April 26, 2022

Alexandra & Robert’s Enchanted Garden Reception

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Alexandra and Robert Wedding – First Dance – New York Botanical Garden – A Day of Bliss

After Alexandra and Robert’s ceremony, guests gathered for cocktail hour to raise the first of many glasses to congratulate the newlyweds. “The weather had been beautiful all day long,” the bride remembers. “Golden hour was just ending, and the night felt magical. I really couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate the start of our marriage.” Here, Alexandra shares the final chapter of their Real BB Wedding story.

Part 4: Reception & Centerpieces

Spirits were high once pre-dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres concluded. Everyone headed upstairs to The Stone Mill’s dining room where they were welcomed by a warm, enchanted atmosphere. Tables were decorated with low centerpieces featuring roses, ranunculuses, dahlias, lisianthus, oncidium orchids, pieris, and abelia in shades of golden yellow, orange, peach, blush, white, and cream complemented by Italian ruscus and silver dollar eucalyptus. The mix of classic blooms and flowering plants worked to capture Alexandra’s wedding vision of a whimsical garden accentuating the venue’s charmed beauty. “The light pink taper candles added soft elegance, while illuminating the flowers’ texture and dimension. We also trimmed the main ceiling beam with trailing ivy,” she notes.
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April 19, 2022

Alexandra & Robert Marry in a Breathtaking Twilight Ceremony

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Alexandra and Robert Wedding – Bride and groom Walking Down Aisle – New York Botanical Garden – A Day of Bliss

“It’s not every day you get to have your very own private event at the New York Botanical Garden,” BB Featured Bride Alexandra says. “Robert and I wanted our guests to experience just how truly magical the venue is. Knowing that we wanted to get married outside as the sun was going down, the intimate and natural setting at The Stone Mill especially appealed to us.”

Here, Alexandra looks back on their breathtaking twilight ceremony before family and friends.
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April 12, 2022

BB Featured Bride Alexandra Wears a Dreamy Dress by Pronovias Privée

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Alexandra and Robert Wedding – Bridal Portrait – New York Botanical Garden – A Day of Bliss

“I was lucky enough to start wedding dress shopping before the pandemic hit,” BB Featured Bride Alexandra remembers. An admirer of fashion, she had fun going to bridal boutiques, playing dress up, and trying on looks by her favorite designers. “I knew I wanted something dramatic that matched my style and personality. A bit glamorous while also being chic.” Here, Alexandra shares all the details about her breathtaking Pronovias Privée gown and wedding day personals.

Part 2: Wedding Dress & Personals

With a good idea of what she wanted to wear walking down the aisle, Alexandra perused all the major shops in New York City, ultimately narrowing her sights on Pronovias, the Spanish luxury bridal label. “Their designs are just so dreamy, and made me feel different from anything I had tried on up until that point.” She continues, “My sister was with me. When I stepped out of the dressing room, we both immediately knew that it was ‘the one.’”
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April 4, 2022

Alexandra & Robert: Sunset Romance at The Stone Mill

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Alexandra and Robert Wedding – Bride and Groom Portrait – New York Botanical Garden – A Day of Bliss

Alexandra met Robert at a mutual friend’s birthday during the summer of 2009. “I instantly noticed his bright, green eyes,” she remembers. “They had energy and showed that he had a kind soul.” Keeping in touch over the next couple of months, Alexandra learned they had a lot in common. “He comes from a nice, close-knit family and grew up by the water.” When she left to study abroad in London and Robert travelled to see her, she realized that he was going to be someone very special in her life.
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March 29, 2022

Marisa & Josh Celebrate With A Luminous, Candlelit Reception

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Marisa and Josh Wedding – Bride and Groom Dancing – Gotham Hall – Emma McDonald Weddings

After saying ‘I Do,’ newlyweds Marisa and Josh led their guests up to Gotham Hall’s balcony where hors d’oeuvres and drinks were waiting. Marisa remembers how cocktail hour ended up being an unexpected highlight of the evening. “Watching the drama of the room flip from the ceremony to reception from above was so breathtaking. Everyone commented on how exciting it was to see the transformation happen right before their eyes.” Here, she shares the final chapter in her Real BB Wedding story.

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Marisa and Josh Wedding – Card Table – Gotham Hall – Emma McDonald Weddings


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March 21, 2022

Marisa & Josh Exchange Vows Under a Floating White Floral + Lucite Chuppah

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Marisa and Josh Wedding – Bride and Groom Chuppah – Gotham Hall – Emma McDonald Weddings

One of the main draws of Gotham Hall is that it offers a ceremony atmosphere radiating dramatic sophistication beyond compare. BB Featured Bride Marisa realized early on how this would impact her décor choices. “The truth is I always wanted a chuppah that looked ethereal with a lot of greenery,” she says. “But that style just did not fit the space. Feeling the pressure, I scrolled through Bride & Blossom’s past designs and saw what appeared to be a ‘floating’ chuppah. I immediately thought ‘Oh, that’s it, that will work.’”
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