Ever since I stepped foot in this city, I’ve been constantly inspired by the many occurrences of glamour meets grit. The concrete jungle, the hustle and bustle, the elegant style and individuality that everyone brings with their everyday street style or when they're decked out in a fabulous gown for a night on the town adds to the city’s beauty and makes this place like no other. On any given evening there are always celebrations going on in this city. The architecture, the grand ballrooms, a beautiful loft, or even a terrace overlooking the twinkling city in the summer combined with a bit of an urban edge make this city tick and truly shine!

This week we’re embracing this beautiful juxtaposition – just look at the gorgeous, glamorous gown our Ceci Bride Alexandra donned on the streets of New York City for her Cipriani Wall Street wedding. I was immediately inspired and knew that my team and I had to hit the streets of New York, in a black Halston Heritage dress no less, for our cover shoot. While my look is darker and more dramatic, my hope is that we move you to up the glamour, be you and be remarkable.

And speaking of remarkable, Jennifer Zabinski of the New York-based JZ Events (she was the one who orchestrated Alexandra’s gorgeous and sophisticated Gotham wedding) is offering up her top tips for planning an elegant city wedding. All of you newly engaged city brides won't want to miss these gems!

So the next time you’re going out, invited to a party, or throwing your own celebration, dare to take your look up a notch, own it, and flaunt your style!


P.S. Thank you to Kellie Walsh of 4 Eyes Photography for capturing these great images in this fantastic city I’m madly in love with!

Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York - Get inspired by our dramatic take on New York sophistication.

Photography by 4 Eyes Photography

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Photography: 4 Eyes Photography Makeup & Hair: MG Hair & Makeup Dress: Halston Heritage at Bloomingdale's Jewelry: Minetani Clutch: Halston Heritage Shawl: Nardos Imam