A Quick Trip to New York City

Being your own boss definitely has its benefits! Take for example, the fact that Natalya of Natalya DeSena Photography and I decided to plan a last minute trip to New York City to enjoy the holiday cheer in the big city. Not only is New York City magical during the holiday season, but when I think about it, many of my life’s greatest passions all seem to converge in New York City. I’m a former merchandiser and buyer turned wedding planner. I’m obsessed with design, and known to be an avid shopper. I also just so happen to be planning my own wedding. What better place to pick for a quick getaway than the big apple?

Here’s a look at some of our stops throughout the weekend.

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Whenever I travel to the Manhattan, I always have the same mission: try new restaurants.  That being said, I always like to visit my favorite eateries as well.

ABC Carpet & Home is one of my favorite places to shop in the city.  During the holidays, it becomes even more magical. Since we were staying in Gramercy Park, it was a no-brainer to try a couple of their restaurants: ABCV and ABC Kitchen.  The food and setting at both were amazing. It’s one of those places where every detail is so eye catching, you actually lift up the plate you’re eating from to see who made the dishes. Or maybe that’s just a wedding planner thing...

Another place I don’t leave the city without visiting is The Smith.  There are a few locations in the city.  If you go - get the homemade chips with blue cheese fondue.  You won’t regret it.


My current shopping trajectory revolves around planning my own wedding.  First store, Saks Fifth Avenue - Floor 8. This is where the shoes are - the floor has its own zip code.  Enough said. Then we ventured over to MJ Trimming.  I love ribbon and this place is a ribbon-lovers playground.  I’m going to utilize a specialty roll in my invitation suite, so I was looking for the perfect complement to the letterpress.  Our last stop was at a specialty dress shop - Lovely Bride.  I’ve been on a dress trying spree, but still on the hunt for “the one.”


Before heading to the top of 30 Rock, we had to stop and see the tree at Rockefeller Center.

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The view from the top of 30 Rock was exceptional, especially because we got there right at sunset. Wedding photographers often refer to this time of day as the golden hour, and after seeing how these pictures turned out, it is no wonder why it got its name.

Natalya even me hop on the other side of the lens to get some shots.


Despite quickly deciding to leave the photography to the professional, the trip was an overall success and just what we needed. We left feeling inspired, recharged, and ready for the holidays.