Marisa and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Dancing - Gotham Hall - Emma McDonald Weddings

Weddings

Marisa & Josh Celebrate With A Luminous, Candlelit Reception

Marisa and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Dancing - Gotham Hall - Emma McDonald Weddings

Marisa and Josh Wedding – Bride and Groom Dancing – Gotham Hall – Emma McDonald Weddings

After saying ‘I Do,’ newlyweds Marisa and Josh led their guests up to Gotham Hall’s balcony where hors d’oeuvres and drinks were waiting. Marisa remembers how cocktail hour ended up being an unexpected highlight of the evening. “Watching the drama of the room flip from the ceremony to reception from above was so breathtaking. Everyone commented on how exciting it was to see the transformation happen right before their eyes.” Here, she shares the final chapter in her Real BB Wedding story.

Marisa and Josh Wedding - Card Table - Gotham Hall - Emma McDonald Weddings

Marisa and Josh Wedding – Card Table – Gotham Hall – Emma McDonald Weddings


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Marisa and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Portrait - Gotham Hall - Emma McDonald Weddings

Weddings

BB Featured Bride Marisa on Her Romantic Mira Zwillinger Wedding Dress

Marisa and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Portrait - Gotham Hall - Emma McDonald Weddings

Marisa and Josh Wedding – Bride and Groom Portrait – Gotham Hall – Emma McDonald Weddings

Not everyone looks forward to the process of figuring out what they are going to wear down the aisle. “I don’t love playing dress up,” BB Featured Bride Marisa admits. “I actually hated wedding dress shopping.” However, because she stayed true to her understated personal style, Marisa’s experience navigating the deep waters of bridalwear was quick and pain-free. Here, she shares all the details about her breathtakingly romantic Mira Zwillinger dress and wedding day accessories.

Part 2: Wedding Dress and Personals

Before even setting foot in a boutique, Marisa had her eye on Mira Zwillinger, the Tel Aviv based bridal label known for designs that combine ethereal embellishment with modern sensibility. “I saw one of their dresses on Instagram and fell in love with it. From that point on, every dress that I saw and liked ended up being by Mira Zwillinger.”
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Marisa and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Portrait - Gotham Hall - Emma McDonald Weddings

Weddings

Marisa & Josh: A Timeless White Floral + Greenery Affair at Gotham Hall

Marisa and Josh Wedding - Bride and Groom Portrait - Gotham Hall - Emma McDonald Weddings

Marisa and Josh Wedding – Bride and Groom Portrait – Gotham Hall – Emma McDonald Weddings

Marisa and Josh began dating in high school. They decided to stay together after graduation, despite going away to different colleges. Marisa says, “We agreed that as long as our relationship makes sense to us, we will make it work. And Josh and I have been together ever since.” Being in a long-distance relationship helped the couple prepare for the challenges of planning a wedding during a global pandemic. She explains, “Of course postponing due to Covid-19 was heartbreaking because of the waiting and uncertainty. But at the same time, we had been together for ten years, so what was one more year in the grand scheme of everything?”
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Planning & Inspiration

Gorgeous Lucite Wedding Decor Ideas You Have To See To Believe

Lauren & Lou Wedding - Bride Groom Ceremony Structure - Natirar - Pat Furey Photography

Lauren & Lou Wedding – Bride Groom Ceremony Structure – Natirar – Pat Furey Photography

Imagine exchanging vows under a floating arrangement of blossoms with a picturesque countryside backdrop in full view. More and more couples are embracing Lucite and acrylic decor to make wedding daydreams like the one just described come to life. What’s so remarkable about Lucite is how it allures with contradiction – bold yet invisible, modern yet timeless, edgy yet understated. Clear decorative elements make a statement, elevating a space while creating fluidity for the eye to freely gaze. Lucite works with just about any style: add soft florals for a romantic feel; sleek accents create a contemporary vibe; gilded details align with elegance. From the start of your ceremony to when dessert is served, we’ve rounded up gorgeous ideas for incorporating Lucite and acrylic decor into your big day.
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Elana and Greg Wedding - Bridal Portrait Bouquet - Angel Orensanz Foundation - Dave Robbins Photography

Weddings

BB Featured Bride Elana On Her Fashion-Forward Wedding Dress By Viktor & Rolf

Elana and Greg Wedding - Bridal Portrait Bouquet - Angel Orensanz Foundation - Dave Robbins Photography

Elana and Greg Wedding – Bridal Portrait Bouquet – Angel Orensanz Foundation – Dave Robbins Photography

Until you find ‘the one,’ shopping for a wedding dress can feel like you’re treading through a bottomless sea of white satin, lace, and tulle. “I probably tried on about 75 different dresses,” BB Featured Bride Elana admits. “I knew I wanted something I had never seen before, I wanted it to feel timeless, unique, and memorable.” Her eye for fashion-forward aesthetics led Elana to avant-garde designers Viktor & Rolf, whose Mariage collection offers an artistic interpretation of bridalwear. Here, she shares all the details about her ‘say yes to the dress’ moment and wedding day accessories.
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Jewel and Daniel Wedding - Brides Bouquet - Stone Mill New York Botanical Garden - Josh Mccullock

Planning & Inspiration

Why Choosing Your Wedding Flowers Early Is Important (And 7 Things You Should Know Before Meeting Your Florist)

Jewel and Daniel Wedding - Brides Bouquet - Stone Mill New York Botanical Garden - Josh Mccullock

Jewel and Daniel Wedding – Brides Bouquet – Stone Mill New York Botanical Garden – Josh Mccullock

If you are in the midst of planning a wedding, chances are you have put together a To-Do list laying out in detail all that needs to get done before the big event. To-Do lists help organize, prioritize, and track progress. However, when faced with a huge project, we often leave the hardest tasks to the last minute. Doing the easiest, least-time consuming things first gives a sense of accomplishment – until it doesn’t. Dread of what’s to come mounts, becoming heavier as the weeks go by.
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