Your Wedding, Your Way!

Personalizing your wedding is a fun way to give your guests a glimpse into the life you are starting with your new spouse.  Adding little details allows your wedding to be unique while showing everyone who the bride and groom really are.

Share your favorite wine or his favorite beer decorated with a cute saying.

Display maps and pictures of where you met, where you got engaged, and where you are saying “I do”.
Take these home with you after!

Don’t be afraid to include that other special someone in your wedding day…

Send home guests with something special like your favorite cappuccino mix, some candy, or a tasty treat from a local bakery.  Wrap them in a special package.

 

Rain, Rain, Go Away.

When nursery rhymes and desperate wishes don’t stop the wet weather from pouring down on your wedding day, it’s time to embrace mother nature for whatever she brings.

But first, there are a couple of important tips to remember when you face the chance of rainy weather.  ALWAYS have a back up plan.  Have plan b’s for your location, your guests, your pictures, and whatever else that may have to be altered.  Don’t take chances. Buy those umbrellas and tents so no one has to run around making last minute plans the day of.  Another important thing is to make the decision early on.  It can be a hard decision to make but your vendors need the time to make the day just as perfect as it would be without the weather change.  Trust your vendors’ advice, they’ve done this before!

And our final advice… get excited! Maybe it won’t be the wedding you imagined, but there are so many ways to make a rainy wedding the wedding of your dreams.  And ABE is here to show you how…

Tents can be beautiful.  Lots of lights will make it glow and give you a fun party space.

Get some rain boots to keep dry in style.

Umbrellas! For you and your guests. Go with vintage white…

…or color to match your theme…

…or how about this gorgeous clear umbrella from Etsy.com with your new initials.

Finally, make it a photo op!

 

 

The Best Escort Cards For Your Wedding

Escort cards don’t have to be the usual plain fold up paper ones.  There are countless ways to add some personality to the way your guests find their seats.  We’ve found a few ideas to inspire you.

Display your cards in a fun and unique way

Give your guests something sweet to drink or eat while finding their seat!

Use elements of nature for a natural rustic look

Have a themed wedding? Don’t forget to incorporate the theme into your cards!

These candles from a recent ABE wedding were not only a beautiful way for guests to find their seats but they lit up the room and were a stunning addition to the event’s decor.

One of our favorite ideas is to give your guests a mini bottle of bubbly for them to pop when you make your grand entrance.

 

An Enchanted Wedding

Katie May

Some of us spend our childhood dreaming of our storybook wedding. Well, this story does not have to be fiction. Let your fairy tale come to life with these magical ideas for an “Enchanted Wedding”.

Shareen Vintage

Picturesque floral arrangements that incorporate branches and delicate flowers will have your guests feeling like they’re in an enchanted forest.

This DIY decor has a fun whimsical feel to it.

Countless draping lights will illuminate the night with a magical ambiance.

Serve dessert floating in jeweled colored ribbons to show off dazzling and delicious treats.

“We Are Family”

For many people a wedding is not just about the bride and groom.  It’s about two families coming together. Give a special thanks and tribute to those family members who’ve supported and loved you with these lovely ideas.

Kimberly Chau Photography

Jason & Anna Photography

Ampersand Photography

A Great Affair

With the new Great Gatsby movie hitting theaters tomorrow we have Gatsby fever! Who wouldn’t want to have a party like this?:

Maybe you don’t have a mansion like Gatsby but we have a few ideas to transport your wedding back to the 1920’s.

If you’re going to attend a Roaring Twenties soiree you need to dress the part.  We love this Maggie Sottero gown for the bride and this flapper style for bridesmaids by Unique Vintage.  Finish off the look with an embellished headpiece.

Remember the more extravagant the better!“I like large parties. They’re so intimate.” -F.Scott Fitzgerald

Short and Sweet

I’ve never been a big fan of short bridal dresses. For me I just figured it’s one of the few occasions you can wear a ground skimming gown and feel like… well like a star! I also don’t quite get the multiple costume changes. Once you find THE dress you should be so madly in love with it that you never want to take it off. Especially after only a couple of hours.

Well, after this years New York Bridal Fashion Week I have to say…I may be converting! I am now an absolute believer in short wedding attire and gown changes! This year many designers featured higher hem lines that were amazing to say the least. I fell in love with the flirty, funky, flare and now can understand why some brides chose the shorter look. As for the multiple wedding ensembles, lets face it, sometimes we just can’t decide. Why should we?? We can’t help it if we fall madly in love with multiple looks. Who says you can’t have your princess gown AND dancing-queen dress?? It’s your big day, have your cake and eat it too!

