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: 5 Romantic Vineyard Wedding Venues

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Nov 022016
 
Martha Clara Vineyards Wedding

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From rolling vineyards to crafting some of the world's finest wines, this list of New York vineyards holds the title for some of the East Coast's most stunning outdoor wedding sites. Here are our favorite romantic vineyard wedding venues near New York City.

Martha Clara Vineyards (Above)
What was once a flourishing potato farm (bought by the Entenmann Family back in 1978) has steadily turned into one of New York's most sought-after wedding venues. Growing from 18 acres to over 100 acres of vinifera grapes, owner Robert Entenmann has turned the rustic charm of North Fork into a vineyard getaway for his extensive list of clients (and up-to 200 of their closest friends and family). Located in a Long Island region — home to some of the best grape growing conditions in the world, this high-quality atmosphere utilizes its one-of-a-kind conditions to cultivate some of the best wines in the world. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Brooklyn Winery
Best known as one of two full-service winemaking facilities in New York City, this robust Brooklyn vineyard offers couples an extensive list of house-made wines to accompany some of New York's lavishly hosted events. A unique vineyard backdrop offering accents of reclaimed wood and custom vintage décor fill the atmosphere of this sophisticated and urban chic Brooklyn winery. A meticulously calculated and designed interior space full of warm and romantic elements compliments the outdoor Atrium — which flaunts a glass roof and botanical hanging wall garden. Read real brides' reviews here!

Wolffer Estate Vineyard Hamptons Wedding Venues

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Wolffer Estate Vineyards
With its creation tackled over the span of three decades, Wolffer Estate Vineyards' owner Christian Wolffer dedicated meticulous time and creative vision into transforming this former potato farm into one of New York's most celebrated outdoor settings. Continuously adding more acres, paddocks, and stables, this 55-acre vineyard quickly became partners to a 175-acre estate and boarding stables. With a seamless combination of rustic vineyard vibes and elegance, this open-air getaway is the perfect destination for every nature-seeking New York couple.

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Bedell Cellars Vineyard Wedding

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Bedell Cellars
Pioneering the art of wine making in the New York region of Long Island, it's no surprise that this family-owned vineyard has continued to balance creativity with quality dedication when it comes to crafting some of New York's finest wines. For 35-years, this Long Island legend has transformed the art of wine making with the use of artistically blended grapes grown in unique maritime terroir. With an experienced onsite team set to create an event of a lifetime, weddings held at this renowned vineyard incorporate the elegant backdrop of the land's rolling vineyards and a unique open venue layout. Read real brides' reviews here!

Channing Daughters Vineyard Wedding Venue

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Channing Daughters Winery
Grown in a climate adaptable to creating a wide variety of eccentric grape varieties, this Bridgehampton winery continues to be the only winery on the East End that grows and produces wines from many of their 28-acres of vines. Sourcing about fifty percent of grapes from North Fork locals, Channing Daughters' commitment to producing quality wines stems from their passion to create wine from their own New York region. An added sculpture garden and tasting room enhances the surrounding features of this unique wedding hotspot.

Browse even more New York "I do" locales on our Local Venues page!

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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.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream (Above)
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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Romantic Brides Will Love the Enchanted Garden Vibes at This Couple’s Late Fall Bash

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Oct 182016
 
Garden-Inspired Wedding in Southampton, Bride and Groom Portrait

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Allie Lynch and Ben Grandjean first met at Colby College in September of 2006. Throughout their years together, the couple spent a lot of their free time at Allie's family's home in Quogue, New York — a place where the bride made tons of memories growing up. So when Ben was ready to propose on May 3, 2014, choosing that beloved beach as the backdrop for their engagement was a no-brainer.

The pair chose September 26, 2015, as their wedding day and planned to tie the knot almost exactly nine years after they met. For Allie and Ben, picking their venues were the easiest wedding planning tasks: They knew they wanted Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton for their ceremony, and Quogue Field Club for their reception. The future Mr. and Mrs. leaned on the team at Bellafare to transform their indoor venue into an elegant English garden. The results were totally breathtaking, and, lucky for us, Nathan Smith of Ira Lippke Studios photographed every romantic detail.

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Allie looked stunning on her big day, dressed in an intricate French lace and silk Amsale wedding dress. She knew it was the one based on comfort and the way it made her feel confident. She paired the gown with a lace trimmed veil, a diamond tennis bracelet from her mom, diamond and pearl earrings, and Christian Louboutin white lace pumps.

