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BrideLux 2019 at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London, UK

March 31, 2019

I had such a great time attending this year’s BrideLux UK in London at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel!

BrideLux events present an incredible opportunity to connect with some of the finest, luxury event professionals all over the world.

The extravagant BrideLux NYC 2019 held at Intercontinental Barclay hotel inspired me to purchase a plane ticket to London and I am glad I did. From the newest trends in bridal fashion to the most elaborate chef’s desert creations, finest champagne and authentic French macarons, lavish floral arrangements, inspiring table settings and elegant entertainment, BrideLux was a luxury wedding planning dream.

At the event I was fortunate to speak with Tina Patel, the owner and creative director of Sugar Box Events, a boutique company specializing in creating custom desert walls for weddings and events. Tina’s main inspiration is her clients themselves. Her company offers countless desert options that are incredibly intricate and customizable to the event’s color scheme and theme as well as cultural backgrounds of the guests. Currently she mostly serves the UK market but she is open to bringing her craft to the world’s finest destinations.

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ArtVesta Studio is featured in New York Weddings magazine 2018

November 14, 2018

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.

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Dani & Yaw’s celestial wedding at Midtown Loft & Terrace, NYC

October 10, 2018

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.

The Marmara Park Avenue’s spacious terraces feature the breathtaking views of the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and downtown Manhattan.

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!

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Cake designer: City Sweets & Confections
Photography: Artvesta Studio
Floral arrangements: FLO NY
Venue: Midtown Loft & Terrace
Makeup: Glamour by Shaniqua

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New York fashion week preview at The Ravel hotel

October 8, 2018

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.

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The Practical vs The Traditional. The First Look at a Wedding.

August 2, 2018

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”

 

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ArtVesta Studio is a Yelp All Star!

August 1, 2018

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!!!

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Enchanted forest-themed wedding at Tribeca Rooftop, NYC

April 16, 2018

 

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.
What is the most memorable date you had?
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.
When did you know that Drew was the one? How and when did Drew propose?
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.
How long did it take you to plan your wedding?
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.

Photography: ArtVesta Studio

Wedding Coordinator : Erganic Design

Floral design: Rachel Cho Floral Design

Venue, food & beverage: Tribeca Rooftop

Hair: Janeaa Jennings

Make Up: Jade Staton

Ceremony, Cocktail, Dinner/Dancing Music: Element Music

Photobooth: Shake and Share Media

Stationery : Minted.com

 

 

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TATIANA VALERIE AT ARTVESTA STUDIO IS FEATURED IN SOPHISTICATED WEDDINGS MAGAZINE – SPRING 2018 ISSUE.

March 6, 2018

Thankful to the Sophisticated Weddings editorial team for featuring my photography in their Spring 2018 issue

Tatiana Valerie's photography is featured in Sophisticated Weddings 2018 issue

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Pnina Tornai 2018 Bridal Runway Show

October 6, 2017

This year’s Pnina Tornai 2018 Bridal Runway Show was spectacular. Lots of glitter! Some amazing form-fitting gowns combining sheer and open areas with pretty and elaborate lace.

The full, princess gowns had the audience in awe.  Take a look for yourself! What is your favorite Pnina Tornai 2018 gown?

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Independence Day inspirations – styled shoot by Colin Cowie

June 26, 2017

If you are thinking about celebrating the 4th of July with your friends and family, take a look at this independence day photo shoot we styled for this very occasion.

We covered everything from the overall motif and vision, to the invitations, to the table settings, the signature drink, cupcakes and flowers that embrace the very spirit of the day.

Colin Cowie brought his signature style and vision to pull this whole event together. His close collaboration with everyone and attention to the finest detail brings a level of panache that is so quintessentially classy to the whole affair.

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Engaging invites, featured by The New York Times, devised this innovative Independence Day themed shoot by providing custom-made interactive invitations. Engaging Invites incorporates people’s favorite video or photos into a slideshow invitation, an innovation that brings a next level of personalization to any invitation!

Alchemy Fine Home did a fabulous job bringing together a classic table setting that incorporates the colors of our flag while creating room for all of the amazing goodies to come.

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Cream Blossoms brought delectable, unique floral cupcakes that are to pretty to eat. BUT those fluffy, moist cupcakes filled with blueberries and topped with heavenly edible buttercream flowers were simply too good to resist!

Spring & Social provided the stunning table florals incorporating red ranunculus, white peonies, and blue sea hollies. The floral artist masterfully played with soft pastel colors and the assertive red to perfectly blend them into elegant fragrant harmony.
The Grand Bevy, the guru of spirits and signature cocktails, provided the signature refreshing cocktail:

1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
2 oz Hibiscus Tea
0.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Blueberry syrup
1.5 oz Blueberries (muddled)
Fresh Mint
Fresh Tarragon

Cheers!

And last but not least, Tatiana Valerie at Artvesta Studio documented the shoot. Please enjoy the photos and the video and Happy 4th of July!!!
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