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June 7, 2017

Ideas for Creative New York City Wedding Photos

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When it comes to wedding photos, the bride planning her nuptials in New York City has much to look forward to. From the iconic architecture, breathtaking skyline views, and buzzing street scenes to the lush public parks, the city is a boundless source of visual stimulation. An amazing photo opportunity can be found just about everywhere you look. Here are 6 inspiring ideas for capturing creative and unique New York City wedding photos.

New York City Skyline Backdrop: Towing skyscrapers and monumental bridges mark the city’s famous skyline. There’s no better way to remember your New York City wedding than using a stunning view of Downtown Manhattan or the Brooklyn Bridge as a photo backdrop. Get a shot of you and your husband-to-be taking in the city’s alluring magic, or round up the girls for a dreamy sunset picture.

 

 

Crosswalk Photo: The crosswalk has been a favorite photo op ever since the Beatles were photographed crossing Abbey Road. NYC is peppered with crosswalks, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding the perfect one to use for your wedding photos. This is a way to get a fun, candid shot of your entire wedding party. We also love to see couples using the idea to capture a timeless, tender moment together.

 

 

Just the Two of You on a Rooftop: For an unforgettable picture, grab your love by the hand and head to the nearest rooftop. Granting access to amazing views, the rooftop offers a beautiful and intimate location for a couple to be alone. You’ll be able to look back at that instant when it felt like you had the city all to yourselves.

 

 

Urban Garden Bride: New York City is not a total concrete jungle. In fact, many couples choose to get married at the New York Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden, natural sanctuaries scattered though out the city. These grounds are ripe with lush foliage and gorgeous blossoms. And nothing is more lovely than seeing a bride with bouquet in hand reflecting on her special day amidst an enchanted garden setting.

 

 

The Only In New York City Snapshot: New York City is home to a myriad of sights that can’t be found anywhere else. And you don’t have to walk very far before a cool mural or colorful food truck catches your eye. These lively street scenes double as offbeat backdrops that offer the bride and groom a chance to loosen up and be playful during the photo session.

 

 

Central Park: With its rolling fields, meandering paths, and abundant foliage, Central Park has owned the hearts and imaginations of New Yorkers since opening to the public in 1858. Central Park radiates a timeless charm that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. So it comes as no surprise that couples schedule wedding photography sessions there. Don’t worry though. The location is so romantic that you’ll have no problem getting images that are unique and a genuine reflection of your love and excitement. For the most picturesque scenes, head to Gapstow Bridge or the park’s numerous tunnels and ponds.

 

 

Wedding photos are cherished mementos of one of the most important days in a woman’s life. The New York City bride is particularly lucky. With access to one of the most stunning cityscapes in the world, she can look forward to treasuring an album filled with unique and creative photos of her NYC wedding.

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June 1, 2017

8 Groomsmen Gift Ideas That Are Unique And Practical

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Just like your bridesmaids, the men in your wedding party deserve a gift of appreciation for their hard work and support. Now, we don’t mean to underestimate your future husband, but there is a good chance he will need a little help finding something for his best buddies. You have enough on your plate as it is. The last thing you need is another item added to the to-do list. To lessen your load, we put together this idea guide for unique and practical groomsmen gifts.

 

Groomsmen - Alyson & Gary - The Estate at East Wind - Kate Neal Photography

Groomsmen – Alyson & Gary – The Estate at East Wind – Kate Neal Photography

 

Weekender Bag: When it comes to gifts, sometimes practicality wins out, and you can’t go wrong with a weekender bag. This bag from J. Crew is made of waterproof-repellent nylon and has eight pockets to organize travel essentials like toiletries and electronics. It makes packing for a weekend trip quick and easy. Available for $178 from JCrew.com.

 

Weekender Bag - Harwick Weekender Bag - J.Crew - via J Crew.com

Weekender Bag – Harwick Weekender Bag – J.Crew – via J Crew.com

 

Shaving Kit: Because guys like to indulge in a little pampering every now and then. The Art of Shaving New York offers an amazing line of products that set the standard for men’s grooming. This shaving kit includes sandalwood pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm, and a luxe shaving brush. After using this kit, going back to drugstore shave gel is out of the question! Available for $95 at theartofshaving.com.

