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Caitlin and Steve live in Long Island City near the Citi Bank building and wanted to capture their neighborhood in their engagement session. We had to stop by the court house, since they are both lawyers, but also because it has a beautiful fountain!

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Steve shares, “Caitlin and I met at law school in Philadelphia in 2012. After hanging out in groups a few times, I finally worked up the courage to ask her out a few weeks after we met. Our first date was at a BYOT (bring your own tequila!) Mexican restaurant, and we got to know each other over chips, guacamole, and margaritas.

We ended up working at the same law firm after graduation and soon moved in together in New York City. On the heels of that major life decision we quickly made another; adopting an adorable Calico cat, Penny, who currently runs our apartment.

We’ll be getting married in February at the Brooklyn Winery. We’re so excited for a fun night with our closest friends and family!”

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We also went to Gantry State Park for the beautiful skyline views.

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Happy Engagement Caitlin and Steve!

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Adriana and Dom were married on Halloween weekend in NYC. Their wedding was very city chic, featuring black and white details at the W Hotel Union Square, but also with fun pops of Halloween whimsy.

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The ceremony took place at the Church of St. Francis Xavier.

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After the ceremony, the wedding party went to Washington Square Park for some photos.

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There is a special installation on view under the arch at Washington Square Park, Ai Weiwei’s “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.”

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Adriana shares, “Inscribed in Dom’s wedding band is not the date we were getting married 10/28/17, it’s the date we first met 9/19/14. I want to remember this date because it’s the date that the most unexpected chance encounter happened between two people who were in the right place at the right time and not looking for love but working on loving and living their best life for themselves.

From choosing Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” but letting it lead into UB40’s reggae infused version, our wedding was the perfect combination of “edgy elegance.” We went classic and timeless more or less in everything we chose for this wedding but, where there was room for a pop of our personalities, humor and a little sass, we went for it.

Our signature drinks “The Golden Girl” and “The Good Fella” speak perfectly to our personalities and the ways in which we managed to tie our interests and humor into any element of this wedding we could. White constructed bouquets were also something I helped design with Stacy – we decided we wanted to do as much white as possible but in an edgy way.

I let my bridesmaids wear what they wanted as long as it was black and to the floor, I wanted my friends to dress true to themselves and the style that worked best and I love the mix of cuts, styles and looks in one photo.

I love white, I love black, I love Halloween and I love my husband Dom.

Thank you, Jess, for capturing a classic New York fall wedding with a side order of sass!”

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Adriana adds, “I had the most fun incorporating the subtle pops of Halloween references from Dom’s skull cufflinks to our bags at the candy bar customized to read “Happy Halloween, love the BOO-cchinos.” I was living for every little moment I could add my own personality into the day. If you are going to choose to get married on Halloween weekend you need to do something!!! The all-white candy bar was my favorite idea. I worked hard with my amazing planner Stacy from FLO NY Events to do a candy bar that was chic and monochromatic with pops of Halloween. It was my favorite thing to construct and see come to life at the wedding.”

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Congratulations Adriana and Dom!

Check out their Gramercy Park engagement session here.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: W Hotel Union Square
Church: The Church of St. Francis Xavier
Officiant: Father Robert VerEecke SJ.
Coordinator: Stacy of FLO NY Events
Cake: Butterfly Bakeshop
DJ/Band: DJ Matty Elan Artists
Florist: Stacy FLO NY EVENTS
Invitations: Blacker & Kooby By Vanessa
Makeup: Pucker
Hair: Dream Dry
Rings: Warren Jewelers
Bride’s Dress: Watters for BHLDN
Bride’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
Groom’s Suit: Zegna
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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Elizabeth and Chris were married on a warm autumn day in Southampton. The day began with preparations at a beach house.

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Lyz shares the story of how they met and got engaged, “We met freshman year of college – we were housed on the same freshman hall, just a few doors down from each other, in a dorm with co-ed bathrooms. We joke that we’ve shared a bathroom since we met. We started seeing each other about midway through freshman year and have been together now for 15 years.

