PREMIERE ISSUE WINTER 2015
CITY WEDDINGS REDEFINED WINTER 2015 WHERE TO WEAR | MEET THE PARENTS | REAL ENGAGEMENTS
checklist: you said yes! now what?
the mostest: your just-engaged guide
trade secrets: engagement portraits
rsvp: spreading the news
fashion report: where to wear
the maps: meet the parents
engagement parties: a feast for the senses
engagement parties: downtown uptown
favorite things: lindsey schwartz
from the top photos by: fred marcus studio, riley & gray, moss + isaac, regas, monique lhuillier, serenade, allan zepeda photography, sofia negron photography, lindsey schwartz
When we ventured out to create Twirl Weddings, we knew we wanted to achieve two objectives: to create a great website that used our combined expertise and experience in the world of luxury weddings and for it to have a super local focus so that it could appeal to real brides planning a wedding in their area. Simple enough, right? But content that is updated daily is light, quick, vetted but more off-the-cuff. The Twirl List and our site franchises provide great vendors and city locales, but we knew our brides would need more. More inspiration, more detail, more of the more. So we conceived The Book. The Book is what we would want in a bridal magazine, but digital. You can flip through the pages for inspiration or you can spend an hour or two reading it cover to cover just like a traditional magazine. The best part is that each page is clickable. Like that gown in our fashion feature Where to Wear? Click on it and it will take you to the designer. Need more details on the venue we perfectly paired with it? A click will take you to their site for the full 411. A full dose of inspiration, with a helping of info to back it up. The Book allows us to be more focused. This, our first issue, is The Engagement Issue. We figured what better way for us to kick off Twirl than by celebrating engagements â€“ yours and ours. We are hoping that we will be together every step of the way. So share with us as we are with you. Let us know what you think of The Book through social media using #TwirlEngagement.
Let's Celebrate! The Twirl Girls
photo by allan zepeda photography
There's nothing that gets us more excited than clicking through photos from real weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers and other pre- and post-wedding parties. The details, the decor, and of course the dress are what we love seeing and sharing!
And while our focus is on New York City - all five boroughs - our reach isn't limited to the city limits. We want to hear about engagements and weddings across the tri-state area: Long Island and the Hamptons, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey. Questions? Email us at email@example.com
photo by christian oth
If you'd like to send us your wedding or celebration photos, please complete our real wedding form. We accept submissions from brides, grooms, planners and photographers.
This gal's passion for food is eclipsed only by her sense of humor. Because if she wasn't bitter, she'd have no taste at all! After almost 17 years writing and producing lifestyle content for tv, commercials and web she's learned a little and eaten a lot. Kristen has had the pleasure of featuring top chefs such as Eric Rippert, Gavin Kaysen, Marc Forgione, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Michele Richard, and Dan Kluger. In addition to her passion for all things culinary, she's produced for brands such as Joanthan Adler, American Express, Macy's, and L'Oréal. In her nonexistent spare time, she's traded in cooking elaborate meals and going to restaurant openings for trying out new recipes on her favorite and harshest critic: her 17-month-old son.
photo by jennifer bowen photography
We have Allan Zepeda to thank for our fab editor's letter photo, and the Feast for the Senses engagement party on page 46. Allan, while based in New York and San Francisco, has shot weddings across the country and around the globe, including Europe, the Caribbean and Central America. We love the way he captures the emotions of the day, along with the romance, and of course all the details, but we’re not the only ones. Last year Allan shot the wedding of Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita and his work is routinely featured in all of our favorite bridal mags. When he’s not shooting a wedding, chances are Allan is in an exotic location or a five star restaurant celebrating with friends. The best way to keep track of him? Follow his Instagram feed!
KELLY ASHWORTH, KELLY ASHWORTH DESIGN
We have genius designer Kelly Ashworth to thank for the layout of both The Book and TwirlWeddings.com. A graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Advertising, Kelly worked at WB Doner and several boutique agencies before opening Kelly Ashworth Design in 2004. In addition to branding, web design and wedding stationery projects, Kelly enjoys spending days with her two daughters, date nights with her husband, and traveling the world.
CHRISTIAN OTH, CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO
When you look at one of Christian Oth’s photos, you can absorb the emotion of an entire wedding from a single image. So when searching for the perfect shot for our first cover, we knew exactly who to go to. Christian and his top notch roster of photographers at Christian Oth Studio know every venue and picturesque spot in New York City, so whether it’s for your wedding or your engagement portraits (see Christian’s engagement photo tips on page 26), you will be in very good hands. Christian opened the studio in 2005 and countless weddings around the world and professional accolades later, including being named one of the ten best wedding photographers in the world by American Photo, he continues to redefine the art of wedding photography.
photo by ahmet ze
ALLAN ZEPEDA, ALLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGRAPHY
You said Yes! Now What? YOUR FIRST TO-DO'S WHETHER YOU'RE GETTING MARRIED HOME OR ABROAD
If you haven't already, add your engagement ring to your homeowner's insurance policy. It's okay to make your secret wedding boards public now, so pin away! Pick up copies of the latest wedding magazines on newsstands. We recommend Martha Stewart Weddings for details and BRIDES for fashion inspiration. And if you can get your hands on it, WedLuxe out of Canada has beautiful decor ideas. Have the in-laws meet for dinner even if they've met before. Not sure where to take them? Make a reservation at one of these establishments. Decide on the wedding's budget. Ask mom and dad if they'll be contributing and find out if there are any strings attached if they are.
