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January 31, 2017

Winter Wedding Venues in NYC

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Jamie & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Ben Lau Photography

Jamie & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Ben Lau Photography

 

As the winter months come and go, color changes in the sky, and the smell of pine and fireplaces capture our hearts. It is easy to fall in love with the winter season for its magic, its charm, and its warmth despite the cold. We know this is why so many couples choose to get married in wintertime.

Choosing to get married in the winter opens up many options for venues and vendors.  Since summer is the busiest wedding season, it can be much easier to secure the venue and vendors you want in the winter season. Today we look at a few New York venues that truly shine in the winter months, and  bring out the festivity and wonder of every winter bride’s dreams.  Winter in New York is cherished around the world, and there’s no denying a certain magic in the air when walking through the city in the coldest months of the year. And not only is New York beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside.  These venues welcome you in from the cold and into the perfect space to build your winter wonderland.

 

The Liberty Warehouse

The Liberty Warehouse is a hidden gem on Pier 41 in historic Red Hook, Brooklyn.. The 15,000 square foot space was built in the 1850’s, and was recently renovated to host a variety of stunning events. The Liberty Warehouse features spectacular panoramic views of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, with a waterside promenade perfect for a photo shoot. Inside, the Liberty Warehouse offers three different spaces; The Governors Room, The Harbor Room and The Bridge Room, each with its own charm and color palette. Every room offers sweeping high ceilings, tall windows, and rustic details like exposed brick and wood ceilings. This large-scale venue offers a very cozy feeling due to its warm color scheme, traditional wood accents and hardware.

 

This makes it a great venue for brides leaning towards a rustic, vintage theme, and an excellent choice for a holiday wedding.  Fireplaces, brick mantles, and dramatic pillars make an elegant, natural backdrop for holiday-themed décor. One of the best features this venue offers is the floor to celing windows looking out over the water.  At night, the moonlight reflecting off the waves is simply unforgettable, and brings an intimate, warm ambiance to the Warehouse.

An outdoor balcony allows for amazing photos with the harbor in the background.  At our most recent wedding at the Liberty Warehouse, there was a beautiful snowfall that made for some stuning photos and looked incredible from the reception windows.

 

Brooklyn Winery

This venue offers a very different and distant feel compared to other New York venues. While it’s in the middle of Williamsburg with taxis and tourist walking around right outside, once you step through the front doors, you’re in a whole new world.

The Brooklyn Winery offers a rustic cabin feel in the big city. From the moment you  walk through two big oak doors you feel you’ve been transported to another place. The space is intimate and romantic, immersive and completely unique, with wood paneled walls, resorted shiplap tables, a garden atrium, and of course a functioning winery.

With wooden wall panels, wine barrels, stools and picnic tables, the Brooklyn Wintery almost feels like it could be in the middle of the forest.  This makes it a great candidate for a winter wedding venue if brides are looking for a rustic, woodland feel. With cozy booths and old-fashioned lighting, the Brooklyn Wintery begs for cozy candlelight and holiday décor and is ready to host a one-of-a-kind winter celebration.

 

Gotham Hall

Located in Midtown Manhattan, this former New York Savings Bank is known for its unique space and timeless elegance.  The large ballroom offers towering 70-foot ceilings and a round frame that still houses the old bank teller windows.  A stained glass window lights the impressive 17,500 foot ballroom space, in neutral colors that offer a romantic atmosphere that’s a flexible backdrop for your color scheme and décor style.

That said, Gotham Hall is so striking in its height and size that it requires very little to  create the look of an enchanted castle. The grand ballroom is perfect for accentuating winter whites in flowers, drapery and décor.

 

 

There are so many wonderful options for fulfilling your winter wedding dreams here in New York City.  We hope these venues offer inspiration to brides-to-be looking forward to another beautiful New York winter.

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October 5, 2016

The Bride Carried White : Unlocking the All-White Bridal Bouquet

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While some brides may dismiss the idea of an all-white bouquet as generic or forgettable, in truth, there are so many ways to express your unique personal style in all-white. The absence of color unlocks a focus on texture, composition, and tone that goes to show sometimes less really is more. “No matter what the flower or style, white bouquets always look beautiful and chic,” says our Creative Director Lindsay Saltz, “As Da Vinci once said, ‘Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.'”

Here at Bride & Blossom, we’ve worked with dozens of brides seeking all-white bouquets, from vintage to modern, clean to complex.  But no matter the design, a white bouquet is a timeless choice, rich with tradition and symbolic of the bride’s entrance into a fresh, new chapter of her life.

