I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason. The night that Clare and John was no exception. An urge for one of Clare's favorite foods, brought her to a pub where she would meet her prince charming. An exchange of glances from across the room was more than enough for John to give Clare his number. John thought it would be the last time he saw Clare, as he misunderstood the length of her vacation back home to Australia. Clare safely kept his number and called him as soon as she returned to New York City. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was how it all started.
The moment I met Clare and John at one of their favorite restaurants, I knew that it was the start of a new friendship. Their Irish and Australian accents were comforting. Their personalities were charming. Our conversation would have continued all night if it were not in the middle of the workweek. I left with a huge smile and knowing that the celebration of their love would be beautiful. And the word beautiful, does not do them, or their wedding justice.
As soon as I walked into Clare's getting ready location, I was greeted by happiness and hugs. (Side Note: Anyone who knows Clare, also knows she gives great, meaningful hugs.) A vintage Pride & Prejudice book and pair of diamond earrings were gifts from her prince charming. A handkerchief with blue initials were her pop of something blue. Her Mum's pearl earrings were her something borrowed. Her Mum's mink coat was her something old. Her gorgeous dress (with pockets!!!) was her something new.
Clare and John were glowing with happiness on their wedding day, which took place at the New Leaf Restaurant in Fort Tryon Park. They both looked stunning. Every single detail was perfect. Did I mention that Clare created a custom embroidered handkerchief for EVERY SINGLE loved one who came to celebrate their wedding day with them? Each one took over an hour and a half to create!
A special thanks to Clare and John for your friendship and sharing your love story with me!
Artists/Vendors who made their wedding day perfect:
Reception/Ceremony: New Leaf Restaurant in Fort Tryon Park
Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup
Florist: Kate Woodhouse
Cake: A Simple Cake
And last but CERTAINLY not least, my fabulous second photographer: Cassidy Parker Smith