Jul 072015
 
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Department store, big-box or otherwise, these retailer-based bridal salons in New York City pack a stylicious punch. Their signature bride may run the gamut from the cost-conscious, prep-set or uber-glam, but no matter their mission, each retailer stocks a range of dresses and accessories to suit their core customer's every need. Note: Appointments are often necessary.

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Anthro-adoring brides will find a romantic array of wedding dresses, bridesmaid gowns, jewelry, headpieces and gifts at this Upper East Side annex, which opened last year to rave reviews from the vintage-esque set. Appointments must be made to try wedding dresses, but you can swing downstairs anytime to try exclusive styles by cult-favorites such as twobirds bridesmaids and hair accessories by Untamed Petals. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bergdorf Goodman Bridal
A must-stop for the well-heeled NYC bride-to-be, the bridal salon at the storied, luxe department store offers refined and glamorous gowns from Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, and J. Mendel, to name a few. Attendants legitimately dote on every design detail and are especially meticulous in multiple fittings. Got the dress covered? Be sure to check off all your bridal beauty to-dos with a visit to the legendary John Barrett salon, located on the top floor. Read real brides' reviews here!

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David's Bridal
Known as a national bridal emporium for the cost-conscious bride, David's Bridal has upped the ante in the New York market by offering White by Vera Wang and Truly Zac Posen. Both of these David's Bridal exclusive collections provide the signature aesthetic of the famous designers' bridal lines, at a fraction of their cost for the fashionista bride on a budget. The Manhattan location is a few doors down from Kleinfeld, and also carries tuxes, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride fashions and paper goods. Read real brides' reviews here!

J. Crew Bridal
Everything the fashionista-meets-prep-set bride needs for her wedding is housed inside this lower Fifth Avenue J. Crew location. Think gorgeous gowns (starting at $650), a plethora of bridesmaid options, coveted accessories (from the likes of Brooklyn designer Jennifer Behr), and flower girl dresses that are just too cute for words. Pair all the above with consistent J. Crew fit, expansive in-house bridesmaid sample sizing, web-based inventory and a reasonable return policy, and it's no wonder many J. Crew aficionados don't flock far from (Jenna) Lyons' grip for their wedding. Read real brides' reviews here!

Saks Fifth Avenue
Tucked alongside their ninth floor collections, The Saks Fifth Avenue bridal salon is a must-stop for native NYC brides and tourists alike — that's because gowns found here can be shipped to your local Saks for alterations and what they call "a final fluff". The majorly knowledgeable staff pairs patience with on-point style advice to help brides navigate from Reem Acra to Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier to Marchesa. Once you find your dress, pay a visit to 10022-SHOE, (Saks' full-floor shoe salon so big it has its own zip code) for a pair of sparkly Louboutins to finish your look. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Jul 022015
 

Love lush gardens, manicured lawns and gorgeous green details? Care to channel your inner Downton Abbey style at your wedding? Surprisingly, New York City brides don't need to travel very far to have a stunning garden-style wedding. From local botanical gardens and Riverdale parks to farm-to-table haylofts and Rockefeller-style estates up the Hudson, these striking green spaces are perfect ways for the city couple to escape the urban jungle when they say "I do."

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Above)
Venue versatility is the name of the game at the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Couples can chose to have their ceremony at the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Italian-style Osborne Garden, or the Cranford Rose Garden before moving on to celebrate in either the Palm House (that hosts 275 guests seated), or the Atrium (that hosts 130 guests seated). The Patina Restaurant Group exclusively manages catering throughout the BBG, but couples must also pay a site fee to the Garden itself, which is partially donated to its preservation. Read real brides' reviews here!