Bridal Bouquet / Lindsay & Billy / Essex House / Charlie Juliet Photography

Bridal Bouquet / Lindsay & Billy / Essex House / Charlie Juliet Photography

 

For her recent wedding at Essex House, Lindsay chose a rounded, symmetrical bouquet of white ranunculus, off-white and cream garden roses, with intricate ivory rice flowers tucked between blooms throughout.  These ivory details work in contrast to the romantic softness of the roses, and a crystal brooch accent at the center of the satin handle shines in an all-white frame.

 

Bridal Bouquet / Jen & Daniel / Maritime Parc / CLY by Matthew Photography

Bridal Bouquet / Jen & Daniel / Maritime Parc / CLY by Matthew Photography

 

Jen turned her classic arrangement of white ranunculus and off-white garden roses into an unforgettable statement piece, by having the blooms tied with a bold black-and-white ribbon.  The loud stripes work in balance with the simplicity of her bouquet, and show off the subtle harmony of the two white tones.

 

Bridal Bouquet / Jessica & Sean / Maritime Parc / Daniel Moyer Photography

Bridal Bouquet / Jessica & Sean / Maritime Parc / Daniel Moyer Photography

 

Jessica’s single-ingredient bouquet is as simple as it gets – and equally stunning.  Jess chose to carry forty white calla lily stems, cut long with a centered ribbon.  With nothing to distract from their natural beauty, these trumpet-shaped blooms are impossible to ignore.

 

Succulent Bridal Bouquet / Danielle & Jared / Ryland Inn / Paul Francis Photography

Succulent Bridal Bouquet / Danielle & Jared / Ryland Inn / Paul Francis Photography

 

On the other end of the spectrum, Danielle’s bouquet from her wedding at The Ryland Inn, is full to the brim with textures and shapes.  An all-white bouquet allows for an infinite range of greenery, and in this case even a bronzed succulent!  The contrasting greens give the bouquet a natural, wild feel, and the anemone’s dark centers catch the eye and give the arrangement a unique modern twist.

 

Katelyn's Bridal Bouquet / India House / Diane Hu Photography

Katelyn’s Bridal Bouquet / India House / Diane Hu Photography

 

Drifting a bit from the pure monochrome, Katelyn’s rounded bouquet featured white peonies, ranunculus and Tibet roses, with romantic blush sweet pea blooms.  The soft pops of blush create a dreamy merging of white and cool pink, and emphasize the fresh green stems.

 

Liza's Bridal Bouquet / The Ritz Carlton at Battery Park City / Fred Marcus Photography

Liza’s Bridal Bouquet / The Ritz Carlton Battery Park  / Fred Marcus Photography

 

Finally, the kind of all-white arrangement that’s so classic, it’s like stepping into a fairy tale.  Liza went for tight cream Vendela roses, not yet fully bloomed, completely wrapped in ivory satin and adorned with a lace appliqué to match her dress.  The result was unforgettably elegant, a bouquet rooted in the timeless sanctity of marriage itself.

Whatever your color scheme and whatever your dress, an all-white bridal bouquet might be just what you need to punctuate your bridal style.

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September 2, 2016

Kate + Alex : A Radiant Summer Wedding at Battery Gardens

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Kate & Alex were married this past June at a marvelous ceremony in Battery Gardens. The couple met at work, when Alex interviewed Kate for her first “real job.” They worked together for years before getting together and falling in love. Alex popped the question on a romantic vacation in Croatia. “I was completely surprised,” says Kate, “Though apparently no one else was!”

Happy Couple / Kate & Alex / Battery Gardens / Susan Shek Photography

Happy Couple / Kate & Alex / Battery Gardens / Susan Shek Photography

 

“…We love traveling together and can always make each other laugh, which I think is the best part of us being together.”

Filled with vibrant colors and elegant details, the couple’s ceremony certainly reflected the joy and laughter they’ve found in one another’s company.

Bridal Bouquet / Kate & Alex / Battery Gardens / Susan Shek Photography

Bridal Bouquet / Kate & Alex / Battery Gardens / Susan Shek Photography

 

Kate wore a stunning Princess-cut dress by Paloma Blanca, featuring a French Alençon lace bodice, Swarovski buttons, and a flared satin gown.  She carried a delightful, summery bouquet of lush peach Juliet garden roses, coral peonies, white mini Calla Lillies, peach spray roses and coral roses, with jungle green accents wrapped in ivory satin.

 

Low Centerpiece / Kate & Alex / Battery Gardens / Susan Shek Photography

Low Centerpiece / Kate & Alex / Battery Gardens / Susan Shek Photography

 

The same colors accented with Maiden Ferns, Italian Ruscus, and Lemon Leaf perched in low silver pedestals made for stunning, textured centerpieces that popped throughout the sun-soaked reception hall, while the head table carried over colors from the ceremony, which featured softer peach and cream.

