Simple and Chic New York City Wedding Style – Cecelia and Neil

Happy Monday morning Junebug readers! I hope you all had wonderful weekends! I’m excited for this week on Junebug, as we’re bringing you all kinds of fantastic Wedding Style features – one each day – leading up to Friday which is a big, big occasion for us. Our 5th Birthday! That’s right, 5 years ago on July 1st Junebug Weddings launched and what a journey it’s been! Stay tuned for lots of excited news and events about how we plan to celebrate, and until then, enjoy a week full of absolutely beautiful weddings starting with this New York city beauty from photographer Alison Conklin !

Simple and Chic New York City Wedding Style – Cecelia and Neil

The Couple: Cecelia and Neil

The Wedding: 3.12.11 – Studio 450 , New York City, New York

What three adjectives that best describe your wedding? Personal, New York, Happy

What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? Neil and I wanted our guests to see us in the details of our wedding and really feel like they were a special part of the day. We chose unique music and readings for the ceremony that evoked emotion for us personally (Shel Silverstein’s hug of war was on our programs, and my sister sang Didos Thank You). We hung wedding pictures of the wedding party and close family who were married or soon to be married at the reception. We are both from the New York area, and we reunited and started dating after a fateful run-in at a New York dive bar. We wanted the night to feel natural, simple, chic, and city. Once we found Studio 450, that all came easily. The place is a blank white canvas with tons of windows in the ceremony/reception area that overlook the Hudson, so decided to focus on the views. The cocktail hour space upstairs had panoramic views of the Hudson on one side and New York city on the other. We timed the ceremony just before sunset, so the natural light streamed through and gave a soft, golden glow to the pale yellow runner and forsythia branches. A family friend played acoustic guitar and sang during the cocktail hour upstairs where the guests could casually enjoy the sunset. After sunset, when the guests returned to the ceremony area that changed into the reception, the room felt like a different space. We had tons of high and low candles and long tables with low airy yellow, green and gold flower arrangements that led the guests’ eyes out to the night sky.

Simple and Chic New York City Wedding Style – Cecelia and Neil

Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? Besides saying I do before our very best childhood friends, my favorite moment was when my sister sang Thank You during our ceremony. The words never rang more true then when she sang it that day. It was just after our vows, so I had a chance to feel my own emotion, and look around the room and see true emotion in our guests’ eyes. She sang it beautifully, and it was a truly special moment. My two best decisions were choosing Real Foods Catering and Alison Conklin as our photographer. Yen, from Real Foods became a sort of wedding planner, who not only served amazingly unique food, but also guided me on choosing china, room set up, and overall coordination and timing of events. I LOVE HER. Alison and her husband could not have been better photographers. I was VERY nervous about all the attention, and they both made the day feel so natural. I never would have imagined the amazing images they were able to capture. I look back and really can’t believe that was actually my wedding. I was anxious to take my cathedral veil off (Im the person who originally didnt want to wear a veil at all) but Alison gently encouraged me to keep my veil on long enough to take pictures on the rooftop deck, and Im so happy I listened to her. The pictures with it flowing in the wind are breathtaking. What I loved the most about our wedding was the personal feeling of love and friendship. We were married by two of our dearest friends, we passed around our rings so all of our guests could bless them before we placed them on each other’s fingers, a family friend played our ceremony and cocktail music, and we danced the night away (and after-party away) surrounded by wonderful people.

Wedding color palette: Yellow, gold, and green.

Simple and Chic New York City Wedding Style – Cecelia and Neil

Wedding Team:

Photographer: Alison Conklin
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Studio 450
Invitation Designer: Bits and Pieces
Catering: Real Food
Florist: Verde Flowers
Cake: Real Food
Wedding dress: Kleinfeld
Bridal accessories: Kleinfeld
Bridesmaid’s apparel and accessories: Jenny Yoo
Groom and groomsman apparel and accessories: Mens Warehouse
Hair and make-up: Amanda Shackleton
DJ: Rob Goodmonson
Live music: Jacks Waterfall
Favors: Lindt Chocolates
Rings: Niletti Creations

Thank you so much Cecelia and Neil! What a gorgeous night!

To find inspiration for your our personal wedding style, don’t miss our Wedding Image Gallery !

