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May 8, 2017

Flower Feature: Peony

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The peony is a gorgeous flower admired for its impressive bloom, lush petals, and unique texture. Mainly found in white, peonies also grow in an array of hues from light pink and purple to a deeper red.

 

Single Pink Peony - Perfect Peonies - by Kathy Woodard - via The Garden Glove.com

Single Pink Peony – Perfect Peonies – by Kathy Woodard – via The Garden Glove.com

 

Nearly unrecognizable in the early bloom stage, the peony starts out as a tightly condensed flower bud. Once the bud is cut and placed in warm water, the petals begin to open up. It continues to expand until becoming this elaborate, beautiful flower full of color, texture, and dimension. Though it looks delicate, the peony in full bloom is prized for its sturdy foliage and low maintenance care.

 

 

A particularly old genus and highly valued throughout the world, peonies hold significant symbolic and mythological meaning. In wedding practice, the peony represents a happy marriage, wealth, romance, and honor, making it a perfect flower for decor, gifts and offerings.

 

Fully Opened Pink Peony - Perfect Peonies - by Kathy Woodard - via The Garden Glove.com

Fully Opened Pink Peony – Perfect Peonies – by Kathy Woodard – via The Garden Glove.com

 

Peonies are one of the oldest species of flowers, dating back to 1,000 B.C with origins in Asia, specifically China. A traditional floral symbol of China, the bloom is referred to as “the king of flowers.” Representing riches and honor, it is symbolically used in Chinese art. In addition to its beauty, the peony was valued for its medicinal properties. Roots and seeds were said to cure over twenty different illnesses, including teething pain, snake bite wounds, and epilepsy. Once the flower became known in the Americas, it was imported for spring and summer weddings of the wealthy.

 

 

There are two common myths relating the peony to Greek mythology. The first myth states that the peony was named after Paeon, the Greek physician of the gods. Paeon was a student of medicine under Aesculapius, and used the peony root to heal Pluto. Once Aesculapius found out, he became enraged with jealousy and tried to kill Paeon. To save Paeon’s life, Pluto transformed him into a Peony flower. Pluto’s act bestowed the flower with compassionate meaning, elevating it to be respected and praised by all. The second myth ties the peony to a nymph named Paeonia. She was beautiful and attracted the attention of Apollo. Upon learning that Aphrodite was watching, Paeonia became bashful and turned bright red. This angered Apollo. So the God turned Paeonia into a red peony, and the flower became a symbol of bashfulness in the flower kingdom.

Peonies are a beautiful bloom. Working with them in wedding arrangements requires thought and care as you want them to open up the perfect amount on the day of the wedding. To avoid browning, try to use the flowers when they are in season (April through June) and avoid taking them out of water too early. Available in a variety of colors, they look lovely on their own or as a perfect complement to other blooms. As a flower feature for your wedding day, this one-of-a-kind flower looks extraordinary in bridal bouquets and centerpiece arrangements.

 

 

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May 2, 2017

6 NYC Restaurants For A Bridal Shower Brunch

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A bridal shower brunch at a restaurant is a winning alternative to planning a big affair at a venue hall or home for many reasons. It gives all the girls a chance to go out, celebrate the bride-to-be, and bond over delicious food and drinks. Let’s be honest, not everyone is into wearing crowns, on-theme menus, and games. And that’s perfectly OK!

 

Love You A Brunch - Bridal Shower Brunch - Photo by Studio EMP - via. Inspired by This.com

Love You A Brunch – Bridal Shower Brunch – Photo by Studio EMP – via. Inspired by This.com

 

When it comes to having a shower at a restaurant, location is key. Lucky for you, New York City has an amazing brunch culture. With so many incredible places, choosing where to go can be difficult. We rounded up 6 restaurants perfect for a bridal shower brunch, whether you want the celebrations to be classy and sophisticated or lead to booze-fueled dancing.

