January 09

Bayview Florist & Montage-VendorSpotlight
Not all florists are the same. If you need a great florist check out the blog post for some wonderful advice by Marion, own of Bayview Florist Wedding Studio.

Marion: You’ve just gotten engaged.  Now the fun begins! Planning a wedding, whew!  There are a lot of details to cover and one of them is flowers. Are flowers important?  Flowers will most likely be included in every minute of your day. Starting with the bouquets the girls will carry, to the ceremony space where you take your vows, to the ballroom where you celebrate. Let’s look at each category, personal, ceremony and reception and see what should be taken into account. How do you choose your bouquet flowers?  Before you meet with your florist, determine your style.  Are you vintage, formal or Modern? Your bridesmaid’s dress color will play an important role in deciding what colors and flower choices will be used throughout the wedding.

Long Island Florist, Photos from The Garden City Hotel and Cherry Valley Country Club

Long Island Florist, Photos from The Garden City Hotel and Cherry Valley Country Club- Lauren and Curtis’s fantastic wedding day!

I pick wedding bouquets the same way I would pick a piece of jewelry for a great outfit.  They should accent what you’re wearing, not overpower it or be the focus. Your bouquet will be your most photographed accessory making it the most important one!  I like to infuse meaning to my bride’s bouquets with a piece of lace from mom’s dress or photo lockets of grandparents.

The men’s boutonnieres will correlate with the girl’s bouquets. Keep in mind, boutonnieres can really take a beating throughout the day! Unlike the bouquets, they are compressed time and time again with hearty hello hugs and are really put through the ringer!  You many want to consider an extra for the groom so that it looks fresh for the reception. Pocket squares are hugely popular right now.  If the men have a great pocket square and it’s a bold color, I would skip the boutonniere.  If it’s a subdued color, steel grey or black, you can still consider a flower but it’s not necessary.  Again, we don’t want to overdue, we want to accent.  You can have lots of great ideas, the trick is to understand that they may not all work together.

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The owl pin gives a wonderful personal touch. Groom’s Boutonniere-Cherry Valley Country Club- Garden City Wedding

You may have heard you should use flowers that are local and in season. If you’re using a trained florist, they will automatically direct you toward blooms that are in season without you having to ask.  We want to work with seasonal flowers as they are the fullest and lushest at their peak.

Tip: make an appointment with your florist one year ahead in the month you’re getting married so you can see what’s in season.

Choosing flowers for the ceremony should depend on where your ceremony is.  Will it be in a formal church, an outdoor vineyard, the same venue as the reception, do you require a chuppah? Different surroundings call for different embellishments.  Is your ceremony outdoors? What’s plan B if it rains?  A good florist will make sure you’re covered for all weather conditions. The ceremony may be the briefest part of your day but it is the most important. It will be remembered in your photographs forever. Make the space your own; add your colors through flowers.

Saint Raymonds of Penafort-East Rockaway NY

Saint Raymonds of Penafort-East Rockaway NY- From Meghan and Paul’s wonderful wedding!

Tip: Have your ceremony flowers moved to your ballroom.  This way they work for you all night!

The ballroom is the place where your personality and originality can really shine.  All eyes will be on the centerpieces so make them the focus of your bloom budget.  What feeling do you want to convey?  Classic elegance, vintage chic, polished contemporary?  The venue will have a lot to do with what style choices you make.  Your flowers need to belong to your space.  Water venues tend to be a bit less formal than mansions and hotels. That’s not to say that crystal chandeliers don’t belong in a barn.  The juxtaposition of the two can be amazing.  A trusted florist will be able to help you pull together your ideas into a cohesive visual concept that reflects your style and personality.

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Table setting with flowers from an aerial view.

Tip: Start collecting photos to give your floral expert a window into what textures and concepts appeal to you.  Pinterest is a great place to start.