If you're having an engagement party make sure to register for gifts at two or three stores. Don't think you need anything? Do you already have these must-haves? Maybe your BFFs already know, but to be sure and as a keepsake, ask each one to be your bridesmaid with a personal note.
Is a destination wedding in the cards? Fly off to wherever you wish to wed and find out if the locale is right for you, your guests, and any senior relatives who must attend. (Can granny make the long flight? Will the grounds accommodate grandpa's wheelchair?) Pick a date, book a place, and then make bridal salon appointments to shop for the one. Get the most out of the day with one of Twirl New York's curated shopping guides. Now that you know the where and when, order save-the-date cards to let your guests know, and create a wedding website or app for more need-to-know info.
Start meeting with recommended vendors (see the Twirl List for our picks) and hire those who see your vision and can bring it to life. After hiring your photographer, schedule an engagement portrait shoot for some fun candids of the two of you to use on your save the date, wedding website and holiday card.
And by the way, congratulations! WINTER 2015
from the top images courtesy of: per se, hermes, jamie levine photography / kleinfeld bridal, moss + isaac
Too busy or overwhelmed to plan your own wedding? Interview and hire a wedding planner to guide you through the process, and handle mom when she's stressing you out.
photo by parris whittingham | from parris with love
image courtesy of riley & gray
Since we’re well beyond the days of the phone chain, a stylish wedding website is the best way to share not just the news of your engagement, but also where you’ll be getting married, hotel options for guests, where you’ve registered, and all the other need-to-know details. Not sure which website design tool you should sign up with? Riley & Grey offers chic limited-edition designs with custom domains and a mobile version to ensure that your guests can find whatever they need to know (last minute directions perhaps?). $35 per month or annual fee of $240, rileygrey.com.* *Riley & Grey is offering the first 100 Twirl New York readers to create a website at 50% off.
image courtesy of jung lee ny
Registering for your wedding is like making your wish list for Santa, filled with all the toys you’ve ever wanted to play with. But this time, instead of asking for a doll or train set, you’re asking for an espresso machine, service for twelve and a Dyson vacuum. Jung Lee in NoMad offers couples a new take on registering where you’ll work with a designer to create a customized list that reflects your day-to-day living. The store offers designer products for dining, entertaining, and decorating your home, with the option to mix and match patterns within their design vignettes to coordinate with what you already own or may inherit. 25 West 29th Street at Broadway, (212) 257-5655, jungleeny.com
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Sending a text message with such an important question is so 2005. Pick up one of these fun and festive cards to write a sweet note instead.
3 Clockwise from top left: 1) We literally squealed with delight when we learned J.Crew’s online wedding shop was selling Sugar Paper’s pink, white, and metallic gold bridesmaid and maid-ofhonor cards. $6.75, jcrew.com. 2) Let the balloon do the asking with a Pop-theQuestion Maid Card, available in both bridesmaid and maid-of-honor styles. $14, bhldn.com. 3) Tell your future maid-of-honor why she would make the best MOH ever with Smock’s sweet letterpressed card. Bridesmaid and flower girl designs are also available. $5, available at Lion in the Sun, 232 7th Avenue, Park Slope and 314 Main Street, Huntington, lioninthesunps.com. 4) Buy each girl the same card with Rifle Paper Co.’s floral illustrated set, sold in packs of 8 at Paper Source, $19.95. Locations throughout the tri-state area, papersource.com WINTER 2015
Bookmark the Pages in These Must-Reads
We’re pretty sure you’ve already been on Pinterest and picked up a copy of Martha Stewart Weddings, but if you’ve been waiting to make a bigger investment in your own personal wedding library here are a few the Twirl Librarians recommend:
1) The New-Fashioned Wedding: Designing Your Artful, Modern, Crafty, Textured, Sophisticated Celebration, $45. 2) VOGUE Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers, $85. 3) Style Me Pretty Weddings: Inspiration and Ideas for an Unforgettable Celebration, $30.
