Wedding at Waterside Restaurant: Congratulations Stephanie and Tom!

October 23, 2013

Stephanie and Tom were married on a beautiful October day at the Waterside Restaurant.

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This dress is soooo gorgeous! The Pronovias gown has an organza and tulle skirt with feathered sweetheart neckline.

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Stephanie, you looked stunning!

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Stephanie shares, “I had a girls night the night before the wedding and Tom had a guys night.  I stayed over at the hotel with my sister, Mary, and cousin, Kristen. My friend Laura also came by. We had some champagne and just chatted.  It was nice to be at the hotel first thing in the morning because hair and makeup started around 8am!”
“I tried to keep the wedding style modern, but also romantic. It turned out to be such a beautiful day weather wise and I loved having the ceremony outdoors with the skyline in the background.  The ceremony was perfect, short but heartfelt and beautiful.”
The Waterside Restaurant is just on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel, in North Bergen, New Jersey, facing the gorgeous view of Manhattan.

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Waterside Restaurant wedding, North Bergen NJ

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Stephanie continues, “My sister, my maid of honor, is dating the best man. It was great that she caught the bouquet and he caught the garter, although some people think it was fixed.  ; )

I loved the heartfelt speeches that everyone gave.  lt was such a fun crowd and the dance floor was packed all night.  I couldn’t have asked for a better day and am so excited to be married to the love of my life.”

They shared their first dance to Oh My Love by John Lennon.

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Waterside Restaurant, North Bergen, NJ

Congratulations Stephanie and Tom!

Check out more photos in the slideshow:

Special thanks to all the vendors:
Venue: Waterside Restaurant
Officiant: Father Kenneth Riehl
Florist: Perla & Company
DJ: DDM Entertainment, Violinist: Melissa Macy, DDM Entertainment
Video: NST Pictures
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Hair and Makeup: Ore Makeup
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jordan
Bridesmaid Necklaces: J Crew

Slideshow song: All About Your Heart by Mindy Gledhill
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz and Brandi Toole

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Brooklyn Garden Hipster Wedding at Acqua Santa, Williamsburg

October 15, 2013

I am so excited to share this very special wedding styled shoot at Brooklyn’s Acqua Santa. The wonderfully talented Jove Meyer Events and I collaborated on a vintage garden style–perfect for a Brooklyn bride.

We are absolutely thrilled to be featured on Wedding Chicks today!

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Brooklyn’s Williamsburg has such a great vibe––urban, historic, artistic, eclectic and, of course, includes the hipster culture. Translating that into a garden wedding in an Italian restaurant was challenging and full of rich inspiration for photography. Jove did a terrific job designing and planning a wedding with this distinctive look. The style incorporated special touches like a floral crown, vintage plates, bird table numbers and an antique inspired dessert table with jewelry boxes.

Wild Ivy is the brilliant designer of all the gorgeous blooms! The aisle of petals, floral chandelier, crown, and all the amazing floral pieces really were the heart of the shoot.

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Shoes from Chromatic Gallerie, where you can pick your perfect color, and a handmade sash from Hushed Commotion add to the charm and personal touch of a Brooklyn wedding.

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Fourteen-Forty created all the delightful paper pieces with a custom design with a floral motif and sweet little bird table numbers.

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Catbird, Williamsburg’s go-to place for handmade jewelry and unique designs, provided the simple and delicate baguette ring.

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The cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop featured a gorgeous red rose and Nutella cake cups by Alana Jones Mann were the perfect jewels to compliment the design–and such a sweet treat!

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Our bride looks so gorgeous thanks to the fresh-faced makeup by Sally Duvall and an on-trend fishtail braid by Stacey Weinstein of Once Upon A Bride.

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Be sure to check out this lovely film from Valerie Barnes:


HUGE thanks to the whole team:
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Planner and Designer: Jove Meyer Events
Venue: Acqua Santa
Makeup: Sally Duvall
Hair: Once Upon A Bride
Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop
Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
Floral Design: The Wild Ivy
Groom’s Attire: Brooklyn Tailors
Jewelry: Catbird
Shoe Designer: Chromatic Gallerie
Stationery: Fourteen-Forty
Accessories: Sash: Hushed Commotion
Desserts: Alana Jones Mann
Getting Ready Robe: Comfy Clothing

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Wedding at Morven Park: Congratulations Jess and Jason!

