April 22, 2018

Bride & Blossom Venue Spotlight: Battery Gardens

Kate & Alex Wedding – Battery Gardens – couple – orange, peach bouquet – by Susan Shek Photography


When it comes to choosing where to get married in New York City, each couple is different from the next. Some couples want a venue with a view while others want one that is rich in history and tradition. Access to a picturesque backdrop for taking photos is always a plus. And let’s not forget about cuisine. A guest’s wedding experience is always shaped by the food that is served.

Located at the Southern most corner of Manhattan’s Battery Park, Battery Gardens offers all of these things and more to the couple looking for their perfect wedding venue. New York City’s history began in Battery Park when Dutch Settlers landed there in 1683. Today, it is a 25-acre public park exuding a tranquil beauty that makes visitors completely forget they are actually in bustling metropolis. Nestled within this urban oasis, Battery Gardens has stunning indoor and outdoor spaces that accommodate the wedding from the start of the ceremony to the end of the reception. Esteemed veteran chef Ari Nieminen heads the kitchen, which offers delectable menus designed to meet the highest culinary tastes. And breathtaking vistas of New York Harbor are ever-present through out the wedding festivities.
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April 13, 2018

Interview with Marcus Mordachini of Fusion Productions

From ceremonial structures, centerpieces, and linens to entertainment and cuisine, there are so many aspects that go into planning a beautiful wedding. All of these features are lost without amazing lighting. Lighting can be used to completely transform the look and feel of a venue, creating a breathtaking setting where memories that last a lifetime are made.


Image Courtesy of Fusion Productions


Marcus Mordachini founded his company, Fusion Productions, in 1997. For the past 20 years, he has been making couples’ wedding wishes come true through innovative techniques in lighting and event design. We had the pleasure of talking with Marcus about how he got started in the industry, what it is like to work in New York City’s top wedding venues, and the latest trends and technologies couples are using to illuminate their special day.
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February 21, 2018

Bride & Blossom Featured Bride Aerin Says “I Do” at Holy Trinity Cathedral

The Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony is expressed through customs symbolizing the sacrament of marriage. Aerin and Steven chose one of New York’s most beautiful churches to exchange vows. This week, we take a look at how the couple blended modern details with tradition on their wedding day.


Aerin and Steven Wedding – Bride Groom Ceremony – Holy Trinity Cathedral Manhattan – Susan Shek Photography


Part 3: Ceremony

“I loved having our ceremony in a church. Holy Trinity Cathedral is the church that we attend regularly and our priest married us. Everything felt very close and personal,” recalls Aerin.

Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Holy Trinity Cathedral was the first Greek Orthodox Church to be established in New York City in 1891. The Romanesque Revival exterior opens up to a breathtaking space that evokes the look and feel of an exquisite box of jewels. The interior is adorned with Byzantine mosaics, stained glass imported from Italy, and a striking gilded dome over the altar.
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February 14, 2018

Bride & Blossom Featured Bride Aerin On Her Pronovias Wedding Dress and Personal Touches

In planning her own wedding, Bride & Blossom Featured Bride Aerin made sure that every element was personal and full of meaning. This week, Aerin spoke to us about finding her perfect wedding gown and how she incorporated family heirlooms into her wedding day.

Aerin and Steven Wedding – Bride Bouquet – 26 Bridge Brooklyn – Susan Shek Photography


Part 2: Wedding Dress & Personals

 Many brides-to-be approach the topic of wedding dresses with apprehension, knowing that the process can take weeks, even months in some cases. When asked about her experience, Aerin said, “ I was enjoying planning for my wedding so much that when it came time to find a dress, I was beyond ecstatic.” Early in her search, she came across a Pronovias dress in a bridal magazine. “My heart was set on it,” she recalls.” With fingers crossed, Aerin made an appointment with the designer’s flagship store in Manhattan to try the dress on in person. She remembers that special moment of looking in the mirror, “The dress fit effortlessly and I felt like it was meant to be.” Made of crepe and tulle fabric, the breathtaking Pronovias design features exquisite gemstone embellishment along the back trailed by a sweeping skirt.
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February 7, 2018

Aerin & Steven: Modern Elegance at 26 Bridge in DUMBO, Brooklyn

We are excited to introduce Aerin, our Bride & Blossom featured bride for February! On an early summer day, Aerin and Steven exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony at Holy Trinity Cathedral followed by a stylish reception at 26 Bridge in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. Aerin did double-duty as both bride and planner. Here, she shares the first part of their love story.


Aerin and Steven Wedding – Bride and Groom – 26 Bridge Brooklyn – Susan Shek Photography


Part 1: Proposal & Planning

Aerin and Steven share a passion for traveling to new places steeped with history and culture. Québec City was at the top of their must-travel list and the couple finally made the journey for a romantic winter weekend. Aerin recalls, “It was February, so we expected it to be cold. But Canada-cold is definitely a different kind of cold. The temperatures dropped to -40 degrees with the wind chill!”
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December 19, 2017

Gorgeous Decor Ideas for Your Winter Wedding

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. for weddings. We love working with our winter brides to create a day that is beautiful and captures the magic of the season. From the breathtaking snowfalls to playful embellishments to color palettes that range from whispery white and silver to rich berry tones, inspiration can be found everywhere you look!

Here’s a round up of gorgeous decor ideas for your winter wedding that won’t leave guests feeling like they are trapped inside a souvenir snow globe.

Ceremony: Make It A Walk to Remember
When it comes to planning your ceremony, draw from winter’s natural beauty for aisle and alter decorations, lighting, and accent details.
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Categories: Blog, Floral Arrangements and Decor Advice