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
Buttermilk Falls is a private retreat, located just 75 miles from New York City. It's the perfect fit for the bride and groom who love the warmth of a rustic-chic destination wedding. While couples can marry outdoors on the open grounds, The Barn at Buttermilk, a warm, inviting space, is versatile enough to be transformed into the epitome of country elegance. Buttermilk boasts 18 guest rooms, including 4 carriage houses, that can comfortably sleep 50 guests, as well as a state-of-the-art spa and enclosed pool perfect for pampering the bridal party. While Buttermilk weddings can easily accommodate up to 200 guests, many past brides have held intimate celebrations of about 50 guests, opting to use catering by the hotel's in-house restaurant, Henry's. Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Garden Venues Wave Hill

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Wave Hill
Wave Hill is a lush, green estate in the Bronx's Riverdale neighborhood, with 28 acres of romantic gardens, historic structures and striking views of the Hudson and New Jersey Palisades. A terrific choice for NYC couples who crave a gardenside celebration without leaving the confines of NYC, Wave Hill is located just 30 minutes from Midtown, and is easily accessible for guests traveling from Westchester, Connecticut and northern New Jersey. Weddings only take place in the evenings after the grounds close, so every event remains intimate, from the ceremony beneath the pergola to the first dance in the historic Armor House to beautiful portraits in the secluded Aquatic Garden. Farm-to-table cuisine is provided through exclusive caterer Great Performances, which utilizes its own Katchkie Farm in Columbia Country New York for nearly all the culinary elements of your event. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Blue Hill at Stone Barns
For 13 years, Blue Hill has cultivated a reputation for refined farm-to-table cuisine, generous hospitality and elegant design at both its New York City restaurant and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the Rockefeller barn turned Westchester locale. The Pocantico Hills agro-restaurant includes two separate dining spaces: a 14-seat dining room (with a reservation calendar that rivals the chicest city spots), and the elegant HayLoft space, which hosts weddings up to 260 guests. The HayLoft is, to put it lightly, the elite of elite for foodie couple nuptials. No epicurean detail is overlooked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, making the meal celebration unto itself. For couples craving a bit of the Blue Hill experience outside of NYC and Westchester, it's now launched On the Road, bringing the company's storied cuisine, staff, style and expertise to weddings outside the greater New York City area. Read real brides' reviews here!

Locusts on Hudson

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Locusts on Hudson
The very latest by hotelier Andre Balazs, Locusts on Hudson is a Neo-Baroque style manor sitting on 76 acres of meadow, farm, beach and beauty about an hour and a half from Manhattan in New York's Hudson Valley. Balaz bought the property in 2004 to create a working farm that would allow him to bring local, fresh to table cuisine to The Standard Grill in NYC, but in restoring the 1941 home, he couldn't help but add the Midas touch found in his other world-famous hotels. Couples who choose to wed here are required to buy out the 11 stately guest rooms (each complete with massive floor to ceiling windows, claw-footed tubs and wood burning fireplaces), but it will cost a pretty penny of $30K above the $30K site fee (there are nearby B&Bs to house the balance of your 250 person guest count). Those who can afford the experience will savor the majestic property, standout cuisine and stunning views that made the property special in it's social heyday amongst the Astors, Roosevelts and other famous families.

New York Botanical Gardens
New York City brides have long loved the so-close-but-so-far feeling of the New York Botanical Gardens — its storied grounds and palatial Palm Court conservatory offer a worlds-away feeling, but with a city-centric level of service. Now that esteemed restaurateur Stephen Starr (of Buddakan, Morimoto and Caffe Storico fame) has acquired catering, that feeling has been elevated even more. Starr serves guests in multiple reception locations, including the grand-scale Garden Terrace — a classic ballroom with hand-painted murals and oversized arched windows overlooking the arboretum — for seated dinner parties of up to 350 people. More intimate weddings of up to 100 guests are seated in the newly-renovated Stone Mill, the city's first LEEDS certified event space, with reclaimed wood details at the bank of the Bronx River. Ceremonies can take place at multiple locations around the garden, with site fees varying by location. Read real brides' reviews here!

