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 5, 2017

7 Favorite Trends from Bridal Fashion Week New York Spring 2018

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Designers revealed their latest creations during Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2018 in New York recently. The looks were diverse, ranging from billowing ball gowns to sleek and simple silhouettes. If you are a bride-to-be, the dress of your dreams surely lies in one of these collections from Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Monique Lhuillier among others. Bride & Blossom was so inspired by the wedding attire showcased on the runway and in showrooms that we rounded up our favorite trends for the upcoming seasons.

 

New York Bridal Fashion Week 2018 - Romona Keveza Collection - via Romona Keveza.com

New York Bridal Fashion Week 2018 – Romona Keveza Collection – via Romona Keveza.com

 

Bejeweled Details: Designers showed off glistening gowns with embellishments that varied from strand-of-pearls accents to all over beading. Monique Lhuillier’s vintage take on the trend paired an elegant fit and flare silhouette with a lavish shoulder necklace. Jenny Packham and Naeem Khan offer two versions of the beaded sheath – shimmering elegance and glittery white Goth. These wedding looks are so sparkly on their own, you can think about skipping jewelry.

 

 

Volume: This trend showed billowing ball gowns fit for a fairytale princess. Christian Siriano went for regal glam with an ornamented bodice and layer-upon-layer of tulle. Viktor & Rolf stunned with a multi-layered tulle skirt that looks like a work of art. Oscar de la Renta’s whimsical design paired a sugary spun bottom and top with delicate floral trimming. You may have a hard time getting around in any of these dresses, but at least you’ll look divine doing it.

 

 

Streamline Satin: Amid all the glitter and tulle were simple satin gowns. With the minimalist bride in mind, collections presented looks that proved understated elegance will never go out of style. Lela Rose paired bridal gloves with a silhouette echoing an old Hollywood screen siren. Carolina Herrera’s modern sheath was marked by black straps and drape sleeves. Austin Scarlett presented a relaxed column gown with a hint of side detailing.

 

 

Statement Veils: The bridal veil continues to have a moment. Designers’ treatment of the wedding accessory offered styles for the traditional and fashion-forward. Zuhair Murad’s chapel length design exudes grace and style. Viktor & Rolf re-imagined the elbow veil with striking architectural detail, matching it with a classic ball gown. Galia Lahav’s sparkling cathedral design is what wedding dreams are made of.

 

 

Flutter Sleeves: Delicate, wind-swept sleeves were seen on gowns of every style. Rita Vinieris encapsulated sheer romance with flowing tulle and lace sleeves on a trumpet silhouette. Radiating pure enchantment, Temperley London’s design is perfect for a woodland wedding. Galia Lahav’s design elevated bohemian with stunning floral embellishments.

 

 

Black Accents: For the most part, designers kept this fresh, yet classic look to just a dash of black here and there. Marchesa contrasted a beautifully embroidered gown with a simple black belt. A note of black gives Elizabeth Filmore’s signature lace slipdress an edgy vibe. Kelly Faetanini skipped subtlety for high drama, combining a luxurious black feather skirt with corset top.

 

 

Blue and Pink: And the bride wore something blue. A modern twist on wedding white, designers revealed dresses in soft of blue and pink hues. The opalescence of pearls inspired Theia’s dreamy blush ensemble. Expressing majestic elegance, Reem Acra fashioned a gilded overlay on a hush-of-blue ball gown. Mira Zwillinger’s charming version of the trend combined exquisite floral appliqué with whispering blue.

 

 

Every bride is unique and finding the perfect gown is an important part of her wedding story. We hope this trend guide to Bridal Fashion Week New York Spring 2018 helps you discover a wedding look that best expresses your style and personality.

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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.)

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

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.)

The Palm Court at the Plaza - via The Time Out.com

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 26, 2017

Amandamarie + Donald: Natural Splendor at The Liberty Warehouse

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Amandamarie and Donald Cicero were married on a gorgeous day last June in an outdoor ceremony and enchanting reception at The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

 

Amanda and Donald - Ceremony - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Ceremony – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

Amandamarie was not one of those girls who grew up dreaming about her wedding. Even as a newly engaged young woman, she didn’t have a clear vision. Amandamarie was sure of one thing though – she didn’t want an overly extravagant event. “We are a pretty laid-back couple,” she said, “so we wanted to keep that relaxed, understated style in our wedding, but still have it be beautiful and elegant.”

