Iwona and Francois

Wednesday, February 20, 2013














































Have you ever seen New York quite as lovely as this?

When two European expats living in the Big Apple decide to tie the knot, a winter wedding in their adopted hometown is a classic, albeit unconventional choice. Wedding invitations, designed by the bride and printed by The Paper Boutique, echoed the event's quiet elegance and directed the 100 guests to New York State's oldest Catholic church, St Peter's, where the pair was married in a traditional Catholic Mass. After the ceremony, the newlyweds posed for a photo with their guests on the steps of the church before making a grand exit in a vintage cream-colored Rolls Royce.

 Iwona wore a crystal trimmed gown by Angel Sanchez paired with Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, a veil from Kleinfeld and gems from Adorn. Wrapped in a vintage fur stole and opera-length gloves from M&J Bridal Salon, she stayed warm in the gently falling snow. Francois wore a traditional morning suit, and their 1-year old son looked handsome in a gray tweed vest and matching short pants. 
 
Teissia and Alia of Firefly Events worked with the couple to create an elegant evening reception at the beautiful Bowery Hotel, where many of the guests were meeting for the very first time! Tables were illuminated by tapers and votives and covered in soft arrangements of garden roses, ranunculus and anemones by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design. Each place setting featured wedding portraits and family photos that doubled as menus for the three course Italian meal from Gemma at The Bowery Hotel, and for dessert guests enjoyed slices of vanilla and chocolate wedding cake from A Simple Cake as well as traditional Italian pastries and tarts.

Lucky for us, Elisabeth Millay Photography and Tree Of Life Films were on-hand to capture every gorgeous moment of this wintery wedding–a big thank you for letting me feature your stunning work! 

19 comments:

  1. It literally looks like a perfume ad for Estee Lauder. And I love the bride's simple, elegant hair.

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  2. Oh, I love this wedding! That picture of her leaning back in his arms looks like something straight out of an old movie--stunning!

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  3. Wow, that fur stole and the gloves just knocked me out, absolutely stunning!
    The bride has such a regal air about her and her dress looks like it was made for her!
    Love this wedding, every single element is perfect!

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  4. What a beautiful winter wedding!!

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  5. LOVE this winter wedding! The Bride looks so classic & elegant in her fur stole & gloves.

    always, koru kate

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  6. Ha! Yeah, Johanna said it best. Estee Lauder ad for sure. It looks like such a classy affair.

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  7. So beautiful! I just love vintage stamps... that invitation had me at hello. :)

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  8. gorgeous. love those frames of them dancing.

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  9. such a dreamy wedding. really love how airy some of these images feel. wow!

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  10. Stunning classic beauty! First time visiting your lovely blog. I'm also a classically trained soprano :) xo

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  11. The cake is perfect. It exemplifies their style perfectly. Classic, clean, chic, and absolutely stunning. And yes, Estee Lauder worthy, haha!

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  12. The reception area is so cozy and beautiful!

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  13. Wow! The neckline in that dress is all sorts of beautiful!

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  14. the photos with falling snow are so beautiful! x

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  15. the snow! this wedding could NOT have been more new york. perfect.

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  16. Ah, there's something so impossibly romantic about a winter wedding. And set in my beloved city? It doesn't get any better.

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