December 10, 2008

Charlette & Jeff; Saint Vartan Armenian Cathedral and the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden



Jeff & Charlette were married on Saturday, November 29 at the beautiful Saint Vartain Armenian Cathedral on 34th Street in NYC. Jeff got ready at the W Court with his groomsmen a few blocks away while Charlette and her bridesmaids got ready at her mother's house in Queens. All the bridesmaids- and especially the flower girls- could not wait to watch Charlette descend the steps in her beautiful dress and veil. After a quick limo ride for the bridesmaids, the ceremony commenced. Charlette looked amazing as she walked down the aisle to meet her waiting groom. The highlight of the ceremony was the crowning of the bride and groom which Tim Alan Smith captured from multiple angles with multiple cameras. After being showered with flowers, photographer Kristine Foley took the shots of the couple on the streets of NYC. (Her first dance photo above). All then headed to the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for more photos in the Conservatory. After an amazing spread at the cocktail hour, everyone headed to the Palm House for a night of fun with highlights including the Armenian dancing, speeches, first dance and toast over shots with a group of Charlette's friends.

November 26, 2008

Beth & Rob: The Manhattan Penthouse



Beth and Rob were married on a beautiful Manhattan Fall Sunday a few weeks ago in front of their closest family and friends at the Manhattan Penthouse near Union Square. They spent time in Union Square with photographer Dave Robbins before the intimate Ketubah signing and then ceremony officiated by Rabbi Andrea. The Lascivious Biddies- one of Beth's favorite bands- entertained the guests all night with their unique, original music and style. Beth and Rob danced often with other highlights including the special song by Beth to Rob, a toast by Beth's brother and a special tribute to Beth's late stepfather Jack, whose presence was felt throughout the night. Tim Alan Smith was there to capture it all in a night that won't soon be forgotten.

November 14, 2008

Tim Alan Smith wedding footage to appear on Martha Stewart TV show - The Art of Cakes II- on Style Network December 16


Tim Alan Smith was recently contacted by Martha Stewart Weddings about the possibility of using some of our wedding footage for an upcoming TV show- the Art of Cakes II.

The show will be on the Style Network on December 16 and feature footage we shot in April at the Rainbow Room for the wedding of Ralph and Priya. Priya- who is Vera Wang's assistant- wore an amazing, personalized gown that will also be featured on the show. Ms. Wang, who attended the wedding, will be a big part of the show.

Set your DVRs so you make sure not to miss it!

Tim Alan Smith Corporate Co. (Avenue 5 Films) films Biz Bash Event Style Show




Avenue 5 Films- the corporate video component of Tim Alan Smith - recently filmed the Biz Bash Event Style show at the Jacob Javits Center.

The Avenue 5 Films crew spent the day filming the event that was a 'who's who' of the event industry. Exhibitors included the Lincoln Center, 230 Fifth, Slate, Stone Kelly Events and Florals, The 40/40 Club, Top of the Rock, 620 Loft and Garden, Union Square Ballroom, NYC Photobooth, ESPN Zone, the NBA Store, Castle on the Hudson and Chelsea Piers to name just a few.

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November 06, 2008

An e-mail from a happy groom/photographer



It's always nice to hear from happy couples. Below is an e-mail from the groom of a Hamptons wedding and rehearsal dinner last spring at the Meadow Club, Dunes Church and the Shinnecock Hills Country Club. The groom also happens to be an amazing photographer with award winning work for magazines including National Geographic, the New Yorker and Sports Illustrated to name a few.


TIM!!!!!!

Shannon and I just watched the video last night! It is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
WE LOVED IT! Thanks you so much!

We were cracking up, and laughing so much, and loved the Elvis clips, the vows, the toasts, my dad, flower girls, etc...
It is fantastic. Thank you so much for all your hard work! You got some great moments on film, and showed some really unique angles and perspective on the entire night—and the rehearsal dinner too!

(it was such a blur to Shannon and me, that we were thrilled to get a closer look at the night through your eyes!)

I can’t wait to show it to my dad, who is out of town this week.
Shannon will be sending a copy to her mother today, as well.

Thanks again!
Please let me know if you ever need a reference!

