Saturday, January 23, 2010

Congratulations Rachel and Gary

photos courtesy of E. Broderick Photography

Today is the wedding of our assistant Rachel and her soon to be husband Gary. We couldn't be more excited to share in Rachel's celebration and we were thrilled to be such a fun part of her planning.

We'll make sure she comes back and shares all of the details herself!

Talia and Lindsay

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Melissa and Evan


It is always such a testament when our clients refer us to their friends. Upon the personal recommendation of one of our delightful June 2010 brides, Melissa and Evan contacted us in July as they were finalizing their vendors for their August 2009 wedding. With finance and entertainment backgrounds, their ideal mix of flair and attention to detail transpired into visions of a vintage garden setting, an impressionable menu and soft specialty lighting to transform their venue’s ballroom. Upon hearing their ideas for their event, we were more than thrilled to make it happen and honored to be specifically chosen for their day.

All photos courtesy of Dave Robbins photography.

Saturday, August 29, 2009 began bright and early for Melissa and her ladies in waiting. After hair at the Richard Scott Salon in Mount Kisco, NY, they gathered at Melissa’s parents home for make-up by a Laura Mercier artist from Bergorfs. Melissa wore a gorgeous Amsale gown, which you may recognize as the featured dress in this year’s smash hit, The Hangover, which served as the inspiration for her stationery suite. Darling J. Crew peeps were the cherry on top.
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The ceremony and reception took place at Temple Shaaray Tefila of Bedford Corners, New York, an exceptionally regal exterior amidst beautiful gardens, which served as the ideal location for the couple’s first sighting.

I adore first sightings. Almost all of our couples have done them this year. The anticipation takes my breath away and the first private and un-obscured moments captured are priceless.

The maids wore eggplant dresses by Amsale in various styles, while the men wore their own black suits and yellow ties. The bridal party primarily consisted of family and life-long friends, and the history and geniality of them together was apparent.

Marcy of Dragonfly Event, who also assisted me that day, did an incredible job creating a yellow and purple vintage garden accompaniment. The bridal party arrangements were huge, beautiful and a gorgeous juxtaposition against the purples of the maids dresses.
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Following, it was time for Melissa to put on her veil and for the signing of the ketubah, then to be removed by Evan.

The ceremony took place inside the chapel. Jewish ceremonies to me are particularly touching, especially when the bride circles the groom. The simple chuppah was decorated with green garland and the pews were adorned with hydrangea. Melissa and Evan chose modern music for their procession, including "Here Comes the Sun" and "The Luckiest."
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Followed by a grand scale cocktail hour! It was chock fully of yummies including a grilled quesadilia station, sliders station complete with mac n' cheese and a pasta station. Jean-Jacques' Culinary Creations caterered the event and did a bang up job.

Cocktail hour was held in the magestic gardens of the venue, decorated with gothic style lanterns, while inside guests were able to pluck their cards surrounding Marcy's lovely urn arrangement from the first ballroom.
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The main ballroom was decorated classically with ivory linens and a variety of centerpieces. Marcy always brings in extra little touches and her incorporation of fruit and eclectic containers added a particular interest. Amiant uplighting and ceiling wash provided by Shindig gave the room a warm rosy glow and really completed the look. We love lighting!
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Music was provided by "Encore Band" of Hank Lane Music and they did not dissapoint. It was one rockin' party and the hora definitely got it off to a great start.
Melissa and Evan, it was a wonderful experience planning your whirlwind wedding! Witnessing the happiness in your faces as you wed your true love and then celebrated with family and friends is what makes my job so worthwhile. I eagerly await catching up with you both at Victoria and Jack's wedding this June.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Marnie and David

We first spoke with Marnie and David in a phone consultation just 4 short months before their wedding. With so much planned and detailed, but still so many things to arrange, they sought out a wedding planner to ensure their long distance, cross country planning was being taken care of locally. From that initial call, we couldn't have been more excited to work with Marnie and David. You could feel the love and the warmth coming right through the phone. They are down to earth, real people, who wanted a wedding which would truly reflect their love for each other, their artistic style, their whimsically inspired details and their desire to have their wedding be a celebration of bringing family and close friends together.

