Botanical Bridal Session and Boudoir featured on Hochzeitsguide

Kate Ignatowski Photography  - Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

The flowers I sourced from Blooms by the Box to style for this photo shoot are some of my favorite to date.  Previously a handful of these photos were featured on Style Me Pretty, but I was SO excited that Hochzeitsguide picked it up as well – their aesthetic is dreamy!  Amazing team below the photos.

Kate Ignatowski Photography  - Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  - Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  - Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  - Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  - Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  - Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  - Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos | Wedding Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk | Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Invitations: Bella Figura | Make Up: Anny Chow | Hair: Andy Tseng | Flowers Supplied By: Blooms By The Box | Garter: Florrie Mitton | Lingerie + Robe: Zinke | Model: Alexis Katsafanas | Ribbon: Midori Ribbon |  Veils: Jaclyn Jordan | Vintage Props: Little Vintage Rentals

Top 7 Milk Glass Centerpieces

Kate Ignatowski Photography  mywedding magazine

I’ve always loved milk glass.  It’s timeless and can be used at modern or vintage weddings.  It’s sleek white lines make a clean addition to any table.  Here is a collection of some of my favorite centerpieces with milk glass vases.

(1) Above, this whimsical wonder was designed by Hello Darlington and photographed by Kate Ignatowski for mywedding magazine.  So lovely, enjoy the rest and don’t forget to check out all of the ‘Top Pick‘ posts!

Christina McNeill

(2) Pinks + Peaches look so fresh for Spring + Summer!  Photo by Christina McNeill via Ruffled blog

Erin Hearts Court

(3) Bright and bold with a few asymmetrical stems.  Photo by Erin Hearts Court.

Erich McVey Photography

(4) Simple, all white is always a good idea.  Photo by Erich McVey via Wedding Chicks

Esmeralda Franco Photography

(5) Sweet pastels with soft greenery.  Photo by Esmeralda Franco via Wedding Chicks

 Heather Bliss Photography

(6) Big Blooms in small vases.  Photo by Heather Bliss Photography via Belle the Magazine

Shea Christine

(7) Single Bud Vase Clusters.  Photo by Shea Christine via Style Me Pretty

 

January 2015 Recap: Little Vintage Rentals

mywedding magazine  Photogreaphy Kate Ignatowski  Creative Direction Mandy Forlenza Sticos 1

Photography Kate Ignatowski  Creative Direction Mandy Forlenza Sticos

It was a GREAT start to 2015 with lots of fun projects!  Above, some of our vintage props made an appearance in the digital mywedding magazine and I creatively directed + styled the photo shoot!  I worked with so many favorite vendors so be sure to check out the online magazine + the print version on newsstands February 17!

Jove Meyer Events The Knot Magazine

Our vintage glassware + milk glass vases were featured in The Knot Magazine thanks to event planner Jove Meyer.  His color palette for this shoot is so vibrant + fun!

Kamila Harris Photography

Photography Kamila Harris Color Story Board by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

I helped design photographer Kamila Harris’ booth for the Lovesick Expo.  All of the imagery used in her story board (directly above) was her own to ensure she’d attract clients that were truly her style.  Isn’t she the cutest!?  Check out her amazing work here.

And finally, I had too much teaching styling to the mini fashionistas at The Fashion Class!  Below is some of the of the amazing “styling” work from the students who are only ages 6-12.  It’s such a great experience for kids interested in fashion + me too!

The Fashion Class NYC

The Fashion Class

Bordeaux Bride featured on La Mariée Aux Pieds Nus

Photography by Kate Ignatowski  Creative Direction + Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Great to see the Bordeaux inspired bridal portrait shoot on La Mariee Aux Pieds Nus today here.  It was so much fun styling this with rich wine colored peonies from Blooms by the Box and the most amazing piece form Fleur de Letters below.  Life is too short to drink cheap wine, right?  Full list of credits below.

