BRIDES New York: 4 Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas for Foodie Brides in NYC

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Nov 142016
 
Foodie Bachelorette Party Ideas

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What better way to absorb all that New York City has to offer than explore some of the Big Apple's most delicious local hotspots? From private cooking parties to local walking tours, it's no doubt that any bachelorette party will be well-fed and happy. Here are four bachelorette party ideas for foodie brides.

My Cooking Party
This fun, and interactive, take on the traditional cooking class allows guests to indulge in both food and friendly competition. After preparing a menu of hors d'oeuvres and desserts, guests are treated to a 3-course meal with complimentary wine parings and an assortment of take-home kitchen techniques. The "Stirring the Pot before Tying the Knot" bachelorette party package allows brides-to-be and their doting bridal squad a chance to create culinary dishes while competing in cooking competitions with the opposing team of their choice.

Taste Buds Kitchen
Dedicated to providing unique and creative cooking classes to some of New York's finest, this custom-designed kitchen event studio continues to serve up one-of-a-kind experiences to kids, families, and adults. With a range of BYOB bachelorette private parties, it's no surprise that the culinary options are endless when it comes to the limitless assortment of handmade pasta courses and sushi and dumplings class offerings.

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Foods of New York Tours
Emphasizing culture and history through the bountiful culinary streets of New York, this legendary "non-touristy" experience is perfect for a large group of gals. Food tastings from specialty shops, local hotspots, and ethnic eateries provide a glimpse into the culinary findings of some of New York's most historic neighborhoods. This renowned walking experience covers all areas of the Big Apple including Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Chinatown, Nolita, and Brooklyn.

City Food Tours
Founded by seasoned food industry expert, Joyce Weinberg, back in 2003, this one-of-a-kind Manhattan tour service has been helping locals, and tourists, find some of New York's best-hidden gems in the world of quality cuisine. Perhaps one of the most stand-out tours from the extensive list of epic eateries is presented through the "Dessert Tours of NYC" which includes stops at some of New York's newest and most critically-acclaimed chocolatiers, and wine shops.

For more New York City hotspots to host your pre-wedding parties (or even your big day!), browse our Local Venues page!

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Cherry Blossoms Transformed This New York City Wedding Venue Into a Romantic Indoor Garden

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Nov 042016
 
Garden-Inspired New York City Wedding, Bride and Groom Portrait

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In New York City, it's pretty common to never meet your neighbors. Unless, of course, you're Rebecca and Doug, who didn't even meet in the Big Apple. "We met in Los Angeles in April of 2010, when we were visiting mutual friends in town. We realized we lived on the same block back home!" Rebecca remembers. When they got back to the East Coast, they went on their first date, and the rest is history. Four years later, when they arrived at Bobo in the West Village for what Rebecca thought was Saturday night dinner in the neighborhood, they were escorted upstairs to the private dining room. "It was filled with candles, and before I could say anything, Doug was on one knee!" says Rebecca. The surprise continued as their families (including Doug's sister from Australia!) came in to join them for dinner.

The future Mr. and Mrs. spent just over a year planning their May 2, 2015, wedding at Guastavino's. They worked with Fête to design an elegant, youthful wedding beneath the venue's vaulted ceilings and settled on a soft, springtime vibe with seasonal cherry blossoms filling every inch of the space. From the garden-inspired chuppah to mirrored dining tables, every detail was curated to fit perfectly with their theme. Planning a spring wedding of your own? Right this way for some totally gorgeous inspiration, photographed by Nathan Smith for Ira Lippke Studios.

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The white-on-white beading of Rebecca's hand-embroidered Naeem Khan wedding dress is absolutely breathtaking. "I tried on over 50 dresses from different designers. I liked so many of them, but this one made me feel the most like myself," she says.

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Beneath her gown, the bride wore shimmering Jimmy Choo sandals. She topped her soft waves with a classic veil. Rebecca's bouquet of all-white peonies was wrapped in beaded lace that matched the details on her dress.

"There was so much anticipation leading up to our first look," says Rebecca of the moment she first saw Doug on the stairs of the St. Regis Hotel. "When we finally got to see each other all dressed up, we were put at ease and all the nerves went away."

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Doug wore a navy blue tuxedo with a black lapel from John Varvatos, which he paired with an Irish linen pocket square.

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The wedding party continued the couple's classic theme, with the women in long black dresses and the men in black tuxedos. "Everyone feels great in a black dress, especially if they can pick their own style," says Rebecca.

Instead of a traditional shuttle bus, the couple went with a more fun option to get from the St. Regis to Guastavino's: A trolley!

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At Guastavino's, guests were greeted with yarmulkes and ceremony programs displayed on antique silver trays.

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Rebecca walked down the aisle with both of her parents, then met Doug beneath a chuppah of vines, white roses, peonies, and hydrangeas on a garden trellis. "We wrote our own vows, which were heartfelt, a little silly, and perfectly reflected our relationship and how we feel about one another," says the bride.

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Now this is an escort card idea you may not have seen before. In the middle of the bar at cocktail hour, an oversized sign displayed guests' names and table assignments, so they could figure out where they were sitting as they grabbed a drink! They were then directed to long tables, topped with mirrored runners and lush arrangements of cherry blossoms.

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Between the cherry blossoms, low arrangements combined garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and anemones. The lighting was kept warm and natural, with lots of candle light accentuating the centerpieces.

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Bud vases full of hyacinth and bowls of blackberries added a hint of purple to the blush and white centerpieces. For dinner, guests dined on Atlantic halibut and filet mignon. "I'm a huge dessert person, so in addition to wedding cake, we served peach cobbler and passed snacks on the dance floor, like Momofuku Cake Truffles, Fat Witch brownie bites, and Venerio's mini cannolis!" says Rebecca.