Chris proposed during our vacation in Southampton in June 2016. We took the boat out for a ride with the family dog to our favorite spot on a small island in the Little Peconic Bay. We went for a long walk out to the point and on the way he said some sweet things and then got down on one knee. It turns out that for much of the walk he was trying to hide the fact he was working to unzip two zip-lock bags that he had in his bathing suit pocket without me noticing. It was a perfect day and, even after 14 years, I was absolutely surprised.

My engagement ring is a very special piece connecting me to both Chris’s mother and grandmother. I love the sapphires and loved the idea of a making a wedding band that would help to highlight the uniqueness of the family heirloom.”

The ceremony was held at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. It is a beautiful church that was created with stone discarded from the New York Public Library.

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I loved including the dogs in the family portrait!

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It has been a busy and exciting year for Lyz and Chris! She shares, “We were consumed with house-buying which was our priority and, therefore, did zero wedding planning for almost a year. Then, oddly enough, a few of us had the same idea in the same week – what if we just did the reception at the Coast Grill? One call to Pam, the restaurant owner, and I was sold – her approach matched mine – let’s just have a really fun, stress-free party, without all the fuss that often comes along with weddings.

The Coast Grill is just two houses away from Chris’s parents’ house and it’s our family’s go-to spot for dinner on the weekends when we want to get out of the house, and it’s not just because we can walk there. Pam and her husband have created such a warm and welcoming environment, with the bonus of delicious food; we are so lucky they are so close. It was just the perfect place for us to bring all of our family and friends together.

We went for ease wherever possible. We made our own save the dates, I found my dress online, picked our invitation design from Etsy and used vendors we knew well or had been recommended by friends.

The whole day was perfect. The ceremony was beautiful and moving, getting photos with our 6-month old puppy on the beach was so fun, and having all of our family and friends together, at the restaurant we love, was so special. It really was the perfect wedding.

Also exciting was our nieces and nephew meeting for the first time – two live in California and one in New York. They were instant friends and had so much fun together as the flower girls and ring bearer.”

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An exercise in patience..!

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Congratulations Lyz and Chris!

Special thanks to the team:
Church: The Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton
Reception venue: The Coast Grill
Hair & Makeup: Alicia Cook, Revolve Hair
Flowers: Topiaire
Gown: Theia
Bride’s Ring: Bario Neal
Cakes: Tate’s Bakeshop
Favors: Southampton Soap Company
DJ: Eric Visa, with 74 Events
Invitations & Programs: Etsy – DigitalRstudio
Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy – Totes Moda 
Dog Bowtie & Leash: Etsy – LA DogStore
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

 

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This year we had a Halloween adventure! We rented a car to go up to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in the historic Hudson Valley (about an hour north of the city). We stopped along the way at Fort Tryon Park, Sleepy Hollow and Croton Park. And I finally got Ollie’s Halloween photos in his costume!

Ah! He is only 18 months old, but he is looking so grown up…until he gets his costume on!

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Oh man. This kid. He is so full of giggles, mischief, sweetness and fun.

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I had to throw in some iphone photos too!

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Happy Halloween!

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Rachel and Jim were married on a warm autumn day at Cana Vineyards in Virginia.

After a very sweet first look we walked around the vineyard to take some photos.

