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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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January 17, 2017

Winter is the New White

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Alexandra & Edmond / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions NY

Alexandra & Edmond / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions NY

 

As a bride-to-be, you’ve spent your life dreaming of the perfect gown for your special day.  Some of us have known forever exactly what we want to walk down the aisle in. But when the time comes to find that dream dress, it can be overwhelming to take in just how many options are out there. So many details go into picking the right dress for your style, body, season and theme, to find the one that  will bring your whole wedding day look together.

For many brides, the first step is choosing the right white.  From snow-white to ivory to champagne, the tone you choose can reflect undertones that align with your color scheme to bring your dress and décor together.

Imagining what their train looks like from the back as they walk to the altar is what brings many brides’ visions to life, so finding the precise silhouette you’ve always fantasized of is an important next step. Winter bridal gowns and summer gowns have a very different feel to them. Winter gowns tend to be grand and elaborate, while summer gowns tend towards a sleek and airy feel. Take the time to browse through fabrics to see what best suits your aesthetic. While fibrous fabrics like silk, organza, and cotton breathe better than blends and finishes like satin, tulle and lace, they also wrinkle more easily, so take this into consideration as you explore.

As we know, the dress steals the show, but as a winter bride, you have many options to accessorize your overall look to complete your fabulous winter theme.  Even with an elaborate dress, incorporating these modest additions won’t overpower the look, but rather accent it seamlessly.

 

 

Bridal gloves are a classic accessory for winter brides, and there are a wide range of styles you can wear to accentuate your dress and embrace the season.

If your ceremony is outdoors, you might consider delicate wool gloves or even a chic fur muff to protect you from the cold.

 

 

If braving the elements isn’t your style, evening gloves never fail to portray elegance and romance.  Evening gloves come in a wide range of lengths and fabrics, though typically fall just past the elbow and are made of satin, silk, or lace. Famously worn by the likes of Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn on their wedding days, evening gloves are a great way to channel timeless class and old Hollywood glamour. Vintage evening gloves are not difficult to find, and can make a wonderful “something borrowed” if you happen to have a pair in the family.

 

Bridal fur is another fabulous option for winter brides. Not only will fur bring your winter wedding flair to the next level, it will keep you glowing and warm no matter the temperature.  There are many things to consider when choosing a fur but the good news is, unlike your dress, you can wear this accessory again and again!

 

Winter Bride / Alexandra & Edmond / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions NY

Winter Bride / Alexandra & Edmond / Tribeca Rooftop / Natural Expressions NY

 

When one thinks of bridal fur, the first image that comes to mind is typically a traditional white stole.  Stoles are an ideal way to cover up your shoulders without hiding your gown and make a stunning statement piece. But in recent years, bridal fur has expanded to capes, shawls, hairpieces, shoe and dress accents, so you’re free to incorporate fur as subtly or boldly as you please.

 

 

The color of fur you choose presents a wide range of styles, from all-white modern to rustic brown, to adventurous greys, blues, and burgundies.  If you’re taking pictures outdoors, introducing natural fur is a beautiful way to contrast a snowy backdrop and bring out surrounding earth tones. If fur is just not your thing, cashmere or wool shawls are also a lovely way to provide you with light warmth and punctuate your seasonal style.

 

 

Winter white may come in and out of fashion over the years, but in the wedding world, it has always been a well-embraced statement. With these tips and trends, we are excited to offer a new twist on an old classic.

 

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January 11, 2017

Getting Married in a Winter Wonderland

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The holidays have passed, the new year has arrived, and all of our winter brides are wishing for one thing: a snowfall on their wedding day to create a magical scene. We can’t control the weather, but we can control our wedding décor, ideas and accents to produce a perfect winter wedding. Inspiring winter color schemes, décor, flowers, and accents can help bring your theme to life. Using our winter wisdoms will help you and your guests remember why you chose to get married at the most wonderful time of the year.

 

Couple Kissing / Melanie Gotlin / Tribeca Rooftop / Brett Matthews Photography

Reception / Melanie and Graig / Tribeca Rooftop / Brett Matthews Photography

 

While creating a winter wonderland atmosphere, there are two big aspects that can change the entire feel of a room: venue décor and color scheme. Picking a color scheme for linens, displays, lighting and florals is the first step to bringing your vision to life. For winter weddings, it is easy to forget that you can still find vibrant and rich colors in winter-appropriate tones. Using creams and ivories is the perfect way to create a sultry, rich feeling. Adding in other mediums like greens, neutrals and even red and blue accents can create a festive feeling to play up your theme. Adding in small touches of winter theme fabrics can also bring out a very seasonal feel.

