the planning process, they were looking at Angela's grandfather's football program from his days at the University of San Francisco, which St. Ignatius Church is affiliated with, in the 1930's. Seated directly in front of him in the team photo was Kevin's grandfather! There was no question that the church was the perfect place for the couple to tie the knot.

On December 22, 2012, Angela and Kevin wed in a wintry-themed wedding full of holiday joy. They ended 2012–and began their lives together–with a black-tie affair inspired by Frank Sinatra and a love of snow.

"My sister was married at the same time of year, but on a vineyard in wine country," says Angela. "We chose a more formal holiday celebration so that each of our weddings would be different and special."

Angela wore a two-piece gown by Oscar de la Renta. The duchess satin princess skirt had a retro, 40s feel. The lace bustier was studded with taffeta flowers and crystals. To fight the chill, she topped her gown with a faux-fur wrap.

The bride carried a soft bouquet of white peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, sweet peas, and lisianthus. The bow echoed the detail on the back of her dress.

Kevin and Angela got lucky when it came to their ceremony décor. "The church was already decorated for Christmas, so we didn't have to do anything! The trees, lights, pinecones, and ribbons were breathtaking," Angela says.

They had a traditional Catholic ceremony, including two cantors. Says Angela, "You could hear a pin drop when they sang 'The Prayer'."

Escort cards were displayed on gray and silver ribbons hung from birch branches. The same wintry theme was carried though to the reception, where votive candles hung from silver branches nestled in piles of snow.

White and soft green floral arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty miller topped the tables. Angela and Kevin's chairs were marked with wooden Mr. and Mrs. signs.

Layer upon layer of sparkle, textured chargers, sequined tablecloths, and crisp gray and white hues transformed the tables into snow-covered vignettes. Angela set favors for her guests–winter-themed candles tied with pewter ribbon to look like Christmas presents–at each place.

The five-tiered cake was frosted with buttercream. Two tiers were piped with a lace pattern to match Angela's dress.

"Make sure you take a moment together, just the two of you, to absorb it all in," says Angela. "The day goes by so fast." The couple has yet to take their honeymoon, but they're looking forward to a trip to Europe in 2014.

Ceremony Venue: St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco || Reception Venue: The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center || Day-Of Coordinator: Celia Barbaccia || Bride's Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta, from Marina Morrison || Veil: Peter Langner, from Marina Morrison || Shoes: Kate Spade || Hair: Antonio Venegas || Makeup: Raina Rombeiro || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Siri || Groom and Groomsmen's Suits: Jos. A. Bank || Wedding Bands: Giraux || Florist: Michael Daigian Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Hyegraph || Music: The Fundamentals || Catering: Christopher's Fine Catering || Cake: Branching Out Cakes || Rentals, Lighting, & Linens: Hartmann Studios, Got Light, La Tavola || Videography: Thomas Hughes Films || Photography: Tia & Claire Studio

—Jaimie Schoen

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One Couple’s Modern Winter Wonderland Wedding at Studio450 in New York City

 Christos, Elegant, Formal, Glamorous, New York, Real Weddings, Romantic, Winter  Comments Off on One Couple’s Modern Winter Wonderland Wedding at Studio450 in New York City
Dec 192013

Erica, 30, and Josh, 29, were high school sweethearts, but meeting as teens didn't stop the couple from dating for more than ten years before Josh popped the question. At 7 a.m., Josh tied the ring around their dog's paw, then let her loose on the bed to wake Erica up as he got down on one knee. "We are private, simple people," says Erica. "I wouldn't have changed a thing about our proposal!" Once Erica was fully awake, they met their families for brunch to celebrate the good news.

The couple, who both have December birthdays and got engaged in February, knew they wanted an ethereal winter wonderland celebration for their wedding. "Incorporating elements of snow, pine cones, and bare branches felt right for both of us," Erica says. On December 22, 2012, they invited 200 guests to join them at Studio450 in New York. The panoramic views, as well as lots of frosty white décor, filled the room with touches of their favorite season.