 

Ladurée New York Soho (398 West Broadway)

18th Century Ballroom - Laduree - NYC - via One Kings Lane

18th Century Ballroom – Laduree – NYC – via One Kings Lane

 

Exuding the charm and beauty of a Parisian café, Ladurée is the perfect spot to toast the bride who loves all things French. With roots in Paris, the pastry house is renowned for baked delicacies, especially its world-famous macaroon. The Soho outpost is exquisitely decorated, boasting a tearoom, an elegant dining room, and an outdoor courtyard. We wouldn’t judge if you just ordered chocolate-orange cake and tartes with a side of macaroons, but Ladurée’s brunch menu is worth consideration. Offerings include a variety of omelettes, vichyssoise soup with caviar, and duck foie gras.

 

Aurora (70 Grand St., Williamsburg)

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Garden Room – Aurora – Brooklyn – via Where the Heck do we Get Married.com

 

A quaint Italian restaurant located off the beaten path in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Aurora is ideal for the bride who likes to keep things small and intimate. Marked by dark wood and exposed brick, the interior evokes the feel of rustic Tuscany. But the outdoor garden, with its sprawling ivy, distinguishes Aurora from other eateries claiming Old World origins. You can reserve a large table for up to 25, or book a private event, depending on the size of your party. The brunch menu is full of surprises. We suggest the apple compote French toast and parmigiano white grits.

 

Beauty & Essex (146 Essex St.)

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Beauty and Essex – The Lower East Side – NYC – via Manhattan Digest.com

 

Located on the Lower East Side, Beauty & Essex strikes a fine balance between glamour and sophistication. You enter through a cool pawn shop on the way to the restaurant proper where you are greeted with a comfortable, spacious interior and warm lighting. This is the place if you’re a group that likes to dance – there’s a lounge and club as well. For a more relaxed gathering, make a reservation for the weekend brunch and dine on dishes such as the braised short rib ‘huevos rancheros’ or ‘everything bagel & lox’ pizzetta. But if you’re ready to party, hit Beauty & Essex’s popular Champagne Brunch, which takes place every Sunday beginning at 1 pm.

 

Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon (56 Irving Place)

Lady Mendl's Tea Salon - Victorian Style Teas - Gramercy Park - via Zagat.com

Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon – Victorian Style Teas – Gramercy Park – via Zagat.com

 

Is your bride a vintage enthusiast who longs for the elegance and style of the past? Then plan her shower at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon. Housed in a Gregorian brownstone in Gramercy Park, this posh salon serves tea with an air of refinement that reminds of Downton Abbey. Don’t worry, you can leave your white gloves at home. Look forward to delicate fare such as finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, cake, and tea of course! Champagne cocktails are optional, but highly recommended. Parties larger than 8 must be booked as a private event.

 

Jack’s Wife Freda (224 Lafayette St. and 50 Carmine St.)

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Jack’s Wife Freda – Soho – NYC – via JacksWifeFreda.com

 

For a seriously low-key bridal shower, Jack’s Wife Freda has everything you need. The atmosphere here is so warm and relaxed, it will feel more like a weekend brunch that all your girlfriends could finally make it to. Husband and wife owners Dean and Maya draw from their Israeli and South African backgrounds, serving up inventive Mediterranean style dishes. Brunch menu highlights include rosewater waffles topped with Lebanese yogurt, mixed berries, and honey syrup and baked eggs in a green tomatillo shakshuka with challah toast. The restaurant has two locations and accepts reservations for parties of 6 or more.

 

The Palm Court at The Plaza (768 5th Ave.)

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The Palm Court at the Plaza – via Timeout.com

 

Make it a shower your bride will never forget by celebrating her upcoming nuptials at the Palm Court at The Plaza. For the past 100 years, the iconic restaurant has symbolized the grand elegance of modern New York City. Soaring ceilings, tall palm trees, a stunning glass ceiling, and exquisite architectural details cast an ambiance of timeless luxury. Popular for its afternoon tea, the Palm Court also serves classic drinks with inspired names such as the Gatsby Mint Julep, Hemingway Daiquiri, and Orson Wells Negroni. Dessert is a must here and we recommend the New York “Cheesecake” made with graham cracker brown butter crust, Meyer lemon curd, huckleberry compote and crème fraiche, and the brown butter apple ice cream.

