The Passion of Red – A Real Wedding

When in love, wear the color of love. Of all the colors on the spectrum, red is the color of passion and romance; it’s no wonder hearts are always red! With pretty hints of pink, this is one of the most sophisticated and stylish wedding we’ve had the pleasure of sharing.

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From the Photographer: Danny and Laura vowed to love each other on a sunny Florida afternoon.  They provided beautiful parasols for the guest to block the sun during the ceremony, which also made for some great additions to their images as they strolled through Leu Gardens. After the ceremony, they departed to Ceviche, a Spanish tapas restaurant in downtown Orlando where the celebrating would begin. Their first dance brought a new meaning to “being on cloud nine”, then in signature Ceviche style, they served the biggest paella to be found on this side of the pond. The reception was a great encore to the beauty of the day and we truly enjoyed capturing it all.

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The Glass is Half Full – A Real Wedding

Love is an art, and this couple sanctified and celebrated their love surrounded by colorful glass sculptures at Dale Chihuly’s art gallery in Las Vegas. From sparkling reds to dazzling yellows, this wedding day truly popped!

The Westchester Wedding Planner/Ron Dillon PhotographyThe Westchester Wedding Planner/Ron Dillon PhotographyHow did you and your husband meet? We played in a DC Bocce Ball League and were on separate teams. We all hung out after we played at a bar and we then became friends. After a while, we decided we would give dating a try. John was the first man to ever walk me to my door so I figured he was a good guy to keep around!
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Why did you select your venue? I didn’t want to plan a wedding so I picked a place where they would plan it for me: Las Vegas. I then picked the Mandarin because I had a business relationship with them and they are exceptional and have always met my expectations; I figured they would do the same for a wedding. I was right! Angela DeCosmo at the Mandarin was amazing and made every wish/request come true. All the vendors I used (Makeup in the 702, All Events DJs, and Naakiti Floral) were just awesome.The Westchester Wedding Planner/Ron Dillon PhotographyThe Westchester Wedding Planner/Ron Dillon Photography
What was the central design theme and/or colors of your wedding – and why? My Fendi shoes. They were the first thing I bought for my wedding. They were various shades of purple.The Westchester Wedding Planner/Ron Dillon Photography
For you, what was the most personal and/or memorable aspect of your wedding? My dad’s reaction to seeing me for the first time. The pictures Ron got were so great. I had no idea my dad could have that look on his face. Also, my dad’s speech. It was like a roast of me and I thought it was hilarious. He also thanked my mom who was “instrumental in the creation” of me, which I thought was pretty funny. And John of course. He said something in the beginning of our wedding video that I will never forget. He said, “I love you very much and I’m willing to let you have as many dogs as you want.” He’s a keeper (and I love dogs…and him).
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Photography: Ron Dillon Photography | Bride’s dress: Allure Bridals Romance Ball Gown |
Bride’s shoes: Fendi Anemone Layered Satin d’Orsay Pump | Groom’s Tie: Michael Kors
Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmunds | Officiant: Rev. William Marcus McFarland III | Wedding Ceremony Venue: Dale Chihuly Gallery @ City Center | Wedding Reception Venue: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas | Wedding Coordinator: Angela DeCosmo Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas | Hair & Make Up: Makeup In The 702 | Wedding Cake: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas | Floral: Naakiti Floral Design | Furniture Rentals: Sit On This

A Place in the Mountains – A Real Wedding

A wedding in the mountains may sound a little bit country, but this wedding was nothing short of pure elegance and sophistication. Surrounded by old-world fountains and lush colorful gardens, this treasure in the mountains of Utah was the ideal location for Audie and Kay to say their “I do’s”.