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Doug and Rebecca's first dance, to "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor, was completely choreographed. "We spent many hours at Arthur Murray Dance Studio!"

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The four-tiered carrot wedding cake, decorated with Swiss dots, was topped with a 3D-printed sketch of the bride and groom in their wedding-day finery, created by a friend of the couple.

Knowing her heels would end up hurting her feet, Rebecca ordered a custom-made pair of Converse, with a platform heel, to change into during the reception.

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"Doug and I ended up thrown in the air by his friends a few times throughout the night. It was so fun! I felt like I was at a crazy concert in a wedding dress," Rebecca says. "Remember, your wedding doesn't have to be like everyone else's. Make it unique to you — you'll have a lot more fun planning if it feels authentic!"

Venue, Catering & Cake: Guastavino's || Wedding Planner, Floral Design & Paper Goods: Fête || Bride's Wedding Dress: Naeem Khan || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Susana Carranza || Makeup: Kimara Ahnert || Groom's Attire: John Varvatos || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Yanina & Co. || Music: Bianchi Musica; Bobby Attiko Band from Hank Lane Music || Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals || Favors: Levain Bakery || Videographer: Ira Lippke Studios || Photographer: Nathan Smith of Ira Lippke Studios

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BRIDES New York: Best NYC Food Trucks For Your Wedding Reception

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Oct 232016
 
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

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Nowadays, finding some of New York's most delicious and one-of-a-kind dishes is often found on the rolling wheels of a Manhattan food truck. Whether you're sticking to strictly desserts or looking for a gourmet alternative for NYC catering, these unique food trucks will add a fun way to enjoy some food during your wedding reception.

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Recognized by its buttery yellow exterior, this artisanal ice cream truck has set out to restore the classic American tradition of ice cream making using only all natural ingredients. Using a handful of elements, the creators behind this sustainable ice cream company credit each flavor as a celebration to some of the worlds best artisan farmers. With over 8 years of experience and 100 vegan and classic flavors, this scooped sensation is the perfect substitute to the classic wedding sweet treat.

Food Truck Catering
This online resource for all things food trucks is the perfect place to compare cuisines, convenience, and variety through the endless selection of some of New York's most popular food truck caterers. Made-to-order dishes created fresh from local ingredients provide the foundation for this extensive selection of unforgettable food experiences. Whether you're looking to satisfy your Asian fusion, fish and chips, falafel, or pie cravings, this mecca of food truck varieties is the perfect one-stop-shop for all of your gourmet needs.

Flavor Please
From Kimchi Taco to Melt Bakery, this extensive variety of one-of-a-kind food trucks is the perfect location to find your next catering venture. Whether your taste buds find interest in Italian cuisine, Mexican delicacies, or authentic desserts, there's no limit to the creativity used to make some of New York's most delectable dishes. The ability to book online makes finding a food truck ensured with a triple threat of quality ingredients, excellent service, and bold flavor accessible to any Manhattan bride.

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Wafels & Dinges
What started as homage to a Brussels tradition of selling waffles from a horse-drawn carriage has quickly turned into one of New York City's most popular food truck attractions. After being crowned ZAGAT's "Best Food Truck" in NYC, it was no surprise that Manhattan locals started transitioning this kitchen on wheels into a full-blown catering service. Offering guests an immense choice list of delectable toppings such as fresh blueberries, walnut crumble, and Belgian chocolate fudge, it's no doubt that your guests will have a limitless number of creations to enjoy.

Carpe Donut
Credited for making some of the Big Apple's best hot and fresh made-to-order doughnuts, this high quality, organic food truck staple uses only locally-sourced ingredients to produce their sweet treats. Whether it's one of their famous fall "Apple Cider" doughnuts or their latest summer creation, the "FroDo," there's always a uniquely delicious flavor catered for any taste buds.

Looking for a different type of caterer? Find the right bites for your wedding on our New York City catering page!

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Head to One of New York City’s Trendy Rooftop Venues for This Modern-Meets-Art Deco Wedding

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Oct 172016
 

It seems like just about everyone has a friend who met their husband or wife on Tinder — including New York City PR maven Lauren Kucerak. "At first, I was not a believer in the app," she says. "But my friend talked me into it, and I let her sign me up while I was driving back from the Hamptons!" And she had a stroke of luck right away, as her now-husband, Josh Dinstein, was her very first app-matched date. "I went on a few other dates, but Josh was always at the forefront of my mind. I knew right away that I didn't want to meet anyone else!"

In February of 2014, both Lauren and Josh had to travel to Los Angeles for work trips to. "He planned for us to go on a hike in Runyon Canyon at sunset. But he almost called it off because I was so late!" Lauren says. Thankfully, he waited, and the couple was treated to a glorious sunset — and a perfectly timed proposal! "We sat on a bench and talked and kissed, then when we got back to our hotel, the room was full of roses and rosé champagne! I had no idea he'd planned all of that." They followed up with a delicious dinner downtown, including a cake topped with printed images of the couple, as well as some of Lauren's favorite icons (like Michael Landon in his role from Little House on the Prairie and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky!). "It sounds weird, but I thought it was amazing!" says Lauren.

They scrapped their initial idea of a beach wedding for one that represented the city where they met and the place they call home, at The Skylark in New York City. Stefanie Cove of Yifat Oren & Associates created a modern-meets-Art Deco celebration full of punchy pink details, while Abigail Kirsch created an inventive cocktail-style reception. With Belathée Photography behind the camera, we got to peek into this couple's glam big city wedding on July 11, 2015 — take a look at all the great details, below!

