New York Services
Ode à la Rose
120 W 28th St., Chelsea
Ode à la Rose founders Olivier Plusquellec and Louis Brunet are Parisian. And to be Parisian means to know beauty—and in this case, flowers. When they moved to NYC, they were disappointed to see all the dehydrated, wilted, sad arrangements on offer. So disappointed, they decided to start their own floral delivery service: Ode à la Rose. Plusquellec and Brunet started small, working with a few florists who trained in the specific style of hand-tied bouquets that the French have mastered—and they've only grown since. At their NYC location (above the Chelsea Flower Market), the team creates incredible arrangements with accents straight from Plusquellec and Brunet's home country: gigantic, plump fuchsia roses delivered with French macarons; lilies, wildflowers, and lavender accented with eucalyptus and wrapped in raffia. No detail is too small—the packaging, the richness of the hue of the flower, you name it—and they’re experts in keeping the flowers hydrated during transit. The team delivers throughout the Northeast, as well as Chicago, where they have a sister location. We're just hoping a West Coast outpost isn’t far behind.
Last year, Uber returned to the Hamptons after a two-year absence, and Lyft is joining it this summer, offering rides that’ll span from Westhampton to Montauk. While we can’t guarantee short wait times, another car service option on the East End is bound to alleviate some transportation anxiety.
120 E 13th St., New York
The Culinistas, a Manhattan-based food prep service, is sending their team of chefs out to the Hamptons for the summer. A good thing, because for those going East to get away from it all, “all” might include cooking. In the city, time-strapped working mothers like Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky (of tenoverten) and Rachel Blumenthal (of Rockets of Awesome) rely on the Culinistas to assist with weekly meal prep for their families. From June 21 to September 18, their new membership service is catering to anyone entertaining friends and family—they'll do everything from stock the fridge to help you plan a BBQ for a large group. Here's how it works: The team will design a menu (they lean heavily on local farm stands like Bhumi Fams, Mecox Bay Dairy, and Serene Green), a chef will do the shopping, cook, serve, and handle clean-up. If you're planning a larger gathering, the team is happy to help coordinate rentals, waitstaff, etc., as well. A sample menu checks all the boxes—there's apricot dressed spinach and beets with seared cucumber tabbouleh to start, a spiced skirt steak with arugula gremolata, and blueberry semolina…
222 Fifth Ave., Midtown
Ellen Weldon has been creating lavish invitations for New York weddings for close to three decades. And does she know what she’s doing? Let’s put it this way: Estée Lauder was her first client. A specialist in the art of calligraphy, Weldon offers different styles, ranging from the more printed-looking type that is straight caps to the dramatic swirling font that is Venetian. Be sure to allow at least three months, especially if your heart is set on one of Weldon’s custom monograms for the invitations.
John Dolan Photography
246 Bowery #3 New York, East Village
Scrolling through John Dolan’s website is the digital equivalent of flipping through a beautifully curated coffee table book. Dolan does his fair share of editorial and advertising work, and his images have the dramatic, energetic quality of both. When it comes to weddings, he’s a master of discretion. He excels at capturing intimate moments—a quiet conversations in the corner, the setting of a veil, guests’ expressions when they catch their first glimpse of the bride. Dolan prefers film over digital and is based in New York City and the Berkshires.
Christian Oth Studio
147 W 25 St, 9th Floor, New York City
Let’s start with a caveat: Christian Oth is tough to pin down. To guarantee availability, you’ll want to book a year in advance. Really. This popularity is warranted. Oth and his team are at the top of the wedding photography game. They leave no detail uncaptured, and the finished product is somehow editorial and glamorous. Oth is conscious of just how much effort goes into the small details, whether it’s the flowers or the candles of the hem of a bride’s dress, and he’s a master of capturing it all.
Roey Yohai Studios
Roey Yohai runs his New York studio with his wife, Zoe. The couple met many years ago while Yohai was in Greece on assignment, when he was a photojournalist. The photographer’s experience shooting candid portraits, wanderlust-y travel pictures, and, of course, editorial spreads means Yohai brings a depth and realism to his images. Instead of staged (and, too often, stiff) wedding pictures, he excels at capturing natural, spontaneous moments.
Elan Artists is the gold standard of party entertainment, whether we’re talking about small, intimate wedding or a massive corporate boondoggle. Clients can pick the music of their choice, of course—jazz, classical, contemporary, or DJ’s choice—and even add on performance acts, like cabaret or Broadway ensembles. There is next to nothing Elan can’t do with music at an event, and the company also offers videography and photography services to capture the spectacle.
Lewis Miller Design
803 6th Ave., 4th Floor, Midtown
New Yorkers have been bowled-over by the totally random, sumptuously over-the-top flower arrangements that have been sprouting up on street corners, around trash cans, and over city landmarks since 2016. This exercise in random delight is the work of Lewis Miller and his team of florists. Miller grew up a California farmer’s kid. Horticulture school followed a childhood spent in the garden, and now he runs a large studio in New York City. He is a true creative. For an artist like Miller, flowers can elevate a humble city block. Imagine what the man can do with a wedding. To get an idea, flip through his coffee table book (published by Rizzoli) or request a meeting at his studio.
43 W Main St, Oyster Bay
Just outside New York City, in the lovely area of Oyster Bay, you’ll find the Printery headquarters. The location is in the town’s charming old clapboard newspaper building. But the setting isn’t for show: All the vintage printing presses are, miraculously, still in use. Invitations, save-the-dates, announcement cards—you name it—are all handmade and engraved on the printing presses using rich stock. The company is available for private consultation appointments in the city on Wednesdays at locations chosen by the client—your home, the office, a local café, it’s up to you.
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