Most importantly, don’t worry about what everyone else will think! This is your wedding, let’s plan it the way you want it.  Bayview Florist is a boutique wedding studio with locations in Nassau and Suffolk.  Being a smaller company has its advantages.  It allows me the time to form a relationship with my brides, truly understanding their vision and bringing it to fruition.  I meet with my brides, hand select the blooms we will use for the wedding day and make sure all the smallest details are carried out.  We have 54 years’ experience and strive for inspired, creative designs that are unique to you. I have enjoyed working with every one of my brides and I look forward to working with you!

Call Marion for a consult appointment at:

The Bayview Florist Wedding Studio


70 Browns River Rd, Sayville

Call Marion at : 631.244.0850

You can also call:

Lorraine at The Bayview Florist & Montage


4736 Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa Park

Call Lorraine at : 516.799.7222

December 27

It was exciting to hear that the image below was honored by The Wedding Photojournalist Association this month. It is from Megan and Sean’s summer wedding at Carlyle On The Green. Megan check her hair for one last time before leaving to the church. I love how her Mom checked her hair at the same moment.
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Carlyle on The Green Wedding

Carlyle on The Green Wedding

December 06

See Michelle Edgemont at work in her wonderful promo video below!   Visit Michelle’s website to be totally inspired

I’ve been a fan of Michelle’s for a while now and we finally got to meet at Wedding Crashers. I love that her business is so focused on helping her clients personality shine through on their wedding day. I crave all that is true and authentic, in life and in my photography. That is what I love about the bespoke touches that Michelle brings to her clients precious day. I was so excited when she agreed to write a guest blog post for the Modern Wedding Photography blog. Thank you Michelle! Read her post below.

The Top Five Reasons for Hiring a Wedding Designer

“I’m Michelle Edgemont and I own a wedding design and floral company based in Brooklyn, NY. I’m hired by couples to make their personalities shine on their wedding day, through how the wedding looks and how it feels. I create a design board, color palette, and custom decor to create a party that the couple loves and is a reflection of who they are, all with a modern, colorful spin. I’m here to share with you my personal top five reasons why I think you should hire a wedding designer to bring the artistic flair to your day.”

1. You are overwhelmed by Pinterest/wedding blogs/wedding magazines/your mother-in-law’s sense of style.

“Either your Wedding Decor board has a gazillion pins on it or you just don’t have the time for Pinterest. When clients hire me, I help them sort it all out and create a cohesive Design Board that tells a story. I’ll learn all about you and your fiance – your likes, dislikes, favorite foods, favorite outfit, how you decorate your apartment – and I’ll use that information to pull inspiration images.  I’ll talk you down off the mason jar ledge. Did you care about mason jars before you started looking at wedding blogs? If not, then maybe you shouldn’t have them at your wedding? Your wedding decor is best when it’s a reflection of what you and your spouse-to-be personally love, not what is trendy on the plethora of wedding sites.  A custom color palette will be designed to go with your personalized Design Board. So when you are faced with the decision on what color table linens to choose, you’ll pick a color from the palette, and you’re done. See, that was easy.”

2. You love crafts.

“Making a ton of rad decorations for your wedding? Awesome! Now you’ll need someone to see your vision and set it all up for you.  At Michelle Edgemont, we do all of that. I’ll take all of those amazing decorations, favors, place cards, etc., that you’ve been working on for months, fill in the gaps with some custom decor and florals that I’ve designed just for you, and work by butt off on your wedding day to set it all up exactly how you have envisioned it.”

3. You want your wedding to have the personalized, DIY touch, but don’t know how to use a glue gun and could care less about spending a whole day tying ribbons onto programs? Hire a wedding designer to design and craft custom decor items for your wedding day.

“Based on the Design Board and color palette that I’ve created for you, I’ll design artistic decorations and florals that seamlessly tell your story. Want a 1970’s dance themed wedding with Lite Brites and vintage records? Let’s do it. How about a black and white stripe theme with tons of gold sequins and candlelight? I’ll make it happen for you. All of your decor will have that special, crafty touch, but without you getting glue gun burns!”

