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.
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.
Artex Fine Art Services
They have the most hi-tech museum-quality facilities and well-qualified art handlers and installers for any size job—from one piece to a whole houseful.
Betty Brooklyn Catering (Closed)
Betty Brooklyn is all about serving hors d’oeuvres, coursed dinners, and buffets that are not just delicious (grilled steak tacos, anyone?), but actually good for you and the planet: Ingredients are sourced from the best sustainable purveyors and once the party is over, leftover are either donated or composted. If you're not in the market for a caterer, check out their monthly themed pop-up dinners.
Bindle & Keep
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
This Brooklyn-based suiting shop is the subject of a Lena Dunham-produced HBO documentary coming out this fall (we’re eagerly counting down the days). The concept is to create bespoke suiting for all genders. Not only are their suits tailored with the finest craftsmanship, they’re also filling an enormous gap in the wedding market by creating a bespoke, fitted suiting option for women and non-gender-conforming people, who—for myriad reasons—are not interested in a traditional wedding dress.
BloomThat takes all the guesswork out of sending flowers with an app and website that are so simple to use. Based on where you want your arrangement delivered—BloomThat delivers same-day around NYC and SF, and next-day all over the country—you're given a handful of very pretty, very tasteful options. The arrangements vary, but think tulips wrapped in burlap; peonies, roses, hydrangea in a compact glass vase; a trio of succulents in a handmade, reclaimed wood box. Like any good online delivery service, you'll know when your order is going out and when your gift has been successfully delivered.
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