October 8, 2013

Jess and Jason had a beautiful early Autumn wedding at the historical landmark, Morven Park, in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Jason’s expression when he saw Jess for the first time was PRICELESS!

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First look wedding photography

Morven Park includes a 1,000-acre estate and mansion that has evolved from a fieldstone farmhouse in 1781 to its current turn-of-the-century style facade. The grounds include this gorgeous wrought iron gate, gardens, reflecting pool and beautiful oak trees.

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These flower girls were just TOO CUTE!

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Jess shares, “When we went to tour Morven Park as a possible venue we both loved it. Jason was really thrilled with the idea of having the ceremony at the oak tree. The college where we met, Elon, is Hebrew for oak. The campus is full of oak trees and there is a grove in the center of campus where they hold orientation and commencement ‘Under The Oaks.’ Once we saw the oak tree at Morven Park, it was almost too perfect.”

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During the ceremony Jason’s brother read these lovely lyrics from Neil Young’s Comes a Time:

Comes a time
when you’re driftin’
Comes a time
when you settle down
Comes a light
feelin’s liftin’
Lift that baby
right up off the ground.
Oh, this old world
keeps spinning round
It’s a wonder tall trees
ain’t layin’ down
There comes a time.
You and I we were captured
We took our souls
and we flew away
We were right
we were giving
That’s how we kept
what we gave away.
Oh, this old world
keeps spinning round
It’s a wonder tall trees
ain’t layin’ down
There comes a time.
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The style of the wedding combined A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Jess and Jason’s love for music.

The reception was full of wonderful music decor including escort cards at will call and vinyl record table numbers.

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Jess adds, “One of my favorite moments of the night was at the reception. I was able to take a minute and step back and soak it all in–everyone on the dance floor or hanging out at tables talking with each other. It was so great to see all of our family and friends come together and have fun.”

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Congratulations Jess and Jason!

Check out more photos in the slideshow:

They also included a super fun wedding photo booth into the reception.

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I also had the pleasure of photographing Jess and Jason’s engagement photos in the spring.

Thank you to all the vendors:

Venue: Morven Park, Virginia Historic Landmark, Leesburg, VA
Florist: Buttercups Floral
Desserts: Cupcakes Actually
Cake Topper: Etsy’s Cherry Red Toppers
Catering: Vintage 50
Bride’s Rings: Quest Jewelers, Fairfax, VA
Wedding Coordinator: Judy Nguyen
Officiant: Tony Moreno
Wedding Photography: Jessica Schmitt, Eric Swartz and Mari Harsan
Bride’s Gown: Mori Lee
Bride’s Accessories: Etsy’s LuluSplendor
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Flower Girl Dresses: Target

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Caffè Storico and NY Historical Society Wedding Inspiration

October 3, 2013

I am so excited to share this very special wedding styled shoot at the Upper West Side’s Caffè Storico and New-York Historical Society. The truly fabulous Roey Mizrahi Events and I collaborated on a fresh style based on Italy meets New York, modern meets traditional and yellow goes chic!

We are absolutely thrilled to be featured on Style Me Pretty today!

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And Here We Are created a beautiful custom invitation suite mixing hand written typography, graphic rosemary imagery and bright yellow.

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Winifred Bean’s Iris gown, featuring a fluted peplum bustier top, was just the right balance of modern style and glamor. It is completed with a delicately crafted silk velvet sash with gold and pearl embellishments from Hushed Commotion.

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Karma Flowers created a concept for the flowers and decor that would work well in a cafe setting. A blend of sophisticated New York style and natural and unfussy Italian destination style resulted in the exuberant bunches of white and green.

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The New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804, making it New York’s first museum. The architecture is stunning. I just LOVE this winding staircase.