Inspired by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's sleek sheath gown, Lauren chose a simple, structured wedding dress by Le Spose Di Gio. "It's hanging in my bedroom so I can see it everyday!" Lauren says. She also revealed a snafu that, (thankfully!) was fixed in time for her walk down the aisle. "I had my first fitting less than two weeks before the wedding, and the dress was huge — not to mention completely different than the sample I'd tried on! Luckily the friend I'd brought with me made sure a new dress was ordered and delivered in time!" She paired her ivory silk gown with a delicate crystal headpiece by Ellen Hunter and a custom ivory veil. Josh wore an Armani tuxedo with a white bowtie and Ferragamo loafers.

Shades of pink added feminine softness to the couple's city nuptials. Lauren's bouquet combined blush garden roses, peonies, and calla lilies with ranunculus and sweet peas. Josh's boutonniere surrounded a white spray rose with hypericum berries.

Lauren's two favorite accessories were both of her grandmothers' wedding bands. "I wore my maternal grandmother's 50th anniversary band on my index finger, and my paternal grandmother's gold band on my thumb. They were both strong, smart, and loving women who had long marriages, and I loved having both of them with me on our wedding day," the bride says.

Instead of choosing a single gown for her bridesmaids, Lauren invited her sister, niece, sister-in-law, and 16 girlfriends to choose their own chic pink dress. Their mix-and-match looks were paired with pink bouquets of roses, proteas, and astilbe.

There was a familiar face amongst Lauren's 19 bridesmaids: model Molly Sims!

"It was really special to walk down the aisle with both of my parents," Lauren remembers. "They have been divorced since before I could walk, so it was a moment I'll always cherish."

The couple's ceremony took place beneath a white chuppah draped in peonies, roses, astilbe, and jasmine vines. There, Lauren and Josh exchanged traditional vows. "We would have choked if we'd written our own!" she laughs. "I still cried the whole time. Our rabbi was funny and so sincere, so we didn't need anything more."

Finding a venue with both indoor and outdoor space was a top priority for Josh and Lauren. "Our guests got to watch the sun set over Manhattan during cocktail hour!" Lauren gushes. Architectural displays of hot pink peonies were interspersed with globes filled with hydrangeas and floating roses.

Lauren isn't a flower pro, but thankfully one of her best friends is: Mimi Brown of Mimi Brown Studio. "I told her to make it pink and make it modern, and the final result was beyond breathtaking," says the bride. The arrangements perfectly complemented the venue's Art Deco aesthetic, down to the hot pink spines of the design books on display!

Four courses of passed hors d'oeuvres were a foodie's dream, ranging from mac & cheese cupcakes and grilled lamb chops to sesame noodle salad in takeout containers and truffled mushroom risotto. "We needed options that were vegan, kosher, and gluten-free alongside normal cuisine, and our caterers were so creative with it," says Lauren. The two signature cocktails were aptly named the Josh (pisco, Lillet, yuzu juice and simple syrup) and the Lauren (tequila, strawberry purée, lime juice, agave & cilantro).

Abigail Kirsch Catering also created the couple's chocolate and vanilla wedding cake, decorated with blush roses and surrounded by a wreath of roses, peonies, and astilbe in shades of pink. Of course there were passed desserts, too: Salted caramel brownies, chocolate dulce de leche tarts, carrot cake bites, and freshly-baked chocolate cherry chunk cookies, to name a few!

Instead of a guest book, the couple set out Polaroid cameras throughout the venue. "My 11-year-old niece took control of the project and captured some really amazing shots," says Lauren. Guests were encouraged to take a few snaps and pin them to cork boards, which now hang in the couple's apartment.

Lauren danced the night away in her shimmering Jimmy Choo peep-toes. Says the bride, "I never knew how sentimental and how fun a wedding could be until it was our wedding. It was the best day of our lives!" Her favorite moment? Getting to look around the room immediately after the ceremony and see all of the people who had gathered to celebrate with the couple. "Don't worry so much about the number of guests," Lauren advises. "If I could do it again I wouldn't worry about it. It's the only time in your lives when you'll have everyone you both love in the same room to celebrate you, so go for it!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Skylark || Wedding Planner: Stefanie Cove for Yifat Oren & Associates || Bride's Wedding Dress: Le Spose Di Gio || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Headpiece: Ellen Hunter NYC || Hair: Naoko Suzuki for Warren Tricomi || Makeup: Julie Tussey || Groom's Attire: Giorgio Armani || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Jimmy The Rock || Floral Design: Mimi Brown Studio || Invitations: Alpine Creative Group || Music: Royal Strings; DJ Jimmy Connolly for Blanc Noir Event Group || Catering & Cake: Abigail Kirsch || Photographer: Belathée Photography

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A Dose of ’90s Nostalgia Was All This Couple Needed to Make the Iconic Plaza Hotel Their Own

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Oct 102016
 
Classic New York City Wedding at the Plaza, Bride and Groom Portraits

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Lisa and Matt's story is one you've probably never heard the likes of before. "We first met in middle school on Long Island in 1994, then became friends in Mr. Lynch's physics class in high school," says Lisa. "We lost touch after graduation, and were reconnected a few years ago through an ongoing battle on 'Draw Something.'" You read that right: An iPhone game brought them back together! From drawings to texts to a date, the couple eventually ended up in Salzburg, Austria on a Sound of Music sing-along bicycle tour. "The Sound of Music is my all-time favorite movie, so Matt incorporated my dream of going on a Sound of Music tour into his proposal plans. He popped the question in the hills above Salzburg!" she remembers.

With a guest list of over 300 people and an elegant vision in mind, the couple chose the Terrace Room and the Grand Ballroom at New York City's iconicThe Plaza Hotel. "We loved being able to have our ceremony and reception in two unique spaces," says Lisa. "We also wanted the evening to be formal but not overdone, so beyond the grandiosity of the venue, we kept everything very personal and customized to who we are."

