Samantha and Ben were married on a crisp autumn day in Union Square.

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Samantha, you look gorgeous!

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Samantha and Ben shared a very sweet first look in the hotel suite.

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w hotel union square, nyc wedding

w hotel union square, nyc wedding

Samantha and Ben’s very dapper dog, Oliver, was an important part of the celebration!

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The ceremony was held in the grand ballroom at the hotel.

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Samantha shares some of her favorite parts of her wedding day, “I had so many favorite moments, but one was definitely the exchanging of vows. Ben and I wrote our own and didn’t share them with each other until we recited them, so that was really special.

I also thought our music choices – mixing 50’s and 60’s classics with soul and some of today’s hits – was awesome. So many people tore it up on the dance floor.

It was just really special to be with everyone we love as we celebrated our big day!”

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Congratulations Samantha and Ben!

Also, check out their engagement photos here.

Special thanks to the team:

Venue and Caterer:W Hotel Union Square
Hotel Coordinator: Leah Maio
Officiant: Eric Morgenstern
Cake: Nine Cakes
DJ/Band: 74 Events
Florist: Petals and Roots
Invitations: Minted
Hair and Makeup: Mable Pang
Rings: Richard Wasserman (Sam’s wedding bands)
Bride’s Dress: Anne Barge / Kleinfeld
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen Suit Designer/Shop: The Black Tux
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

Allison and Brady were married on a beautiful October day in Union Square.

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Allison and Brady shared a first look in the hotel suite.

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wedding first look

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The rain subsided and we went outside to Union Square for some photos.

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Allison, you look gorgeous!

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w hotel union square wedding nyc

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The ceremony was held in the grand ballroom of the W Hotel.

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w hotel union square NYC

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Allison shares, “I chose the W Union Square because it has the perfect blend of old and new. It being the old Guardian Life building, constructed in 1910, it has much of the original marble and the beautiful ceiling lights. This classic New York ballroom, combined with the modern eclectic style of the W Hotel, was the perfect mix for Brady and me. Since the majority of the guests were coming from out of town (I am from Florida and Brady is from Colorado), I tried to include fun NYC elements such as taxi escort card holders and tables named after our favorite NYC neighborhoods.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was reading our vows; it was so special to read these words we crafted from the heart to each other in front of all of our family and friends. I was so incredibly nervous but as soon as I looked at Brady and started speaking all of the nerves faded away, and the magic of the moment took over. When we turned to face everyone after the Reverend pronounced us husband and wife, I was overcome with joy and I remember squeezing Brady’s hand so hard because I had never experienced anything so beautifully overwhelming.”

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w hotel union square NYC

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Congratulations Allison and Brady!

Also, check out their Greenwich Village and Central Park engagement photos!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: W Union Square
Coordinator: Emily Lester – EM Event Management
Officiant: Rev. Jesse Hendrich
Cake: Butterfly Bakeshop
DJ/Band: Bud Maltin Band
Florist: Ariston Flowers
Makeup and Hair: Michelle Elise Artistry
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz

Kara and Gary were married at the New York Botanical Garden on a beautiful October day.  The ceremony and reception took place at the Stone Mill and we got some beautiful photos at the nearby Rose Garden.

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The couple shared a first look before the wedding ceremony.

Gary shares a few of his favorite moments from the wedding day, ” I loved seeing Kara for the first time. I had no idea how she would look. She was, is, and will always be beautiful! I also loved our ceremony – feeling the presence of everyone there, sharing my words with her, and listening to her words for me. The reception was a blast and it has been great hearing our guests tell us that they had a great time.”

The first look was also one of Kara’s favorite moments, “I had pre-wedding jitters before seeing Gary. When he turned around, I felt completely calm and knew that this was going to be one of the best days of my life.”

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stone mill first look

We strolled down to the Botanical Garden’s beautiful Rose Garden for some photos.

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New York Botanical Garden Wedding Photography

New York Botanical Garden Wedding Photography

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New York Botanical Garden Wedding Photography

Kara shares, “We got engaged in August in San Diego and found the New York Botanical Garden a short time after that. We loved the Stone Mill and its peaceful surroundings and felt that the simple sophistication of the space represented us well. We also knew that it would be the perfect setting for our small gathering of the people who are closest to us.

The year leading up to the wedding came with many changes including Gary moving to New York City from Massachusetts and starting a new job last spring.
It was wonderful to be in the same city after Gary’s dedicated commute back and forth on weekends. It also made the final stages of planning our big day much easier.

My favorite parts of our wedding also included the advice that our officiant gave to us at the ceremony, including that each person should give 100% percent to their marriage. His words were heartfelt and meaningful. I also loved dancing the night away with family. Our wedding was the first time Gary and I ever cut loose on the dance floor and we had a blast. Anyone can tell you that I did not want the night to end. In fact, if given the chance I would relive that night over again as often as possible.”

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New York Botanical Garden Wedding Photography

The Botanical Garden is filled with so many picturesque scenes and bright pops of color.

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New York Botanical Garden Wedding Photography

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New York Botanical Garden Wedding Photography

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Kara and Gary’s good friends, Jen and Tom, served as their wedding party and helped them get ready for the ceremony.

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The ceremony took place at twilight as Kara’s brother walked her down the aisle.

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Stone Mill New York Botanical Garden Wedding Photography

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The reception felt very cozy inside the white brick walls with so much warm glowing candlelight.

