2018 Mermaid Parade | Coney Island | Brooklyn, NY

One of my favorite things to do at the start of summer in NYC every year is attend the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. It's a magical, sparkly, colorful kick-off to the summer season that celebrates art, inclusivity, and creativity, combining all my favorite things in life.  

According to Coney Island USA's website, "The MERMAID PARADE specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as 'entertainment'; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public."

See some of my favorite "sea-quinned" moments below!

Carnival Styled Wedding Inspiration | Brooklyn, NY

A few months ago my good friend and fellow Rising Tide Society member, Yari Santiago, of Cake and Champagne NYC, came to me with an idea for a styled shoot. It would be carnival themed, which is something she knew was right up my alley! There is a glamorous spin on the theme which was so fun because who doesn't love sparkles?!

It was supposed to be a rainy, overcast Saturday, but the sun shined on us at Coney Island. It turned out to be warm and beautiful for our first styled shoot! Our models, Brooklyn and Darryl, are a real life, amazingly adorable couple living in Brooklyn. 

Thank you so much to all the vendors (listed below) who donated time, services and products to make this happen. 

Photographed by Kate Alison Photography
Planned & designed by Cake and Champagne NYC

Cake & doughnuts baked by Slice of Vintage
Flowers provided by Stem and Bloom
Hair & makeup styled by Emma Buel
Invitation suite & menus designed by Borne of Ink Paper Co.

Jewelry made by Everistta Bridal