 


Clusters of  budding peach stock, roses and greenery lined the aisle and two lush arrangements with white Hybrid Delphinium, Queen Anne’s lace and Bells of Ireland, dotted with peach Juliet garden and cream Vendetta roses, flanked the altar.

Congratulations Kate & Alex!

Venue: Battery Gardens
Photographer: Susan Shek
Videographer: NST Pictures
Cake: Butterfly Bakeshop
Bride’s Dress: Paloma Blanca
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azazie
Hair & Makeup: Miss Harlequin
Music: Hank Lane – Marc Koslowe
Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations
Officiant: Fr. Noel Clarke

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August 24, 2016

Something Blue

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Happy Couple / Andrea & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Popography

Happy Couple / Andrea & John / The Liberty Warehouse / Popography

 

“Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

We all know this little rhyme, listing what a bride’s to have with her on her wedding day to insure a long and prosperous marriage, but where did it come from?  And why something blue?

The rhyme dates back to 19th century England, when each of these tokens symbolized something the bride’s friends and family wished upon her partnership.  “Something old” insured the bride would never forget where she came from, “something new” for the times ahead, and “something borrowed” from a happily married friend or family member, in hopes her happiness would be passed over.

Centerpiece / Shoshana & Michael / Carlyle on the Green / Susan Stripling Photography

Centerpiece / Shoshana & Michael / Carlyle on the Green / Susan Stripling Photography

 

As for “something blue,” blue has a long history of appearing at weddings. In Ancient Rome, brides wore blue as a symbol of loyalty and tranquility, of the rise and fall of the sea and sky.  Blue was a popular color for wedding gowns for centuries after, hence the proverb, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

 

Today, brides are finding more and more creative ways of incorporating a touch of blue into their bridal ensemble.  From anklets, shoelaces, bouquet ribbons, monogrammed gowns, garters, bridesmaids dresses, and simply blue blooms, women today are taking this centuries-old tradition to the next level.

Be sure to visit us this week on INSTAGRAM, for all things #somethingblue.

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August 15, 2016

Rachel + Matt: Spectacular Splendor at Cipriani 42

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Every Sunday, Rachel and her friends would gather to watch The Amazing Race and draft fantasy teams. One night, Rachel’s friend Becky suggested she go out with a friend of hers from middle school, Matt.  After checking out some pictures on Facebook, Rachel gave the thumbs up!

 

Matt and Rachel began texting nonstop.  Matt was traveling for work at the time and was impressed that Rachel knew Bloomington, IL.  They texted and talked on the phone throughout the week before their first date Friday night at Bistro 61.

 

Dancefloor / Rachel & Matt / Cipriani / Brett Matthews Photography

Dancefloor / Rachel & Matt / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

 

On Memorial Day weekend, Matt was off from work on Friday. He told Rachel he would go shopping and prepare a nice dinner for the two of them that evening, but when Rachel walked in the door to their shared apartment, there were candles and roses everywhere, and a pathway leading to Matt.  Matt proposed, she said yes, and they gathered for a surprise dinner with both of their families at Daniel.  Rachel thought they had plans to go look at rings that holiday weekend, so she was shocked!

 

Happy Couple / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

Happy Couple / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

 

The couple was married in style this past spring at Cipriani 42 in Midtown Manhattan.  Guests were greeted by a stunning gateway covered in woven white cherry blossom branches.  White votive and floating candles led up to a breathtaking four-posted chuppah adorned with an abundance of blooming white cherry blossoms and covered in sheer ivory chiffon.

 

Chuppah / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

Chuppah / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

 

Ceremony / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

Ceremony / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

 

The reception featured ethereal high centerpieces of white Hydrangeas, white Peonies, and blush O’Hara Garden roses, in stunning contrast to Cipriani’s dramatic stone walls and high ceilings.

 

Reception / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

Reception / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

 

The card table once again featured a gorgeous spray of blooming white cherry blossoms, flanked by white floating candles of various heights.

 

Card Table / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

Card Table / Rachel and Matthew / Cipriani 42 / Brett Matthews Photography

 

Congratulations Rachel and Matt!

 

Venue: Cipriani 42
Photographer: Brett Matthews Photography
Cake: A White Cake
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Tuxedo: Ermenegildo Zegna
Groom’s Shoes: Ermenegildo Zegna
Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Music: Hank Lane – Karen Lloyd Band
Makeup: Stacie Ford
Officiant: Rabbi Charles Kroloff

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August 11, 2016

Interview with Lisa Elias, Senior Catering Sales Manager at Le Parker Meridien

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Meet Lisa Elias, the Senior Catering Sales Manager one of our favorite venues, Le Parker Meridien, in Midtown Manhattan.