All Best,
Landon

October 24, 2008

Erin & Brian; The Union League Club: NYC



Erin & Brian got ready steps from each other on the top floor the Union League Club in Manhattan last Saturday. Erin and her bridesmaids got ready while Brian and friends spent time on the roof deck taking photos before heading to the billiards room for some pre-ceremony pool and photos. Erin's mother helped her into her amazing dress and then perfected a bow on the sash that went around her waist. The bride looked incredible as she walked down the aisle of the Church of Our Savior on 38th and Park. The intimate vows and old-fashioned priest were highlights of the mass. Afterwards, a bagpiper met the wedding party and guest outside the church and led them the short way across the street back to the Union League Club. NYPD had to stop traffic so the massive group could cross Park Avenue. Guests headed to the impressive library room for cocktails while the couple headed to the roof deck for photos and video with Cappy Hotchkiss and Tim Alan Smith. After their entrance and first dance, the couple enjoyed a night that included Irish dancing, an occasional breakdance move, toasts and an afterparty with pizza and karaoke in the billiards room.

Alessandra & Michael; The Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens: NYC



Tim Alan Smith videographers- Lu and Geoff- captured the couple getting ready before the ceremony. Michael hung out with friends at their apartment in Park Slope near the church while Alessandra got ready at the Embassy Suites in Battery Park. The couple could not stop smiling from the ceremony at St. Francis Xavier in Park Slope throughout the party at the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Lu and photographer Dave Robbins made great use of the gardens while filming the couple and their family and friends. The Palm House was amazing as always for a reception and the couple hardly had time to sit with all the dancing that went on throughout the night!

A bride writes in after watching her video this week



Tim,

Marc and I watched the video last night and WOW!!!!!! What a beautiful, artistic, emotional, lovely, fun way to remember our special day! You really captured the love and energy between us and among our family and friends and we really couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. We love how you worked in the music selections, too!! Overall, a truly fabulous job and now we can't wait to share it with our families over the holidays!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Marc & Lisa

Josh & Brian; Atlantic City and the Linwood Country Club: NJ



Josh and Brian started their wedding day off at Caesar's in Atlantic City where they got ready with their groomsmen and families close by. The boardwalk proved to be a great place for the photographs by Shane Carpenter as well as video by Tim Alan Smith's, Lu. The ceremony under the Chuppah at Linwood Country Club was beautiful and the rest of the night was one big party led by the the very fun Sid Miller Band. Highlights included the introduction and first dance, toasts, cutting the cake and non-stop dancing and partying.

More Wedding Industry Events: Modern Bride trendsetters and the Wedding Salon



It's that time of the year to attend wedding events and network with others who work in the wedding industry. After last Wednesday's two events, I also had a couple more 'can't miss' events to attend this week. On Tuesday night, I attended the Modern Bride "Trendsetters" party at Ultra on 26th street with planner Kim Pilson of HamptonsWeddings.Com. I reconnected with photographer Karen Zieff, who I met last week at the Knot's party. In addition to talking with others I knew, the 'passion punch' cocktails and cookies from Eleni's were a big hit!

On Wednesday, I attended the Wedding Salon's now semi-annual wedding show at the Prince George Ballroom on 27th street with event designer Sandra Placide. In addition to the delectable cake from Sylvia Weinstock and the rock candy cocktails, I caught up with photographers Kate and Georgina, Kathi Littwin, Matthew Wagner and others. All and all, a great evening and two days of wedding industry fun!

Geri & Jim: Cipriani 23; NYC



Tim Alan Smith videographer, Lu, started the day off filming Geri getting ready at the storied Waldorf Astoria with her closest friends and family. Once the dress was on and the ladies were ready to move, Lu headed over to St. Francis Xavier on 16th Street and captured the bride exiting her limo and heading up the steps of the church. The ceremony was emotional with the bride weeping while saying her vows. After receiving congratulations from guests, the couple took a vintage car to Cipriani 23 where they enjoyed cocktails with guests. Reception highlights included the grand entrance, a beautiful first dance, Jim's toast to his bride, and the non-stop dancing of guests .

October 16, 2008

Kaitlyn & Matt; The Coveleigh Club: Rye, NY



Kaitlyn and Matt were married in a beautiful Catholic ceremony in Rye a few weeks ago. Tim Alan Smith started the day by filming Kaitlyn and her bridesmaids getting ready at the picturesque Coveleigh Club before a limo whisked them to the nearby church. After the vows and rings, the couple exited the church to the cheers of their guests and took photos on the front steps. Cocktail hour actually lasted nearly two hours back at the Coveleigh Club, so the couple was able to get photos from Ann Billingsley and enjoy ample time with family and friends. In addition to traditional reception events, Kaitlyn and Matt did an impromptu fast dance for family and friends late in the evening and Kaitlyn's father and uncles took the microphone to serenade their lovely daughter/niece as festivities wound down. All and all a beautiful day and memorable evening!