Erica turned to Pinterest for inspiration. "I didn't have to fill my tiny studio apartment with stacks of magazines!" she says. How Pin-worthy is this shot of her wedding band in a tray of mouthwatering macarons?

The bride's lacy Louboutins were a serious score from an invite-only sample sale. "Leighton Meester previously wore them to the Teen Choice Awards!" says Erica. "She's the one who put the heel-cushions in. I left them there because they fit perfectly! Thanks Leighton!" Erica did make one big change to her footwear, though. She removed the oversized flowers on the toes and replaced them with shimmering brooches.

All of the bouquets featured white, ivory, and soft, dusty roses. The flower girl, in a nude tulle gown, had a moment of drama on her way down the aisle. "She dropped her basket, and was sad that the petals had spilled," says Erica. "Her brother tried to help by kicking the basket down the aisle to spread out the petals, which ended up putting the flower girl in tears. But I wouldn't change a thing!"

The winter-inspired chuppah featured handmade garlands of orchids and carnation pomanders draped over bare branches and birch poles.

Erica's father accompanied her down the aisle to the traditional Jewish ceremony. She wore a layered tulle Christos gown with a bejeweled belt that she made herself. For the ceremony, she topped her gown with a tulle jacket borrowed from her cousin. Josh wore a classic tuxedo. "The bowtie was for me!" says the bride.

The couple used a gorgeous oversized mirror instead of traditional escort cards. Guests' names and table numbers were written in white calligraphy.

A combination of rectangular and square tables filled the room. Floating candles, birch vases, and lush white flowers topped the tables. The couple served seasonal foods in a buffet format to keep things moving. "The sushi station was a highlight. I'm a huge fan, so we had sushi chefs rolling from cocktail hour until the end of the night!" say Erica.

Erica always wanted a dessert bar, but couldn't bring in sweet treats from around New York City because she and Josh used a Kosher caterer. Her caterer surprised her by going heavy on the desserts, serving up monogrammed macarons, cake pops, chocolates, and more.

The couple said "I Do" just before their birthdays and the holidays, so they spent the days after their wedding at home with family and friends. "I slept for two days straight!" says Erica. Her advice for brides-to-be is to go with your gut. "If you feel strongly about something, do it. Remember: this is your day."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Studio450 || Wedding Planner: Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Christos || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Jewelry: Effy Jewelry || Hair & Makeup: Jess Steinke || Wedding Bands: The Groom's Grandfather, The Bride's Mother || Florist: Anthony Brownie Flowers & Events || Invitations: Written Confections || Music: DJ Josh Sparber || Catering, Cake & Rentals: Zami Caterers || Photography: Josh Wong Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Four-Day Multicultural Wedding Extravaganza in Chicago, Illinois

 Chicago, Elegant, Fall, Formal, Glamorous, Real Weddings, Romantic  Comments Off on A Four-Day Multicultural Wedding Extravaganza in Chicago, Illinois
Dec 122013

Chances are, by the time your wedding is over, you'll wish you'd had a few more hours to celebrate. Lisa, 30, and Vinay, 31, knew a single day wouldn't be long enough for their Hindu and western wedding celebration, so they had their family and friends join them in Chicago for a four-day weekend that brought their cultures together in an extravagant, colorful way.

This couple's over-the-top wedding started with a quiet proposal on a lake. Pretending that the sailboat they were supposed to take had left without them, a captain took Vinay and Lisa out on the water to "catch up with their party"–though what Vinay really wanted was to get Lisa out on the boat alone. Suddenly, an airplane appeared overhead with a banner reading "Lisa, Will You Marry Me?" and Vinay got down on one knee.

Lisa and Vinay met at Northwestern University and still live and work in Chicago, so they knew they wanted to get married in the city. The entire celebration took place at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel on the weekend of September 2nd, 2012. "We had multiple events and many out-of-town guests, and didn't want people to have to run all over the city, so having everything at the hotel worked perfectly," says Lisa. Here are the gorgeous, colorful details of their marathon wedding celebration.