With a black-and-white color scheme, playful and unique details that harkened back to the couple's childhoods in the 1980s and '90s, and a fabulous planner, Tracy Taylor Ward Design, Matt and Lisa's March 21, 2015, wedding was totally classic and a true reflection of their relationship. See how they brought all of these pieces together, photographed by Nathan Smith for Ira Lippke Studios.

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During her second appointment at Gabriella Bridal, Lisa saw this Lihi Hod two-piece wedding dress on another bride. "I knew I had to try it!" she says. The gown combined an embroidered and beaded lace bodice with an ivory silk satin skirt, a modern silhouette perfect for a New York City wedding.

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"Lihi Hod was in town from Israel for a trunk show, and was at the salon during one of my fittings," says Lisa. "It really reassured me that the dress was meant for me when I got to meet her while wearing her creation."

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Lisa paired her wedding dress with a blush and white bouquet of roses, peonies, and ranunculus, accented with silver brunia and dusty miller. Matt wore a navy peak lapel tuxedo from Victor Talbots, which he complemented with a ranunculus boutonniere, Jimmy Choo velvet and black glitter dress shoes, and a watch borrowed from his grandfather. "Matt's grandparents couldn't come to the wedding, so they watched the ceremony via FaceTime!" says the bride.

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The couple's sleek invitation suite has New York City written all over it. White ink on black paper, with a playful polka dot envelope liner, is contemporary and fun.

The wedding party looked equally modern, with Lisa's bridesmaids in black silk dresses with varying necklines and Matt's groomsmen in black tuxedos. The flower girl looked like a princess in a cloud of ivory tulle.

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Matt and Lisa's altar was a semicircle of flickering candles, set in front of a curtain of white orchids. More candles lined the aisle and were arranged around the perimeter of the room.

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While the couple kept their vows traditional, they did incorporate two unique readings. The first was "All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," by Robert Fulgham. The second is one we've never seen before: Babe Ruth's monologue from The Sandlot!

"I was so anxious about standing up in front of over 300 people during the ceremony," says Lisa. "Our officiant took an air sickness bag off of the plane and tucked it into his jacket pocket. When I made it down the aisle without getting sick, he looked at me and patted his pocket to remind me that it was there just in case. It totally put me at ease!"

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As a nod to Lisa's love of Lisa Frank unicorns as a kid, each escort card was accompanied by a black and white Unicorn Horn lollipop. Cocktail hour took place beneath a ceiling of black and white balloons — talk about an ultra-cool throwback to childhood!

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In the ballroom, a mix of long and round tables mean the couple could easily fit their 333 guests in the space. "It made the room feel much more intimate," says Lisa. Centerpieces combined white taper candles, pillar candles, hydrangeas, roses, and anemones against black and white linens. Each table was given both a number and a name that corresponded to a location in the town where the bride and groom grew up together.

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Tall vases held cascading white orchids, while bud vases mixed anemones, roses, and sweet peas.

After a cocktail hour featuring Moscow Mules, seven tasty food stations, passed hors d'oeuvres, and oyster shuckers from Oysters XO, guests sat down to a meal of black mission fig and chevre tart, grilled red snapper with preserved lemon couscous, filet of beef with Brussels sprouts and pancetta, elevated s'mores (read: Italian meringue with dark chocolate gelato), and dulce de leche molten cheesecake with prickly pear gel.

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The black and white striped cake, topped with white sugar anemones, featured layers of vanilla and chocolate cake with blackberry and cookies 'n' cream filling.

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"We hired a live event painter to capture our first dance," says Lisa. "She painted throughout the evening, and we had replicas of the painting made for our parents as gifts."

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Matt is a producer for SportsNet New York, the Mets TV station, so naturally Mr. and Mrs. Met made an appearance during the reception. "They danced with us, then posed for pictures with our guests," says Lisa.

While on the dance floor, guests were treated to miniature cones of mint chip ice cream and bags of cotton candy were awaiting guests by the exit. "My father owns a carnival company on Long Island, and we knew we wanted to incorporate a part of it into the wedding," Lisa explains.

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The newlyweds love karaoke, and they found a way to bring it into their wedding! "Late in the evening, we sang a duet to 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' by Starship with the band," says Lisa. "We had so much fun!" Back on the dance floor, Matt surprised his bride with a black and white confetti cannon as the reception came to an end. "The whole night was very us, and we couldn't have asked for anything more!"

Venue & Catering: The Plaza Hotel || Wedding Planner & Floral Design: Tracy Taylor Ward Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Lihi Hod || Shoes: BHLDN || Jewelry: Sara Gabriel || Hair: Christopher Marrero || Makeup: Rebecca Robles || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Victor Talbots || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Greenwich Jewelers || Invitations & Paper Goods: Paper With Benefits || Music: Marianne Bennett Orchestra || Cake: Ron Ben-Israel || Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.; J&M Special Effects; Portadecor || Favors: Newton Shows || Live Event Painter: Event Painting by Katherine || Photo Booth: Oh Snap Smile || Photo Booth Props: Lady J Creative || Videographer: Adrian Toto for Ira Lippke Studios || Photographer: Nathan Smith for Ira Lippke Studios

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BRIDES New York City: Best Flower Delivery Services in NYC

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Oct 042016
 
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While florals are a huge party of your wedding day, they can also come in handy for the moments leading up to it. Whether you're looking for a sentimental gift for your maid of honor or mother-in-law to thank them for a beautiful shower or want to add a few day-of fresh touches to your ceremony space, this list of luxury flower services is the perfect addition to any bride's emergency contact list. Clustered roses, jewel-toned daises, and striking peonies are all available, and completed curated, delivery options for flowers in New York City.