Photography by Kate Ignatowski  Creative Direction + Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography by Kate Ignatowski  Creative Direction + Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography by Kate Ignatowski  Creative Direction + Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography by Kate Ignatowski  Creative Direction + Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography by Kate Ignatowski  Creative Direction + Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography by Kate Ignatowski  Creative Direction + Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos | Flowers Provided by: Blooms By The Box | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Anny Chow | Calligraphy:Fleur De Letters | Hair Styling: Andy Tseng | Veil: Sara Gabriel

Preview: Winter Wedding Inspiration

Photo by Kate Ignatowski Creative Direction + Styling Mandy Forlenza Sticos MyWedding Magazine

A few months ago I had the honor of gathering a group of local vendors and creatively directed + styled this photo shoot for mywedding Magazine.  The digital magazine was released last week and on February 17th the print magazine will be on newsstands.   Here are a few of my favorites from the digital issue + I’ll be posting a bit more once the issue is in print!  Enjoy these dreamy film images from Kate Ignatowski + the amazing creative team is listed below.

Photo by Kate Ignatowski Creative Direction + Styling Mandy Forlenza Sticos MyWedding Magazine

Photo by Kate Ignatowski Creative Direction + Styling Mandy Forlenza Sticos MyWedding Magazine

Photo by Kate Ignatowski Creative Direction + Styling Mandy Forlenza Sticos MyWedding Magazine

Photo by Kate Ignatowski Creative Direction + Styling Mandy Forlenza Sticos MyWedding Magazine

Photo by Kate Ignatowski Creative Direction + Styling Mandy Forlenza Sticos MyWedding Magazine

Photo by Kate Ignatowski Creative Direction + Styling Mandy Forlenza Sticos MyWedding Magazine

Photo by Kate Ignatowski Creative Direction + Styling Mandy Forlenza Sticos MyWedding Magazine

Photo by Kate Ignatowski Creative Direction + Styling Mandy Forlenza Sticos MyWedding Magazine

Photography:  Kate Ignatowski / Creative Direction + Styling: Mandy Forlenza Sticos / Venue: Green Building / Bride’s Dress: Lovely Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Emmy London / Hair Comb + Veil: Hushed Commotion / Rings and bride’s jewelry: Olivia Ewing / Wardrobe Styling: Jenn Weishaar / Floral Design: Hello Darlington / Flowers Supplied By:  Blooms by the Box / Cake: Nine Cakes / Invitations: Fleur de Letters / Hair Styling: Katelyn McGinn / Makeup: Jha Villanueva / Groom’s Suit + Shirt:  Black Lapel / Place Settings:  Crate and Barrel / Vintage Props:  Little Vintage Rentals / Silk Ribbon:  Natalie Stopka / Assistant: Julia Sportelli

Botanical Bridal + Boudoir Session on Style Me Pretty

Kate Ignatowski Photography  Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Sometimes things are worth a long wait.  With the first signs of spring + peonies, I styled this photo shoot and many months later, I am thrilled to see it on Style Me Pretty.  Photos are by the ever talented, Kate Ignatowski + the full team is listed below the post.  Enjoy!

Kate Ignatowski Photography  Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Kate Ignatowski Photography  Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos | Wedding Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk | Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Invitations: Bella Figura | Make Up: Anny Chow | Hair: Andy Tseng | Flowers Provided By: Blooms By The Box | Garter: Florrie Mitton | Lingerie + Robe: Zinke | Model: Alexis Katsafanas | Ribbon: Midori Ribbon Veils: Jaclyn Jordan | Vintage Props: Little Vintage Rentals

 

Bordeaux Bride on Style Me Pretty

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

Hands down one of my favorite photo shoots ever with Kate Ignatowski was on Style Me Pretty.  It was such a simple theme and of course, amazing film photography by Kate made it perfect!