Everyone loves going to brunch in NYC. So when tasked with planning the next bridal shower, head to a favorite restaurant and honor your bride over eggs and mimosas.

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April 25, 2017

Bride & Blossom Supports Beautycounter: Safer, Healthier Beauty and Skincare Products

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One of the best things about owning a wedding floral design company is getting to form meaningful relationships with our brides. I love the fact that 99% of Bride & Blossom’s clients are women. And while my work focuses on making sure their wedding day meets all expectations, the topic of beauty always comes up. Through conversations, I’ve learned that most of us share a concern that our makeup and skincare are not only effective, but also healthy. For this reason, I am excited to introduce Beautycounter, a revolutionary company committed to offering safe beauty and skincare products to women and their families.

 

Beautycounter Logo - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Logo – via Beautycounter.com

 

 

A close friend told me about Beautycounter last year. I was immediately inspired by the company’s history and mission. Like many of us, founder, wife, and mother, Gregg Renfew, was applying lotions, foundations, lipsticks, and eye shadows to her face and body with no idea of what was actually in them. Curious, she started research on the personal care industry and uncovered shocking results.

There is a serious lack of regulation in the industry and many of the products we use on our skin every day contain unsafe ingredients and chemicals with links to serious health issues. In fact, the US has not passed a major federal law to regulate ingredients in personal care products since 1938. This means companies are allowed to make their own judgments about what is safe, use chemicals known to be extremely harmful in their products, and sell them to us with no questions asked. Taking the position “we all deserve better,” Beautycounter created The Never List, made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that are never used as ingredients in its products. From this list, the European Union has banned 1400, Canada has banned 600, while the US has only banned 30.

But how effective are Beautycounter’s products? I wanted to wait until I was 100% sure that Beautycounter was a brand that I could fully support and present to my clients and readers. After using the company’s makeup and skincare line for months, I can say with complete honesty, they work! The packaging is sleek and gorgeous. But more importantly, these products deliver results and have visibly improved the look and feel of my skin. Here are the products I can’t live without.

 

Dew Tinted Moisturizer

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Beautycounter Products – Dew tinted moisturizer – via Beautycounter.com

 

Touchup Skin Concealer Pen

Beautycounter Products - Touchup Skin Concealer Pen - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – Touchup Skin Concealer Pen – via Beautycounter.com

 

No. 1 Brightening Facial Mask

Beautycounter Products - No1 Brightening Facial Mask - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – No1 Brightening Facial Mask – via Beautycounter.com

 

No. 2 Plumping Facial Mask

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Beautycounter Products – No2 Plumping Facial Mask – via Beautycounter.com

 

Cleansing Balm

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Beautycounter Products – Cleansing Balm – via Beautycounter.com

 

Rejuvenating Day Cream | Rejuvenating Night Cream

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Beautycounter Products – Rejuvenating Day Night Cream – via Beautycounter.com

 

Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa

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Beautycounter Products – Body Wash – via Beautycounter.com

 

Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa

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Beautycounter Products – Body Lotion – via Beautycounter.com

 

Beautycounter has a great baby and kids line as well, which my family loves.

Many of you are planning to have your own family someday. As women, it is especially important for us to be informed about cosmetics and skincare as products contain chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system. Beautycounter founder Gregg Renfew explains endocrine disruptors:

“The endocrine system is incredibly complex and important: It’s responsible for regulating everything from our mood, to our reproductive processes, to our growth and development, to our sexual function and metabolism. Exposure to endocrine (or hormone disruptors) is particularly scary because they’re so potent in small doses, as they mimic the hormones that our bodies produce in small amounts every day. Endocrine disrupting chemicals can lead to reproductive problems, metabolic issues, cancer, birth defects, and other devastating disorders.”

Beautycounter offers the chance for all of us to make safer, better decisions without sacrificing beauty. I am very passionate about Beautycounter and its mission, and joined their dynamic team as a consultant and advocate. I am learning so much right now. Because I truly care about the women I meet through Bride & Blossom, I am sharing this knowledge in the hope that others reconsider their everyday products and switch to healthier options.

