Pastels are hot right now and with Easter coming up this Sunday, the pretty and soft palette has been dancing around in my head for weeks. I see it everywhere, and as a girl whose favorite color list includes mint (yes, I have a list, and yes, there are many colors), I couldn’t be happier about this. So with that in mind, we’ve gathered up some of the prettiest pastel wedding details to ever grace our pages!
As crazy cool as this wedding is (and it’s awesome), it’s the couple at the center of it all that really grabs your attention. A duo that is crafty enough to place Super 8 cameras around their venue and ask their amazingly talented friends to capture every moment. The result? A beautiful film unlike any other, and the perfect compliment to their gorgeous day captured by Feather & Twine Photography. See it all here.
From the Bride… Sitting down to write about our day brings up such happy memories. The best part was that James was very involved in the planning with me. It meant so much to me to be able to put this together with him.
All we wanted was for our guests to enjoy a comfortable atmosphere, delicious food, and good music. And the most important thing – beautiful photographs to last forever.
It was held at The Green Building in Brooklyn – a big open space with chandeliers, exposed brick and french doors leading to a beautiful outdoor area. It was perfect. The idea that we could decorate this empty space was so exciting! Despite a big guest list, we still wanted it to feel casual and for our guests to make friends, enjoy themselves and feel right at home. We had a blast working with Molly from Glitter + Rye to make the space feel cozy and intimate.
Our vendors were all exceptional and went beyond our expectations. We worked with Shannon from Naturally Delicious to cater the evening. She made us feel like anything was possible and helped us plan the wedding of our dreams – a never-ending cocktail party, with an abundance of passed hors d’ oeuvres and comfort food stations.
Our all vinyl DJ, Michael Antonia – The Human Jukebox, kept the dance party going all night. He mixed old throwbacks with new music, and people still tell me what a great time they had on the dance floor. He also played some very old music which I’d requested, specifically for my grandfather to enjoy. I remember a moment during the night when I heard one of my grandpa’s favorite songs start playing. I ran over to him, and even though he couldn’t dance with me, we stood together and I held him tight. And now, only three months since the wedding, my sweet grandpa is no longer with us. But he was happy and healthy on my wedding day, and I just have to hold on to that. I’ll always be able to look back and cherish the precious moment he and I shared in the midst of the reception because our amazing photographers were right there to capture it.
Our floral arrangements were done by Sarah Bedford of Bedford & Co. Sarah was lovely to work with and her subtle, but striking flower design looked effortless. Sarah also created my beautiful flower crown.
My make-up artist, Mandy Bisesti, made me feel natural and beautiful, like myself but flawless. My hair stylist Seventy Jane Arniotis, gave me loose waves with a braided crown. Woven into my braid was a gold chain my grandmother had left to me.
And now, my dress. It was a blush Sarah Seven gown, purchased at New York’s Lovely Bride. I adored it and our entire wedding color scheme was based on the color of this dress. I intended to make it lighter, but the designer wasn’t available to work with me. I had it altered by layering sheer, ivory fabrics overtop with the help of Rebecca Schoneveld. She was a dream. I sent her my ideas via Pinterest, drew up sketches for her and she helped me bring everything together.
My bridesmaids were all mismatched, dolled up in Jenny Yoo’s Bridesmaid and Social Collections. Each of the girls chose a dress that suited her, with a few guidelines – it had to be neutral, short and the more sparkles the better. To compliment and contrast, my maid of honor wore a gorgeous, candy green Ceremony gown by Joanna August. James was in charge of the guys, who were also free to mismatch.
To capture video footage, we bought four Super8 cameras and placed them around The Green Building, with a balloon attached so they could be spotted easily and a note with instructions, just in case the camera was new to any of the guests. We encouraged people to pick them up, take some footage and pass it along. After the wedding, we digitized the film and edited together a fun party video for ourselves.
We are so lucky to have been surrounded by so much love and support. My mother’s poem she wrote for us brought tears to my eyes. And my sister gave such an endearing speech, telling sweet stories about me and my James. All of the toasts were very special. I’ll always remember their thoughtful words.
That was our wonderful day. And I’m excited for the rest of our days. James is more than my best friend, he is my heart. He treats our love as something special and important. He lifts me up and lights up my life with laughter. His happiness is precious to me and I’ll always try to make him smile and laugh for the rest of our lives.
Photography: Feather & Twine Photography | Gown: Sarah Seven Via Lovely Bride | Invitations: Jason Chiusano | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Engagement Ring: Eliana Designs (Custom Designed By The Groom) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Naturally Delicious | Event Design: Glitter + Rye | Make-up: Mandy Bisesti | Hair: Seventy Jane Arniotis | DJ: The Human Jukebox | Favors: Gentle Brew | Audio Rentals: RheeWind | Balloons: NY Balloon & Basket Co. | Bride's Wedding Band: Dawes Designs At The Clay Pot | Cake, Desserts And Cookie Favors: Milk Bar | Doughnut Desserts: Doughnut Plant | Florals: Bedford & Co. | Flower Girl Dresses: The Little Pea Boutique | Furniture Rentals: It's An Occasion | Groom's Band: In God We Trust | Maid Of Honor Dress: Joanna August | Programs, Thank You Notes, Signs: Heather Francovitch | Tailoring: Rebecca Schoneveld | Tenting: NYFF Events | Transportation: The NY Trolley Company | Venue: The Green Building
Every so often I come across something so pretty that if my jaw could, it would drop to my desk. Which is exactly what happened when this beauty landed in our laps. Dreamt up by the uber talented Carly Rae Weddings, the details sitting in this gallery captured by Diana McGregor will have you pinning the day away. Between the florals from Sweet Marie Designs and the stunning cake from Sweet And Saucy Shop, this gallery is the definition of pin-worthy.
