Real elopement: Erica + Tom

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This little elopement in Central Park really proves that sometimes, the only guests you need are your closest family.  So beautiful!

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plaid groom accessories

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bright bouquet

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little vows book

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Public menus

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From the bride:

Our wedding celebration was a hybrid of elopement and intimate family gathering. Nobody has been there to support and stand by us through the ups and downs in our lives like our parents and siblings, and that’s exactly who we wanted by our side when we made our vows as husband and wife. Being surrounded by the love of our families made the day even more beautiful than we had imagined. Our relationship has included countless adventures and romantic walks through Central Park. With our love for the park, my husband and I knew it was the only place for us to marry. Ladies Pavilion allowed our families to be gathered closely around us with just enough room for all of us underneath; it was dreamily intimate. The most important thing to us on our wedding day was that we could truly celebrate our marriage, but we still wanted a day filled with pretty details. Creating a beautiful day is easy when you’ve got so much love to work with. My talented sister, Kerry, graciously offered to make me a wedding dress. She thought of every detail, right down to including a button from my mother’s wedding dress and the surprise of my new initials sewn (in blue!) into the inside of the dress. My husband’s brother, Dan, did my makeup and our brothers Wayne and James also read two different works during our ceremony. My mom even learned how to use Pinterest and responded to me (via email) with her comments on every single item I posted to the secret board I shared with her and my sister. Etsy was a favorite for many of our details, and other friends and family contributed in the way of our flowers and paper designs. Perhaps the most special part of all of these contributions made by family and friends were the hours spent together enriching our relationships leading up to the day. I’m so grateful for the all of that extra time I was able to spend with my sister and brothers. In the busy lives we all lead, it’s hard to find that sometimes.

Reception Venue: Central Park Ladies’ Pavilion
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Public Restaurant

[images from Kate Neal]

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Real wedding: Lauren + Soubhik

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This wedding was a great combination of Hindu & Western ceremonies, with a perfectly poppy palette that’s modern and warm at the same time.  Some great details from the bride below…

boutonniere and mehndi

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hot pink invitation

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modern indian ceremony

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white centerpieces

ombre seating chart

dipped forks

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whoopie pies and favors

wedding cake with cute topper

cutting the cake

There were so many things that we were happy with including the look and feel. But ultimately, it was the ceremony that we loved the most. We combined a Hindu ceremony and a western ceremony and personalized both parts. The Hindu ceremony is such a beautiful one. We modernized the script a little to make it our own but the essence is about friendship and involves all these wonderful traditions that incorporate our families. We wrote our own vows and had a good friend marry us and all of those personal touches helped to make that moment — that I think initially we didn’t think much about — so warm and memorable.

We knew we wanted our wedding in Brooklyn, NY, because thats where we fell in love with each other and the city. We looked at only a few other places beyond the Green Building, but once we saw it, tucked into our old neighborhood, it was a no-brainer.

Once we found the Green Building, the rest of the design fell into place because the space is so spectacular. It’s like urban rustic, so you don’t need much more. But we knew we wanted to incorporate some Indian touches, including some bright colors and imagery, which we managed to do in the decoration. Other than that, I wanted the space to feel warm and inviting like you never wanted to leave. That was done with candles littered on every surface and the big sheet of hanging lights, which was delightful. I went a little wild with the DIY stuff, but in the end I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I absolutely loved the way the space and the decorations looked. Especially the spray-painted silverware (really, a ridiculous project that thankfully turned out just awesome), the table seating chart, and the little snow globes filled with elephant figurines that Ronnie’s mom got in India. Oh and we did a surprise Bollywood dance, which was so much fun! Ronnie might not agree, I think he blacked out, but it was a blast, a fun touch for Ronnie’s family, and such a riot for our friends.

The photography was perfect because it captured the warm, happy, vibrant mood of the evening. Leigh Anna just blended right in with our guests and got these great intimate shots. Looking through them, it’s like we’re reliving it all over again.

Planning a wedding really is so much more work than you think, especially if you go the route where you do a lot of it yourself. (I don’t even mean decoration projects. if you aren’t doing an all-in venue that takes care of catering, there’s a lot of logistics to work out.)  The thing is, it’s not bad work, it can be really fun, but everything will take a million more decisions and a lot more time than you think. So in regards to that, try to start early as much as you can. If you are making some of your own decorations, start early and ask for help. My mother-in-law came through in such a huge way, sewing these beautiful table runners that were above and beyond what I could have imagined. I would also recommend chatting with friends who have recently gotten married in your city. I got great vendor recommendations (ah hem: my photographer!) from recently married buddies. And it’s worth doing some research, checking out wedding and design blogs to see what people are doing to borrow some ideas, because otherwise it’s a great big wedding world out there. And have fun!!

