It’s hard to believe this was just a week and a half ago? The fall leaves were at their peak and it was 60 degrees. Caitlin and I had many wonderful conversations over the phone and this was our first meeting in person. I finally got to meet her fiance and Mom as well. By the end of the afternoon we were old friends. Caitlin and Chris, I can’t wait for the big day!

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Jason and I not only wanted the best of the best vendors, but we also wanted ones who we bonded with. Vendors that we felt comfortable with and ones we knew would make our wedding day that much more special.

Krista and Jason after they said I Do! Outdoor ceremony at The Royalton Mansion, Roslyn New York

Krista and Jason after they said I Do! Outdoor ceremony at The Royalton Mansion, Roslyn New York

Introducing Our Newly Weds helping the Newly Engaged blog series. I thought it would be helpful to ask my clients to share some post wedding wisdom to accompany the blog post.  I had such a great journey with Krista and Jason. We all have Lisa Marie from L. Marie Events to thank for bringing us together. We hit it off at our first meeting. Our one hour engagement shoot turned into 3 hours, (but felt like 10 minutes 🙂 Prepping, planning, fun meetings, the amazing wedding day and finally reliving it all at their In-Studio preview.  One of the first things I remember Jason saying at our first meeting was, “We want to be able to have a drink with our vendors after the wedding is over”. How cool is that? I love that Krista and Jason understood that is was important to surround themselves with not just vendors, but with people they could connect with. Vendors who would care as much about the wedding day as they did and take care of them. They got it that not all vendors are the same and building a team of great wedding professionals to surround yourself with was critical in the success of your overall wedding day experience. Thank you Krista and Jason for such a wonderful experience and for all of the great moment you gave me:) OX,Denise

Guest Post by Krista Oliver-Here I am a couple months since my wedding has past and I couldn’t be happier with each and every decision Jason and I made. You always hear, read and sometimes experience those wedding “horrors” that are sometimes preventable, and sometimes not. I am still in complete awe with how lucky we truly were in having the absolute perfect wedding day. I firmly believe someone up there was looking down on us. The reality of it though is all within the vendors you hire. Jason and I not only wanted the best of the best vendors, but we also wanted ones who we bonded with. Vendors that we felt comfortable with and ones we knew would make our wedding day that much more special. To say we succeeded in this is an understatement. I had the BEST vendors, from start to finish. Every single one of them surpassed all my visions and dreams. I understand some couples have strict budgets, but my biggest piece of advice would be to never skimp on the services and vendors. You can always swap out a rose, for a hydrangea, or those silk napkins for cotton ones- chances are your guests won’t even notice. They will notice poor food, not so good music, lack of service and all those imperative aspects that make your wedding stand out. Jason and I would look forward to meeting with each and every one of our vendors. They all understood my visions and made me feel at ease. A lot of brides are worry stricken in the weeks leading up to their wedding. I had not a worry in the world. I had the utmost faith and trust in each of my vendors. I knew they would deliver on my wedding day and boy was I right. I was also lucky enough to have the world’s best wedding planner. When I say she is the “worlds” best, I mean every single word of that. She gave me the gift of being a guest at my own wedding. She handled everything for me in the weeks leading up to my wedding. On my wedding day, she and her team were godsends. My wedding would never have been what it was without her amazing services, and her dedication to Jason and me. Because of her I was introduced to most of my amazing vendors, Denise being one of them. I am so grateful for not only having the most perfect wedding day a girl could dream of, but for being able to relive and remember that perfect day through all our beautiful pictures and albums. We couldn’t have been more blessed.- Scroll below to see some moments of their beautiful wedding and check out their list of vendors!

Krista loved the way her dress looked from above, like a trumpet. So I was sure to bring my 8 foot ladder to the wedding :) The sun was going down pretty fast at this point. Having them look up at the sky gave us the last rays of natural light.

Krista loved the way her dress looked from above, like a trumpet. So I was sure to bring my 8 foot ladder to the wedding 🙂 The sun was going down pretty fast at this point. Having them look up at the sky gave us the last rays of natural light.

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Custom Stationary: Someday Designs

I love this image of Krista on the right, STUNNING!

I love this image of Krista on the right, STUNNING!

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Krista and her “gorgeous” girls!

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This was not prompted at all. You rarely see the groom get helped an fused over like this. These men know how to get ready!

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The happiest guy in the world and he looks fabulous!

