From views of the park through a towering hotel room window to an evening overlooking the Planetarium–this wedding is full of gorgeous moments. Jena and Rahul were married on a lovely summer day in New York City. The day began with bridal preparations at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle.

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The ceremony took place in the beautiful church, St. Paul the Apostle.

Rahul shares, “We had a lot of fun planning this wedding. Jena was the coolest bride! I kept waiting for us to crack under the pressure of wedding planning, but it turned out to just be lots of laughter! We wanted it to be a fun party! I cant speak for the rest of our guests, but we certainly had fun.

We loved that St. Paul’s and the Mandarin hotel are on the same block as our apartment, a daily reminder of the most beautiful day in our lives (also helpful when we forgot things the day of).

Seeing Jena for the first time walking down the aisle was amazing and very emotional and is definitely a memory I will treasure forever.”

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After the ceremony the wedding party set off for portraits in Central Park before heading into the Museum of Natural History.

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Jena’s favorite moments include a wonderful surprise toast Rahul gave in Chinese during the reception and she also says, “I loved taking pictures in the dinosaur exhibit. A fact about me that probably only Rahul knows is that I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a child.”

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Natural History Museum wedding

Rahul shares, “We loved how beautiful the venue was, with the outdoor cocktail space and view of the Planetarium. But it was pointed out to us (thank you, Krit!) that the Powerhouse was the perfect venue for us to celebrate our wedding since we met working together financing power plants – so we sealed our union on the site of the power plant that used to power the Museum.”

Specialty cocktails with Mexcal, grapefruit juice and jalapeño were served during the lovely outdoor cocktail hour.

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The reception was filled with gorgeous bunches of white and purple roses, peonies and unique geometric vases.

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Jena shares, “It sounds cliche but it was definitely the best day of our lives. A perfect day – much love and laughter. We are so grateful to all our family and friends, many of whom traveled great distances, for joining us to celebrate our special day.”

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Congratulations Jena and Rahul!

Check out their engagement session here.

Special thanks to the whole team:
Hotel Venue: Mandarin Oriental 
Church: St. Paul the Apostle
Reception Venue: Powerhouse at American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Catering: CxRA – Catering by Restaurant Associates
Planner: ever swoon
Hair: Pinned & Proper
Makeup: Jennifer Margaret
Florist: L’Atelier Rouge
Cake: Slyvia Weinstock
Cocktail Music: Justin Vance, Flutist
DJ: Beat Train Productions
Photo Booth: We Love Photo Booths
Rentals: Taylor Creative
Lighting: Levy Lighting
Transportation: Luxor Limo Inc. and M&V Limo
Videographer: Love in Progress 
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

Tara and Chris had a beautiful wedding in South Hampton. They got ready for the day just down the street from each other.

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The bride and groom shared a first look. I just love Chris’s expression when he saw Tara for the first time.

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Ah! I love this dress!

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Tara and Chris’s wedding venue in South Hampton is very special to them. Chris shares, “First, there is a lot of family history. My great grandfather purchased the beach house in 1950. My dad spent his childhood growing up there during summers and then, in turn, my brother and I did as well. It’s amazing to look at old photos and see my relatives growing up swimming in the bay and playing on the sand.

Tara adds, “Second, it is so special is because it’s actually the first place we met! One of my best friends and her husband were renting a summer house on the same street with Chris’s roommate at the time, and his girlfriend. I went out to stay with my friend for a week during the summer and, on the first day there, she said we were going to walk down a few houses and meet some of the people who she had become friendly with in the neighborhood. We walked down….and ended up on the deck of the beach house where Chris and I eventually got married! One thing led to another and eventually we were set up to go on a date back in Manhattan. My friend told me before I went on this date that we were going to get married. I laughed at her and told her I would call her after. The date lasted 4 hours! After that date came a second one, which we both clearly remember because the people at the table next to us asked us to be quiet because we were laughing and talking too loud.”

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We tried to get a photo with of the groom with the twin ring bearers. We didn’t get what we planned, but the pulled suspenders made for an even better and funnier photo!