photo by jamie levine photography \ kleinfeld bridal
Where to Shop
Before you start making appointments at salons around town, have some ideas as to what your wedding-day style will be. Are you looking for a fashion-forward design, or something more traditional? A glamorous gown with a bit of bling, or a more modest look? Once you’ve pinned and printed your favorite runway and red-carpet styles, use Twirl’s Wedding Dress Shopping Guides to plan where to book your appointments, where to find the closest and best spots to grab a quick bite between them, and how to celebrate once you’ve found the one. Dress credits from the top: Inbal Dror available at Mark Ingram Atelier, Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera
the MOSTEST Following the Pinners
To say that Pinterest can be overwhelming is an understatement. Let Twirl New York ease some of the stress of finding pinspiration with an edited list of our favorite pinners:
THIS IS GLAMOROUS pinterest.com/thisisglamorous
BROOKLYN BRIDE pinterest.com/vbroussard
DAUGHTER OF DESIGN pinterest.com/DaughteroDesign
GLITTER GUIDE pinterest.com/glitterguide
MATCHBOOK MAG pinterest.com/matchbookmag
WEDDING CHICKS pinterest.com/weddingchicks
WED LUXE pinterest.com/wedluxe
LOVELY LITTLE DETAILS pinterest.com/lovelydetails
photo by moss + isaac
ENGAGEMENT PORTRAITS Learn how to take a romantic or flirty or fun frame-worthy engagement portrait with these expert tips from the cityâ€™s leading wedding photographers
photo by belathﾃｩe photography
Couples are often nervous, so it's important to take a relaxed approach, and simply have a walk and talk through an area of their choice. We recommend brides wear their favorite outfit that they feel best in. If you wear something new and uncomfortable, you will look uncomfortable in your photos. Good footwear is also essential. You'll be walking around a lot and you don't want to be hobbling by the end. CRAIG PAULSON, CRAIG PAULSON PHOTOGRAPHY
photo by craig paulson photography
ANNABEL BRAITHWAITE, BELATHﾃ右 PHOTOGRAPHY
photo by moss + isaac
If you can't find the ideal location, pick an activity. Doing things like hiking, cooking, skating, working out, or riding bikes can make your session feel more relaxed. LEIGH ANNA THOMPSON, MOSS + ISAAC
The location doesn't have to be complicated or grand. Sometimes Time Square or the Brooklyn Bridge makes sense, but a location can be as simple as your home, the place where you got engaged, your favorite cafe, or a quiet path in the park. LEIGH ANNA THOMPSON, MOSS + ISAAC
photography by fred marcus studio
I would suggest guys go to the shoot with an open mind and have fun, because you will always treasure great images of this time in your life. For the ladies, donâ€™t overdo your makeup or drastically change your hairstyle, because if you do, you most likely, will not like the look of the images. ANDY MARCUS, FRED MARCUS STUDIO
If your wedding is a year away pick your favorite season to take your engagement portraits. Fall and spring photograph best and the temperature outdoors is not uncomfortable. I just photographed a couple who wanted their photos in the snow. They came out great, but it was a little uncomfortable for everyone.
For couples planning to submit an announcement to The Times, take a photo with your heads close together and eyebrows on the same level with plenty of space at the sides and above your heads. For complete submission instructions, click here.
ANDY MARCUS, FRED MARCUS STUDIO
Depending on the length of the shoot, I prefer to work at a location where there are at least a few good spots within walking distance. photo by michael falco/christian oth studio
CHRISTIAN OTH, CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO
photo by michael falco/christian oth studio
photo by shawn connell/christian oth studio
Most people need a little "warm up" in order to get used to the camera, so I always start out with walking shots where the couple tends to be more engaged with each other. It's also great to put subjects into a natural situation or anything that makes them less conscious of the camera.
CHRISTIAN OTH, CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO
CHRISTIAN OTH STUDIO
CRAIG PAULSON PHOTOGRAPHY
FRED MARCUS STUDIO
MOSS + ISAAC
(917) 783-3207 blog.belathee.com
(212) 634-7949 christianoth.com
(646) 736-2605 cpaulson.com
(212) 873-5588 fredmarcus.com
(646) 470-5266 mossandisaac.com
< rsvp > SPREADING THE NEWS
Share your Big Apple wedding details with a New York-themed save-the-date card
photo by charlie juliet
Etiquette dictates that everyone who receives a save-the-date card must also receive an invitation to the wedding.
The New York Suite by Katie Fischer Design features a watercolor and charcoal drawing of the city, flat printed on a cotton cover, and delivered in charcoal gray envelopes with silver calligraphy by Write Away For You. Price upon request. To schedule an appointment call (212) 390-8385, katiefischerdesign.com
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Itâ€™s okay to include the names of the stores where you are registered on your save the date, but never on your wedding invitation.