 

Shaving Kit - Sandalwood Full Size Kit - via The Art of Shaving.com

Shaving Kit – Sandalwood Full Size Kit – via The Art of Shaving.com

 

Van Brunt Stillhouse Whiskey: A nice bottle of booze always makes a great gift, no matter the occasion. How about giving your groomsmen locally-made whiskey? Located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, The Van Brunt Stillhouse uses wheat, rye, and corn sourced directly from upstate New York farmers. In addition to whiskey, the distillery makes rum, grappa, and moonshine. Van Brunt Stillhouse American Whiskey is available at various liquor stores in NYC for around $36.

 

Stillhouse Whiskey - via Van Brunt Stillhouse.com

Stillhouse Whiskey – via Van Brunt Stillhouse.com

 

Travel Kit: There’s nothing more aggravating than not being able to find your contact solution after a long flight. Organization is key to a pleasant travel experience. The Chapter travel kit from Herschel guarantees toiletries are safely packed and easy to find. Available for $29.99 from HerschelSupply.com.

 

Chapter Travel Kit - Travel Kit - via Herschel Supply.com

Chapter Travel Kit – Travel Kit – via Herschel Supply.com

 

Sunglasses: Sunglasses are another practical, yet thoughtful gift for the men in your wedding. And nothing is cooler than the Original Wayfarer Classic from Ray-Ban. These iconic style frames look great on everyone. On the day of your wedding, have all the groomsmen wear their shades for a fun and memorable photo. Available for $150 from ray-ban.com.

 

Sunglasses - Original Wayfarer Classic - via RayBan.com

Sunglasses – Original Wayfarer Classic – via RayBan.com

 

Bottle Opener Key Chain: The bottle opener key chain is a handy invention that combines two of life’s essential items. And we love how this one from the Philadelphia-based studio Design Unsanctioned looks like a stylish accessory. It is handmade, combining brushed brass, premium quality walnut wood, and top-grain leather. Available for $28 from Design Unsanctioned on Etsy.

 

Key Chain Bottle Opener - Design Unsanctioned Etsy Shop - via Etsy.com

Key Chain Bottle Opener – Design Unsanctioned Etsy Shop – via Etsy.com

 

Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers: Here’s the ideal gift for the friends who are bonded by a love of golf and dark spirits. No doubt your husband-to-be and his groomsmen are taking their wedding planning duties seriously by getting in a few rounds in preparation for the big day. Now, they can look forward to ending an afternoon on the green with a glass of perfectly chilled whiskey. Available for $24.50 from uncommongoods.com.

 

Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers - via Uncommon Goods.com

Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers – via Uncommon Goods.com

 

Cufflinks: You’re totally OK with the fact that your fiancé is called a nerd from time to time. In fact, you find his nerdy qualities to be the most endearing. And it’s no surprise that whenever he and his old buddies get together, they end up marathon-watching Star Wars. This groomsmen party will love the Millennium Falcon Blue Print Cufflinks. Let them have this and you could be saving yourself from having to watch a light saber battle during the reception. Available for $65 at Cufflinks.com.

 

Millennium Falcon Blueprint Cufflinks - via Cufflinks.com

Millennium Falcon Blueprint Cufflinks – via Cufflinks.com

 

You’ve known most of the guys in your wedding party for a while now. They’ve been with your fiancé through thick and thin. Use this idea guide and you should have no problem finding them a unique and practical groomsmen gift.

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May 24, 2017

6 Signature Cocktails Perfect For A Summer Wedding

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After months of planning, you are taking care of the final details for your summer wedding. Admittedly, you’re tired, but still have to pin down the drink menu. Now is not the time to skimp though. Having a refreshing signature cocktail for guests to sip on is especially important during the hottest season of the year. When choosing a custom libation, first consider which type of alcohol and flavors you and your husband-to-be like best. And to add a special personal touch to your drink, we suggest matching it with your wedding colors!

 

Oregon Summer Camp Wedding - Leslie and Christopher - Floral Cocktails - via 100 Layer Cake.com

Oregon Summer Camp Wedding – Leslie and Christopher – Floral Cocktails – via 100 Layer Cake.com

 

For the bride in need of inspiration, here are five signature cocktails to serve at your summer wedding.

Coconut Margarita: We can’t think of another more appropriate drink for a beachside reception than the coconut margarita. Crisp and delicious, this version calls for coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, coconut water, and fresh lime wedges as garnish. The drink’s creamy hue and green accent are a perfect complement to a summer white wedding. Get the complete Coconut Margarita recipe here.

 

 

Limoncello Prosecco Cocktail Float: This simple, seasonal drink calls for just two ingredients – limoncello and Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine that is most welcome once the temps start to rise. Adding to the celebrations, the cocktail’s cheerful hue looks lovely with a wedding color combo of yellow, green, and shimmering gray. Get the complete Limoncello Prosecco Cocktail Float recipe here.

