Rustic Chic Wedding in Uptown New York

Today’s wedding is bonafide bliss. It’s a rustic chic wedding so that probably goes without saying…one part rustic, one part total elegance. But then, it also happens to be uptown New York. Now, I’m sure New York City has a million cool spots to tie the knot in. But this one – the Midtown Loft & Terrace – well, let’s just say it’s a rooftop venue that is one to covet that’s for sure! The wonderful Lasting Memories Photography sent it over, knowing that the vintage details alone would make us squeal with delight! Settle in folks and enjoy all the pretty New York details…
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From the Photographer:

Jane and Brendan looked at over 50 wedding venues before they discovered that no package wedding would do for them. Both designers by trade they knew that a blank canvas was the only way they could create their dream day. Fortunately, Midtown Loft & Terrace provided them with this blank canvas. The venue is ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, which allowed their guests coming from all over the globe to make a weekend of it in the big apple. Keeping within a budget and controlling design elements was very important to them and they made the decision to hand make many of these elements themselves. 

Thematically they wanted to combine their love of the rustic outdoors of upstate New York and his love of vintage grand prix racing. Choosing coral and turquoise as their colors, and burlap and kraft as textures and paper, gave them the necessary colors and looks associated with a summer, rustic wedding. They wanted the evening to be farmhouse chic, right in the heart of New York. Several custom burlap pillows decorated the furniture in order to bring some of that rustic appeal into the space. Jane and Brendan designed and printed their kraft paper invitations, sealing each one with a wax seal. When unfolded it read as if were and old time advertisement for a Broadway show. Programs doubled as fans were also designed and printed by the couple. Additional printed pieces that were also created by the couple were the seating cards and menus, which were also done on kraft paper to match many of the other printed pieces that were made. One of the bridesmaids illustrated the wedding book/poster that all the guests then stamped with their fingers and signed. A close friend of the couple performed the ceremony on the rooftop. Cocktails and passed hors d’ouvres followed on the roof as the sun set over the Hudson. Time to dine and dance in the loft.

The couples opted for rectangular wooded farm tables laid out in long rows to give the feeling of eating at an outdoor picnic table. No table linens were used exposing the natural texture of the tables. They were dressed up using a burlap runners on top of which the coral colored centerpieces sat in galvanized tins. Candles adorn the tables along with bottles of wine, which had been labeled over with various grand prix track labels and vintage race numbers to act as table numbers. The stemware was simple but had the necessary pop, as they were turquoise. Mason jars dressed up with hand made straws each decorated with a little flag served as water glasses. 

The gift table was made to look like a flea market. To hold the wedding cards a custom box was made by the groom to look like an old leather trunk complete with travel stickers. The desert table held miniature pies set upon a tiered birch bark holder provided by their florist. A custom made pie topper, ordered by the bride to surprise the groom, was displayed. It was created by an Etsy artist to look like the bride and groom on their wedding, but with a bit of a racing twist. After dinner and dancing, guests were invited to pick up their favors. Custom boxes were made by the groom to hold lottery tickets with a sticker on the outside reading, “Lucky in Love”

Finally, for those who had not danced enough another small after party on the rooftop completed the evening allowing guests to wind down while enjoying the fantastic views of Midtown Manhattan at night.

Photography: Lasting Memories Photography / Wedding Venue: Midtown Loft & Terrace / Catering: Park Avenue Catering / Event Co-ordinator, Flowers & Decor: Nancy Swiezy Events / Music: Scratch DJs / Rentals: Broadway Famous / Wedding Gown: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Alexander McQueen / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Modern Whimsical Wedding in Black, White, Gold & Pink

Black and white and gold all over, with a touch of pink – what’s not to love about this fun color palette beautifully curated by the talented Haydee of Sweetest Celebrations. An elegant black tie wedding is elevated to new heights with subtle accents in gold, and a flash of hot pink brings an unexpected whimsical flair to the event.

