Wes Anderson Wedding Inspiration in Brooklyn, NY

Wes Anderson Wedding Inspiration in Brooklyn, NY

Futura, distinct colors, a symmetrical living room “scene,” and simple vintage style set the scene for this styled-shoot dream-land. Specific prop choices and 60s mod funky wedding attire and furniture choices allowed a real couple to step into a world inspired by Wes Anderson while in the heart of Brooklyn at Berg'n Beer Hall.

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Those Patriarchal Wedding Traditions That Don’t Spark Joy? Throw Them in the Trash

Those Patriarchal Wedding Traditions That Don’t Spark Joy? Throw Them in the Trash

Given all of the pressure from family, friends, and society to have a “perfect” wedding, saying goodbye to these traditions is easier said than done. That’s why it is so important to find wedding vendors who will share your values and help you take the patriarchal, sexist, and racist ideas about weddings and throw them squarely in the trash. Zig Metzler of Ziggy Shoots is ready to be that wedding photographer for you!

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A Modern Traditional Blended Styled Shoot in New York City

A Modern Traditional Blended Styled Shoot in New York City

Elodie from Tall and Small Events and I wanted to do a styled shoot that mixed traditional elements of a wedding (white gown, crisp tuxedo, gorgeous florals) with hip modern design (velvet linens, whimsical engagement rings, and a fun cake). We did this at the NoMad Hotel’s wedding space, which has this exact vibe, and gave us a few creative places to work. Bridal Stylist Liana from Be Brilliant Styling selected the perfect gown for this shoot from The Bridal Garden along with our model, Ana Maria.

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How Live Music Can Change Your Entire Wedding Day // The Metropolitan Players

How Live Music Can Change Your Entire Wedding Day // The Metropolitan Players

Choosing the right music and entertainment for your wedding day can often be an afterthought for some couples, and yet it is such a critical piece that can determine the overall vibe and experience of your day. Erin and Drew Coles of The Metropolitan Players are working hard to change the way that couples think about wedding entertainment.

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How WedWell Can Help You Get Through Wedding Planning Stress-Free

How WedWell Can Help You Get Through Wedding Planning Stress-Free

Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness all go hand in hand, and that's why Lilia and Olivia of wedwell believe so strongly in bringing these wellness practices into your life as you prepare to take your walk down the aisle. They offer guided meditations specifically for the wedding planning process, as well as a Bridal Wedding Guide for female-identified folks who often face added pressures from the wedding industry. 

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This Upstate New York Photographer Believes Love is Love and Can't Wait to Capture Your Wedding

This Upstate New York Photographer Believes Love is Love and Can't Wait to Capture Your Wedding

Believe us when we say that having vendors you can trust is the most important decision you can make about your wedding, second only to choosing the right person to spend your life with. Jacqueline Connor Photography is the wedding photographer you can trust to capture the candid moments of your big day, as well as whatever fun adventurous turns that might happen!

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How to Capture Your Wedding Genuinely with Corey Torpie Photography

How to Capture Your Wedding Genuinely with Corey Torpie Photography

Corey Torpie Wants Your Wedding Photos to Age Well. She'll tell you that you don't realize right now how precious your photos are; that they'll become increasingly valuable as you grow older; that there are certain images you won't even see the importance of until some time has passed.

And she should know! After six years of marriage, two years of parenthood, and a decade photographing weddings, Corey's experienced it all personally — and with her couples.

These days, she's asking herself the question: what is important, holistically, to document for her clients? And how can you create a wedding environment that fosters being present in the moment?

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New York and Chicago Couples, LVR Events Turns Your Wedding Dreams into Reality

New York and Chicago Couples, LVR Events Turns Your Wedding Dreams into Reality

During our conversation Meg told me about a story that’ll go down in the Hall of Fame for Wedding Planners. She brought up her dedication to the client and their day saying “I could break my foot and they would never know about it.” The funny thing is, she actually did. “I got the couple through their ceremony, went to the ER, had an assistant cover me while I was gone, and came back for their reception in a cast.” She came back! Most people would have called it quits and gone home but she came back to make sure her couple had a fantastic day. That’s dedication.

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Real Couple // A Tattooed Feminist Elopement in NYC: Frank + Inger

Real Couple // A Tattooed Feminist Elopement in NYC: Frank + Inger

Our fairy tale wedding was the perfect prelude to our fairy tale life. I can say this with certainty, not because we will have any particular experiences, any particular successes, or any particular things, but because whatever happens to us will be met with a spirit of gratitude, partnership, learning, and wonder.