 

 

Paloma Italiana: Grapefruit is a thirst-quenching flavor that looks gorgeous in a cocktail. And the orange-citrusy color pairs beautifully with a peach-based wedding palette. A flavorful twist on the classic Mexican beverage, the Paloma Italiana mixes tequila, Campari citrus juices, agave nectar, and a grapefruit twist for garnish. Click here for the complete Paloma Italiana recipe.

 

 

The Wild Berry Smash: Berry season peaks between mid-June and early July. If your wedding falls on these dates, take advantage of summer’s favorite fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries by incorporating them into your signature cocktail. To make the Wild Berry Smash, you’ll need berries, lemon, and Belvedere Wild Berry Vodka. This drink not only tastes incredible, but is also a festive expression of summer’s natural beauty. Get the complete Wild Berry Smash recipe here.

 

 

Pink Fizz: Shades of vibrant pink and coral are perfect for the bride who wants to evoke a light and whimsical atmosphere on her wedding day. Capture the joyous mood with the Pink Fizz, a cool cocktail made with vodka, simple syrup, crushed ice, champagne, and mint leaves as a garnish. Complete your wedding décor with accents of gold and green. Click here for the complete Pink Fizz recipe.

 

 

Lavender Lemonade Mojito: Lavender is a fragrant herb that adds wonderful flavor to food and drink recipes. And it’s the key ingredient for the lavender lemonade mojito, a great cocktail to match wedding décor rich with romantic purple tones. What makes this drink so unique is the pleasant pairing of herbal and citrus flavors. The ingredient list includes freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, water, light rum, and lavender simple syrup. Get the complete Lavender Lemonade Mojito recipe here.

 

 

You never thought you’d see the day when all the ideas for your dream wedding would finally come together. Choosing your signature cocktail shouldn’t be hard now. For inspiration, just let your wedding colors and the effervescent mood of summer be your guide.

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May 19, 2017

Creative Ideas for Wedding Floral Décor

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 We love taking wedding floral design to new and beautiful heights. While traditional wedding bouquets and centerpieces receive the most attention, there are numerous creative ways to display flowers. Highlighting blooms that are unique and totally unexpected is not only stunning, but it also brings personality and style to the ceremony and reception. For the bride who wants to make a statement, here are five creative ideas for wedding floral décor.

Suspended Blooms

To create a total atmospheric setting, hang flowers from the ceiling. The impression is similar to an art installation and will completely transform the look and feel of your venue space. A neat, rectangular arrangement of upside blooms looks chic and modern. An artful hanging display gives the appearance of a magnificent floral chandelier, while staggering blooms overhead casts an air of romantic enchantment.

 

 

Flower Walls

Imagine exchanging vows in front of a gorgeous wall of blossoms? A flower wall is a wonderful way to create an eye-catching focal point and can be placed anywhere you want to draw attention such as the sweetheart table or cake and dessert buffet. And once the festivities really get started, the wall can be used as a backdrop for memorable wedding photos and candid selfies. 

 

 

Floral Trimmed Staircase

Make the most of a venue with a grand staircase by decorating it with exquisite floral trimming. Depending on your style, decor can be a full expression of flowers such as romantic roses or more natural with greenery accents. A blooming stairway is not only a lovely gesture of welcome for guests; it also acts as a charming backdrop for wedding photos.

 

 

Chuppah

In a Jewish wedding ceremony, the bride and groom are married under a chuppah, a canopy that symbolizes the couple’s future home where they will live together as husband and wife. There are no formal requirements for the structure, which allows the bride to be creative when it comes to design and ornamentation. Used in both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, the chuppah is a ceremonial focal point which is often adorned with gorgeous floral arrangements, greenery, and sumptuous fabric. 

 

 

Wedding Arch

Today, more and more brides are using an arch or canopy as a decorative feature in weddings, no matter their faith. Just like in the Jewish wedding, an arch creates a ceremonial space for the bride and groom who are about to start their married life together. When it comes to decoration, arches range from simple structures made of light fabric and a few leaves and flowers to elaborate canopies adorned with colorful blossoms, foliage, and branches.

 

 

Floral Seating Accents

A great way to make sure there is a continuous flow throughout your wedding decor is to include floral accents on chairs. Affixing flower arrangements on the seating closest to the aisle creates a striking walkway during the ceremony. Make guests feel extra special by ornamenting dinner and reception chairs with blooms and satin ribbon. As the most important seats in the house, the bride and groom’s chairs can be personalized and embellished with lush flowers and foliage.

