The Modern Fairytale: City Hall-Inspired Elopement…

When Ashley, of Dulce Dreams Events, and I first started discussing the idea for this shoot, we dubbed it as a Sex and the City Fairytale, a mash up between Cinderella and Carrie Bradshaw. As our shoot date got closer, we realized it was coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the SATC debut on HBO, it was all too perfect! Recently featured on Burnett’s Boards, (check it out here!), I am so excited to share my favorites with you now. Oh and stay tuned for later today, there’s more to this shoot than just photography this time :)

The premise: Our bride and groom are eloping at City Hall! Their story begins as they get ready at their respective locations in Manhattan. She’s home in her Upper West Side brownstone apartment, he’s coming from the office in Midtown. As they make their way to each other across the city, we tied in various landmarks to fit in with the story and give it a realistic feel. We culminate at City Hall where they meet, then “emerge” as newlyweds, followed by an intimate celebration in City Hall Park.


Of course, if we are going to truly channel Ms. Bradshaw for our bride, the most important thing is the shoes! These ruffled beauties from Badgley Mischka were perfect as she read through a book of love quotes for her vows…





Our stationery, designed by Nightingale Projects, gets its inspiration from the Chrysler Building!


Dress one of two, on loan from Nearly Newlywed for the day is the stunning piece by Vionnet.


Lily Crystal Earrings by Elizabeth Bower, Merci New York; necklaces sourced locally.



The blush colored Valentino gown from Nearly Newlywed, the contrasting black sandals and the long strands of various pearl necklaces – with every detail we really tried to channel what Patricia Field would put together for the character of Carrie, if she were playing Cinderella and running off to meet her groom at City Hall.

We even tried to include details that spoke directly to Carrie’s character including the sparkling feather (the Logan Hair Clip by Untamed Petals, Merci New York) in her hair (reminiscent of the peacock feather she adorned for her non-wedding in the first movie) to the “love” cake topper (made out of silver craft wire) her groom surprises her with that is directly inspired from the famous “Carrie” nameplate necklace.



Even our gorgeous “bride,” Jennifer Glasgow looks a teensy bit like Carrie. She was amazing walking around the city in heels, and graciously accepted passersby congratulations!


No bride can get married without a bouquet, even if it is put together using bodega flowers! In reality, I picked up the blooms from my first-ever trip to the flower district on 28th Street :)


Our handsome “groom,” Bobby O’Donnell leaves the office in the historic Helmsley Building, stopping in Grand Central to get his shoes shined (something Mr. Big would definitely do!), before heading down to City Hall on the 6 train. Ok, so this is not something Big would do, but I so wanted a subway shot included :)


Played around with some time lapse photography here and just adore how this shot came out!







I stumbled upon this gem of a saying when I captured Marissa and Danielle’s wedding at City Hall last February (here). It was the perfect spot for our bride to make last minute hair adjustments!


I thought this was a fun new way to do a first look, with them coming towards each other instead of one coming up from behind the other. I asked them to stop before they met, like a slow-motion piece from a movie where the world just stops for a minute. They nailed it!










Sometimes it’s tricky to get two models who have never met to look like they are deeply in love and excited on their wedding day. These two were outstanding! Bobby had a way of cracking her up all day that was just priceless to photograph :)




The signature nameplate necklace makes a comeback as the “love” cake topper. It’s little touches like this that leave me in awe of Ashley’s abilities to style a wedding!





Special thanks to Billy’s Bakery for customizing our little celebration cake for us on such short notice!



Ah, the Geronimo-inspired balloon! Ashley and I had a great time, staying up til 4am a few nights prior (with wine of course), to make these beauties. Word to the wise, they need extra helium to float! I am so happy with how these came out, using tissue paper, silver garland and whole lot of love. Did I mention there was wine? :)


Our guitarist, Ofir Yakobowicz, was the perfect last minute addition to the team! Stumbling upon street musicians are one of my favorite things about living in Manhattan and incorporating this idea into the shoot for our newlyweds to have their first dance was fabulous!




My favorite shot from the shoot. It says everything we were looking to say…romance, fairytale, and the perfect New York kiss :)




I can not thank this brilliant team enough for helping to pull this shoot together, especially when heavy downpours postponed our original shoot date and we managed to squeeze this in before I jetted off to Bonnaroo for the weekend :)

Photography – Cyrience Photography
Event Design & Florals – Dulce Dreams Events
Wedding Dress: Valentino Blush Rosette Gown, Nearly Newlywed
Suit – John Varvatos
Clutch – Petite Platinum Embossed Clutch by Merci New York for Madame Mathilde, Nearly Newlywed
Hair Accessory – Logan Hair Clip by Untamed Petals, Merci New York
Earrings – Lily Crystal Earrings by Elizabeth Bower, Merci New York
Cake – Billy’s Bakery
“Love” Cake Topper and Geronimo-Inspired Balloons – Designed by Dulce Dreams Events 

Stationery and banners – Nightingale Projects
Video Footage- Augusto F. Menezes Photography
Video Editing – Cyrience Creative Studios
Makeup – Anabelle LaGuardia
Hair – Styles on B
Bride – Jennifer Glasgow
Groom – Bobby O’Donnell

Guitarist – Ofir Yakobowicz

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