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What makes great wedding photography

What is great wedding photography? Is it the perfectly posed photo that captures a couple’s brightest smiles and star-struck gazes of true love? Is it the candid photo of the two caught in the act of being their goofy, down-to-earth selves? Better yet, what is great wedding photography in the perspectives of the photographer and those who are photographed? How does that saying go…”A picture says a thousand words.”? That’s right, photos are like works of art that are interpreted in the eye of the beholder. We all see the same thing, but at our own angles.

Today, we hear from a professionally photographed bride paired with my own thoughts on what makes great wedding photography.

From Photographer (Tatiana):

What do you see when you look at a wedding photo? Excellent lighting, ideal composition, great direction. That’s what you see when you look at these photos. What my clients see transcend the beauty of these photos, they relive the meaningful moment captured in that image over, and over again – the photos are alive and have breath, they will live on and on, through memory. To capture these once-in-a-lifetime shots for my clients, I need to understand who they are as a couple and what is meaningful to them. I have to be present and listen to exactly what it is that these smitten couples are communicating to me and capture that at the moment it happens – it is not orchestrated, it is organic. I have to be intuitive and feel connected with the couple to deliver meaningful photographs that tell the couple’s story in the most perfect, natural way.

Romantic meaningful moment between a bride and a maid of honor.

Photo: The bride, Jessica, and her 12-year-old maid of honor.
Wedding date: 04.12.2015
Wedding venue: The Water’s Edge, NYC

Story behind this photo: This is the bride and her 12-year-old maid of honor. The bride and the groom are high school sweethearts. They started dating when their maid of honor (groom’s sister) was born. The age of their love story equals to the age of this lovely girl on the right. The two girls symbolize the beautiful pinnacle moment of this relationship. The light and the skyline ahead symbolizes the bright future ahead. I strive to capture photos that captures my clients the way they see themselves. Photos, that reflect the very essence of my clients’ most memorable moment.

Both the bride and the photographer agree that great wedding photography results from a connection between the photographer and those who are being photographed. An unspoken understanding between the photographer and the couple combined with the photographer’s skill to beautifully capture meaningful moments creates magic – exceptional wedding photography that keeps bringing to life every treasured point in time over and over again.

Our Process

Artvesta Studio – is an award-winning photography and videography production company based out of Manhattan. In this video we are explaining our process by breaking it into seven key touch points.

To ensure our team has everything covered, we break our typical photo project into 7 key touchpoints:

1) Initial consultation, concept design
2) Contract signing. A deposit is required to book your date.
3) Family photo combinations planning
4) Location scouting and the day-of logistics planning
5) Optional Pre-wedding photoshoot
6) Wedding photoshoot
7) Post production, album design and printing

Artvesta Studio’s Process

Meet Tatiana Valerie at ArtVesta Studio

Tatiana Valerie at Panache Bridal NYC

Behind the scenes — posing the bride & groom

Behind the scenes — fashion shoot for Panache Bridal and Sophisticated Weddings magazine

 

 

Give us a call or email us if you have any questions or to schedule your free consultation!
artvestastudio@gmail.com | 212.300.3897

LUXURY FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS WEDDING AT LOTTE PALACE NEW YORK

Luxury Christmas Wedding at Lotte Palace New York Bride in a big dress

Picture an iconic hotel that has been home to some incredible dignitaries and celebrities in the heart of New York City and you’ve got the Lotte New York Palace. 

This hotel is stunning all year round! The landmark Villard Mansion with its gold-drenched ceilings and marble columns as well as the grand Madison Ballroom are dream locations for a luxuriously romantic fairytale.

Lotte New York Palace hotel has one of the most beautiful and recognizable Christmas trees in New York City.

The Palace hotel has one of the most beautiful and recognizable Christmas trees in New York City.  A 35-feet tall tree all decked out and shining brightly in the quintessential courtyard of the hotel centrally located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, minutes away from some of the most revered attractions such as Central Park, Rockefeller Centre and Radio City Music Hall.

The fairytale started with the dress by Galia Lahav, an amazing crown and oversized veils from Bridal Styles Boutique.

And who doesn’t know Radio City Rockettes from NYC’s Christmas Spectacular? They surely added a burst of color and cheer to the festive occasion! An extra special act from Cirque Central, ‘Confetti Bubble Beauty’ brought this magical Christmas scene over the top.  This performance could add a unique  visual element to any wedding!

Our fairytale continued inside the Palace as event designer, Eva Madeleina created a magical, enchanted garden-like atmosphere with flowers and greenery.  Clear Chiavari chairs with hunter green cushions for the ceremony perfectly completed the light and airy look to balance out heavy christmasy greens.

The lounge areas were given a fairytale makeover with a Tuscan Rose sofa and an armchair and a gold glass coffee table so that the guests could feel like royalty.

To add a classy audible dimension to the ceremony, we invited NYC’s most fashionable and chic Jazz duo, Acute Inflections to perform for the couple and their guests.

It is absolutely possible to have a chic dream wedding even in the times of COVID and technology is definitely on our side to virtually connect with the loved ones on such a significant day.

It is absolutely possible to have a chic dream wedding even in the times of COVID and technology is definitely on our side to virtually connect with the loved ones on such a significant day.

The new virtual trend of hybrid weddings became very popular and in high demand among those couples, who don’t want to postpone their nuptials due to the pandemic.

Hybrid wedding virtual wedding projector screen

The new virtual trend of hybrid weddings became very popular and in high demand among those couples, who don’t want to postpone their nuptials due to the pandemic.

Even though the traditional Christmas colors are red, white and green, our event designers incorporated blush, white and gold to create the romantic, fairytale vibe. The laser-cut menus and blush charges with gold edges matched the romantic, luxury wedding theme perfectly.

Since current health precautions encourage everything contactless, we asked a talented calligrapher Joanne Day to create a grand escort card mirror featuring the New York skyline and some traditional Christmas accents.

The gorgeous centerpiece of the reception was the dessert table featuring delicious cupcakes, sweet cookies and stunning tiered wedding cake from ‘A Simple Cake’. 

The shoot was a spectacular, fun team project where all participating event pros gave every little detail the attention it deserved. 

We featured two very different couples as our wedding models to showcase multiple dimensions of the space and incorporate different personalities and vibes.

The first couple, Anastasia and Thiago, are classic and elegant heroes of this visual winter fairy-tale. I captured some black and white and some available light images to showcase the ambiance and the vibe of the rooms.

Our second couple, Joshua and Faith, helped me create eye-catching, playful images that are full of glam and character. This feather accented fanciful wedding gown was perfect for the chilly winter weather and the chic, dramatic look we were going for.

Bold and charismatic couple Christmas wedding

Event Professionals:

Venue: Lotte New York Palace | Planner: Best Venues Group | Décor: Eva Madelina | Photography: Artvesta Studio | Video: ET Weddings | Rentals: Glam Party Rentals | Dessert Table: A Simple Cake | Makeup: Namani MUA | Hair: Dida Hair And Makeup | Jewelry: Bridal Style Boutique | Bridal Gowns: Bridal Reflections New York | Models: Anastasia , Faith Amber ,  Joshua lhila | Jazz Duo: Acute Inflections | Talent: Cirque Central | Calligrapher: Joanne Day Calligraphy | Menus: Ceci New York | Tux: Robbie & Co

Safe and beautiful COVID-19 wedding on board of Aqua Azul Yacht in NYC

Love conquers all, even a pandemic! For our team, documenting this unique wedding was definitely the highlight of the year 2020! Even though the event had to be rescheduled due to COVID, everything worked out beautifully in the end.

We were well prepared to face any possible challenges of the day. A comprehensive time line, a detailed shot list, a list of local photo shoot locations that could comfortably accommodate the family’s social distancing requests, sanitized equipment and mandatory face masks made the experience safe and unique.

From the couple,

My husband and I like to joke that we met in a “cabin in the woods.”  Similar to the horror comedy film, we both were invited by friends to join them on a cabin trip. Unlike the movie, this trip had a better outcome. We went to the cabin to meet new friends, but we ended up leaving meeting our soulmate. After the trip, we chatted for months until we finally were able to meet in person again for another group outing, my birthday dinner. We were both hesitant at first to pursue dating, but those that were closest to us, my mother and his friends encouraged us to pursue. We would later look back being grateful for the nudge we both received as it ultimately led to us following in love and getting married.

Gabriel and I had to get creative when we first started dating. He was recovering from a knee injury, so he couldn’t walk too far. Luckily we lived in New York City, filled with options reachable by cabs. The two of us love to make memories, so our first dates involved picnics with memorable views. We then showcased our memories together into wedding centerpieces with hand-drawn illustrations by @misamisatoto.

Our first date was on the pier, as we admired the boats passing with the sunsetting in the background. Looking back, it must have been fate, because in the end we got married on a boat at sunset.