Westchester Wedding Planner/Pepper Nix PhotographyHow did you and your spouse meet? We have mutual friends who proposed marriage. We were at Lake Powell and he took me to the top of a cliff at night where he had candles, a bottle of Cristal, and rosepetals at the top. He pointed out that there was a meteor shower. After asking me to wish on one, he then said to me as he got down on one knee with stars shooting all over the sky, “If I could wish on every star in the sky, I would wish that I could fall asleep next to you and wake up next to you every day for the rest of my life.” Westchester Wedding Planner/Pepper Nix Photography Westchester Wedding Planner/Pepper Nix Photography Westchester Wedding Planner/Pepper Nix Photography Westchester Wedding Planner/Pepper Nix Photography Westchester Wedding Planner/Pepper Nix PhotographyWestchester Wedding Planner/Pepper Nix Photography

Did you do a first look before the ceremony? Yes! And we were both so pleased! I was completely against it at first, but after a little persuasion from the photographer, videographer, and pastor, I knew they all couldn’t be wrong! My husband and I were able to share the most unforgettable moment of our entire wedding day! We shared the excitement, tears of joy, and it was like seeing each other for the very first time, again!

Who walked you down the aisle? My beautiful daughter, Mia. We were walking towards our new life together.

What was your favorite ceremony moment? The Kiss!

What were other memorable moments? Taking photos with just the groom, and being able to walk and talk about being Mr. and Mrs.Westchester Wedding Planner/Pepper Nix Photography

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“The Secret Garden” Inspiration – A Real Wedding

 

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From the Bride: In a few words, how did you and your husband meet?
My husband and I have know each other since we were 13. We both worked at Mahopac Video in middle school, but never spoke. We also graduated from high school together, but we never spoke a word to each other there either. We both ended up living and working in the city and met through mutual friends. We have been inseparable ever since!
What was the central design theme and/or colors of your wedding — and why?
The colors of the wedding were mint green and coral. The inspiration for the colors and flowers actually came from a cover of the book “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was my favorite book as a child and I remembered the mint green cover with coral and pink roses that decorated the border. Tappan Hill also has a secret garden feel to it.TheWestchesterWeddingPlanner/SarahTewPhotography_132JaimeDaveCoupleSarahTewPhotographyTheWestchesterWeddingPlanner/SarahTewPhotography_132JaimeDaveCoupleSarahTewPhotography
What was the most personal and/or memorable aspect of your wedding?
I loved our ceremony. David and I wrote our own vows. For a reading, my aunt read an old love letter that my grandfather had written my grandmother. I walked down the aisle to David and my song. One of my favorite parts of our wedding was in lieu of favors we gave a donation in each guest’s name to Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue in Ozone Park Queens. This is where we rescued our dog, Shea. Everything stood out to me as special that day. All of our vendors were amazing especially our photographer, Sarah Tew, who captured so many beautiful moments.TheWestchesterWeddingPlanner/SarahTewPhotography_132JaimeDaveCoupleSarahTewPhotographyTheWestchesterWeddingPlanner/SarahTewPhotography_132JaimeDaveCoupleSarahTewPhotographyTheWestchesterWeddingPlanner/SarahTewPhotography_132JaimeDaveCoupleSarahTewPhotographyTheWestchesterWeddingPlanner/SarahTewPhotography_132JaimeDaveCoupleSarahTewPhotographyTheWestchesterWeddingPlanner/SarahTewPhotography_132JaimeDaveCoupleSarahTewPhotography
From the Photographer, Sarah Tew:
I knew when I met Jaime that her wedding would be sweet and vibrant, just like she is– sure enough this beautiful day at Tappan Hill Mansion was filled with cheerful excitement, pretty pinks hues, and laughter with friends and family.  We arrived early to scout the location and I found some sweet spots up on a balcony that worked well and got excited about shots I could do in the circular lobby and in the front door frame (check out my favorites below!).  Of course for the group shots we had to use the view from the ceremony site, it was so lovely to look out at the water in the distance.  After a sweet ceremomy performed by a family friend, we all headed back into the mansion for their party.  Highlights of this wedding included a moving love letter that arrived over email during preparation and which Jaime had her MOH read to her aloud out of nerves (um, Dave, you rule!)– as well as some pretty great toasts from Jaime’s best friend and a tag team of Dave’s brothers, and last but not least the VERY inspired dance floor action– this couple can seriously shake it!  I was able to steal them outside for a few more portraits when the sun was setting and I love what we got.  Congratulations, Jaime & Dave!TheWestchesterWeddingPlanner/SarahTewPhotography_132JaimeDaveCoupleSarahTewPhotography
Photographer: Sarah Tew Photography | Venue: Tappan Hill Mansion | Wedding gown: Isaac Mizrahi from Kleinfelds | Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade | Hair:  Michele of Michele Lisa Salon | Makeup:  Arielle of Michele Lisa Salon | Officiant:  Tommy Bonderanko, Friend of Family | Floral Design: X-Quisite Flowers and Events | Catering:  Tappan Hill | Music:  Jimmy Dee Music | Rings:  Haniken Jewelry
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Rooftop Inspiration – New York City