2 1. Inspired by fine art prints and covers of The New Yorker, the Andrea & Donald double-sided save-thedate card by Atelier Isabey features a custom hand-drawn map of Manhattan. $995 for 100 cards with envelopes. Map and custom illustration subject to additional cost. (212) 696-6624, atelierisabey.com 2. This digitally-printed watercolor save-the-date card by Regas, features a custom map highlighting New York City locations that are meaningful to the bride and groom (Marissa and Oliver). Pricing starts at $1,800 for 100 save the dates with colored outer envelope. (646) 652-6922, regasstudio.com 3. Inspired by Grand Central Terminal, this digital postcard save the date, Grand Central, by Postscript Brooklyn features all the details your guests need to know. $4 each. (718) 369-4006, postscriptbrooklyn.com
4. Ansu & Karan two-color foil stamp save-the-date card featuring an illustration of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel by East Six Invitations. $1,580 for 100 cards with outer envelope. (212) 665-4846, eastsix.com 5. The Ali and Nathaniel save the date by Regas is letterpressed on double-ply 100% cotton paper and finished with a metallic gold painted edge. The outer envelopes are lined with a photograph of the iconic New York City skyline. Pricing starts at $2,300 for 100 save-the-date sets. (646) 652-6922, regasstudio.com 6. Love in Central Park features a pen and ink charcoal illustration letterpressed in two colors on French vanilla handmade cotton paper with edges painted in pewter ink by Alpine Creative Group. $1,250 for 100 save-the-date cards with outer envelope. (212)989-4189, alpinecreativegroup.com
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1. The New York Public Library is one of the city's most popular wedding venues, and if you've booked it for your big day order a save the date featuring the landmarked locale. Victoria Neiman for Postscript Brooklyn's NYPL card features an illustration of the New York Public Library digitally printed on cotton paper. $6 each, does not include handwritten text. (718) 369-4006, postscriptbrooklyn.com 2. The Alex and Charles letterpressed save the date by Regas features a custom pen and ink illustration of New York City in the style of a New Yorker magazine cover highlighting landmarks from the couple's story. Each card is finished with a colorful beveled edge. Pricing starts at $2,500 for 100 save-thedate sets. (646) 652-6922, regasstudio.com 3. A digitally-printed postcard save the date (Emily and Chris) by Regas features a map of Manhattan from 1895. Pricing starts at $700 for 100 save-the-date cards with matching outer envelope. (646) 652-6922, regasstudio.com
5 4. Looking for an image that screams New York wedding? Your guests will definitely know where you’ll be getting married with Ella Romero for Postscript Broolyn’s letterpressed save the date featuring a sunshine yellow taxi cab on duplexed card stock. $6 each. (718) 369-4006, postscriptbrooklyn.com 5. Map collectors can include their passion in their wedding details by mailing guests this Vintage Map save-the-date card letterpressed on duplexed cotton paper and printed on two sides, by Lion in the Sun. $8 each. (718) 369-4006, lioninthesunps.com 6. A wedding in hipster Williamsburg can be quite elegant. If you’re planning to wed at The Wythe Hotel, or maybe book your room block there, Lion in the Sun’s custom illustrated The Wythe save-thedate card is letterpressed in black and gold foil. $7 each. (718) 369-4006, lioninthesunps.com
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No need to include more information than necessary, especially if space is an issue. A save the date should include the date of the wedding, city and state, hotel accommodations youâ€™ve blocked, and your wedding website url. Sparkling City Night save-the-date card with laser-cut New York City skyline sleeve and envelope by Ceci New York. Pricing starts at $15 per set, based on quantity of 100. (212) 989-0695, cecinewyork.com
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Find inspiration for your bridal gown in your wedding venue
You may have a ring on your finger, but hold the phone and donâ€™t book those bridal salon appointments yet! Secure your venue first, because where you wed is a big factor in choosing what you wear. Here are Twirlâ€™s top gown picks from the latest bridal fashion week to complement New York's most distinctive wedding venues.
New York is dotted with Art Deco imagery and details, from the spires of the Chrysler building to the newly-renovated Rainbow Room. With symmetrical patterns and a touch of glitz, these gowns allow you to be as glamorous as your location. 4
Just because a store carries a designer, does not mean they will carry every style in the collection. Call ahead and inquire about which gown you are interested in. If they do not have a sample in stock, they may be able to borrow it from the designer (for a fee) for your appointment.
1. Lela Rose available at Mark Ingram Atelier 2. Alon Livne White available at Mark Ingram Atelier 3. Johanna Johnson available at Gabriella NewYork 4. Reem Acra available at Kleinfeld 5. Naeem Kahn available at Bergdorf Goodman
RAINBOW ROOM - MIDTOWN 30 Rockefeller Plaza at Sixth Ave. (212) 632-5000 • rainbowroom.com THE CARLYLE - UPPER EAST SIDE 35 East 76th Street at Madison Ave. (212) 744-1600 • thecarlyle.com
501 UNION - CARROLL GARDENS 501 Union Street at Bond St. (347) 529-6485 • 501union.com AMERICAN CUT - TRIBECA 363 Greenwich Street at Harrison St. (212) 226-4736 americancutsteakhouse.com
A TOUCH OF LACE
Something about a floral lace makes us think of nature. That's why we love these narrow gowns with a touch of lace for an outdoor venue. Whether it's a city rooftop, a Connecticut garden or a Hampton's lawn, these gowns combine the right amount of delicate lace and sexy sheerness to compliment a natural setting.