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

kate ignatowski photography  mandy forlenza sticos styling

Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos | Flowers Provided by: Blooms By The Box | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Anny Chow | Calligraphy: Fleur De Letters | Hair Styling: Andy Tseng | Veil: Sara Gabriel

 

 

Top 5 Vintage Chic Venues in New York City

Top 5 vintage chic wedding venues in nyc  Kate Ignatowski Photography

When I was planning my wedding a few years back, I was surprised that there wasn’t a list of vintage wedding venues already online.   I did quite a bit of research back then and thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage chic wedding venues in New York City.  (photo above:  Kate Ignatowski)

vintage chic wedding venues nyc - photo by redfield photography

1. The Metropolitan Building:  My top vintage wedding venue pick, hands down.  From the weathered floors to aisles of vintage furniture available for events, The Metropolitan Building has it all.   Every last corner of this venue is oozing with photo ready backdrops.  Located in Long Island City, Queens it’s a trip worth making.  Venue:  The Metropolitan Building  Photo: Redfield Photography

vintage chic wedding venues nyc - photo by levi stolove

2. The Housing Works Bookstore:  For bookworms at heart who are looking to give back on their big day, The Housing Works Bookstore is perfect.  Rows of lovingly read books create a colorful backdrop while proceeds from the venue rental support healing the community living and affected with HIV / AIDS.   Venue:  The Housing Works Bookstore  Photo: Levi Stolove

vintage chic wedding venues nyc - photo by benj haisch

3. The Green Building:  Formerly a brass foundry built in 1889 this Brooklyn locale boasts endless exposed brick and exposed beam ceilings.  Restored to an industrial chic state, it’s grandiose chandeliers and newly added outdoor space make it even more charming for a vintage loving couple.  Venue:  The Green Building  Photo: Benj Haisch

vintage chic wedding venue nyc - kate ignatowski photography

4. The Foundry:  This 19th century foundry was meticulously restored to showcase it’s industrial character complete with an indoor greenhouse and views of the Manhattan skyline from the terrace.  As for first impressions, the Foundry’s ivy covered exterior makes it a location to remember.  Venue:  The Foundry  Photo: Kate Ignatowski

vintage chic wedding venue nyc - rima brindamour photography

5. Brecknock Hall: For those in search of a bit of vintage opulence, Brecknock Hall in Greeport, Long Island offers just that.  This once residential home built from 1851-1857 has 4 charming parlor rooms along with sprawling lawns and a patio outdoors.  It is a historic and elegant vintage wedding location.   Venue:  Brecknock Hall  Photo: Rima Brindamour

Preview: Alexis’s Boudoir with Kate Ignatowski

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Just as Spring was first creeping around the corner, Kate Ignatowski and I worked on our third boudoir session.   It was botanical inspired and the flower colors were spectacular!  Here are two preview photos + lots more to follow!

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Photography:  Kate Ignatowski, Styling:  Mandy Forlenza Sticos,  Flowers provided by:  Blooms by the Box, Lingerie: Zinke,  Model:  Alexis Katsafanas

Bridesmaid Hairstyles on The Everygirl

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

I styled this fun photo shoot for The Everygirl with Kate Ignatowski a few weeks back and despite the rain there were tons of laughs!  Check out the full post here for some DIY Bridesmaid hair styles, complete with video tutorials from my friend Nikki of Mae B. Films.   We had an amazing team of vendors (full list below), 5 Evergirl readers as models and I finally got to work with one of my favorite local wedding vendors , Thea of Hushed Commotion!   It was a great day.

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Styling by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Photography:  Kate Ignatowski, Styling:  Mandy Forlenza Sticos, Hair:  Andy Tseng, Make Up:  Anny Chow + Jha Villaneuva, Venue:  Top of the Garden, Cinematography:  Mae B. Films, Dresses:  Little Borrowed Dress, Hair Accessories + Belt:  Hushed Commotion, Jewelry:  Nina Shoes, Balloons:  Brooklyn Balloon Company, Paper Flowers:  Balushka