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Great news: Brides is partnering up with The Cream—a really cool wedding fair that's coming to the east coast next week—and we have a way for you to score discount tickets! Simply enter the discount code 'BRIDES' at checkout to save $5 off the cost of a full price ticket.
Carefully curated by the ladies at the L.A.-based event-planning firm Bash, Please, The Cream event will be held in Manhattan on August 14 at Center 548 in Chelsea. If you're a bride-to-be in search of fresh, inspired ideas for your wedding, then you've got to come check out the cool crop of vendors: stationer Paper + Cup, Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, florist Peartree Flowers, and more. Plus, you can meet the editors behind Brides magazine—our staffers will be there to meet, greet, and chat with you about your wedding, so definitely come by and say hello!
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In need of a runway-worthy rehearsal dinner look, for a not-so-runway price? Get yourself to the Marchesa sample sale in NYC, with cocktail dresses and evening gowns starting at just $100!
We're serious about not dallying, though: this massive sale ends today at 4. Hustle down to 601 West 26 Street to snap up the perfect fun, flirty frock for your upcoming rehearsal dinner or bachelorette party. And if your look needs accessorizing, this sale will cover that, too: satin evening bags start at just $195 (which is a bargain, for Marchesa).
Click here to browse Marchesa Wedding gowns in our wedding dress gallery.
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The Aisle New York, an online designer sale site, is hosting a two-day pop-up shop starting tomorrow. Wedding gowns by the likes of Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, Angel Sanchez, and Elizabeth Fillmore will be sold at up to 75 percent off the original price. Yep, you read that right. Click the jump for details. —Stephanie Davila
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Photos: Daniel J Photography
Larke and Jon hosted their intimate candlelit wedding at the Raritan Inn at Middle Valley, where a horse and carriage transported the couple and their guests from the ceremony to the reception held in a barn on the inn's property.
"We wanted it to feel as if the party was set in a clearing in the woods," says Larke. The barn was decorated with grapevines interwoven with twinkle lights and arrangements of dogwood and cherry blossoms. Dinner featured an assortment of dishes prepared with organic, locally sourced ingredients, including poached salmon with cucumbers, apricot-glazed ham, and fare from a create-your-own-pasta station.
Follow the jump to see more from Larke and Jon's wedding, visit our Real Weddings page to find other great style ideas, and search our revamped local listings to find wedding vendors near you.
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Photos: Orchard Cove Photography
Carolyn and Jamie originally wanted to throw a garden wedding, but their concern about the possibility of rain led them to indoor venues like the New Haven Lawn Club. "Once I saw the ballroom, I was sold," says Carolyn, who wore a Melissa Sweet gown from The White Dress by the Shore. Lighting was key. "The ballroom shades were drawn for the processional, then raised before I walked in," says Carolyn. The couple wed by the fireplace—which had been decorated by their florist, Dragonfly Event.
Follow the jump to see more from Carolyn and Jamie's wedding, and visit our Real Weddings page to find other great style ideas.
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Photos: Robert Sukrachand
Sarah and Joe decided to wed at the bride's family's home in Southbury. "We knew we'd never find anywhere more beautiful, and because Joe and I have been together for so long, we both have a history with the place," says Sarah. The pair wanted their wedding details to celebrate the setting and the season, including fall foliage-themed invitations by Thoughtful Day and an outdoor ceremony decorated with bales of hay, pumpkins, gourds, and falling autumn leaves.
Follow the jump to see more from Sarah and Joe's wedding, and visit our Real Weddings page to find other great style ideas.
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Photos: Gulnara Studio
Spencer, a floral designer and event stylist, designed many of the wedding details herself, including the chuppah (which she and her matron of honor crafted from a bed canopy), the escort cards displayed on an easel, her hair accessory fashioned from a piece of lace from her mom's wedding gown, and the invitations, which she letterpressed herself at The Arm. "Shane referred to our wedding style as 'old timey'—basically an amalgam of different historical moments in New York," says Spencer, who also created the floral designs with help from her friend and fellow florist Elaina Pennola. The bride wore a Melissa Sweet gown and carried a bouquet of garden roses, nerine lilies, and ranunculeses.
Follow the jump to see more from Shane and Spencer's wedding, and visit our Real Weddings page to find other great style ideas.
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Photos: Courtesy of C. Wonder
Hey there, New Yorkers. Next time you're in SoHo for a round of shopping, swing by C. Wonder, the 5,000-square-foot home décor and gifts retailer recently opened by Christopher Burch. (As in the ex-husband of Tory, queen of preppy ballet flats.) I stopped in this week and instantly fell for the store's "more is more" approach (think: bright neon-striped walls and graphic geometric-patterned rugs—fabulous). With most items priced around $40, C. Wonder is a great one-stop-shopping destination for stylish bridesmaids gifts. My favorites are featured above: The nylon cosmetic pouches (top left), $38, are perfect for your jet-setting girlfriends; those gal pals who love hosting brunch will appreciate the ikat-patterned dinnerware (bottom left), $38 for a four-piece set; and the charms (right), $15, would make, well, a charming gift for any jewelry addict. Many of the items in the shop are monogram-able, in case you're searching for a customizable gift for each bridesmaid. Not in NYC? Not a problem—C. Wonder will expand to an online shop in November. —Rosie Purdy
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"Peter and I wanted a rustic, modern wedding," says Ariele, "so we used really clean, simple colors and counted on the beautiful setting to do the rest." The outdoor ceremony was held in front of a restored barn at the Crossed Keys Inn. Ariele walked down the aisle to "Night and Day," performed by a guitarist with Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. The ceremony was officiated by the couple's mutual friend Reid, who first introduced them.