What an Evening: The Wedding Salon and Knot Parties; Boulet and The New Museum




Last night was a night in which I wish I could have split myself in two in order to be at two places at one time. Alas, technology has not reached the level of Star Trek quite yet so I had to split time at the two parties.
I started the night at a re-opening party for Boulet in Tribeca hosted by 4 p.m. Events and the Wedding Salon for those in the event industry. I attended with wedding planner Kim Pilson, owner of the Wedding Sitter and HamptonsWeddings.Com. We enjoyed great cocktails in the amazing new space as well as plentiful hors d'oeuvres and desserts. I made new friends and caught up with band leader, Alex Donner, and event planner, Kate Edmonds, whose nuptials we filmed last September. Another highlight was getting to speak with David Boulet briefly about the excellent food and good time we had.

We then caught a cab to the New Museum on Bowery for the last hour or so of the Knot's yearly bash for advertisers and wedding vendors. The views and layout were spectacular as were the appetizers and drinks. I caught up with photographer Erik Ekroth, wedding planners Danielle Bobish of Curtain up Events and Christine Paul of Christine Paul Events, Florist Jorge Cazzorla of Celebrate Flowers, Laura Lippman and Alan Berg of The Knot and many others before grabbing my gift bag and an uptown cab!

I look forward to next year and will have my fingers crossed that the events will be on different nights!

(Last year we filmed the Knot party, which you can see in the 'portfolio' section of the Tim Alan Smith website.)

October 10, 2008

Lauren and Tony; The Yale Club: NYC



Lauren and Tony spent time before the ceremony getting photos by Kristine Foley on the balcony of the Yale Club overlooking NYC. Both got ready before photos in separate suites before the ceremony. The bride and groom enjoyed cocktail hour with their guests and made a grand entrance into the reception after first waving to their guests from the balcony above. Other reception highlights included the toast by Lauren's dad, parent dances, the traditional Italian Tarantella dance, impromptu performances with the band by Tony's cousins and non-stop dancing. It was a great night, which Tim Alan Smith recapped below!

Tim Alan Smith Selected by 'Style Me Pretty' for Little Black Book of preferred vendors.


A few weeks ago I received a call that my company had been selected by national wedding website- Style Me Pretty- as one of their three NYC videographers for their 'little black book' of vendors. Their list ONLY includes the top 3 vendors in each category determined by their detailed research and polling of brides/other wedding vendors as well as personal assessment of vendor work. A little more about the book is written below, pulled straight from the Style Me Pretty website. Style Me Pretty has been written up by many wedding magazines and endorsed by Martha Stewart, who links it on her own site. For more information about Style me Pretty and the Little Black Book please check out the website, Style Me Pretty.

"Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book is a highly edited collection of wedding service providers - from mom and pop boutiques to A-Listers. Personally recommended by our closest girlfriends, industry insiders and Style Me Pretty readers, there are three hand-picked listings per category. Brace yourself, though…it’s that good!"

October 06, 2008

Jennifer & Yaniv; Studio 450: NYC



Jennifer and Yaniv had an intimate ceremony at Studio 450 in Manhattan a few weeks ago covered by Tim Alan Smith and Patricia Kantzos Photography. The Jewish Ceremony started with Yaniv signing the Ketubah before meeting his bride on the second floor. His eyes lit up when he saw Jennifer in the chair waiting for him and then the couple was soon under the Chuppah in front of family and friends with great views of the city all around. Cocktail hour followed along with the introductions and the Horah. The evening was filled with Israeli dancing and many toasts and memories to last a lifetime.

September 12, 2008

The Mailbag: A few recent client e-mails.


Filming and editing a wedding are great but having a happy client is even better. A few recent e-mails we received....

Hi Tim!

Thank you thank you thank you thank you! We LOVED it. Watched the video last night and I can finally slow the night down again and see all the amazing moments of our day. Thank you one more time! You did a fantastic job editing and please thank Dan for his camera work. I would recommend you to anyone!