VENUES Blue Hill at Stone Barns
BEDELL CELLARS - LONG ISLAND 36225 New York 25, Cutchogue (631) 734-7537 • bedellcellars.com
Be sure to bring in pictures of your venue when shopping for your dress. Not only will seeing the location inspire your consultant, but she may even be able to find one with complementary detailing.
BLUE HILL AT STONE BARNS WESTCHESTER 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills (914) 366-9606 • bluehillfarm.com WAVE HILL - BRONX West 249th Street at Independance Ave. (718) 549-3200 • wavehill.org WOLFER ESTATE VINEYARDS HAMPTONS 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack (631) 537-5106 • wolfer.com RAPHAEL VINEYARD THE NORTH FORK 39390 Main Road, Route 25, Peconic (631) 765-1100 • raphaelwine.com
1. Oscar de la Renta available at Saks Fifth Avenue 2. Christos Costarellos available at Mark Ingram Atelier 3. Carolina Herrera available at Bergdorf Goodman 4. Elizabeth Fillmore available at Gabriella New York 5. Temperley London available at Kleinfeld
MODERN & 1
A modern city loft is an iconic New York wedding venue. Sites such as the Tribeca Loft or the Glasshouses conjure images of architectural lines and crisp shades of white. The same should be said for the gown to be worn there. Understated, but never simple.
VENUES Wythe Hotel
TRIBECA LOFT - TRIBECA 2 Desbrosses Street at Hudson St. (212) 625-2600 • apogeeevents.com
Ask about custom details. Some designers will let you make custom changes to their gowns for a “change fee.” So if you like the lace from one gown and the silhouette of another, channel your inner designer and ask if you can combine them to create your own (custom) dress.
THE GLASSHOUSES - CHELSEA 545 West 25th Street, 21st Floor, at Eleventh Ave. (212) 242-7800 • theglasshouses.com WYTHE HOTEL - WILLIAMSBURG 80 Wythe Avenue at N. 11th St. (718) 460-8000 • wythehotel.com THE 1896 - EAST WILLIAMSBURG 15 Ingraham Street at Bogart St. (718) 451-6531 • the1896.com
1. Angel Sanchez available at Gabriella New York 2. Amsale available at The White Dress by the Shore 3. Peter Langner available at Mark Ingram Atelier 4. Inbal Dror available at Wedding Salon of Manhassett 5. Romona Keveza available at Wedding Atelier WINTER 2015
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE ASTORIA 36-01 35th Avenue at 37th St. (718) 784-0077 • movingimage.us
Gone are the days when getting hitched at City Hall meant your only option was a short white shift dress or fitted suit. From sporty to chic, these two-piece ensembles are perfect for the girl with the less-thantraditional venue, and who still wants to look the part of a bride.
JEFFERSON MARKET GARDEN GREENWICH VILLAGE Greenwich Avenue between Sixth Avenue and W. 10th St. jeffersonmarketgarden.org
THE FOUNDRY - LONG ISLAND CITY 42-32 Ninth Street at 43rd Ave. (718) 786-7776 • thefoundry.info
In addition to bridal salons that carry made-to-order designs like these, check out some of your favorite ready-to-wear shops too. White is now acceptable all year long, so chances are you can score the perfect ensemble at any boutique. Hello Chanel and Dior!
HOUSING WORKS - NOLITA 126 Crosby Street at E. Houston St. (646) 786-1100 • housingworks.org BAM BROOKLYN - FORT GREENE 30 Lafayette Avenue at Ashland Pl. bam.org BROOKLYN WINERY - WILLIAMSBURG
213 N. 8th Street at Driggs Ave. (347) 763-1506 • bkwinery.com
1. Houghton Bride available at Houghton Bride Atelier 2. Rivini by Rita Vinieris available at Kleinfeld 3. Delphine Manivet available at Lovely Bride 4. Tara la Tour available at Mark Ingram Atelier 5. Naeem Kahn available at Bergdorf Goodman WINTER 2015
An important venue needs an important, statement-making gown. Make an entrance at The Plaza or The Pierre's grand ballrooms in one of these modern versions of the traditional ball gown. These skirts have layers of light and airy tulle perfect for twirling on the dance floor.
If you choose to take pictures outside or have an outdoor venue, keep an eye on your tulle layers. Leaves, grass and dirt can stick to tulle and it can snag easily. So while that shot of you running through the trees sounds like a perfect idea, we would wait until after the ceremony.