Brides want to look and feel their absolute best walking down the aisle. And let’s not forget the bridesmaids. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for you and your best friends to achieve a perfect wedding day glow that is not only glamorous, but also healthy?

I invite you to visit my site and take a look at the products. I have tried everything and promise they are high quality and high performing. Sign up for the Band of Beauty Member Program and receive free shipping, 15% product credit, and special offers.

Beautycounter has been featured in Goop, and many products are Allure Best of Beauty Award Winners. To learn more, please check out this video: Beautycounter: We All Deserve Better

All my best,

 

Rachel Trimarco

Founder & CEO, Bride & Blossom

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April 11, 2017

DV Flora – Finest in New York City’s Fresh Cut Flowers Industry

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Beginning as a small flower retailer, DV Flora is a growing business, and now a major player in the wholesale floral industry of New York City and its five boroughs.

 

DV Flora - DV Flora Facebook Banner - via Facebook.com

DV Flora – DV Flora Facebook Banner – via Facebook.com

 

Delaware Valley Wholesale began in 1959 as a small floral wholesaler in Southern New Jersey. Bob Wilkins Sr. and his wife, Doris, would sell their cut stems at the Philadelphia Flower show. Little did they know, this was the start of what has now become a massive operation with deep roots in the Northeast as well as branches reaching outposts in California and Bogotá. It is an exciting journey that was started many years ago, and we are excited to hear about this industry icon.

 

 

We were fortunate enough to work with DV Flora on a regular basis and were excited to sit down and meet with Claudine Perez, Event Procurement and Logistics, along with Tony Solina, Procurement Manager, Event Division to learn more about DV Flora.



Bride & Blossom:
“You’ve both been with the company through many changes, not only in the event industry itself but also during the different stages of DV Flora. What are some of the most significant moments that stand out to you?”

Claudine: “We’ve made the change, evolution really, from “wholesaler” to “floral procurement.” Our process is very thoughtful and long reaching. We deal in larger volumes than most wholesalers can and with a high-quality product. Because of our infrastructure and size, we can offer consistently exceptional products at various levels, which allows us to market to a wider range of clients.“

Tony: “Our florals are from all over the world, and we partner directly with farmers, many of whom we have long-running relationships with and visit on a regular basis. This ensures the highest level of practices are being maintained and we continue our close partnership with the farmers.

One event can represent over fifteen different countries. We procure from Holland, of course, but there could also be flowers from various locations, including Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Guatemala, among others.”

 

DV Flora Colorful Arrangment - Close Up - Anemone - DV Flora

DV Flora Colorful Arrangement – Close Up – Anemone – DV Flora

 

Tony: “One of the most exciting developments has been in procurement; where we source our flowers. I’ve visited Japan three times in the past year to secure our newest partner in floral procurement. Japanese florals are amazing, and they offer a larger variety for some of our most popular flowers than anywhere else in the world. With this addition to our offerings, we are now able to source the most beautiful sweet pea, anemone, and ranunculus, among other flowers, unlike any available elsewhere in the world.

We are also sourcing from here in the U.S. From California we are seeing some gorgeous homegrown favorites and more local flowers, which for us, is in the Northeast, as well as potted plants and tropicals from Florida.”

Claudine: “Another change is the amount of technology at our fingertips now. When the company began, the owners shared a desk and one adding machine. Now we have technology at every step of the process, end to end. There is never a moment when we don’t know where our flowers are along the process.

Our facilities process large quantities of flowers every day, and we have detailed checks at numerous points along the processing and distribution process.”

Tony: “Just to give you some idea of our processing capabilities, our floral warehouse is over 70,000 square feet and holds thousands of flowers. Our fleet includes 100 local refrigerated delivery trucks; we also have a 60,000 square foot hard goods facility with over 5,000 floral supply selections and a greenhouse offering over 500 different varieties of foliage and blooming plants.”

 

 

Bride & Blossom: “What do you see in the future for DV Flora and the event industry?”

Claudine: “Regarding the event industry, I think the future holds no bounds. Anything is possible, each event is like a fingerprint, and each one is unique. There is so much focus on the floral industry now because of the internet; it has really opened the world to what we do with events.”

