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

“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

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

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Behind the scenes — posing the bride & groom

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

 

 

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Stephanie and Matt’s Victorian garden – inspired wedding at the Metropolitan building

Like many tech-savvy Millennials, Stephanie and Matt’s love story started on OkCupid. Stephanie stole Matt’s heart the minute she walked into the bar for their first date. Her radiant smile lit up his heart immediately and the two lovebirds became inseparable.  Two years later, the couple got engaged and married shortly after. In an elegant and intimate wedding with relatives and close friends, Stephanie and Matt exchanged vows at the Metropolitan Building in Queens on October 2, 2015. In 1980, interior designer Eleanor Ambos bought the building for storage and as a space for skilled artisans to set up their studios. This remodeled and re-purposed industrial building’s high ceilings allow for plenty of overhead room. Its large windows allow ample soft day light to enter into the rooms, and its impressive collection of vintage eclectic props provide a unique creative environment.

Tatiana  and her team arrived early on site to capture the beautiful decorations and floral arrangements designed by industry friends Stacy Crowe and Joseph Ortiz from FLO NY Events. Tatiana’s recent trip to Florence, Italy has inspired her to build a museum inspired set-up to showcase the bouquets of gorgeous brides and bridesmaids.

Tatiana was very excited to discover that the Metropolitan Building was fully equipped for unleashing creativity at all ends. The possibilities of staging and styling unique shots were endless. Despite the rain, the bride and groom had a perfect indoor photo shoot location for portraits and family photos.

In her vision, the rustic green elevator door creates a perfect contrast for neatly arranged white columns that would display the elegant florals. With some extra time to spare before the bride &and groom’s arrival, Tatiana and her assistant retrieved seven display columns from the mountains of vintage props scattered around the building. After a few minutes, a “florentine” floral display was assembled and camera-ready.

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The event floral designs provided by FLO NY team were remarkable. The company’s “day of” crew was headed by Stacy and her partner/lead designer Joseph They were joined by their events coordinator, Caroline, and their design assistant, Beto. The entire team was committed to creating the most extraordinary evening.

Stephanie met Tatiana and Stacy at Artvesta’s Wine & Cake Bridal Social a few years ago. The talented pair have worked on several projects together at venues across New York City. After cultivating a friendship aside from their professional relationship, Tatiana and Stacy were ecstatic to team up for Stephanie and Matt’s vintage-themed wedding.

The Victorian garden – inspired floral seamlessly matched the color scheme of classic whites and natural green elements with some soft blush hues as accent colors.

Overall, the wedding concept was developed by the bride. The venue coordinator’s insight and Stephanie’s experience in the industry (Stephanie is a professional event coordinator) equated to a fine -tuned design plan. FLO NY team advised the bride on what seasonal blooms would work best with her vision. The vintage books paired with past generation photos was the perfect touch. This was truly a collaborative creative effort.

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One of the highlights of that magical day was when the the flower girl expressed second thoughts about walking down the aisle a few minutes before the ceremony. In a full-on protest, she plopped down on the floor and began her costume change. Everyone jumped in with various motivational tactics. These candid “behind the scenes” family moments are precious and illustrate how the big day can bring out the best energy.

It’s so rewarding to create memorable weddings with other skilled and dedicated professionals. While the atmosphere is usually intense, the outcome is always spectacular. There’s much effort that goes into wedding planning but it’s all well worth it.

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Photographer: Tatiana Valerie, Artvesta Studio
Catering company: LCI Caterers
Floral design: FLO NY Events
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Venue: The Metropolitan Building
Cake: Dee’s Desserts

Artvesta Studio presents custom leather wrap albums

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Starting January 1st, 2016 Artvesta studio will be offering premium custom crafted leather wrap albums. Contact us today to order your custom, unique and distinctive piece of art. Leather wrap albums make perfect gifts! Call 212.300.3897 or email info@artvestastudio.com for more information.

 

My Secrets to a Flawless Bridal Getting Ready Photo Shoot

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I was recently asked by Brides.com to share my secrets to a flawless wedding getting ready photo shoot. Here are my eight tips that will help to get the best getting ready photos.

As a former corporate employee, I treat every wedding as a complex project where every element depends on advanced planning prior to the Wedding Day. With more than 12 years of hands-on wedding photography experience, I believe that pre-planning helps all the major players of the big day – including the couple, bridal party and immediate family members – stay on schedule and get better quality photographs.