 

 

The bouquet and centerpiece will always be the mainstay for wedding floral décor. But for a truly meaningful and unique declaration of love and sentiment, think beyond what you typically see at weddings. We hope these creative ideas for floral design and decor give you the inspiration needed to plan and fashion the wedding of your dreams.

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May 16, 2017

Perfect Perfume Scents for Summer Brides

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Here at Bride and Blossom, we love all weddings, but to us, summer weddings are especially magical! The summer foliage is lush and in bloom, creating a gorgeous backdrop for a stunning New York bride. As this season is utterly romantic, summer weddings are full of their own perfume indeed, yet also has inspired the perfumista in us all!

 

Bride Spraying Perfume - Paula OHara Photography - One Fab Day - via Something Turquoise.com

Bride Spraying Perfume – Paula OHara Photography – One Fab Day – via Something Turquoise.com

 

The olfactive sense, which is our ability to recognize scents, is the first sense we develop and acts as a gateway to memories. We often remember the surrounding scents in the air when recalling far-off memories from long ago. The scent of freshly cut grass, warm cookies from the oven, or cobblestones glistening and wet from a spring rain.

Perfume impregnates our memories much the same way. You’ve probably heard of the concept of having a “signature scent,” perfume that heralds your presence, is associated with you, and becomes part of your identity. This is a lovely idea for everyday, but in the same vein that you wouldn’t wear your favorite work outfit to get married, why would you wear the same perfume that you wear every day for your wedding?

Choosing a special scent for your wedding elevates your overall experience and gives you and your soon–to-be spouse a full sensory feast that you can recall with a quick spritz anytime you wish. Immediately, frilly florals come to mind for a blushing bride, but depending on your setting and venue, you may opt for something a bit more like the scented equivalent of a little black dress like this perfume from bridal designer, Reem Acra.

 

Reem Acra Eau de Perfum - Eponymous Perfume - via Bridal Guide.com

Reem Acra Eau de Perfum – Eponymous Perfume – via Bridal Guide.com

 

With so many fragrances to choose from and different bridal styles to match them with, we met with a few NY based experts for their suggestions. Luxury fragrance brands Diptyque and Acqua di Parma give us their advice on the best pairings for some of our favorite New York wedding venues.

We spoke to Brian Kurtz, Director of Sales for North America for Acqua di Parma. The venerable Italian niche perfume brand has been a luxury beacon for fragrance lovers across the globe since 1916. We spoke to Mr. Kurtz for his pairing with the iconic venue, The New York Public Library.

 

Rosa Nobile - Eau de Parfum - Acqua Di Parma - via Acqua Di Parma.com

Rosa Nobile – Eau de Parfum – Acqua Di Parma – via Acqua Di Parma.com

 

Mr. Kurtz: “For the New York Public Library we chose to pair naturally elegant Rosa Nobile from Acqua di Parma. It is a perfect match for the classic beauty of this majestic venue.”

Rosa Nobile pays tribute to the Queen of flowers from noble gardens surrounding Italian palaces.  Faithful to its roots, Acqua di Parma chose a strictly Italian version of the Rosa Centifolia that comes from a limited, organic cultivation: a small rose garden in the historic Northern Italian city of Alba. “ 

B&B: Why is Rose Nobile a perfect scent to wear on your wedding day?

Mr. Kurtz: “Rosa Nobile is an exceedingly romantic and intimately aristocratic fragrance.”

We love the idea of feeling like a Queen on your wedding a day and being surrounded by a cloud of soft roses! And if roses aren’t your favorite bloom, the brand has an entire garden of flowers for you to choose from as well! Here is their Nobile Garden collection, which includes Magnolia, Jasmine, and Peony scents.

 

 

The Parisian luxury brand, Diptyque,  is the ultimate in sophisticated and unique French niche perfumes. We spoke with the intimate boutique, located at 242 Mott Street in New York’s Nolita neighborhood, to see which of the French brand’s perfumes would be best paired with the romantic New York Botanical Gardens. Mr. Tangi Bourbon-Gallou, Store Manager, gave us more insight on the best scents.

 

Olene - Floral Inspired Perfume - Diptyque Paris - via Diptyque Paris.com

Olene – Floral Inspired Perfume – Diptyque Paris – via Diptyque Paris.com

 

Mr. Bourbon-Gallou: “Ofrésia is a delicate light floral perfume and is reminiscent of morning freshness of a Botanical Garden. It is pristine white Freesia steeped in vibrant black pepper.”

