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

 

Megumi and Joomin were married on a beautiful day in Brooklyn. Preparations began at an apartment in Williamsburg.

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After a very sweet first look, we headed to Dumbo for some photos. Joomin proposed to Megumi at this spot on the pier and it was very meaningful for them to go back to the place where she said “yes!”

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These two photos at Jane’s Carousel perfectly illustrate Megumi and Joomin. They are sweet and emotional, but also silly and tons of fun!

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The ceremony was held outside in the garden at MyMoon.

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Joomin is a trained singer and is currently starring in the Off-Broadway show, “KPOP.” His voice is beautiful! He sang “You and I” by Michael Buble to Megumi just before they shared their vows.

Megumi shares, “My favorite moment was when Joomin sang for me during the ceremony. He kept his eyes on me, and sang to me as his voice was shaking to hold down his tears. I will never forget his face, his voice, and his emotion. At that moment, it really hit me that we are getting married and that we are in front of friends and families, who are witnessing our love.”

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Megumi says, “Even though we come from two separate traditions, Japanese and Korean, we decided to celebrate our marriage “our way.” We didn’t follow any books to plan our wedding, we just put all the things we wanted to do together, and asked the people we love to be part of it. But Joomin’s mom did wear a traditional Korean outfit for the wedding and she was stunning!”

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The look of the venue was very important to the couple. Megumi shares, “We were looking for a venue with exposed bricks since our apartment has exposed bricks and we are totally in love with it. When we went for a tour, we instantly fell in love with it. So cute, perfect for the number of guests we were planning on inviting, and we loved that the venue included delicious food and great drinks. We also loved that we could project our names and the date of the wedding on the outside wall too!”

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When you have amazing friends who are brilliant Broadway performers, why not have a cabaret hour at your reception? Friends sang love songs to the newlyweds and, of course, the stars of “KPOP” had to sing a song to Megumi! KPOP sang “사랑의 노래” which means “Song of Love” (music and lyrics by Max Vernon and Helen Park).

“사랑의 노래 난 언제나 너만,
바라볼꺼라 약속 할꺼야 소중한 이 자리에.
수줍은 그대 미소 바라볼때마다 난 행복해.
언제까지나 오 영원토록 You are my biggest star.”

This translates to: “Song of love I promise you that I only love you in this special moment. My shy girl, your smile always makes me happy. Forever and ever you are my biggest star.”

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Many emotional speeches were delivered during dinner. Megumi shares, “Since we are from multilingual backgrounds, we made sure that everyone in the room could understand the speeches. We had our friends translate the speeches to English, Korean, and Japanese so everyone could feel included. Joomin’s dad’s speech was all in Korean, but with the translation everyone was able to understand and get emotional with us!”

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I don’t often get to see a good cake smash. This one was awesome! Megumi really went for it!

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Congratulations Megumi and Joomin!

You can also see their engagement photos here.

Special thanks to the team:
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt
Venue: MyMoon
Officiant: Linda Jacobson
Cake: Kuramata Cakes, Hiroyo Kuramata
DJ/Band: Franklin Ayara
Hair and Makeup: Sachiko Yanase
Rings: Jangmi
Bride’s Dress Designer /Shop: Rana’s Bridal

Julia and Steve celebrated an elegant, intimate wedding at Del Posto in New York City. Before the ceremony they shared a first look up on the High Line.

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Julia and Steve are having a very exciting year! Not only are they getting married, but they will be welcoming a baby this winter!

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A Jewish ceremony under a Chuppah with their immediate family took place just before going downstairs to the wine cellar to exchange vows in front of their friends and family.

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After a toast and a celebratory dance, Julia made her way down the aisle.

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After the ceremony we went to a nearby park for some portraits.

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The reception was held in in the dining room. The guests enjoyed a three-course Italian dinner.

Julia shares, “We felt the venue was intimate, sophisticated and elegant- exactly what we envisioned for our wedding day!”

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Congratulations Julia and Steve!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Del Posto
Florist: Blossom Heath florist
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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