Real wedding: Anna + Daniel

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This wedding was not only super chic with amazing views, but took the traditional idea of a seated reception and flipped it on its head by turning it into a fabulous cocktail party!

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From the bride:

We knew we wanted a simple wedding, so we decided to strip it down to its essence and just throw a fun cocktail party with our closest family and friends. Our venue was a really unique photography studio in midtown Manhattan called Gary’s Loft, which is furnished with all kinds of vintage furniture and props used for shoots (including a fake bathroom set that we ended up using as our bar!). That meant we didn’t need to add flower arrangements, elaborate decorations, or even extra tables or chairs. With just a few candles, the loft was beautiful on its own, and our guests could explore and mingle in the space in a way that fit the relaxed vibe we were going for.

Our ceremony took place on the roof deck of the loft, with the nearby Empire State Building acting as the most stunning backdrop we could have imagined. We decided to make our entrance together and walk down the “aisle” as a couple. We also chose to speak our vows to each other without using a microphone. Although most of our guests couldn’t hear us, many people told us afterwards that watching our faces during that moment felt more intensely personal than hearing our words.

For the cocktail portion of the evening, we hired Landhaus, a caterer that runs the kitchen at the popular Brooklyn bar The Woods. They put together an awesome, informal “floating supper” of passed bites, which included Landhaus’ famous maple bacon sticks, miniature pastrami sandwiches and lobster rolls, clam chowder, fluke ceviche, and crab (the seafood was all fresh from the caterer’s family business in Maine). We asked a couple of talented friends to DJ and let the rest of the night take its course. Luckily, the venue staff was very understanding and didn’t make us stop dancing on the roof until 2am. It really was the best party we’d ever been to!

VENDORS

Bride’s dress: J. Mendel
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s suit: J. Crew
Hair stylist: Laura Mitchell
Makeup artist (friend of the couple): Anne Kohlhagen
Venue: Gary’s Loft
Planner: Big Juicy Events
Photographers (friends of the couple): Jennifer Czyborra & Brian Park
Invitations: Minted
Paper décor: Devra Party
Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals
Food + dessert: Landhaus

[images from Jennifer Czyborra & Brian Park]

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Secrets Resorts & Spas

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When Chad and I got married, we took our honeymoon over in Europe, completely avoiding all beaches and instead choosing to tour cities.  But after seeing the resorts available from  Secrets Resorts & Spas, I’m starting to think we may have missed out!  The Secrets Maroma Riviera Cancun is insanely stunning, with tons of activities for both the ladies AND the gentlemen.  Situated on the Yucatan Peninsula with a beach recognized as one of the world’s best, you can lay out and relax or take part in activities like tennis, beach volleyball, yoga, sailing, and take advantage of complimentary green fees at the nearby golf course (just to name a few!).   If taking it easy is more your style, you can indulge in some spa treatments at their 13,000 sqft spa, or enjoy a meal in one of their 7 restaurants or 6 bar lounges.  An important thing I always pay attention to is connectivity….as much as I want to relax and enjoy myself, I still like staying somewhat connected, so the free WiFi is a huge plus.  All the honeymoon suites have full ocean views along with 75% of the other suites, and the ones that don’t have direct swim access to one of their 13 pools.  Meaning you can wake up, get out of bed, and walk straight into a pool from your room (in a swimsuit of course)!  How great is that??  Top that off with 24 hour room service, unlimited drinks, pool & beach wait service and more, you’ve got yourself a pretty sweet honeymoon setup.  Check out this particular Secrets Resort along with all the other in the AM Resorts portfolio for even more honeymoon options!

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[images from Secrets Resorts & Spas]

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