Best,
Laura & Chris
(The Manhattan Penthouse)


Tim,

We received the DVD's on Monday and they are WONDERFUL! We had a wonderful night watching the DVD and re-living our wedding. You and Bryan captured and edited everything perfectly. We are so thrilled. Tuesday morning I mailed one off to my
parents and another to my in-laws. My parents called last night to say
they had received it and were just about to watch it. I am expecting a
call from them this morning and am sure they will rave about it.

Thank you so much for all you did. It was perfect! (And I will
continue recommending you to future brides and grooms!)

All the best,
Lisa & Mark
(Mexico)

OMG, Tim, I forgot to e-mail you yesterday. We received the video and we
absolutely love it. It was so amazing and it was so us. Your music
choices fit in perfect and the outtakes were hilarious. We absolutely
love you and can't thank you enough. We're going to host a wedding video
viewing for our friends so we'll let you know the feedback.

Thanks again for everything. I'll definitely be keeping in touch. We
still have to meet for dinner or drinks.


Sincerely,
Veronica & Brian

Tim,

AWESOME!!!!! Thanks SO much!! I sent the recap to everyone and posted it on our webpage. You did such a great job- we can't wait to see the whole thing!!!

Tiffany & Nick


Tim -

I went through the video last night, and it looked incredible. While Jess hasn't had time to watch the whole thing yet, it all looked incredible to me. In general, the video (and music) look incredible!

Thanks so much for ironing out all the details, and for making such a great product. We're sure to love it for years.

Dave & Jess


Getting e-mails like this keep us working hard and wanting to get better with every wedding we film!

August 25, 2008

Jen & Matt; New York Botanical: NYC


Jen and Matt had a pretty nice day for their outdoor ceremony a few weeks ago in the New York Botanical Gardens in NYC. Tim Alan Smith videographers Lu and Adam were there to capture the day. Botanical garden weddings are particularly fun to shoot because of all the foreground and background options to choose from. Photographers Kellie and Rupert from 4 Eyes Photography would certainly agree I am sure! Jen got ready with her bridesmaids in the bridal suite after arriving by limo. The girls did an impromptu Karaoke and dance number for the cameras before heading out for photos and then the ceremony. Other highlights of the night included a fun first dance, the best man's toasts, parent dances, cutting the cake and dancing along to the band.

August 20, 2008

Tom & Jill: A Same-Day-Edit! August 10; NJ



A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to do a same-day-edit at the wedding of Tom and Jill. What's a same-day-edit (SDE for short) you ask? A SDE is a way for you to enjoy a recap of your wedding footage ON the day of your wedding in the company of all your family and friends.

A SDE takes a lot of work from the videographer under a VERY tight deadline. Essentially we have to film and load the film to the computer as the day goes and then find time to edit a highlight. Because of this, SDE's are an extra charge over the standard filming of the day due to the extra staff and work needed to execute.

The video was set to play at 7:50 and the last shot we used was from just after 7:00! Needless to say, it was a little stressful to edit under the gun but the reward of seeing the bride and groom enjoy a recap of their wedding ON their wedding day and to hear the 'oohs and aahs' from all the guests, made it all worth while.

If you have already booked with us and would like to inquire about a SDE or if you are thinking about booking and would like to include it in your package, please inquire about pricing and availability.

August 18, 2008

The Michael Phelps/Tim Alan Smith Connection


Recently my website generated an abnormal amount of page views. My web host was baffled as our bandwidth continued to exceed the amount allotted in our plan. Confused, he investigated and found out that a photo I had of Micheal Phelps (pictured above with me and softball star, Jennie Finch) was generating HUGE traffic. It turns out that a Time Magazine Cover from the 2004 Olympics that I had linked on my site (because I interviewed Michael in Athens) was #1 on the Google Images page! One of my brides from a few years ago even e-mailed me saying she sent the link to a friend and realized after it came from my page! Things were getting out of control- almost a million views in 2 weeks- so we took the photo down so our site wouldn't crash!

Anyway, it was just a reminder to me of the good times I had at the 2004 Olympic games working for Sports Illustrated. I got to know Michael as he stayed with us after winning his six gold and two bronze medals. I had the opportunity to spend some time with him and he is fun, funny and full of energy. He did not have a mean, pretentious or arrogant bone in his body as far as I could tell. We shared laughs, had a few good conversations and I filmed an interview he did with a Sports Illustrated writer.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate him on his amazing accomplishment of 8 gold medals at the Beijing games, making him the most prolific Olympic Champion in history.