Rachel shares, “Jim and I meet via OKCupid (my matron of honor Susanne helped me put the OKCupid profile together), and after chatting back and forth for a bit, we agreed for a first date at the Mussel Bar in Bethesda, MD (right around the corner from where I work). Jim was about 10-15 minutes late (this would become a theme for the first few dates we went on). The date went very well; I was impressed by his job with the National Park Service, and he asked me all the right questions about my job (most guys before would only feign interest in what I did). After we left each other at the end of the night, Jim found out he had gotten a parking ticket; when he texted me about that, I thought that was the end, since a previous “suitor” had ended things similarly. But a few weeks later, we went on a second date at a little Mexican restaurant in Friendship Heights, and Jim was 30 minutes late. Still, we each found the other person interesting enough to keep texting. Just before Christmas, we went on our third date to ZooLights at the National Zoo in D.C. It was raining and Jim was over an HOUR late. The date didn’t start well, but it ended well. We walked through the cold rain to see all the Christmas lights, then spent time inside at some of the animal exhibits, where Jim wowed me with his random animal knowledge, before we headed off to a little Italian restaurant for dinner in Cleveland Park (we still try to go to that restaurant every year around Christmas). Our fourth date was at my apartment, ringing in the new year watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin over drinks. After that date, it was pretty official that we were dating.

The first official “I love you” came during our first trip away about 6 months into our relationship, in Orland, Florida to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We had a great trip away, and it wasn’t too long after that we decided to move in with each other. We continued to take trips with each other, to see the National Parks in the desert southwest (Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, etc.) and California (Yosemite, Sequoia/Kings Canyon, Alcatraz, etc.), to Iceland, to London, and many more weekend trips.”

The proposal was a surprise! Rachel continues, “Jim proposed to me in November of 2016, right before I was going away on a business trip to New Orleans. We were at one of our favorite Virginia State Parks, Mason Neck State Park. Earlier that day, when we were planning our hike for the day, I offered to just go to a nearby park to save us time. But Jim was very insistent we go to Mason Neck, and I didn’t think anything of it. We walked around the park, took lots of pictures of the sunset. I was turned away from him, staring at the sunset, and when I turned around he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand. My first response was “are you tying your shoe?” I didn’t put two and two together until he started to say something sweet (unfortunately we can’t remember what he said exactly, but I’m sure it was extra romantic) and then he proposed to me. Jim insists I was crying when it happened, I will contend it was merely something in my eye. Afterwards, I started to call and text my family and friends (Jim had told my parents and close friends he was proposing that day). When I was in New Orleans for work, my colleagues (many of whom were at the wedding) took me out for a pre-bachelorette party on Bourbon Street to celebrate.”

Cana Vineyards was the perfect place for their wedding. Rachel shares, “After Christmas, we somehow settled on a date for the wedding (10/7/17), though I personally think Jim tricked me into the date. Jim did quite a bit of searching to find a venue that was available and within budget. We finally settled on Cana Vineyards because it had such a wonderful view and wasn’t too far from our second favorite Virginia State Park, Sky Meadows State Park. When planning the wedding, we wanted it to be very personal and reflect our personalities as much as possible, which is why we went with a National Parks/Harry Potter theme. We (and by “we,” I mean “I”) made all of the centerpieces from recycled wine bottles; the pieces of wood came from a friend of Jim’s, who had cut down some trees near his house and made the pieces for us, to which Jim glued the bottles.

The wedding was pretty perfect in the end. We had a lot of fun, surrounded by a lot of people we love and care about. The honeymoon in Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies, was also amazing, and a great start for everything to come.”

The ceremony was held outside in the vineyard.

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MARRIED!

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Rachel and Jim danced their first dance to “There Will Be Time” by Mumford and Sons.

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Congratulations Rachel and Jim!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg
Venue Coordinator: Alison Whaley
DJ/Band: Finest Sounds, Ron Gray
Caterer: John Feist, The Feisty Chef
Officiant: Emily Patton
Hair and Makeup: Bridal Artistry DC
Cake: Barbara Stephenson, stepmother of bride
Invitations: Paperless Post
Rings: Lillia Nash (bride), Justin Duance (groom)
Bride’s Dress Designer/Shop: David’s Bridal
Cake topper: Etsy’s Sugar Bee Etching
Cake decorations: Cakes by Kristi
Seating chart design: Red Line Studio
Guest book/puzzle: Personalized Art Decor
Custom cat cutouts: Almost Real Standups

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