1. Marchesa available at Gabriella New York 2. Kenneth Pool available at Kleinfeld 3. Vera Wang available at Saks Fifth Avenue 4. Inbal Dror available at Mark Ingram Atelier 5. Monique Lhuillier available at Bergdorf Goodman THE PLAZA - MIDTOWN Fifth Avenue at Central Park South (866) 770-8229 • theplazany.com
ST. REGIS - MIDTOWN Two East 55th Street at Fifth Ave. (212) 753-4500 • starwoodhotels.com
THE PIERRE - MIDTOWN 2 East 61st Street at Fifth Ave. (212) 940-8111 • tajhotels.com
BROOKLYN MUSEUM PROSPECT HEIGHTS 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Ave. (718) 638-5000 • brooklynmuseum.org
The Plaza WINTER 2015
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OUR RESTAURANT GUIDE FOR WHERE TO INTRODUCE THE IN-LAWS ELEGANT BUT ACCESSIBLE
If both sets of parents love food and are looking for a place to celebrate, these restaurants wonâ€™t disappoint. Danny Browns Wine Bar 104-02 Metropolitan Avenue at 71st Dr., Forest Hills (718) 261-2144 dannybrownwbk.com
Gramercy Tavern 42 East 20th Street at Park Ave. S., Gramercy Park (212) 477-0777 gramercytavern.com
Le Bouchon 2812 Ocean Avenue at Avenue X, Sheepshead Bay (718) 769-2222 lebouchonny.com
Telepan 72 West 69th Street at Columbus Ave., Upper West Side (212)580-4300 telepan-ny.com
Dovetail 103 West 77th Street at Columbus Ave., Upper West Side (212) 362- 3800 dovetailnyc.com
Carbone 181 Thompson Street at West Houston, SoHo (212) 254-3000 carbonenewyork.com
TASTE OF NEW YORK For the adventuresome, this is a collection of the best flavors the five boroughs have to offer. Tamarind 99 Hudson Street at Franklin St., Tribeca (212) 775-9000
Royal Seafood 103 Mott Street at Canal St., Chinatown (212) 219-2338
Gato 324 Lafayette Street at East Houston St., NOHO (212) 334-6400 gatonyc.com
Taverna Kyclades 33-07 Ditmars Boulevard at 33rd St., Astoria (718) 545-8666 tavernakyclades.com
Ippudo 65 4th Avenue at 10th St., Greenwich Village (212) 388-0088 ippudony.com
Yemen CafĂŠ 176 Atlantic Avenue at Clinton St., Cobble Hill (718) 834-9533 yemencafe.com
Reynard 80 Wythe Avenue at N. 11th St., Williamsburg (718) 460-8004 reynardnyc.com
Pok Pok 117 Columbia Street at Kane St., Columbia Waterfront (718) 923-9322 pokpokny.com Sushi of Gari 402 East 78th Street at First Ave., Upper East Side* 212-517-5340 sushiofgari.com * with additional locations on the Upper West Side, Midtown and Tribeca
MOM AND POPS
For a smaller guest list, these establishments offer a more intimate setting without sacrificing quality or ambiance.
Agnati 19-06 Ditmars Boulevard at 19th St., Astoria (718) 545-4554 agnantimeze.com
Peasant 194 Elizabeth Street at Spring St., Nolita (212)965-9511 peasantnyc.com
Rucola 190 Dean Street at Bond St., Boerum Hill (718) 576-3209 rucolabrooklyn.com
Balaboosta 214 Mulberry Street at Spring St., Little Italy (212) 966-7366 balaboostanyc.com
Traif 229 South 4th Street at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg (347) 844-9578 traifny.com
Fedora 239 West 4th Street at 10th St., Greenwich Village (646) 449-9336 fedoranyc.com
The Grocery 288 Smith Street at Sackett St., Cobble Hill (718) 596-3335 thegroceryrestaurant.com
< the maps > THE MIDDLE GROUND
If one set of parents has a very basic palette, but the other prefers a more upscale venue, these spots are the perfect blend of simple yet refined dining. Buttermilk Channel
524 Court Street at Huntington St., Carroll Gardens (718) 852-8490 buttermilkchannelnyc.com
Tazzinna 102-15 Metropolitan Avenue at 71st Rd., Forest Hills (718) 374-3890 tazzinany.com
Tratoria L'incontro 21-76 31st Street at Ditmars Blvd., Astoria (718) 721-3532 trattorialincontro.com
Hearth 403 East 12th Street at 1st Ave., Lower East Side (646) 602-1300 restauranthearth.com
Foragers City Table 300 West 22nd Street at 8th Ave., Chelsea (212) 243-8888 foragersmarket.com
Talde 369 7th Avenue at 11th St., Park Slope (347) 916-0031 taldebrooklyn.com
The Smith 1900 Broadway at 63rd St., Lincoln Center (212) 496-5700 thesmithnyc.com * additional locations in the East Village and Midtown
These casual and boisterous restaurants have a great drink menu, and good food too. John Dory Oyster Bar 1196 Broadway at 29th St., NoMad (212)792-9000 thejohndory.com
Mapo BBQ 24, 149-24 41st Avenue at 149th Pl., Flushing (718) 886-8292
The Good Fork 391 Van Brunt Street at Coffey St., Red Hook (718) 643-6636 goodfork.com
The Spotted Pig 314 West 11th Street at Greenwich St., The Meatpacking District (212) 620-0393 thespottedpig.com
Toro 85 10th Avenue at 15th St., The Meatpacking District (212) 691-2360 toro-nyc.com
Franny's 348 Flatbush Avenue at Sterling Pl., Park Slope (718) 230-0221 frannysbrooklyn.com
The Strand Smokehouse 25-27 Broadway at 29th St., Astoria (718) 440-3231 thestrandsmokehouse.com
Hometown BBQ 454 Van Brunt Street at Reed St., Red Hook (347) 294-4644 hometownbarbque.com
Foragers City Table
The Spotted Pig
Peter Luger Steak House
Because who doesn't love a good steak? Keens Steakhouse 72 West 36th Street at Sixth Ave., Midtown (212) 947-3636 keens.com
M Wells Steakhouse 43-15 Crescent Street at 43rd Ave., Long Island City (718) 786-9060 magasinwells.com
American Cut 363 Greenwich Street at Franklin St., Tribecca (212)226-4736
St. Anselm 355 Metropolitan Avenue at 4th St., Williamsburg (718) 384-5054
Prime Meats 465 Court Street at Luquer St., Carroll Gardens (718) 254-0327 frankspm.com
Peter Luger Steak House 178 Broadway at Driggs Ave., Williamsburg (718) 387-7400 peterluger.com
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When everyone is looking forward to a delicious meal to celebrate your engagement, and money isn’t the leading factor, these are the perfect places where dad can pick up the check!