August 06, 2008

Rob & Liz, Wolffer Estate Vineyards; Sagaponack, New York ; July 12



Rob and Liz were married at the Wollfer Estate Vineyards under the Chuppah amongst an intimate gathering of friends and family on July 12.

I have known Rob since freshman year at the University of Michigan where we lived next door to each other in the dorms. We then lived together for 3 years in NYC a few years after college so I actually attended this wedding as a guest. Of course I never go anywhere without one of my cameras, so I filmed the high points of the day with one of my more compact models.

Enjoying cocktails, good food and good company is tough to mix with filming a wedding, but I was able to get most of the high points of the day. These included the beautiful outdoor ceremony under the Chuppah, cocktail hour on the lawn of the vineyard, the Horah, music by the Central Park Orchestra (including an encore performance requested by Liz of 'Seasons of love' from 'Rent'), many toasts and bottles of wine for guests to take home as favors.

Tim Alan Smith Corporate Co. (Avenue 5 Films) coverage of ISES Big Apple Awards



On June 24, Tim Alan Smith Corporate Video Co., Avenue 5 Films, was asked to film the ISES New York Metro (International Special Events Society) Big Apple Awards at Cipriani Wall Street.

The event is designed to recognize the top companies and individuals in the event industry over the course of the past year. In 'Oscars' style fashion, nominees are announced in different categories before the winner is brought on stage to receive the prestigious award.

Many companies helped sponsor the event along with my company, Avenue 5 films, including photographers Kate and Georgina, who took the photo above.

I was there as a guest to mingle and network with friends in the industry, but two of our videographers were there to capture the event. My assistant, Gianna, also helped out by interviewing the winners throughout the evening.

I recently edited the footage into the highlight clip below.
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ISES Big Apple Awards Video by Tim Alan Smith Corporate Video Co., Avenue 5 Films

Tim Alan Smith corporate video company, Avenue 5 Films, was asked by ISES New York Metro (The International Special Events Society) to produce a film in June honoring the top 20 people and companies in the NYC event industry over the past 20 years.

The video was shown to the 500 attendees at the black tie Big Apple Awards gala on June 24 at Cipriani Wall Street.

The honorees include such NYC event luminaries Abigail Kirsch, Tavern on the Green, Preston Bailey, David Tutera, BizBash Magazine, Battery Gardens, Macy's Parade organizer Jean McFaddin, Chelsea Piers, , Michael Cebelli of Total Entertainment and more!

Below is an abridged version of the video.

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July 15, 2008

The Meadow Club in Southampton



A beautiful ceremony in Southampton's St. Andrew's Dune Church was followed by a processional to the Meadow Club for an afternoon and evening of revelry. Highlights included toasts from both brothers, cutting the cake and a surprise set by an Elvis impersonator!

Michelle & Dave, Le Chateau: Westchester



Tim Alan Smith videographer, Dan, captured the beautiful country setting of the Le Chateau in Westchester before heading inside to film Michelle and Dave getting ready for the big day.

The ceremony was in a beautiful garden space behind the Chateau with highlights being the personalized vows and ring ceremony. Afterwards, the couple made use of the grounds for photo and video.

After the introductions, a few toasts and special dances were done the bride and groom spent much of the rest of the special evening on the dance floor.

July 01, 2008

Robert Smith: A Life Well-Lived; 1917-2008



I don't normally veer far from wedding topics in this space and head for the more personal territory, but today I don't mind changing course a little bit.

My grandfather, Robert Smith, passed away on Sunday, in a hospital in Portland, Maine. He was 90- weeks away from his 91st birthday and miles away from the home in coastal York, Maine where he spent his last 23 years.

He only started getting sick earlier this year, and lived independently up until that point. Until January, he still drove his car (although many on the road kept a safe distance.), he still prepared his own food (like his grandson, he was an expert at using the microwave to whip up a TV dinner) and still rooted strongly for his favorite teams from his beloved chair pictured above (regretfully for me, all of them based in New England).

I got a chance to say goodbye to him, though, last week when I went to Maine and saw him in the hospital. He was sent to the hospital that day from the nursing home because he was having trouble breathing. I had the busiest week of my life with work, but still knew I had to make the trip. I got up there Thursday night and they weren't sure he was going to last the night. When I left the next afternoon, he was still alive and fighting, but I knew it was only a matter of time. I wanted to stay but had to leave to get back to NYC for a Friday night wedding shoot.

