Valentine’s Day is today! This means chocolates, paper hearts and, of course, flowers!  I pulled together some of my favorite wedding flower and cake photos from last year. Enjoy!

Happy Valenetine’s Day!

Carla and Ben had a beautiful winter wedding in a loft in Union Square.

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Ben shares, “Our winter wedding in NYC took place at the loft space above Tarallucci e Vino, Union Square. We chose it because we fell in love with its beautiful exposed brick and huge windows. The space has a classic New York City vibe!

Our wedding ceremony was simple and intimate, with only our immediate family attending. Carla’s best friend Tiffany officiated. Our florist created a lovely arrangement of branches and candles to frame us against the brick wall.”

The couple’s unique wedding vows  included their love of playing board games together.

Ben adds, “We decided to both take each other’s name, so we are now Carla and Ben Moy-Turner. It was important to us to share the same name, but we didn’t want either of us to lose our existing name. Moy-Turner just sounds right!”

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Ben continues, “After the ceremony, we made the short walk over to Union Square Park for a few outdoor photos. At this point we were ruing our decision to get married in January! In the end, braving the cold was worth it for a memorable and unique series of photos.

The reception followed soon after with dinner, drinks and dancing for 100 guests. We love Italian cuisine, and the chef and staff at Tarallucci delivered a delicious meal. Everything tasted wonderful.

Our custom cake topper featured things central to our relationship: our beloved dog Bessie; some of our favorite board games (we originally met through a group of friends who gather for weekly game nights); and a pair of passports to represent our love of travel. The travel theme extended to the table decorations and place cards. Each of the four long tables was designated as a country or region that we’ve visited, and each guest’s seat was marked with a photograph taken by the two of us. It was a fun way to share the memories we have made in our adventures!”

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It was freezing out, but they were so happy, you would never know by looking at the photos!

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FLO Events created a beautiful tablescape with mixed bouquets of purple flowers, greenery, berries and eucalyptus. Carla and Ben didn’t plan to be so on trend, but they ended up incorporating the Pantone color of the year–ultraviolet!

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The first dance was set to the Magnetic Field’s “The Book of Love” from 69 love songs.

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Congratulations Carla and Ben!

Also, check out their Riverside Park engagement here.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue(s): Tarallucci e Vino arranged for Third Floor Loft of Home Studios at 873 Broadway
Coordinator: Basia Biddle of Tarallucci e Vino
Officiant: Tiffany Sameyah Sankari (friend of the couple)
Caterer: Tarallucci e Vino, www.taralluccievino.net
Florist: Caroline Groppe of FLO NY
Cake: Milk Bar
Cake topper: Keren Becker
DJ: Enrique Colon of BTL DJs
Photo booth: Teho Yoo from Amazebooths www.amazebooths.com
Invitations: Minted
Hair and Makeup: Talia of MG Hair & Makeup
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Bride’s Dress: Purchased from ModCloth made amazing by Bevin Dillon
Bride’s Shoes: Corso Como
Jewelry: hair comb: YunBoutique ; Belt: FashionaryDesign
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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Snow! Christmas! And lots of love! Sarah and Will had a beautiful, elegant, winter wedding with just the right touches of the holiday season. Sarah got ready for the day at the couple’s home in Alexandria, Virginia.

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The ceremony took place at the Falls Church Presbyterian in Falls Church, Virginia. The stone church is surrounded by holly bushes and the grounds were covered in fresh white snow.

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A sword arch is a special military tradition that requires the couple to kiss in order to pass under each set of swords. The tradition is meant to salute the newly married couple.

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Sarah shares, “We chose to do a December wedding because that was the timeline our lives was leading us towards and we both love the holidays and liked the idea of capitalizing on the excitement and joy of the season. That said, we deliberately sought to go light on Christmas up until the reception, that way we could have some pictures and memories that weren’t entirely associated with Christmas!

I went to college in Scotland and we both have Scottish heritage so the thistle between all of the bouquets and boutonnières seemed appropriate. Another common theme in the flowers was the boxwood, which was included in honor of my dad (who loves and collects boxwood). We also weaved William’s family tartan into the aesthetic too, using it to wrap the bouquets, boutonnières, and for the flower girl sashes—I even had my shoes covered in it!

William added, “Sarah made me special chocolate chip cookies for the wedding reception (because I love her cookies and she spoils me!) but they were accidentally delivered to me early before the ceremony. While this was slightly distressing to Sarah when she caught wind of what happened, they were actually the perfect sugar pick me up that I needed to make it through the ceremony.”

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William shares, “Our reception was at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. We chose the club for several reasons. Growing up, I spent a lot of time there because my dad was also in the Navy and he was stationed in Northern Virginia for most of my childhood. When Sarah and I started dating we began going to the club together more and more and it quickly became a special place for us as a couple. Also, when we decided on December we gravitated towards the club because it looks particularly awesome at Christmas time.”

Sarah adds, “When it came to the reception we completely embraced Christmas! The club made that easy though since they had decorated for the season already with garland and Christmas trees everywhere. For the centerpieces we had boxwood wreaths and hurricanes with cranberries in water and floating candles. We had the guests take the wreaths for their doors at the end of the reception which was pretty fun! My favorite touch though was that we put together stockings for all of the kids who came and hung them on the fireplaces for them to open after dinner.”

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Sarah and William danced their first dance to “Sleep on the Floor,” by The Lumineers.

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The club looked particularly beautiful with all the Christmas decorations.

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A blessing was said before dinner and then Sarah and her dad and William and his mom shared special parent dances.

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The cake topper was custom made by the groom’s sister to represent the couple’s childhood stuffed bears that they both have to this day.

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At the end of the evening guests were given little carol books and asked to join the bride and groom in the main lobby to sing some of their favorite Christmas songs. It was such a sweet and unique way to end the evening!

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Congratulations Sarah and William!

You can also check out their engagement photos here.

Special thanks to the team:
Church: Falls Church Presbyterian
Reception Location: Army Navy Country Club, Arlington
Day-of Coordinator: Kim Trombly
Flowers: The Virginia Florist, Alexandria
Cake: Sweet Ladies Bakery
Music: Bryan George Music
Bride’s coat: Kim Trombly
Hair: KC Felton
Makeup: Conceptual Beauty, Christin Birckhead
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

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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

 

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