Sweet Central Park Boat Proposal: Jenna + Jared

NYC central park proposal

We have the sweetest day lined up here at GWS and it’s all about proposals + engagements! While we LOVE wedding eye candy as much as the next gal, it’s always fun to reflect + remember how it all starts for the lovely couples featured on the site: the proposal! And for this adorable Nashville duo, the whole shebang was caught on film thanks to the talented Kelly Christine

Jared sweetly + meticulously planned his surprise proposal to Jenna in one of the most romantic locations imaginable (and Jenna’s very favorite spot when she visits NYC), the lake in the middle of Central Park. We’ll freely admit, we almost teared up looking at these images. The dreamiest ever! And a day-after e-session through NYC’s Meat Packing District, also planned by this charming Aussie fella, only made things that much sweeter…

boat

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

From Kelly (the photographer), As he was proposing somehow every person in the nearby area knew it and when they kissed everyone cheered. She thought he planned that. It was a magical moment!

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

From Jenna, Jared had the great idea to do a next day engagement shoot for us. This was a treat because I’m a wardrobe stylist in Nashville and he took me shopping in Soho before going to Central Park for the shoot. I finally got to style myself for a shoot. Dream! 

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

Ah, so cute!

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

We  know we shared bits + pieces throughout the post, but J + J’s whole proposal story is just so sweet, so let’s hear it all directly from the bride-to-be:

Jared threw me for a loop because he was about to perform at Radio City Music Hall in a few hours and after sound check, we raced full speed to Central Park in order for it to line up with the arrival of my parents who were flying in from Ohio that afternoon to surprise me. He wasn’t sure if the boats were going to be operating that day (due to recent bad weather), so when he saw them open, he went back to his original plan to row me out to his planned spot on The Lake in front of The San Remo Towers. He told Kelly exactly where to be positioned to get “the shot”, and she nailed it! He proposed on one knee…in a boat! I was elated that he proposed…and that he didn’t tip us over.

Following the show at Radio City that night, Jared arranged for a Limo to pick me, my parents, my best friend and her hubby up from the venue, and cruise around NYC for a few hours before returning to a rooftop bar for a drink, just the two of us, to reflect on the amazing events of the day.

Congrats you two! And thanks for letting us share this special moment of yours on GWS!

photography: Kelly Christine // venue: The Lake at Central Park in New York City, New York

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Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

It’s no secret that we adore Grace Loves Lace here at GWS. Their bohemian designs resonate with us big time, and we’re always excited to see what they’re dreaming up next! When they shared photos from a recent shoot, highlighting some of their gorgeous new lace dresses from the Island Luxe collection, along with dreamy headpieces that will soon be available on their website, we were pretty excited to say the least. These ladies know the way to our hearts and we couldn’t wait to share the new collection with you!

From Grace Loves Lace, There’s something about seeing imagery with a group of women rather than just one. We always knew that was the setting and backdrop, but it was all about the girls. When girls are getting ready for their big day, they are never just on their own and we really wanted to communicate that camaraderie, friendship and companionship between best friends on wedding days.

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

The loveliest, right?! And, to close, a funny anecdote about the shoot from the Grace Loves Lace team: It was the worst weather imaginable – it was one of the windiest days of the year and started raining. The assistants were chasing the scrims down the beach! So we’re beyond pleased that it’s turned out to be so beautiful!

Thanks so much for sharing, ladies!

photography: Sybil Steele // location: Dreamtime beach in Fingal Head, Australia // dresses: Inca, Avril, Claudia, Gisele, Cleo, Violet, Tara, Jasmine, Lottie // models: Kirsty Thatcher, Grace Quealy, Anna Hudson // hair + makeup: Mel Smith // art direction: Megan Ziems // headpieces: Grace Loves Lace

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryGrace loves lace is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Vibrant Lakeside Elopement Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

When we’re all done starring at those gorgeous red locks, we’ll go ahead + share today’s pretty editorial – one that’s sure to inspire couples who are considering an elopement in a far off place. Photog extraordinaire, Coco Tran, teamed up with Shannon of Thistle and Honey to stage a stunning elopement in the mountains. We’re positively smitten with those punchy florals (peonies, clematis, garden roses, sweet pea, spirea, and more in case you were curious!) and the idea of a sweet lakeside picnic with your love, post vow-exchange. Here’s a little bit more about the shoot, straight from Coco:

Being part of the wedding industry, often times vendors get a view into what its really like to plan a wedding – all of the details, all of the people you need to please, and all of the stress that goes along with it. Now don’t get me wrong, I LIVE for beautiful weddings and happy couples, but for some couples an elopement is the right choice. I think often times people automatically associate an elopement with a drive through chapel or a quick jaunt to your local city hall. Elopements can be so much more than that. You do not need to sacrifice style, details, and beauty just because you don’t plan to have 250 people watching you!

watercolor calligraphy invitation

whimsical red bouquet

red haired bride

One of our fave BHLDN dresses was used for this one, the Annabelle, which is completely convertible with a tulle sash than can be styled over 15 different ways.

illusion neckline dress

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

loose bouquet

Lake Inspiration

This shoot took place in the Sierra Nevada mountains, at a remote lake. This elopement setting would be perfect for the couple that loves to travel and loves adventure and nature. Instead of your traditional reception, we set up a beautiful picnic for the couple to enjoy and relax after they exchange their vows. An elopement such as this could easily be followed by a backyard “reception” celebration with family and friends. Alternatively, cues can be taken from this shoot and turned into a beautiful camping wedding!

cake table

cheese board

cake table

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

A messy side knot adorned with pink + white buds is such a great look!

rose hair piece

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

Thanks so much to the talented team below for sharing these lovely, vibrant elopement ideas with us today!

photography: Coco Tran // venue: Silver Lake, California // florals: Shannon of Thistle and Honey // hair: Deeda Salon // make up: Olga Pirmatova // calligraphy: Mon Voir // dress: BHLDN // accessories: Hushed Commotion // rentals: Roots Reclaimed // cake: Paper Heart Patisserie // jewelry: Oore

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