My sister Julia & I were just so excited to be published again on our favorite wedding blog Style Me Pretty New York! We are proud members of their Little Black Book a selection of Style Me Pretty's hand picked vendors. We were in wonderful company with Michael Simons Video Productions! Congratulations again to our dynamic duo Fia & Jason!!
This is one of our favorite fall events from our archives. Rebecca & Christopher's elegant white tie wedding was a gorgeous affair. We came in the night before for a few portraits in the park and to capture their rehearsal dinner at a private New York club. The following day their ceremony took place at The Church of The Heavenly Rest and for their reception the couple selected The Metropolitan Club. Rebecca looked like royalty in her delicately embellished Carolina Herrera gown from Mark Ingram Atelier with her heirloom veil. Her silver Jimmy Choo heels and stunning jewelry looked sophisticated with her sleek chignon which hair stylist Jason Quiin of Garren New York perfected. Her bridesmaids look statuesque in slate gray Grecian style column gowns by Amsale Bridal and the groomsmen were dapper in white tie and tails from Baldwin Formals. Expert event planner and florist David Beahm of David Beahm Designs transformed The Metropolitan Club into a romantic English garden vision. Stationary by The Printery of Oyster Bay NY featured a beautiful imprinted monogram and the cake from Soutine Bakery was accented with delicate fresh wild flowers. The Eturnity Band, founded & lead by Antonio Alston, former drummer of James Brown, not only provided amazing vocals but created a full stage show that was spectacular. Milestone Video Productions skillfully captured the epic night on video for the happy couple. I was trilled to commission fellow wedding photographer Marie Papp of Marie Papp Photography to help capture this amazing event.
"We met at Columbia Business School at a retail networking event at JCrew. I went for career opportunities - Darren went because JCrew was offering 15% off that night and he needed to stock up on t-shirts and boxers! We were in the same class at CBS but did not meet until that evening at JCrew."
~Julie Epstein Madden
Julie & Darren we so vibrant & full of joy! Their classic New York wedding just won our hearts. Dressed in a chiffon layered sheath dress by Vera Wang with crystal sash and sparkly Jimmy Choo heels, Julie was the epitome of style. The deep plum calla lilies by Ron Wendt Designs were the perfect accent and even matched Darren's tie. For their ceremony & reception the bride and groom chose Gustavino's Restaurant under the Queensboro Bridge. Every guest danced the night away!
Miranda & Steve were a dream to work with they could not have been kinder or easier to photograph. Their love overflowed! They got engaged in Cape Cod on a weekend trip. They were taking a stroll on the beach with one of the most magnificent views on the Cape when almost out of nowhere a woman came by and offered to take a photo of them by one of the famous dunes. Suddenly Steve asked "Do you really want to get a good one?" The woman seemed confused until Steve brought out the ring! So she got to capture the best moment of all, the YES! For the big day Miranda looked like a screen siren in her ruched Michelle Roth gown from Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC with custom Swarovski crystal & pearl belt that the bride had added. The bride got ready at The Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel in Weehawken with make-up by the talented Kerry Crawford and Hair by Kim Zito of Expert Hair Design with Benjamin Adams shoes, handbag by Glint and earrings by Nadori to complete the look. The girls were stunning in deep purple gowns by Eden Bridesmaids from Antoinette Rose Bridal Store in Brick NJ. Flower Elegance of Fair Lawn NJ chose shades of deep purple and lavender with hints of lime green and ivory. Bella Figura of Syracuse NY created beautiful letterpress invitations. The couple made a quick stop at Hamilton Park in Weehawken for a few portraits.
For the ceremony and reception Miranda & Steve were off to the Waterside Restaurant & Catering with it's AMAZING views of the Hudson River and NYC skyline. Harpist Karen Stern greeted guests as they seated themselves on the waterside overlooking the city. It was a perfect day! Officiant Gerald Fierst captured the wonderful spirit of the couple creating a time capsule box of love letters and champagne to be opened on their 5th anniversary . The calm waters turned into rolling waves as the Officiant mentioned Miranda's mother, who recently passed away, being present at the ceremony. It was a touching moment.
Flower Elegance created vibrant table arrangements in purples, ivory and green. The Waterside Restaurant & Catering provided excellent food and service as DJ Izzy with Diverse Entertainment kept the crowd moving. Boardwalk Photo Booth Rentals added just the perfect touch!