A daisy inspiration photo-shoot by Meena Lee-DePasquale of 5th Avenue Weddings and Events. I adored Karen Willis Holmes’ dresses, as I keep up with a lot of Australian wedding styles, and when I found out she was opening a store in New York, I couldn’t wait and had to arrange a photoshoot. Her dresses are so beautiful, modern, and feminine.  As soon as I walked into the store and first set eyes on the “Lillianna” gown with it’s bright yellow ribbon and intricate floral overlay, I just new I had to use daisies in the shoot.The Westchester Wedding Planner/CraigPaulsonPhotography_0002 rt

Deciding on what kind of flower was the easy part, but I also wanted to capture the beauty of the designer and the laid back feel of Australian brides as well. I think creating the daisy crown with a loose hand-tied bouquet did just that.  I paired it up with a simple, all green letterpress invitation suite that was fun and fresh. Sharon Becker of SB Beauty did an amazing job with the makeup and hair, the look was natural with just a slight pop of pink on the lips to accentuate the models dark hair and eyes. Craig Paulson Photography captured the dress in the air at it’s best moment.  I think the gorgeousness of this shoot comes from the play of the feminine style of the Karen Willis Holmes dress and the fun bright floral arrangements set against the hard lines of the New York city and Craig Paulson captured it all beautifully!The Westchester Wedding Planner/CraigPaulsonPhotographyThe Westchester Wedding Planner/CraigPaulsonPhotographyThe Westchester Wedding Planner/CraigPaulsonPhotography The Westchester Wedding Planner/CraigPaulsonPhotography The Westchester Wedding Planner/CraigPaulsonPhotography copyThe Westchester Wedding Planner/CraigPaulsonPhotography copy The Westchester Wedding Planner/CraigPaulsonPhotography The Westchester Wedding Planner/CraigPaulsonPhotography copyLilliana Gown: Karen Willis Holmes Bridal | Styling and Design: Meena Lee of 5th Ave Weddings | Photography: Craig Paulson of Craig Paulson Photography | Hair and Makeup: Sharon Becker | Invitation Suite by Ipanema Press

 

Bridal Portraits Are a Must Because…

As the star of your wedding, you want to look you very best in every single photograph taken. While your  dress, accessories, hair, makeup and overall natural wedding day glow can make it hard to take a bad photo, sometimes, the chaos of the day or Aunt Bertha getting lipstick on your cheek can make things a little more stressful than it should be. So how do you put the spotlight back on yourself without distractions? With bridal portraits.

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Why should you consider getting bridal portraits? Well, for one . . .

It’s All About You

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Of course you want photos with loved ones on your wedding day, but your beauty deserves a camera lens completely devoted to capturing you. Instead of being rushed to take photos with the bridal party or guests, bridal portraits allow the photographer to focus all his/her attention on you and only you. You and your groom will cherish these beautiful and professional portraits for years to come.

