We’re back with our NY Indian Fusion Wedding (part 2).

The second day of Paavana and David’s summer wedding included a beautiful Catholic ceremony at St. Barnabas Church. Afterward, guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing at DeSeversky Mansion.

Amidst the celebration, a special surprise awaited guests. Paavana and David wanted to create a “speak easy” vibe for their guests. They enlisted  The Dappered Den to create a unique experiential space {A Scotch Lounge} where guests could enjoy a sommelier led Scotch tasting, and hand rolled cigars.

Photography courtesy of Nyla Gray.

 

This NY Indian fusion wedding exemplified how to seamlessly incorporate two people and two cultures into one magical weekend. To cap off the evening (and the end of a great weekend), the bride and groom, who are both avid cigar aficionados and sophisticated Scotch drinkers, shared their favorites with their guests. The sommelier educated the guests, taking through a 7 spirit tasting.

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Event Design & Planning: Erganic Design
Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Erganic Design
Photography: NylaGray Photography
Cinematography: Artography
Venue (Ceremony): St. Barnabas Church
Venue (Reception): De Seversky Mansion
Catering: De Seversky Mansion
ManCave lounge: The DapperED Den
Band: Lapis Luna
Cake Provider: Butterfly Bakeshop
Transportation: Camelot
Transportation: Brownin Shuttle Bus |

The following NY Indian Fusion Wedding was recently featured on Maharani Weddings as a double feature! We couldn’t be more thrilled to now share these amazing images with you here on our blog. Thanks to Nyla Gray, you can “ooh” & “ahhhh” over this two day affair.

Here’s to our bride and groom, Paavana & David!

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Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc.
Event Design & Planning: Erganic Design
Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Erganic Design
Photography: NylaGray Photography
Cinematography: Artography
Venue (Hindu Ceremony & Reception): De Seversky Mansion
Catering: Bukhara Grill
DJ: Bollywood DJs
Live Music: Bollywood DJs
Baraat: MELA Arts Connect
Transportation: Camelot
Carraige: Horse & Carraige Esquishare Baraat Horses
Transportation: Brownin Shuttle Bus |

 

 

The DapperEDden Dinner Party.

Last month we had the opportunity to share the newest member of the Erganic Design family :
The DapperEDden.

What is The DapperEDden you ask? It is a space where conversation flows, and atmosphere is limited only by what you can imagine. It is this… it is that… it is everything. We created “the original mobile mancave experience” to provide an outlet to every gentleman. Whether he’s a fashion-dandy-dude, a sports fanatic, a scotch or cigar enthusiast, a collector of rare automobiles, or just an everyday dude –The DapperEDden creates the ultimate experiential place as unique as the guests who attend. And the best part is…the experience will be different each and every time.

To introduce some of our favorite people to our new brand, we created the first annual ultimate “DapperEDden Dinner” party. We included some of the most popular mobile mancave experiential options (cigars, single malt scotch tasting, amazing food, and an opportunity to be silly…)

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The event design featured reds, ivory, grays and metals. Texture and square shapes. Masculine yet inviting to the feminine sensibilities.

Photography by Joshua Dwaine.

 

Double sided menu-place cards. All text in gold.

 

 

 

Food is so important. Great food is paramount.

 

 

 

 

 

A mobile mancave isn’t complete without a cigar roller {a staple of the DapperEDden}

 

 

 

 

 

Yes… the ladies love cigars too.

 

 

What’s a good cigar without a great brown beverage to sip with it? {We’re not a sure either}…

We had a whisk(e)y tasting featuring 3 french single-malt whiskies, and 1 single malt scotch.
{Beverage tastings are another staple of the DapperEDden}.

 

We also had some entertainment. Well…to be specific…the guests became the entertainment.
Introducing: Flipbook {What is a Flipbook?}

 

Instead of static photos… there are 7 seconds of motion {7 seconds for you to be silly}…

 

{or nonsensical}…

 

{or just plain ridiculous}…

 

{Or just laugh the whole time}…

 

Then this clever little booklet is created. And you can re-live your 7 seconds over and over and over.

 

The best part of our dinner, was having great company.


A DapperEDden dudes discussion…

 

 

Thank you to all who joined us! We appreciate your support as we embark upon this new journey.

 

Welcome Fall 2016! We’ve been expecting you !

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Were you one of those kids who went to camp each summer? We were. And when Hannah and Steve hired us for their camp wedding, we were over the moon excited! The Glam Camp Wedding Weekend of Hannah & Steve brought us nostalgia, fun, and relaxation (even though we were working). Enjoy these beautiful images courtesy of Weddings By Two.

