Jordana and Jonathan were married on a beautiful fall day at the Temple Emanu-El in New Jersey.

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I love Jordana’s dad’s expression when he saw her for the first time in her wedding dress.

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Jordana and Jonathan shared a first look in the courtyard.

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Jonathan shares, “One of my favorite moments from the wedding day was definitely the first look—when I saw Jordana for the first time in her unbelievably exquisite dress. Surrounded by friends and family, it was an incredibly special moment. I had anticipated seeing Jordana in her dress for the longest time. Upon turning around after Jordana tapped me on the shoulder—when the moment finally arrived—I immediately began to tear up as I first laid eyes on my gorgeous best friend, the love of my life.

From the very start, Jordana and I knew that we wanted a wedding that was simple and elegant, traditional and vegan. Veganism is important to both of us and we wanted a wedding that would showcase delicious vegan food—we also happen to be big foodies—without compromising on flavor or the variety of offerings. We were both delighted with how everything turned out and was received.

The band and music throughout the night was really above and beyond our expectations. The dancing was so lively and energetic—we both enjoyed every minute of it. We also both really enjoyed the shtick, a Jewish tradition where guests dance with props and posters as a way to entertain the bride and groom. It definitely will be a day we will always remember.”

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Jordana shares, “Jonathan and I had a traditional Jewish wedding with many Jewish traditions and customs. A moment I was most looking forward to on our wedding day was one such tradition, called the Bedeken, the veiling ceremony. Before the ceremony during the cocktail hour, Jonathan was with mostly male guests, relatives and groomsmen at the groom’s reception or Ḥatan’s Tisch — literally “Groom’s Table.” The Ḥatan’s Tisch is held at a table laden with food and drink, and the guests present toasts to the groom and sing. While Jonathan was at his Ḥatan’s Tisch, I was escorted by my mother, mother-in-law and bridesmaids to the Bedeken stage, where guests came up to greet me. I was so happy to greet everyone there and see all my friends and family who had come from near and far to be there that day.

Throughout that time, I was greatly anticipating the moment Jonathan would be danced by friends and family from the Ḥatan’s Tisch to the Bedeken stage to veil me. This moment always makes me cry at other weddings, so I knew I had to try to keep my composure — I didn’t want to ruin my makeup! Despite my best efforts, as soon as I heard the first notes of the horns signifying Jonathan was beginning his journey to me, though I didn’t even catch a glimpse of him coming, I began to tear up. The route taken from the Ḥatan’s Tisch was quite long, so the anticipation of seeing Jonathan continued to grow as I started to see the mass of men dancing towards us. At the last moment, the men dancing in front split, revealing Jonathan arm-in-arm with his father and my father. I don’t think I have every smiled so wide in my whole life as I stared at Jonathan and he stared back. Jonathan came forward and veiled me as I continued to well up with tears — thankfully none spilled over. It was a perfect moment and was an absolute highlight of the wedding.”

The florist created an amazing tree full of flowers that was a centerpiece of the bedeken ceremony.

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After the bedeken everyone went inside the temple for the chuppah ceremony.

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The reception was held in the ballroom surrounded by gorgeous centerpieces by Adam Leffel Productions.

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During the dancing, the bride and groom sit while their friends and family perform a shtick to entertain them.

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Congratulations Jonathan and Jordana!

Check out their Prospect Park engagement session here.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Temple Emanu-El of Closter
Officiant: Rabbi Ysoscher Katz
Caterer: Northern Valley Affairs
DJ/Band: Craig Scott Entertainment
Florist: Adam Leffel Productions
Invitations: The Write Impression
Makeup: Chelsea Jordan Reiss
Hair: Bellula Salon
Rings: Jangmi
Bride’s Dress: Sophia Tolli from RK Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux
Tie: Tom Ford
Pocket Squares: Clip A BowTie
Shot glasses: My Personal Memories
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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Sandra and Dustin were married at the historic Metropolitan Building in NYC. Their style, joy and love made for a very special wedding day.

Sandra and Dustin shared their first look on the third floor.

