Emily and Josh were married at a very special and unique location in New York City: The Strand Book Store! The preparations began at the Nomad Hotel.

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Such a clever idea! In keeping with the literature theme, their save the date was a bookmark and the wedding invitation was a library card.

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Emily and Josh shared a first look in the hotel room.

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The couple both agreed one of the best moments of the day was the first look.  Josh shares,”It was a moment that we could just share between the two of us–to be together, laugh, and take a few pictures.” Emily adds, “I wasn’t completely sold on doing the first look, but Josh really wanted to. In the end, I’m so glad we did. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the moment when he turned around and saw me in my dress for the first time. It was just a wonderful moment.”

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When you get married in New York City sometimes you walk past a little graffiti on the way to your wedding!

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We made our way to Madison Square Park for some pre-ceremony portraits.

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Emily shares the story of how they met, “We met at a summer party at the home of mutual friends. We started as friends, but quickly realized that we had a lot in common. It became this ongoing joke every time we found one more random thing we both happen to love. After a couple months, Josh was looking for a new apartment and I just happened to know of a studio opening up in my building. A few weeks later he moved in and we’ve pretty much been together ever since.

Josh asked Emily to marry him while they were in Los Angeles for the wedding of their dear friends, Erik and Mike. Josh shares, “Emily loves data and research, so I spent weeks putting together a PowerPoint presentation filled with charts and graphs of our relationship and data points for why we are perfect for each other. I had grand plans of proposing to her on the beach, but by the time we got there the sun had set and the moment wasn’t right. We ended up grabbing a bottle of wine and going back to our room.”

Emily continues, “He gave me the presentation and I wasn’t completely sure what I was looking at. I got a few slides in before I realized what was happening and burst into tears. When I looked up he was on his knee. It was perfect.”

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Emily explains why the Strand was the perfect place for their wedding, “About a week after we got engaged, we heard about the Strand, went to tour the space, and fell in love with it immediately. We didn’t even look at other options. Once that was decided, everything else just fell into place around the book theme. Within a week we had the save the dates, invitations, decorations, and guest book all figured out. It was meant to be.”

Surrounded by beautiful rare books, twinkling lights and their loved ones, Emily and Josh said, “I do.”

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The Strand doesn’t need much added decoration, but the couple found ways to add extra touches to make the day feel personal and elegant. They used books, votives encircled with pages, small bouquets of flowers and wonderful framed quotes throughout tables in the space. This one includes a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald, “I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”

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Emily and Josh shared their first dance to Bright Eyes’ First Day of My Life.

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This cake was amazing! Emily shares, “Josh was a pastry chef for many years, so choosing the right cake was very important to him. We got the cake from Momofuku Milk Bar because it’s one of Josh’s favorite bakeries in the city.  The three layers were strawberry lemon, German chocolate, and birthday cake.”

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Congratulations Emily and Josh!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: The Strand Book Store, rare book room
Caterer: Pies ‘n’ Thighs
DJ: The Remixologists, Ben Coleman
Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar
Dress: Augusta Jones
Hotel: The Nomad
Hair/Makeup: Red Door
Officiant: Kevin Jennings
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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

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Bouquet by Jonathan Gilland

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Forever in Bloom

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Florist: Ariston Flowers

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These white and lavender bouquets are made of the Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized gay marriage in the US. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
Paper Bouquets: With Love and Petals

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Knit flowers made by the bride Melissa Scanlon

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Florist: L’Atelier Rouge

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Florist: Petals and Roots

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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I am so excited to share that I have won the award for 2017 The Knot Best of Weddings!

This is an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by actual wedded couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot. For 2017, less than 2% of the wedding professionals in the entire country received this distinguished accolade.

I want to thank all the awesome couples I had the joy of photographing this year! I have the best job and every review means so much to me. I hope I can make all my couples feel like they have received the best service and have been given wonderful photographs they can cherish for always. I’m looking forward to 2017!

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Melissa and Justin were married on a beautiful, windy day on Block Island, Rhode Island.

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Melissa and Justin shared a first look at the lighthouse.

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After we took photos at the Southeast Lighthouse, we drove over to the amazing Mohegan Bluffs. The bluff’s cliff’s are nearly 200 feet high and showcase stunning ocean views.

 

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Melissa shares, “When Justin and I started thinking about our wedding day, we knew right away that we wanted to have a destination wedding. Picking the actual destination turned out to be harder than expected, but once we found out there was an opening at the Spring House Hotel on Block Island, everything seemed to fall into place. Block Island is one of our favorite vacation spots – we’ve been spending time there every summer since we started dating in 2007. It was a really special experience for us to have all of our friends and family together on Block Island for a whole weekend. And, as an added bonus, since we got married during the off season, it was almost as though we had the island to ourselves!”
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Melissa continues, “Early on in the planning process, I decided I wanted to knit the flowers for our wedding. Despite a lot of people thinking I was crazy, the idea quickly snowballed into incorporating yarn throughout all of our décor. Together with an army made up of my mom, sister, aunts and cousins, we made knit flower bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres, bow ties and over 1,300 yarn pompoms used in our centerpieces, ceremony aisle and backdrop. After all of the hours put in making everything, seeing it all come together on the day was amazing.”

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Congratulations Melissa and Justin!

 

Venue and caterer: Spring House Hotel
Hotel Coordinator: Brittany Cardinal
Officiant: Mary Janigian (Melissa’s aunt)
Cake: Sugar Rush BI, Kate Musso
Cake topper: Deadcraft
DJ/Band: Silver Arrow Band
Invitations: Minted, Lace & Kraft design by Katherine Watson
Hair and Makeup: Beehive Hair Design, www.beehivehairdesign.com, Dorisa and Molly
Rings: Village Jewelers
Bride’s Dress Designer/Shop: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Jewelry: Earrings Macy’s, Necklace Jared
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux
Knit Flowers, ties, and pom pom decor: Knit by Melissa, the bride
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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