When he turned 90 last July, the family came up for a nice lobster dinner and I made a video celebrating his 90 years. It was great for us to watch it and even better to watch his reactions as the photos and memories flashed by on the screen. We saw him as a child in NJ and then playing basketball in college as well as photos from his time served in the Navy during WWII. We saw him as a father to twin boys- my father and Uncle Rob- and as a doting grandfather to Mark, Ryan, Tyler and myself. We saw the photos of him as a cherished husband, friend, neighbor, co-worker, uncle, father-in-law, brother and so-on. It was nice to share this video with him when he was alive and to watch him enjoy it as well.

There is a lot I can say and it still would not be enough. This blog isn't long enough for the things I can say, so I will keep it short: he was a special man and an amazing grandfather, father, husband and friend.

He will be missed but not forgotten....

June 19, 2008

Sydney & Tal; June 15: The Lighthouse, NYC



When I arrived at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on Sunday, Sydney was busy with the finishing touches on her make-up while Tal hung out with his groomsmen in a different part of the space.

After the dress was on and the last wrinkles ironed out, Sydney and Tal saw each other for the first time in a meeting staged by Tim Alan Smith and photographer, Zlatko Batistich.

The couple then walked around the outdoor space of the restaurant for photos and video before taking family and wedding party shots under the Chuppah. The Rabbi, Max, a childhood friend of Tal's and fresh out of Rabbinical school, led the Ketubah signing soon after.

The guests were ushered to their seats for the beautiful ceremony in which the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty were part of the backdrop. After the ceremonial breaking of the glass, the happy couple exited for some time alone before joining their guests for cocktail hour.

Reception highlights included the great music by Sterling Events including Israeli music, the VERY lengthy Horah, toasts and the parent dances. A special dance for all fathers and daughters in attendance to celebrate the fact that it was also father's day was a unique highlight as well. For me, a highlight was reconnecting with former clients Aaron and Bethanee (who had referred me) whose wedding I filmed three years earlier at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Tim Alan Smith Website Temporarily Off-Line due to Web Hosting Problem.




For the past two days, the Tim Alan Smith Website (TimAlanSmith.Com) has been knocked off line due to a problem on the end of our web host provider. Our web staff is working hard to resolve the problem, but the site has still not gone back up. If you have been trying to contact us via e-mail, there may be bounce-back issues.

If you need to get a hold of us, please call until the website is back up. 212.706.8904

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to having the site back up at any time now.

June 13, 2008

Eric & Tenesha; June 6: West Orange, NJ



I started the day off at Tenesha's house, filming her and the beautiful bridesmaids getting ready and excited while a second videographer captured Eric and his groomsmen getting ready at a nearby hotel.

Then it was off to the Manor in West Orange, a place where my parents had their own wedding reception 39 years ago this month. I took my car, but Tenesha was picked up in a carriage pulled by horses.

Eric was already there with his groomsmen, waiting for the call to head to the ceremony. Eric's father was the officiant, as he is an ordained minister, so an already special ceremony would be even more special.

The guests gathered outside to watch the arrival of Tenesha in her carriage. Then they grabbed their seats to watch the processional of nattily attired bridesmaids and groomsmen. Eric's smile hardly left his face when he saw Tenesha come down the aisle and throughout the ceremony. Each of them wrote vows to the other which drew a response from the very impressed friends and family that heard them.

The ceremonial 'jumping the broom' was almost the end of the ceremony but not before the cute junior bridesmaid did a reading and the wedding party released butterflies.

Then it was off for photos with Jirel and Sandy from A Raisin in the Sun for the wedding party and cocktail hour for the guests before the grand entrance of the couple just after eight. This led into first dance, special dances and plenty of toasts. Other highlights included a 'name that tune' contest by the DJ, special songs by R & B artist and actor Chris Williams, a song to Tenesha by her sorority sisters, cutting the cake, a special slideshow created by Tim Alan Smith, the bouquet and garter toss and non-stop dancing.

The real highlight, though, was when Tenesha and her bridesmaids snuck off early in the reception to change into their party dresses and re-enter the party. The reaction of the groom to her 'new look' is one the bride won't soon forget!