2. You’ll Have More Location Options

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Formal portraits before the reception are common, but moving your bridal party and family members from place to place while making sure you still look your best as the hours roll on by can wear on anyone. On the day of your wedding, your photographer may also be limited in location options because of the day’s time constraints. Bridal portraits allow you to choose different locations and backdrops without worrying about staying on a rigid schedule.

3. You Can Use Your Bridal Portrait Session as a Test Run

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It’s 10 AM. You’re supposed to be walking down the aisle in an hour and you realize your beautifully elegant bun isn’t seen in pictures. You also realize your red lipstick clashes with your fuchsia flowers on that photo your bridesmaid just snapped. What do you do? You can either hope your photographer is a miracle worker…or you can schedule a bridal portrait session prior to your wedding.

4. Reduce Wedding Day Stress

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Besides the memories of your wedding, we know that one of your priorities is to have great photographs of your special day. A bridal portrait session prior to your wedding day can relieve some of the stress you may feel on your wedding day to make sure you have the images you want.  Bridal portraits will put you at ease from these worries because you will have already secured stunning images of yourself…so feel free to take lighthearted images with your family and friends!

5. Get Used to the Camera

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Who doesn’t tense up in front of the camera? A bridal portrait session benefits both you and your photographer: he/she will learn which angles work best for you while you become comfortable in front of the camera. It’s a win win.

Photographer: Erika di Vito Photography | Dress Designer: Couture Hayez

A Simple and Classic Black And White Wedding

Sometimes people are just meant to be together. No matter how much time passes or where you are in life, when love is meant to be, it will be. With the help of a few friends, family and neighbors, this classic, style-driven black and white wedding went off without a hitch for a couple that loved each other long before they admitted it.The Westchester Wedding Planner/Sonya Lalla PhotographyOur Story: “Steve and I have known each other pretty much our whole lives. We grew up together in church and went to the same school growing up. He has been best friends with my brother for as long as I can remember so he has always been around. As a matter of fact, our parents have been close friends for a long time as well, so there are strong ties between our two families.

Having grown up together, people would always talk about us “getting together”, but nothing ever really happened between us. He is four years older than I, so he was in college while I was in high school. When it was my turn to go to college, and I was officially “old enough”, neither of us made a move, and we both moved on. We were always very close friends and saw each other all the time at church and various family get-togethers. The Westchester Wedding Planner/Sonya Lalla Photography

As a few years passed, we were both in different relationships, but people kept wondering when/if we ever would finally end up together. As my relationship ended, his relationship was just beginning and it seemed that timing was against us again. I was in the process of moving on while his relationship was going seemingly well, but I couldn’t help but wonder “what might have been”. Soon after, his relationship ended, he came to me one afternoon and said that we needed to talk. He told me how he had always had feelings for me and wanted to see if things between us could work. That was just over a year ago and we have been inseparable ever since.

Last summer, he flew me out to Washington to meet some of his family. While we were there he drove me to Seattle, a city I have always wanted to visit. While we were looking around and seeing the city, he told me to look up at the Space Needle. Once I glanced up, he said “We are having dinner up there tonight”. I was so surprised and thought it was the sweetest thing for him to surprise me with such a nice dinner. After we finished our wonderful meal, he came over to my side of the table, asked me to stand up, got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was the most intimate and perfect proposal!”The Westchester Wedding Planner/Sonya Lalla PhotographyWedding Day: “We tried to make things just simple, pretty, and classic. “Classic” is what I tried to think of whenever I was making decisions for the day. We only used two vendors, besides our wonderful photographers :-), and that was Weinhardt Party Rentals for our glasses and napkins, and Zach Lewis, from Illinois, for our music. Other than that, everything was done by us. We ordered our flowers from Sam’s Club and put them together the night before, my wonderful Momma made our food, my students helped us set up and tear down, my cousin help set up all of the bars and did all of the signs, and Steve’s childhood neighbor did all of our desserts. There were plenty of other things that people helped us with and we are so thankful for everyone who helped make our day so perfect”.

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