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The Inspiration:

The modern bride is someone who takes a classic and romantic gown with a full ruffled skirt and gives it new life with a fun organza flower. Classic stripes in black and white bring a modern feel to the event, from the drinks served under a circus like tent in stripes, to the fun boutonniere worn by the groom.

Gold flatware and plating treats guests like royalty, but the striped straws keep the event casual, while adding a touch of whimsy at the same time. Pink and gold are scattered throughout the wedding in unexpected places — the tiny flags on the straws, the monogram cake topper, and some fun balloons that can be used as photo props for the guests and bridal party. 

This inspiration board is the perfect combination of the modern and whimsical. It is for the modern, hip couple that wants to have fun at their wedding, while still providing their guests with a beautifully elegant experience.

 

Haydee Duarte is the owner of Sweetest Celebrations, a boutique event styling and coordination business in South Florida. Sweetest Celebrations styles your entire wedding experience – everything from the engagement session right through to wedding decor – and is passionate about infusing soft and romantic details into a couple’s special day, with a touch of modern glamour.  For more information about Haydee and her services take a peak at the Sweetest Celebrations portfolio

 

Image Credits (Clockwise): Boutonniere via INK DIY Weddings / Tent Bar via Weddbook / Cake and Place Setting viaSouthern Weddings, photographed by  Erin Rene Photography / Flowers in Vase:  Marry You Me / Bride via Style Me Pretty, in gown by Rivini , as photographed by Mango Studios / Balloons via 100 layer cake, photographed by Annie McElwain / Bridesmaid Dress via One Wed, dress by Lazaro, photographed by SYPhotography / Straws available from The Pink Orange Boutique / Bouquet via United with Love

 

Sydney City Wedding by Hilary Cam Photography

A wedding overlooking Sydney Harbour always comes with a spectacular factor, but when we saw this gorgeous modern affair by Hilary Cam Photography we knew it was much more than a collection of gorgeous city views. Meet Diana and Greg. Both grew up in China, both decided to study in Australia, and both found each other, here in Sydney. Their heartfelt ceremony at the Little Bay Chapel left not a dry eye in the house, as Greg recounted watching the sun rising over The Great Wall of China and how the new light in his life, Diana, and watching their first sunrise together in Little Bay – surpassed it by far! So romantic. Their beautiful reception was at L’Aqua Cockle Bay where lovely bride Diana changed into a second wedding gown and then the party began with heartfelt speeches, hilarious games and wonderful food.

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From the photographer:

When I first met Greg and Diana I was blown away by Diana’s attention to detail and wedding planning skills. She was enthusiastic and curious and had more than the usual questions. Emails were exchanged (40 to be precise) before a single photo was to be taken! I was a little nervous as a result, but Greg and Diana turned out to be an absolute pleasure to work with – always good spirited and very excited about every aspect of planning their day! Greg and Diana are anything but your regular couple, they wanted moustaches at their wedding, encountered zombies on their engagement, and their wedding day was a feast of gorgeous details and incredible food – all that planning paid off!

 

Photographer: Hilary Cam Photography / Photographer’s Assistant: Tristan Cardew / Ceremony: Little Bay Chapel  / Reception: L’ Aqua Cockle Bay/ Submitted via Two Bright Lights

“It’s in His Kiss” Cafe Style Wedding Inspiration

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When Ashley Garret from Life in the Sunset sneaked this wedding shoot into our inbox, we knew it had our names written all over it! Ashley told us that she wanted to push the limits with some ideas she had for a Valentine’s Day wedding theme. What she ended up with was a gorgeous pink, white and silver modern theme we could easily see being used for an intimate cafe style wedding, engagement party, or rockin bridal shower. Based around the cute “It’s in His Kiss” message it’s jazzed up with fabulous hot pinks, pretty pastels and pops of metallics. You could even take it one step further and have the old hit “It’s in His Kiss” bopping along on your itunes, to really get everyone in the vibe. So there you have it my sweets … time to pucker up and have some heart-infused fun!
 