When I met the happy couple for the very first time on the eve of their wedding at the ceremony rehearsal, it was like we had known each other forever. Marnie was glowing, just so happy this weekend had finally arrived. David was quite the busy bee that day. He and his groomsmen had spent the afternoon decorating the trees, hanging string lights and lanterns and curtains in the gardens. David does this sort of work for a living, so there was no way he would forgo these pretties which would make Marnie so happy for his own wedding!

On the morning of the wedding, Marnie and her lovely ladies all head out to the Steve Mancini Salon to have their hair and make-up done. They all looked beautiful and were able to relax sip mimosas and have girl time before the wedding festivities began.

Afterward, the girls made their way to the Burr Homestead to get their dresses and final accessories on. The Burr was the perfect venue for Marnie and David. It is cute and quaint, shabby and chic, well loved and worn in and the gardens are beautiful. Everything about it fit their styles.

Marnie and her maids left the Sixpence Staff with about 25 boxes of various items for set ups. Marnie was a DIY Diva, and fortunately very organized, as we were able to quickly move about the space, everything going in just the right spots. When Marnie made her way down the stairs, she was overcome with emotion. From a planner's perspective, it doesn't get much better than this.

Marnie's attention to detail did not go unnoticed by her friends and her family. And luckily for us, not by her photographer either! Southern California based Marlin Munoz and his super sweet wife, Marlene, did an incredible job capturing Marnie and David's wedding and we credit him for all of the stunning images in this blog post!

Marnie and David were married under a beautiful sprawling tree, with draped fabric backdrop and a twinkling light canopy. The ceremony was joint officiated by a dear friend of the couple and Local Justice of the Peace Amy Bien.

The details were so personalized throughout the day. Marnie gave each bridesmaid a pashmina with a ribbon tie and antiqued key, symbolizing the key to her heart, the key to their friendship. An additional basket were set out during the pre ceremony mingling for guests to warm their chilled shoulders too! During cocktail hour, guests wrote words of advice and love notes which hung in the trees and blew in the breeze.

It is clear how much Marnie and David loved their bridal party, the friendships were very tight, they were such a great group to be around for the day!

The details continued into the reception. The touches of nature and butterflies played off their shabby chic and rustic, enchanted garden theme. Guests found their table assignments in a mini tree forest, each escort card was delicately wound twine, with a paper "leaf" and a butterfly accent. Favors were individually wrapped spiced apple doughnut holes and cinnamon sticks, perfect for the fall wedding! The cake by Everything Lulu was stunning. A shimmering three tiered confection with an iced coating and silver beading stood beautifully in the corner. Of course, I can't help but try all of our client's cakes, it was scrumptious too!

As we gathered guests into the Sunroom of the Homestead, Marnie and David waited for their grand entrance. Dan and Sean, the DJs from DJ NYC announced the newlyweds into the room to incredible fan fare. They shared a first dance, as if time stopped and they were the only ones there. It was magical.

Following the first dance, all guests made their way to the various dining rooms before we began the station style dinner provided by Cranberries Catering They put on an fantastic display. The menu was full of fall harvest style appeal with touches of home style comfort foods. Guests loved it all!

While the party continued inside, Marlin took Marnie and David outside to have a few portraits under the string light chandelier under which they were married. I just love these photos!

At the end of the evening, after the final dance was danced, the last toast was applauded, and the celebration was coming to closure, all of the guests gathered outside to cheer on the couple in a sparkler send-off. It was magical. Just like the entire day and evening.

Marnie and David, we were honored to be a part of your journey to the aisle, to see your wedding unfold and to share your joy as you were married. We wish you years of continued love and happiness, the same love and happiness you both glowed with all day long on the day of your October nuptials.

Talia, Lindsay and Hattie