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.
Peter Callahan Catering & Events
137 W. 25th St., West Village
Offering some of the most superlative catering in New York City since 1985, Peter Callahan is a master at executing the perfect event. With a full team of event producers, artists, and most importantly, chefs, he customizes each menu and drinks offering to the client's specifications irrespective of whether the event is a gala dinner, an intimate baby shower, or rustic wedding (the team are adept at creating kitchens in the field to cater to every type of location).
55749 WA-20, Rockport
All-Organic since before it was a thing (1972)—Cascadian Farms has been a champion in future-proofing the soil and preserving the health of the rivers from its inception; they're even helping convert existing conventional farms—no easy feat. Aside from the mammoth task of actually running a fully operational farm, Cascadian makes over seventy-five organic products—from cereals and fruit spreads to relish with the fruits of their labor—all easy to order directly from their site. You can also buy the vegetables grown on the farm frozen in many supermarkets—preserving the quality of this organic grown produce for those without easy access to a farmers market. Oh, and they run a comprehensive bee-saving program, a crucial endeavor for the health of the ecosystem.
Imperfect Produce is arguably the most sustainable, cost-effective, and convenient produce delivery service. These days, even fruit and vegetables need to meet cosmetic standards to make it to the display shelves at the grocery store, meaning, thousands of tons (or one in five pieces of produce) that don't meet these standards of aesthetic perfection, go to waste. Imperfect Produce collects this perfectly edible and highly nutritious food directly from the farms and delivers it to subscribers weekly (these boxes are customizable so you receive the produce you'll actually use). An added bonus: aside from the food- and water-saving aspect, this mode of shopping is up to 50-percent cheaper than hitting up the grocery store.
With a bunch of meal plans and cleanses to choose from—there’s one for achieving ketosis and another to fight inflammation—Urban Remedy packs in the nutrients and removes all dairy, gluten, white sugar, white flour, and unhealthy oils, which is everything you’d want from this type of service. Founder Neka Pasquale, a licensed acupuncturist who has a background in traditional Chinese medicine, considers every ingredient for its healing value—and the result is varied and colorful salads, like their Umeboshi offering: purple and green cabbage, carrots, spinach, avocado, daikon, and blend of sesame seeds, almonds, hemp, kelp, and nori (with an umeboshi vinaigrette). Treats include raw cacao mousse and fiber-rich paleo matcha energy bars.
Short of having a professional camped out in your kitchen, Personal Chef really lives up to its name: The small but mighty operation takes your food preferences and dietary restrictions into account, and uses ingredients from local farms to design a menu for you that perfectly suits your needs. You can sign up for varied regularity, like a week’s worth of dinners, or three meals a day (plus snacks)—or just work with them to create exactly what you want.
While photographs certainly capture the visuals and aesthetic of a wedding, nothing captures the actual experience like film. Naz Melconian shoots weddings and other events on Super 8 and edits them into 5-minute videos that can be easily shared with friends and family. Melconian is very much an artist, so these aren’t exactly your dad’s home videos; they’re gorgeously shot and edited, and the finished product has an emotional quality that’s enormously powerful. He's based in Toronto, but travels to New York and LA frequently for shoots.
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Jennifer Wang is a former fashion girl (she used to be with our denim favorite, 3x1) who was arranging flowers for friends until it grew into a full-fledged business. Her bouquets, which can be ordered online for delivery, incorporate whatever's in season—in addition to being more sustainable, that also keeps things surprisingly affordable. We love Jen for small events, like dinner parties or an intimate wedding, as she makes the most perfect, natural-looking mini-bouquets that are perfect for tablescapes.
Real-life couple Ken Juska and Ro Agents come as a two-for-one package deal that includes both DJ and photographer. In addition to his practice as a beautiful collage artist, Kenan DJ's a long-standing radio show, Chances with Wolves. At weddings, he's known for playing records that keep everyone on the dance floor without selling out to the predictable set list—expect lots of Motown and everyone saying "I love this song—I haven't heard it in forever!" Ro is a documentary photographer during the week, whose style shines through in her photography, as nothing ever seems posed or staged. She's got a way with natural light, always finding the best spots for post-ceremony family shots. They're based in Brooklyn, but they'll travel (to Manhattan and beyond) for weddings.
45 Riots is the real deal—members of their band are not only regulars on the New York nightclub circuit, but they've also toured globally, playing in bands for Prince, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys...the list is as impressive as it is long. They're universally considered to be one of the best Motown bands in New York, and their combination of old-school classics and newer songs (their big-band version of "Drunk in Love" is insane) makes them incredibly easy to dance to. Our advice? Wear flats.
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