Bridal Henna

As is tradition for Hindu weddings, Lisa had intricate mehndi, or henna, done for the celebration.

Bride in Gold and Red Lengha

Lisa wore a bridal lengha, which is traditional Indian attire. "I wanted something more gold than the traditional red that Indian brides wear because the ceremony décor was all red," she says of her outfit. Her bridesmaids wore brightly-colored saris with matching beading and embroidery.

Vinay arrived at the ceremony according to tradition, on a horse decked out in beaded and embroidered fabric. He was escorted by family members and friends.

Hindu Wedding Ceremony Mandap
Hindu Wedding Ceremony Decor

The Hindu ceremony took place in the hotel's Empire Ballroom. The couple's families joined them under the mandap, or canopy, for the ceremony. Vinay and Lisa's priest helped them keep the traditional ceremony on the shorter side ("Hindu ceremonies can be three hours or more!" says Lisa), and also said the blessings in both Hindu and English so that everyone could follow along. Pillows were arranged on the floor so that guests could get close and feel comfortable.

"Our family and friends practiced for weeks to perform dances for us," Lisa says. "It was so touching to see how our two families came together. It made me realize how lucky we are to have so many people dedicated to being a part of our lives."

Purple Stuart Weitzman Peep-Toe Pumps

For the Western wedding, Lisa couldn't help but include a vibrant pop of color. She paired her gown with purple Stuart Weitzman pumps and carried a bright bouquet of fuchsia garden roses and spray roses, phalaenopsis orchids, purple hydrangeas, and lisianthus.

Bridesmaids in Floor-Length Magenta Dresses

The bridesmaids wore magenta chiffon gowns and carried smaller versions of Lisa's bouquet. Vinay and his groomsmen wore three-piece tuxedoes.

"Because our Indian ceremony and other events were pretty bold and flashy, I wanted the western ceremony to be more simple," says the bride. She let the ornate room speak for itself, adding a simple stage cover and aisle runner. "Having two wedding ceremonies seems like a lot," she says, "but it was important for us to have both of our cultures represented."

Formal Pink and Purple Wedding Reception
Pink and Purple Floral Centerpieces
Pink and Purple Floral Centerpieces with Candles

The ceremony décor featured rich colors and Indian touches. Metal lanterns and elephants were a nod to Vinay's heritage. Orange and fuchsia roses, dahlias, and purple hydrangeas were arranged in low vessels. A touch of shine from the mercury-glass candle holders broke up the colorful displays, while the glow of candlelight warmed the room.

"Vinay designed the monogram that we used on the cake," says Lisa. Henna-inspired piping decked the colorful confection, which was topped with bright fresh flowers. Alternating layers featured red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting.

The groom's cousins played Sugarland's "Stuck Like Glue" for the couple's first dance. "Vinay and I put so much time and effort into everything, and we wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of our family and friends," says Lisa.

After planning such an involved wedding, you can be sure that Lisa has some great advice. "Figure out what is most important to you, and make sure that you make those things happen," she says. "Don't worry about the small stuff."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Palmer House Hilton Hotel || Wedding Planner: Lauren Carter of lola Event Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress: Lengha: Studio Elite, Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones || Shoes: Indian Wedding: Gucci, Western Wedding: Stuart Weitzman || Jewelry: Bloomingdale's || Hair: Cathy Battistoni of Beauty on Call, Pamela Moore of Avieve Salon & Day Spa || Makeup: Rebecca Males of Sonia Roselli, Joshua Graham of Façade Make-Up Artistry || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Saris: Studio Elite, Western Dresses: The Dessy Group || Groom's Tuxedo: Armani || Groommen's Tuxedos: Calvin Klein at Men's Wearhouse || Bride's Wedding Rings: Harry Winston || Florist & Rentals: Event Creative || Invitations & Paper Goods: Designed by Lindsay Chenault Bolton, Printed by Gary Mordhorst of AccuColor Plus, Inc. || Music: Tabla Dhol, Rendezvous Music || Catering: Palmer House Hilton Hotel, India House || Cake: Take the Cake || Favors: Indian Sweets from Devon Street in Chicago || Videography: Epic Motion || Photography: Jen Lynne Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A 1920’s Wedding Inspiration Shoot With Nautical Flair