  

Sandra shares, “We chose our venue first and that inspired a lot of our style decisions like wedding colors, floral design, typography, etc. When we started looking at venues, we visited the Metropolitan Building first without knowing a lot about it. It impressed us right away. The light was perfect, we loved the ease of the layout, colorful walls and decor items, and the place had a timeless quality that felt right. We looked around, but the Metropolitan Building stuck in our minds and, when we made our choice, we knew it was the right one.

I was pretty obsessive about figuring out what our wedding style was going to be. I am an art director, so I wanted to design as much as I could without driving myself crazy. The goal was to keep everything cohesive, but not in a way that would become cumbersome or feel generic. The colors helped guide things at first, bright primary blue, aqua green, white and grey as main colors and deep red as a pop of contrast. I don’t know how much that came across in the end but it did at least make some graphic design choices easier later on down the line.

My dress and hair plans also helped me figure out how I wanted the invitations to look: evocative of the past, but contemporary and classic without being too traditional or expected. The main design inspiration comes from the Vienna Secession (Kolomon Moser, Gustav Klimt, Alfred Roller, etc.), and the palm leaves motif was inspired by our initial meeting with my wonderful friends and floral decor geniuses, Mikey and Darroch Putnam of Putnam & Putnam.

It was a really wonderful surprise to hear our officiant, the Reverend D, open the ceremony with a quote from Ann Druyan. Dustin and I had no idea what she had prepared and it was the perfect mix of funny, sweet and nerdy.

I also loved having our first look and couple photos before the ceremony. It gave us a moment together before the guests arrived and was a reminder that all of this fanfare was to celebrate the two of us and our relationship. Having all of our friends in our wedding party together to take group photos before the ceremony was also a really special moment. It felt like we were getting the party started and setting the mood for the rest of the festivities.

There were so many other things about the wedding that were amazing: the vine backdrop and flowers and the photo booth, the dancing and music was bananas! I loved looking out and seeing all the people I love together celebrating and having a blast. It was also so great to have my little nephew, Hercules, there wearing his stormtrooper mask running around and being hilarious. I am so glad he could be a part of our big day.”

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You can just see the happiness on Dustin’s face! He shares one of his favorite moments from the day, “At the end of the ceremony, when we were walking out to The Throne Room (End Scene from A New Hope) by the London Symphony Orchestra with John Williams, it was so amazing seeing all our smiling friends and family.”

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Sandra continues, “I knew a lot of the graphic design, decor and floral ideas were foreign to Dustin and hard for him to give an opinion on. To better reflect both our personalities, we found ways to work sci-fi (which we both love) into our wedding. One of Dustin’s groomsmen, Josh, is a super talented stop-motion animator, director and production designer (among other things) and we commissioned him to create a space-window diorama installation in a little stage space in the dining room. When I saw it I was really touched by how amazing it looked and how perfectly he had created all the elements, infusing it with little details like our names and the wedding date. It was a hit with our friends, but elicited much debate over whether or not the Enterprise D and Millennium Falcon could coexist in the same universe…. We also named our tables after sci-fi spaceships from movies, TV, and books. It was fun but exhausting to illustrate each one for the table cards, so I hope our guests liked them!”

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One of Dustin’s favorite moments from the day was seeing Sandra and her dad dance together. He says, “Sandra‘s dad’s dancing was amazing and I’ve never seen him so happy.”

Congratulations Sandra and Dustin!

Check out their cherry blossom engagement session here.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Metropolitan Building
Coordinator: Ashley M Chamblin
Officiant: The Reverend D
Caterer: Sasha at the Metropolitan Building
DJ/Band: DJ Colleen Crumbcake
Florist: Putnam & Putnam
Invitations and Stationery: Designed by Sandra
Hair and Makeup: Mabel Pang
Engagement Ring: Wwake
Sandra’s Wedding Band: Laurie Flemming; Dustin’s Wedding Band: Yayoi Forest, Catbird
Bride’s Dress Designer/Shop: Carol Hannah
Bride’s Shoes: The Row
Earrings: AU Rate
Groom’s Suit Designer and Tie: Enzo Custom
Groomsmen Suit Designer/Shop: The Black Tux
Bomb Pins: Camopins
Skull Socks: Aland
Space Installation: Josh Mahan
Photography: Jessica Schmitt with Eric Swartz

 

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Katie and Michael were married on a beautiful September day in New York City.

