What gifts did you give to your bridesmaids and groomsmen?
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!
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We are beyond thrilled to announce that our work was featured in the Fall 2018 issue of New York Weddings magazine as a full-page editorial.
Keisha and Liz’s epic love story deserved to be told to the world. HERE is Liz & Keisha’s feature on our blog.
At the end of July, I had the pleasure of photographing not just an elegant and magnificent but celestial wedding of two beautiful people, Danielle and Yaw. It was a quintessential city wedding with the bride and groom getting ready at The Marmara hotel located steps away from their wedding venue, the Midtown Loft and Terrace.
Dani was walking on the stars in her dreamy and floating Pnina Tornai dress and her classy see through Christian Louboutin stilettos adorned with crystals. Dani’s outfit made her look like an angel enveloped gracefully in the clouds. To finish off the look, Dani’s glittering headpiece really made her Queen of the Stars.
It was such a beautiful and dreamy wedding, quite literally because this WAS, indeed, Dani’s dream perfectly executed in one memorable night.
I asked Dani to share their love story with me and it is as beautiful as this charming couple!
Yaw and I met officially the last week before our college graduation. I was a transfer student, so we almost graduated college without meeting one another. The last week of graduation, Yaw threw a party for the graduates and I accompanied a mutual friend to his party. We met that night, we became friends and soon after a couple. We dated throughout our 20’s, separating once for about a year and a half and then we found our way back to one another. Shortly after our reconciliation, surprise we were pregnant! Yaw took me to Paris for my 30th birthday and proposed to me by the Eiffel Tower and I said yes, of course. Then we saved for our wedding and on July 28th, 2018, I married my best friend!
On the eve of the New York bridal fashion week, October 3rd, 2018, event professionals community had a big celebration at the luxurious Ravel hotel in Long Island City. The elaborate celebration featured exquisite gowns by Kleinfeld Bridal, Pnina Tornai, Randy Fenoli, Jaclyn Jordan, Sarah Jassir, Designer Loft, Yumi Katsura, and Galia Lahav. The after party at the reception room of the hotel was so much fun and some might even call it over the top! The abundance of delectable foods and beverages, top-notch bar staff and DJ made it the party to remember for the crème de la crème of the New York event industry folks.
Artvesta photographers provided photography coverage for the event and we had a blast doing so! While Tatiana, the owner and primary photographer, mingled with the guest, our wonderful photographers Jelo and Isaiah, were busy documenting the festivities.
As always, the room was full of familiar faces…some of them were VERY familir, such as Randy Fenoli, an American television presenter and fashion designer who is mainly known for his work on Wedding Dresses and his own TV Show Randy’s Wedding Rescue and Say Yes to the Dress.
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Thank you, Sophisticated Weddings New York Edition for featuring the photo gallery. All images were captured by Artvesta Studio’s photographers.
Wedding traditions often times will come in conflict with capturing the most important posed photos at a wedding, such as family pictures, bridal party pictures, and couples portraits.
If you follow strictly with tradition, the most important shots happen right after the ceremony because the first time the bride and groom see each other is during the ceremony.
The challenge with the traditional way is organizing group photos when everyone is already tired, hungry, and don’t look their best any more. Sometimes it is impossible to hunt down all the family members for the pictures as they are already enjoying the food and drinks at the cocktail hour, all scattered around.
The solution to this often overlooked problem is simple – the first look!
First look is a moment staged by a planner and a wedding photographer for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony.
The first look is a very romantic and emotional moment that is not only very special for a couple but it also helps to save a lot of precious time and give the couple peace of mind. Instead of taking couple’s portraits, family photos, and bridal party photos after the ceremony, when everyone is tired and eager to eat, drink, and party all these important photos are taken care of right after the first look, when everyone is still enthusiastic and looks fresh.
First look is the answer to a no-stress pre-ceremony photo shoot … and you will be able to swing right into the cocktail hour, have your first drink, meet and greet your guests minutes after you say your “I do’s”
I am so honored to receive this prestigious Yelp.com award. ArtVesta Studio is one of the 17 hand-picked businesses in NYC that have received this recognition in 2018. Thank you, Yelp!!!
Candice & Drew’s enchanted forest-themed wedding at Tribeca Rooftop, NYC was truly magical. The loving couple radiated happiness, love, and joy on their special day.
Being allergic to flowers, Candice requested a no-flowers wedding bouquet. “No flowers – no problem!”, Said Rachel Cho at Rachel Cho Floral Design and created this masterpiece featuring succulents, air plants and cacti!
From the couple:
How did you guys meet?
Drew and I met on an app called coffee meets bagel. We talked before we met but on December 6th we met at The City Bakery. We went for hot chocolate on a cold wet day. The huge marshmallows on top of the hot chocolate are covered in powdered sugar so if you aren’t careful sugar goes everywhere. Let’s just say Drew was not careful. I’m pretty sure he got it up his nose in his hair. He laughed it off. Really didn’t even care. After that broke the ice we had an amazing time. We both knew that date that this was different. In January one of my dogs passed and drew was there helping me take care of the other dogs and me. This was the moment I knew I loved him.
Drew’s favorite date of all time was our first real going out to dinner date. We went to The Red Cat. We were seated in a back corner booth where we sat next to each other. Which is very romantic, unless the people across from you are drunk and trying to ask a million questions about our date. We were laughing about it. Drew said that night we really connected.
We talked about wanting to be married and the whirlwind romance we were (are) having. On Saturday before Mother’s Day we went out with my parents, I had a work trip scheduled that week and Drew was leaving right after I got back. My parents we’re going to be away for a while so Drew got my dad aside and asked permission and he said my mom has to say yes and so do I. So then on our walk to Eataly he told my mom what dad said and she agreed. We get sat down at a table and before the wine was served my dad blurts out, “apparently drew wants to marry her.” To my mother. The entire lunch we talked about wedding and planning a wedding that I wasn’t even proposed to yet. After lunch we are walking home and I get a group text from Drew’s Dad: Let us know when it’s official so I can welcome her into the family. When we got home I said hey if everybody knows I want to know too. And he said but I was planning a huge proposal and I said I don’t need one. So on the couch with the dogs Drew got the ring and started to cry and I laughed and said yes. It wasn’t the big proposal but it was perfect for us.
We planned our wedding in 6 months. While I opened a store, we adopted a dog (Willcox), and we started trying and got pregnant. I only recommend it if you have a little help. My friends all got involved and were so helpful. Once we had the major pieces in place everything else totally came together. I also had a dozen Pinterest boards to keep all my ideas on.
Thankful to the Sophisticated Weddings editorial team for featuring my photography in their Spring 2018 issue