Erin and Nayden were married at the beautiful Cana Vineyards in Middleburg, Virginia. Erin shares, “It was absolutely the best day ever. We were hoping for a “garden party” feel to our wedding day, and the weather cooperated to make it absolutely lovely!”

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Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Nayden shares, “It sounds a bit cliché, but I can honestly say our wedding day was the happiest of my life so far. From the anticipation beforehand, to getting to see all of our friends and family gathering at Cana, to the moment I saw Erin walking down the aisle. Even the things that happened a bit outside of our plan ended up feeling entirely special and “ours,” so I wouldn’t change a thing.

Aside from the ceremony itself (which was the favorite part for both of us!), I was really touched by Erin’s wedding present – an antique pocket watch that had belonged to her grandfather, and which her dad and all her uncles had agreed I was worthy to receive. It was an incredible way to say “welcome to the family” and it was moving to line up right afterward with all of the men of the family for our photo.

Other highlights of the night were our first dance, which was magical despite my lack of dancing ability, the delicious food, and our send off, at the end of which we were surprised to find my car thoroughly decorated for the occasion! After planning for 18 months, it feels a bit surreal now that the wedding has come and passed. We had an amazing time and we’re looking forward to continuing our journey as Mr. and Mrs. Hitchev!”

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After the ceremony we took a sunset walk through the vineyards for some photos.

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Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Erin continues, “We had lawn games and outdoor seating, so were fully able to enjoy the beauty of the vineyard. I felt throughout the day that I was living in a Jane Austen novel!

I loved being surrounded by family and closest friends – I wish the day had been longer so we could have spent more time with each of them. I was grateful to have each of my four siblings and their families at our wedding. Each aspect of our wedding was fabulous and I wouldn’t change a thing! I can’t wait to relive all of the memories through photographs.”

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Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

The couple shared their first dance to Anchor by Mindy Gledhill.

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Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Cana Vineyard Virginia wedding photography

Congratulations Erin and Nayden!

Check out their Georgetown engagement photos here.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Cana Vineyards
Officiant: Scott Maurer – West City Fellowship
Flowers: L’Artisan Lily
Dress designer: White Swan Bridal
Hair: Nefertiti Powell, Bridal Beauty Associates
Suit designer: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Atom Attire
Rings & Jewelry Designer: Quest Jewelers
Recessional Music: Taylor Hughey
Caterer & Cake: John Feist, Culinary Delights by Feist
Cake Topper: Deliziare
Invitations & Programs: Watercolor Delight – Minted
Guest “Book” Quilt: Westbound Quilts
Wedding Consultant: Cynthia Donson
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

Kenny asked Christina to marry him under the bright lights of Broadway. We returned to the whirlwind of Times Square to celebrate their engagement!

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Christina shares, “Kenny and I are high school sweethearts. We met through mutual friends when we were sixteen years old in high school. We have been dating for a little over nine years and, come our wedding day, we will have been together just under ten years! Over the years, we have celebrated our anniversary by going into NYC and either seeing a new Broadway  attending the Vendy Awards on Governors Island, or simply trying out a new restaurant. Going into the city is a reminder of all the good times we’ve had together and how we have grown as a couple so it was perfect that Kenny asked me to marry him in Times Square.

It was a cold Valentine’s Day evening and Kenny and I had gone to see the Broadway musical “Aladdin.” Afterwards, we stopped at a Starbucks nearby to warm up. While there, Kenny was taking his time to get ready and bundle back up to walk to our hotel. Little did I know, he was stalling to make sure the timing of his plan would work out. On our walk back to the hotel, Kenny had drawn my attention to the other side of the street where I saw a bright red billboard with the words “Christina will you marry me?” In shock, I turned to Kenny who was then down on one knee asking me to marry him and of course I said “YES!”

Getting engaged in NYC just adds to all of the great memories we’ve had there, so choosing to take our engagement pictures there was a no brainer. We chose Times Square because that is where we got engaged and have spent a lot of time together when we visit. We also chose the Brooklyn Bridge because we have always loved that bridge and its beauty and we felt it was a perfect location to capture the love we have for one another.”

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Christina and Kenny will be getting married next September. Congratulations you two!

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I met Melissa and Justin on Bow Bridge in Central Park for a mini-engagement session. It was a very hot day, but that didn’t stop us from getting some nice shots and celebrating this exciting time in their lives! You guys are so sweet. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding!