June 11, 2008

Tiffany & Nick; June 1: Hicksville



Tiffany and Nick had a beautiful day June 1 for their wedding in Long Island. I started the day off with Tiffany and her bridesmaids who were getting ready at a hotel in Garden City while Tim Alan Smith videographer, Dominic, filmed the groomsmen at Nick's house in Bethpage.

The highlight was getting Tiffany into her gown which took the assistance of all of the bridesmaids. Nick's time was more laid back and he even got to spend some quality time with his small, yapping dogs before heading to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Hicksville.

The ceremony was long, but beautiful with highlights including the crowning of the couple as well as the rings and vows. After the ceremony, the couple was serenaded with cheers and rice as they headed to their vintage car.

The wedding party then headed to the Planting Fields Arboretum for a photo/video session. Photographer Ian Londin made sure that the couple took advantage of all the great locales on the site for wedding day photos. Another highlight was beautiful maid of honor, Irma, helping me find my contact lens after it fell out while filming with the Super 8 camera.

Then it was off to the Jericho Terrace for a night of fun with highlights that included special Greek Dances and music, a song sung by a bridesmaid that Tiffany dedicated to Nick, a cigar roller, toasts, special dances and of course cutting the cake.


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June 05, 2008

Lu Anne & Kelvin; The Yale Club: May 31



Lu Anne and Kelvin celebrated their nuptials at the Yale Club on Saturday.

Tim Alan Smith
videographer, Dan, was there to document the day that included both rain and shine.

Lu Anne and Kelvin got ready in separate suites before seeing each other for the first time in the room that would later hold their ceremony. After a few moments together, the couple took photos at the Yale Club before heading over to Grand Central so that they could take advantage of its amazing architecture for photo and video.

The ceremony that followed was filled with emotion and saw LuAnne stealing glances at Kelvin throughout. The guests then enjoyed cocktail hour and the views of NYC provided by the outdoor wrap-around balcony on the 22nd floor.

Reception highlights included the introduction, toasts and dancing of course but also a group toast by the bar, an excited catch of the bouquet and a few words from the grateful couple to all the guests that were able to attend the amazing event.

May 30, 2008

Nadege & Ome; May 25: The Swan Club



Nadege and Ome were lucky enough to have what I assessed to be the most beautiful day of the year last Sunday for their wedding at the Swan Club.

I arrived at the Garden City Hotel in the morning to film Nadege getting ready with her bridesmaids while Lu filmed Ome at the Great Neck Inn.

The couple arrived separately to The Swan Club with Ome heading for a suite for finishing touches while Nadege waited in the limo until all guests were seated. The ceremony was highlighted by the vows and rings of course but a personalized song for the couple by the 7 Ambassadors singing group was a surprise from Ome to Nadege.

After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktail hour while the couple and their wedding party took photos with Joe Mancuso on the lush grounds of the Swan Club. Ome's family traveled from Nigeria and were dressed in traditional Nigerian clothing whose bright colors and unique patterns were fun to look at and film.

The reception highlights filmed by Tim Alan Smith included introductions, first dance, toasts, a special birthday song for Nadege's Goddaughter as well as Ome and Nadege changing from their western wedding clothes to traditional Nigerian garments as a prelude to cutting the cake and ending what turned out to be a great day.

May 29, 2008

Marc & Lisa; May 17: Castle on the Hudson


Marc & Lisa had a beautiful day on May 17 for the wedding at the amazing Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown, New York.

The couple got ready in different rooms before their first meeting at the bottom of a grand staircase in the lobby. Lisa came down the stairs as Marc waited at the bottom turning to see his bride-to-be as she approached. After an embrace and a few private words, Lisa pinned Marc's corsage and the couple joined the wedding party out back for photos with Gulnara from Gulnara Studio.

Everyone then headed to the library for the Ketubah signing before the beautiful interfaith ceremony in which the cantor and priest alternated throughout. The ceremony ended with Marc breaking the glass and the couple exiting to loud cheers.

Cocktail hour was held downstairs while the ceremony room was transformed for dinner and toasts. The couple and wedding party were introduced into the dining room after cocktails and toasts from many followed. The couple snuck outside for a few moments during dinner for more photos and video in front of the fountain before returning for more toasts.

Everyone then headed downstairs for the party with highlights captured by Tim Alan Smith that included first dance, parent dances, a special song from Marc to Lisa, lots of dancing and the horah. All and all, it was a day they would not soon forget.

May 27, 2008

Wedding sites you won't find on the blog....



