Whimsical Weddings +
As we’ve said before, there’s just something about the couples that marry in New York City. The weddings we see from the city always seem to have such a wonderful spirit, often with a laid-back, highly personal attitude. Anton and Elvira were married at one of the more unique types of spaces you can find – a bookstore! We love the vibe the venue lent to this celebration, especially when coupled with the beautiful dress and quirky shoes the bride chose, as well as the locations around town that feel so perfectly “New York.” When we asked about an interesting story from the day, we also loved to hear about how the couple turned lemons into lemonade. As they related, “Because of Sandy and gas shortages at the time, we chartered a school bus to bring 40 guests from Brooklyn into the city. Most people never been on a school bus, much less went to a wedding on one – they say it was an awesome experience!”
How did you decide on such an unusual reception venue?
We wanted something original with a character. Most places we looked had the same commercial feel to them with different bells & whistles. Elvira came upon this place by accident while browsing various wedding sites, we dropped by and loved it.
What was your favorite moment from the wedding
“At some point our photographer asked us to go upstairs to pose for pictures, then one of our friends came up and started dancing, suddenly there was a congo line going around the balcony.”
Wedding Venue: Housing Works @ 126 Crosby Street | Photography: Stregoica Photography | Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: Leeya from Channel | Hair: Nicole from Brush NYC | Caterer: Housing Works |
Winter Weddings +
Jessica and Evan, who met freshman year at the University of Florida, held a classic, gorgeous wedding in Miami that tied back to their proposal story. From Jessica: “Evan proposed in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys. After persuading me to go out on the water to watch the sunset in a small dinghy. Once we were out in the bay, Evan began to turn the conversation more serious and before I knew it he was giving the most amazing speech and asking me to marry him! I was in such shock that I couldn’t answer at first, but of course, I said yes, and I haven’t stopped smiling ever since!”
When planning for their celebration, they crafted a celebration that felt comfortable and enjoyable for their guests that would be part mini-destination wedding for half their guests and part city-sendoff, as the couple was preparing to move for the groom’s residency soon after the wedding. Both the ceremony and reception had beautiful views of the bay, giving it the feel of being on the water a la their proposal. From Jessica” Our décor went along with our overall easy-going, romantic, timeless vibe of the wedding. The church where we got married was amazing. It has a huge vaulted ceiling, an enormous organ, and it sits right on the water where the Miami River empties into Biscayne Bay. It really captured the romantic and timeless vibe we were going for. Our reception venue was just as incredible. It was a restaurant right on Biscayne Bay in a state park, that has incredible views of both the bay and also the Miami skyline. It offers the feeling of stepping into the Florida Keys without ever leaving Miami – and that’s just want we wanted. We wanted an outdoor venue for our reception that was still timeless and classic. … Our main objective was to allow our décor and color scheme to complement the true meaning of this event and not detract from it. We wanted to have our guests celebrate life, family and love with each other and not feel as if they are part of a show – watching from the outside, but instead joining in on the festivities.” We adored how effortlessly Jessica and Evan blended a classic, timeless feel (that car!) with a relaxed, Florida vibe (those koozies!), and hope everyone enjoys the beautiful photos from Kallima Photography as much as we did!
Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church of Miami | Reception Venue: Red Fish Grill in Matheson Park| Photography: Kallima Photography | Videography: Shutter Life Videography | Band: The Cover Band | Florist/Rentals: The Blonde Tulip | Hair/Makeup: Josie Miller | Cake: Ana Paz | Transportation: Melian Limo
Summer Weddings +
We have a special spot in our hearts for elopements and city hall weddings, as they are in so many ways the quintessential city wedding. We just love images of the couple walking in the big city, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of cars and passerbys, walking into city hall to “make it official.” Today’s couple, Tran and Wayne, are a couple from Autralia that met through work in Perth, whose love blossomed during a year sabbatical traveling the world. As such, it was only natural that the couple elected to elope overseas, in New York City.
Tran says: “We had planned to travel around the world again and thought it would be ‘fun’ to marry overseas. When organising our elopement our aim was to be stress free and have it intimate as possible. When researching the internet on ‘eloping in New York’ it was surprising how many other Australian couples had gone down that path. So with the help of Google and Yelp we selected our photographer, hair and make up artist, florist and hotel within weeks. We even managed to get a dinner reservation at Per Se the evening of the wedding day.”
After first visiting the city in 2008, a trip back to marry seemed like the right choice. “The vibrancy of the city was embedded in our memory and we wanted to return to this iconic city, we had never considered marrying in New York and for it to happen is a dream come true,” Tran said. Adding in a bouquet and boutennerie featuring eucalyptus leaves and wax flowers to bring a bit of Australia to their ceremony was a fitting touch to bring together a truly global wedding for a couple whose love blossomed around the globe.
Venue: Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building | Photography: L&L Style Photography | Hotel/Preparation: The Surrey Hotel | Wedding Dress & Accessories: Hobnob Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Sachiko Yanase | Floral: Starbright Floral Design