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Her handsome groom wore a Ralph Lauren black tuxedo, Gucci shoes, and a Cartier watch that his bride gave him as a wedding gift.

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Allie's sister served as her maid of honor and wore an all-white Amsale wedding dress. "The color scheme of the entire wedding was very neutral so a neutral or white gown seemed most fitting for the maid of honor," Allie says.

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Groomsmen stuck to the elegant vibe of the celebration in classic black tuxedos. The couple had two flower girls, who wore adorable white dresses with tan sashes and oh-so-sweet flower crowns.

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The Basilica itself was a stunning backdrop for the ceremony, so the couple only added a few touches for décor. Two large arrangements of hydrangeas and greenery were displayed at the altar while smaller, largely green-and-white swags of flowers lined the aisle at the end of each pew. Live musicians played the organ, violin, and trumpet throughout the ceremony for a romantic touch.

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Once guests arrived at the Quogue Field Club, they caught a glimpse of how Allie and Ben's planner and florist brought their enchanted garden vision to life. Breathtaking floral installations were suspended from the venue's ceiling, dazzling friends and family with their dripping greenery and touches of neutral flowers. Everyone was seated at long tables that were topped with white Irish linens and a custom tan table runners.

Tons of candles in hurricane lamps were scattered along the length of the tables, casting the space in a serene amber glow. Centerpieces varied in height from table to table but stuck to the same neutral color palette. White roses, greenery, and fragrant herbs helped drive home the feeling of being in an outdoor garden.

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The couple chose classic white and gold place settings with bell shaped glasses trimmed in gold. Hypericum berries in white and green added a natural touch to each seat.

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Guests enjoyed the couple's signature cocktail, the Colby Mule, an ode to their love for Moscow Mules and the Colby College mascot. The dinner menu, which featured fresh, seasonal ingredients, included filet mignon, Guinness-braised short rib dumplings, and citrus-glazed halibut. For dessert, everyone enjoyed the couple's three-tiered wedding cake. "Nine Cakes made a minimal and elegant confection that matched the décor perfectly," Allie says.

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The newlyweds shared their first dance to "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison. Then, the reception band got everyone out on the dance floor.

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The happy couple was treated to a sparkler exit before they jetted off to the Canary Islands and Paris for their honeymoon.

Ceremony Venue: The Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary || Reception Venue: Quogue Field Club || Wedding Planner: Bellafare || Bride's Wedding Dress & Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Hair & Makeup: Lauren + Vanessa || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren || Florist: Lewis Miller Design || Music: The Hudson Project || Cake: Nine Cakes || Photographer: Nathan Smith of Ira Lippke Studios

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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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This Couple Planned Their Whimsical Hamptons Wedding in Just Four Months

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Oct 042016
 

Everyone needs a great wingman, and Leland found his in his twin brother when he introduced Leland to Anna at a bar in New York City in June of 2005. While it took five years for the friendship that formed that night to turn into a romance (and another five before it led to a proposal!), on May 14, 2015, Leland asked Anna to be his wife. "We were on our way to a benefit, and he was complaining that I wasn't wearing enough jewelry for the occasion," Anna remembers. "Though if you ask my dad, the proposal happened the day he asked my father for permission to marry me!"

After such a long courtship, the couple wasted no time planning their wedding. The date? October 3, 2015 — only four and a half months after Leland popped the question! With planner and designer Claire Bean Events on board, they celebrated with a rustic, whimsical wedding at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York in the Hamptons. Deep merlot and warm gold put a moody twist on the creamy pink color scheme. Whyman Studios perfectly captured Anna and Leland's celebration, which will have you dreaming of a wedding at the height of fall!

It only took three tries for Anna to find her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress. "I couldn't sleep the night after I tried it on, and I went back the next day with my maid of honor to seal the deal!" she says of the organza ball gown with a Chantilly lace bodice. The plunging neckline, paired with delicate beading and three-quarter length sleeves, was subtly sexy and totally elegant. And boy, does this bride know how to accessorize! Between her cushion-cut engagement ring and two pairs of shoes (by Sergio Rossi and Monique Lhuillier), her ensemble was a dream.

The sleeves and simple skirt of Anna's wedding dress gave her an opportunity to show off some very special accessories, including a diamond heart pin on her beaded belt (a gift from her father to her mother when they first started dating) and a Cartier love bracelet (a gift from Leland to his bride on the morning of their wedding).

Anna's two flower girls looked angelic in their full tulle skirts, while the couple's pup stood out in a white bow. The invitation suite featured soft pink paper, accented with flowing calligraphy.

The pair combined their Christian and Jewish faiths during the ceremony, which took place beneath a chuppah of vines, green hydrangeas, and amaranth. The aisle was edged with rustic lanterns, and guests were seated on simple cross-back chairs.

Anna's godson walked the couple's dog, Remy, down the aisle as ring bearer, followed by the flower girls. The ceremony combined traditional Jewish and Christian vows, with a jazz trio playing in the background.

"One of our favorite memories was of getting to see the dinner space for the first time," says Anna. "I couldn't have dreamed that it would look better."

The mix of colors and textures in Anna's bouquet is totally breathtaking: It combined calla lilies, dahlias, and roses, wrapped in white satin ribbon.

Guests were seated at long tables beneath strands of café lights. Small trees set along the tables and hung with candles created an enchanted forest feel. Low centerpieces, interspersed with smaller vessels, combined garden roses, dahlias, and scabiosa pods, which perfectly matched the floral chargers at each guest's seat.

"Leland and I didn't want a typical wedding menu, but instead something that spoke to our tastes and his love of wine," says Anna. The pairing menu was entirely gluten-free and included a shrimp and lobster stack with apples and celery root, asparagus risotto with a Parmesan crisp, and a choice of seared sea bass or braised short rib.

After cutting into their chocolate and raspberry wedding cake, the newlyweds headed to the dance floor. Rubix Kube, an '80s cover band, performed and gave guests what Anna calls a "proper party"!

"During the Hora, all the boys rushed over to lift my chair and completely forgot about Leland. I was having the time of my life, while he was petrified because his chair tilted so much he almost fell out!" the bride remembers.

Though the pair planned to honeymoon in South Africa in the spring of 2016, they had to reschedule, and for good reason: Their baby girl arrived in July! "Our mini-moon in Barbados will have to suffice for now," says Anna.

With such a short time to plan, the couple got good at making decisions quickly, which helped make the planning process more enjoyable in the long run. "Don't stress!" she advises. "We had so much fun planning our wedding that Leland and I often say we want to do it again."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Parrish Art Museum || Wedding Planner & Flowers: Claire Bean Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Monique Lhuillier; Sergio Rossi || Jewelry: Cartier || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Tom Ford || Invitations & Paper Goods: Fat Cat Paperie || Music: 45 Riots; Rubix Kube || Catering & Cake: Sterling Affair || Videographer: Unique Visions Studio || Photographer: Whyman 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!

Need more help finding the perfect wedding day flowers? We have plenty of florists for you to choose from on our Local Vendors page!

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Everything About This Rustic Ohio Wedding Is Pinterest Perfect

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Oct 012016
 

Looking for some great new ideas for your wedding? Then look no further than our real weddings video channel, packed with tons beautiful celebrations and countless ideas to steal for your own big day. Each week we take a deeper look at one of our favorite new love stories, and today's inspiration comes courtesy of Lindsay and Kyle's rustic ballroom wedding in Ohio.

Thanks to JFray Productions, you can take a close look at every element of this couple's super-sweet day. And if you're planning your own fall wedding, you'll definitely want to pay close attention to how this pair successfully melded rustic charm with classic ballroom style. How did they pull it off? For starters, the bride wore a traditional strapless lace wedding dress, which was balanced with her groom's more relaxed style.

The pair kept their ceremony décor simple, opting to tie the knot beneath a wooden arch decked out with neutral-hued flowers and lanterns. The reception mixed the two styles, too. Lindsay and Kyle chose lace-wrapped vases to hold their baby's breath centerpieces and covered a mix of round and long tables with white linens and low glowing candles.

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Guests listened to heartfelt toasts before joining the newlyweds on the dance floor. One detail we especially loved was the couple's guestbook. Everyone wrote notes to the bride and groom and then hung their messages on a chicken wire-backed frame so all guests could read the special notes. Then, the night closed out with a fun sparkler exit, which allowed friends and family to take in the full venue from the outside.

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