Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve

photo: Rebecca Yale Photography

photo: Rebecca Yale Portraits

 

If I Could Do It All Over… Former brides reflect on what they wish they had done differently with their Weddings, and offer advice to a new generation of engaged couples.

 

Malina, Park Slope: “I wish we hired a videographer to document our day. It all goes by so fast, and while I love looking at our photographs, it would be nice to be able to watch it in motion from our television screen.” 

Blake, Upper West Side: “Our wedding was beautiful and I don’t regret a thing, but sometimes I’ll find a small detail and go, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ One idea I loved but didn’t think to do: Ask the guests to write down a requested song on the RSVP card, that way everyone will get up and dance to their favorite tunes!” 

Kate, Nolita: “Definitely take a deep breath and relax! I worried about everything so excessively and unnecessarily. It all came together so beautifully, and I felt so silly afterward that I stressed out as much as I did.

Claudine, Gramercy: “I was afraid to use a Wedding Planner because I wanted every aspect to reflect our taste rather than someone else’s. I realized the hard way that just because you collaborate with someone to plan your Wedding, doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing your presence in the details. It probably would have relieved me of a lot of planning headaches!” 

Riley, Lower Manhattan: “My dress was gorgeous, but I couldn’t move. If dancing, sitting, or walking down the aisle feels like a difficult task, go with something else. It’s not worth it, and I ended up looking stiff in photographs anyway. Just be comfortable and have a great time.” 

Francesca, Brooklyn: “I should have let my bridesmaids choose what they wanted to wear. Having everyone stay in uniform turned into a hassle, and keeping everybody happy was an impossible feat. I think if I had let them express their individual style, it would have been a better overall experience. Also, maybe having eleven bridesmaids was too much.” 

Grayson, Tribeca: “I wouldn’t change a thing about my Wedding it was perfect the BEST day of my life!

Featured Wedding Venue: Hôtel Plaza Athénée

Photo: EXO Photography

 

Nestled among the beautiful townhouses and brownstones of the luxurious Upper East Side rests Hôtel Plaza Athénée, blending refined European tradition with exceptional hospitality. Widely regarded for its intimate charm and romantic atmosphere, weddings at this lovely abode are most certainly a majestic affair.

The Hôtel Plaza Athénées Arabelle Room

 

Upon entry to Hôtel Plaza Athénée, guests are greeted with attentive service, antique furnishings, and Italian tapestries, lending the perfect backdrop for cherished moments. The thoughtfully designed space of this stunning venue offers unique warmth for guests to relish in. Ceremonies are elegantly appointed to take place within Le Trianon, which consists of ten windows that overlook the magnificent tree-lined neighborhood of East 64th Street. 

Photo: EXO Photography

 

The creatively inspired fare furnished by Arabelle stimulates the senses with sheer delight, using only the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. After an affair to remember, newlyweds are invited to spend the night in a comely one-bedroom suite, and are met with breakfast in bed or on their balcony, as they recount the prior evening’s magic. To enhance the Hôtel Plaza Athénée experience, guests may also choose to partake in the relaxing treatments of the Spa by Valmont located within the hotel.

A balcony reception at The Hôtel Plaza Athénée

 

Intimate weddings between ten and one hundred guests are catered to with the utmost importance and care. Every detail and desire is met, whether for event design, floral arrangements, or overnight accommodations. To ensure an expertly planned occasion, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has several packages available to suit the needs of their blissful couples. For occasions seeking luxury, charm, and tradition in the most superior sense, Hôtel Plaza Athénée presents a most resplendent setting for the most important day in the life of two people.

Photo: EXO Photography

 

The Hôtel Plaza Athénée is located at: 37 East 64th Street. For more information, call: 212-606-4600, or go to: www.Plaza-Athenee.com.

 

Featured Wedding Venue: TAVERN ON THE GREEN

Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Dress: Celestina Agostino Provided by Kleinfeld • Custom Mens Suit: Alton Lane • Jewelry: A.Jaffe Bouquet: Rountree Flowers • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective • Shoes: Allen Edmonds

 

A modern tavern nestled in a bucolic Central Park setting, Tavern On The Green is an iconic, landmark restaurant unlike any other. Centered around a hearty, rustic menu shaped by local and seasonal ingredients, the legendary restaurant invites patrons into a warm, celebratory gathering space that captures the spirit of Central Park and the energy of New York City. 

Tavern On The Greens bar & lounge area. Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Dress: Celestina Agostino Provided by Kleinfeld • Custom Mens Suit: Alton Lane • Jewelry: A.Jaffe • Bouquet: Rountree Flowers • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective

 

Originally designed by Calvert Vaux and built in 1870 to house the sheep that grazed in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow, Tavern On The Green has proudly served locals, presidents, royalty, artists, actors, and first-time visitors since 1934. The renowned venue has also been the backdrop of numerous major motion pictures including films like “Arthur”, “Ghostbusters”, “Wall Street”, and “New York, I Love You”. 

Tavern On The Greens open kitchen and dining room. Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Custom Suit: Alton Lane • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective

 

The cuisine at Tavern On The Green is created with rich flavors, quality ingredients, and aesthetic grace. The acclaimed hospitality on which the Tavern stands is surpassed only by its delectable New American cuisine, introducing a distinguished experience that is certain to awe one’s guests. 