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The inspiration from Ashley: I had coffee at Graffiti Cafe one afternoon and fell in love with this venue. I thought it would be such a cool place to get married or have a killer party. The floors are perfect for vinyl decals and I love the neon peace sign over the coffee bar. The cafe has a very modern feel but at night ends up being so romantic with it’s lit fireplace and candles. 

 

 

Design & Florals: Ashley Garrett from Life in the Sunset / Photography:  Christin Rose / Location: Graffiti Café / Desserts: Lollipops: Sweetniks Creative Confections / Cake: Sugar Babies Cupcakery / Stylist: Dolly Pratt {Dolly.pratt{at}yahoo.com} / Boutonniere: Ban.do / Hair & Makeup: Erika Parsons

 

Napa Valley Red and White Wedding by Cathy Stancil Photography

A wedding in the Napa Valley can’t help but be breathtaking. When you have an amazing backdrop of gorgeous vineyards, rolling hills and sweeping views, you already have the key ingredients for a captivating event! But when you add pops of bright red and some some serious style (like this delectable wedding did), then you’re talking all out fabulous my friends! Get ready to enjoy a little Napa Valley loveliness at the beautiful Russian Hill Estate courtesy of Cathy Stancil Photography. And if you’re wondering why the oysters take center stage – it’s because newly weds Vince and Cheryl got engaged whilst enjoying their favorite meal of oysters. Naturally, they decided to include oysters on the wedding menu and also featured them in their wedding ring shot too. Bon appetite!

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Photographer: Cathy Stancil Photography / Wedding Venue: Russian Hill Estate / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Eco Friendly Las Vegas Wedding by KMH Photography

Say Hello to a gorgeous eco-friendly couple – Heather & Jose. Not only are they are ardent hikers and mountain climbers, but also dedicated organic produce consumers and friends of the environment. Of course their love of nature and respect for mother earth equated to a pretty cool wedding. An all-out environmentally friendly modern affair complete with earth-themed decor, sustainable paper products, eco-friendly favors and plenty of fabulous succulents. Oh and not to mention, some wonderful photography by KMH Photography making this one all-out gorgeous ‘green’ affair!

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From the photographer: Heather & Jose are friends of mine, and I was absolutely delighted when they asked me to be their photographer. I knew their wedding would be super cool, DIY and earthy-themed, with Heather’s fabulous flair added to it. Their wedding took place on a beautiful Spring day at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada – the premiere LEED-certified location for ‘green’ brides and grooms. 

Some of their green details included: Invitations made from plantable seed paper, sustainable paper made from the Lotka bush and eco-paper ribbon from Earth Invitations. Ceremony programs and reception menus printed on Elephant PooPoo Paper. Bridal jewelry from Green Diva Jewelry. Centerpieces and bouquets made from succulents and tillandsia, using no cut flowers at all, which the guests took home at the end of the day. Little planted succulents as escort cards. Homemade pistachio lime wedding cookies for favors, packaged in compostable cellophane. Reclaimed wood for the guest book, cake stand and ring pillow. When the bridesmaids’ wanted a break from their heels they wore foldable flip-flops made from recycled tires. Save-the-dates that Heather painted herself to look like vintage national park postcards.

They also had their first dance choreographed by A Perfect Wedding Dance, and it was seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Heather & Jose are a beautiful couple and planning their day with these special details really added their personal touch to the wedding, creating memories that will never be forgotten. I’m so thankful they chose me to photograph their wedding.