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Gold Wedding Decor Accents from LunaBazaar.com

A few years back I started to notice, and then crave, the rich warm glow of gold – in jewelry, in design, in little touches of color all around. To this day I still wear at least a touch of it all the time instead of the silver I used to love, and I especially adore what it can do for the environments we build for weddings and celebrations! LunaBazaar.com (One of our fabulous blog sponsors) has a fantastic selection of wedding decor items that make the most of gold’s classic yet exotic feel. These selections of colorful glass candle holders gilded with gold would make incredible accents for warm-weather weddings, adding a richness to the traditionally bold colors of summer!

Fuschia and gold wedding candle holders …

Gold Wedding Decor Accents from LunaBazaar.com

White, cream and gold wedding candle holders …

Gold Wedding Decor Accents from LunaBazaar.com

Turquoise, green and gold wedding candle holders…

Gold Wedding Decor Accents from LunaBazaar.com

Plum and lilac wedding candle holders …

Gold Wedding Decor Accents from LunaBazaar.com

Beautiful, right? Check out LunaBazaar.com for lots more, and don’t miss our Wedding Image Gallery for wedding decor ideas and inspiration in your favorite color palettes!

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Congratulations to the Winner of the Winks by Georgie Beauty Giveaway!

Congratulations to the Winner of the Winks by Georgie Beauty Giveaway!

Congratulations to the winner of our Winks by Georgie Beauty giveaway ! Linda D, you’re our gal, and we’re sure you’re going to love your lashes!

Thanks so much to Georgie Beauty for sharing their wonderful products, and thanks to all of you who entered to win! We have numerous giveaways coming up in July, so we hope you’ll try again then!

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Colorful Summer Vineyard Wedding – Jillian and Chris

Colorful Summer Vineyard Wedding – Jillian and Chris

Long time couple Jillian and Chris’ vineyard wedding is so filled with a joyful summertime vibe that I swear I can feel the sunshine radiating from their images by photographers Chris + Lynn ! Sunflowers, BBQ and games on the lawn – get ready to get your summer on!

Colorful Summer Vineyard Wedding – Jillian and Chris

The Goals: Jillian and Chris wanted their wedding to be as fun for their guests as it was for them, so they chose to hold the whole celebration at the Church & State Winery in Brentwood Bay, BC and they filled the day with activities and special treats for everyone! The wedding progressed happily from their ceremony, to a country-chic BBQ themed cocktail party on the lawn, to a wine and cheese tasting, to a full dinner and dancing reception, and thoughtful and personal touches appeared every step of the way.

Colorful Summer Vineyard Wedding – Jillian and Chris

The Design: With the help of wedding planning pros Elements Modern Weddings , Jillian and Chris took advantage of the spectacular natural backdrops of the winery, and incorporated the relaxed spirit of a Tuscan inspired vineyard into the design of their day. Vibrant sunflowers appeared in all the floral arrangements and design details, wine barrels were used as cocktail tables throughout the day, and demi-bottles of wine with invitations printed on the labels were sent to every guest to begin the festivities off right. Hand painted wooden signs made by Jillian’s mom, dad and brother welcomed and guided guests to each event.

During the cocktail party after the ceremony, games like croquet, bocce and horseshoes were set-up around the lawn, and tasty passed appetizers of pulled pork sandwiches (Chris’ favorite), fried chicken, watermelon and feta skewers and bruschetta were served. Two bars were stocked with red and white sangria and lemonade, and there was an old-fashioned pop corn machine (Jillian’s favorite!) for all to enjoy too. They even had flip-flops for their guests so they could kick off their shoes and relax! “Our cocktail party was a lot of fun. Instead of sending our guests away and telling them to come back 3+ hrs later, we decided to plan an afternoon of fun for them to enjoy (and us too)!”

After a wine and cheese tasting that allowed everyone to taste the wines made on-site, the reception was held inside the winery. Guest sat at long family style tables for dinner, which carried on the day’s black, white and yellow color palette and elegant but relaxed feel. The wedding cake, in honor of Jillian’s French Canadian heritage, was a traditional French Croquembouche.

The Look: Jillian chose a simple lace dress that she then had altered to become exactly what she had been envisioning. Just like the simple back cocktail dresses that her bridesmaids wore, she wanted her wedding dress to be comfortable and easy to wear during such a fun and active summer wedding day. And those red bridal shoes ? Brilliant!

Colorful Summer Vineyard Wedding – Jillian and Chris

The Moments: Both Jillian and Chris loved the moments when they first saw each other all dressed up on their wedding day, and when they went with photographers Chris + Lynn to the nearby sunflower fields and barn to take pictures they had a wonderful time just being alone together in the midst of all the activity.

One of the most sentimental moments came during the ceremony as they read their very personal vows to each other. “We spent a lot of time writing our own vows, and hearing them at the ceremony was incredibly sentimental – they truly expressed how we felt for each other.” Another was when they walked into the reception and were announced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. “That moment was absolutely incredible, as we looked at each other and then looked around at everyone there, the most special people of our lives, celebrating us. We have never felt so loved and supported, and that moment still gives us goosebumps!”

And looking back, they say that their very best decision was, “investing in amazing photographers and believing in our vision for OUR perfect day – staying true to what we wanted.” We couldn’t agree more!

The Pros: To learn about the many wedding professionals who were a part of this incredible day, please visit Jillian and Chris’ page in our Real Wedding Library .

Colorful Summer Vineyard Wedding – Jillian and Chris

Thank you for telling us all about your wedding day Jill and Chris !

To plan your own Southern California or Seattle area wedding, browse our Plan Your Wedding Hotlists ! And to find a dream wedding photographer for your wedding anywhere in the world, be sure to check out Junebug’s World’s Best Wedding Photographers Hotlist !

Colorful Summer Vineyard Wedding – Jillian and Chris

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Summer Beauty Tips from the Barneys Blog

Summer Beauty Tips from the Barneys Blog

Barneys New York , the one stop shop for all things ultra-fashionable, now has a blog called The Window and I’m loving the style scoop they’re providing!

Just in time for summer, Barneys’ blogger Kim Anderson interviewed nine leading beauty experts, from top makeup artists likeDaniel Martin and Gucci Westman to in-the-know beauty editors from Harpers Bazaar, Allure and W Magazine, to share their secret weapons for easy summer skin care and beauty. Perfect for all women, whether you’re walking down the aisle, down the hall, or down the beach, here are the top tips we loved the most… and you can read the full article along with all kinds of other beauty and fashion goodness at Barneys.com !

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I. Jessica Prince, Beauty Editor, Harpers Bazaar

Summer Beauty Tips from the Barneys Blog

Summer Essential: Ive tried tons of tinted moisturizers, and Shiseido The Skincare Tinted Moisture Protection SPF 20 is my favorite. The formula provides an instant dewy glow and protection from the sunperfect for warm-weather makeup.

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Daniel Martin, Makeup Artist

Summer Beauty Tips from the Barneys Blog

1. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square gives balance to a dewy, sun-kissed complexion. The added bonus is the pencil form for application precision.
2. Besides the buildable and comfortable coverage you get from Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation , its plastic tube makes it convenient for travel.
3. My friend Catherine at Vogue turned me on to Serge Luten s Water Lip Color in Indian Ink . Its the perfect shade and texture for a barely-there color. Very chic!
4. I use Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics Wet and Dry Eyeshadow for the intense color payoff! The amazing shades take you from day to night, and they dont crease in the humidity.

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Eva Chen, Beauty Director, Teen Vogue

Summer Beauty Tips from the Barneys Blog

Summer Essential:I am a total manicure-aholic. After using a polish once, I never use it again, except in the case of Girls Just Want to Have Fun . Its the perfect coral, and her ultra-smooth formula is easy to DIY!

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Amy Keller Laird, Deputy Editor & Beauty Director, Allure

Summer Beauty Tips from the Barneys Blog

Summer Essential: Sheer bright lipstick is ideal in the summer. You get a pop of color without heaviness or worry that itll migrate in the heat. I adore Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte in Tangy Orange its a true orange shade that feels like lip balm and has a delicious fruity scent.

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Gucci Westman, Makeup Artist

Summer Beauty Tips from the Barneys Blog

1. I love the Ama La Hydrating Face Polish , perfect to prepare your skin for summer, get rid of dead skin and get an even glow.

2. Natura Bisse spf 50 Luminous Shield feels nice on the skin and provides a great canvas for makeup.

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Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director, W Magazine

Summer Beauty Tips from the Barneys Blog

1. Chantecaille Real Skin Foundation SPF 30 – Despite being decades beyond the Sea Breeze teens, I still deal with shine, particularly in summer. Hence the powder foundation.
2. Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Nail Lacquer in Rich Coffee Along with teal and coral, I am totally digging dark brown toes for summer. Its terribly chic and unexpected.
3. Without NARS Blush in Orgasm , I automatically look tired and washed out. The orgasm shade makes my cheeks (and nose, and forehead) look just short of sunburned.
4. Le Labo Santal 33 Fragrance is the lightest way to be sexy in summer heat. I can already imagine how this will smell in the breeze with a white linen dress.

Thanks Barneys!

Summer Beauty Tips from the Barneys Blog

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