 Elegant, Formal, Glamorous, JLM Couture, Real Weddings, Vintage  Comments Off on A 1920’s Wedding Inspiration Shoot With Nautical Flair
Nov 282013

For couples seeking out a wedding style that will stand the test of time, there's nothing better than gathering inspiration from a bygone era that is just as gorgeous now as it was then. This inspiration shoot, designed by Lindye Galloway and photographed by Jasmine Star, does just that, taking details grounded in the 1920's and making them fresh and modern, with a nautical twist.

The shoot took place at the Marion Davis Beach House in Santa Monica, California. Says Lindye, "it is a place full of history and architectural beauty, which made it the perfect home to which we could add our own 1920's wedding flair!" Muted sea green, cream, and gold--with touches of navy for contrast--combine with shell-inspired shapes to create a salt-weathered, airy, sunlit atmosphere. And when the venue is as beautiful as the Marion Davis Beach House before it's decorated, you know the end result will be stunning. The décor takes advantage of all the home has to offer, making this shoot a sun-kissed mixture of cozy and chic.

The simple invitation suite sets the scene. A graphic blue pattern, reminiscent of rolling waves, ties into the seaside location and adds Art Deco sensibility.

A scalloped pattern, made of gold sequins, covers the three panels that form the backdrop of the altar. Tables topped with lush floral arrangements complete the vignette. And how creative (and comfortable) is the seating? Vintage sofas, settees and armchairs are a fantastic upgrade to the traditional options, and also help to bring the ceremony back to a time past. Overhead, a crystal chandelier harkens back to the Roaring '20s.

Ceremony altar with white and gold flowers and a gold sequin backdrop.

Ceremony decor with golden and white roses and a brooch.

Golden and white roses, white chrysanthemums and dusty miller leaves create a soft, warm color palette. Hints of gold, from brooches on the vases to the base of the side tables, add a touch of modern shine. The use of vintage furniture for the ceremony seating heightens the antique, timeless atmosphere.

Golden and white bridal bouquet with chrysanthemums, roses and dusty miller leaves.

Roses, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums and dusty miller are wrapped in lace and finished with a vintage-inspired gold brooch. The subtly shimmering décor is perfect for a formal ceremony.

This beautiful Jim Hjelm dress will definitely stand the test of time. The textured skirt and shimmering belt keep it current, while the elegant low back, sweetheart neck, and modified ball gown skirt will never go out of style.

A white rose boutonniere is a classy, timeless addition to a traditional tuxedo. Arrangements of gold and white flowers in the foyer create cohesion by bringing the color scheme from the ceremony through the home and into the reception.

Vintage furniture lends a cozy vibe to an intimate wedding reception. The dining room's alcoves provide sweet spots to display additional floral arrangements, while floor-to-ceiling windows let in the sunshine.

A low centerpiece of hydrangeas and roses with gold accents.

Low centerpieces ensure that guests can see one another across the table. Golden roses stud arrangements overflowing with white hydrangeas, warming up the sleek table. Tall gold bottles and gilded votive holders give the centerpiece some shine.

Printed menus tie in the wave-inspired motif from the invitation. A similarly textured tone-on-tone placemat is a playful update on a neutral. Treat your guests to something unexpected with gilded flatware, gold-rimmed dishes and luxe golden napkins.

Vintage-inspired deviled egg and caviar appetizers.

