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Interview with NewsDay | Bridal Style

I recently got a bunch of emails, text & facebook comments from friends and past clients last week saying they saw me in the Weekend Cover story of NewsDay. I had totally forgotten I did an interview awhile back with NewsDay regarding Wedding trends and most specifically to bridesmaids dresses. I had to scramble to see if  I could get an extra hard copy for myself! Sort of cool to see a picture of yourself and your ladies in the Bridal Planner pull-out section of NewsDay. In the interview titled “Individual Glam” I talked about my thought behind my wedding style and not wanting my bridesmaid to wear what I call a wedding-day “uniform”.

Love Letters…

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:

Ticket Giveaway | Jan 21 ~ Well Wed Wedding Event | Rochester, NY

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 for more information!

Ricdaliz - I would love to go and meet with various vendors. I am in the process of planning mt destination wedding in Lake Placid this October. I want my guests to have a unique and memorable experience!!!

ENGAGED | Betty + Nelson

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.


Betty - wow. love them! thank you so much Twah!! we are both truly amazed at your talent and are SO excited about you shooting our wedding in Mexico!
ps. still in love with that dog! thanks again :)

ENGAGED | Esther & Tae’s Fifth Avenue Session

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!


Shayla - AHHH-MAZING shoot!!

Life Stylin’!….

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.


Article reads:
Dougherty, describes her style as “mixed media.” “I’m all about mixing patterns,” she says. “Things that don’t go together or that people don’t think go together, I will do.” For her, the important characteristic is fit. “I know what works for me and my body type and I stick to that. I don’t believe in forcing anything or following the hot trend of the moment.” Dougherty tends to browse boutiques, especially those in the lower East Side and NoLita, for one-of-a-kind items, and happily pairs luxury pieces with cheaper ones. For winter, she suggests investing in a good coat or giant bolero sweater. “You can throw a brooch on and change the shape of it and that can be layered on everything.”

Cheyenne Mojica - Great outfit! Congrats on the feature!

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