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Amber & David ~ JW Marriott Essex House NYC

August 14, 2016

JW Marriott Essex House is a truly quintessential location for a perfect Manhattan wedding. This luxury iconic NYC hotel set in an art deco building is located just steps away from Central Park and Columbus Circle. Choosing the perfect venue for their wedding, the couple did many site visits and almost chose a venue in Long Island but then realized they ultimately and truly wanted a Manhattan wedding. The decor on the walls looked like a dream when they first walked in. It was a dream that came true!

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Amber and David’s, my picture-perfect couple, met online. Here is their love story.

How and where did you and David meet?

We met on OKcupid. Our first date was on Valentine’s Day.

For how long have you been dating?

We have been dating for three years before we got engaged.

How and where did he propose?

The proposal was so wonderful! He surprised me by taking me to dinner and then he proposed near riverside park by the water. Then he took me straight to his rooftop for a party and surprised me with all my friends and family.

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? 

I envisioned my wedding to be opulent, elegant and sophisticated with a touch or romance. I wanted the style to match the look of the magnificent chandelier in the exquisite ballroom. A Star studded event with endless dancing!

What was your color palette and your style vision? 

My color palette was soft pinks and whites to go along with the stunning gold ballroom.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include? 

We had a sculptural manzanita branches display with pale pink dendrobium orchids in a draping style hung with bubble glass candle holders above the seating arrangements. Something very special to me was that my 15 year old poodle (I got her for my Bat-mitzvah) was able to be in my bridal suite getting ready with the girls and taking photos with us. She wore the most adorable dress in silver to match my bridesmaids’ Alfred Sung gowns. We also had the presidential suite in the hotel with a wrap around balcony, I had a huge after party outdoors!

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail? 

When I sang “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor on stage in front of everyone and then jumped into the arms of my new husband standing in the crowd. That was by far my favorite moment. Everyone was in shock and I felt like a total rock star! One crafted detail that pops in my mind was during my parents welcome speech my Mother displayed a large picture frame with a photo of me sky diving 15,000 ft high to show how proud she was of me.

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Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc. 

My bouquet was GORGEOUS. Cascading white phaleonopsis orchids. It is in the process of being preserved. The chuppah was filled with white, ivory and pale pink peonies and roses. The aisle hurricanes were gorgeous too, to match the chuppah. 

My gown was designed by Romona Keveza. It had the sophistication of Grace Kelly. It was form fitting with soft ruching. Mermaid style, off the shoulder with a pearl coloring. My favorite part was the sequined lace at the bottom edges setting it apart from any other gown in similar style. My cake was stunning. L’esti’s specializes in cakes and hand painted a 5 tier white and gold cake with pearls and flowers on the top to match the room. My first look was so romantic. We had a red velvet horse and buggy pick me up to do a photo shoot. 

One of my favorite details was hiring our Cantor- Shimon Craimer to sing popular tunes in Hebrew as we walked down the aisle. His voice was hauntingly beautiful and romantic. The crowd was captivated by his talented singing and the unique traditional aspects our Rabbi Exler helped us create during our ceremony from start to finish. Even my Bedeken before I walked down the aisle was so special to me.

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What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

Always make sure that you have more than one person come to your last fitting so that multiple people know how to bustle your gown. But most importantly, try not to let ANYTHING bother you that day. Brush it off.

 

Slideshow ~ Amber & David’s Wedding at JW Marriott Essex House NYC

Vendors:

Dress- Romona Keveza (from Bridal Reflections)
Shoes- Valentino
Venue- Essex House
Photographer-  Artvesta Studio
Florist- Quatre Coeur
DJ (band)- Veronica Martell
Caterer – Northern Valley Affairs
Videographer- Sunnyville Films
Invitations-  Invitations Plus (Crane & Co.)
Cake- L’esti’s Desserts
Lighting- Luminescence
Rabbi- Rabbi Steven Exler
Cantor- Shimon Craimer
Photo Booth- The Bosco
Hair & Makeup Team- Betsy Elisa Inc.
Sweetheart Table Linen- FloraRosa Design
Dance Lessons- Fred Astaire

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Artvesta Wine & Cake Social 05/26/2016 video

August 2, 2016

I hope this video brings some great memories to everyone, who was a part of our late spring event!