1920's cocktail culture inspires the menu. Passed bites–from dressed-up deviled eggs to a modern take on potato pancakes and caviar–are tastily traditional. And for the cocktails themselves, the addition of fresh fruit puts a colorful spin on classic flavors.

White and gold centerpieces with votive candles.

The 1920's were all about glitz and glimmer. Here, a few statement pieces, like these tall gold bottles and gilded votive holders, create a vintage vibe, while the shape and texture are all modern.

Accents of lace, texture, and soft flowers make the table a refreshing combination of antique and contemporary. Dusty miller leaves, overblown chrysanthemums and hydrangeas blur the sharp lines of the vases and bottles.

Vintage furniture used for seating at a wedding reception.

The use of a love seat for the bride and groom ensures that they'll be close together all night, and is a great way to add more vintage furniture to the room. A few pillows bring some color to the neutral-hued chairs.

A display of arrangements in varying heights creates a beautiful tableau and dresses up the room without overwhelming the table with blooms.

Wedding dessert display of macarons, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and wedding cake in white and gold.

Shades of cream, gold and brown unify the dessert display and dress up simple sweets like cupcakes and cookies. Pearlescent macarons, glitter-topped cake pops and chocolate-dipped cookies are sure to satisfy every sweet tooth. Boxes, trays, and stands on shelves are a fresh take on the dessert bar.

The pièce de résistance is this white and gold wedding cake. Scalloped fondant adds a touch of nautical, while strands of sugar gems are incredibly opulent. The square shape is a beautiful mix of Art Deco and modern.

Simple, elegant makeup, a soft up-do and vintage-inspired jewelry make this a wedding day look any bride would be happy to look back on in the years to come. That mini cupcake? An absolutely delicious (and adorable) sign of the times.

Location: Marion Davies Guest House || Design: Lindye Galloway Design || Production: The Bridal Bar || Florist: Peony & Plum || Invitations, Menus, Place Cards & Paper Details: Laura Hooper Calligraphy || Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals || Cocktails & Catering: GOOD GRACIOUS! Events || Cake & Desserts: Vanilla Bake Shop || Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm || Headpiece: Yana Beauty Studio || Belt & Jewelry: Maria Elena Headpieces & Accessories || Bridal Shoes: CHROMATICgallerie || Hair & Makeup: Melina Ruiz, Reign of Beauty || Tuxedo & Shoes: Men's Wearhouse || Models: Susy Diab of Q Model Management, Alejandro Rojas of Wilhelmina Panama || Videographer: Cloudless Weddings || Photographer: Jasmine Star Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Classic Summer Wedding at New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club

 BHLDN, Classic, Formal, Glamorous, J.Crew, New Jersey, Pnina Tornai, Real Weddings, Retro, Traditional  Comments Off on A Classic Summer Wedding at New Jersey’s Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club
Nov 262013
Bride and groom at a wedding in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Though Lindsey, 28, and Matt, 32, met in 2003, when she was a freshman and he was a senior at Bucknell, it wasn't until a Homecoming weekend after she'd graduated that their friendship (and her self-described "huge crush") turned into something more.

When Matt knew it was time to propose, he'd planned to pop the question on top of Table Mountain during the couple's trip to South Africa. However, concerns about bringing the ring through airport security (and thereby blowing the surprise) prompted him to propose before they left. So, after a broken-down car pushed his plan back yet another day, Matt got down on one knee in the couple's dining room and asked Lindsey to be his wife.

The couple, who'd originally wanted a backyard BBQ before Lindsey's father talked them into a country club reception, combined shades of white and green, burlap runners and lots of candlelight to bring the outdoors in. With help from family and friends–and a few DIY projects–on July 27th, 2012, they had the simple, sweet wedding they'd dreamed of, with an elegant twist.

Pnina Tornai lace wedding gown and corc Via Spiga pumps. Engagement ring and wedding bands with the couple's initials.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A college friend of Lindsey's works at Kleinfeld's in New York City, so choosing a place to go dress shopping was a no-brainer. Lindsey's friend knew exactly what the bride wanted, entering the fitting room with a backless lace gown by Pnina Tornai. Cork peep-toe pumps gave her bridal ensemble a natural flair.