B&B: Many brides have a gown for the ceremony and then something more fun and daring for the reception. Would you suggest a change in fragrances, as well?

Mr. Bourbon-Gallou: “If Ofrésia is the fragrance of your wedding day, Olene would be the one for your wedding night. Olene is a sumptuous bouquet of white flowers such as narcissus, jasmine and honeysuckle.

Olene is for the soft summer night under a pergola where you will spend an hour or two remembering the most beautiful and unique day of your life.”

B&B: Why is Diptyque a perfect brand to wear on your wedding day?

Mr. Bourbon-Gallou: “Diptyque Fragrances are meaningful, are infused with emotions and have a story. Ofrésia, for example, is a stroll in the Normandy garden of two of the Diptyque founders.”

How chic to be scented like a Parisian bouquet while saying your vows amongst the flowering landscape of the Botanical Gardens!

Whichever the venue for your wedding day, be sure to take time to consider your perfume. Scent sears itself into your memory and a special perfume chosen for your wedding, much like the gown you will wear, will be an unforgettable souvenir for you to savor. Unlike your gown, though, you’ll be able to wear it again and again to bring back memories of that moment for years to come!


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May 9, 2017

5 Wedding Color Combinations for Fall 2017

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When it comes to planning for your wedding, you can never start too early. And choosing your wedding colors is one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make. Once you have a scheme picked out, elements such as floral design, bridesmaids’ dresses, and cake decoration just fall into place. While we believe a bride doesn’t have to follow any set of rules when choosing the style and aesthetic for one of the most important days of her life, the season usually has some influence on wedding colors. And fall is a season that comes to life with lush jewel tones and warm earthy hues. For the bride planning her nuptials for Fall 2017, here are 5 inspiring color combinations perfect for an autumnal wedding.

 

5 Autumn Sunset - Bright - Fall - Wedding - Color Palette - via Chic Vintage Brides.com

5 Autumn Sunset – Bright – Fall Wedding – Color Palette – via Chic Vintage Brides.com

 

Lilac, Berry, and Blush: A soft blend of purple and pink adds a hint of feminine enchantment to an autumnal wedding. Floral arrangements of roses, ranunculus, and lush greenery radiate organic splendor. Enhance nature-inspired décor with glittery details. A berry hued cake becomes a decadent dessert with gold ribbon and leaf decoration. Embroidered beading on a whisper-of-pink bridesmaid dress and sparkling accessories evokes garden glamour.

 

 

Canary, Tangerine, Magenta, and Wine: A medley of vivid hues like canary, tangerine, magenta, and wine create a wedding color scheme that is vivid and joyful. With plenty of flowers available in this palette, Gerber daisies make for a cheerful impression. For fashion, bridesmaid dresses of burgundy or a close shade of deep purple are universally flattering. Opt for a suit in navy blue, which works as a nice contrast to the bolder tones. And we love the idea of having desserts that are as spirited and playful as the colors.

 

 

Ivory, frost, and silver: Wedding white is always in style no matter what the season. A palette of ivory, frost, and silver defines romantic elegance. Set the tablescape in white blooms, vintage silver servingware, crystal blue wine glasses, and taper candles to create an ambiance of timeless beauty. From the bridesmaid dresses to the wedding cake, use silver as a unifying decorative detail throughout your fashion and décor.

 

 

Peach, Pink, and Orange: Are you having difficulty choosing between bright colors or warmer hues because your wedding falls during a transitional month like September? Why not embrace the turn-of-season colors with a unique mix of peach, pink, and orange? To soften the punchy hues, embellish wedding essentials like invitations, bouquets, and the cake with gold accents. When it comes to attire and jewelry, delicate gold pieces look lovely with bridesmaid dresses in light coral.

 

 

Gold and Cranberry: For a warm, luxurious color scheme, gold and cranberry are a perfect match. Ideal floral arrangements include Mokara orchids, marigolds, roses, and chrysanthemums with accents of antique green hydrangea. Make your official announcement with a classic invitation marked with gilded script. For the reception, ornaments such as dark tone vases, candles, and luxe linens are not only striking, but also radiate a lavish atmosphere.

 

 

Fall is a wonderful time to plan a wedding for many reasons. It symbolizes a time of change, balance, and letting go. Fall is not only rich in color but also feeling and versatility. And for the autumn bride, the season offers a myriad of inspirations when it comes to choosing her wedding color scheme.

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