For more information, featured event professionals, and photos from this event please visit this page.

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See New York. Celebrate Dad with Hornblower NY!

June 13, 2016

Look what I found in today’s “AM New York”! My photo of Hornblower’s Infinity is a centerpiece of Hornblower’s Father’s Day ad. See New York. Celebrate Dad with Hornblower NY!

Contact Hornblower’s Event Specialist John Barrall today to inquire about booking a Father’s Day cruise on a Hornblower Yacht : 646-576-8410 | jbarrall@hornblower.com

Photography by Tatiana Valerie for Hornblower NY

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Catherine and David. Carlton hotel, St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, and Midtown Loft & Terrace

June 12, 2016

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” —Franklin P. Jones

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Life certainly can be one wild and unpredictable ride. It comes fully equipped with smooth and rough patches that nobody can seem to predict occurring no matter how much people emphasize planning ahead. But that’s one of the most beautiful things about life—how spontaneously it can shift with pleasant surprises, such as meeting the person you eventually marry (although when you meet that person, you aren’t going to know it’s your future spouse).

There’s probably no experiences in your life quite as amazing as your college years or your first day of newly wedded bliss. And when the two come together at once, with a mix of love and college you’ve got one great combination. Catherine, the Belgian bride, and her Greek-American groom David first encountered each other at Columbia University while both attended as graduate students. That first day they met left no indication that the two scholars would walk down the aisle; but thanks to fate’s intervention they are now together crossing the path into another first day together; the first one as newlyweds.

The immediate family of both the bride and groom chose the Carlton Hotel to stay at for the occasion, and the photography team started its professional coverage right on location at the hotel. My initial photography shots demonstrate some of the bride’s and groom’s soon-to-be worn accessories.

One of the most memorable snaps that took place during the getting ready stage is the groom’s quirky photo with his groomsmen, taken in the hotel’s signature Broadway Dive suite.

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The styles selected by the bride helped set the stage for the design of the festivities. The bride donned a lovely custom-made wedding dress from Belgium and went even more multi-cultural with her shoes, which were purchased in Paris, France. One of the more unforgettable accessories worn by the groomsmen were their colored socks, which coordinated to match the colors of their wives’ dresses.Carlton hotel, Midtown Loft & Terrace WeddingImplementing creative photography, photos snapped of the shoes, the rings, the bride’s dress, and the groom’s watch. Once that aspect of the shoot was done, the photography crew moved to focusing in on the getting ready photos.

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With a warm and sunny wedding day greeting all guests in attendance, the weather helped reflect the mood of utter happiness and love, allowing for many smiles to exchange and spread the good cheer. The wedding ceremony itself took place at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University. This beautiful chapel acts as a venue for hundreds of religious and campus events each year. Performed according to Greek tradition, during the wedding ceremony the couple exchanged Stephana crowns, to important cultural symbols that each had been handed down for generations.

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With the end of the ceremony and the reception, the newly married couple was cemented together forever as a single entity. As Friedrich Halm stated, “Two souls with but a single thought; two hearts that beat as one.”

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As the celebration wound down to a close, it ended in an unforgettable manner and mood, with the Greek folk custom of plate and glasses smashing, a tradition long known to apply to celebratory occasions.

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Photography: ArtVesta Studio
Floral Designs: FLO NY Events
Wedding planning & day-of coordination: Allie Levine Events
Getting ready: Carlton hotel
Ceremony: St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University
Reception: Midtown Loft & Terrace
Reverent: Mary-Rose Engle

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Amber & David ~ South Street Seaport Engagement

May 13, 2016

South Street Seaport is one of my favorite locations for an engagement or a wedding photo shoot in New York City. The area is very charming and full of character. It features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan and includes the largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings in the city.

Despite a very cold day we had a wonderful photo shoot. The courageous couple graciously posed for my camera trying to ignore the wintry gusts of wind. Scrolling through the online preview gallery a few days later, we all agreed that the result was well-worth it!

Amber and David’s, my picture-perfect couple, met online. Here is their love story.