Lisa Elias, Senior Catering Sales Manager, Le Parker Meridien

Lisa Elias, Senior Catering Sales Manager, Le Parker Meridien

 

Located blocks from Central Park, this impeccably stylish space features breathtaking views of the city, chic minimalist decor, and an incredible staff.  We caught up with Lisa about how she started working in events, the day-to-day operations of this one-of-a-kind venue, and her best advice for brides to be.

Wedding Reception / Joyce and Patrick / Le Parker Meridien / Photo by Susan Stripling Photography

Wedding Reception / Joyce and Patrick / Le Parker Meridien / Photo by Susan Stripling Photography

How did you get into events? Is it something you were always drawn to?

My career in hospitality actually started in high school when I was given the opportunity to do an internship at a local Marriott during my senior year. The exposure to different departments solidified my decision to pursue a degree in hotel and resort management at SUNY Delhi in Upstate New York. Upon graduating from Delhi, I participated in the Disney World College Program, which was an amazing stepping stone.

When I returned to NYC, I began my events career at the Hilton New York followed by positions at The Direct Marketing Association, PGI (destination management company) and for the last twelve years, Le Parker Meridien.

With any type of event, there’s always the satisfaction of seeing it from inception through fruition but especially with a wedding, as there’s an extra level of personal fulfillment being part of such a milestone event with a couple and their families.

Tell us a little more about what your day-to- day looks like at Le Parker Meridien.

No day is ever the same but a typical office day consists of following-up on recent proposals and sites and balancing that with the paperwork that needs to be completed for each event (Banquet Event Orders, processing payments and paperwork for tastings, site inspections, etc…). There are five of us on the Catering team (plus an additional 25 people on other sales teams) and we are constantly bouncing ideas off each other as well as with our Executive Chef and Banquet team to develop new ideas to set ourselves apart from our competitors.

On wedding days, it’s a lot of running around overseeing all of the vendor deliveries/setups and checking in with the couple to relieve their nerves. My most important task on a wedding day is for that particular couple to feel like they are the only people in the world getting married and to have confidence in the team of vendors they hired to execute their vision.

 

Head Table / Sara & Jon / Le Parker Meridien / B Freed Photography

Head Table / Sara & Jon / Le Parker Meridien / B Freed Photography

What’s something that surprises clients when they visit Le Parker Meridien for the first time?

The view from the Estrela Penthouse definitely surprises clients and my favorite part of every site visit is when they enter the Estrela Penthouse for the first time. Most couples do their homework ahead of time and have seen images of the Estrela Penthouse and the view before coming in to see the event space but as amazing as photos are, there’s no comparison to actually seeing the view in person. The ability to see the full length of Central Park as well as the George Washington Bridge blows them away every time. High above the hustle of the city, it’s our own private oasis in bustling Midtown Manhattan.

Altar / Joyce and Patrick / Le Parker Meridien / Photo by Susan Stripling

Altar / Joyce and Patrick / Le Parker Meridien / Photo by Susan Stripling

 

Do you have a favorite room or space within the venue?

Without a doubt, the Estrela Penthouse! Aside from the exceptional view, the space is very intimate with a neutral color palette, offering clients the ability to design their dream in so many different ways. The outdoor terrace is the cherry on top as it provides the same phenomenal views, and it’s such a rare treat to have an outdoor space option in a NYC venue.

Reception / Caroline & Jonathan / Le Parker Meridien / 5th Avenue Digital

Reception / Caroline & Jonathan / Le Parker Meridien / 5th Avenue Digital

I imagine devoting yourself to each couple’s vision can be both rewarding and exhausting! Is there a certain feeling or a moment in the day that keeps you excited about bringing these visions to life?

There are so many moments throughout the course of a wedding that I get excited about but the very first on the list is when the couple does their first look, which usually takes place on the Estrela Terrace. Typically, the couple hasn’t seen each other all day as they’ve been getting ready in separate suites and when they see each other for the first time, the look on both of their faces is priceless as they are filled with every type of emotion…happiness, nervousness and pure joy, which is beautifully captured on film and video for them to enjoy and relive after the wedding.

 

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Sweetheart Table / Caroline & Jonathan / Le Parker Meridien / 5th Avenue Digital

As someone who has been through many a wedding from beginning to end, what’s your advice for future brides (and grooms!) who are feeling overwhelmed?

My advice is pure and simple, to be in the moment and to remember that everyone there loves and supports them. I also remind them that the party is for their friends and family but the ceremony is for them and to really embrace those 20-30 minutes because that is the real reason they are there that day.

 

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