A Day in the Life

After carefully researching and considering the vendors that work your wedding- the photographer, caterer, florist, etc.- many couples find they loved them so much, they call on them again for future milestones; Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and so on. Adena Stevens is the owner of  Studio A Images. She has come up with something very special

Adena Stevens: My photography roots began with a career in photojournalism. I found immense joy getting to know the communities I moved to while shooting for the local newspapers and getting the opportunities to document people’s daily lives. That documentation of daily life is what I am now bringing to my portrait sessions – telling the stories of you and your family: Those every day simple things that we may take for granted. Those little moments that you will want to remember forever. The natural interactions of you with your family.

 

To find out more about Studio A Images, or the family sessions, go to: studioAimages.com.

 

 

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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Get Emotional (In Your Wedding Photos)!

By Samantha Margalit of Samantha Lauren Photographie

Photo by: Justin & Mary

 

If you want to have emotional photos, you have to display your emotions. I am a cuddly and affectionate person by nature so when asked to canoodle with my love during our own engagement session, it is something that felt mostly natural to me. It may have felt a little awkward at first to be doing it in front of a camera but that feeling quickly subsided as we eased into the session.

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