Landeau
Currently serving as one of New York City's premiere luxury flower delivery service, it's no surprise that this sophisticated twist on simplicity is feverishly working to expand to cities all across the country. Focused on providing large, stunning bouquets full of an array of hued roses, this bouquet lifesaver, is as gorgeous as it's Parisian style packaging. ($139)

Bloom Nation

Blending quality blooms with local vendors is the seamless foundation behind this nationwide phenomenon. Hand-delivered to each receiving client, this trusted source of all things fresh, floral, and fun has been the go-to option for brides all over the country since it's establishment in 2011. Whether you're looking for an elegant arrangement of roses or searching for a unique array of local blooms, this delivery service is sure to put some spring in your step. ($50 - $185)

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Ode a la Rose
With a focus in selling seasonally foliaged rose bouquets, this Parisian inspired day-of delivery service continues to supply New Yorkers with handpicked roses in chic and modern gift packaging. Made in house, by a variety of specialty trained florists, the elimination of a storefront allows this online purveyor of freshness to provide customers with elegant arrangements at half of the cost. A delivery window of less than three hours is also available for those pesky floral emergencies. ($49.99 - $189.99) Read real brides' reviews here!

Petal by Pedal
Offering a delivery service as unique as the name, this locally grown bouquet mecca uses bicycles as their main form of transportation in an effort to simplify the transaction between the customer and the arrangement. Ranging from floral sizes small to x-large, the creativity process is endless when choosing between the same-day delivery packages of this timesaving lifesaver! Numerous editorial features such as mentions in Vogue and Elle make this stunning service a fashionable favorite among locals. ($65 - $155)

H. Bloom
Matching style to space, the exquisite designs offered from this interior design company make any room or occasion a blank canvas of inspiration. Offering a range of high quality arrangements and floral installations, this custom subscription service is perfect for any bride looking to freshen up both her ceremony and personal space. Individual design consultants are available to help each client personalize their floral service based on her schedule. ($75+) Read real brides' reviews here!

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The Supermoon Eclipse Was a Seriously Cool Backdrop for This Couple’s New York City Wedding

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Sep 292016
 
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When Philip Cotty and Andrew Partington first met in February of 2008, romance wasn't meant to be. But by late summer of that same year, the two knew they had found something special, and on September 10 they became an official couple. Six years later, while on vacation in Fire Island the week before Andrew's 30th birthday, Phil popped the question on his favorite day: June 21, the longest day of the year. "The rest of the weekend turned into one long beach engagement party with friends," Phil says.

After seven years together, both Philip and Andrew knew they wanted an unpretentious wedding surrounded by friends and family. They spent months hunting for a venue on Fire Island, but when the logistics of getting their guests there proved challenging, they chose New York City's Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers, an indoor-outdoor space with front-row seats to the Hudson River sunset — and the supermoon eclipse happening on September 27, 2015. But that didn't mean the couple abandoned their beachy aesthetic all together. "We didn't want the wedding to feel themed, but we stilled wanted to include bits of Fire Island," Andrew says. Read on to see how they added ocean-inspired elements to their big city bash, as captured by Agaton Strom.

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Great fashion was important for Phil and Andrew. "We didn't want to be matchy matchy, but rather wanted to stand out on our own," Phil says. "We didn't want to be over the top." As a model manager, Andrew admits he has an obvious love of clothes, and was able to pull his wedding day attire from his own closet. That's right, he already owned this incredible Saint Laurent tuxedo, which features black lapels on a midnight blue jacket. "After Phil asked me to marry him, I immediately thought about what I would wear, and I thought that tux could be the perfect piece," Andrew says. "It's just a little left of super traditional, but still super classic."

With Andrew's look locked in, the grooms turned their attention to finding a unique tuxedo for Phil to wear. They found a similar black jacket with midnight blue lapels (the perfect opposite of Andrew's attire!) at the Calvin Klein Collection store and never looked back. "Andrew is very conscious about his style and about what is a good piece of clothing," Phil says. "We like to buy things that are long-lived. When we're looking at spending real money, we want things that are high quality."

Both men finished their looks with bow ties and Lanvin patent leather shoes.

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Before the ceremony, the couple hit the city streets with their photographer and adorable French bulldog, Bowser.

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Guests gathered at the Sunset Terrace and watched as the couple's adorable ring bearer, Jack, and flower girl, Addison, made their way down the aisle. Jack was especially careful about guarding the two Cartier ring boxes. "Fun fact," Andrew says, "I dragged Phil to Cartier about two or three years before we even got engaged, just to try on the trinity bands, which I had decided would be the perfect wedding band. It was a not-so-subtle hint!"

With views of the Hudson River behind them, the two exchanged vows in a ceremony officiated by Phil's cousin that began with a quote from Edward Kennedy's opinion in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision. It read: "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a union, two people become something greater than once they were."

While the couple exchanged rings, Phil surprised everyone (including Andrew!) by singing "Widmung" by Robert Schumann, accompanied by a live harpist.

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Everyone enjoyed cocktails in an adjoining room before finding their seating assignments at tables named for Phil and Andrew's favorite beach walks (Fire Island-speak for boardwalk "roads" lined with summer homes) just as the sun began to set. "There's nothing like the views of the Hudson River at sunset, so we timed the reception precisely for guests to enter and be able to get as many personal pictures with perfect light and amazing views," Phil says.

The duo wanted to keep their centerpieces simple and easy to enjoy, so Andrew, who has a background in the floral industry, decided to DIY them himself. He filled stained wooden boxes with a mix of different grasses succulents, a nod to the landscape around Fire Island.

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After dinner, the couple cut into their red-velvet and banana wedding cake (the grooms' favorites!).