How and where did you and David meet?

We met on OKcupid. Our first date was on Valentine’s Day.

For how long have you been dating?

We have been dating for three years before we got engaged.

How and where did he propose?

The proposal was so wonderful! He surprised me by taking me to dinner and then he proposed near riverside park by the water. Then he took me straight to his rooftop for a party and surprised me with all my friends and family.

Why did you pick Essex House as your wedding venue?

We did many site visits and almost chose a venue in LI but then realized we ultimately and truly wanted a Manhattan wedding. The decor on the walls looked like a dream when we first walked in.

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Artvesta Studio won The Most Popular Photography Studio in New York award!

May 13, 2016

Artvesta Studio won The Most Popular Photography Studio in New York 2016 award by the Wedding Industry Experts!

Artvesta Studio won The Most Popular Photography Studio award by the Wedding Industry Experts

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Thank you so much everyone who voted for Artvesta Studio! We came in first in New York City, first in New York State, and 14th Worldwide!

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Sails of love on Hudson River – Karen & Vipul’s wedding on Hornblower’s Infinity.

April 13, 2016

As a professional photographer, I must say that wedding photography takes me to a place that leaves me absolutely smitten with my craft…and of course with the lovely couples that I am honored to capture in these photos.

Today, I am sharing the humble love story of bride and groom, Karen and Vipul – a love story that truly set sail for eternity from the moment they said, “I Do”.

On a beautiful and sunny New York day, the two were joined in the hands of marriage in front of their loved ones by the captain of the ship. Fusing the traditions of generations past with their own traditions to build on today, this adorable couple celebrated their love in a unique blended Indian and American wedding. The ship was docked for this moment and later set sail for an eventful reception on the bay.

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The pop of colors draped across the ladies of the wedding are known as sari, while the gentlemen were tastefully suited up in their very best. The bride’s bouquet was a refreshing and robust bundle of peach and deep pink roses, light green orchids, blue lisianthus, yellow freesia, and bright pink alstroemeria.  A true Indian wedding as like many other cultures is not complete without a delicious spread of tasty morsels to munch on. At Karen and Vipul’s reception there was a delightful array of traditional Indian dishes such as: Saag Paneer, Chicken Makhani, Chick Pea Cake, Khasta Alootikki Chole with Pindi, and Basmati Rice. Whilst rejoicing in smiles and laughter for the couple’s celebration of their love, guests took in views of the majestic sites of the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, and the legendary Manhattan skyline.

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And as every story only gets sweeter, this special day couldn’t have been completed without the bride and groom’s traditional fondant wedding cake, simply designed with a cascade of fresh flowers.

From the bride & groom – Karen and Vipul:

We met in the mid 90s at our first job out of school. Keeping in touch throughout the years, Vipul was single and partying for a while and I was in a relationship until 2012 – this is when I moved to Hoboken and reconnected with him. We started dating almost right away – he’s the most thoughtful and selfless person I know. He is also the smartest person I know, which is incredibly attractive to me. So, I fell in love with him for so many reasons. I can go on! We started dating in Fall of 2012 and got engaged in January of 2015 while we were on vacation in Aruba  – we went there for New Year’s Eve and my birthday which is on January 2nd, 2015 and got engaged on January 1st, 2015. Vipul proposed to me on the beach in Aruba. It was incredibly sweet.

We started planning the wedding in March of 2015. Vipul had the idea of getting married on a boat in NYC because he grew up in Hoboken and went to high school in NYC so the area is near and dear to his heart. When we had seen the Hornblower Infinity, we were both instantly sold! It was amazing! we went on a ‘test’ cruise and it was absolutely beautiful. The scenery, the atmosphere, the quality of the Hornblower amenities were all amazing. We booked the boat and all of the vendors that John Barrall suggested were amazing! We got the venue in the Spring and I started meeting with vendors in April/May…And this is when we met our incredible photographer Tatiana Valerie – we loved her right away!

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We booked the honeymoon to Mauritius and Maldives in March and sent out the save the dates in June.

