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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.
A Guy + A Girl Photography NYC
The spirited duo behind A Guy + A Girl, Michael Kelley and Lauren Saldutti, are masters at capturing shots that feel full of life. Their portfolio is playful in the best way, and every wedding they shoot looks more fun than the last. Typically, Michael and Lauren shoot separately (with a second photographer), but you can book them together. They’re fully bi-coastal, with posts in both NYC and LA.
Amber Gress Photography
California native Amber Gress grew up on an organic vegetable farm before she fell in love with the dark room. She’s now Brooklyn-based (and shoots digital), but travels. Her style is fresh and sophisticated; most of her photos—from family portraits to engagement series and bride close-ups day-of—have a real editorial feel. Her associate photographer, Shannon, is also great. And they are expanding into (non-cheesy) videography, too.
Primarily an event- and editorial-focused stylist, Amy Merrick's arrangements are lush, evocative creations with creative combinations of classic flowers with foliage, branches, and unexpected fruits like blackberries. She teaches floral design classes out of her Brooklyn studio and delivers single arrangements as her schedule allows; it's definitely worth trying her for a special occasion.
261 Spring St., Soho
Deemed “The Furniture Hunter” by the New York Times, Andrianna Shamaris is an expert in modern organic furniture. Led by Shamaris, the company services the architecture, design, and hospitality communities, as well as the public. Products are imported from all over Southeast Asia, and in addition to their furniture lines, Andrianna Shamaris has a collection of accessories, art objects, and architectural elements. There is also a shop in Soho.
With a background in theater design and prop styling for magazines, Olga Naiman's event design is nothing if not artful. Much of her event work has been with creative organizations that are looking to make a truly theatrical and original event space—basically, a massive and intricate work of art. Besides coming up with fantastical scenes for parties and events, Olga can also lay an artful table with a cornucopia-like spread.
29 Ash St., #101, Greenpoint
Founded in 2004 by Erik Johnson and Jen Johnson-Kuhn, Brooklyn-based Argosy Designs specializes in the design and fabrication of custom residential and commercial architectural metalwork, as well as hardware, lighting, and furniture. We know firsthand that their craftsmanship is bar none—they handled the custom steel scaffolding at our NYC goop mrkt.
Ariston Floral Boutique
110 W. 17th St., Chelsea
Ariston is a great go-to florist for Manhattan flower deliveries. They have two locations, one in Chelsea and one in Midtown, and the website has a wide array of flowers and plants to choose from: Green cymbidium orchids mixed with hydrangea, peonies, and callas, Bird of Paradise plants, and much more. Their bread and butter, though, is the kind of compact glass-vase arrangements that are particularly brilliant for brightening an office desk.
Ariston Floral Boutique
425 Lexington Ave., Midtown
Ariston is a great go-to florist for Manhattan flower deliveries. They have two locations, one in Chelsea and one in Midtown, and the website has a wide array of flowers and plants to choose from: Green cymbidium orchids mixed with hydrangea, peonies and callas, Bird of Paradise plants, and much more. Their bread and butter, though, is the kind of compact glass-vase arrangements that are particularly brilliant for brightening an office desk.
Art Space NYC
104 W. 14th St., 5th Fl., Union Square
Known for their Venetian plaster, Art Space NYC provides high-quality architectural art, eglomise glass, metal and other special finishes to clients worldwide. They also offer educational workshops on Venetian plastering, French plaster Stuc Pierre, American clay, and more.
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