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As the Sunday-evening dancing and dining wound down, guests headed out onto the property's deck to watch the serendipitous lunar event — one that hadn't happened in more than 30 years! — before calling it a night. "I'm a bit of an astronomy nerd, so when we heard about the supermoon, I felt like we were getting nature's firework show for free," says Phil. Adds Andrew, "I find when people look into the sky, they reflect, so it was a nice moment to consider why we were there."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers || Phil's Attire: Calvin Klein Collection || Andrew's Attire: Saint Laurent || Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Catering: Neuman's Kitchen || Cake: Billy's Bakery || Music: Kristi Shade; DJ Lina Bradford || Photographer: Agaton Strom

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This Fashion Blogger’s All-White Wedding in New York City Will Make Your Jaw Drop

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Sep 282016
 

Planning a wedding is a great opportunity for a couple to express their sense of style. But what happens when the bride isn't just stylish, but is also New York City fashion blogger Marni Reisender, the creative mind behind Style on the Rise? Well, let's just say you're in for a treat.

Marni first met her now husband, Brett Harvey, at Brett's birthday party in 2010. "I had never met Brett, but was invited by a mutual friend of ours. I walked over to say happy birthday and buy him a birthday drink but, being the gentleman he is, Brett denied and bought me a drink instead. The rest is history!" Marni says. The duo's love blossomed in the city, and in August of 2014, Brett brought Marni to the Hamptons for one of their annual summer weekends. After putting their name down for dinner at one of Sag Harbor's hotspots, they headed down to the dock to watch the sunset. "Brett was talking about anything he could think of," says Marni. Eventually, he worked up the courage to propose, and got down on one knee. "Everyone at the restaurant was cheering and clapping, it was like a scene out of a movie!" But that wasn't their final stop. Instead, they headed over to a nearby restaurant where their families were waiting to celebrate.

With a love story so entrenched in the Big Apple, the couple knew they couldn't wed anywhere else. They chose Cipriani Wall Street for its edgy, cool, and romantic vibe — and the stunning columns and vaulted ceiling — and skipped color in favor of a super-chic all-white palette. "It was so classic, and I knew we'd look back in 10 years and still love what we chose," says the bride. What's more New York than that? The couple also loved that there was ample space for their 300-person guest list! They covered the space with flowers and candlelight, and capped off the elegant evening with an after-party worthy of the downtown location. See the details of their August 22, 2015, wedding for yourself, photographed by Brett Matthews Photography!

A good fashion blogger knows the outfit is really all in the accessories, and Marni was no exception. She picked t-strap Rene Caovilla pumps — with the brand's signature glitter soles — and a personalized Edie Parker clutch featuring her new last name.

Though she spent almost three months shopping for gowns all over the city, Marni returned to one of the first looks she ever tried: An ivory mermaid wedding dress with a sheer back and beaded lace by Inbal Dror. "I knew I wanted a gown with wow-factor and show-stopping details, and this was it," she says. "I tried it on during a trunk show, and almost ended up flying to Florida to find the sample and try it on one more time!" Thankfully, a local salon was able to get the dress for her and she placed her order with just six months to spare.

In keeping with the classic New York City theme, Brett wore a custom tuxedo with a white bow tie. Says Marni of their dream team, which included Pat Glenn Productions and the Bobby Attiko Band, "Planning a wedding is no easy task, but with lots of help from amazing professionals and even more love from family and friends, the night was a dream come true."

Their wedding party (a grand total of 24 friends!) looked totally chic, with the men in tuxedos and the women in rose gold sequin Badgley Mischka gowns. Marni's maid of honor wore a silver dress by Jovani. "I didn't want them in typical bridesmaid dresses," says the style-minded bride.

Inside Cipriani Wall Street, a floral chuppah was surrounded by curved rows of chivari chairs. The four posts of the chuppah were covered in white and ivory hydrangeas, roses, and orchids, and clusters of pillar candles lit the aisle.

Marni made her grand entrance alone, then met her parents halfway down the aisle. Instead of writing their own vows, she and Brett wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony. "We wrote letters to one another and shared them before the ceremony so we could have that moment in private," she says.

In the main room, tables were covered with white linens and decked out with lush floral arrangements. Four different centerpieces topped the tables, each combining hydrangeas, orchids, lisianthus, and lots of candlelight. The bride and groom sat at a sweetheart table flanked by urns overflowing with orchids. "We didn't sit much since we were on the dance floor most of the night, but that white sofa was one of my favorite accents," Marni says.

After sipping "Dirty Harveys" (a twist on the dirty martini) and snacking on baked tagliolini, mini hot dogs, and shrimp skewers, guests sat down to a dinner of tuna tartar with avocado, prime roast filet of beef, miso Chilean sea bass, and a chocolate soufflé with Chantilly cream. If that weren't enough, there were also plates of sweets including cannolis, tiramisu, brownies, and chocolate covered strawberries on each table, and cake pops and mini profiteroles served on the dance floor!

When Brett and Marni were introduced for their first dance, the guests had a surprise for the newlyweds: confetti poppers! "The air was filled with bright confetti, it was so magical," says Marni.

The pair served a six-tier vanilla wedding cake, filled with chocolate ganache and decorated with swirls, dots, and a cascade of sugar orchids.

When the band was done, a DJ came out to get the after party started — no change of venue required. Marni changed into a lace mini dress, and guests donned sunglasses that read "Harvey Ever After." "I remember looking out into the crowd when we were on stage and thinking how lucky we were to be surrounded by everyone we love. It was an indescribable feeling I wish I could relive over and over again," says the bride.

With a honeymoon in Mykonos on the horizon, the bride and groom have a little advice for couples planning weddings of their own: "Don't let the little things bother you. You're marrying the person of your dreams, and that's all that really matters. The memories will last forever!"