Tavern On The Greens outdoor area.

 

A destination perfect for celebrations of anywhere from ten to 1,000 guests, Tavern On The Green offers a luxurious experience within a transformational space, and a warm personal touch. Whether a bountiful wedding reception, an elegant bridal shower, or a festive rehearsal dinner, this luminous gem caters the affair of a lifetime. A romantic occasion under the outdoor iridescent streaming lights surrounded by the iconic Central Park adds a unique glow fit for a fairy tale. It is for this reason that Tavern On The Green has been a symbol of love in Manhattan history for so many generations.

Tavern On The Greens dining room.

 

As great a tradition as the grand Central Park among it, Tavern On The Green has made its awaited return to the New York City celebration scene, renewing the belief that there is no finer city in the world to marry.

Tavern On The Greens South Room. Photo: Samantha Lauren Photographie

 

Tavern On The Green is located within Manhattans Central Park, just off Central Park West at 67th Street. For reservations or more information, call: 212-877-8684, or go to: www.TavernOnTheGreen.com.

The 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition cover. Photo: Fred Marcus Studio • Dress: Celestina Agostino Provided by Kleinfeld Custom Mens Suit: Alton Lane • Jewelry: A.Jaffe • Bouquet: Rountree Flowers • Hair & Make-Up: White Rose Collective • Shoes: Allen Edmonds

Transforming A Central Park Landmark

Photo by: Eleven Weddings Photography

 

Central Park is like a gift to New York. It is an 843 acre oasis of sprawling lawns, trees and ponds, in which to escape the cacophony and clamor of Manhattans thoroughfares. Within the oasis is Tavern On The Green, a restaurant nearly as storied and iconic as Central Park itself. It is a gift within the gift. Since its opening in 1934 Tavern On The Green has been the site of countless weddings (and other important occasions). The landmark restaurant closed on January 1, 2010. As its highly anticipated 2014 re-opening approached, it became a very sought-after venue. People could not wait for the gift to re-open. It was a apt locale for one of Sophisticated Weddings: New York Editions 2015 covers (pictured, below).

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Daddy’s Little Bride

Curtain Up Events owner Danielle Bobish planned (bride) Chelseas Westchester Country Club wedding. The bride is wearing a Mira Zwillinger gown from Mark Ingram Atelier, holding a bouquet created by Forever In Bloom. Photo: Ricky Restiano Photography

With Father’s Day just a few days a way, it seems appropriate to look at the two big moments the Father Of The Bride has in his daughter’s big day. First, of course, is the walk down the aisle. Dad leads his little girl towards her husband-to-be, who awaits her. Vivaldi is playing in the background. With one hand the bride clutches her bouquet, with the other, she hangs on one last time to her daddy.

Carla, wearing a Dennis Basso dress from Kleinfeld, being escorted by her father, Nelson, during her Manhattan Penthouse wedding. Photo by: Studio A Images

The second big moment dad shares with his daughter at her wedding is the Father-Daughter Dance. Once again, all eyes are on the bride and her dad as they dance together. “Father & Daughter by Paul Simon is one of my favorites,” says SoulSystem Orchestras owner Rob Affuso. Troy Curtis, of Troy Curtis Entertainment, also recommends “Butterfly Kisses,” by Bob Carlisle.

A proud father dancing with his daughter at her Harbor Club wedding. Photo by: EXO Photography

To all the fathers, Happy Father’s Day! And to the fathers that have daughters getting married- either soon or years from now- there’s a third moment during your little girl’s wedding. It’s one that people don’t see. The moment just before you walk her down the aisle. Take a moment and enjoy it!

 

On Sale: The 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition, Volume II

Pictured above: The two 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition covers. (left) Janina Gavankar of NBCs The Mysteries Of Laura photographed by Brett Matthews Photography in a Monique Lhuillier gown at The TriBeCa Rooftop. Jewelry from Greenwich Jewelers. Bouquet by Ariston Weddings & Events. (right) Bride & Groom in a Celestina Agostino dress and custom suit by Alton Lane, respectively, photographed by Fred Marcus Studio at Tavern On The Green. Jewelry by A.Jaffe. Bouquet by Rountree Flowers.

 

This coming Tuesday, June 16th, Volume II of the 2015 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition will be released to all Manhattan Barnes & Noble locations. In the days following it will be available at most newsstands in the New York area. It is also available for purchase online as of Monday, June 15th on the magazines website; Buy The Magazine. This re-release of the annual 2015 Edition will feature 20 additional pages, including a very special Bridal feature with Law & Order: SVU star Kelli Giddish. For Volume II an extra 1,000 magazines were printed with a very special Limited Edition Cover featuring Giddish, photographed by Brian Hatton at The Carlton Hotel (pictured below). In the cover image, Kelli is seen wearing a Tony Ward dress provided by Kleinfeld (of TVs Say Yes To The Dress) and jewelry by Christopher Designs. Kellis hair and make-up was done by Caravan Stylist Studio.

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