From Carly Rae Weddings…This whimsical style shoot was set in an over grown garden and wasn’t afraid to be a bit daring with glitzy accents. Drawing from the color palate of forest greens, soft pinks, nudes, and metallic accents the romantic mood sets the stage for our loving bride and groom.
Photography: Diana McGregor | Cinematography: Fourth Films | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Cake: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Stationery: Copper Willow Paper Studio | Hair And Make Up: Melina Ruiz | Bridal Dress: Mon Amie | Design And Coordination: Carly Rae Weddings | Groom's Tux: Friar Tux | Linens: La Tavola | Photography - Assistance: Katie Gibbs | Ranch: The Ranch At Bandy Canyon | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
I’m completely convinced NYC is where all big dreams come to life – this rooftop wedding included. With vendors that made each moment sparkle - Patricia Kantzos, QuatreCoeur and Cake Alchemy, just to name a few – the bride and groom’s “classic elegance meets modern sophistication” vision unfolded to perfection. The gallery is packed much more NYC pretty and you can have a peek right over here.
From the Bride… From the time we were engaged, we knew we wanted to get married in New York. I was juggling grad school and a full-time job at the time, and did not want to venture too far out of Manhattan for logistical reasons. More importantly, it’s where we met, where we fell in love, and where we want to start our lives together. We both wanted a romantic, yet elegant wedding. However, I envisioned classic New York and David saw modern sophistication. One day, I randomly mentioned our second date, which was brunch at Norma’s in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel, and it quickly transpired to a meeting with the banquet manager, Lisa Elias.
The primary wedding colors were a soft grayish blue and champagne. The blues were used on the cover of our wedding invitations by Bella Figura and worn on the bridesmaids in dresses by Liz Fields. For my wedding gown, I had an exact picture of how I wanted it to look like; and I initially opted for a fully custom gown. Since the silhouette was rather simple, my matron of honor advised me to save money and time by looking for a dress that almost fits the description and have it tailored to my needs. I eventually found a La Sposa wedding gown in ivory that perfectly matched my vision from the neckline down. I had the entire lace portion custom built. My husband on the other hand, is much more laid back, and purchased his Paul Stuart tuxedo and Brooks Brothers shoes about two weeks before the wedding.
My florist, Ruth from QuatreCoeur and her team created the alter pieces. Our table setting was kept simple with white lines and silverware. I customized the menus from Finestationary.com and the favor cards were from Bella Figura. The favor cards were to inform my guests that a donation had been made to the Susan G. Komen foundation in memory of my aunt who could not be with us. The centerpieces for our dinner reception were kept at a low height so that it would not take away from the 180 degree views of Manhattan. They were a mix of lush floral arrangements on a silver bowl and cloche bell arrangements displayed with smaller vases and loose flowers at the base. Each cloche contained flowers in red, which is a traditional wedding color for our culture.
Then I used Rose Calligraphy & Design to hand write each of the guests’ names and table numbers on each of the leaves. In my opinion, having professionally written calligraphy was well worth the money and definitely put the sophistication on my DIY project.
We opted not have a separate traditional Chinese wedding, so we decided to add some of the elements to honor our culture. One of my most memorable moments in the wedding was during the simplified tea ceremony, which involved my husband and me serving tea to each of our parents. When it was time to serve tea to my parents, my parents congratulated us and my dad told my husband to take very good care of me. At that moment, I felt a wave of emotions that turned into tears of joy and saw the same in my father’s eyes. Though the moment was subtle and brief, it was what I had pictured with my dad all year.
Besides the cultural elements, we tried our best to entertain our guests through food, music, and fun. We worked closely with our officiant, Deborah Roth, to deliver a heartfelt ceremony and customized vows. For the cake, we chose a pumpkin flavor filling with chocolate buttercream. This beautiful cake was custom created by Cake Alchemy. Our reception started at 5pm so that our guests could take in the beautiful sunset over Central Park. Afterwards, DJ Russian Bear from Scratch Weddings kept us busy on the dance floor for most of the night, while Kevin Norris and his team from The Modern Photobooth were an absolute hit with all the guests. Adding to the romantic setting, we hired, Grace Cloutier from Julliard, to perform in the ceremony. We also created some drama for my entrance by asking our best man, and renowned violinist Sheng-Tseung Wang, to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D in a duet with Grace, which turned out beautifully. For our cocktail hour, we hired Jeremy Noller’s jazz trio, also from Julliard, to entertain our guests with New Orleans, big band style jazz to create a festive mood.
The next morning, we met our family and close friends at brunch for good-byes as many had flown in for the wedding. Our love story started over a delicious brunch at the Le Parker Meridien; it was only fitting that we send off our guests with the same experience.
Photography: Patricia Kantzos Photography | Wedding Gown: La Sposa | Florist: QuatreCoeur | Cake: Cake Alchemy | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Bands: Luk Fook Jewelry | Bridesmaids Dresses: Liz Fields | Hair: Reiko Utsugi | Harpist: Julliard - Grace Cloutier | Earrings (Bride): Blue Nile | Groom Shoes : Salvatore Ferragamo | Grooms Tux: Paul Stuart | Jazz Band: Julliard - Jeremy Noller | Makeup: Nam Vo | Venue: Le Parker Meridien Hotel | Violinist: Sheng-Tsung Wang