Glenmere Mansion
With 150 acres of rolling lawns, sweeping views, formal gardens and magnificent mansions as your muse, Glenmere Mansion can conjure up many unique wedding experiences. The former industrial titan's estate turned posh boutique hotel has hosted tented weddings for 400 on the Meadow, and also been used as a private country estate for a more hushed-over wedding weekend. No matter the celebration size, the common denominator here is luxe — the self-proclaimed "classic 19-suite playpen" has been lovingly remodeled for today's most discerning clientele with a full service spa, turkish baths and helicopter landing pad for guests. Glenmere is just a 50 mile hop, skip and a (Catskill) jump from Manhattan.

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Jun 302015
 
Best New York City Wedding Restaurant Venues

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If you find yourself lamenting the qualities of arugula over frisée and obsessing about Cotes du Rhone varieties, maybe your wedding celebration needs to be ultra James Beard-worthy. Having a restaurant reception means you can try the menu ad infinitum in the months leading up to the wedding and choose the best dishes for your party; plus there's no outside catering to bring in, making for one less headache. These New York City restaurant venues offer brilliant menus and exquisite event spaces to boot.

ABC Kitchen (Above)
Food lovers with a conscience take note: ABC Kitchen offers its same farm-to-table, humanely sourced, fair trade menu for events. Although it doesn't offer a private room, the Jean-Georges restaurant can be rented out and its light wood furniture, white brick walls and décor from ABC Carpet & Home will make every wedding photo magazine-worthy.

Brides New York City Best Restaurant Wedding Venues Loeb Central Park Boathouse

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The Loeb Boathouse Central Park
If you're stuck on the idea of a cinematic New York wedding, it doesn't get much more iconic than the famed Central Park Boathouse. French doors lead to a wraparound, wooden deck overlooking a 150-year-old lake brimming with rowboats, ducks and turtles. The indoor dining room allows for backup weather plans, while the seafood-inspired menu is praised for its jumbo lump crab cakes and tuna tartare. Read real brides' reviews here!

Brides New York City Best Restaurant Wedding Venues The Four Seasons Restaurant

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The Four Seasons Restaurant
With three private dining rooms and two public spaces, The Four Seasons is well equipped for intimate weddings as well as raucous dance parties. The restaurant's been hosting special events for 50 years, and lives up to its upscale name with stellar service and a menu running the gamut from asparagus soup to filet of bison.

Brides New York City Best Restaurant Wedding Venues Bryant Park Grill

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Bryant Park Grill
A charming, peaceful hideout adjacent to Bryant Park, the Grill is great for its ambiance as well as options. Three dining areas include the Rooftop, the French-inspired Garden (al fresco dining during the summer or covered with clear tenting during winter months), and the Grill, featuring a wall of windows overlooking the park. The menu includes an extensive whiskey selection and sparkling wines aplenty. Read real brides' reviews here!

Brides New York City Best Restaurant Wedding Venues Locanda Verde

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Locanda Verde
Feeling rustic? The Robert De Niro-owned Tribeca triumph is equally known for its pillowy, homemade pasta as for its dark wood and open kitchen. The restaurant's private dining room includes a working stone fireplace, recycled oak and pine flooring and a family-style Italian menu for sharing.

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Brides New York City Best Restaurant Wedding Venues Riverpark

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Riverpark
With a menu that lets seasonal and local ingredients star in the show, Tom Colicchio's Riverpark is an understated answer to midtown Manhattan. Located on the East River, special events can be held in one of three spaces: The restaurant itself with three rooms and a central bar; The Cube — a glass room with its own outdoor patio; and East Terrace — all outdoor and the closest you can get to the river without a bathing suit.

Brides New York City Best Restaurant Wedding Venues Pier A Harbor House

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Pier A Harbor House
Ideal for nautical themes and large parties (this place has 28,000 square feet!), the historic Pier A dates back to 1886; it was originally New York Harbor Police headquarters and renovated in 2014. Downstairs is a semi-private beer hall and oyster bar that feels like an early-1900s pub, while two additional floors feature private dining rooms and bars — all with views of the Hudson River.