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Real Couples // Intimate, Spectacular Elopement in NYC | Teddy & Vanessa

Real Couples // Intimate, Spectacular Elopement in NYC | Teddy & Vanessa

After prepping at the hotel, we made our way down to the pier. It had been overcast and threatening to pour all day, but we'd yet to have any rain and we crossed our fingers and prayed to Mother Nature to hold out until after the ceremony. Lo and behold, those grumpy grey clouds were the best thing to happen to our wedding because when we arrived at the site around 4 p.m. it was absolutely deserted! With the exception of a group of teenagers and a lone, very chilled out pot-smoking cloud gazer who was occupying the only skyline facing corner of the entire pier (and who kindly conceded it when approached by our ever efficient, polite and diplomatic officiant), we had the whole pier to ourselves! It was incredible. We felt as though we were in New York City's most exclusive spot, set against the backdrop of one of the most iconic skylines in the world. The breeze was blowing, the water was lapping and the city was just starting to light up—we were on Cloud 9! 

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Finding Beauty in the Imperfection and Chaos that is a Real Wedding Day // Corey Torpie Photography

Finding Beauty in the Imperfection and Chaos that is a Real Wedding Day // Corey Torpie Photography

"My goal when photographing weddings is to capture the story of the day. I’m just as interested in showcasing the small subtle moments and quirky personal details, as I am with documenting the big showstoppers. I find beauty in the imperfection and chaos that is a real wedding day. When my clients look back at their photos I want them to have more than just a record of their day, I want them to be reminded of how the day truly felt.

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Real Couples // A Jovial Urban Wedding in Brooklyn, NY: Andrei + Starsha

Real Couples // A Jovial Urban Wedding in Brooklyn, NY: Andrei + Starsha

Andrei and I met at a "horsewarming party" (or at least that was what the Facebook event was called). One of my best friends from Sarah Lawrence was moving in with her boyfriend, Andrei's friend from his youth. They threw a housewarming party in Lefferts Garden. It was a blistering hot day in the dead of summer, and earlier that day I helped a friend move a used air conditioner (read: heavy) from a tiny East Village apartment to her apartment in Bushwick. I could feel a "throat thing" coming on and was really tired, but mustered up the energy to go to the party. I laid on the couch for the first hour I was there when three boys walked in and the music stopped and everyone looked at them in 20 seconds of silence. Not really, but I did become upright embarrassingly fast once I spotted him: Andrei, the man I was going to marry. I accidentally exclaimed out loud, "WHO IS THAT?" He and is friends immediately went to the fire escape because it was unbearably sweaty inside and I followed them. I introduced myself immediately. I ultimately had to leave the party early before having the proper chance to declare my desire to marry him one day or at least get in a kiss. But I told all of my friends before I left—middle school style—to "tell that boy I like him." And they did!

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The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 3: I Dream of NeNe with Allison Davis

The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 3: I Dream of NeNe with Allison Davis

In this third episode of The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast, Jen and wedding planner Allison Davis review the 2013 8-episode Bravo TV series, I Dream of NeNe. They talk about The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the stereotype of the "sassy black woman," the stigma of mental health care in the black community, prenups, vajazzling, what it really takes to put on a celebrity wedding, and that time Jen had an unfortunate nip slip. 45 is also mentioned, but don't worry, his name has been bleeped out for your comfort.

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Real Couples // A Caribbean Love Story in NYC: Jason + Sylvia

Real Couples // A Caribbean Love Story in NYC: Jason + Sylvia

I met Jason on a online dating site; when I saw his gorgeous profile pic I jokingly said to myself, "Hmmm, he could be my future husband." I read his profile and decided to message him but he ignored me. He continuously checked my profile but would not respond to my message. Eventually he messaged me back and we began chatting. after about a two weeks or so Jason asked me out but my schedule was so busy because I was in my entering into my second year of graduate school. Eventually I agreed to a date and we went mini golfing at 9 AM! We dated for about 3 months. I had my guards all the way up because he was just too nice... a complete gentleman overall, but he seemed too good to be true. I came up with every excuse possible—school was too overwhelming, I didn't want to settle down; however Jason assured me he wouldn't be a distraction and to trust him and trust my heart. His kind heart and consistency essentially broke my walls down, and I allowed myself to fall in love. He would tell me randomly I would be his wife... just wait.

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Tales from a Wedding Planner // Amy of Modern Rebel Talks "Donut-Gate"

Tales from a Wedding Planner // Amy of Modern Rebel Talks "Donut-Gate"

Amy: I had so many back-to-back weddings with donuts (they're very in right now), and so at a client's wedding, while I totally knew in my heart of hearts they were not donuts, I had a brain fart and had the band announce that the donuts were now out at the dessert table! I was literally looking at these NOT DONUTS and saying, would you like a donut? Then, the photographer's assistant came up to me and said, “Amy, those are not donuts, right? They're like muffins, right?" And I was like, "no, they're donuts!" And then my assistant and I realized: WHAT THE HECK, THESE ARE CUPCAKES. I had a grandma or two ask for some donuts, and I had to sadly tell them we only had cupcakes. I'm a very on-top-of-my-shit lady, but that was the one moment I broke. Could have been worse! You have to laugh.

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