Photographer:  Moss + Isaac//Caterer: Crave//Event Venue: The Green Building//Bakery: Baked NYC LLC//Transportation: NY Trolley Co//Dress Designer: Selia Yang//

[images from Moss + Isaac]

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Real wedding: Julie + Allen

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With it getting so cold over here on the east coast, this wedding is making me wish for more Spring like weather!  I’m loving the palette of lemon, lime and crisp white…its always so fresh and happy!

white and yellow bouquet

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outdoor ceremony

yellow & green floral garland

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lemon boutonniere

lemon escort card

lemon & green centerpieces

white & yellow wedding cakes

Photographer:  AE Pictures Inc.//Dress Store: Asos//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Barney’s New York//Cake Designer: elegantcheesecakes.com//Shoes: Holt Renfrew//Dress Store:Priscilla of Boston//Reception Venue:Rit-Carlton//Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.//Jewelry: Turgeon and Raine//DJ: Uptempo Productions//Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas//Dance Instructor: Allegro Ballroom//Musicians: Erika Eah Herren//Dress Store: Margene’s Bridal//Floral Designer:Yi-Chen Enriquez//

[images from AE Pictures Inc.]

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Real wedding: Michelle + Alan

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I always love a good Public wedding…the space is so chic and perfect for any style of affair.

all white bouquet

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orange bouquet & boutonniere

Ceremony at Public

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Public wedding

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Wedding at Public

library inspired menu & table number

blue and white wedding cake

Public wedding

From the bride:

There are honestly not enough words to express how amazing our wedding was. From our family and friends, to the venue and vendors we worked with, it was perfect.

Not even a few rain drops could dampen our excitement and pure happiness! The day and night flew by and we never wanted it to end. There are those special moments in your life, when you just feel it’s happening, and this day was truly ours.

VENDORS

Getting Ready: Soho Grand
Wedding Location: Public
Photographer: Levi Stolove Photography
Make up: Kim Do        
Hair: Kara Hurston
Dress: Anne Barge
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo 
Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew
Groom’s attire: Baldwin Formals
Groomsmen attire: Baldwin Formals
Flowers: Antheia Flowers
Band/DJ:  Drew Burrows of Beat Train Productions
Invitations: Elum
Cake: Sophie Sophia
Officiant: Eugene Manlongat

[images from Levi Stolove Photography]

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Real Brooklyn wedding: Miranda + Doug

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Its not every day when you can walk around Brooklyn and see a wedding parade, but thats exactly what DUMBO-ites saw when Miranda & Doug got married!  I would have loved to have seen that!

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black and white bouquet

M&D The Kiss

M&D Everyone Marching

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wedding march

wedding signs

wedding parade

M&D Two Families Unite, Brooklyn Bridge Park

M&D Photobooth Fun

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Miranda and Doug are the sweetest of couples from Charlotte, North Carolina. Sharing their love of New York City, and Brooklyn, it’s no wonder they chose a destination wedding for their special day. 
 
Celebrating the rehearsal dinner at Revel, just steps away from where Doug proposed, everything about this wedding weekend was all about them!
 
Important to both Miranda and Doug, were the very personal touches to the day, they wanted everyone to feel a part of their true life fairy tale. 
 
The very Brooklyn and certainly unique Powerhouse Arena, was taken from book store to magical ceremony space by the very talented Michelle Edgemont. Filled with baby’s breath and candles, topped off with a gorgeously decorated wooden structure of black and white ribbons for the couple to say their “i dos” under. 
 
Their love of music was also apparent with a full on marching band to parade guests from ceremony over to the reception space at Rebar. The grooms cake, a snare drum, created by a very talented friend of mine, Corey of Corey’s Cakery, was just another added touch. Light up tambourines made the dance-floor glow and guitar picks for wedding favors was not even the half of it! The coolest was their ‘All Access Passes’ for guests to wear and take as a keepsake, as if they had been a VIP at a concert in New York!
 
From the photobooth props to the wine cork guest book and everything in between, there was not one item of this wedding that didn’t scream Miranda and Doug! It was certainly a wedding to be seen and I am blessed to have been a part of their very special, very unique and very memorable day!!
 
oxo – Michelle E. {Founder of Michelle Elaine Weddings}
VENDORS
Wedding Planner – Michelle Elaine Weddings
Photographer – Erika Layne Photography
Officient – Kathryn Baxter
Reception Space – Rebar
Ceremony Space – The Powerhouse Arena
Floral & Ceremony Decor – Michelle Edgemont
Videographer – Well Spun Weddings
Transportation – Silver Star Limo
Hotel – Aloft & Sheraton

[images from Erika Layne Photography]

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