Venue & Catering: Cipriani Wall Street || Bride's Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror || Shoes: Rene Caovilla || Jewelry: Gabriel & Co. || Hair: Yossi Ivgi || Makeup: Anne DeMarco || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jovani, Badgley Mischka || Floral Design: Pat Glenn Productions || Invitations & Paper Goods: Robin's Writes; Perfect Run Printing || Music: Hank Lane Music || Cake: La Bonne Boulangerie || Photographer & Videographer: Brett Matthews Photography

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These New Yorkers Hosted a Modern-Meets-Rustic Wedding at an Industrial Space in Brooklyn

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Sep 232016
 

When a mutual friend first introduced Christine Choe and Ted Jeon, he did so on one condition: The pair had to agree to go on no fewer than five dates before they decided whether or not they'd continue the relationship. By the end of the final date, the two knew they'd found something special. In August of 2014, two years after they first met, Ted surprised Christine with a proposal that took her on adventure around New York City, where they live. At the end of the fun-filled day, he was waiting for her with a ring in hand.

The couple knew they didn't want a drawn out engagement, so they quickly set to work planning a wedding on March 28, 2015 — just seven months after they got engaged. "That year alone we were going to nine other weddings, so we wanted to kick off the season and make sure our friends weren't fatigued," Christine says. After touring six venues, they knew 26 Bridge, an industrial-chic venue in Brooklyn, was the spot where they'd exchange vows. With a venue locked in, they went after their next two must-have vendors: Wedding planner Jove Meyer Events dreamed up the design and photographer Chaz Cruz Photographers made sure to document every gorgeous memory of this early spring celebration.

Christine looked undeniably gorgeous in her Reem Acra wedding dress. "Reem Acra has the unique ability to craft simple and classic yet intricately detailed and elegant gowns," the bride says. "My dress was incredibly comfortable and light, but also sophisticated and chic, which was a hard balance for me to find when looking. I loved everything about it, particularly how easy it was to dance in!"

The detailed back was a total winner, and the bride showed off the ornate lacework with a soft updo complete with an embellished hairpin. Her romantic bouquet was comprised of roses, lisanthus, anemones, clematis, and greenery.

Ted went custom for his navy blue suit, which he paired with a rose boutonniere, brown shoes, and turtle cufflinks. "He already owned those cufflinks," the bride says. "We've always joked that if we were animals I'd be a bunny because I like to get things done and am very active, and he would be a turtle since he's slower paced. He wore them because I wanted him to, really. They're very him!"

After a first look, Christine and Ted ducked away for photos around the neighborhood and invited their bridesmaids and groomsmen to join them for the fun. Christine's eight attendants, which included her former roommates and friends from childhood and college, wore dresses they chose for themselves in shades of blush. Like the bride's bouquet, bridesmaids' arrangements included springy mixes of anemones, roses, and greenery.

Ted's groomsmen all wore matching navy suits and their own animal cufflinks.

One of the main reasons the couple selected 26 Bridge was that the venue encapsulated both the bride and the groom's unique styles. "Ted is a bit more modern and clean and I'm a little more rustic," the bride says. "I wouldn't have minded getting married in a barn, but he wanted a hotel, so we needed something in the middle. 26 Bridge was a good mix of wood and metal, and everything felt clean and well kept." With gorgeous hardwood floors, high ceilings, and enough room to host the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception on-site, Christine and Ted knew they found their space.

But that doesn't mean booking the property came without its challenges. The biggest hurdle they had to overcome was coming up with a logical flow for the day. Enter Jove Meyer, who the bride says was instrumental in making the large room work for the day. "We were having a hard time visualizing how it would work because we knew we wanted a band and long farm tables, but didn't have the choice of moving the bar, so there were variables that were locked in," says Christine. Jove's solution was to set up the ceremony in the middle of the room, with table-pre set at the front of the space. "I was worried that they would look weird but it helped to frame the aisle. There was a huge 'wow' moment when you entered the space."

The bride's mother walked her down the aisle, which had been illuminated by hanging café lights. The couple hung gauzy white fabric and a few trailing vines as their altar. The ceremony was officiated by the same friend that first introduced the couple, and included traditional Christian vows along with readings from Christine and Ted's friends.

Cocktail hour was held in an adjoining space, where guests enjoyed the couple's two signature drinks — a Manhattan and a Moscow Mule. There, everyone signed the couple's unique take on a guest book, which asked friends and family to leave messages on signs related to their future. Everyone gave name suggestions for the couple's first child and their best pieces of advice for the newlyweds.

Before entering the reception, guests were challenged by self-proclaimed "math geek" Christine to complete an equation in order to find their seating assignment. "The key was to make it interesting but not too hard, keeping in mind most folks would be a drink or two in before it was time to take their seats!" the bride says.

Once back inside, everyone sat at long tables set below lush arrangements of hanging greenery. "Jove was the brains behind the hanging vines above the dinner tables," says the bride. "It completely transformed the warehouse feel into a warmer and cozier environment." The newlyweds skipped linens for their farm tables, allowing the rustic wood to shine.

A variety of different centerpieces were used on each table, further warming up the industrial interior. "It wasn't quite spring yet outside, so we wanted the tables to look warm and cozy," says the bride. Lisianthus, roses, peonies, and greenery were arranged in an array of different colors, giving every seat it's own unique view.

At the end of each table, the groom's sisters surprised Christine and Ted with mini white mailboxes, which guests filled with advice for the couple they wrote on vintage post cards they found sprinkled between centerpieces. The thoughtful siblings have been mailing the newlyweds a stack of cards every week since the wedding. A favorite came from the groom's uncle, who claimed he quit his job to make it to the party!