Betony 41 West 57th Street at 6th Ave., Midtown (212) 465-2400 betony-nyc.com
Blanca 261 Moore Street at Bogart St., Brooklyn (347) 799-2807 blancanyc.com
Le Bernardin 155 West 51st Street at 6th Ave., Midtown (212) 554-1515 le-bernardin.com
Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare 200 Schermerhorn Street, at Hoyt St., Boerum Place (718) 243-0050 brooklynfare.com
11 Madison Park 11 Madison Avenue at 24th St., Madison Sqaure Park (212) 889-0905 elevenmadisonpark.com
The NoMad 1170 Broadway at 28th St., NoMad (347) 472-5660 thenomadhotel.com
Per Se 10 Columbus Circle, Midtown West (212) 823-9335 thomaskeller.com/per-se
Private Dining Room 487 Court Street at Huntington St., Carroll Gardens (718) 237-3727 naturallydelicious.com
BEYOND THE CITY LIMITS
For dining options outside the five boroughs, these hot spots top our where-to-dine list. Ninety Acres 2 Main Street Gladstone, NJ (908) 901-9500 natirar.com
Nick and Toni’s 136 North Main Street East Hampton (631) 324-3550 nickandtonis.com
The Bistro at Chamard 115 Cow Hill Road Clinton, CT (860) 664-0299 chamard.com
Serenade 6 Roosevelt Avenue Chatham, NJ (973)701-0303 restaurantserenade.com
Luce 98 Washington Street Middletown, CT (860) 344-0222 lucect.com
L’Orcio 806 State Street New Haven, CT (203) 777-6670 lorcio.com
The River Palm Terrace 1416 River Road Edgewater, NJ (201) 224-2013 riverpalm.com * additional locations in Mahwah and Fair Lawn, NJ
Tarry Lodge 18 Mill Street Port Chester, NY (914) 939-3111 tarrylodge.com
* additional locations in New Haven and Westport, CT
TWIRL TIPS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE
Don't assume the folks are picking up the check, especially if you invited everyone and made the reservation. If Dad or Mom ask for the bill then they're obviously treating, but if dessert has been cleared and no one has waived the waiter over it's time to take out the Amex. Remember what Capt. Jack Sparrow said, and "wait for the opportune moment" before you bring up who pays for which parts of the wedding. If this is the first time all the parents are meeting you may want to enjoy a friendly get together and break out your spreadsheets at another occasion. Couples who are concerned that their parents may not hit it off should take a page from the Downton Abbey playbook and enjoy cocktails before dinner so everyone can loosen up before dinner is served. Celebrating your engagement with a formal meeting of the folks should be arranged even if your parents have met before. And while we say "formal meeting" that could mean a laid-back brunch, casual backyard barbeque, wine tasting, or any other setting that involves food and drinks so everyone can kvell over the happy news. WINTER 2015
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A FEAST FOR THE SENSES morocco meets hamptons chic
photography by allan zepeda photography WINTER 2015
To celebrate their engagement, friend’s of the couple hosted an engagement party at their home in Sagaponack. Working with their event planner and designer, Sofia Crokos, the open field was decked out with a white tent and furniture accented with bright orange, bold blues and shimmering gold details. “We wanted to incorporate elaborate, exotic textures juxtaposed against a lush greenery environment,” Sofia explains. Guests could lounge under the starry sky or the sparkling crystal chandeliers and gold and mirrored stars adorning the tent’s draped ceiling. Comfy white lounges were set up in the tent and the surrounding area with tangerine pillows for guests to mix and mingle, and toast to the future newlyweds.