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Melissa shares, “Justin and I both went to college at Bentley in Waltham, Massachusetts. We had a couple of classes together our freshman year, but we did not actually get to know each other outside of class until junior year when our groups of friends started hanging out in the same places. That was 2006, and we’ve been together ever since. After almost nine years of dating and two and a half years of sharing an NYC apartment together, Justin (finally!) proposed in Central Park last July.”

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They will be getting married this fall on Block Island. Happy engagement Melissa and Justin!

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Natalie and Dan were married at the incredibly designed, vintage-style Metropolitan Building in New York City. The day was filled with joyful moments, special details and a little bit of theatrics…

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For Natalie and Dan there was only one perfect place to celebrate their wedding, and that was the Metropolitan Building. Natalie shares, “Dan and I had decided early on that we wanted a small, intimate, vintage wedding in New York. The Metropolitan Building was the first (and only) venue we visited. The minute we stepped foot on the second floor, we were in awe and knew right away that this was the place that we wanted to celebrate our union in marriage with family and friends. It is a beautiful space with French decor, gorgeous floor-to-ceiling library shelves, chandeliers, hand-painted hardwood floors, and old world charm that you couldn’t replicate if you tried. The entire third floor of the building is essentially a giant prop room full of vintage antiques and furniture that we were able to use to decorate our floor on the day of our wedding. The rest of our decor–including the flowers, signage, and space design–were DIY and truly a group effort. My mother and New York-based bridesmaids/bridesman designed and executed every element perfectly and did so on a strict budget. It truly felt like we were King and Queen for a day in this magical, vintage castle.”

I have to agree. I’ve been wanting to photograph a wedding at the Metropolitan Building for years. It was a dream come true to photograph this incredible space–a photographer’s playground–and to shoot for such an awesome couple made it even more wonderful!

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Each member of the bridal party received monogrammed champagne glasses.

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Dan’s style incorporated a nod to his British heritage with flag cufflinks along with his new home in the states, American flag socks.

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Dan shares, “My favorite moment of the day was our first look. I hadn’t seen Natalie very much in the few days prior to our wedding (except for the rehearsal dinner) as she was staying with her sister at a hotel, and my best men were staying with me at our apartment in Astoria. I missed her so much and couldn’t wait to have a special moment, just the two of us. Once she tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around we both burst into tears. She looked absolutely stunning. We were both speechless and just stood there gazing into each other’s eyes. It was romantic, and wonderful to steal away these few precious moments in the wake of our big celebration.”

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One of the most iconic rooms in the Metropolitan Building is the Hall of Mirrors.

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“In November 2013,” Natalie shares, “Dan was feeling pretty restless in his day-to-day routine, and decided he wanted to change up his life for a little while and go on an adventure. Next thing he knew, he had booked a plane ticket to New York City to study improvisational comedy for three months. He had been performing for years in the UK, but wanted to experience the thriving comedy scene in the Big Apple. Around the same time, I had just started taking improv classes. I come from a musical theater background, so when I saw that there was a musical improv class, I jumped on it. As fate would have it, Dan was also enrolled in that class and the rest is history. It was truly a whirlwind romance. We had our first date a week after we met, and were inseparable from that moment on. Of course, after three months Dan had to move back to the UK, but our relationship never faltered. I was lucky enough to have a job that allowed me to travel somewhat, so I visited Dan in the UK for a few weeks at a time every 2 to 3 months. In the times that we weren’t together, we Skyped almost every day. It sounds so cheesy, but Dan and I knew we had something special, so we weren’t about to let something as silly as the ocean get in the way of our love.”

Improv has been an important part of their history, and was also included in the wedding day with their official wedding hashtag #yesandtolove. “Yes, and…” is the most basic “rule” in improvisational comedy. It suggests that a performer should accept what another performer has stated (“yes”) and then expand on that line of thinking (“and”) to build a scene. The “yes, and…” theme continued as a part of funny stories and sweet toasts given throughout the evening.

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the metropolitan building nyc wedding

Natalie tells the story of their engagement, “Dan was living in London at the time, and had just flown over to New York for a two-week visit for Christmas. His birthday happened to fall within those weeks, so I planned a big day full of surprises for him. Little did I know he had a surprise of his own. One of the places I took him to was the American Museum of Natural History, a favorite date spot of ours from when we first met. As we descended the stairs in the whale room (The Milstean Hall of Ocean Life), Dan told me he loved me and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Once we were perfectly positioned underneath the blue whale, he dropped to his knee and opened up a little black box to reveal the most beautiful ring I had ever seen – a vintage sapphire ring with cluster diamonds purchased from a vintage Jewelers in East London. I was so shocked and happy, I almost forgot to say “yes!” It was one of the best days of my life. Once we left the museum we celebrated with a glass of prosecco, and then continued on with the plans I had already made for his birthday, which then became a joint celebration of our engagement.”