Brides New York City Best Restaurant Wedding Venues Bottino

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Bottino
Situated in Chelsea's gallery district, Bottino offers several clean, bright room options befitting downtown arts enthusiasts. The indoor Pool Room leads to the partially covered North Garden patio, and a smaller enclosed East Garden all offer the restaurant's Tuscan Italian menu items and "boutique" wine selection. Read real brides' reviews here!

Brides New York City Best Restaurant Wedding Venues Casa Lever

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Casa Lever
Located on the ground floor of the landmark Lever House glass skyscraper, Casa Lever is sleek and modern with a menu is proudly devoted to Milan. Four possible event spaces include the main dining room, intimate private dining room, famed Level House lobby and an outdoor terrace.

Brides New York City Best Restaurant Wedding Venues The Palm Restaurant

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The Palm Tribeca
While The Palm's 1926 flagship midtown location is under renovation, there are three other outposts to experience the legendary steakhouse's Mad Men-reminiscent charm. Palm Too, Palm West and Palm Tribeca all host private events, complete with white table cloths and famous caricatures sketched on the walls. The Palm Tribeca is largest, with four private dining rooms and a menu that sticks to classic options like lobster bisque, Filet Mignon and hand-cut French fries.

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Jun 282015
 
NYC Museum Wedding Venues New Museum

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If you and your fiancé fell in love over a shared passion for art, design or history, why not incorporate that into your big day? There's nothing cooler than watching your childhood friends mill around a Richard Avedon portrait or 8-foot-long Triceratops fossil. These New York City museums serve double duty as reception venues and nods to your cultural affection.

New Museum (Above)
A wedding on the Bowery isn't what it used to be when Johnny Ramone rocked CBGB. The new Lower East Side is home to The New Museum, which not only exhibits avant-garde artists, but perfectly encapsulates Manhattan's downtown vibe. With three event spaces offering distinctly different moods: there's the ground-floor lobby adorned with polished concrete, Sky Room featuring floor-to-ceiling views of the New York skyline, and minimalist theatre — capacity is up to 350 for cocktails and 100 for seated events. Read real brides' reviews here!

NYC Wedding Museum Venues Guggenheim

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Guggenheim
The Guggenheim's grand, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed spiral rotunda is a point of reverence for architecture lovers, and makes for a modernist's dream reception, with a capacity of up to 1,000 for a reception and 300 for a seated dinner. (The Guggenheim can't host religious or civil ceremonies because of its nonprofit status, but receptions are a go.) For smaller parties, two additional rooms — The Wright (a mid-century dining room) and Café 3 overlooking Central Park — solidify the museum's reputation for exemplary design.

NYC Museum Wedding Venues Natural History

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American Museum of Natural History
Dine beneath a 94-foot-long suspended blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, or dance with dinosaur bones in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda. Maybe your idea of romance more African elephants and black rhinoceroses? All good, with nine different reception space possibilities in a colossal four-level museum — and a total capacity of up to 1,000 for a reception and 450 for a seated dinner — there's room for your guest list — be it big or small — to marvel at nature's curiosities.

The Frick Collection
A Beaux-Arts style mansion built in 1913 by industrialist and art-lover Henry Clay Frick, this is a spot for Guilded Age addicts (and who isn't, really?). A reception at one of the Frick's three event spaces — Entrance and Reception Hall, Garden Court or Music Room, with a total capacity of up to 500 people for a reception and 200 for a seated dinner — will let guests experience Frick's extensive collection of 19th century paintings, furniture, carpets and porcelains, in "an unhurried way, as Mr. Frick might have." (Because it's a nonprofit, ceremonies are a no, but receptions are fine.)

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NYC Museum Wedding Venues Merchant's House Museum

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Merchant's House Museum
Tailor made for true New York City history buffs who want a more intimate reception — the venue can hold up to 40 people — the Merchant's House Museum (located in the East Village) is virtually unchanged since 1832. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its late-Federal brick exterior and Greek revival interior rooms, the museum's options for ceremony and reception include its Greek Revival Double Parlors, a 19th century garden and cozy "period" kitchen.

