I am still dancing on air after receiving this letter in the mail today. What a wonderful early Valentines Day gift from a past bride. I have been meaning to add a “Love Letter” section to my site from all the encouraging and wonderful emails and letters I get from all my amazing clients…this just might kickstart me to do it a little sooner. Here’s what I got in the mail today in a Valentines card:
Hello Brides & Grooms to be! I have another great wedding event give-away, special thanks to Well Wed Magazine! There are 2 pairs of tickets (valued at $40/pair) for 2 couples or 2 lucky individual and a friend to attend New York’s Well Wed event! If you would like a free pair of tickets, you can either leave a comment here, on the FB page or email me. Two winners will be selected Jan 20th. When I was a bride myself, I found it so useful to connect with some of the industry’s top vendors (you can read about my little adventure here.) See additional details below:
Well Wed New York Magazine cordially invites you to attend one of our signature bridal events – the 2012 Finger Lakes Wedding Affair at the Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester on January 21, 2012!
Filled with enchanting decor, innovative floral & tabletop designs, mouth-watering delectables, a local wedding library & as much inspiration as we can pack into our breathtaking venues, the New York Wedding Affair is sure to have something to delight every bride. The Wedding Affair provides an intimate & inspirational setting in which to meet your area’s most celebrated & sought-after wedding professionals. Planning seminars & decor workshops featuring experts in the local wedding industry are available, as well as makeover & manicure stations. To conclude this lavish event, we present a dazzling display of bridal & cocktail fashion highlighting the season’s most fabulous couture wedding fashions.
The Wedding Affair, hosted by WellWed New York Magazine, is anything but your typical “expo-style” bridal event. We invite you to attend this one-of-a-kind fete,which will introduce you to the products, people & places that create some of the country’s most talked about events.
The Wedding Affairs: anything but ordinary. Visit www.aweddingaffair.com for more information!
This wintery NYC engagement session is a stark contrast to where Betty & Nelson will be saying their I do’s…. which will be under the warm sun of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. Both Betty & Nelson are born and raised New Yorkers. During their planning process, they decided on a whim to forego the traditional Chinese ceremony and to truly do something for themselves…so Mexico was the logical place to tie the knot as they have been there before and loved it. Following the weekend of fun, a more traditional Chinese Banquet will be thrown back in New York.
I can’t wait for this wedding to happen and to be a part of all the fun. During the engagement shoot, Betty kept stealing my breath away from her natural beauty. I can imagine how much more beautiful Betty will be on her wedding day. As for Nelson, it was like hanging out with an old friend from college…speaking of which…he did warn me of his “Frat Boys”and how they really like to party. All I have to say is bring it and let the fun begin!
During the shoot, Betty spotted this beautiful dog walking by with his owner. From seeing her excitement on her face over the beautiful ol’ pup, I of course, stopped the owner to see if we could borrow his dog for the shoot. He so kindly obliged and it was awesome!
When Nelson initially proposed to Betty, he had written her a poem. So a copy of that poem tied up in a pretty red satin ribbon was incorporated into the shoot.
It’s the art of individuality… gotta love!
My first meeting with Esther & Tae went like this: “So, do you have any questions?” | “No, where do we sign?” ……Ok, it didn’t happen in exactly 2 sentences, but that was the gist. I know I am always facebooking about all the laid back couples I constantly get to meet, but I think Esther & Tae really wanted to drive home the point of super laid back. They were already sold on my work through this site and just wanted to meet before booking me. And while we laughed over cappucinos and steal cut oatmeal, they also decided to book my teammate Mel Saladino for the month-of-coordination who was also at our meet-up.
Esther flew up from Atlanta where she is currently base to do the engagement shoot amongst the foliage of New York…a priviledge of the seasonal change which she didn’t experience growing up in Florida. What I love about this shoot was its pure simplicity. Without any props, intricacy of ideas or contrived set ups, the shoot simply highlighted the sweet & playful nature of Esther & Tae’s relationship. Neither Esther nor Tae had ever experienced a professional shoot and were unsure how to be for the camera …What made the shoot turn out so wonderful was their complete trust in me as we ran around to some of New York City’s classic staples.
We started off at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then went over to Central Park. Since it was the start of the Holiday season, the Bergdorf window displays were revealed on the day of the shoot, so we seized the moment to do some shots there. Of all Holiday window displays in the city, Bergdorf is by far my favorite and the best above all the others. I even went as far as bringing them to mine & my husband’s sacred holiday-shopping-drink spot, BG, which happens to be on the 7th floor of Bergdorf’s. And our favorite bartender, Robert, was also there to serve us.
So let the count down begin to what will be a fun Brooklyn wedding affair!
Not too long ago, I was a little piece in the New York Daily News’ Life Style section talking about my personal fashion style…excuse the bad angle and lighting…it’s a little hard not to critique the picture being a photographer myself.
The other day while running around Manhattan on a day full of shoots, I thought to myself…how amazing is it to be born a women in this era & living in this country. A large chunk of the glass ceiling has been broken by a previous generation of strong women in various industries. The idea of a women having to dress like a man to make it to the top has faded. I am seeing powerful women in their corner offices closing major Wall Street deals while perched in her stiletto Louboutins. The old adage of having to choose between being a mother or a career women has meshed into one. In this time of opportunity and abundance, a woman can do both. I love that the range and options for fashion to express oneself is endless. You can be a hipster in your Tom’s shoes one day and later if your mood takes you to a delicate cocktail dress for the evening, so be it.
In this era, I love that I see more and more career women helping other career women to the top. My photography mentor, the beautiful and talented Inbal Sivan has always said “there’s plenty of work to go around”. I always tell my friends I want to make it to “my top” (as being at “the top” could mean something different for each person) and that I will help as many of my ladies get there with me…why not make the journey fun with peers to share the struggles and successes along the way… so when we all make it there, being at the “top” won’t be so lonely.
So in my random Thanksgiving rant, I want to say I am thankful “…to be a women in this era (& especially in New York City) where the opportunities are endless, fashion rules no longer exist & we can define/reinvent ourselves a 100 times over as we please.” … as quoted in the beautiful NYC Stylist’s Blog of Natalie Decleve: