This beautiful engagement session, captured by Frost Photography, was shot at The Cloisters, a museum of medieval art and architecture in northern Manhattan. It’s gorgeous grounds combined with the changing leaves provides the perfect backdrop for Bianca and Stephen’s engagement photos!
From the beautiful bride-to-be, Bianca:
Stephen and I first met while working at a restaurant in Times Square in 2007. He was a bartender there and I was a waitress. I distinctly remember checking out the bartender my first day there, but at the time he was spoken for and so was I. Not long after moving back, I booked an Asian tour of 42nd street where I was whisked away to Asia for 6 months. When I returned, as most working actors in NYC do, I went back to working at the restaurant until the next gig. Stephen excitedly welcomed me back and to my surprise was not only interested in me, but single….. and so was I. Yay! We began dating in the summer and agreed to call it quits because, again, I had booked another musical theatre tour, this time in the U.S, where I would be gone for almost a year. However, that didn’t happen. We kept calling, skyping and traveled back and forth between NYC and any place my show stopped in order see one another and eventually became an inseparable pair. After 2 1/2 years of dating Stephen proposed on New Year’s Day 2011 in Bryant Park under the Christmas Tree. We’ve always made a habit of having an “all day date” on New Year’s Day and this year I was surprised with an amazing original sapphire ring Stephen designed himself . I couldn’t have been happier and my friends were all there with open arms to witness and capture the moment. Wedding planning is fun, but being married to my Boo is gonna be even better! Why we chose the Cloisters: Not many people in NYC know about the Cloisters, a Medieval art and architecture museum constructed from ruins of castles and cathedrals in Europe (each stone transported to the US and reconstructed). Surprisingly, there are people who’ve lived on the island for their whole lives who’ve never been there before. But….at almost the top edge of Manhattan near 190th street there is this magical park where you have stunning views of the Hudson, and this really unique museum.
Happy Monday, East Coast Brides. We hope you all had fantastic weekends and congratulations to Keri and her father for completing the Atlantic City Marathon (for those of you who don’t know, Keri is am amazing runner who writes another blog Blue-Eyed Runner). While Keri is celebrating her awesome accomplishment, I am luckily enjoying the marvelous east coast state of Florida taking a long weekend vacation to Disney with my husband! It’s a nice little break from the sun to bring you this gorgeous New York wedding captured by Fancy Love Photography. We love the rustic signs, the beautiful heart bunting (which inspires us for our Etsy shop), and the stunning ceremonial arch of sunflowers made by the groom’s father and grandmother.
From the beautiful bride, Alana:
We were inspired to do certain things for our wedding by our love for one another as we wanted others to see and feel that love on our wedding day. We also wanted our wedding to be very personal which led to a lot of the personal decorations we had and all of the do-it-yourself pieces. It was a true reflection of us a couple. Another inspiration came from the location itself. As we were having an outdoor wedding at a beautiful piece of property we wanted to incorporate natural, rustic elements into our wedding to add to the beauty of our surroundings.
vendors: photographer: Fancy Love Photography // cake: Jean-Claude Bakery // dress designer: David’s Bridal // hair and makeup: Winterton Day Spa // jewelry: grandmother’s pearl earrings and necklace // bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal // men’s attire: Kohl’s // floral design: Greg’s grandmother, florist Diane Hensler, provided and created all of our floral designs. Alana and Diane went over all of Alana’s ideas for the flowers for the wedding and she brought Alana’s visions to life. From the bouquets to the centerpieces to the seating table to the arbor, Diane made it more beautiful than Greg and Alana could have imagined // dj/band: DJ Domenic // rentals: Orange County Rentals
I have no idea why I am obsessed with this couple. Maybe it is their stunning good looks or their impeccably styled, picture-perfect wedding. I am such a sucker for pale pink and navy! Or maybe it’s their fairytale love story complete with London proposal that gets me? Whatever it is, Meg Miller Photography completely nailed this one and we thank her for giving us the honor of featuring it.