Tony: “The world is opening to us as well, regarding procurement. We’re very excited to begin this new “Japan Chapter” and bringing the beauty of that world to our clients, and looking for new ones as we travel the globe.”

With so many innovations and care for each client, we can see why this industry staple has been going strong for close to sixty years. We’re excited to see what the world of flowers and events holds for DV Flora in the next chapter!

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March 29, 2017

Interview with Rachel Wolff of Lotte New York Palace

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Welcome to Lotte New York Palace - Grand Staircase - via LotteNYPalace.com

Welcome to Lotte New York Palace – Grand Staircase – via LotteNYPalace.com

 

Lotte New York Palace is considered one of New York City’s most romantic hotels, thanks to its rich history and timeless elegance. It’s no wonder that this landmark luxury hotel is the location of choice for the modern bride who wants her NYC wedding to be a beautifully lavish affair. Breathtaking spaces within the venue available for wedding ceremonies and receptions include the grand Villard Mansion, a stylish ballroom, along with a numerous selection of rooms and suites designed for intimate cocktail receptions and large-scale gatherings. From the first walkthrough to cutting the cake and seeing the newlyweds off as they depart for their honeymoon destination, the hotel’s specialized service teams take care of every detail to make sure a couple’s wedding experience is personal, flawless, and meets all expectations.

 

Tracy and Eric - Lotte New York Palace Hotel - Courtyard Ceremony - photo by Brett Matthews Photography

Tracy and Eric – Lotte New York Palace Hotel – Courtyard Ceremony – photo by Brett Matthews Photography

 

Rachel Wolff is the Senior Catering Sales Manager at Lotte New York Palace. Bride & Blossom has had the privilege of working with Lotte New York Palace Hotel. Watching Rachel and her team set the bar for luxury wedding planning is truly inspiring. Rachel took the time out of her busy schedule to speak with us about her start in the luxury hotel business, the Lotte New York Palace’s exceptional approach to weddings, catering and what she loves most about her job.

 

Rachel Wolff - Lotte New York Palace

Rachel Wolff – Lotte New York Palace

 

1. Can you tell us about your background? How did you get into wedding event catering? I am originally from South Florida. I went to the University of Central Florida to get my BA in Hospitality Management. As part of my coursework, I was required to have an internship, where I was lucky enough to intern at a luxury hotel. While interning I was able to experience every aspect of the hotel and found my love for wedding planning. Wedding planning allows me to see the beginning of an idea and watch it come to life.

2. I can only imagine how much responsibility you have as Senior Catering Sales Manager at Lotte New York Palace. Can you describe your job for us? We sell our event space for social events, corporate events, as well as non-profit events. After the selling process takes place, we plan and execute the events, offering a one-stop-shop for our clients. We are with them from Day One, from the initial inquiry, all the way to the end of their function. At Lotte New York Palace, we have a Catering team of six. It’s a great team, and I’m very proud of them. We also have fantastic Banquet, Culinary and Steward Teams that really “make it happen” and deliver on the day of the event.

3. Lotte New York Palace is a place where grand tradition meets modern sensibility. How do you see this as contributing to the Hotel’s evolution into one of the city’s premier wedding locations? What makes a couple’s wedding experience at Lotte New York Palace different from anywhere else? We are very lucky that we have iconic landmarked space (The Villard Mansion), within a modern and chic hotel venue. We recently went through a $150 million renovation. We make the wedding experience very personal. The catering managers are the ones on the initial contact, the walkthrough, signing the contract and tucking the bride and groom into bed the night of the wedding. We listen to what is truly important to each bride and groom and make their dreams come to reality.

4. Can you describe the event planning process and what goes into ensuring that your clients have the wedding of their dreams? We are happy to assist the couple with walkthroughs with vendors and share our expertise on what works best in the space.

5. The Hotel contains numerous beautifully designed spaces of different shapes and sizes for weddings. Can you tell us about the various event spaces available to couples? How do you help clients decide which space is best for them? We have three wedding venues at the hotel. All of our wedding packages are five hours long. The first wedding venue is the Apartment, which can accommodate 30 guests. The second is the historic Villard Mansion, which can accommodate up to 90 guests. The largest space we have is the Villard Ballroom, Reid Salon and Holmes Room, which can accommodate up to 220 guests.