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Congratulations Kara and Gary!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: New York Botanical Garden, Stone Mill
Officiant: David Dae An Rynick, Roshi, Worcester Zen Center
Flowers: Forever in Bloom
DJ: Michael and Claudia Narvaez, ANS Entertainment
Lighting: Shades of Grey Productions Inc.
Bridal Gown: Princess Bridals, Huntington, New York, Designer: Kitty Chen
Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers
Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Greenwich Street Jewelers
Vegan Wedding Cake: Vegan Divas
Hair and Makeup: Christo, Mariana and Hazel at Christo Fifth Avenue, NYC
Invitations and Programs: Wedding Paper Divas

Elyssa and Mike were married on a beautiful fall day at New York’s Hilton Pearl River.

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Hilton Pearl River wedding

Hilton Pearl River wedding

Hilton Pearl River wedding

After Elyssa and Mike were done getting ready for the day they shared a very sweet first look.

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The back of Elyssa’s dress is sooooo pretty!

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Elyssa shares, “I am not a big fan of flowers, so we wanted to do something a bit different with our bouquets. After searching pretty much the entire Internet, we found an Etsy shop that made beautiful bouquets out of paper. I contacted the shop and they said we could choose what book/document the flowers were made out of. Our bouquets and boutonnieres are made of the Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized gay marriage in the US. Not only are we both lawyers, and love the idea that all are equal to share in the joys of marriage in the eyes of the law, but Mike actually worked on one of the previous gay marriage Supreme Court cases and we are both very proud of what he and the equal rights movement have accomplished.

We also included an excerpt from the Obergefell decision on our wedding program:
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.

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Elyssa shares, “In the days leading up to the wedding we were worried that the weather wouldn’t cooperate for our ceremony to be held outside, but when we woke up on our wedding day and saw the bright blue skies we knew we were in for a treat! Simply put, our wedding day exceeded all of our expectations and was by far the best day of our lives. After a year of planning, we knew that we had included our own little touches to make the day special for us, such as our paper flowers and the grandfather(s) and bride dance, but we had no idea that all of our planning would come together in such an amazing way. Knowing that our friends and family had come from all across the country to celebrate the beginning of our lives together was awesome, in the literal sense of the word.”

The couple signed the ketubah just before the ceremony.

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At the end of the ceremony two cannons burst a blizzard of beautiful confetti into the air!

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Elyssa shared a special dance with her dad and each of her grand fathers.

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wedding dancing

Congratulations Elyssa and Mike!

Also, check out their Central Park engagement photos here.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Pearl River Hilton
Cake: A Little Cake
DJ/Band: East Side Stories
Florist: Dramatic Innovation
Paper Bouquets: With Love and Petals
Invitations: Designed by Elyssa Feins, Printed by Thomas Printers
Makeup/Hair: Makeup and Hair by Dallas
Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with David Troncoso

Judy and Mike were married on a beautiful day at MyMoon in Brooklyn. The day was filled with friends, family, and lots of love, along with an appearance by their French bulldog puppy, Zoe, a combining of their cultures with a chuppah and Chinese tea ceremony, and lots and lots of dancing!
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Judy and Mike shared a first look outside of MyMoon.
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Judy shares, “Mike and I were able to incorporate our Jewish and Chinese cultures into our wedding, which made it really special for both our families. We got married under a beautiful chuppah and followed that with a Chinese tea ceremony where we served tea to our parents and aunts and uncles to show respect and appreciation. We also surprised Mike’s parents by getting a small replica of their wedding cake made. Mike’s mom was thrilled when she saw it; her reaction was priceless! Thirty seconds later, after realizing what he was staring at, Mike’s dad was ecstatic as well.

We wanted the wedding to be fun and for everyone to have a good time, and I think we set the tone with Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” as our processional song. I loved that we had funny moments during our ceremony, including Mike getting dizzy from circling me seven times during the seven blessings. Although we didn’t get to spend much time with her, I was so happy that Zoe, our French bulldog puppy, made an appearance and was able to walk down the aisle and be a part of our wedding day.”

Mike shares his favorite moments, “While there are many moments to choose from there were a few that stood out for me. Dancing with Judy surrounded by our friends and family was a moment when we were able to acknowledge the love and support in our lives. Staring into her eyes smiling, giggling, and dancing was pure joy. The party bus to the after-party was unforgettable as well. Everyone was radiating positive vibes and energy, and we were so happy that everyone was having a great time.

Also, instead of getting a wedding cake, we decided to mix things up with our favorite doughnuts from Dough. They were a huge hit…who doesn’t love a good doughnut?!”
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My Moon wedding
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MyMoon wedding brooklyn
After the ceremony, cocktail hour began and the Chinese tea ceremony took place under the chuppah.
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The Chinese tea ceremony includes an exchange of tea and blessings between the bride and groom and close family. Judy’s parents also gave gold jewelry to each of them.
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Judy shares why they chose MyMoon, “We both wanted a rustic urban vibe, and MyMoon was perfect. With dark wooden tables, high ceilings, amber lighting, and exposed brick all around, we kept our own decorations to a minimum because it was already so beautiful inside. The outdoor patio provided a great contrast for the ceremony with its lush greenery.”
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MyMoon wedding brooklyn
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Judy and Mike shared their first dance to the Drake cover of ASTR’s “Hold On We’re Going Home.”
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Congratulations Judy and Mike!
Also, check out their engagement photos on the Lower East Side.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: MyMoon, Coordinator: Lee Chappell
Doughnuts: Dough
Cake: Sugar Couture
DJs: Dash Speaks and NSR
Florist: Stems Brooklyn
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Makeup and Hair: Love Your Face Beauty
Mike’s Ring: David Yurman
Judy’s Ring: Anna Sheffield
Bride’s Dress Designer: Jenny Packham at Gabriella
Bride’s Shoes: Pink Paradox London
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Jewelry: Engagement necklace from Mike’s mom, earrings purchased in Hong Kong by Judy’s mom
Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS
Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: My.Suit
Groom’s bow tie: Suited Man; Groomsmen’s bow ties: The Tie Bar
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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