They met the summer Amandamarie moved back home to Brooklyn after finishing graduate school in Texas. She accepted an invitation from her best friend, Alicia, to stay with her and a couple of college friends in a summerhouse they were renting on the shore. Alicia knew Donald through a circle of friends. Proving that your best friend always knows what’s good for you, she introduced Amandamarie to Donald. Looking back, Amandamarie laughs, “I gave him such a hard time at first! But it didn’t take long for me to give in.”

After being together for a few years, they hit that point in life when it seems like everyone is either getting engaged or married. Still, the idea of marriage never crossed Amandamarie’s mind because they were really happy just being a young couple in love. Donald, however, had been giving the idea a little more thought.

 

Amanda and Donald - Ceremony End - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Ceremony End – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

Amandamarie and Donald celebrated their third anniversary on a weekend getaway in Long Beach Island. After a rainy morning, they packed a cooler of beer and headed down to the beach. There was still a lingering gloom in the air, but they were glad to have the empty beach all to themselves. Once situated, Donald asked Amandamarie to get his phone from the cooler pocket to take a photo. Nearly foiling his plan, she said, “No, let’s just use mine.” She looked down to adjust her sunglasses and Donald saw his opportunity. He quickly grabbed the ring, got down on one knee, and asked Amandamarie to marry him. The proposal took her by complete surprise. She recalls, “When I think back, it was perfect. We met at the beach and got engaged there. It’s our happy place. Water!”

Amandamarie and Donald only looked at one wedding venue. The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn appealed immediately to the couple whose story began near the water. They loved the interior’s exposed brick and original wooden beams, which cast an inviting atmosphere over the space. The breathtaking view overlooking the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty is beyond compare. Further, Amandamarie and Donald live in Brooklyn and had their engagement party at a favorite BBQ joint less than a mile from the venue. Feeling right at home in the area, they knew this was where they wanted to start their new life together. “The Liberty Warehouse is classy and formal without being overdone,” Amandamarie said, “just what we were looking for.”

 

Amanda and Donald - Reception - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Reception – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

Finding a dress came almost as easily as finding a venue. Seven years earlier (way before Donald came into the picture), Amandamarie saw a wedding dress by Inbal Dror on Instagram and bookmarked it for “when the day comes.” But now that the day was actually coming, she was having difficulty finding a local bridal salon that carried the designer. Then, Mark Ingram Atelier announced a trunk show. Amandamarie immediately scheduled an appointment and asked her consultant if they still had THAT dress. Amazingly, they did! Still, she was asked to pick out a few other designs as well. She tried on the Inbal Dror dress last. Right then and there, Amandamarie knew it was the dress she would wear walking down the aisle. She says, “I didn’t want to take it off! I got sized that day. We were in and out in an hour. The lace, the shape, the illusion… I wish I could wear it every day!”

 

 

The ceremony took place outside on the pier under an arch made of white birch branches decorated with hanging flower-filled terrariums. Amandamarie carried a stunning, hand-tied bouquet of deep purple and lavender spray roses with accents of greenery. The bridesmaids wore unique dresses by Adrianna Papell and carried lovely bouquets of cream garden roses.

 

 

When asked about her colors and floral design, Amanda said, “We wanted a rustic, vintage-inspired aesthetic. And I really liked the palette of purple and green mixed with white and beige.” After saying “I do,” the couple led guests inside to the reception where they were greeted with a romantic and whimsical setting. Natural light flooded the space, illuminating table centerpieces and décor that mixed purple roses, peonies, white dahlias, and antique green hydrangea with lush accents of moss, succulents, and ruscus.

 

 

Décor hit a very personal note with the card table. Amanda and Bride & Blossom’s Elianna Phelps were childhood friends. Elianna recalls, “When I saw that an ‘Amandamarie Dimeo’ had contacted us, I knew it had to be my old friend from middle school. It was such a pleasure to reconnect with Amandamarie and help guide her in the making of such an important day. I really enjoyed our creative collaboration on the card table design.” Amandamarie added, “Donald is a NYC firefighter and we thought it would be special to do something with vintage fire ladders. Elianna is to thank for all of that! Her vision was more than I could have ever imagined!” The aged ladders were draped in rich greenery and fresh blooms, creating an impression of a secret garden.

 

Amanda and Donald - Ladder - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Ladder – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

For a bride who had no set ideas going in, Amandamarie’s wedding turned out to be a beautiful affair. Perhaps it was her relaxed approach to planning that made everything seem so easy. She was even thrilled when the event veered a little off script. We asked about her favorite moments from the day. “One of my favorite moments was when my cousin, who is also an NYC firefighter, surprised us by having the FDNY patrol boats that guard the coast drive up to the pier just as we were exchanging vows and spray water. It was incredible!” She continues, “And I will never forget when my Dad saw me dressed for the first time. I could cry just thinking about it.” Amandamarie left us with some advice for the bride-to-be questioning a first look. “My first look with Donny was totally worth it. To anyone out there thinking whether or not to buck tradition, DO IT!