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Wedding Planner: Lisa Marie Blinn- L. Marie Events

Photography: Modern Wedding Photography

Videographer: PF Films

Venue: Royalton Mansion- Roslyn Heights, NY

Custom Stationary: Someday Designs

Florist: Spitz and Peck

Band: Central Park Orchestra

Makeup and Hair: Face Time Beauty Concierge

Rings: Carlos Morales Jewelry, Plainview

NY Bride’s Dress: Lazaro, Kleinfelds NYC

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bloomingdales and Nordstrom

Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Jimmy Choo NYC

Lounge Furniture: NY Lounge Décor

Cigar Roller: Andres De Leon After party

Flappers: Screaming Queens Entertainment

Thank you for your amazing work at our wedding!  We received the slideshow during our honeymoon and it literally brought tears to our eyes!!! The photographs and moments you captured are heartwarming and incredibly beautiful! – Emily and Billy

I photographed Emily’s sister Sara’s wedding about six years ago. It was a thrilled to be welcomed back to photograph Emily and Billy’s wedding. Check out the images below.  Please feel free to comment and send your well wishes to Emily and Billy. Thank you Emily and Billy for an unforgettable day!

Emily and Billy's First Look at Ocean Bleu West Hampton

Emily and Billy’s First Look before taking the family photos. Location : Ocean Bleu West Hampton

Emily Inspects her dress. I thought this was a spontaneous alternative to the solo dress still-life.

Emily Inspects her dress. I thought this was a spontaneous alternative to the solo dress still-life.

Emily and Billy great ready

Emily and Billy getting ready. I always try my  best not to get my reflection in these mirror shots.

Emily and her sister Sara. That hug tells it all!

Emily and her sister Sara. That hug tells it all!

Billy and his Mom laughing. I do not remember what happened, but it made for a lovely shot.

Billy and his Mom laughing. I do not remember what happened, but it made for a lovely shot.

How great is this first look?

How great is this first look?

A lot of sunshine, blue skies and love in this big bridal party shot!

A lot of sunshine, blue skies and love in this big bridal party shot!

Since they saw each other before the ceremony, we got all of their portraits and family photos done before the wedding started.

Since they saw each other before the ceremony, we got all of their portraits and family photos done before the wedding started.

I love these walking down the aisle shots.

I love these walking down the aisle shots.

Black and white images can really isolate the emotion and add a different  mood to your wedding story.

Black and white images can really isolate the emotion and add a different mood to your wedding story.

Emily's Uncle performed the ceremony, which really made the ceremony extra special:)

Emily’s Uncle performed the ceremony, which really made the ceremony extra special:)

Billy built the beautiful and may I add sturdy, ceremony canopy.

Billy built the beautiful and may I add sturdy, ceremony canopy.

Love that cake!

Love that cake!

Great first dance!

Great first dance!

The focus was on the toasters, but turn around you might just find a girl with a mustache.

The focus was on the toasters, but turn around you might just find a girl with a mustache.

One thing my clients all have in common is that they have the best parties!

One thing my clients all have in common is that they have the best parties!

A few quick evening shots. You have to grab them before it gets too dark.

A few quick evening shots. You have to grab them before it gets too dark.

They both cut the cake at the same time with their own knifes,(one knife, one server). It looked so much better than two people trying to cut a cake with one knife.  I hate when the maitre d' try’s to show the bride and groom how to cut the cake for the photo. It’s already a photo-op moment, do we really need to make it more contrived? I like when the bride and groom are left to do what comes naturally. You can see from these photos you can capture more authentic moments this way.

They both cut the cake at the same time with their own knifes,(one knife, one server). It looked so much better than two people trying to cut a cake with one knife. I hate when the maitre d’ try’s to show the bride and groom how to cut the cake for the photo. It’s already a photo-op moment, do we really need to make it more contrived? I like when the bride and groom are left to do what comes naturally. You can see from these photos you can capture more authentic moments this way.

I always have to find that perfect shot to end the album on. This center image does just that.

I always have to find that perfect shot to end the album on. This center image does just that.

This is or new 12 x 12 leather bound album with wooden box. Your image is printed on the wood cover.

This is our new 12 x 12 leather bound album with wooden box. Your image is printed on the wood cover.

