[Real Wedding] C & M's New York City Winter Wedding

While the temperatures outside might have been a bone chilling 17 degrees on the day of C & M's wedding, their celebration was full of warmth and joy. 

C's mother contacted me almost a year before their wedding date and from there we embarked on planning all of the details of her daughter's special day. As the groom and his family are from the Baltimore, Maryland area, there would be a lot of out of town guests and we wanted to create a wedding weekend that gave the out of town guests a classic NYC experience while still appealing to the large number of "locals" who would also attend. 

On Friday, the groom's family hosted a Rehearsal Dinner at Landmarc in the Time Warner Center followed by a Welcome Cocktail Party hosted by the bride's family on the Empire Hotel Rooftop. The Rooftop has a retractable roof that was obviously closed due to the freezing temperatures, but the space still offered stunning views of Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side. 

On Saturday the wedding ceremony was celebrated at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, a stunning Church near the New York Athletic Club, where the reception took place. While the bride left a lot of decisions up to her mother, there was one thing she knew for certain: she wanted to get married at the Athletic Club, a building that holds special memories for her family. 

Take a look at some of the photos from this beautiful wedding, shot by Craig Paulson Photography:

Vendor Line-Up:

Church - Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Reception Venue - New York Athletic Club
Wedding Planning - LIG Events
Decor - Frank Alexander NYC
Photography - Craig Paulson Photography
Videography - Craig William Films
Music - Soulsystem Orchestras
Wedding Cake/Cookies - Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes
Hair - Elie Camoro at Fekkai
Make-Up - Morgan at Face Time Beauty
Transportation - Sharaz Ceema
Photo Booth - Oh Snap Smile


[REAL WEDDING] M & M's Wedding at the New York Athletic Club

When I first spoke to Mimi and her mother Chris, I knew I was going to love helping them with their wedding plans. They were thinking along the same lines I do -- how to surprise and delight your guests with special touches that are meaningful to you and your fiance. 

From the authentic New York City pretzel cart that met guests upon exiting the church, to the trumpeters playing the Notre Dame fight song to guide guests into the dessert and dancing room, to the spread of Mimi & Matt's favorite desserts (HELLO Momofuku birthday cake truffles!), this wedding was imbued with lots of special details that made it unique. 

It also helped that their large bridal party was one of the nicest I have ever had the pleasure of working with! They were a wonderful group of fun-loving friends who wanted to make the day the best possible for the lovely couple. 

That, paired with the 300+ guests that flew in from all around the country, made this unseasonably warm December night one to remember. 

See below for all of the wonderful photos from Craig Paulson Photography.

Vendor Line-Up: 
Venue - New York Athletic Club
Photographer - Craig Paulson Photography
Flowers/Decor - Frank Alexander NYC
Band - Element Music
Video - Craig William Films
Hair - Dyana Nematallah
Make-Up - Flynn at Facetime Beauty
Invitations - Very Truly Yours
Gown & Shoes - Reem Acra & Christian Louboutin

Red & White Graduation Party

People always ask if we only plan weddings, and the answer is NO.  In fact, while we LOVE weddings, we also really like mixing it up and planning all sorts of different events.  I personally really like and get a kick out of planning fun kids birthdays and bar/bat mitvahs.  It allows us to let loose and have a little more fun than we might with a traditional wedding.  

In June of this year we planned an adorable preschool graduation party in the garden of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, a hidden gem on Manhattan's Upper East Side.  The kids' graduation was a great excuse to throw a party and get the class together before they parted ways for the summer.  While rain threatened the party the entire day and the museum staff, waiters and my staff were ready to move everything inside at a moment's notice, it did not rain a drop.  None of us could believe it, but I guess luck was on the kids' side.  

To decorate the space in a simple and kid-friendly way, we scattered beach balls and large round balloons in the school colors (red and white) throughout the garden.  Because there were only 15 kids in the class and we knew they wouldn't really sit during the event, we created one large table for communal seating that was decorated with all sorts of different school supplies.  (Making sure nothing went to waste, the school supplies were later donated to a first grade teacher who will use them next school year.)  Crayon vases holding small potted plants were dotted throughout the table and mini pennant flags that were printed with the school name as well as the class year were placed atop stacks of used books that were covered in kraft paper.  (Covering all of those books brought back lots of middle school memories!)  I also printed fake diplomas on vellum, rolling them and tying them with red and white ribbon.  

For dessert, we created a cute dessert table that featured more school supplies, fun chalkboard accents and adorable color-coordinated desserts that were provided by Olivier Cheng, the caterers for the event.  All of his passing trays were color-coordinated as well.  They always do such a good job!  

We also created a lemonade stand that served lemonade in sweet plastic mason jars with daisy cut-out lids with red and white striped paper straws.  Lawn games were also scattered around the garden ready to be discovered by the kids.  

The fabulous Heidi Green photographed the party, taking a class photo of the kids in their red caps and gowns towards the end of the event.  She then printed the photos during the remainder of the party and we quickly placed them in custom frames for the kids to take home.  We also included fun red and white candy kabobs with the frames.  Not a bad parting gift, right?  Just takes a bit of coordination and some extra hands to make it happen!    

Check out Heidi's photos from the event below: