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March 18, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

There’s no vision too specific for this anything-goes city. Whether you’re looking for a Brooklyn-cowboy bash like Lindsay Palmer and Arthur Vint’s or a sprawling celebration at a real-life castle, New York is overflowing with ways to throw a one-of-a-kind affair: Want to say “I do” on a rooftop farm? Or hire a walking guest book for your reception? Find all sorts of unexpected possibilities, plus gowns to make you a true blushing bride, extra-colorful cakes, and a massive list of the city’s top photographers, florists, and planners. Here’s everything you need to plan the party of your wildest dreams.
On the Cover: Danielle Levitt for New York Magazine. Pink silk-gazar strapless sweetheart column gown with draped bodice by Monique Lhuillier, $4,550; Patricia pearl earrings by Ana Khouri, $6,180; platinum engagement ring by Tiffany, price upon request. Hair by Leon Gorman for Cutler NY at the Magnet Agency. Makeup by Mark Edio using Sephora at See Management. Manicure by Elena Capo at the Wall Group. Bouquet by By Yena Designs, $300.

Features

Modern Love

From ethereal lacy dresses to a hot-pink number—spring’s most covetable gowns.

Field to Table

Untamed floral arrangements that bring out your wild side.

Elevate the Basics

Chicken and waffles gets the formal treatment.

Anything But White Cake

Make a statement with rainbow sprinkles or a doughnut tower.

Ask the Experts

The Gown Designer

“When you have the right corseting, you don’t have to rely on Spanx to feel beautiful in your wedding dress.”

The Stationer

Clean and simple are some great key words to use with any stationer.”

The Jeweler

“My clients aren’t looking for their moms’ rings.”

The Registry Entrepreneur

“The people who love you don’t want to buy you a trash can for your wedding.”

The Cinematographer

“People love having the five-minute highlight reel—you need something for Facebook.”

Style Guide

Works of Art

An angled hem here, a bare shoulder there: The season's gowns are clever and romantic.

The Perks of Being a Bridesmaid

A kaleidoscope of dresses—that they'll actually wear again.

Mind Those Feet

A heel (or ballet flat, or stacked sandal) for every aisle walk.

Lingerie Wars

Go demure—or not—with these night-of lingerie options.

Album

Rise & Shine

New York couples recall those jittery morning-of moments—stubborn zippers and all—in the final hours before the wedding.

Art Deco Affair

“Long before it was acceptable to bring up wedding locations, I already had my venue picked out.”

Cowboy Soirée

“We had a limited budget, but we decided to spend extra on a live band and a fancy cake.”

Backyard Brunch

“We love to rent houses with friends, and wanted to recreate that same fun experience for our guests.”

Streetwide Celebration

“We’re not highly political people. We’re just two girls who love each other.”

Rooftop Nuptials

“Italy was the best career move for Neville, so we took the plunge.”

Block Party

“We wanted something that was intimate and uniquely ours.”

Farm Fête

“We tried to use every part of the property, and took our pictures on a hilltop where we like to take morning walks.”

The Checklist

Foiled!

Wedding invites get the metallic treatment.

Work Out ... and Chill Out

Five fitness classes that will tone you up and calm you down.

Not Another Blender

Newlyweds reveal the wedding gifts they actually use.

Band of Outsiders

Local jewelers make a case for their not-so-basic wedding rings.

The Everything Guide to a Better Bachelorette Party

Five local, slightly off-the-beaten-path itineraries for every type of bride-to-be.

What I Wish I’d Known

Newlyweds offer 20/20 hindsight on the big day.

Reception

Killer Views

A rooftop farm high above the East River, a lighthouse on the Long Island Sound, a barn amid the rolling Catskills, and other spots with sprawling vistas.

Beyond the Photo Booth

An old-timey phonograph, a teepee, and other out-of-the-box bonus entertainment for your guests.

Make It Pop

Fizzy-cocktail recipes from five local drinkmasters.

An Original Soundtrack

However obscure your tastes may be—nineties Pavement tracks, twenties jazz standards—eight hyperspecific wedding bands are up for the challenge.

Honeymoon

Time Is On Your Side

Whether you have just three days or a luxurious three weeks, a getaway for every culture vulture, beachcomber, and wine snob.

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