 

 

Bohemian Rustic vibes all day…

 

 

 

 

These magnificent views {lake, trees, mountains…}

 

 

 

 

 

Fern escort cards in white birch logs, were the perfect pairing to the mossy-succulent-bark-y tablescapes.

 

Have you ever been to a wedding reception inside of a camp gym? It’s cool… trust us.

 

Burlap table runners and burlap flag table numbers. Yesssss….!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had the most amazing time producing Claire + Emmett’s New Years Eve wedding in New York City.

Below are some of the images captured by photographer STAK.
We’ve also included the interview from Hello! Magazine, by Dawn Emery. Enjoy!

“Usually it’s the bride who makes the only grand entrance at a wedding, but groom Emmett Scanlan had other ideas. The actor, who played Glen Martin in The Fall, bobbed and weaved up the aisle to the Rocky soundtrack, wearing Irish tricolour boxing gloves and a robe.

The wedding planner gave the sonorous announcement: “Ladies and gentleman, the underdog of the relationship, for the last fight of his life… Mr Emmett J Scanlan!”

“I could hear the music from the next room,” says his bride, Claire Cooper, with a smile. “Everyone was screaming, clapping and laughing.”

 

 

 

The actor couple, who have been together for five years after meeting on the Hollyoaks set, married on New Year’s Eve in a two-story venue that offered picture-perfect views of the New York skyline. Claire walked in on the arm of her father Barry with Trinah’s Let’s Stay Together playing. She was accompanied by maid of honour Amy Garcia and her bridesmaids, Emmett’s sister Orlaith Nellen and his daughter Kayla, 13.

“Kayla was the only person who could have decided whether the night went ahead or not,” says Emmett. “She loves Claire.”

BIG APPLE OF HIS EYE

The actor, who can be seen in bigbudget ITV drama Beowulf, explains the choice of venue. “Since we started dating, Claire and I have taken turns bringing the other to somewhere we’ve never been before on New Year’s Eve, as it was always a notoriously bad night. Last year was Hong Kong and the year before Iceland. New York is my favourite city in the world.

 

 

 

“Claire chose how many guests and I chose the date and location. I went for New Year’s Eve so I wouldn’t forget the anniversary and New York City at night is one of the most beautiful sights. The Empire State Building faced us, lit up like a giant Christmas tree.”

Actor friends in attendance included Roxanne McKee (Hollyoaks, Game of Thrones), Barry Sloane (Revenge, Longmire), Karen Hassan (The Fall, Vikings), Babou Ceesay (A.D. The Bible Continues) and Alex Lanipekun (Spooks, Homeland). Eoin Macken, whose credits include Merlin and the upcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, was joint best man with Emmett’s dad Rory. “We started our careers together,” says the groom. “Eoin may not be blood but he’s family.”

Guests weren’t told the venue for the wedding and had to wait at the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 in Manhattan before being driven to the location, a former warehouse. “It was chic, rustic and a little bohemian,” says Claire, soon to be seen in Kay Mellor drama In the Club. “We wrote our own vows. Vows should be spoken from the heart.”

Emmett’s pledge included a reference to their meeting on Hollyoaks: “In 2009 I auditioned to play your boyfriend, but that role fell to someone else. Here I stand today your husband, the best job I will ever get. I love you baby.” Claire also made vows to Kayla. “I needed to honour her and offer my ultimate respect and gratitude.” “In a ceremony, I think everyone is waiting for the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ part so you can celebrate,” says Emmett. “But the whole thing was really quite beautiful.”

The couple exchanged rings that they had bought in the New York Tiffany store last February. The bride didn’t follow the “something old, something new” tradition, however. “Katy Sloane, Barry’s wife, gave me a wee beautiful blue crystal – that’s the closest to tradition I got,” she says. “I’m more tuned into spiritual empowering beliefs.”

SECRET SOUNDS

There were more surprises in store, as Claire and Emmett had booked The Late Show’s Gospel Choir to secretly sit among the 63 guests. The choir burst into Oh Happy Day at the end of the ceremony. “They had such soul and power – it was one of my favourite parts of the evening,” says Emmett.

“Everyone was clapping and singing along,” says Claire. “There was so much love in the room.” The choir continued while Claire and Emmett went to have photographs taken. “They brought the song to another level,” says Claire. “The whole place vibrated.” “When planning the whole event we’d come up with a ‘wouldn’t it be nice if…’ idea, followed by a ‘why the f**k not?’,” says Emmett. “Traditional it certainly wasn’t.”

