Lauren and Todd had a modern, elegant, and very fun wedding at the W Union Square Hotel.

The W hotel Union Square Wedding suite

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Union Square view NYC

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groom getting ready

Classic black and white new york invitation

They both got ready in rooms at the W and then met for the first look in Union Square.

Union Square Wedding NYC

Todd’s favorite moment from the wedding day was right after the first look, “Before the first look Lauren was the bride and I was the groom, but once that was all done, we were just Todd and Lauren again.  Everything was normal and I knew the rest of the day would go off without a hitch because even in our wedding attire, we were still ourselves.”

Union Square Wedding NYC

Union Square Subwau station Wedding NYC

W Union Square Hotel Wedding NYC taxi

W Union Square Hotel Wedding NYC

Todd shares, “Lauren and I met at the New York Sports Club on 15th and Irving. She taught the Monday evening spinning class, which I dutifully attended each week. After months of small talk and flirting before and after class, Lauren mentioned to me that she was teaching on the Upper West side that weekend, so I trekked from Brooklyn to the UWS early on a Sunday to be there. After class we grabbed some breakfast, which finally gave me the courage to ask her on a real date. The rest is history.”
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“I moved to LA in November 2010 and Lauren followed in February of 2012, but we will always be New Yorkers at heart. During the 1 year plus that we were doing long distance, the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier was always our safe place. The place we went just to forget about the fact that we lived 3,000 miles away from each other and have fun. So that is where I proposed.”
Union Square Wedding photography

Union Square NYC wedding photography

Lauren and Todd stopped to share an iced coffee at the hotel’s Todd English Bar, Olives, just before the ceremony.

Todd English bar Olives Union Square

W Union Square Hotel Wedding NYC

Todd and Lauren designed their wedding with one goal in mind:  for everybody to have fun. Todd continues, “We designed our wedding so WE could enjoy it.  This was our big night out in NYC and our chance to show our friends from all over the world–Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Detroit, and Cleveland–how we throw a party. We figured if we were having fun, everybody else would feed off of us.

“We aimed to keep the mood light the whole way through, from our bridal party entrance music (I walked down to the Hulk Hogan theme!) to our joking around during the ceremony… we made sure to enjoy every moment.  The goal was to be classically Manhattan without being pretentious.  For this, the W was the perfect choice as the room had the beautiful gold ceiling while the rest of the hotel had a very modern feel.”

The W Union Square Wedding photography NYC

The W Union Square hotel Wedding photography NY

W Union Square Hotel Wedding photography

W Union Square Hotel Wedding Ballroom Photography

The FUN continued right into the reception.

W Union Square Hotel Wedding Ballroom Photography

Hora Jewish wedding dance photography

W Union Square Hotel Wedding Ballroom Photography

W Union Square Hotel event reception

Union Square NYC White wedding cake with flowers

Congratulations Lauren and Todd!

For more photos check out the slideshow:

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venue: W Union Square
Officiant: Rev. Annie Lawrence
Florist: Greenworks
DJ: Star Talent DJ
Cake: Provided by the W Hotel
Groom’s Suit Designer: J. Crew
Groomsmen Suits:
Engagement Ring: Custom-designed
Bridesmaids’ Blue Bracelets: Made by Lauren!

Invitation: Vera Wang
Slideshow song: Nothing Here But Love by Lenka
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz and Brandi Toole

Mallory and Dale were married on a warm October day in Georgetown, Washington D.C.

The day began with preparations in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown.

Wedding Photography Georgetown Washington DC

Mallory’s mom and sister helped her get ready. Mallory, your dress is GORGEOUS!

Wedding suite in Georgetown Ritz Carlton bride getting ready

Fall wedding invitation purple and orange

Mallory and Dale shared a first look––seeing each other before the ceremony. It was so sweet! Then we went straight into portraits all around the beautiful, historic Grace Church.

First look bride and groom wedding

Grace Church, Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Wedding at Grace Church, Georgetown, Washington DC

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Wedding Photography Ritz Carlton Georgetown, Washington DC

Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Mallory shares, “You can’t take a wedding too seriously, so to complement our formal attire, I wore bright green heels and Dale sported funky socks.”

Wedding green shoes and crazy fun socks

Wedding autumn colors orange and purple

Wedding Bridal Party celebration cheering

Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC.

Wedding Bridesmaids wearing purple fall colors

Groomsmen with green and purple ties

Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Church with red doors, Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

Mallory tells me, “Our wedding was perfect. To have all of our friends and family in one place, many traveling thousands of miles to be with us, was incredibly special. It meant the world to us to have everyone there.”