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Venue: Oceanbleu, West Hampton, NY

Event Planning : Cynthia Ross Affairs

Florist : Flowers by Voegler, Merrick, NY

 

 

Modern Wedding Photography is excited to be participating in the Not Wedding on September 23rd, 6:30 PM at The Green Building in Brooklyn. The Not Wedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding.  All the vendors have to use their talents to bring the show together. One of my contributions was to do a styled shoot. I have my current stable of talent I could have used for the shoot, but I thought it would be great to bring on the other vendors who are participating in the September Not Wedding event. I’m so glad I did. We had a great time working together and I got to work with such a fun and exceptional group of wedding pros. What is wonderful about Not Wedding is that they want you to connect with other vendors as well as engaged couples. I thought it would be fun to do a surprise romantic dinner on the street. My husband is really getting into cooking these days. That might have been a little subconscious inspiration. One of my favorite places to shoot are the streets of NYC, especially Manhattan. In 2004 a documentary featured my photography and how I use NY as my backdrop. Outside with the elements is where I’m most comfortable. You see the old timers playing cards on the street in the outer boroughs all the time, but not too many Manhattanites doing a DIY dinner by the hydrant.  I thought, why is this guy in our shoot planning this dinner? So I figure the whole thing might make more sense if it was a wedding proposal.

A week before the shoot I found the accordion at an estate sale. It came with a Steve Urkel doll, too funny. I wanted a street musician for the shoot, but who would it be and what would they play? The accordion was the perfect accessory for our shoot. My godson Max wanted to try it on. One look at him trying the accordion on and  I knew I had my photo shoot busker.  It was so hard to select images for this post. I wanted to make sure each vendor shined and there were so many beautiful contributions made by the team. I wanted to give a special thank you to Alden and Geoff for being our couple for the shoot. They just met on set and they were perfect together. The camera loves you two:) Alden works for Ryan Brown Catering, (they will be cooking for Not Wedding). Geoff is a friend of Nicole and Tom from The Arrangement, who stepped in at the last minute. Thank you so much! Thank you to Allie Webber from Not Wedding who loved my idea right away and said, “Go do it”. Thank you Leah from Color Pop Events for helping with planning and coordinating logistics. Thank you to Liz from Octavia & Brown for your beautiful china and dinner table props.  Thank you to Tom and Nicole from The Arrangement for your stunning florals, beautiful styling and for getting Geoff for our shoot. Thank you to Ryan Brown of Ryan Brown Catering for your gorgeous food. I hope the photographs show how delicious it all is. Thank you Kim from Ryan Brown for coming early and setting up the meal on Liz’s precious china. Thank you so Much Nikki from Corinna Beau : Letterpress + Design for the fabulous stationary and especially that incredible Menu. Thank you for going with the flow everytime I kept thinking of new ideas and giving you more work to do. Thank you to Styles on B  and Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry for doing Alden’s hair and makeup. She is a beautiful woman and you got her all camera ready for us. I also wanted to thank my dear friend Judy for talking the day off work to help out and chaperone her son the accordion player.  OXOX Denise    Formal Vendor Credits are at the end of the post.

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Not Wedding Styled Shoot. Wedding Proposal, Surprise Romantic Dinner On The Street.

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Not Wedding Allie Webber, Northeast Production Manager – http://www.thenotwedding.com/

Color Pop Eventshttp://www.colorpopevents.com/ Leah Weinberg, Coordinator

Ryan Brown Cateringhttp://www.ryanbrowncatering.com/ Alden Davis, Director of Sales and Marketing

Corinna Beau : Letterpress + Designhttp://www.corinnabeau.com/ Nikki Gagnon, Stationary, Signs and Menu

The Arrangement Floral Design and Eventshttp://www.thearrangementnyc.com/ Thomas and Nicole, All Floral Arrangements

Octavia  & Brownhttp://www.octavia-brown.com/ Liz Geddes, Tableware and Chairs

Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistryhttp://nicolesievers.com/ Sarah for Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry, Alden’s Makeup

Styles on Bhttp://stylesonb.com/ Russell, Alden’s Hair – Model Prep at Styles on B

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I hope you find Melanie and Evan’s wedding day inspiring. Check out the images below to see how you can make your wedding day uniquely yours. Thank you Melanie and Evan for be so wonderful to work with!

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Melanie created the fun photo booth props herself. If you have the time, it’s a great way to make the photo booth more personal.

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Their first dance was to Adele’s “Lovesong”

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It was so windy outside one of our umbrellas for the light was destroyed. That is why we always bring lots of extras of everything and we got this beautiful shot of  Melanie and Evan.

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Precious props in action!

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This was a great wedding gift idea. Friends of the couple hired an artist to paint the wedding ceremony as it was happening. Then she continued to work on it during the reception. Just beautiful!

 

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Denise Chastain

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