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The ceremony was held on the beach just as the sun was beginning to set. Tara adds, “One of our favorite pastimes is watching the sunset on the beach, so we thought of no better backdrop for our wedding than that! We did a lot of DIY aspects for our wedding…from constructing our wedding arch, to slicing wine corks to hold place cards, to assembling our floral centerpieces with our family. Working together on these details helped make the process feel even more special, and in turn, made our wedding truly reflective of us. ”

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Tara shares the story of the proposal, “It was a rainy fall day in November and Chris and I had planned to have a weekend out of the city and go wine tasting. We got up in the morning and all seemed normal – except for the fact that Chris was fully dressed in a button down, khakis, shoes, etc., before 9 am. He made me chocolate chip pancakes while dressed like we were going out to dinner – but I thought nothing of it.  That afternoon we drove to Wolffer Estate Vineyard and walked in for a tasting. We ordered a cheese plate to go with the wine and I thought it was slightly odd that Chris wasn’t eating any of the cheese – for anyone who knows Chris, this would be somewhat alarming. He insisted that it was “too salty,” when in reality…he was panicking. Ha. We decided to go out to the back and take a photo of the vineyard despite the rain. When we got outside, one of the employees took our photo. The photo is hilarious because Chris is leaning away from me so I wouldn’t feel the ring box inside of his jacket pocket. We have this photo framed now because in it we are both grinning ear to ear and this was before the actual engagement – so it is pretty indicative of how happy we are around each other. After the employee took the photo, he started to talk about the vineyard and various grapes at which point Chris is starting to get really flustered (he was waiting for the guy to go inside so he could propose). After he went inside, I started to follow…naturally…because it was RAINING. Chris said he thought we should wait for another minute, to which I said, “Why do you want to stand outside – it’s raining?” Then I turned around, he was down on one knee… and the rest is history.

At our wedding we decided to serve only Wolffer red and white wine because of our special connection. And the Wolffer red that was served at the wedding is the same type we were drinking before and after the proposal!

We aimed to have a rustic beach wedding so hopefully that is the style we produced! We love spending summer nights at the beach watching the sunset, and wanted to share this special place with those closest to us. We envisioned our wedding as one big party – the right mix of classy and casual.”

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Guests were treated to a smores bonfire on the beach just outside of the reception tent.

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Congratulations Tara and Chris!

Special thanks to the whole team:
Venue: Private Beach Home, Southampton, New York
Coordinator: Lovely Day Styling & Events
Caterer: 230 Elm
DJ: Spin Around Sound Entertainment
String Duo: Marie Stack Music
Hair and Makeup: Alicia Cook, Revolve Hair Salon
Bride’s Dress: Daughters of Simone
Bride’s Barefoot Sandals: Forever Soles
Maids of Honor Dresses: Nouvelle Amsale
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

Jaime and Joe were married on a lovely summer day at the Stonebridge Country Club in Long Island.

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Jaime and Joe shared a first look before the wedding ceremony. Joe’s reaction was priceless!

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Jaime shares, “I had moved back to the Upper East side of Manhattan in Fall 2011 and wandered into the bar, Molly Pitchers, one football Sunday. I spotted Joe sitting on what I soon found out was his favorite bar stool and the one he sat on every Sunday to watch the Baltimore Ravens. One thing led to another and after the game we started chatting only to find out that we lived across the street from each other and also worked across the street from each other in Midtown. It was almost as if a higher power wanted us to meet and fall in love. We immediately and easily fit into each other’s lives – meeting for lunch in Bryant Park and walking home through Central Park.

Joe proposed on August 3, 2014 on the beautiful beach of Carmel, CA. He and his sister had been planning the proposal for months and, when the day arrived, Joe’s sister Mindy and her husband drove from San Francisco and set up the perfect beach proposal. Joe suggested we go for a walk on the beach to watch the sunset. When we got to the beach this amazing bonfire had been set up complete with Adirondack chairs and champagne. It was there Joe asked me to be his wife! It was one of the most memorable days of our lives.

Fresh, fun and personal – those are the words I kept thinking about when planning our wedding. I wanted our guests to feel welcomed, have a blast and leave with a sense of why Joe and I love each other.

We are both extremely close to our siblings so we made our wedding party a true family affair. My brothers served as my men of honor and Joe had his sister serve as his best woman. These are the people that know us best as individuals and a couple and it was truly special to have them stand beside us.”

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The ceremony was held outside just as the sun was setting. So beautiful!

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The couple shared their first dance to You are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne.

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Congratulations Jaime and Joe!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Stonebridge Country Club
Officiant: Caroline Bazzini
Florist: Elegant Designs by Joy
Cake: Rolling Pin Bakery
Band: Pete Moss & The Fertilizer
Invitations: Paper Studio NY
Makeup: Face by Sofia
Hair: Stefanie Duell
Rings: Seawave Jewelry
Bride’s Dress: Dennis Basso for Kleinfelds
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mishka
Groom’s Suit: My Suit
Tie: Brooks Brothers

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Nicole and Paul were married on a beautiful summer day. The ceremony took place at St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church with a lovely reception at the Vista Skylounge & Penthouse Ballroom in Long Island City.