"We also asked a few friends and family members to write blessings for us that the bridal party read aloud, and my cousin recited a poem," says Ariele. "Needless to say, the ceremony was a joyful sobfest." To see all of Ariele and Peter's wedding details, check out their full slideshow, and visit our Real Weddings page for more great ideas.
Photos: Di Bezi Photography
Lisa and Chris met through work, but Lisa admits that for the first year of their relationship, she considered them just friends. "I actually tried to suggest girls Chris should date, but he was persistent," she says. "Eventually I fell head over heels for him!" The couple decided to host their wedding at Skylight One Hanson, a historic building that was formerly the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. "We live in Brooklyn, so we wanted a unique setting that honored the borough," says the bride.
Lisa carried a bouquet of peonies, Juliet garden roses, and feathers. She wore an Amsale gown from the Wedding Salon of Manhasset. Her attendants included three bridesmaids, who wore Jim Hjelm gowns, and her brother, who served as man of honor.
After the ceremony, the couple's guests enjoyed cocktail hour, which took place in the main hall, in the side sections that once housed tellers. Guests enjoyed Champagne mojitos and passed hors d'oeuvres such as Baja fish tacos and truffl ed prosciutto popovers. All catering was provided by Abigail Kirsch Catering. To see all of Lisa and Chris' wedding details, check out their full slideshow, and visit our Real Weddings page for more great ideas.
Sugar junkies will be keen on this alternative bachelorette party idea: Mia Chef Gelateria, a stylish gelato cafe in New York City's Kips Bay neighborhood, offers two-hour gelato-making workshops in their professional kitchen. You and your pals will learn the centuries-old art of making four different flavors of the creamy Italian dessert. (Mia is known for their inventive gelato flavors, like chocolate whiskey, figs-and-tequila, and lemon-raspberry cheesecake.) At the end of the course, everyone gets to take home four pints of the sweet stuff—one of each flavor you've made. Mia Chef Gelateria Academy can accommodate groups of up to ten, and group discounts are given (classes are regularly $120 per person). For more information on booking, visit gelatomia.com or call 212-889-8727. —Lauren Matthews
In the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Brides New York, we announced the winners of our first-ever Editor's Choice Awards.
It's a way for the editorial staff and me to officially recognize the amazing, forward-thinking, art-creating, call-returning, trend-making wedding vendors who inspire and delight us every time we craft an issue of our magazine. And, most importantly, we're excited to share this winning list with all of you—it's a great place to start assembling your dream team. —Julie Raimondi
See the full list of winners after the jump.
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Photos: Millie B Photography
Amy and Mike grew up together—he's the brother of a close friend of Amy's sister—but didn't start dating until they reconnected four years ago. The ceremony was held at the historic Titusville United Methodist Church. Throughout the day, Amy and Mike rode in a 1931 Cadillac owned and driven by a friend. "It just so happened that he'd chosen a light green paint for the car, which perfectly matched our color scheme," says Amy. "It was spectacular!" The reception was held in the garden pavilion at the Chauncey Conference Center, in Princeton. "I was envisioning a French country feel, and the venue fit what I was looking for," says Amy. Each table was lettered instead of numbered—all together, the letters spelled out the couple's last name. For centerpieces, hydrangeas, roses, and berries filled wooden boxes created by the bride's grandfather and painted by the bride's mother. To see all of Amy and Michael's wedding details, check out their full slideshow, and visit our Real Weddings page for more great ideas.
Photos: Carlos Andres Varela Photography
Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr—the man behind much-celebrated restaurants like Buddakan and Morimoto—is launching an extension of his catering and event planning division, STARR Events, in New York City. Couples can hire STARR Events to bring their delicious and inventive cuisine (as well as rentals, decor, and floral design) to any off-site location in the area, but the company will also be the exclusive caterer at the New York Historical Society's newly renovated Robert H. Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History.
Housed in the museum's landmark building on Central Park West, the elegant space features vaulted ceilings, inlaid stone floors, a grand marble staircase, and can seat up to 250. Guests will also be able to browse the collection of artwork and artifacts focusing on the history and culture of New York City—what better way to show off the city to out-of-towners? To learn more about hosting an event at the New York Historical Society, call 212-485-9201 or e-mail email@example.com. To find more ideas for your New York City wedding, click here. —Lauren Matthews
Photos: Courtesy of the Grand Hyatt New York
The Grand Hyatt New York—one of the city's largest and most storied hotels—is stepping up their game with a $130 million renovation set to be completed in September. The once staid property will now embrace a more contemporary, urban feel with a modernized lobby and redesigned guest rooms (bottom photo) featuring stylish, minimalist decor.
The renovation of the Empire Ballroom kicked off the hotel's transformation in early 2010. The ballroom (top photo) includes nods to the property's history, like metal grillwork resembling the windows in Grand Central Terminal and original tin tiling, as well as more contemporary touches, like hand-blown glass chandeliers.
The latest additions include the New York Central restaurant, which has a wine lounge (middle photo) and private dining rooms, and the Gallery On Lex, a meeting and event area featuring leather furniture, colorful modern art, and sleek lighting fixtures. The main space, centered around a communal kitchen and flanked by two lounges, is designed to encourage guests to socialize—perfect for a cocktail-style reception.
And for a couple with a lot of out-of-town guests, I can't think of a more convenient place to host a wedding—the hotel is attached to Grand Central Terminal, so guests can easily explore the city's tourist attractions, and won't have to figure out how to make it to and from your wedding. To see more New York City venues, click here. —Lauren Matthews