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This wedding from Select vendor Karen Hill is for all you winter brides out there! With it’s golden lighting, warm brick walls and fireplaces, The Bowery Hotel‘s old world charm makes it the perfect setting for a winter wedding in New York City, and Karen’s photos perfectly capture the drama of the season and the venue and the occasion.

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Melanie paired her tea length lace and fringe Stella McCartney dress with a pair of studded shoes by Valentino.

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From the photographer: “I love working with couples on their wedding days but I especially love the time we set aside for their portraits – it’s my favorite time of the day. Melanie and Greg’s portrait session was no exception, they did a first look, which in the winter in NYC, allowed us to do part of the photo session in daylight and though it was very cold out, it was also wonderful.” 

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Says planner Tzo Ai Ang of Ang Weddings and Events“I loved the fragrance at the ceremony created by the dramatic garland that Rountree Flowers draped over the burning fireplace. It was made up of fresh lemon leaf, magnolia, juniper and pine. For dinner the tables were decorated with an organic rambling carpet of white pillar candles, which gave the room such an incredible glow. These were augmented by winter white blooms like white ranunculus, white spray roses, white anemones, dark privet berries and touches of velvety dusty miller.”

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SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS DECEMBER WEDDING AT THE BOWERY HOTEL.

Photography: Karen Hill / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Venue: The Bowery Hotel in New York, New York / Floral Design: Rountree Flowers / Dress: Stella McCartney / Shoes: Valentino / DJ: Play Something Good / Officiant: Rev. Annie Lawrence / String Trio: Elan Artists / Cake: Baked NYC / Hair: Styles on B / Makeup: Lindsey Jones / Photobooth: Classic Photo Booth / Calligraphy: MM Ink / Cake Stands: Martha Stewart Collection via Macy’s
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  • Bowery Hotel Wedding by Karen Hill

    17 July 2014
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    Garden setting, lush greenery, beautiful spring day… Emily and Mike were wed at the Inn at Park Winters in Northern California, and photographer Laura Nelson was there to capture the day with these timeless images…

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    Greenery and foliage played a central role in the wedding decor, starting with the watercolor invitations by Kae & Ales.

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    Bridesmaids wore gray, sage, and emerald green chiffon dresses, perfectly complementing the shades of gray and green in their bouquets.

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    The bride’s favorite part of the day? “I can truly say that I loved every moment of my wedding; it really was my favorite day! But if I had to be specific, I really enjoyed being surrounded by my family and friends, all of who were genuinely excited to share in our joy. Another favorite little moment was when we were pronounced husband and wife. My husband and I waited to have our first kiss on our wedding day and it was so special for us!”

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    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS CALIFORNIA WEDDING AT THE INN AT PARK WINTERS.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  When we began the planning process, we wanted a venue that would be the perfect backdrop for our wedding festivities. We chose words like lush, clean, and natural to describe our dream venue and when we found Park Winters, we knew it would be the perfect fit. We believed that investing into a gorgeous venue meant we would have to bring in fewer outside elements to complete the overall look.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We really liked the idea of a simple and neutral wedding, with an emphasis on lush greenery. We wanted minimal details that were thoughtful and intentional.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Overall, our wedding was quite traditional, but it was also very genuine and heartfelt.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Our love for coffee prompted us to set up a coffee bar complete with custom hand-stamped cups and bags of coffee beans for guests to take home and enjoy. We also foraged for all of the greenery for our wedding. All of the greenery came from the yard of a family member or dear friend.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t let anything ruin your joy. No matter what may go wrong, or maybe if things just don’t go exactly as planned, remove yourself and just enjoy the day.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Absolutely hire a wedding planner and a stylist. Having someone who knows the ins and outs of the industry and whose style and decision making skills you trust and admire will prove invaluable throughout the planning process.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Decide ahead of time what elements are important to you. Invest your money on things that will last instead of little details that will likely be forgotten by you and your guests.

    Photography: Laura Nelson / Venue: Inn at Park Winters in Winters, California / Planning, Styling, Stationery, Floral Design: Kae & Ales / Dress: La Sposa / Shoes: J. Crew / Hair Piece: Twigs and Honey / Suit: J. Crew  / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Groomsmen Suits: H&M / Band: The Suspenders 
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  • Inn at Park Winters Wedding from Laura Nelson

    16 July 2014
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    This wedding from photographer Becca Borge sends us to Coconut Grove for a beautiful Florida wedding that was perfectly suited to the bride and groom…

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    The ceremony took place at the Plymouth Congregational Church, and included bagpipes as a nod to the bride’s Celtic background (the “man of honor,” her brother, also wore a kilt).

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    The couple made their way from the ceremony to the reception in a black, vintage Lincoln Continental.

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    The reception took place at The Kampong, one of the five gardens of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Full of exotic plants and flowering trees, it made for a one-of-a-kind wedding venue.

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    Escort cards were tied to miniature souvenir spoons from around the world, and displayed on a bed of moss.