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NY Historical Society

Jane Taylor Jewelry’s pieces are so pretty, easy to wear and add just the right touch of color.

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Caffè Storico is a gorgeous restaurant inside the museum. The modern design with yellow banquet and walls of white china make for a chic and glamorous setting.

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DIY projects are a fun way to include a personal touch to your wedding. These gold spray-painted taxis were the perfect escort to drive guests to their table.

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New Yorkers love their dogs! Josie, my French bulldog, was such a good little model! It was a real treat to have her be a part of the shoot.

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SB Beauty did a fantastic job with Cleo’s hair and makeup. Doesn’t she look GORGEOUS?!

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Madison Lee’s cake was brilliantly executed to mirror the molding in the Caffè and pop with a dazzling bunch of edible flowers. The dessert table was completed with Little Boo Boo Bakery delicious champagne wedding marshmallows that taste oh-so-great in a cup of tea. The marshmallow mountain is topped with a whimsical custom-made topper from Etsy’s The Pixelette.

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I hope you find our vision inspiring.

I am truly honored to work with such a wonderfully talented group of wedding pros.

Special thanks to NST Pictures for this lovely video!

HUGE thanks to the whole team:
Coordinator and Stylist: Roey Mizrahi Events
Venues:  Caffè Storico and the New-York Historical Society
Florist: Karma Flowers
Stationery: And Here We Are
Cake: Madison Lee’s Cakes
Marshmallows: Little Boo Boo Bakery
Topper: The Pixelette
Videography: NST Pictures
Second Photography: Brandi of Alexis June
Hair and Makeup: SB Beauty
Wedding Dress: Winifred Bean
Accessories: Hushed Commotion
Jewelry: Jane Taylor Jewelry
Models: Cleo and Dan

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Washington Square Park and Manhattan Penthouse Wedding

September 25, 2013

Sarah and Andy were married on a lovely, warm September day.

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Sarah and Andy’s guests came from all over the world to celebrate with them. One guest mentioned to Sarah that she needed to get a cool black dress for their NYC wedding. Sarah decided she didn’t want people to think they needed to wear black so she asked everyone to wear bright colors. She also asked all the ladies to wear fascinators to honor her English roots and the men to wear colorful socks and ties.

Sarah’s friends gathered at a salon before the wedding to get their hair done and have their beautiful fascinators styled. One of my favorite moments from the day was just when Sarah’s makeup was finished and Aretha Franklin’s RESPECT came on over the radio. Sarah got up and had an impromptu performance in the salon with her friends. It was so much fun!

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Sarah’s mom helped her get ready and then we all gathered in Washington Square Park for photos.

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Gotta LOVE these shoes!

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Sarah and Andy share, “We met in London in the Summer of 2009, while we were both working for the same law firm. Over a year later we started dating and the rest is history. It’s been a fun journey!”

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Washington Square Park, Wedding photography NYC

Washington Square Park, Wedding photography NYC

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Washington Square Park Wedding Photography NYC

The couple signed the Ketubah and then prepared for the ceremony at the Manhattan Penthouse.

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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour. The Manhattan Penthouse has a beautiful bar and amazing 360° view of the city.

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Sarah adds, “We felt so fortunate that so many people made the effort to join us on our special day, and it was amazing to see the faces of so many people that mean so much to us as we said our vows.  We had so much fun, and the night flew by too quickly, but we cherish the memories we have from it. Andy and I were the last ones to leave the after-party as we were having so much fun. There were so many great moments – too many to recount.”

Congratulations Sarah and Andy!

For more photos check out the slideshow:

Special thanks to the vendors:
Officiant: Seth Cooper
Flowers: Ariston Florist
Dress Designer: Allure
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Makeup: Barbara Stone, Hair: Bleu Sur Bleu Salon, West Village
Groom’s Suit Designer: John Varvatos
Engagement Ring: Karina Mattei of Brookline
Bracelet: Everistta
Dj/Band: Dj Gatsby
Cake: City Cakes

After Party Venue: Sel Rrose
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography

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