 

Photography: KMH Photography / Event Planner: Tory L Cooper / Dance Instructor: A Perfect Wedding Dance /Venue: Culinary Arts Catering at Springs Preserve / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vintage Chic Wedding Theme in Citrus

I want to send out a big hello to all of our lovely Californian couples and talented vendors! We always get to see so much amazing, chic and stylish inspiration coming from the West Coast of USA, and I’m so excited to be able to share all the gorgeousness with you here at the Love Wed Bliss blog! Speaking of chic, we’re kicking things this wedding week with the prettiest little wedding theme ever. Meghan Wiesman Photography, along with an awesome group of vendors, created this stunning vintage chic wedding theme shoot, just bursting with citrus colours and modern shabby chic style. (Australian brides may also want to take note of the wonderful way they incorporated Kangaroo Paws into the florals!). I would just love to see this stunning theme brought to life by a lovely couple out there…. hint hint! 

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From the photographer: Vintage Chic was the look we were going for with this stylized shoot. Bringing a modern shabby chic twist with vintage elements. We wanted to show that it’s possible to have vintage elements without going heavy on vintage and keeping it bright, fresh and beautiful. The flowers were bold and along the lines of a citrus color palette. We wanted to use flowers you wouldn’t expect – Golden Yarrow, Pincushion Protea, Kangaroo Paws, Snap Dragons and King Protea… just to name a few.

We added in small vintage book page elements as an accent. Book page flowers were also in the flower arrangements, bouquet, boutonniere, and the bride’s ring. The alter was made of long strips of fabric and lace strung between two hoopa poles. Several amazing vendors collaborated to make this shoot a success:

 

 

Photography: Meghan Wiesman Photography / Event Designer:  Firefly Studio Events and Designs / Floral Designer:  A La Carte Flowers / Hair Stylist: Briana @ BL Bridal& Hair / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Equipment Rentals:  Knot Too Shabby, Glendora CA / Makeup Artist:  Beauty by Jill / Veils & Headpieces: RosArt Creations / Shoot Location:  Heritage Park in La Verne, CA / Models: Kate Hammond & John Nemzek /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Midtown Loft and Terrace New York Wedding by Off BEET Productions

We’re kicking off another terrific Tuesday here at LWB with this elegant New York Wedding at Midtown Loft and Terrace. Captured beautifully by Off BEET Productions, this modern wedding celebrates a love of the ‘Big Apple’ with it’s cool city pics, pretty peacock feathers, candy apple favors, and some to-die-for vintage signs. They even had their own ‘Big Apple Martini’ signature drinks! …. Now that’s a guest list I’d be happy to be on!

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Photography: Off BEET Productions / Ceremony & Reception: Midtown Loft & Terrace NYC / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Rooftop Wedding in Las Vegas from Moxie Studio

When Moxie Studio sent over this little number, we were instantly mesmerized with the gorgeous rooftop ceremony overlooking the Las Vegas skyline, the modern purple, grey and silver decor, and who can forget the cool duds worn by the groom. (Yes, a check shirt and purple sneakers can make cool wedding attire!) In fact, I don’t think there is one little piece of this wedding we aren’t besotted with. It’s modern, it’s stylish and it’s all yours to enjoy this wonderful morning.

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Photography: Moxie Studio / Floral Designer:  Primrose Lane Flowers / Reception Venue:  Platinum Hotel / Dress Store:  Bowties Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo / Dress Designer:  Allure Bridal / Cake Designer:  Retro Bakery / DJ:  High Flyin’ Entertainment / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Modern Purple and Silver Ontario Wedding with Pops of Yellow!

I always love when a classic wedding embraces a modern palette. So when this purple and silver Ontario wedding with it’s bright pops of yellow and elegant touches popped into my inbox, I just knew it would be a stand out. Add to the style, a handsome bride and groom and beautiful images by Sandra Regier and this Ontario event is just the thing you need to get you over the mid-week blues. 

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Photography: Sandra Regier – Photographer / Caterer:  Gusto Catering Company / Event Designer:  Julia Weddings /Floral Designer:  Les Fleurs Floral Boutique / Reception Venue:  Victoria Park Pavillion / Veils & Headpieces:  Taylors Bridals / Wedding Cake:  The Cake Box / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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