A sunset wedding was not in our original plans. But none of our original plans for our wedding remained the same. We definitely ran into some tough obstacles during our wedding planning, but nothing was as hard as coping with life when my Father passed. My father passed a few years into me and Gabriel’s relationship. It was a hard hit for us both emotionally, but after this I knew that together we could weather any storms in life. Later I would use his ties (handmade painted ties made by my mother and I) as a bouquet, so that he could still “walk me down the aisle” with my mother by my side.

Our original wedding date was going to be in May. When the pandemic hit in March, I was in Connecticut for the weekend visiting my mother and yiayia (grandma). My job went into mandatory work from home that week and I ended up staying in CT amidst the chaos. With NYC then quickly going into lockdown, me and Gabriel found ourselves having to reschedule a wedding while being apart. Being optimistic, we rescheduled our wedding date to August 8th, 2020.

We were apart for 4 months during the pandemic. We were only able to see each other in person again just two months before our new date. Back together again, we began attempting to plan our wedding. Despite our efforts, the majority of our planning happened within the week of our wedding.

With state regulations changing daily, we had to follow guidelines and be open to pivoting key details. Our location, time, and guest count were not confirmed until the day before our wedding. We worked closely with our venue, Aqua Azul Yacht, and respected how quickly they notified us of any COVID-19 policy changes. As soon as they found out anything, they would call or text us right away. However, we had to accept very unconventional wedding planning.

One of the biggest obstacles we faced was having to downsize from a 160 person guest-list to a 50 person micro-wedding within 48 hours of our wedding. This involved having to cringely call each person and essentially uninvite them. Explaining that due to NYC guidelines we were only having close family & bridal parties in attendance.

Due to the pandemic, we also lost our hotel block for guests. The first hotel choice remained closed and was not prepared to open the first week of August. Thankfully we were able to book with the AC Hotel Downtown Manhattan on such short notice. When we checked into our hotels the night before, we received a phone call from our vendor saying that we would need to set sail from New Jersey instead. If it couldn’t get any crazier, we now had to call all of the remaining 50 guests and tell them to meet us at the new location for our wedding.

Besides all of these obstacles, we also changed the time of our wedding from morning to evening, received our marriage license in CT for a minimony with my yiayia; NYC had no available virtual time slots to receive a license for 2020 and my yiayia could not attend the wedding since she was elderly and prone to COVID-19, re-considered our international honeymoon, spent hours on the phone to get our money back, and then booked locally, and then of course we had to plan with safety precautions in mind due to COVID-19, which included having all of our guests sign COVID-19 release forms within 24 hours of arriving and delivering them to us.

A Foodie Wedding at The Upper Story in New York City

Tatiana Valerie's photography is featured in Betrothed magazine

Everyone always wants something different, but what does that really mean for a wedding? By its very nature, weddings are imbued with tradition, rituals that make a wedding a wedding. Having said that, is there a way to personalize a wedding so that it feels authentic and reflects the couple who’s getting married? In essence, the inspiration behind this styled shoot was just that: how to take tradition and make it unique.

We wanted a Parisian-inspired theme for this New York City shoot. In New York City, the possibilities are endless but for every wedding, you must prioritize the things you think are most important. This couple would be all about the food, and so started with a venue that they knew could provide the delish meal that all their guests would appreciate. The next big-ticket item was the flowers. We wanted lush, lively, unique arrangements and chose a color palette to reflect the mood we aimed to achieve: lavender and ivory with gold accents. The French plates on the sweetheart table provided just another touch of class.

The stationery provided a warm winter feel with the lavender-velvet look that was used on the invitations and the menus. The main dinner table had a full, table-length ivory lace overlay. The clear chargers, purple candles, and gold vases were all carefully chosen to help enhance the dining experience.

For a smaller space, we didn’t want large, traditional gowns, but wanted to add a little classic touch with the veil. Traditional bridesmaids’ dresses didn’t fit the bill either, so we went with shorter dresses with elaborate detailing.

Every element, from the centerpiece down to the cake was carefully selected to provide a classic yet modern twist to a traditional rite of passage.