Here are my top tips on achieving better getting ready photos:

1. Ask your hair and makeup artist for the estimated time needed to complete your wedding day makeover. Add 30-40 minutes to their estimate and be prepared for anything. There are always unexpected things that will get in the way including an urgent phone call, an important missing item, or a friend who wants to congratulate you early. This all adds up and consumes precious time. Don’t be surprised or frustrated by it; just plan for it. …read more

 

Princeton Club of New York – Zeta Psi Founders Day – New York 2012-2014

On May 31st, 2014 I photographed The Third Annual NYC Zeta Psi Founder’s Day Banquet in celebration of Zeta Psi’s Founding 167years ago. Hosted by Zeta Psi NYC Regional Alumni Wine Club (RAWC), the event was held at the prestigious Columbia University Club of New York (in residence of the Princeton Club of New York).

This is my third year photographing this event and it has been wonderful watching it grow. Events like this are always full of great interactions and I always do my best to capture at least a few great photo journalistic shots.

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Photo above: due to a very limited space, I had to utilize my fish-eye lens to fit all 120 people into the photo!

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I always take a lot of traditional shots, “table shots”, photos of details, and a few photo journalistic photos to fully preserve memories of an event.

Photo below is from the Founders Day celebration 2013. The two brothers are looking at printed photos from the 2012 event and sharing their memories. My mission is accomplished.

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Special thank you to Stephen Halperin for putting together such a fantastic event and for making me a part of the celebration.

What Happens at Your After the Wedding Day Photo Shoot

What is an after the wedding day photo shoot? It is a photo session a few days after the wedding or after the honeymoon. The bride and groom dress in their gown and tux and have a relaxing and stress free photo session.

What is really nice about this session is that you don’t have to worry about getting your wedding clothes dirty or wrinkled if your photographer wants you to take pictures outside. Since these pictures are taken within weeks of the wedding, the bride and groom are still in the honeymoon stage and the emotions come through in the photos from any good professional wedding photographer.

Another major advantage to this kind of after wedding photo session is that the pictures can be taken anywhere in any setting. If you live in New York the pictures can be taken at Grand Central Station or in Times Square or Central Park.

When you are not pressured on time, your professional wedding photographer will be able to use her creativity to the best of her ability. In this way her photos taken after the wedding are exceptional. This is an opportunity to get some very different kind of pictures than you were able to get on your wedding day.

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Benefits of an After the Wedding Day Photo Shoot:

Wardrobe Changes: It lets you take more great pictures in your wedding gown with the groom in his tux, as well as in your reception and honeymoon clothes.

Go Places: This second shoot, whether after the honeymoon or the day after the wedding, allows for pictures to be taken in a wide variety of venues – indoors and out – in an art museum or in a forest. Go to the first place you met, kissed, started dating, etc. Make some exciting memories!

Less Stress: You get all these extra shots and you don’t have to put any extra stress on your wedding day schedule. You can even be a little more relaxed on your wedding day, knowing that there will be another day for taking more pictures.

More Props: You can choose to use all types of props that you could not use on your wedding day. These after wedding photos can be playful and teasing or they can be serious and sultry. Of course they can also be both. That is the real glory of the after wedding day photos – they can be anything at all that you want them to be. They are not held back by the formality of the wedding day.

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Variety: You can have your after wedding day photos shot at different times of the day. You can start with sexy day after breakfast pictures and then move to pictures in the forest in the early afternoon. Finally some night shots at a slightly fancy dinner out and slow dances afterward. With these pictures you would have a complete story of your wedding and the day after.

New Likes: You can provide your professional wedding photographer with a list of things that you and your new groom like and are attracted to. The photographer can use this list to put together a creative list of after wedding photos. If you like ice cream, then your photographer can find a quirky ice cream parlor to take some pictures at.

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Playful Poses: Some brides advocate having a trash the dress session where you have pictures taken while you do things that will destroy your wedding dress, like sit in the ocean or a swimming pool with your dress on. Or maybe you want to lie on the beach and get sand all over your dress while various posed pictures are taken. These are usually fun and playful poses.

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No matter what the reason might be the decision on when to take the traditional or artistic wedding day photos is up to the bride and groom. Your professional wedding photographer will be willing to work with you and take the shots whenever you prefer they be taken.