Katie got ready for the day in her childhood home in Long Island.

Such a sweet moment between Katie and her dad.

Meanwhile, at a hotel in Manhattan Michael got ready for the day with his family and friends.

Katie arrived at the church in a checkered cab with her dad.

Katie shares, “Our wedding celebration took place at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church on Sullivan Street, which holds a special place in our hearts. St. Anthony’s is the first house of worship constructed by Italians in the United States, which resonates greatly with both of our families. My grandmother, Catherine Timpone (Grandma Kay), and her six siblings grew up on Sullivan Street and attended the St. Anthony’s grammar school. My great great grandmother, Christina Timpone, was an active member of St. Anthony’s and donated the small marble top table that stands on the altar to this day! My mom often visits St. Anthony’s and believes she feels the presence of her family all around her.”

Mike had a hard time choosing a favorite moment from the day. He shares, “This is tough! There were so many wonderful moments throughout the morning, afternoon and evening. Sharing our wedding with all of our family and friends in a city that means the world to us was so special. If choosing one, watching Katie enter the church and walk down the aisle with her dad, Tom, was my favorite moment. It felt like an “out-of-body” experience and brought so much joy and excitement to my heart. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.”

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After the ceremony, we headed to Central Park for photos around Bethesda Terrace, and for a quick NYC bite!

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What an amazing way to enter a cocktail hour!

Katie shares, “It’s difficult to pick my favorite moment because the whole day was magical. It still feels like a hazy dream I had. If I had to choose it’s probably when we were about to enter our reception at the Boathouse. Throughout the day my sister, Kerry, kept reminding us to stop and be grateful since the day would inevitably go by so fast. The DJ had finished calling each member of our bridal party, leaving Mike and me alone outside the glass doors waiting for our turn. We could see the lights and hear the cheers from all of family and friends inside. We locked hands and we knew that this was it. This was one of those “grateful moments.” This was the moment when we were about to begin not only one of the best nights of our lives, but also the beginning of our journey as a couple forever. The cheers and applause from our loved ones as we entered as Mr. and Mrs. D’Ambrosio may have been the best way to start.”

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Congratulations Katie and Michael!

Check out their Gantry State Park engagement session here.

Special thanks to the team:
Church: The Church of Saint Anthony of Padua
Reception Venue: Loeb Boathouse at Central Park
Officiant: Rev. Mario Julian
Caterer: Boathouse at Central Park
Florist: Cress Floral Decorators
Checkered Cab: FilmCars
Cake: Milkbar Weddings
DJ/Band: Tommy’s Tunes
Cocktail Musician: New York Ceremony Music
Invitations: Janice Nelson Designs
Makeup/Hair: Salone Di Capelli
Rings: Reflections Fine Jewelry
Bride’s Dress: RK Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: I.N.C.
Jewelry: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hailey Paige
Groom’s Suit: Giorgenti Weddings
Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom/Groomsmen Socks: Jimmy Lion
Videographer: White Tie Video
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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Nichole and David held a beautiful brunch wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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The weather forecast was not on their side, but the atrium was a wonderful alternative to the outdoors. Natural light beamed throughout the leaf-shaped room and the couple was surrounded by so much love.

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David’s son had two very important jobs–he was the ring bearer and best man!