Here are a few of ABE favorites…

Marchesa / Monique Lhuillier / Rafael Cennamo / Reem Acra

New York Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2013

Last week was New York Bridal Fashion Week where all the top, new designers showed off their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Here at ABE we went through thousands of dresses (our favorite kind of work!) to pick out our favorites and show you! There were so many trends to choose from: back detailing, capes, sleeves, and more. We chose to focus on a truly tasteful trend: lace. It’s so beautiful and we love how it can be either classic or modern. What do you think of our top picks?

 

Oscar de la Renta

This season Oscar de la Renta’s gowns were classic, pretty, and elegant. Many of them have sleeves that add a delicate feminine touch. We had a hard time choosing which ones to show.

Romona Keveza

Romona Keveza was another designer with classic styles from mermaid dresses to full princess styles and everything in between.  We love the little details of all her dresses like the peekaboo lace on the top  of the first dress or the beautiful one shoulder style of the middle one.

Reem Acra & Marchesa

Reem Acra- These gowns are all about edgy feminine styles. This dress is great for brides who love taking fashion risks!

Marchesa- Of course we had to include another favorite: Marchesa. This collection featured a lot of modest styles, which happens to be another big trend this year. This dress is one of the less covered styles with gorgeous lace sleeves that flow into a stunning cape.

Robert Bullock & Nicole Miller 

Robert Bullock- The perfect collection for the girly girl.  He designs those dresses you dream of as a little girl and then adds a surprising detail like this deep slit.  He knows how to make brides look sexy and classy.

Nicole Miller- Nicole Miller’s cut out dress with lace is sexy with out being too much. Another designer that perfects making gowns stunning yet classy.

EMERALD Green with Envy…

Recently we talked about mint green well now we are talking about one of the darkest of the green shades, which just happens to be Pantone’s 2013 color of the year: Emerald!

We’re starting to see this bold color everywhere: in fashion on the runway, red carpet, and street wear, as well as in home décor, makeup and of course let’s not forget weddings.

Emerald is definitely a daring color because it is such a rich hue but there’s no need to be afraid of going green.  Check out these great ways below to include emerald in your big day. We’ll show you “It CAN be easy being green!”

Wedding Mania

A Votre Service Event

 

 

 

Angel Orensanz Wedding By Ali Barone Events

Kera and David were overjoyed to be having their wedding at the historic and magical Angel Orensanz Center, the oldest surviving synagogue building in New York City. This place truly glows with history and tradition. It’s interior structure resembles the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and has a sanctuary designed to look like the Sistine Chapel. The couple just loved that the synagogue linked their Jewish heritage while providing a place to start their future.  Angel Orensanz housed both the couple’s ceremony and the reception where gorgeous deep reds, sultry purples and the soft glow of the candle lite created a romantic ambiance throughout the night. After a touching ceremony the rocking reception blew the night away, filled with delicious food, dancing, live rock n’ roll and a light show!  If this wedding is any kind of prediction of this vibrant couple’s marriage we know it will be filled with a ton of love and lots of fun.

Kera looked stunning on her big day

 Flowers trimmed the chuppah completing the beautiful canopy.

Enza from Diana Gould ltd. designed breathtaking floral arrangements to frame the aisle.

These orange, watermelon, and mint flavored waters were poured into champagne glasses for guests to sip on as they arrived and mingled before the ceremony.  Such a refreshing idea!

The candles below designed by the creative bride and groom served as unique table seatings for guests. It was simply magical to see all the candles together and then to watch them slowly make their way around the room and glow throughout the reception.

The lights completed the entire look of the reception. From elegant to lively they changed all night long to reflect the mood of each moment.

We wish Kera and David a lifetime of happiness!

Event Planning: Ali Barone Events (nyweddingmaven.com)

Photography: Mark Nelson Photography (marknelsonphoto.com)

Cinematography: Robert Charles

Flowers & Decor: Enza Anastasi (Diana Gould DianaGouldLtd.com)

Catering: EspritEvents (EspritEvents.com)

Band: Erik Marshal Band at Hank Lane Music & Productions  (HankLane.com)