Park Avenue Armory NYC Museum Wedding Venues

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Park Avenue Armory
Not technically a museum, but a proud stalwart of New York City turn-of-the-century history, two of the Park Avenue Armory's six reception rooms are the only surviving Louis Comfort Tiffany (as in the lamp)-designed rooms in the world. The armory's massive Drill Hall has 38,000 square feet of useable space and invokes the feeling of a 19th century European train shed. The building itself is time capsule, and it's definitely the venue for black ties and velvet gowns, with a capacity of up to 800 for receptions and 250 for dinner.

Neue Galerie
What could be more thrilling than seeing guests mingle around Gustav Klimt's famed (and reclaimed) Woman in Gold painting? It's just one of many stunning works of German and Austrian art from the 19th century housed in The Neue (pronounced "noya"). Built in 1914 and originally a Vanderbilt estate, the museum — which has a capacity up to 300 for cocktails and 60 for a seated dinner — contains four floors of public event space, including the ├┐ber charming Café Sabarsky featuring period lighting, a Bösendorfer grand piano and a throwback to 19th century Europe. Head's up: the Neue requires you to become a member in order to host an event, food and drinks are relegated to the first floor and catering is exclusive to the cafe.

NYC Museum Wedding Venues Cooper Hewitt

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Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
As a former 64-room Carnegie mansion-turned-museum built at the turn of the century, the Cooper-Hewitt checks the box for opulence. With a capacity of up to 1,000 for a standing reception and 500 for a seated dinner, the museum focuses on historic and contemporary design, and features one of the city's largest private gardens (which can be tented for receptions). For indoor gatherings, the museum's Great Hall entryway serves as elegant event space, as do the smaller areas — the Lecture and Trustees rooms.

El Museo del Barrio
With exhibitions focused on Latin and Caribbean art and craft, El Museo offers several rich, colorful spaces to salsa with a capacity of up to 250 guests for a reception and 80 for dinner. El Café overlooks Central Park's Conservatory Garden and can be combined with the museum's courtyard and lobby to expand space. Las Galerías, on the other hand, allows guests to celebrate among the museum's permanent collection of ceramic and stone archeological objects (preferably with Mojito in hand).

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Jun 232015
 

Shopping for your dream wedding dress? We recommend taking a trip to the Big Apple where you'll find yourself drooling over gorgeous designer gowns that gleam and sparkle. We've selected the top-rated bridal shops in New York City that aren't only expertly curated with well-known designers, but they cover all the bases when it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress to fit your style. Browse hundreds of wedding dresses at Kleinfeld's, where you'll find elegant ball gowns and classic silhouettes. If you're looking for something nontraditional, boho brides will love the laid back vibe at Stone Fox Bride, known for its collection of vintage-inspired designs and cool aesthetic. Ready to say yes to the dress? Check out our top bridal salon picks below!

Lovely Bride
This TriBeCa-based boutique, pictured above, houses both established and "up and coming" indie bridal designers, in a homey and creative atmosphere filled with handcrafted details that emulate the latest wedding trends. Pair this uber-cozy vibe with a fun and friendly staff, and it's no wonder wedding dress shopping at Lovely feels majorly less stressful and more like an afternoon of dress-up with good girlfriends. Not in New York for long? No worries. Lovely has recently branched out to Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Nashville, San Francisco and Rochester. Read real brides' reviews here!

Wedding Atelier
Owner Carrie Hung acts as both owner and buyer at this chic and expansive salon, which prides itself on a zen-like space to promote relaxation and clarity. Shoes are left at the door, seating is plentiful, and brides are afforded generous, personal attention as they peruse gowns from well-known designers such as Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm and Paloma Blanca. Wedding Atelier also caters to the bride on a tight timeline. A unique "couture-to-go" program is available for a completely custom dress in ten weeks or less, and an assortment of off-the-rack dresses can be bought on site as well. Read real brides' reviews here!

