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Celebration of true love and equality at MAD, NYC

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.

 

Why a Couple Should Hire a Professional Photographer for Their Wedding Day

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Planning a wedding can be a daunting task as every decision is like a building block that you will eventually solidify as an event of a lifetime – One of the most important days of your life, your wedding day.

Hiring a professional photographer to capture every memorable moment of your big day can require hours of research, but it will prove to be well worth it when you’ve yet again “found the one”. Take it from the words of a self-planning bride herself, Meredith from Texas, USA shares with us her sentiment on who, what, when, where, and why she chose a professional photographer for her big day.

Q: What is your vision for your wedding day?

A: Well let’s start off by saying that my vision includes absolutely no rain, plentiful sunshine and a ton of love in the air. Other than marrying the love of my life, the thing I’m most excited for is seeing all of our family and friends together. I anticipate a ton of laughs, very little stress and an all around beautiful day.

Q: What has been the most memorable or eventful time during this process of your wedding planning?

A: The day we got engaged! That was the best day. It’s been a whirlwind since then and has been surprisingly non-stressful.

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Q: Do you feel that choosing the perfect photographer for your big day is an essential? What if you had to go without one…how would you feel?

A: Yes! The photos from our wedding day will last forever. Making sure we had the perfect photographer was very important to me. I can’t imagine not having a photographer on that day. Those photos will be cherished forever. We are spending as much on our photographer as we are spending on the dinner for 250 guests. It was THAT important to me.

Q: Rewind back to when you were a little girl…did you always picture your dream wedding to become what it is now? What are some similarities and differences?

A: Well, when I was little, I thought I would be married at the age of 18. I’m thankful that it took me another decade to find my prince charming. He was worth the wait! I never really planned out my wedding in my head – other than knowing it would be a giant party – and a giant party it will indeed be!

Q: What’s some advice that you’d give to a “bridezilla” during the wedding planning process?

A: This should be one of the happiest days of your life. If you’re stressed, just keep that in mind and remember to breathe. The day will come and go so quickly. If you’re being a bridezilla, are you really going to have fond memories of your big day?

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Q: Does your fiancé feel as strongly as you do about capturing those once in a lifetime moments?

A: He LOVES good photography. Since seeing how the engagement photos turned out and how much they already mean to us, he is 100% on board with having a great photographer at our wedding.

Q: Tell us how everything will unfold on your big day!

A: The entire ceremony and reception will be at my fiancé’s parents’ property on Onion Creek in Driftwood, TX. They have thirty-eight acres of Texas Hill Country land, so we won’t be short on space! There will be approximately 250 guests. The ceremony will be fairly simple and will take place by the creek on property. A good friend is marrying us and all of our immediate family will be walking down the aisle. Thinking about the moment that I walk down the big stone steps to “At Last” by Etta James gives me chills (good chills!) every day. After the ceremony, everyone will walk up the stairs to the reception area. They will be greeted by hill country views, a mariachi band, a giant white tent, dance floor, a hog roast and plenty of local beer and wine. The speeches and dance will begin at sunset and we will party and dance the night away while drinking champagne and eating ice cream cookie sandwiches (We decided on this instead of a wedding cake). Guests are invited to camp at the property (Seriously, we already have RSVPs signed up to camp out). The party likely won’t stop until the next night!

Q: Do your parents or in-laws have wedding photos halfway as beautiful as your engagement photos?

A: To be honest, I haven’t seen many wedding photos from our parents weddings. The photos I have seen are mostly ‘staged’ photos of all the family together – which are still wonderful to look at.

Q: If there was a fire, and you had to choose 3 things to take with you….would your wedding photos be at the top of that list? Why or why not?

A: Not just wedding photos, but all of my photos would be at the top of the list – after my dogs, of course.

Q: You mentioned that you must have a photographer but not necessarily a videographer… Why is that?

A: I will still be looking to secure a videographer for the wedding – but a photographer is much more important to me. Am I going to watch our wedding video every day? No. Will I see our beautiful wedding photos around our house every day? Yes.

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Q: What feelings would exude from you, after viewing the most absolute perfect wedding photo (yours or someone else’s’)? Feel free to be as sappy as you’d like.

A: Upon seeing our engagement photos, I cried, a lot. They were all happy tears because the photos meant so much to me. When we first see our wedding photos, I expect the same reaction – times ten. I will probably be smiling for days and showing them off for years.

Q: When you see bad wedding photography, what are you thinking about?

A: It shocks me when a bride and groom don’t realize how important wedding photography is. I knew a girl that got married a few years ago and she didn’t hire a photographer for her wedding. She said “everyone can take pictures with their cell phones.” I just about died.

Q: Photos/photography has been around for ages…painting portraits, film cameras, black and white photos only, then color photos, digital cameras, and now cameras in our phones that we can instantly print out at any local drugstore – Do you feel the significance and cherished quality of true photography has dwindled throughout time? Do you have actual photo boxes or photo books?

A: I think that there is an even greater appreciation for good photography these days. There are so many mediums for photos to be seen by so many people. I still print a lot of photos and keep them in photo albums and photo boxes. Eventually, digital photos will likely be a thing of the past – and I would hate to not have all those great photos in hand.

Q: You’ve taken on photography before…as a photographer and being the person being photographed…what tips would you give someone who is searching for the perfect wedding photographer?

A: Find someone that will truly understand you and your fiancé’s relationship. The more they get you, the better the photos will be. Do not be afraid to tell your photographer what you envision. A good photographer will take your advice and use their skill to build on your vision and make it better than you ever imagined. Trust your photographer. Sometimes you may feel silly taking a photo using their direction, but the outcome of that photo could be amazing.