Dale’s brother, Ben, played the cello during the ceremony and Tim, his youngest brother, joined the band at the reception and playing the bass.

Grace Church Wedding Photography Georgetown, Washington DC

This might be my favorite photo from the day! Immediately following the ceremony Mallory and Dale recessed down the aisle and exited the church through the big red front doors. There is no denying, they were so happy to be married!

Wedding Grace Church

I also love the emotion in this photo of Dale picking up his bride and spinning her around!

Unusual artistic wedding photography motion blur

Mallory shares, “My favorite moment from the wedding was after the ceremony, after the photos, when Dale and I snuck up to the reception room during the cocktail hour to check out the decor and have a cocktail before heading down to cocktails with everyone else. We had ten minutes to stop, take it all in, practice our first dance, and realize how incredibly lucky we are. It was the perfect moment.”

The reception was held in the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton.

Ritz Carlton Wedding Photography, Georgetown, Washington DC.

Ritz Carlton Wedding reception Photography, Georgetown, Washington DC.

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Ritz Carlton Washington DC

Dancing Ritz Carlton Washington DC

Bemcha, a Latin jazz ensemble, played throughout the reception. They were fantastic and added a unique and fun flair to the dance floor.

Mallory’s mom made these adorable owl cake toppers, that commemorated their college mascot.

Wedding cake with cute owl topper

Congratulations Mallory and Dale!

For more photos check out the slideshow:

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venues: Grace Church and Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown
Officiant: Rev. Matthew E. Davis, Lamington Presbyterian Church
Band: Bemcha
Florist: Greenworks
Invitations: Paper Patch by Beth, Tucson, AZ
Hair: David Rios Salon, Georgetown
Rings: Tiffany & Co.
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias, Gigi’s Bridal Boutique, Tucson, AZ
Groom’s Tie: Charles Tyrwhitt 
Slideshow song: Venice by The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Photography: Jessica Schmitt 

Victoria and James were married on an October afternoon in Central Park.

Central Park elopement, NYC

James wrote this to be read during the ceremony, “I’ve loved you every day of my life.  I loved you even before I’d met you. I knew that you were out there somewhere and that my heart would eventually lead me to you. I knew that you would be sharing with others your wonderful sense of humor, your warm and engaging personality, your incredible sense of the world and most importantly, your kindness of spirit. I knew that your relationships with your family and friends would be a source of great strength for you and that they in turn, would feel the same way for you.  I knew deep in my heart that you would be making others feel as blessed as I feel everyday to have you in my life. I didn’t know you but I knew you were out there and I have loved you every day of my life.  Thank you for wanting to share your life with me as my wife and as your husband, I will love you for every day of the rest of my life.”

James shares, “Victoria and I have jobs that require us to be out of New York for extended periods of time on a frequent basis. Missing events in the city, exhibitions at a museum or even dinner with friends, is never as hard for us as missing time in our wonderful city simply enjoying a picnic dinner in Central Park on a warm summer evening. Her favorite, and after many years of persuasion, my favorite part of the entire five boroughs is a small meadow at the base of the entrance at west 77th street. Its quiet seclusion allows us to block out all of the turmoil of our daily lives, relax and enjoy each other’s company. So it was perfect to be married here on a lovely autumn day in October.”

Central Park Wedding, NYC

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Wedding in Central Park, wedding photography NYC

Wedding in Central Park, wedding photography NYC

Wedding Ladies Pavillion, Central Park

Autumn Central Park wedding, NYC

Just Married Banner, Paper Source

Wedding in Central Park, wedding photography NYC

Wedding in Central Park, wedding photography NYC

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Wedding in Central Park, wedding photography NYC

Congratulations Victoria and James!

Special thank to all the Vendors:
Flowers by: Posies, On the Upper West Side
Bride’s Necklace: Kate Spade
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Wellies: Hunter 
Ties: Countess Mara
Banner: Paper Source
Restaurant: Isabella’s
Photography: Jessica Schmitt

Stephanie and Tom were married on a beautiful October day at the Waterside Restaurant.

beautiful wedding dress photography

This dress is soooo gorgeous! The Pronovias gown has an organza and tulle skirt with feathered sweetheart neckline.

gorgeous wedding dress photography

Stephanie, you looked stunning!

