A Perfect Wedding Day Treat for the Groom

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Among the favorite wedding day photos are those of the bride and her bridal party.  Likewise, I often find myself connecting brides, eloping in NYC, with hair and make-up stylists who will create their day-off look.  I must confess that I have given scant attention to grooms, in this regard, but no more!  I have recently come to know eShave, …

A Few Minutes with NYC Photographer Jared Slater

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This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of marrying Dwayne and Jim, from Dallas (otherwise known as “Big D” and “little j”). The two had planned a wedding to perfection. The ceremony and brunch was staged at the incomparable Gramercy Park Hotel. Every detail shined from the custom made guest book to the unusually magnificent cake prepared by the famed …

Dahlia Flowers: Rock Center Petal Pushers

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I don’t think there is any question that New York is the most romantic city in America during the holiday season. And, I routinely receive requests to perform ceremonies under the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the year, that enormous, beautifully decorated tree is the absolute focal point of the outstanding decorations that make …

Photographer Michael Chadwick at 202 East

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I’m delighted to feature Michael Chadwick’s beautiful photographs of Amanda & Jorge’s September wedding at 202 East. I met Amanda and Jorge many months ago and was captivated by their warmth and sincerity. They selected the auspicious date 9-10-11 for their long-awaited union. The wedding venue was new to me: 202 East. Although I have lived on Manhattan’s Upper East Side …

The Wedding As a Work of Art

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An artist friend recently pointed me in the direction of a spectacular idea for capturing the beauty of a wedding celebration—a live portrait painting during the event. No doubt, gifted photographers work tirelessly to come up with innovative and beautiful shots of all aspects of the wedding, but a painting of the wedding serves as a stunning and timeless reminder …

Looking Lovely with Christopher Fulton

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Whether a bride is eloping with her beloved or hosting a wedding with hundreds of guests, she wants to look stunning on her wedding day. My friend stylist Christopher Fulton is a perfect person to help any woman realize her ideal look for the occasion. Christopher is, in my estimation, a perfect hair and make-up stylist. The quintessential New Yorker, …

Surprise! It’s a Wedding!

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On Saturday, I had the unique opportunity to participate in a “surprise” wedding for a happy bride and groom in Manhattan. The couple invited their friends and family members to an “engagement party” at the fancy Tribeca Rooftop. After a bit of mingling and some cocktails, they were told that this was really a surprise wedding. As you can imagine, the guests …

Gloria Tarigo: Let them Eat Cake!

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The humble cupcake has gained new respect in the worlds of the culinary arts and wedding planning. Once relegated to children’s birthday parties, cupcakes have enjoyed something of a Renaissance.   Whether it is Sex and the City‘s reference to the NYC Magnolia Bakery or the mobile cupcake stands that dot the City, these mini-cakes boast a popularity never seen before.  Indeed they are even serving …

Photographer Laura Pennace

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On Christmas Eve 2009, I officiated a wedding for Ohio Natives Karina & Nick Patterson.   We had the ceremony with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in the background.  Karina looked like a winter princess, and her dream wedding came true.  Laura Pennace was with us to capture those moments.  Laura, a lifestyle photographer, lives in New York and serves the …