 

 

6. Establishing the menu is a very important part of wedding catering, and esteemed executive Chef Jacque Sorci heads the team at Lotte New York Palace. How do his expertise and culinary vision translate into creating a menu that reflects the unique tastes and style of your clients? Our innovative and passionate culinary team is led by Executive Chef Jacques Sorci who is a member of Maitre Cuisiner de France – a designation bestowed only upon 19 chefs in New York and 65 chefs nationwide. The elite members of Maitre Cuisiner de France are selected through a strict review process that takes into account the chef’s restaurant experiences, technical expertise, business qualifications and cultural standing in the culinary community. Jacques’ team is extremely talented. If the couple has a favorite dish that is not listed on the menu, he can create it for the guests to enjoy on the night of the wedding. This adds a personal touch.

7. Have you noticed any luxury wedding trends in terms of décor, atmosphere, or cuisine recently? It’s nice to see a couple’s take on a traditional aspect of a wedding and transform it into a modern vision. With innovative technology, you can completely transform a room. With image mapping you can turn the ballroom into anything you dream. You can change the look from the ceremony to the reception to the dinner dance. Cuisine is a top priority for everyone getting married. We are lucky enough to have Jacques Sorci, a master chef, dedicated to our wedding menus that can tailor the menu to the couple’s favorite food. Whether it is adding a food truck in the courtyard or passing late night bites, food is one of the most important factors of the wedding.

8. Wedding catering requires meticulous planning from you and a lot of trust from the client. After all, you are the one making sure that every minute detail is perfectly in place once the big day arrives. Pressure aside, you must develop meaningful relationships with couples over time. What do you love most about your job? There is a trust that you gain after several site visits and appointments with the bride and her family. It’s a very sentimental decision that this family is making. They’re spending their own money and they really create that connection with you. The most rewarding part of my job is when you see the entire wedding through. These are once in a lifetime moments that you help make come to life.

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March 23, 2017

Spring Wedding Venues in New York City

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All winter we wait and wait for the day to hear the longing sounds of birds chirping, to see flowers budding through the soil, and to feel the sun through our windows. Spring is finally here! The grass is green, the trees are blooming and it’s time to put our snow boots away for good. There are so many qualities of spring that we fall in love with. March, April and May are heartwarming months to take advantage of the colorful foliage and natural beauty around us. As a soon-to-be-bride, choosing to get married in the spring is an exciting time that offers you many great options when it comes to your bridal gown, bridesmaids dresses, wedding flowers and your venue. Being from the greatest city in the world, we know that the concrete jungle may not always offer venues that have organic nature roots, but from Bride and Blossom to all of our brides, we have a few hidden gems that are perfect springtime wedding venues in NYC.

 

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Springtime – NYC – New York City Feels – via Pinterest.com

 

When imagining a spring wedding, we picture colorful flowers, garden themes and most importantly, an outdoor-inspired space. Now, as New York’s weather can be temperamental, it is easy to say many may be nervous to plan a fully outdoors event in the spring — as the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, we have the perfect compromise for you! An outdoor wedding that has indoor features to create a secure space that is weather resistant, but also allows you to bring the outdoors and sunshine inside with you. Three of our favorite spring wedding venues include Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Battery Gardens and the famous Tribeca Rooftop. We are confident that you will love what these venues have to offer and can’t wait to share them with you.

 

BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN

The Palm House - Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Weddings - via William-Chang.com

The Palm House – Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – Weddings – via William-Chang.com

 

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a popular attraction for those in the tri-state area and visitors alike. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is filled with an array of varying gardens and exhibits, including cherry blossom trees, cape buttercup blooms and a rose garden, while changing throughout the seasons to support a variety of species. The garden grounds are full of intertwining landscapes and flowers galore. What many don’t know while visiting this colorful treat is you can get married at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. With a capacity of 300 guests, it is a beautiful reception space that can accommodate many layouts, having multiple areas to hold different parts of your wedding. It is popular to hold your ceremony directly in the garden space for picturesque backdrops as you say “I Do.” There is a grand fountain near the main garden, which works brilliantly for cocktail hour as sun gets lower in the sky. Next, and one of the best features of this space, is The Palm House. The Palm House is an indoor space made of glass walls that create an atrium feel overlooking the gardens. It’s a beautiful space during a sunset ceremony or a reception underneath the Brooklyn stars. It also offers a terrace with a peaceful lily pad fountain for an extra touch of serenity. This beautiful oasis is a great option for a springtime wedding as it represents spring in all of its glory. Flowers blooming, bees buzzing and birds chirping along with beautiful scenery for a night you will remember forever.