4. You want those photographs you see on wedding blogs of personalized details.

“Consider hiring a wedding designer to be sure that your photographer has all of the details to photograph. For example, I’ll style your wedding invitation for your photographer to capture a pretty photo. I’ll add props, decor, and a backdrop to your dessert spread to make it pop in the reception venue. If detail shots are very important to you, having a wedding designer there on the day-of to style each one will be well worth the money.”

5. You crave a level headed friend with good taste and a strong design sense to bounce ideas off of.

“Getting married is stressful. There are many cooks in the kitchen all with their own opinions on every tiny detail. What you envision, what your fiance  envisions, your best friend’s thoughts, your mother’s ideas, and your mother-in-law’s opinions could all be drastically different. You need someone who will give you no-nonsense advice on decoration decisions. A wedding designer is that person. I’m here to send 2 AM emails to when you are awake with anxiety over what color sash the bridesmaids should wear. I’m the person who can calmly explain to your mother that you and your fiance prefer neon green tablecloths to traditional ivory and why.   I can give reasons why the extra $500 on candles will dramatically increase the romantic feeling of your reception that you crave and give your photographer a bit more light to get those beautiful images you are paying them for. I’ll tell you that if handcrafted favors don’t fit into your budget, it’s fine. No one will notice.  You and your new spouse will dance the night away surrounded by decorations and flowers that make you feel like you – happy, having fun, and 110% custom designed just for your wedding.”

What are you waiting for? Give Michelle a call! She wants to share her creative savvy with you! 

Call Michelle at 646-553-1594 or E-mail her at  michelle@michelleedgemont.com.
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November 13

This wedding was getting started way before the ceremony. After talking a few photographs upstairs, Ravit and David walked down the Sand’s staircase. Their families were at the bottom of the steps singing and dancing, welcoming them with such amazing joy! It was an awesome site to see. Check out the images from their wedding day. See for yourself how wonderful their special day was. Thank Ravit and David for an unforgettable time! -Denise Owner/Founder Modern Wedding Photography

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Ravit and David’s Vendors

Modern Wedding Photography-Photography
The Sands Atlantic Beach, NY– Venue
Kiss The Bride Films– Video
EJ The DJ– Music
Stefan Event Decor-Florist



Denise!!!!! I'm in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The pictures came out absolutely beautiful. You have no idea how much I appreciate the the whole experience. Thank you again, Ravit and David

Having a five pound camera slam you in the face as you plunge 85 feet at 60 mph is painful, (I’ve tried it in the past). So with this wisdom, I took the coaster photos of Ravit and David with a charming plastic film camera that is lighter than an iPhone. I’ve mastered the art of not holding on while riding ANY coaster a long time ago.  So it was a pure delight on that steamy July afternoon to create some exciting images of my clients holding on for dear life. They kept telling me when the drops were approaching, “Denise look out”.  When we exited the Cyclone I almost said, “Oh let’s look at the photos.” Then I got a good look at the back of that 20th century plastic camera and realized I would have to wait several hours until I would see anything. I was ready for another spin. It was a total rush shooting and riding the Cyclone,(combining two of my favorite things to do). If I had some La Maison Du Chocolat truffles in my mouth it would have hit the trifecta.  As my luck would have it, they were completely satisfied with their two minute ride and were confident that I got some wonderful images.
The other images were taken on the beach, around the park and of-coarse on the Wonder Wheel. With those images I used my Canon 5D Mark III and we had plenty of instant gratification. My assistant and I had such a wonderful time photographing Ravit and David. They were so natural in front of the camera. I always like to show the great friendship my couples share. Hopefully you can see that friendship in these images and be inspired by their love for each other. I’ll be posting their wedding images next on the blog, but I had to post their engagement shoot first :)- Denise-Owner/Founder Modern Wedding Photography


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Modern Wedding Photography-Photography
Luna Park NYC, NY– Location