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Linda & John: A Modern Wedding in New York, NY

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Linda & John in New York, NY
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John wore a stem of stephanotis, just like the one in Linda's hair, and a lily of the valley on his lapel.
Chestnuts in the Tuileries, New York
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Linda had her stylist pull her hair back into a slightly off-center bun with a few loose pieces in front. She topped it off with a delicate stephanotis.
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Traditional fonts and warm cream paper gave the programs an antique feel. A green peony on the cover added a splash of spring.
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The couple felt the chapel was beautiful enough on its own, so they did not decorate.
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Linda and John exchanged vows in St. Paul's Chapel on the Columbia University Campus. They exchanged vows they wrote themselves in a spiritual, but non-religious ceremony.
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The seating arrangement sat on a large industrial looking steel table. The couple's florist softened the look with a tall vase filled with pear blossoms.
Chestnuts in the Tuileries, New York
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Guests kept complimenting the couple on their simple table assignment display. Linda printed out the seating arrangement in a celadon font and displayed it with a curved glass frame.
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The tables were covered in floor-length white cloths and custom-made celadon runners. 
The couple made the place cards and table numbers themselves, with help from Linda's mom. They glued 90 paper cranes to the corners of the cards and had each hand lettered by their calligrapher.
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The bright and airy loft was perfect for their celebration. The lights of the city served as the backdrop through big wrap-around windows. Dimly lit crystal chandeliers, Chinese paper lanterns and candle light added an elegant ambience.
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The black-and-white menu cards were given a pop of color from the green butterfly printed at the top.
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Linda and John chose short arrangements for the tables. With help from her florist, Linda chose all of the tulips, hydrangea and cymbidium orchids and put them in square glass vases, interspersed with square votive holders. They also lined the windows with candles.
Chestnuts in the Tuileries, New York
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The couple had a lot of fun with the cake. It was decorated with clean and simple Swiss dots and green fondant grosgrain ribbon, topped with lily of the valley. Each of the three tiers had a different flavor combo: vanilla and cookies and cream; chocolate peanut butter and raspberry preserves; and citrus cake with blood orange and vanilla buttercre ...
Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, New York
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Linda and John spent many late nights practicing their first dance in their Manhattan apartment. Practice certainly made perfect, when they finally took the floor at their reception. The couple danced a rumba to the song "Thank You" by Dido.
Wedding Day Dance, New York
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Linda's sister-in-law, a pastry chef, handmade the butter cookie favors. She trimmed the sugary tulips and wedding cake shapes with celadon icing and crystal sugar and packaged them in clear bags.
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The bride and groom steered clear of a traditional grand exit. Instead, they closed down the party and walked with a group of friends to a bar for beers and a giant plate of French fries.

Linda & John in New York, NY

The first time John met Linda, he wasn't sure she liked him. He couldn't have been more wrong. Linda and John worked together at a financial software company at the time. Once the two got to know each other they became fast friends and that eventually blossomed into love. The Bride Linda Reilly, in computer forensics The Groom John Smothers, IT project manager The Date April 26 About a decade later the two scheduled a spring vacation in Paris. One night, while taking in the view on an Ile Saint-Louis footbridge, Linda asked John, "Could this night be anymore perfect?" The moon was in the sky and an accordion was playing in the distance. When she turned to look at John, she saw him down on one knee and he proposed to Linda in French. Of course she said "Oui!"
- Carrie Chambers
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  • Jennifer Davis Photography, New York
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  • Chestnuts in the Tuileries, New York
  • Kristiana Andrews, New York

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