Mark Ingram Atelier
Softly perched above Park Avenue, Mark Ingram's intimate and highly-curated salon offers unparalleled personalized service, where your consultant works with you from your first appointment through your final fitting. The atelier is stocked with more than 20 designers, but many are just a small sampling of their larger collections. Ingram scours the market worldwide to handpick only the best of the best for his clients, from American classics, such as Oscar de la Renta's signature ball gowns, to hot and of-the-moment silhouettes from designers like Inbal Dror and Mira Zwillinger. Read real brides' reviews here!

Kleinfeld Bridal
Based in the heart of Chelsea, Kleinfeld Bridal's 35,000 square foot salon is the largest luxury bridal retailer in the world, with the widest selection of American and European designers. Thousands of brides visit each year for their impeccably personalized service, expert fit and familial atmosphere, as showcased on TLC's hit reality television show, Say Yes to the Dress. For over 70 years, Kleinfeld had prided itself on pairing generations of brides with the dress — an experience that includes unparalleled gown selection, exceptional service and personal attention to detail. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Gabriella New York Bridal Salon
Gabriella's impeccably curated collection is on display in her light-filled, industrial chic Soho loft space. Experience the glamour and quality of sought-after designers such as Marchesa, Jenny Packham, and Lihi Hod, along with a handpicked selection of vintage accessories, fur stoles and custom veils that will completely customize your look. Gabriella's creative and knowledgeable staff will guide you through the ultimate personalized bridal experience as you find the perfect couture look for your big day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Stone Fox Bride
A self-proclaimed "groovy, enchanted wedding sanctuary," owner Molly Guy's Stone Fox Bride is Mecca for the laid back, high fashion bride. The sun-drenched, downtown bridal showroom channels the dreamy, Laurel-Canyon inspired girl with a mellow mix of dresses, accessories and floral headbands that play to both her punk edge and romantic sensibility, a balance Guy calls "bohemian levity." Consider us sold. Read real brides reviews here!

Angelique Bridal Salon
Angelique Bridal is an intimate "jewel box salon" located in the heart of Midtown, tending to brides who appreciate the design details and process behind a beautiful wedding dress. Owner Sarah Jassir carries her namesake line at Angelique, along with a curated assortment of intricately designed pieces by Sassi Holford, Matthew Christopher, Gemy Maalouf, and more. Prior to opening Angelique in 2009, Jassir managed alterations for Vera Wang, Amsale and Valentino. She offers à la carte alterations for brides, bridesmaids and moms, as well as restoration and redesign services on vintage wedding dresses. Read real brides' reviews here!

Bridal Reflections
The Bridal Reflections salon on Fifth Avenue is the newest addition to the three-door, family-run venture, which opened its doors 40 years ago in Massepequa and also includes a salon in Carle Place, Long Island. They offer unhurried, knowledgeable service on a wide variety of elegant gowns by the likes of Galia Lahav, Ines Di Santo and Romona Keveza, and maintain ample plus-sized samples at all three locations. Brides, bridesmaids and moms can all shop head-to-toe looks at Bridal Reflections, and brides can be fitted at the salon closest to their home. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Jun 222015
 
Bride and Groom at Fall Wedding

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After meeting online in March 2010, and getting engaged on a Friday afternoon in October 2012, Jamie Nester and John Finley took a good two years to plan their dream fall wedding. "We were able to take our time with decisions," says Jamie. "It was really fun working together to make something we felt was natural, intimate, and romantic at the same time."

And their wedding was just that. Keep reading to see photos of their laid-back party (guests dined on pizza and ice cream cake!) at Brooklyn's Greenpoint Loft on November 8, 2014, as photographed by Amber Gress.

Bride in Danielle Caprese Wedding Dress Bride in Champagne Danielle Caprese Gown

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Jamie made dress-shopping a family adventure. With her mom, dad, and sister in tow, she found a champagne-colored lace gown by Danielle Caprese but wasn't positive it was The One. "My parents had to convince me that the style looked best," she says. "I wasn't sure up to the day itself!"

But, of course, she rocked the strapless dress, accessorizing it with champagne teardrop gems from Etsy and gold-and-crystal heels she scored at a vintage shop in Carroll Gardens.