Our honeymoon was absolutely amazing. The wedding planning was really from March through September – yes September! We had found out that we couldn’t get officially married on a moving vessel, so we actually got married before the reception as well. We got officially married on August 8th, 2015 and the reception was September 26th, 2015. My nieces and nephew were the flower girls and ring bearer. Neither of us are planners and we we left a bunch of stuff until last minute but it all worked out perfectly. We wanted both of our parents to be part of the day so we had a dance with each parent which was so awesome. The wedding day itself was so much fun! We really enjoyed the day!

I would recommend to anyone all the vendors that John Barrall suggested. John at Hornblower himself was wonderful and such a pleasure to work with! Tatiana Valerie, our photographer, Deborah at City Sweets and our florist in Hoboken Flowers By Diane were all amazing.

The party was incredible, everyone had so much fun!

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Contact Hornblower’s Wedding Specialist John Barrall today to inquire about having your wedding on a Hornblower Yacht : 646-576-8410 | jbarrall@hornblower.com

Hotel: W Hoboken
Ceremony & Reception: Hornblower Infinity
Cake: City Sweets & Confections
Flowers: Flowers by Diane
Photography: Artvesta Studio

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What makes great wedding photography

March 29, 2016

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.

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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.

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Celebration of true love and equality at MAD, NYC

March 17, 2016

Same-sex wedding at Museum of Art and Design, New York

This beautiful and long-awaited celebration of true love and equality lit up festive lights for the couple’s family and friends at Robert restaurant, on October 11th, 2014. Ricky and Seth, two beautiful souls, united in a marriage at the New York City marriage clerk’s office a few days prior to their MAD (Museum of Art and Design) reception.

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Ricky and Seth’s love story is very inspiring – It was truly meant to be! It all started in 2001 when Seth and his best friend were going to spend some time off in Provincetown, but for some unknown reason, their train got stuck in the middle of Connecticut and clearly they were going to miss their way to Provincetown that day. All of a sudden Seth said, “We should fly in!” and they did! They rented a tiny plane and had made it in that night. This is where and when Ricky & Seth met.

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Being a wedding photographer is a special privilege. I feel very fortunate to be able to witness and capture the most festive and happy moments of peoples’ lives – The timelessness of a couples’ love for each other gives me the inspiration to be able to do so. Get out your tissues and prepare yourselves for a tear jerking devotion from Seth to Ricky.

You are my husband because you love Barbra Streisand as much as I do. You believe that doing things like taking photos of the Freedom Tower as it was going up every few days from the same spot across the city was an important and valuable thing to do, and it absolutely is. If I sniffle, you will volunteer to go across town to eat chicken in a pot at a 2nd avenue deli. You like what you like because you like it, and not because you are supposed to like it. And because there is no-one else I would rather spend the rest of my life with, rather grow old with, listen to Barbra Streisand with, and watch James Bond movies with…I love you with all my heart and I cannot imagine spending the rest of my life together with anyone else.

 

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Same-sex wedding at Museum of Art and Design, New YorkIt has been a long time coming for same-sex couples in the United States. Yes, New York was the largest state to allow gay marriage back in June of 2011, however this was not the case for many other of the nation’s states. This could have proven to be the battle of a lifetime for gay couples and their supporters – One could still argue to this day, who has the right to tell you that you cannot marry the love of your life? At the end of the day, isn’t love the one constant that we’re all searching for to make us whole? With mountain moving abilities of same-sex couples and supporters of gay marriage, some four years after New York was legalized, the rest of the nation united in one of the most significant civil rights events that the world has ever witnessed – The legalization of gay marriage across all fifty states on June 26, 2015. There were eyes from across the globe that lit up with inspiration and souls filled with the spirits of eager same-sex couples flooding the courts to make it official. It was truly a celebration for the American people, and I got to capture one of the country’s greatest love affairs: The story of Ricky and Seth.

Dearest Ricky and Seth, I thank you for choosing me to capture one of the most memorable moments of your lives. It has been my absolute pleasure, and I wish you both a lifetime of health and happiness together.

True love, real love is always beautiful and I cannot wait to photograph my next wedding!

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Winter magic in NYC. A couple’s photoshoot in Central Park.

March 14, 2016

Winter photosession in Central Park, NYC

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