When the couple made their big entrance for their first dance, guests noted that Christine had swapped her elegant gown for a fun knee-length number. And it was a good thing she did: The duo had been practicing a choreographed swing dance to "You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall and Oates, and she wanted to showcase her fancy moves. "It's such a happy song that represented how we felt about being officially married," she says.

But don't think she abandoned her gorgeous Reem Acra wedding dress altogether! Once the dance was done, she snuck off to put her lacey look back on.

Dinner was a three-course family-style meal that included dan dan noodles, sushi rice, hanger steak, and Chilean sea bass. Then, for dessert, everyone dug into an assortment of different doughnuts from the couple's favorite local bakery.

The night closed out with a glow stick exit, and the couple set off on a honeymoon to New Zealand the very next day. "In the end, it's all worth it," the bride says. "Even the silly little details!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: 26 Bridge || Wedding Planner: Jove Meyer Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Reem Acra || Groom's Attire: Acustom Apparel || Floral Design: A.P. Bio || Catering: Real Food Catering || Doughnuts: Dough || Photographer: Chaz Cruz Photographers

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A Bright Color Palette Transformed This Couple’s Industrial Wedding Venue in Brooklyn

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Sep 212016
 

Jeffrey Schneider gave Allison Hertzberg a proposal she'd never forget: A flash mob that danced to an original song he wrote at the bar where they first met. And, as if that wasn't good enough, the guy caught the whole thing on camera.

The couple's Brooklyn wedding at Liberty Warehouse was equally epic. Not only did they create a bold big day — a vibrant color palette of fuchsia, navy, and mustard yellow set to the background of an industrial space — but Allison was able to pay back Jeff's big engagement surprise. "I took that same song, rewrote the lyrics, and had our family join in on a flash mob after Jeff and I thanked parents and guests," the bride says.

But the surprises didn't stop there: From a choreographed first dance to a photo booth filled with homemade props and fortune teller escort cards, Allison and Jeff's wedding was nothing if not unique, and we're glad Michael Falco of Christian Oth Studio was there to capture it for all to enjoy.

The couple's invitation suite featured iconic New York City symbols, giving the couple's 175 guests an idea of what would come. Though the couple lives in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood, they chose nearby Red Hook as the home base for their big day events, with an outdoor ceremony space that offered a view of the city's skyline.

Playing off of their color palette, Allison wore fuchsia pumps beneath her high-low Angel Sanchez wedding dress. "I wanted my shoes to really pop," the bride says. Her trendy bridal attire stood out, too. Layers of lace and tulle displayed flowerette, sequin, and pearl details. Jeff donned a navy-blue suit that was finished with a fuchsia flower on his lapel. The rest of the groomsmen wore yellow ranunculus boutonnieres.

Allison asked her bridesmaids to rent their dresses in a variety of styles but in the same blue hue. "I know how hard it is to be a bridesmaid and have to be told what to wear and spend a lot of money on a dress you'll probably never wear again," the bride says. "So I tried to make it as painless as possible." Allison also gifted each 'maid with a brass cuff bracelet with Lucite details, which she made herself, and asked each to carry a bouquet of roses, peonies, ranunculus, and ferns.

While the guys kept things cool in traditional gray suits, they wore blue and yellow ties — plus blue and yellow polka dot socks — for a fun pop of color. "The blue and yellow in the accessories matched Jeff's attire and our wedding color scheme," Allison says, "while the gray provided a neutral backdrop for the groom to shine."

Liberty Warehouse's waterside patio was the setting for the couple's ceremony. At the edge, with views of the Statue of Liberty just beyond, the couple placed a geometric chuppah with an asymmetrical garland of greens and bright blooms.

Allison and Jeff celebrated their Jewish heritage in their programs by displaying their Hebrew names.

After Jeff walked both his parents down the aisle, Allison made an entrance with her mother and father. Another adorable detail? The couple handed out fuchsia yamakas to their guests.

The couple wrote their own vows for the ceremony. "We joked prior to the wedding about whose would be better, funnier, make more people cry, etc.," says Jeff. "I think Allison won."

Fortune tellers with guests names' on the outside and key wedding details on the inside — like their table numbers, the couple's hashtag, and instructions to save room for dessert and to dance the night away — served as escort cards. Guests found their seats in the warehouse space, which was chosen because it could be a blank but industrial canvas for the couple's bright decor.

On round and rectangular tables covered in mustard-colored linens, the newlywed placed a mix of brightly colored geometric sculptures accented with flowers and greens. Their cake was a one layer confection, but their real dessert, they say, was a display of doughnuts.

"We extended our love of surprises by taking the traditional first dance to the next level," Allison says. "We entered the reception after a quick dress change — me into a plunging white jumpsuit, Jeff into a Dirty Dancing-inspired black ensemble — and danced to a mix of our favorite songs. It was fully choreographed, featuring some hip hop, '80s pop, and good ol' country."

Allison and Jeff curated the props for their photo booth, only choosing those that had to do with Brooklyn or New York. "We also printed our faces out really big and put them on sticks for people to use as props," says Allison.

It should come as no surprise that Allison's advice for future brides is to follow your heart. But beyond being true to yourselves, she offers this nugget of wisdom: "Make sure to take a step back and really take in everything from the big day. It's so easy to get lost in all the people and the hubbub. So take time to stare at your new spouse and realize what a big event is taking place. It's about the couple, not the party."

Venue: Liberty Warehouse || Bride's Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez || Veil: Sew Elegant || Jewelry: Cat Bird; Charm and Chain || Shoes: Barney's || Hair: Styles on B || Bridesmaids Dresses: Union Station || Groom's Attire: Paul Smith || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Florist: Michelle Bablo || Invitations: Bella Figura || Music: The Eturnity Band || Videographer: Kiss the Bride Films || Photographer: Christian Oth Studio

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