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    Says the bride, “We had a vegan wedding so all the food was entirely vegan. No one could even tell because our chef Jay Astafa and his team are amazing! The food was incredible, we had 14 different appetizers and tons of pizza for our main course. Also we own a vegan cookie dough company called EatPastry, so we HAD to have our cookies and milk for dessert.”

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    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS BOHO-CHIC WEDDING IN COCONUT GROVE.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Alfredo’s family all lives in Florida, and it was easily accessible for my family who are mostly on the East coast.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Keeping things simple, and earthy darkly colored vintage items.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Eating pizza! And my first dances with Alfredo and my Dad.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To smile a lot and try to enjoy each moment for what it’s worth.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Just relax and let the day flow. It’ll unfold the way it should.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Spend money on the stuff that’s most important to you. We didn’t want to compromise on food, so we compromised in other areas, like getting a DJ instead of band.

    Photography: Becca Borge / Venue: The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida / Ceremony: Plymouth Congregational Church / Event Planning: Kasey D. Weddings / Dress: Claire Pettibone / Shoes: Guess / Suit, Shirt, Tie: Vera Wang / Shoes: Dr. Martin / Floral Design: Julia Rohde’s Floral Designs / Rentals: Salvage Snob, Unearthed Vintage, Atlas Party Rentals / Catering: Chef Jay Astafa / Cookies: EatPastry / Music: Made in Miami DJs, Hiram Bernal
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  • Boho-Chic Wedding at The Kampong

    15 July 2014
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    Josh Gruetzmacher (one of our awesome Select vendors!) photographs some of the loveliest weddings, and I especially love it when he sends us something at a venue we’ve never seen! Kristin and Elias had a sweet, intimate wedding at the Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley, and Josh captured it beautifully…

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    From the bride: “Eli and I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of both of our personalities. Eli is from rural Northern California, I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, and we felt the Ralston White Retreat was a perfect balance of both rustic natural beauty and classic charm. As soon as we pulled up to the vast green lawn surrounded by towering redwood trees, we knew we had found the place. There was a magical feeling that overcame us as soon as we stepped out of the car.”

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    “On the day of, for a touch of whimsy, vintage urns and vases were used for each flower arrangement, including a trophy that was given to Eli’s great-grandfather in 1905. As a floral designer,” says Kristin, “I knew I wanted an abundance of flowers and greenery to complement this vintage style. Each arrangement and bouquet was over flowing with hydrangeas, dinner plate dahlias, hyacinths, ranunculus, olive branches, silver dollar eucalyptus and flowering jasmine.”

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    Kristin’s favorite part of the day? “Right after the ceremony as Eli and I walked hand-in-hand back down the aisle, seeing our family and friends grinning from ear to ear meant so much.”

     

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    After the ceremony, the newlyweds took some time during the cocktail hour to get some priceless photos among nearby redwood trees.

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    For dessert there was a small strawberry cake for cutting, miniature lemon pound cakes and chocolate chip cookies, plus an ice cream cart from Ici, a local ice cream shop.

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The history and architecture of the Retreat inspired us and set the tone during the planning process. We wanted the wedding to be romantic and classic with whimsical touches. We incorporated the classic style starting with our invitation suites with the use of black and white stripes.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.

  We are extremely fortunate to have very talented family and friends, who we owe great thanks to for the details of the day.  From the cake toppers, hand-written calligraphy, and delicious home-made desserts, created by my family to the custom designed invitations and creation of the floral arrangements from dear friends. Every detail of our wedding had a very personal touch and everyone involved went the extra mile to make our day special.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My sister told me to enjoy every moment because it will go by in a flash. Leading up to the day, it was very hectic, but once the big day had arrived, I took the time to enjoy every minute, and everything fell into place. It was definitely a whirlwind, but I was able to eat, drink, dance and celebrate.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Everyone has different ideas of their perfect wedding. Stay true to your vision and decide what details are most important to you.  In the end, our most important detail was sharing our happiness with our family and friends.

    Menu
    Passed Hors d’oeuvres: Potato Gaufrette with Ahi Tuna Tartare, Virgin Olive Oil, and Wasabi Tobiko / Flat Bread with Charred Figs, mild Chèvre and Prosciutto / Vietnamese Rice Paper Spring Rolls, filled with Mango, English Cucumber and Fresh Mint, served with Nampla Dipping Sauce // First Course: West Marin Field Greens with Heirloom Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella tossed in a Balsamic Vinaigrette / Artisanal Breads, Rolls and Bread Sticks, Butter // Family Style Meal: Dry Aged Tri-Tip with Garlic, Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper and Rosemary served with a Creamy Horseradish Sauce served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes / Mahi Mahi roasted with Lemon and Capers with a Red Onion Confit served with Fresh Green Beans and Roasted Cauliflower with Crispy Shallots // Dessert: Strawberry Wedding Cake / Miniature Lemon Pound Cake / Chocolate Chip Cookies / Assorted Ice Creams

    Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley, California / Officiant: Chett Garcia / Dress: Angel Sanchez / Shoes: Zara / Hair, Makeup: Brianna Scheff / Hair Clip: J. Crew / Suit: Hugo Boss / Shirt, Tie Clip: J. Crew / Tie: Theory / Shoes: Magnanni / Stationery, Floral Design: The Bow Collective  / Calligraphy: Arney Walker Calligraphy / Music: Yuri Kye / DJ: Smiles Davis / Catering: Delicious Catering / Ice Cream Cart: Ici / Cake: Ling Ling Yee
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  • Mill Valley Wedding by Josh Gruetzmacher

    8 July 2014
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    Always a treat to feature a wedding from our friends at A Bryan Photo, and these images really capture the energy of the couple and the day. Not to mention, when the bride is a planner for boutique planning studio, Mariée Ami, you know it’s going to be a gorgeous, glamorous celebration!

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    Louise wore a stunning gown by Lela Rose, accented with a chapel length veil and phalaenopsis orchids in her hair. Bridesmaids wore a mix of gray and navy chiffon gowns by Amsale.

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    The bride shares about the decision to get married at Mobile’s Christ Church Cathedral: “There was no question as to where we were getting married. I love my hometown and my parents would not have had it any other way. Billy and I were married in my childhood church were I was baptized and confirmed.”

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    As a planner, Louise had a very clear vision for the design of the wedding: “We always dreamed of being married in a large tent over looking the water. While an outdoor wedding in August was out of the question, a tent was still something I wanted, so we created that feel inside. I new I wanted navy as the basis of the wedding. I also love a mix of garden-like design and straight line modern pieces. I love the crispness of true white and the preppy touch of boxwoods and ribbon.”

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    “Our friends and family love good food, but they also love to talk and drink. We had three huge square tables in the middle of the reception that allowed for guests to pick and eat directly from the tables. Oyster, shrimp, tuna, hot sausage with melted cheese, a variety of salads and antipasti presentations, and we couldn’t end the night without the groom’s favorite thing: mini fried chicken pieces on Sister Schubert rolls and beignets covered in powdered sugar!”

    Signature drinks were an Arnold Palmer for the groom and vodka milkshakes for the bride.

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    Doesn’t this photo look like it could have come from the 1950s?! I love it! The classic wedding cake was decorated with a lattice pattern and sugar calla lilies. Says Louise, “Both the wedding cake and groom’s cake were served on large silver trays that have been in my family for years. The tablecloths for the cakes were also meaningful family heirlooms. I was also given a toasting cup from my grandmother that both she and my mother used at their wedding receptions.”

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    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS GLAMOROUS ALABAMA WEDDING FROM A BRYAN PHOTO AND MARIEE AMI.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose to get married in August for a few reasons. We didn’t want a long engagement, a wedding during football season was out of the question, and, as a wedding planner, it was the only open weekend I had. I was worried about the heat in Mobile in August, so we choose an indoor venue rather than the outdoor bay wedding I had always dreamed of. Fort Whiting was the largest indoor venue we could find and I knew we could accomplish exactly what we wanted in the big open space.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Billy and I decided not to see each other before the ceremony and wait for that moment of walking down the aisle to see each other.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  When it came to the details my mind was going 100 miles a minute. My favorite detail of the wedding was actually all the little gifts and favors we had. Hypercolor cups and linen cocktail napkins were two of my favorite reception details. The hotel gifts really came together well. I wanted to incorporate my dog into the details so we had a local artist do a sketch. We used this sketch on canvas bags for the hotel guests, frisbees that could be taken home by other fellow dog lovers, and koozies. The monogramed playing cards were a favorite find in the hotel bags. // I also loved the paintings that hung above the bars. They were painted by one of my best friends and bridesmaids, Liz Legg (Liz Legg Designs), and are now hanging in my home. I also gave my bridesmaids earrings from Liz’s jewelry collection that they wore on the wedding day! She is so talented! [Check out these great details in the gallery!]

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  At the end of the day the most important thing is you will be married…. Don’t sweat the small things and enjoy every moment!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Hire a wedding planner and do things differently from what you see all the time. Being a wedding planner by day, I did not do one thing from Wednesday on. With my team doing what they do every weekend, it was so nice to be the bride and let someone else handle the details!

     

    Louise and Billy’s wedding also appears in the current issue of Southern Weddings, which you can order right here!

    Photography: A Bryan Photo / Event Planning & Design: Mariée Ami / Venue: Fort Whiting in Mobile, Alabama / Church: Christ Church Cathedral / Officiant: Johnny Cook / Dress: Lela Rose, Spring from Ivory & White /  Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Ivory & White / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Ceremony Floral Design: Homer McClure, Ron Barrett / Reception and Personal Flower Floral Design: Buffy J. Hargett / Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited / Music: Atlanta Showstoppers / Lighting: AG lighting / Catering: Morrissette & Company / Cake: Barb Sullivan / Hair: Greg Andrews / Makeup: Ashley Mitchell

    A Bryan Photo is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

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  • Alabama Wedding from A Bryan Photo

    7 July 2014
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