Congratulations to Shannon & Bob your gorgeous down the shore wedding is featured today on The East Coast Bride! It was a picturesque day on the Bonnet Island Estate in LBI as the gorgeous couple tied the knot. Shannon was lovely in a lace Monique Lhuillier and Jimmy Choo's with flawless makeup from Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs. The breathtaking flowers were by MDS Floral Designs and ocean themed invitations by Stephanie Somodi of Designing the Most Inviting Day really captured the day. Merri-Makers Caterers offered superb food and excellent service as always. Manhattan City Music Band made for a raging party night. This crowd could dance!!
We were so excited to be featured today on The East Coast Bride! Congratulations to Maureen & Matthew! Their Atlantic City wedding was a favorite of ours; modern elegance at it's best. Their venue One Atlantic is surreal. It's as if you are in a glass house in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean with the best views of all Atlantic City has to offer!
Cait & Tom would be the life of any party. These ultimate Bruce Springsteen fans are vibrant, full of love, and brimming with humor. Their wedding was a classic Bay Head event with it's Vineyard Vine Ties, great hats, and fresh ocean breezes. The bride wore her sister's wedding gown in memory of her and a veil from Barefoot Bride. Her bridesmaids were her beautiful nieces who wore Coren Moore dresses in a great marine blue. Her maid of honor was a dear friend who introduce the couple with the help of Tom's sister. Tom chose Brooks Brothers Suits & Vineyard Vine Ties for his groomsmen whom he's shared a lifelong friendship with. Tom asked his father to be his best man. The couple arrived at Sacred Heart Church in Bay Head to share their vows. It's classic cedar shingles and crisp blue hydrangea where just charming. After the ceremony the bridal party caught the boat from the Bay Head Yacht Club for a grand entrance. Kate Duffy of Katydid Signature Floral & Event Design created stunning classic hydrangea & green orchid arrangements for the reception with place cards named after famous Springsteen songs and soft candlelight glow. The Block & Blue Band kept these crazy dancers on the floor all night, stepping off only briefly for the mother of the bride to sing and dedicate a song to the couple. The bride herself took a spin on the mike as guests crowded round. What Cait didn't know is that the crowd prepared a special treat for her. As Cait sang at many of their weddings her guests thought it would be a fitting surprise for everyone to take out their iphones and sing at the top of their lungs. It was a ball!!
Next up on our list of favorites from the past is the stunning outdoor tented wedding in Mendham New Jersey of Annie & Joseph. These two love birds were life long acquaintances but didn't start dating until they began teaching at the same school about a year after collage. Years later Joseph proposed to Annie on their last day of the school year.
On the wedding day Annie looked absolutely radiant in a Maggie Sottero gown with delicate beading and lace capped sleeves from Arlene's Bridal Shop. Her veil and accessories where from Model Bride of Chatham. Annie's sister Kristen Luciano is the owner of House of Luciano an on location makeup service of Morristown. So of course Annie's makeup was flawless! The girls looked incredible in the most beautiful Nicole Miller gowns from Nicole Miller in Livingston NJ. They were iridescent green with hints of hot pink paired with hot pink shoes. That color palette was carried on by Crest Florist of East Hanover who choose bright fuchsia peonies, pink roses and green hydrangeas for the flowers. The invitations by Catherine Kiff-Vozza, Couture Stationer of Sparta NJ had a delicate green scroll work patten & pink accents.
For the ceremony the bride choose Villa Walsh Academy in Morristown where she herself had been a student years ago. The nuns who taught her watched on lovingly as the bride and groom exchanged there vows.
For the reception the bride choose her family home in Mendham which is a beautiful historic school house that they converted to a home with lush green grounds and a babbling brook. Guests where greeted with place cards of delicate calligraphy by 24 Karat Designs of Newton NJ. Arrangements of fuchsia peonies where placed in lime filled containers and green & pink favors made the tent vibrant as a gentle mist settled on the stream outside where guests were treated to celebratory cigars and cocktails. Rosa Luca's Italian Bistro of Asbury Park created an amazing display of the finest ingredients. The Pink Cake Box of Denville made a true work of art with the multi layered cake covered in sugar flowers and Hoi Polloi of Randolf entertained the guests.
All in all a magical day!