 

 

I think a base of neutrals is a great beginning to your décor. Neutral linens, including tablecloths, napkins, curtains and drapery, help to create a warm and rich winter feel without overpowering the room. Next, adding in vibrant and colorful tones to your other décor, accent pieces and florals is a great way to liven up the room. While creating tablescapes, centerpieces and other focal design points, it is important to keep your theme alive with inspired pieces. You can add in classic winter themes like snowflakes, garland and even fake snow effect on rustic branches. My favorite way to accomplish flawless winter wedding décor is using extra greenery like pine and rosemary to give a forest feel to your centerpieces, or pine cones to carry out the theme. I love using excess neutral flowers, including white tibet roses, peonies and hydrangea, to complement the room. A great floral statement for your ceremony is a floral altar. Standing under a natural branch-built altar covered in beautiful flowers that exude winter is a great and simple way of dressing up the room.  Red pops of flowers like garden roses, spray berries and burgundy ranunculus can help bring the room to life.

 

 

For winter weddings, lighting can make a huge difference in the ambiance. Dimmed lights and uplighting create an enchanted feel, and candles can be used to light up the room. Floating candles with winter greens or displays created with ornate candlesticks in colors like gold and silver offer a festive, rich feel to the room. Another fun trick with candles is to create holders out of natural wood in order to achieve a tree-stump effect (as seen below). This allows for a forest feel and brings the theme to life.

 

 

Another creative route to take while completing décor for a winter wedding is to incorporate rustics. Rustic can be achieved in many different ways, but in regards to winter weddings, we are referring to natural accents. These include branches and wooden materials, pine cone and fruit accents like apples and berries. You can even add a bit of nature to the mix by incorporating antlers (fake, of course!) into centerpieces or even your wedding cake for one special wow factor. There are a lot of fun and funky ideas that can create a classic winter vision, and we recommend them all!

 

White Winter Wedding Cakes - via EC Invites

White Winter Wedding Cakes – via EC Invites

 

‘A Winter Wonderland’ can be the wedding of your dreams, the wedding you have always imagined and one that will leave your guests in awe. Using our simple tricks and steps is a perfect way to creating a ceremony and reception space that is vibrant, inviting, magical and inspiring. Winter brides are the new trend, and with these inspiring ideas, they will be forever the new classic.

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December 5, 2016

Berries & Branches: Bringing the Outside In

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Incorporating berries, branches, and greenery into winter celebrations may be one of the oldest decorating traditions, harking back to Pagan winter solstice rituals that even pre-date Christmas. Living in the city, it’s easy to forget the wide range of plants that truly shine in the winter months.  We’ve compiled a list of some popular options for brides looking to bring the spirit of the solstice to their wedding celebration and ceremony with all the beautiful shapes, colors, and textures winter flora has to offer.

Winter Table Runner via Weddingomania

Winter Table Runner via Weddingomania

Ilex Berries

Ilex Berries via Vita Ranunkuler

Ilex Berries via Vita Ranunkler

 

Ilex berries, or winter berries, come from a type of holly native to the Northeast. When the shrub sheds its leaves in late fall, vibrant red berries are revealed along its stem. These clusters of bright spheres have long been associated with winter festivities, and incorporating ilex berries into your winter wedding is a perfect way to invoke the holiday spirit and create a warm, traditional ambiance.

Snowberries

Snowberries via PJAllSeasons

Snowberries via PJAllSeasons

 

These cheerful, perfectly round berries are larger than most seasonal berries, making them a great option for filling out any bouquet or arrangement. Snowberries come in a variety of colors including crimson, deep purple, white, and pale pink. Sturdy and long-lasting, snowberries will keep upright and fresh as the celebration moves into the night.

Hypericum Berries

Hypericum-Berries via Fifty Flowers

Hypericum Berries via Fifty Flowers

 

A popular choice for bridal bouquets, Hypericum berries are known for their elegant, oval shape and fresh red or green tones.  Compact and neat, these berries are a great way to add subtle texture to red-dominant arrangements, or a dramatic pop of color against white or pastel blooms.

Tallow Berries

Tarrow Branches via The Glitter Guide

Tallow Branches via The Glitter Guide

 

Tallow berries are a beautiful option for all-white winter weddings.  Clustered along long branches, these white berries invoke an icy, fresh snow feel that adds an organic sparkle.  Sprigs of tallow berries also look great on their own in bouquets, garlands, or wreaths, channeling a clean bohemian look.

Fir Branches

Fir Branches via Artfully Wed

Fir Branches via Artfully Wed

 

Fir branches have long served as an emblem of the winter holidays and the coming of the New Year. There are countless ways of incorporating these noble, evergreen branches.  Beyond garlands, wreaths, and chair accents, fir branches are great accents for wedding cakes, napkin rings, or table cards.

Birch Branches

Birch Branch Candles via Deer Pearl Flowers

Birch Branch Candles via Deer Pearl Flowers

 

With their striking white bark and elegant shape, birch branches naturally channel magic, mystery, and fairy tales. Birch is a great option for a chuppah, in combination with curly willow and pops of red, green, or ivory.

Leucadendron Cones

Leucadendron Cones via Swallows Nest Farms

Leucadendron Cones via Swallows Nest Farms

 

While these unusual plants produce what look like sprawling clusters of miniature pine cones, Leucadendrons actually grow and flourish in warm climates, namely Ecuador, Chile, Australia, and South Africa. Leucadendron cones come in several shades of reds and yellows, and add a unique, rustic touch when matched with classic soft blooms such as roses and hydrangeas.

 

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