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Wedding fall colors bouquet purple orange

fun cool groomsmen photography shadows

Groomsmen wedding photography

Stephanie shares, “I had a girls night the night before the wedding and Tom had a guys night.  I stayed over at the hotel with my sister, Mary, and cousin, Kristen. My friend Laura also came by. We had some champagne and just chatted.  It was nice to be at the hotel first thing in the morning because hair and makeup started around 8am!”
“I tried to keep the wedding style modern, but also romantic. It turned out to be such a beautiful day weather wise and I loved having the ceremony outdoors with the skyline in the background.  The ceremony was perfect, short but heartfelt and beautiful.”
The Waterside Restaurant is just on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel, in North Bergen, New Jersey, facing the gorgeous view of Manhattan.

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Wedding Violin ceremony

Waterside Restaurant, North Bergen, NJ wedding

North Bergen wedding ceremony New Jersey

Waterside Restaurant wedding, North Bergen NJ

NYC skyline view wedding photography

Waterside Restaurant, wedding, North Bergen, NJ

Waterside wedding NJ skyline view

Waterside Restaurant event wedding dinning room

Waterside Restaurant event wedding dinning room NJ

Stephanie continues, “My sister, my maid of honor, is dating the best man. It was great that she caught the bouquet and he caught the garter, although some people think it was fixed.  ; )

I loved the heartfelt speeches that everyone gave.  lt was such a fun crowd and the dance floor was packed all night.  I couldn’t have asked for a better day and am so excited to be married to the love of my life.”

They shared their first dance to Oh My Love by John Lennon.

wedding first dance

Waterside Restaurant, North Bergen, NJ

Congratulations Stephanie and Tom!

Check out more photos in the slideshow:

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venue: Waterside Restaurant
Officiant: Father Kenneth Riehl
Florist: Perla & Company
DJ: DDM Entertainment, Violinist: Melissa Macy, DDM Entertainment
Video: NST Pictures
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Hair and Makeup: Ore Makeup
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jordan
Bridesmaid Necklaces: J Crew

Slideshow song: All About Your Heart by Mindy Gledhill
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz and Brandi Toole

I am so excited to share this very special wedding styled shoot at Brooklyn’s Acqua Santa. The wonderfully talented Jove Meyer Events and I collaborated on a vintage garden style–perfect for a Brooklyn bride.

We are absolutely thrilled to be featured on Wedding Chicks today!

Brooklyn Williamsburg wedding photography

Unique wedding ideas aisle runner petals

Brooklyn’s Williamsburg has such a great vibe––urban, historic, artistic, eclectic and, of course, includes the hipster culture. Translating that into a garden wedding in an Italian restaurant was challenging and full of rich inspiration for photography. Jove did a terrific job designing and planning a wedding with this distinctive look. The style incorporated special touches like a floral crown, vintage plates, bird table numbers and an antique inspired dessert table with jewelry boxes.

Wild Ivy is the brilliant designer of all the gorgeous blooms! The aisle of petals, floral chandelier, crown, and all the amazing floral pieces really were the heart of the shoot.

Acqua Santa Brooklyn restaurant

Shoes from Chromatic Gallerie, where you can pick your perfect color, and a handmade sash from Hushed Commotion add to the charm and personal touch of a Brooklyn wedding.

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Brooklyn hipster wedding dress

Brooklyn Williamsburg wedding photography

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Fourteen-Forty created all the delightful paper pieces with a custom design with a floral motif and sweet little bird table numbers.

Brooklyn Wedding Fourteen Fourty Stationery

Catbird, Williamsburg’s go-to place for handmade jewelry and unique designs, provided the simple and delicate baguette ring.

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Bird table numbers Fourteen-fourty

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Cake cups wedding display antique jewelry box

The cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop featured a gorgeous red rose and Nutella cake cups by Alana Jones Mann were the perfect jewels to compliment the design–and such a sweet treat!

Brooklyn wedding hipster style

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Our bride looks so gorgeous thanks to the fresh-faced makeup by Sally Duvall and an on-trend fishtail braid by Stacey Weinstein of Once Upon A Bride.

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Be sure to check out this lovely film from Valerie Barnes:


HUGE thanks to the whole team:
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Planner and Designer: Jove Meyer Events
Venue: Acqua Santa
Makeup: Sally Duvall
Hair: Once Upon A Bride
Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop
Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
Floral Design: The Wild Ivy
Groom’s Attire: Brooklyn Tailors
Jewelry: Catbird
Shoe Designer: Chromatic Gallerie
Stationery: Fourteen-Forty
Accessories: Sash: Hushed Commotion
Desserts: Alana Jones Mann
Getting Ready Robe: Comfy Clothing