Venue/Catering: @upperstoryny
Photographer: @artvestastudio
Cinematographer: @firstandlastproductionsllc
Floral Designer: @glamurosa.designs
Planner: @wedding_md_ny
Stationery/Calligraphy: @g.c.lettering
Attire: @henry88designs
Hair: @instaglam83 for @glass_slipper_wedding
Makeup: @artistrybyjeanna_
Cake: @sugarfetishcakery
Accessories: @alyson_nicole_
Rentals: @chargedupeventsnj
Arch Rental: @partythemes973

Bride and Groom Models: @theadrianacabanas, @lloverafraank

Bridesmaid Models: @nasthya_arandatv, @_completebeauty

Groomsmen Models: @officialgerardocaballero, @iamjoelramirez

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Tatiana Valerie on Fox 5 News’ family segment

On December 18th, 2019 Tatiana Valerie was featured on Fox 5 News’ Family segment where she was sharing her tips and tricks on creating the best family photos for the holiday season. Sometimes it is tricky to get kids to look into a camera but the task is not impossible. It requires a bit of creativity and… a cartoon playing on a screen placed directly above the lens. The main trick is to keep the kids full, well-rested and entertained! Watch the segment to learn more!

Styled luncheon at MiMA, Manhattan 2019

Styled luncheon at MiMA organized by Tatiana Valerie

In the beginning of May 2019 Tatiana Valerie at Artvesta Studio and Raul Gamboa at Food Design Conceptual Events collaborated on creating a styled shoot that would showcase and capture the elaborate culinary creations of Raul’s company and would also entertain a handful of top NYC event professionals.

“If we are going to prepare delectable meals for the shoot, maybe we could invite our close industry friends to enjoy them?”, said Raul. This is how the idea of a styled luncheon came to life. The rest is history.

I reached out to Olha at Sense Of Moment for help with brainstorming. The task we faced was exciting! We wanted to create a small and intimate event where our guests could relax, enjoy some gourmet dishes and reconnect while sharing that unique experience.

The event was going to take place at a private event space on West 42nd St. That alone presented a challenge because of the space’s non-commercial nature and therefore limitations. For instance, Olha’s signature design style incorporates candles but the building did not allow using any kind of candles under any circumstances.

The project seemed to be growing bigger and more complex every day, but everything worked out picture-perfect! Kudos to our wonderful event partners:

Photography: @artvestastudio | artvestastudio.com
Culinary experience: @foodesign_ce
Design and coordination: @senseofmoment.ny | foodesignce.com
Florals: @threenotchflorals | threenotchflorals.com
Stationery: @icandothat_design | icandothatdesign.com
Cake favors: @mydaughterscakes | mydaughterscakes.com
Rentals: @broadwaypartyrentals | broadwaypartyrentals.com
Linens: @bbjlinen | bbjlinen.com

 

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A Walk Through The Woods winter styled wedding shoot at Intercontinental New York Barclay

Tatiana Valerie's editorial feature in Sophisticated Wedding magazine 2019

It all started with an idea. An idea about a perfect wedding in winter wonderland.

Cold months weddings in New York City are not as popular as summer or fall ones but Diana at Diana LaMer Events wanted to challenge that stereotype with breathtaking designs and magazine-quality photographs.

A winter wonderland “Walk Through The Woods” styled wedding shoot matched Intercontinental New York Barclay ballroom’s decor perfectly: the grey and blue-ish motifs got our team’s creative juices flowing.

After a million of back-and-forth texts, emails, and Instagram messages, Diana came up with a mood board that was uniquely fresh and exciting. The under-saturated look and cool white balance were the things that I was, literally, shooting for. Most of it was post-production but I am a Photoshop ninja so the challenge was accepted!

And all the hard work paid off. We received a full-page editorial feature in Sophisticated Weddings magazine’s 2019 Volume II!

Huge thanks to all the wonderful event professionals, who contributed their talent and time to create and capture the magic!

Planning: @diana_la_mere_events
Photography: @artvestastudio
Stationery: @cecinewyork
Cake: @cakes_by_nicolle
Rentals: @partyrentalltd
Jewelry: @david_bader_ny_diamonds
Florals: @floraliesevents
MUA: @shesaidyesbeauty
Venue: @interconbarclay
Bridal gown: @kleinfeldbridal
Groom’s tux: @theblacktux
Bridal gown: @reemacrawedding
Bridal gown: @carolinaherrera 
Linens: @nuagedesignsinc

 

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Kelsie & Noah’s Summer Wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC

Sweet young couple Kelsie and Noah joined their hearts in a lush wedding ceremony on July 13th, 2019 at Ravel Hotel located in the trendy Long Island City, NYC. It was such a delightful, happy, and fun day! Everything was just perfect and I am so excited to share these photos! The couple’s precious fur baby Ellie deserves special credit for being the exclusive ring bearer!
Beautiful views of Ravel Hotel, LIC - wedding day
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - groom's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride's preparations
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - the first look bride and groom
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - couple on the rooftop
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - couple by the ivy wall
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride and groom photos together
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - happy bride
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride and groom photos together
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride and groom photo together
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride, groom and the bridal party
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - bride, groom and the bridal party
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - walking down the aisle
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - walking down the aisle
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - wedding ceremony ring exchange
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - bride is walking on the terrace - end of wedding ceremony
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Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - challah breaking
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - wedding reception
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - speeches
Summer wedding at Ravel Hotel, LIC - fathers dance
Here is the couple’s story:
 
Kelsie & Noah are both acappella nerds and met in their post-collegiate group, Blackout. One day Noah took Kelsie back to the place where they met, the place he auditioned for the acappella group and popped the question!
 