After the ceremony, a door slid open to reveal a room decorated with candles and black-and-white photos of the couple and their friends, attached to ribbons hanging from the ceiling. Guests drifted in to sip cocktails named Ball and Chain, First Kiss and Neverland. After cocktail hour, a violinist led the guests onto the top level of the penthouse, where they enjoyed a meatfree three-course meal – Claire and Emmett became vegetarians last year – accompanied by a string quartet.

 

 

 

 

There were speeches by both of the couple’s fathers, by Eoin, by maid of honour Amy and by Orlaith. Rory also read a speech written by Emmett’s mother Denise, sadly too ill to attend. “That broke Emmett’s heart,” says Claire. One of the biggest surprises of the night was when Kayla stood up to speak.

“She’s an angel, but shy,” says Emmett. “So for her to do that took a lot of guts. When she finished, I was in bits. Her speech was so honest and pure – it stole the night.” “Thank goodness for waterproof mascara,” adds Claire. “Kayla’s speech was simply beautiful. “She is our endless stream of love and wisdom. We all need a child’s wisdom: it makes everything simplified and beautiful.”

The evening kicked back into party mode after the speeches, as the New York Swing band took to the stage. “They were a highlight,” says Emmett. The bride and groom’s first dance was to Happy by Pharrell Williams, with the band setting a slow pace. “But then, when it got to the chorus, I grabbed a few of my friends and gave a nod to the band and they went into the original tempo of the song,” says Emmett. “One second we were having a romantic dance and the next we were cocooned by walls of smiling, laughing, screaming faces.”

“People were breakdancing and throwing some serious shapes,” says Claire.

 

AUDITIONING FOR THE ROLE

Many of their friends have known the couple since they met. Claire played Jacqui McQueen on Hollyoaks from 2006 to 2013; Emmett played bad boy Brendan Brady from 2010 to 2013.

As his vows hinted, Emmett initially auditioned to play Jacqui’s boyfriend. “I thought, ‘Wow, this guy is phenomenal and that’s who I want to work with,’” says Claire. “I asked for him twice, but it didn’t happen. Then the divine role came 18 months later and Brendan was born.”

The attraction was instant. “Initially I steered clear – he was attractive, talented and peacocking around,” says Claire. “I would talk myself out of being attracted to him and would avoid conversations – all the things that scream, ‘I fancy you.’ Luckily I could hide behind Jacqui’s largerthan-life persona.”

“The sexiest thing about Claire was her talent,” says Emmett. “She was the best actor on ’Oaks. Her eyes tell stories and I can read them like a book. But ultimately her heart… If she didn’t have a good one, I’d have left a long time ago.

“We loved our time in Hollyoaks. Most importantly it’s where we met and you can’t put a price on that… Well, you can: she’s expensive.”

Emmett proposed on Christmas Eve 2014 in front of his daughter and family. “We have a tradition that we open presents on Christmas Eve – I think I started that because of my impatience. Claire and I had said we wouldn’t get each other anything as we were heading to Borneo in a few days and I hadn’t got her a birthday present that year either – she was fine with that. The truth was I had spent all my money on a ring.

“After we’d opened the presents I turned to Claire and said, ‘You don’t think I wasn’t going to get you something?’ and I got down on one knee and asked, ‘Would you like to be Claire Scanlan?’ She cried. I’m still not sure she answered the question, now that I think about it. I know she wanted to get married,” Emmett says. “But commitment is a big phobia of mine – at least it was. I love being a dad; I can do that. After Kayla I’d have more kids in a heartbeat. But I was never good at relationships. “In the past year I’d started looking at Claire differently. She was watching TV one evening and, as she sat transfixed, it was a nothing moment, but I thought, ‘How am I gonna find another hot girl with such low standards?’ “I’m kidding. I thought, ‘I love this woman, I want to make her happy and she makes me happy.’ That was that.”

The couple have plenty to look forward to, including Emmett’s appearance in the film Breakdown, about a contract killer. They both appeared in last year’s NBC drama A.D. The Bible Continues and will be moving temporarily to Los Angeles this month to pursue acting projects.

“It’s hard because I have a daughter here and she means the world to me,” says Emmett. “But there are a few things we are up for. They may materialise into something or nothing, but one thing’s for sure: if we stay [in the UK] and don’t give it a go, it will be nothing. Life is all about risks.”

Due to their work commitments, the newlyweds don’t have time to take a honeymoon just yet, but spent their first night as a married couple in a suite at the Trump hotel. Emmett says they “felt married the first time they met” but it felt special to make their commitment in front of loved ones. “I’ve now got an extra bit of weight on my left hand: the world’s smallest handcuff,” he jokes.

 

 

 

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