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Nichole and David chose the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for their wedding because it’s one of their favorite places. Nichole shares, “It is truly a quiet refuge from the insanity that can be New York City. The garden served as a beautiful backdrop to a unique untraditional brunch reception despite the weather not cooperating as anticipated. We were fortunate with an amazing team and family that pulled everything together and made it especially memorable despite the rain. Our ceremony was accompanied by live music from the terrific string quartet, Sterling Strings, whom David and I felt added the perfect ambiance! A close family friend performed the ceremony that was intimately crafted and paid warm tribute to my grandparents. The “I do’s!” were immediately followed by a reception hosted by Patina Events. Guests enjoyed a ‘New York bagel bar,’ handcrafted cocktails and a delicious seated meal. The ambiance was further carried out by the soothing Jazz duo of Sydney & Jake leading people to the dance floor. As a unique touch, guests were also waiting in line to get their wedding faces immortalized by the very talented caricature artist, Kaheim Archer. We could feel all the love in the room and we are forever grateful to all our friends and loved ones, and those who worked to make our very special day a wonderful success!”


The atrium was quickly transformed into a dining room with special personal touches that were perfect for a botanical wedding.

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Congratulations Nichole and David!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Officiant: Marci Harris
Caterer: Patina Events
Musicians (for the ceremony): Sterling Strings
Musicians (for the reception): Sydney & Jake
Invitations: Minted
Makeup: Joril Westlund
Rings: Doyle & Doyle and Tiffany & Co.
Bride’s Dress: Eve of Milady
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Groom’s Suit Designer/Shop: My.Suit
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography

Lara and Ryan were married on a lovely September day at Our Lady of the Rosary with a reception at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

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The ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Rosary in downtown Manhattan.

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After the ceremony, we crossed the street to the beautiful area around Battery Park and we walked by the amazing new SeaGlass Carousel.


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Family and friends rode together to some favorite spots in lower Manhattan including Rockefeller Park and the Highline.

Lara shares, “One of our favorite parts of the day was when we were at the Highline taking wedding pictures. It started raining when we got there, which actually worked out in our favor since it helped clear out the crowds. We had planned on taking a group picture at one of the stadium seating areas on the Highline that overlooks 10th Avenue. We ended up having this great New York moment because all the tourists cleared out from the seating area when they saw us dressed up and we were able to take our group shot alone while passersby watched from above.

To have all of our family and closest friends there to celebrate over the weekend was truly amazing. All the planning was worth it–some things didn’t work out as planned, but at the end of the day it all worked out! All we remember is that we got to dance with our best friends and family, had an amazing afternoon with our closest friends riding a party bus along the west side of NYC to our photo locations, and just laughed and created so many amazing memories that day. It really was the best day of our lives and we couldn’t be happier.”


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Lara shares, “We chose Housing Works Bookstore as our reception venue because we wanted to celebrate in a space that was non-traditional, unique, and really expressed our personalities. The traditional side of the day was saved for our wedding ceremony where we got married in a Catholic church earlier in the day.”

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The Opera Collective performed three songs during cocktail hour. They were amazing!

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Ryan shares. “One of our favorite projects that we worked on together was our guestbook. Jessica actually helped us put this together as part of our engagement photo session. We put together “Then and Now” re-creation photos of us when we were younger with our grandparents, parents, and siblings. The guestbook showed side-by-side picture comparisons and was a tribute to our family that showed the impact they had on our lives and how their guidance, love, and friendship helped make us the people we are today. It’s a keepsake that we will treasure forever!

For our first dance, we did something different. We sampled three songs and mashed them together to create something new and different. As simple as our pad-performed, mash-up song was, it took about four weeks to put together. It was really fun bouncing ideas off one another in creating it and getting a chance to feel cool performing it together. We feel grateful for everyone’s response to the performance and for all the lovely kazooing our family and friends contributed. Apologies to Kendrick Lamar, Sisyphus, and Bleachers if they’d like their song snippets back. They are ours now.”

After mixing the songs, they danced together for the last few notes. Everyone loved it!

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Congratulations Lara and Ryan!

Church: Our Lady of the Rosary
Reception Venue: Housing Works Bookstore
Coordinator: Modern Rebel, Gina Jurlando
Caterer: Comparti
Cake: The Good Batch
DJ/Band: Scratch Weddings
Entertainment: The Opera Collective
Florist: Wyld
Invitations: DIY
Makeup: Amy Klewitz
Hair: Micky Nkabori
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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