From the bride & groom:
We wanted our wedding to be formal but we asked our guests to lean towards colorful attire! Kelsie bought her dress at Sarah Seven and Noah got his tux from Indochino. Both of our shopping experiences were incredible and we highly recommend both places!
 
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding?
For the most part, our ceremony and reception were secular. We did, however, incorporate a chuppah into our ceremony. During our reception, we had Noah’s grandfather cut the challah and our whole party danced to the horah!
 
What is your best memory from your wedding?
Kelsie surprised Noah by getting up with the band and singing Noah’s favorite song. We also were blown away by all the love and excitement when we entered our reception for the first time!
 
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Use a day-of planner, whether it be a friend or a professional. Having someone else to take care of about all the crazy day-of mishaps will give you a chance to relax and enjoy the day before it all flies by. 
 

What gifts did you give to your bridesmaids and groomsmen?

Kelsie gave each bridesmaid a matching set of pajamas, a travel carry-on bag, and a few other fun little things like monogrammed tumblers and tote bags with the wedding hashtag that Kelsie handpainted.
Noah gave each groomsmen monogrammed cufflinks and a bottle of their favorite liquor.
 
What were your gifts for one another?
We gave each other the trip of a lifetime, a safari and beach trip in East Africa!
 
What was your ceremony entrance song?
Crazy in Love – Jay Z and Beyonce
 
What was your first dance song?
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
 
Vendors:
Photography and Videography: ArtVesta Studio
Florals: FLO NY Events
Wedding dress: Sarah Seven
Groom’s attire: Indochino
 

Best photographer in New York wedding industry experts awards

I’m incredibly excited to announce that we have won “Best Photography Studio in New York” award by the Wedding Industry Experts. The Wedding Industry Board announced the winners on June 07th, 2012.

We are 1st in New York City, 2nd in New York State, 9th out of 10 in the United States, and 21st out of 100 Worldwide.

The Wedding Industry Experts Awards were started in 2012 and are now the largest popularity competition for Wedding Professionals & Businesses worldwide. There are 82 categories and entrants compete for city, state, country and international levels. Most votes in a category & location wins.

I am so thankful to everyone who supported and voted for me in this competitive endeavor.

Sincerely,
Tatiana Valerie and the entire Artvesta Studio team.

ArtVesta Studio won The Best Wedding Photographer in New York award by the Wedding Industry Experts
ArtVesta Studio won The Best Wedding Photographer in New York award by the Wedding Industry Experts

Jaden’s New York City Bar Mitzvah – Hornblower New York

The Earth Day 2018 was celebrated by many but it was especially festive for Jaden’s family and friends. April 22nd was also Jaden’s very special birthday, he became Bar Mitzvah and his parents threw him the best party ever — a beautiful and fun river cruise on Hornblower’s Hybrid yacht. Surrounded by family and friends, Jaden, his family and friends enjoyed stunning views of Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline while munching on delectable foods and sipping yummy drinks. It was definitely a grand and FUN party to remember!

Jaden's NYC Bar Mitzvah West End Synagogue
Jaden's Bar Mitzvah family photo west end synagogue family photo
HornBlower New York Hybrid Bar Mitzvah party setup
HornBlower New York Hybrid boat
Bar Mitzvah cake and felt flowers decorations
Hornblower New York Bar Mitzvah Party - guests are watching slideshow
Bar Mitzvah Candid Shot
Candid shot - Bar Mitzvah
Kids shot bar mitzvah hornblower new york
Downtown Monhattan skyline as seein from hornblower cruise ship
Candid shots bar mitzvah on Hornblower New York
Bar Mitzvah DJ games Hornblower New York
Group shot bar mitzvah boy
Hornblower New York Bar Mitzvah party - family is blowing the candles
View of Statue of Liberty from Hornblower New York
Candy bar Bar Mitzvah Hornblower New York
Bar Mitzvah Hornblower New York - guest sign in
Bar Mitzvah children's games
Bar Mitzvah Hornblower New York saying goodbye to guests
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