engagementisparties "Morocco a feast for the senses, so we brought in colors and textures to make guests feel like they were in Fes." -- Sofia Crokos
Event Planning & Designing: Sofia Crokos Events & Lifestyle / Photographer: A LLAN ZEPEDA PHOTOGRAPHY / Tent & Lighting: Raj Tents / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd / DJ: DJ Phresh / Florist: Claire Bean Floral
UPTOWN where a couples' style meets
photography by sofia negron 56
You want that “cool” downtown setting for all of your friends. Something that feels like the places you hang out at after work or on Saturday nights. Your parents, and his, are looking for a more “uptown” location. A venue that they feel comfortable inviting their friends to, where they won’t feel old and the address isn’t scary. For Lexi and Jordan, and their wedding and event designer Lindsay Landman, the ideal venue to satisfy everyone was The Roof at the Viceroy New York on West 57th Street. Offering an outdoor terrace with views of Central Park and a luxe lounge designed by the firm Roman and Williams, everyone was happy.
Lindsay created a palette of black, white and gold to complement the venue’s wood and leather decor, setting the scene for a warm and inviting space. The brown leather couches were accented with pillows in the shades of the party’s palette to give the feel of a luxe home interior.
"We used the couple’s home decor and entertaining style as inspiration." -- Lindsay Landman 58
For the menu, guests dined on various bite-sized apps, including hay-aged pecorino toast with ricotta and truffle honey, crab croquettes with curry mayo, and for dessert mini-ice cream sundaes - a favorite of the groom and his dad. Love-themed cocktails were served up as the partyâ€™s signature drinks.
As guests left at the end of the night, they received a box of East Coast/West Coast cupcakes from Sprinkles and Magnolia Bakery, a sweet nod to the bride's home state of California and the couple's new hometown.
Planning, Event Design, Stationery and Florals: Lindsay Landman Events / Calligraphy: Joanne Day Calligraphy / Venue and Catering: The Roof at the Viceroy New York / Photography: Sofia Negron Photography / Cupcake Favors: Magnolia Bakery and Sprinkles / Pillows: West Elm
BRIDE-TO-BE AND HOME STYLING EXPERT LINDSEY SCHWARTZ SHARES THE TEN ITEMS TO ADD TO YOUR WEDDING WISH LIST
ralph lauren home towels
A registry should incorporate at least one great reminder of your nuptials. The plush Langdon towels by Ralph Lauren Home come with complimentary embroidery – a great way to recognize your marriage bond.
Lindsey Schwartz is the Creative Director of CURATED, a luxury shopping service specializing in tabletop and home décor. The company’s registry consultation service assists brides and grooms in crafting a wedding registry with both functional and high-design items to fit their lifestyle. Lindsey currently lives in Tribeca with her fiancé. bernardaud white ecume plates
If I had to hone in on one registry must-have, it’s a great set of plates. Get the most use out of Bernardaud’s staple Ecume pattern. Microwave and dishwasher friendly, this particular set of porcelain is practical enough to be your daily dinner canvas, yet elegant for the holidays.
Harman Kardon has been my personal favorite electronics innovator for quite some time now. That’s why I’m recommending these tallstanding speakers. For $189.00 per pair, it’s the best deal in town.
hermes jewelry tray
Repurpose this Hermes ashtray for your jewelry and see how easily it compels you to keep the top of your dresser tidy. Miniature luxury indulgences like these are keepsakes for life. WINTER 2015
arthur price silverwear chest
Arthur Price is an iconic English brand that knows silverware. From furnishing the Titanic’s dining tables in 1912 to providing the perfect cake slicer for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011, the brand has made its mark. And how charming are these storage-friendly mahogany canteens? Exclusively available through St. Charles. (212) 838-2812
christofle vertigo tray
Present your finest bathroom belongings on this contemporary silver tray from Christofle's Vertigo line. If we have learned anything from the mise en scene of Downton Abbey, it's that silver accent pieces are timeless.
casa bugatti volo toaster
Casa Bugatti has been mastering the art of making kitchen appliances, dare I say it, sexy. This Volo toaster is one of Casa Bugatti’s many statement electronic items. Personalize this item by opting for a color that complements your kitchen.
One of the most memorable gifts I have received was a set of Brics crocodile embossed luggage. Brics has this way of making business-class luggage at economy prices. It also lasted me for ten years, so I can vouch for their durability.
these fine walls
When luxury sites Gilt and One Kings Lane started incorporating artwork in their home design sales, brides took heed. The recent surge of affordable art appearing on registries is made easy by online boutique sites like These Fine Walls. Browse their selection of couture close-ups for some great photography finds.
william yeoward crystal vase
I’m a big proponent of self-sustaining vases. What is a ‘self-sustaining vase’ you ask? It’s a sculptural piece of glass or crystal that looks perfectly balanced withor-without a fresh bouquet of flowers. The truth is that I’m simply not capable of tending to a floral ensemble as often as it is required, the color of this William Yeoward Country Amethyst Vase easily compensates for a lack of bloom (and my green thumb). WINTER 2015
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