 

From the lady of the hour, and like many other soon-to-be-married brides, hiring a professional photographer for your wedding day is one of the single most important aspects of planning your wedding. After committing to your chosen photographer, you’ll be counting down the days to when you can flip through the pages in your wedding photo book and swoon over the sweetest day of your life.

Kayla & Joe’s Photo Shoot in Florence, Italy

On May 23rd, 2015 I had a pleasure of photographing this beautiful and loving couple — high-school sweethearts Kayla and Joe.  American natives, they are currently living in Florence as Joe was offered a 1 year fellowship to continue his specialized research with a lab at the University of Florence.

I was so fascinated with their story that I asked Kayla to share it with me and I would like to share it with the world!

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How and when did you meet?

We met in 2007 when we were both still in high school. Joe winked at me in the lunch room and it was love at first sight… or something like that.  Joe was the goof-ball, older Senior that was off to college, and I was a goody two-shoes Sophomore. We dated for 3 years long distance while Joe was in college, but as he started to engage more in his Physics degree (who would have thought for the class clown!) and I went to college in Minnesota, we decided to go our separate ways. We were apart for 2 years and it was great for us to have our own college experiences. He came to Minnesota in 2011 to complete his Masters’ degree; we reconnected then and have been dating ever since. A few years really helps you grow up! We graduated from undergrad/grad school at the same time, and moved out to Seattle to pursue our respective careers. He is continuing on his education with a Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Biomedical Engineering, and I was working in HR at Amazon.

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If you don’t mind, can you please tell me again what brought you both to Florence?

Joe was offered a 1 year fellowship to continue his specialized research with a lab at the University of Florence. It was offered only a few weeks before they needed him to start, but we decided to go for it. While I enjoyed my job back in the states, I felt like I was missing something while trapped in my office cubicle, and I knew we could make it work. After a few short weeks, and many, many hours of paperwork (and bottles of wine), we were living in Florence. He’s now working with a lab at the University, and I’m leading bike and wine tours throughout Tuscany and teaching English as a foreign language. I got the better deal out of the move, if you ask me!Florence, ItalyEn

What is your favorite aspect of living in Italy?

The wine and pasta, of course! All kidding aside.. we enjoy the simplicity of life. Nothing is rushed (including paperwork!), no one glorifies the concept of busy, and quality family time is a priority. We’re very used to convenience back at home, and it was an adjustment to go to six different stores before we could find the household “essential” we were looking for. However, now we’ve come to love that aspect because with it comes the simplicity and appreciation of everyday life in Italy. People take their time here and are very present in each moment. Families spend hours eating dinner, and you can still spot the Italians admiring the beautiful the country they live in. It really doesn’t get old. It’s a simple life here, but it is so beautiful.

 

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How long are you going to stay there?

We arrived in February of 2015 and we’re going to stay until at least April of 2016. We’re still at the beginning stages of the move, so our return date could adjust based on Joe’s research progress. However, staying here legally requires a lot of paperwork, so we will only be able to stay as long as Italy allows us.

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Do you think you learned something or took something away from your experience living in Italy?

We learn something every single day, even if it’s just another word in Italian. Living in a foreign country is the most amazing and exhausting thing we’ve ever done. Every single day we’re amazed by the beauty of this country, and every single day we come home mentally exhausted. The language and culture differences are always noticeable, regardless of how long you’ve lived here. However, the language is beautiful and the culture is precious and one we’ve learned to appreciate. The quality of life is the main focus here, and something that we often overlook back at home. It’s very easy to get sucked into the daily grind, and we hope to bring back the new mentality that Italy has given us. Our outlook on what is important has shifted. That doesn’t mean we won’t be working long hours once we return, but it does mean we will appreciate the little things just a little more after living here.

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Why did you want to have professional photos of you in Florence?

Florence is a place that will always be special to us. After living here for 4 months, we realized that we didn’t have a single picture together while exploring these streets that have become our home. We often grab our morning coffee at Volume, go out for dinner near Santo Spirito, and bike across Ponte Santa Trinita to get home. We now have wonderful pictures in all of these places. I wanted to look back on our year in Florence and have nice pictures of us that came from someone with an eye for photography and not from a selfie stick. These pictures have not only captured this city, but have also captured where we are at in our relationship/lives. This was a big move for us, one that has brought us closer and made us stronger, and now every time we look at these pictures we can always remember the dolce vita di Firenze. Engagement photo session in Florence, ItalyFlorence, Italy

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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 — 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!
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13 Questions about wedding photography

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1. Should I hire a professional wedding photographer or relative/friend?

While you may feel comfortable with a relative or friend to capture your big day, a professional photographer possesses the technical mastery of shooting, logistics and time constraints. Experienced photographers will work with you, understand the vision of your event, and then capture your most precious memories without getting swept up in the celebration, lose entire segments of your wedding or forget backup equipment. If a relative or friend shoots your wedding, he or she is more likely to get caught up in the celebration and miss important shots.

Professional photographers anticipate and capture the most expressive split second at the exact time. They know how and when to crop the picture to highlight an important detail and keep all the other elements in the background. Professional photographers can also preserve all the details in a picture and keep all the important objects in sharp focus. Most importantly, experienced photographers can make your event look magnificent regardless of your wedding budget.

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2. What is a proof?

A proof is a low-resolution digital image or small-sized print. Photographers do not retouch all the pictures from their event shoots. Instead, they print or create a low-resolution version of all “open eyes and in-focus” photographs for a customer to view and then select a handful of the best pictures for further post-production and larger prints.

Artvesta Studio is committed to ensuring the high quality of proofs… read more>>

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

NEW item! Artvesta Studio’s leather wrap albums! Order today!

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

 

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