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Nicole shares, “Paul and I met through an online dating site back in 2012. We had our first date in a coffee shop in Manhattan and from that moment we knew we had something special. It didn’t feel like a first date, but rather like two old friends catching up. I remember not being able to sleep that night because of the excitement I felt. Over the years, I made two trips to Ireland to meet his family. They were amazing experiences that brought us closer together. Paul learned how to dance bachata, a Dominican dance, and I began learning to play the fiddle. The deep interest, love and respect we have for each other and each other’s cultures have been a blessing.

Paul proposed to me in Paley Park in Manhattan on December 27, 2013. He chose that date because it was exactly one year since we had taken our first photos together in front of the tree at Rockefeller Center. I was completely surprised! Afterwards, we took photos in front of the tree then went to my home to share the good news with my family.

We wanted our wedding to be an intimate blend of our cultures and for our guests to have fun! Paul is from Ireland and I am a Dominican from Queens, NY. During the ceremony, Paul gave me a silver coin which is an Irish tradition. Also, his father did a reading in Irish. Family, music, and having a laugh are central to both cultures. We had musicians play traditional Irish music during the ceremony and cocktail hour, and a DJ played plenty of merengue and bachata during the reception. I also surprised Paul with a Dominican cake!

The venue had a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline and was just perfect. There was plenty of space to dance which was great because the night ended with a surprise Riverdance. After the reception ended, we spent the rest of the night at the rooftop bar having laughs with family and friends. We are so incredibly happy at how it all turned out.”

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Congratulations Nicole and Paul!

Ceremony: St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church, Brooklyn, NY
Reception: Vista Skylounge & Penthouse Ballroom
Officiant: Father Alexander Santora
Caterer: Vista Skylounge & Penthouse Ballroom
Cake: Astoria Bakery
Cake topper: Porcelain figures:David’s Bridal; Name: SVLaser
DJ/Band: DJ: Brian El Matatan; Irish music: John Nolan
Florist: Cress Floral Decorators
Invitations: Minted
Makeup: Nicole Sievers
Hair: Stacy Pitt at Styles on B studio
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Bride’s Dress: Augusta Jones, purchased and altered at Kleinfeld’s
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Etsy Designer: Bride’s Jewelry: Jules Jewellery; Groom’s Cufflinks:GeeksAndNerdsStudio
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography, with Eric Swartz

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Lisa and Michael came all the way from Perth, Australia, to get married in Central Park.

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Lisa shares, “We decided to get married in New York for my love of old Hollywood love stories. To have the ceremony in Central Park was for Michael’s love of nature and the outdoors and the Ladies Pavilion was perfect for the horticulturalist in Michael and the romantic in me!

We were very lucky to have our family travel from all around the world to celebrate with us.

With Michael being Aussie and me being Scottish it was lovely of him to wear the traditional Scottish kilt, and to bring a wee bit of Scottish flair to the whole ceremony starting with a piper playing “Flower of Scotland” as all the guests arrived!

I loved that after the ceremony I had the piper play an ACDC song for Michael as it’s one of his favorite Aussie bands!

During the ceremony my gorgeous flower girl, Phoebe, stole the show by enjoying the spotlight. But unknown to me, my cousin was panicking that Phoebe had been putting her hands in the dirt then running up to me with open hands onto my dress!”

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Lisa continues, “Whilst planning the wedding I think that before we had anything organized I had decided on wanting our first dance in Grand Central Station and the rest of the wedding came from that idea!

The reception at Tavern On The Green was discovered by mum and aunt back in February when they met up in New York in -17 degrees to finalize the wedding. After stumbling onto Tavern On The Green they fell in love with it and knew that it was perfect! Michael and I couldn’t of imagined a more perfect place to celebrate our wedding.”

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Congratulations Lisa and Michael!

Special thanks to the team:
Wedding Planner: A Central Park Wedding
Piper: Al Gonzales, The Royal Piper
Officiant: Rev. Louis Olivieri
Wedding Guru and Planner: Elaine Smith (aka mum)
Groom’s and best man’s kilts: House of Tartan Perth
Bride’s Hair: Isabella Morrison (aka bride’s aunt)
Hair: Jennifer Morrison (RYDE Hairdressing), Katie Brown (GlasVegas Hair Design)
Makeup Artist: De Barkley

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