 

Amanda and Donald - Newlywed - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Newlywed – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

Congratulations, Amandamarie and Donald!

Venue: The Liberty Warehouse
Photography: South Eleventh
Wedding Cake: Ample Hills Creamery
Bride’s Gown: Inbal Dror
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie

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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

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

 

No. 1 Brightening Facial Mask

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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 21, 2017

Anna + Matt: Romantic Elegance at The Pierre

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Anna and Matt were married last September in a beautiful ceremony and reception at The Pierre in Manhattan.

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - Bride and Groom - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – Bride and Groom – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

For most, a Phish show is not the first place that comes to mind for meeting your future husband. But a Phish show in Saratoga Springs, NY was exactly where Anna met Matt. She recalls, “We stood next to each other on the lawn during the first evening of a three night show. There were around 30,000 fans there!”

Anna and Matt hit it off immediately that first night, kept in touch, and began dating. They soon learned that in addition to Phish, they both share a love of travel. When asked which of their trips together was her favorite, Anna replied, “Our trip to Thailand, because that was where we got engaged!” She remembers, “We were staying at the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai. I had a sense that Matt was going to ask. One evening, he planned a private dinner for just the two of us in a gazebo overlooking a gorgeous lake that’s on the property. There was a musician and bonfire as well. Matt really went the whole nine yards with everything and was so nervous leading up to it. But then he finally proposed. It was perfect!”

Anna had some idea about the kind of wedding she wanted. But her vision really started to take shape during the planning process, specifically once she had chosen a venue. The Pierre is one of the city’s most iconic symbols of refined elegance. Anna said, “I love The Pierre’s classic charm. It’s such a New York staple. I remember walking by the Hotel as a child and admiring Central Park and the classic New York architecture surrounding it.”

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - Ceremony - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – Ceremony – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

The ceremony took place in the stylish Cotillion Room. An entry lit with a beautiful display of candles welcomed guests as they took their seats. Anna and Matt exchanged their vows under a chuppah draped with ivory fabric, adorned with white Phalaenopsis orchids and a mix of ivory, white, and cream roses. A dusting of white and ivory rose petals lined the aisle. The exotic floral design created an atmosphere that was opulent, yet romantic.

 

 

Anna wore a stunning custom dress by designer Ines Di Santo. She recalls, “The dress was the second of around a hundred dresses that I tried on. I should have just pulled the trigger on the spot!” The exquisite lace detailing and fishtail design of the dress captured Anna’s eye. “I just loved how romantic the dress felt with the lace and the flare.” A dramatic veil, also by Ines Di Santo, flowed behind her as she walked down the aisle. Her blooms complemented the bridal ensemble perfectly. Radiating romance, the teardrop-shaped bouquet mixed white, cream, and pale lavender roses with a dramatic cascade of orchids.

The groom and groomsmen looked dapper in handsome tuxedos by ISAIA.

 

 

After the ceremony, guests were led to the reception in the Grand Ballroom, a space famous for its timeless beauty. They were greeted with an enchanting tablescape bedecked with gorgeous centerpieces illuminated by the soft glow of candlelight. Breathtaking floral arrangements of lavender and white and cream tones swelled from tall crystal and gold vessels. Together, the décor and Grand Ballroom’s luxurious design cast an ambiance of grace and style.

 

 

We asked Anna if she had any favorite moments from the day. “My ketubah was really special. We were in a gorgeous, almost hidden room in the basement of The Pierre. It was as ornate as the rest of the Hotel, but intimately small and without any windows. My closest family and friends were there.” She continues, “Another favorite moment was when Matt sang to me. It was a total surprise.”

The couple made sure that celebrations were fun and a true reflection of their love and personality. “Let’s not forget when our band encored with a Phish song,” Anna said, “and all our friends were on the stage!” It just goes to show that you can take the girl out of the Phish show, but you can’t take the Phish show out of the girl.

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - High Centerpieces - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – High Centerpieces – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

Congratulations, Anna and Matt!

 

Venue: The Pierre
Photography: Brett Matthews Photography
Videography: Fred Marcus
Caterer + Cake: Newman & Leventhal
Bride’s Gown: Ines Di Santo
Groom’s Tuxedo: Isaia
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Beauty: Stacie Ford Weddings/Christopher Marrero
Music: Element Music, Radio Underground
Invitations: Gina by Design

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