We are gearing up for the last wedding of our 2013 season at one of our absolute favourite venues The Bowery Hotel. I can’t think of a better location for a cozy winter wedding. I am especially happy that I get to work with some incredible people in the wedding world. This is going to be a great one!
While preparing for this last wedding, I am also busy working on hiring vendors for weddings in 2014 (some really exciting things coming next year), and packing for Asia. After our last wedding this weekend, I am off to Hong Kong, Malaysia and Bali for a month. I can’t wait to see my family. My sisters live in London and Hong Kong (with New York, we sound like a fashion line). Seeing as we are spread around the globe, vacations together are a must. Looking forward to swapping my puffy jacket and winter boots for sun hats and swimwear in Bali. I warn you. My instagram may become flooded with Bali pictures. How I adore that island. It is pure magic. Maybe I can plan my 10 year vow renewal there….
Please bear with me during December, as my responses will be slower than usual due to the 12 hour time difference. Happy Holidays!
Photography by Ang Weddings and Events
Another sweet film from Kiss the Bride Films for an adorable couple who were married at The Carltun this summer. They wrote their own ceremony vows, with the bride quoting from one of their favourite songs, Just Breathe. This is one of the reasons why I love film. The ability to capture those vows and speeches forever. Congratulations again to Amy and Mike!
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I have much to be thankful for this year with the addition of a special little person to my family. One of the reasons I left my previous job at a bank was that I knew that one day I wanted to have children and I wanted to have flexibility in my work. Thinking that running my own business, I could choose to take fewer weddings when I needed to. I didn’t realize at the time that when I have my own business, it would become another type of baby, that I feel constantly needs my attention to support and nurture it. I found myself responding to emails as soon as I got home from the hospital and meeting with clients about 2 months after. I was quite strict about not taking weddings too early on, with the first one 4 months after the baby was born. It was so hard to turn couples away, but nice being able to recommend my favourite fellow planners. I ended up planning as many weddings in 2013 as I did in 2012, just more condensed into the second half of the year.
I feel truly blessed to have my baby (I am learning a whole new meaning of love) and my business (where I get to do the job I love). It is certainly a challenge trying to balance both, but I know how lucky I am to even have both. I was overwhelmed by the kindness that my clients have shown me during my pregnancy and after my baby was born. While pregnant, I was bustling one bride’s gown and she kept trying to feed me the special plate of hors d’oeuvres we had provided for the bride and groom to eat before joining cocktail hour. Being a doctor, she couldn’t help herself and had to look after other people. Making sure I was drinking enough water too. Breast feeding was something that was really important to me, and my clients were totally fine that I took 10 minutes away on wedding days to go and express during quiet moments. My amazing assistant Laureen kept an eye on things while I was gone. In one instance, she had to guard the door that I was behind as there was no lock and it was in eye sight of the dance floor!
The great thing about being in this industry is having friends who own very successful businesses and are mothers as well. Incredible people who inspire me and have provided so much advice along the way. Friends like Katie Fischer, Betsy Thorleifson, Sarah Brysk Cohen and Judy Pak. You are amazing!
Of course the biggest thanks goes to my husband, sisters and family. I am very much looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow with my NY family and all the good food. My favourite part of Thanksgiving is definitely the chinese dumplings that my in laws make. Not terribly traditional of me, but I have a dumpling problem. Baby will be enjoying a turkey, carrot and sweet potato stew I made with baked apples and cinnamon for dessert. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Photography by Judy Pak Photography
We are honoured to be included for the 5th time under the Event Planner Listings in New York Weddings. My favourite feature in this issue? The dreamy watercolour invitations, including gorgeous designs by our friends at Katie Fischer Design and Atelier Isabey. Our Brides this year were beautiful examples from the Style Guide, with two of them in tea length gowns, and one with long lace sleeves. The best part of this issue was the last article, about a couple who have been married for 76 years. Now 100years and 99years old, they are an inspiration to us all.