From the photographer…
Their love story could be the plot of an amazing romantic comedy. The met at work, as her desk was directly across from his. Amrit of course was taken by Allison’s beauty, but as they got to know one another, their connection was like no other. But what was he to do- she was his secretary! Love prevailed in this story, he proposed in London and were married in Tarrytown, NY this July. These photos give you a glimpse of the fun they have together!
vendors: photographer: Meg Miller Photography // caterer: Tarrytown House Estate // venue: Tappan Hill Mansion // invitations: Aerialist Press // dress: Wedding Atelier // shoes: Badgley Mischka // jewelry: Swarovski // bridesmaids dresses: RK Bridal
Good morning east coasters! Today’s wedding gorgeousness comes to us from Ari + Erik Photography. We were quickly drawn to Ari + Erik’s quirky style when we first featured them a few months back. Needless to say, we were thrilled when this amazing NYC wedding landed in our inbox. It was nearly impossible to narrow down the bride and groom pictures and just wait until you see the amazing bouquets the bridesmaids were toting. Swoon!
From the lovely bride, Juliette…
Being that Ron lived in New Jersey and I, Juliette, lived in New York, we decided that we wanted to have a New York City theme. When Ron asked me to be his girlfriend and asked me to marry him, it was in front of the New York City skyline on the New Jersey pier. We have always loved walking by the Weehawken Pier to admire the view of the city. It is one of our favorite things to do. Our overall inspiration was our relationship and therefore we decided that we would personalize our wedding. We customized it to all the things that we had encountered during our relationship that made it so unique and special.
My mother made my veil, which had a beautiful butterfly at the very bottom in diamonds. She also made our pillow for our rings in a shape of a butterfly. Our monogram was the letter “Z” in the middle of a star which was designed by Ron’s dad. My brother designed our cake, which had tons of details that reflect our relationship. Our centerpieces included Hydrangeas, in Spanish Hortensia, which is Ron’s grandmother’s name. She lives in Florida and couldn’t make it. My bouquet held a very special piece of jewelry, a picture of my late grandparents. Being that Ron is Cuban and we were having the wedding in my home town, we decided that the menu would be of Cuban cuisine which entailed some of our favorite dishes.
One of the most memorable parts of the wedding for us both was when I walked into the church. It’s a moment that neither of us will ever forget. We locked eyes and we knew at that very moment that was exactly where we wanted to be.
vendors: photographer: Ari + Erik Photography// venue: Midtown Loft & Terrace New York City // videographer: STUDIO VERDÚ by Milton Verdu // event coordination: Catering & Events Manager Havana Central, Heather Lynch // cake: Sprinkle Splash // bride’s dress: Allure // hair: Existos // make up: Chrissy // bridesmaids dresses: Impressions // florals: Alba Castle of Flowers // music: Diverse Entertainment // stationery: Design by Zarza
Our next engagement session comes to us from Casey Connell Photography. This super fun and adorable, outdoor e-session was inspired by the couple’s love of the outdoors. Amanda and Dan share a mutual love of camping, fishing and playing games, so it was only natural that they draw from that for their shoot. And check out how nicely these too clean up for some fancier photos at the end. Enjoy!
From the photographer,
Amanda’s sister is an incredibly talented and sought after videographer in upstate NY and Amanda is often her second shooter so when it came time to start planning her own wedding she had seen more than her fair share. Luckily having viewed so many couples through the lens she had lots of great ideas. For her engagement session, she and Dan knew they wanted something that was personal and reflected what they love. It didn’t take long to come up with an outdoors theme featuring camping, fly fishing, scrabble playing and some rummy at the state park where they got engaged at sunset. Amanda is gorgeous and always laughing when Dan is around. Dan is such a sweet cool guy. And together they fly fish on the weekends, Amanda even ties her own lures and has a smashing pink vest to hang them on. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for their December wedding.