 

 

 

BATTERY GARDENS

Julie & Ryan - Spring Wedding - Battery Gardens - Photo by Sarah Tew Photography

Julie & Ryan – Spring Wedding – Battery Gardens – Photo by Sarah Tew Photography

 

Next on our list is Battery Gardens. Most New Yorkers know Battery Park as a public park at the very tip of downtown Manhattan. It’s a great place for kids’ sports games, running, picnics, and surprisingly, weddings. Battery Gardens is an exclusive on-site restaurant, offering stunning harbor views and an outdoor terrace on the water. This space has the sophistication and elegance of New York’s Battery Park wrapped up into one. The venue, with a maximum capacity of 220 guests, is known for producing both intimate and large-scale weddings, catering to all of the standards of New York.

The first space that often holds wedding ceremonies is the outdoor patio. This is a large backyard if you will, with panoramic views of the Hudson River. Getting married on the Hudson with New York as your backdrop makes for an incredible scene. This outdoor space offers beautiful landscaping and greenery to enhance a springtime wedding. After the ceremony, we move to cocktail hour, which is often held downstairs in an airy, open space. Dinner and dancing then follow in the main upstairs dining room. A dance floor, dinner space and lounge area provide plenty of entertainment options for guests, and the room adds a romantic touch with a working fireplace for a chilly spring night. The entire space has panoramic windows with stunning views of the harbor, and the Statue of Liberty. Battery Gardens is a gorgeous venue for a couple craving more of a classic feel with a touch of the outdoors and ocean tranquility. It offers both indoor and outdoor options that can be easily transformed to host the wedding of your dreams, while being a great location to celebrate a springtime wedding in a more low-key setting.

 

 

 

 TRIBECA ROOFTOP

Nicole & Mark - Colorful Ombre Chuppah - Tribeca Rooftop - Photo by Shlomo Cohen Photography

Nicole & Mark – Colorful Ombre Chuppah – Tribeca Rooftop – Photo by Shlomo Cohen Photography

 

The last springtime venue that embraces more of an industrial design for our more modern brides is Tribeca Rooftop. Located in the heart of Tribeca, the rooftop is an integral part of Downtown Manhattan life. Tribeca Rooftop is a contemporary and industrial-style penthouse that hosts private parties, events and weddings, accommodating a large capacity of 300-380 guests. Operating on a larger scale, Tribeca Rooftop is known for its famous in-house chef, yet can also provide catering of your choice. Though it is called a rooftop by name, it offers both indoor and outdoor space. Inside the penthouse, which is the main reception hall, there is a 65-foot skylight and a magnitude of glass windows creating an open concept loft space. Once you step outside, Tribeca Rooftop is known for its fabulous roof deck that has spectacular 360-degree views of Manhattan. As this venue was originally a 1920s printing press building, it houses exposed brick walls offering a modern yet historical vibe for your wedding style.

Getting married on the roof deck as the sun goes down behind the Manhattan skyline is just one of the many perks of this location. It can be dressed up with greenery, florals and accents to highlight the season’s best qualities. With dinner and dancing to follow inside the penthouse, the guests will never miss the starry night over Manhattan. The roof deck can stay open throughout the night, letting your guests take in the gorgeous feeling of a true Manhattan wedding.

 

 

Choosing a wedding venue can be a difficult task, yet emphasizing the season can provide you with many pleasing options to fulfill all of your hopes and wishes. Make sure to have fun during the process of venue shopping and remember, the spring is a time for dreamers.

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Bride & Blossom