This has been a very busy November, as we just completed three weddings over three consecutive weekends. I don’t tend to book so many things together as I like to space things out. However two of these were full planning weddings, and those were the dates that worked out best for the venues we wanted and the auspicious date for a Chinese wedding. When a month of coordination wedding for a client of Fiona Conrad presented itself as the third, it was hard to say no as I love her work. There was a nice gradation with these weddings, as we had 300, then 200 and then 100 guests at each. They were all so different as well. One of the reasons why I love this job so much is bringing to life different couples’ visions and often they can be so varied in style. The first had a very clean and contemporary style with lots of whites and greens in a white loft space Three Sixty. The second a classic and traditional wedding at an iconic New York venue, the Central Park Boathouse. The third wedding at Morningside Castle had a lot of fun DIY elements that our crafty bride had spent months working on.
Someone asked me recently if this job was what I had expected it to be. I think the biggest surprise when I started doing this was the physical aspect of it. I’m certainly not 21 years old anymore. Coming from a corporate job of seven years, where I sat in front of a computer all day, my body was in for a surprise! Even though I always worked out regularly, and walked everywhere, being on your feet for 12-15 hours on a wedding day is a whole new thing. The first few weddings I did were tough, but your body learns, and now it isn’t so bad. Having said that, it did feel good after our third November wedding to be able to put my feet up and not have to start working immediately on a wedding for the following weekend. No chance of sleeping in, as I have a 9month old baby at home, but it was still nice to finally take a day off. Thank you to my wonderful assistants Laureen and Ashley, who are invaluable on big wedding days.
I can’t wait to share images of these weddings with you from some incredible photographers, Susan Stripling, Christian Oth Studio and Mademoiselle Fiona. In the meantime, here are a few instagrams from my iphone.
Photography by Ang Weddings and Events
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Romance was abundant at this wedding at the Harvard Club of New York City. When I first met Maggie and Steve, it was just so sweet how they looked at each other and gave each other tender touches. Pull on your heart strings kind of stuff.
Honouring the memory of Maggie’s Father was one of the first things we had discussed while planning. A blue embroidered patch with her Father’s college football number was sewn into her lace Rivini gown. Maggie’s Mother, siblings and Steve all carried embroidered handkerchief’s with the same number. Her Father’s class ring was tied onto her bridal bouquet. After the wedding, she placed her dried bouquet at his grave.
As guests entered the Harvard Club, they were greeted by a stunning escort card arrangement by Blush Designs, with towering branches, calla lilies, roses, orchids and hydrangea arranged in a clean contemporary style. I am of the theory that you can never have too many candles, and the way the mass of pillar candles glowed throughout their ceremony in the Harvard Hall was magical. Instead of a traditional ring pillow, the rings were held in a hollowed out book with a heart indentation and a magnetic closure. The book they used was “Elements of Style”, a book that both their Fathers loved and resided on both Maggie and Steve’s bookshelves at work.
The Harvard Club is a grand venue with soaring ceilings, lots of dark wood and ornate chandeliers. Maggie wanted floral decor that would compliment the space with a contemporary and elegant feel. Blush Designs created rich red and orange arrangements in wide conical vases that almost made it look like the flowers were floating off the tables. These were surrounded by red floating candles in pedestal vases that brought such a romantic and warm glow to the room. The energetic sounds of the Groove Society had the dance floor packed (and me tapping my foot) the entire night.
Maggie grew up in Pittsburgh where the cookie table at weddings is a must have tradition. We offered the Pittsburgh smiley cookie from Eat’n Park and the New York black and white from Glaser’s Bakery. A great snack for guests on the way to the after party. Thank you to Moss & Isaac for sharing these images of their lovely fall new york wedding.
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If we’re working on 4th of July, how appropriate that it should be for a very sweet couple at the Liberty Warehouse with waterside views of the Statue of Liberty. Bobby had the best sense of humour and was so warm and kind. Sarah wore a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown and had put such sweet touches on the wedding. For their escort cards, she hand tied sparklers with a pink ribbon. At the end of this highlight, where the fireworks started going off as we were playing with sparklers with Dave Robbins Photography is just perfect. Thank you to Kiss the Bride Films for capturing their special day and sharing this highlight with us.
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