Bridal bouquet of baby's breath wrapped in lace.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey carried a simple bouquet of soft baby's breath. She wrapped the stems with a piece of fabric from her dress.

Groom and groomsmen wearing Vans sneakers.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Matt and his groomsmen all wore Vans sneakers. His were plain white, while his groomsmen were in the classic checkered pattern.

Bridesmaid in a taupe J.Crew dress with a bouquet of hydrangeas.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Lindsey's bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses in a soft taupe hue. They carried bouquets of white and green hydrangeas, wrapped in twine.

Groom in a Black by Vera Wang tuxedo, bride in Pnina Tornai. Bride in a lace Pnina Tornai wedding dress with an open back.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The simple silhouette of Lindsey's lace gown was accentuated by the dramatic keyhole back. Her loose up-do let the dress's details speak for themselves. Matt's Black by Vera Wang tuxedo was a classic, timeless choice, while his white Vans gave his outfit a dose of personality.

Wedding ceremony programs with unique typography. Two of the bride's friends served as

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Printed programs outlined all of the details for Lindsey and Matt's ceremony. Instead of flower girls, Lindsey's two best guy friends served as "flower boys." At 6'5" and 6', they were hard to miss as they tossed petals on their way down the aisle!

A classic Catholic wedding ceremony at Church of Christ the King in New Jersey. Classic Catholic wedding ceremony in New Jersey.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

The church's soft blue walls, vaulted ceiling and checkered tile floor created a light, airy backdrop for the couple's traditional Catholic ceremony. Buckets overflowing with baby's breath were the only things Matt and Lindsey added to the church's décor.

A vintage Rolls Royce getaway car with a

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

A vintage Rolls Royce with a burlap "just married" sign brought the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception. Says Lindsey, "People beeped at us and waved our entire drive to the reception and I can whole heartedly say that that was our favorite moment of the night." She also loved that their private ride gave her a few minutes alone with her new husband.

Place cards in grass.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

In keeping with the fresh, vibrant color scheme, place cards were displayed in burlap-wrapped trays of fresh grass.

Burlap runners with baby's breath centerpieces at country club wedding.

1Wooden table numbers with white and green hydrangeas. Wedding reception decorated with burlap, daisies, hydrangeas, and candles.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

Burlap runners, arrangements of baby's breath, votive candles and mason jars full of hydrangeas and daisies transformed the reception space, bringing touches of the outdoors in.

Bride and groom releasing a wish lantern.

Photo: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

At the end of the evening, Lindsey and Matt released a wish lantern. "It was the best day of our lives. Words cannot describe how amazing that day was," says Lindsey. "It meant so much to be with my mom and mother-in-law, and to dance with my dad. It made Matt and me both realize that weddings are just as important to the family as they are to the couple."

Ceremony Venue: Church of Christ the King || Reception Venue: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Bridal || Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal || Shoes: Via Spiga || Jewelry: BHLDN || Hair: Gail Ortuso || Makeup: House of Luciano || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Wedding Bands: Jared || Florist: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Invitations & Paper Goods: Papyrus, BHLDN || Music: Sounds to Go DJs || Catering: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club || Favors: Donation to Team for Kids || Photography: Kate Connolly of OffBeet Productions

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Modern New York City Wedding with Urban Charm at The Foundry

 Elegant, Formal, Glamorous, Jimmy Choo, New York, Pink, Real Weddings, Romantic  Comments Off on A Modern New York City Wedding with Urban Charm at The Foundry
Nov 012013

Sometimes, a little Facebook stalking can be a good thing. Take Marsha, 34, and Kevin, 32, for example. The couple met working a summer job in college. They dated briefly, but lost contact when Marsha moved to London for a few years. Upon her return, the pair reconnected via social media, and they picked up their romance where it had left off.