Red Dahlia Peony Wedding Bouquet

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The bride carried a bouquet of red and white dahlias, deep red peonies, red ranunculus, and ferns tired together with a gold silk ribbon.

Fall Bride and Groom in Brooklyn Streets Bride and Groom Portraits in Brooklyn Streets Bride and Groom Confetti Photo Photo: Amber Gress

Jamie and John, clad in a bespoke midnight blue suit by Sebastien Grey, took candid photos in the streets before posing for a few quirky shots with gold star-shaped confetti.

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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For the ceremony, the couple chose Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, where the bride regularly attends service, in Brooklyn. "It's an old, Byzantine-style church with lots of beautiful icons and gold leaf details," says Jaimie. "We knew it would be a special place for the ceremony."

Gold Circle Escort Card Display

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After the traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony, the couple invited 100 guests to Greenpoint Loft, a raw urban space along the East River, for an evening of celebration. Once inside, guests found their seats on escort cards pinned to gold streamers.

Garland and Dahlia Lined Tabletop Bride and Groom at Greenpoint Loft Wedding Reception Pizzas at Wedding Reception Bride and Groom at Sweetheart Table

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The couple filled the industrial space with tables covered with white linens, greenery garlands with red dahlias, and gold table numbers. At dinner, guests enjoyed salad and slices from Roberta's Pizza in Bushwick.

Ample Hills Creamery Ice Cream Wedding Cake

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Jamie and John asked Ample Hills Creamery to make a cake with a few of their fave ice cream flavors, which they topped off with a "Just Married!" sign.

Bride and Groom on Dance Floor

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The newlyweds danced to Sam Cooke's "That's Where It's At" for their first dance before swinging to James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes" and Eddie Vedder's "Forever Young" with their parents.

Looking back on her big day in Brooklyn, Jamie has this advice for future brides like you: "Remember to relax! I took a yoga class and had coffee with my best friend the morning of the wedding and I'm so glad I did."

Ceremony Venue: Saints Constantine and Helen Cathedral || Reception Venue: Greenpoint Loft || Bride's Wedding Dress: Daneille Caprese || Hair: Fox and Jane Salon || Groom's tux: Sebastian Grey || Florist: Michelle Bablo || Music: Murray Hill Talent || Catering: Roberta's Pizza || Cake: Ample Hills Creamery || Videography: Courtney Arcese for Love+Brain Films || Photography: Amber Gress

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Apr 232015
 

It's no secret that Brooklyn is one of our favorite places to get married — the New York City borough is full of picturesque party spaces, talented vendors, and delicious foods to incorporate into your celebration. So, if you've decided to get married there, here are a few of our favorite ways to wed, Brooklyn-style.

Welcome Tote Bag (above): Stash snacks and drinks in a Brooklyn-themed tote bag—something your guests will definitely again after the wedding.

Brooklyn wedding ideas

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Illustrated Save-the-Date: Give guests a glimpse of your wedding locale with an illustrated save-the-date card like this one by Paperfinger (love how the tiny red heart marks the spot!).

Brooklyn wedding ideas

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Wedding Invitation Suite: The iconic Brooklyn Bridge is a classic wedding-stationery motif and looks great on emblazoned on everything from the invitation, welcome card, and envelopes. Wedding invitation suite by Swiss Cottage Designs.

"Guest Book" Map: Instead of a traditional blank guest book, frame a vintage map of the borough and invite guests to sign the mat.

Brooklyn wedding ideas

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Table Numbers: A clever idea is to name each reception table after a different Brooklyn neighborhood.

Brooklyn wedding ideas

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Wedding Favors: Give guests a tasty locally made treat to enjoy at home, like a bottle of brewed-in-Brooklyn iced coffee from Grady's.

Dessert Table: Treat guests to an array of your favorite made-in-Brooklyn desserts, like pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds or cheesecakes from Junior's.

Brooklyn wedding ideas

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Groom's Cake: How amazing is this entirely edible Brooklyn Bridge cake by Sylvia Weinstock?

