Letter From The Editor
Picture it: Gotham Hall, 2013. Our inaugural edition of Sophisticated Weddings featured one of the finest venues in New York City on its cover. Exuding timeless glamour and exquisite detail, we knew from the very first issue that in order to inspire brides and grooms to achieve their wedding dreams, we’d have to go hard or go home. Gotham Hall was the natural choice to set the tone of the magazine we aimed to be; blending luxury, style, and tradition, it was readily apparent that the iconic turn-of-the-century ballroom once known as the Greenwich Savings Bank was exactly the dramatic presence we’d been seeking as we’d entered the sophisticated bridal space.
Today we find ourselves a seasoned publication at the forefront of a new decade. With 14 volumes leading the way, we enter #15 with 20/20 vision. That vision, as it so happens, invites a load of inspiration, a little bit of reflection, and a hint of throwback to a space that continues to inspire and reinvent the New York wedding scene. Set in the heart of midtown, we brought the party inside and
around Gotham Hall. Featuring a bride and groom basking in the glory of a 1956 Ford Fairlane convertible, amidst the bustling city before its dreamiest ballroom, the 2020 cover and content within Sophisticated Weddings celebrates a road paved to the present. It seems quite apt if you think about it- a wedding is, after all, the culminating event by which a love story is recognized for all of the cherished moments that has transpired.
The 2020 Edition emerges with all kinds of love stories near and far. In “Real #CHill,” we catch up with The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey and her fiancé Mike Hill of FOX Sports as they revisit their old stomping grounds in New York City with a romantic capture at the JW Marriott Essex House. “Ninety Minutes or Less,” explores the finest venues just outside city boundaries, and while our metropolis extends an incomparable space to live, work, and play, we push limits in the name of love, visiting staggering destinations around the globe. In our boldest Wanderlust section yet, join me in discovery of diverse pleasures found across South Africa in “Wilderness and Winelands,” confront first impressions of Cuba in “48 Hours in Havana,” and roam about Scotland in “Love Along the Lochs”. For those with a penchant for adventure, in “The Seventh Continent,” I’ve gone to the end of the earth to tap into Antarctica, but if the tropics are more your speed, we’ve got you covered in The Bahamas, Palm Beach, and Playa del Carmen.
There’s a saying about there being no time like the present, and while we feel this rings true, there’s no reason not to look forward with a certain degree of retrospect in mind. As your wedding day will happen in a flash, we want to help you make the most of it by encapsulating the tried-and-true, and pushing it forward into something wholly and uniquely yours. Take it from us weddings veterans- there’s a secret you should know about this magical period in your life: it’s not just about the big day itself, but also the compilation of all the days behind you, and the moments which lead to the juncture where you say “I do”. We’re so happy that out of all the journeys we could share with you, it’s this very passage in time. Not merely just another wedding magazine, Sophisticated Weddings is a banded team of cheerleaders rooting for your love and happiness. It has been a privilege to take part in this long awaited occasion in your life, and nothing makes us happier than being here for all of your wedding needs, in print, online, and for a countless number of you, in real life. It doesn’t get much more personal than a wedding, and for that reason, we want to get to know you personally. Drop us a line, and let’s make this the best year yet for weddings.
Yours to honor yesterday, seize the present, and commence tomorrow,