With a love that started–and restarted–in New York, there was no question that Marsha and Kevin would take the plunge in the city that brought them together. They married beneath the stained glass windows of Riverside Church, then headed to Long Island City to celebrate surrounded by the exposed brick of The Foundry. Marsha used glowing candles and hundreds of flowers to create a theme that combined New York City's urban charm with delicate intimacy and romance.

Kevin and Marsha's wedding was an elegant combination of traditional and modern, with a ceremony at an historic New York City cathedral followed by a Long Island City reception in a raw, urban space.

The couple dated for four years before Kevin proposed. After a meal in downtown Brooklyn, Kevin suggested a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Halfway between Manhattan and Brooklyn, Kevin pointed out the dorm where Marsha had lived when they first met. He got down on one knee, saying that "not a lot of people get a second chance at love, and this time I want our love to last forever."

5" Jimmy Choo peep toe pumps sparkled beneath Marsha's lace wedding gown.

A crystal and pearl sash accentuated the bride's waist and gave her dress an elegant, edgy feel.

Marsha chose a wedding gown that was a combination of modern and traditional. The fit-and-flair shape showed off her curves, while the asymmetric lace overlay showed off an organza skirt.

The bride carried a blush and peach bouquet of Calla lilies, Juliet garden roses and spray roses. The bouquet carried extra sentimental meaning for Marsha: Kevin buys her different colors and types of roses every week.

Kevin and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres of Osiana roses, ivy leaves and lily grass.

The groom sported a sleek gray tuxedo with a silver tie, tying in to the traditional-meets-urban theme.

Kevin's custom cuff links resemble a car's gear stick.

Riverside Church's ornate doors provide a stunning backdrop for portraits. Says Marsha, "We knew right away that this was where we would be exchanging vows."

Marsha's three bridesmaids, carrying bouquets of Osiana roses, wore strapless chiffon dresses from J. Crew. They accessorized the coral-hued dresses with rhinestone belts.

She's incredibly close with her 91-year-old grandmother, so Marsha had her grandmother walk her halfway down the aisle. There, she met her father, who escorted her to her waiting groom.

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, and Marsha and Kevin didn't let it stop them from sneaking a kiss as they made their way to the reception.

Two long main tables were topped with light gray linens, allowing the colored centerpieces to pop and perfectly accenting The Foundry's exposed brick walls. Tall candelabras added a touch of glam.

The lush fuchsia centerpieces featured garden roses, hydrangeas, nerines, Calla lilies and ivy greens.

Chandeliers hung above the tables, catching the light that filtered through the venue's skylight.

The guest book was a graphic print of a tree with blush and lavender leaves.

Marsha wanted the wedding cake to be simple, yet elegant. They chose a red velvet cake topped with white fondant. White and blush petals and an embossed lace trim tied the design into the wedding's theme.

Marsha and Kevin's first dance was to "By Your Side" by Sade, a favorite of theirs from when they dated in college. Music was a priority for the couple, who had two DJs at their reception playing reggae and soca music.

The couple honeymooned in Punta Cana and, says Marsha, "married life is amazing!" Her advice for couples is to keep the day about them. "Many people may offer an opinion," says Marsha, "but it is important to stay true to your overall vision and not to be too influenced by those around you."

Ceremony Venue: The Riverside Church || Reception Venue: The Foundry || Bride's Wedding Dress: Marisa || Hair: Kisa Alexander of Neal Farinah Salon || Makeup: Face The Day NY || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Nadri || Wedding Bands: Blue Nile || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Invitations: Bella Figura || Paper Products: Village Invites || Florist: Verde Flowers || Catering: Real Food Catering || Cake: Made in Heaven Cakes || Music: Violinist from The Juilliard School, DJs from Music Mixed Intelligently || Rentals: Broadway Party Rental || Lighting: Universal Lighting & Sound || Photographer: Carmen Santorelli Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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