Clarissa and Stephen were married at the New York State Museum in Albany. The day began at the Renaissance Hotel.

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The couple shared a really sweet first look outside the Capitol Building.

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Clarissa shares, “It was important to us that we throw a really fun party for our guests. Community, friends and family are really important to us. Having so many of the people we care about all together in one place to celebrate our partnership was a gift.

We loved our venue, the New York State Museum. The weather cooperated and we were able to host our celebration on the terrace in view of the State Capitol and the Empire State Plaza – we didn’t need to set up a photo booth! I don’t have just one favorite moment. The whole celebration was incredible. And as we were warned, it went by too quickly. A couple of my favorite memories include dancing with both my Mom and my Dad during the father-daughter dance and posing for pictures with friends on the carousel.”

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Stephen shares: “What a great way to have our special day! Clarissa and I worked so hard to set up this day and it was exhilarating to share our commitment to each other with our community of family and friends. I’ll always remember setting up for the photo of all our guests celebrating with us on the steps of the museum. We couldn’t have done it without the assistance of Frank the dog.

We kept the decorations simple. My sister made table numbers and, along with the flowers from our favorite farm, they really brightened up the space. I can’t believe how fast the night went and I’ll never forget sharing the first slice of cake with Clarissa – delicious (also the cakes looked great – WOW)! With assistance from our awesome DJ who made the trip up from Brooklyn, our nieces and nephews made the dance floor jump when they weren’t taking Polaroids of the party. It was a Wertloch party to remember!”

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When I first met Clarissa and Stephen they told me they wanted to have a really fun day, and they definitely did! Complete with a YAY! cake!

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Clarissa and Stephen shared their first dance to “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers.

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Congratulations Clarissa and Stephen!

Special thank you to the team:
Venue: New York State Museum
Coordinator: Danielle Grasso Events
Officiant: Jeff Dupee
Caterer: More Perreca’s Catering
Cake: Baking You Crazy
DJ: DJ Mikey Palms
Florist: Windflower Farm
Invitations: Minted
Groom’s Ring: Market Square Jewelers
Bride’s Dress: Ida’s Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: The Frye Company
Jewelry: Vintage
Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Alfred Sung
Groom’s Suit Designer/Shop: Indochino
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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I met Katie and Mike at Gantry State Park in Long Island City for their engagement session. We had beautiful weather and breath-taking views!





Katie shares, “Mike and I grew up only a few blocks apart on Long Island, but we didn’t truly meet until 2011 at one of the classiest bars in New York City, Turtle Bay. When Mike and I first met we were more opposite than you could imagine. He was a Long Island sports-loving, schedule-driven law student, and me a grungy, free-spirited art school student. No matter how different we seemed, we always knew how to make each other laugh. It’s safe to say we eventually met in the middle and our differences are what make our relationship so strong.

Today we live together in Astoria. We consider New York City our playground whether it’s checking out a new park, museum, or undiscovered town in one of the boroughs. We love Gantry State Park for its gorgeous views and convenient proximity from home. To see the trees splashed among a rigid and vast skyline is something that will never get old! We are so excited to continue life’s adventure when we get married in one of our favorite parks in September.”











Katie and Mike are getting married in Manhattan this September. Happy engagement, you two!

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Allison and Josiah were married in Central Park on a beautiful summer day. Allison got ready for the day with her family and friends at the Marriot along Central Park South.

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The ceremony took place at the Ladies Pavilion and was officiated by two of the couple’s good friends.

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Allison shares, “When Joe and I decided to move in together, we knew we wanted to live on the Upper West Side because of the neighborhood and Central Park! Once we got there, the lake and pavilion area truly became our place where we would grab a bagel and juice and take Lola for a walk, sit out on the rocks and enjoy the scenery. Seemed only fitting to get married there! Tavern on the Green was also special to us because we had our first Christmas together there.”

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Joe proposed on a bike ride over the Williamsburg Bridge where they had their first kiss.

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Allison and Josiah both found ways to honor very special loved ones.

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Congratulations Allison and Josiah!

Special credits include:
Venue: Ladies Pavillion in Central Park
Cocktail Hour: Tavern on the Green
Macarons: LaDurée
Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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I met Clarissa and Stephen for a walk through Riverside Park and along the Hudson River.

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Clarissa and Stephen will be getting married this July at the Albany State Museum! Happy engagement, you two!

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I met Cristina and John in Central Park for a sunrise engagement session. We had the whole terrace to ourselves! It was a beautiful day and I really enjoyed capturing their playful personalities.

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Cristina shares, “It all started with a “wink” and a few messages back and forth on Match.com. We had our first date at The Smith and sparked instantly, our chemistry was undeniable – the prelude to a 6-month journey of friendship and flirtation. On a cold February night at the historic Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, VT, John asked me to be his girlfriend and the rest was history.

John and I love to spend our time traveling. Over the last 6 years we have visited over 8 countries, our favorite trip is tied between our love of people and nature in Costa Rica and our thirst for culture, romance, history, nightlife and beauty in Italy. Puerto Rico also holds a very special place in our hearts, as it’s where my maternal family originated and John’s closest family members reside.”

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She continues, “We were vacationing in Greece on the island of Mykonos after having visited Santorini and Kefalonia for our friends’ wedding. On our last day in Mykonos, I made it my mission to find the the island’s family of large pelicans that roam the streets. After a few hours of walking around, I finally found one. It was the highlight of my day and our trip felt complete.

Little did I know, John was about to steal the show. When we arrived in our room, red rose petals were layered across the room. I figured this was the hotel’s typical parting gesture on a couples’ last evening. As we were both preparing for our last night in Greece, I noticed John slipped away to our balcony and shut the door behind him. After a few minutes I opened the door to see what he was up to and saw he had rose petals and rose-flavored wine awaiting my entrance. Still I thought, “how romantic,” but this was not about to be “THE MOMENT.” Then suddenly, John dropped down on his knee and recited a speech I’ll never forget. I’m grateful he wrote his words down, because I blacked out in disbelief. I said “YES” and we went on to have a beautiful evening, enjoying our last dinner in Mykonos on the sand, beside the ocean as fiancés.”

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Cristina grew up on the Upper East Side with The Met and Central Park as her backyard. It was a great backdrop for engagement photos!

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The couple will be getting married at the Liberty House this December. Happy engagement, you two!

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