Feb 272015
 

For couple's looking for a food-oriented reception space, look no further than Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Nestled on an expansive and beautiful property in Pocantico Hills, New York. Just 30 miles north of New York City, this working four-season farm is the perfect place for a memorable wedding day.

Couple's that favor a mix of casual and elegant style will feel right at home at Blue Hill. The rustic yet romantic venue has plenty to offer for your big day. For an intimate bash, consider the private dining room, which can seat up to 64 guests. If you're planning a bit of a larger wedding, the Hay Loft can accommodate up to 250 of your most special friends and family.

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Although the property makes for a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding ceremony, it's the reception that's truly memorable. With ingredients for some of the tastiest wedding meals sourced from farms throughout the Hudson Valley, their farm-to-table mentality is one of the most enticing reasons to select Blue Hill at Stone Barns for your big day. To help your guests imbibe in style, the staff at Blue Hill can also create a perfect wine pairing for your dinner.

Whether you wed at Blue Hill or simply choose it for your reception, their accommodating staff is on hand to help you execute all aspects of your big day. From assisting with floral design to suggesting ceremony locations, you'll be glad you considered this sprawling venue!

See the complete list of the best wedding venues in the U.S. here!

Feb 272015
 

For couple's looking for a food-oriented reception space, look no further than Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Nestled on an expansive and beautiful property in Pocantico Hills, New York. Just 30 miles north of New York City, this working four-season farm is the perfect place for a memorable wedding day.

Couple's that favor a mix of casual and elegant style will feel right at home at Blue Hill. The rustic yet romantic venue has plenty to offer for your big day. For an intimate bash, consider the private dining room, which can seat up to 64 guests. If you're planning a bit of a larger wedding, the Hay Loft can accommodate up to 250 of your most special friends and family.

See More: 5 Simple Things Wedding Guests Appreciate

Although the property makes for a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding ceremony, it's the reception that's truly memorable. With ingredients for some of the tastiest wedding meals sourced from farms throughout the Hudson Valley, their farm-to-table mentality is one of the most enticing reasons to select Blue Hill at Stone Barns for your big day. To help your guests imbibe in style, the staff at Blue Hill can also create a perfect wine pairing for your dinner.

Whether you wed at Blue Hill or simply choose it for your reception, their accommodating staff is on hand to help you execute all aspects of your big day. From assisting with floral design to suggesting ceremony locations, you'll be glad you considered this sprawling venue!

See the complete list of the best wedding venues in the U.S. here!

Jan 242015
 
Caramoor Center for Performing Arts BRIDES New York

Photo: Courtesy of Caramoor Center for Music and Art

For couples looking for a gorgeous, open air venue for their wedding, consider the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Conveniently located in Katanoh, New York (which is just one short hour from Manhattan), this lush retreat is easily accessible for all of your guests in the tri-state area and beyond.

But it's not just it's great physical location that gives this venue top marks — the property itself (all 90 acres of it) is a site to behold. Start with a ceremony in the sunken garden, the properties three-tiered formal garden space surrounded by lush woods. This enchanting spot is their most popular for your "I dos" although there are several other on-site locations that will perfectly fit your ceremony. The butterfly garden, Spanish courtyard, and Italian pavilion are all lovely sites to consider.

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For the festivities, move your party into the nearby white reception tent, which is designed to seat up to 250 guests for a night of dinner and dancing. Surrounded by the property's lush gardens, you'll feel like you've been transported to an enchanted escape. Their Venetian Theater, an airy and spacious tent, can hold up to a whopping 800 guests while the Rosen House is ideal for an intimate reception of around 50 people.

Not only is it a great venue for music-loving pairs, it's also ideal for foodies. Great Performances Catering, the property's exclusive caterer, owns an organic farm in the Hudson Valley and works tirelessly to create delicious menus that are both locally and seasonally-inspired. Plus, they can accommodate all dietary needs, so you can feel confident that all of your guests will leave happy.

See the complete list of the best wedding venues in the U.S. here!

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