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Natalie continues, “It’s hard to choose my favorite moment, because the whole day was perfect, but one of my favorite moments was surprising Dan by singing during our recessional. Just after our priest had officially presented us as Mr. and Mrs. Titmuss, music started playing, and I remember Dan turned to me and asked if we should start walking back down the aisle. As I shook my head “no,” my sister slyly handed me the microphone and I broke out into a parody version of “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. It was so wonderful to see his face light up when I started singing. It was a fun and joyful way to transition from our beautiful and emotional ceremony into the “party” portion of the evening!”

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“Hey baby, I’m glad I just married you!”

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The band played La Vie en Rose for their first dance.

“Give your heart and soul to me
And life will always be la vie en rose.”

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Metropolitan Building Wedding

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Natalie shares, “After Dan and I got engaged, we officially applied for him to move to the United States on a K-1 Visa (fiancé visa). After about 6 months of paperwork, immigration interviews, and living across the pond, he was finally approved and moved to New York on July 4, 2015. With a K-1 Visa, the government requires you to get married within three months of  being in the country or your conditional status expires. Since we didn’t want to plan and organize a full wedding in three months, we decided to get legally married at city hall for bureaucratic purposes and then plan the wedding of our dreams to happen exactly one year later. On our “legal wedding day,” we went out for a nice celebratory dinner. Once we finished, our waiter told us if we wanted a really good dessert, we should go across the street to an artisanal donut shop called Dough, and I’m so glad he did because the donuts are seriously little slices of heaven. Since these donuts had served as our “cake” on our legal wedding day, we thought having them at our real wedding would be fitting.”

Flavors included hibiscus, passion fruit with cocoa nibs, café au lait, mocha almond crunch and glazed. YUM!

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Congratulations Natalie and Dan!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: The Metropolitan Building
Venue Coordinator: Carlos Ortiz, The Metropolitan Building
Catering: Maia Pearl Catering
Officiant: Father Robert Feeney
Flowers: Jonathan Gilland
Makeup/Hair: Steven Harris
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Wedding Dress: Suburban Bridal
Wedding Shoes: Seychelles
Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker London
Groom’s Shoes: Gordon Rush
Ties: The Tie Bar
DJ: Peter Lori Entertainment, feat. Ryan Farnsworth
Band: Dan Reitz
Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas
Save the Date: Minted
Donuts: Dough
Wedding Candle Favors: Etsy Bitter Willoughby
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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Elyssa loves the outdoors and Mike loves the city, so naturally, we met in Central Park for their engagement session!

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Elyssa shares, “Both recently out of long term relationships, Mike and I both decided to try (pre-Tinder) online dating in 2012. After exchanging a few messages, we became each other’s first in person date. We hit it off right away, and on our first date, Mike walked me home 35 blocks. Over the course of the next few weeks we continued to see each other. Even though we are quite different, we have very complimentary personalities. We liked each other so much that Mike, not one for sports, pretended to care about Olympic soccer (which I love), and I read the first few Game of Thrones books (one of Mike’s favorites).  Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t right and Mike ended things with me after about 3 months (I don’t think I will ever let him live this down).

We both started dating other people, but always wondered about what the other was up to. Then, in early 2014, while I was on my way out to Queens to visit my niece, Mike and I ran into each other on the L train. Well, technically, I saw him on the platform and tried to avoid him; who would want to chat on the train with someone who had previously dumped them?! But Mike chased me down, and we chatted on the train for a bit until he had to get off the L in Brooklyn. Just before he stood to exit the train he checked his phone to make sure he still had my number–he did (I, on the other hand, had deleted his number). After a couple of weeks of back and forth (scheduling can be tricky with our work schedules), we grabbed a drink. While it was a bit awkward at first, pretty soon it was like no time had passed and we had a wonderful first “re-date” and have been together ever since.

Mike proposed to me on an empty beach in Cape Cod last September. We spent the rest of the week alone on Cape Cod celebrating the start of our lives together–it was the perfect proposal. Very shortly after that, we began planning our wedding (I am something of a “planner”). We cannot wait to get married on September 25th at the Pearl River Hilton surrounded by our close family and friends.”

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Happy engagement Elyssa and Mike!

 

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