A few weeks ago, I shot a wedding ceremony in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. My friend, photographer Rich Janniello from Ciro Photography, took the great (I think!) shot above during the service. The reception that followed at Bubby's in Brooklyn was a great affair as well.

This reminded me that not all of our shoots make it to the pages of the blog. Some do of course, but others do not opt for the online recap within a week of the wedding.

Other places we have shot recently or will be shooting include the St. Regis Hotel, Bridgewaters, Tribeca Rooftop, Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, The Jericho Terrace, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Trump National Country Club, The Yale Club and more.

If you don't see a video clip of your wedding site on the blog or on the Tim Alan Smith website, please inquire as we may have something in our archives for you to view!

May 01, 2008

Tim Alan Studios now called Tim Alan Smith


I am pleased to announce that I have recently changed the name of the company from Tim Alan Studios to Tim Alan Smith.

There are a few reasons for this including the fact that TAS is not really a studio but instead a boutique operation in which I do the lion's share of the work from the initial customer contact through the final edit. I take pride in being able to know all my customers well and to be there with them through every step of the process.

Another reason is the confusion over the name 'Alan'. Many people assumed (for good reason!) that Alan was either my last name or the name of a business partner. It is neither, but instead simply my middle name. By changing the company name, this will eliminate any confusion in the future!

Please take time to check our website and new logo, both of which have been updated recently by Jason from Net Fusion Studios.

April 24, 2008

Ralph & Priya: April 19; The Rainbow Room



Of all the places to get married in NYC, the Rainbow Room on the top floor of NBC Studios in the Rockefeller Plaza, is surely one of the most spectacular places due to both its views and location. Ralph and Priya made good use of the location with photos by talented Dan Loh of Manhattan (photo above) as they excitedly waited for the start of the ceremony.

The bride- Vera Wang's assistant- was dressed in an incredible gown personally customized by Vera, who was escorted down the aisle just before the wedding party.

The Rainbow Room looked and sounded incredible with the flower petals and candles lining the runner and music from a live trio that included a harpist. Ralph and Priya could not stop smiling and looking into each other's eyes for the duration of the ceremony, which included a mix from both Hindu and Christian customs.

The first kiss as a married couple and ensuing exit resulted in a loud cheer from the large group of guests that had come from near and far.

After enjoying cocktail hour and its stunning views of NYC, the guests re-entered the Rainbow Room which had been transformed into an amazing party space.

The couple was announced and went into their first dance which was followed by non-stop dancing and partying the rest of the night, captured by Tim Alan Smith. Other highlights included the cake-cutting, two toasts, a speech by the couple and Ralph being hoisted in the air by his friends. All and all, a night the couple and their guests won't soon forget.

April 07, 2008

Chris & Laura; March 29; The Church of the Ascension and the Manhattan Penthouse


Chris and Laura had a beautiful yet brisk day to celebrate their wedding on March 29 with a ceremony at the Church of Ascension of Fifth Avenue and 10th street to start things off.

Laura looked beautiful as she came down the aisle towards her waiting groom. The vows were the highlight of course, and the couple hardly unlocked hands for the rest of the ceremony.

After greeting guests after the ceremony, the couple spent some time walking through the meat packing district with Tim Alan videographer, Dan, as well as the photographer. The wind blew Laura's veil (above) which always makes for good photos!

From there, they headed to Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue and 14th Street for a night of revelry. Guests enjoyed the spectacular city views from the grand windows that overlooked NYC as they enjoyed cocktails and appetizers before entering the great room for the reception.

Laura and Chris were then introduced and went right into their first dance. Other reception highlights included a few toasts, parent dances, a shot-glass toast by the bar, and spirited dancing that concluded with Sinatra's 'New York, New York' to end the night.

April 04, 2008

Sarina & Len, March 29; The Water's Edge



Sarina & Len had a beautiful day in NYC last Saturday as they celebrated their wedding with family and friends at the Water's Edge in Long Island City.

Sarina arrived first, getting ready in the bridal suite upstairs where I joined photographers Jared Charney and Coke O'Neal. When Len arrived about 45 minutes later, we arranged for him and Sarina to meet for the first time of the day at the bottom of the stairs.

The happy couple then took photos on the outside deck with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline behind them.

After family and wedding party photos and a quick rehearsal inside, the couple signed the Ketubah and got ready for the ceremoy. Guests arrived on ferries from Manhattan and were ushered to their seats.

After a very intimate ceremony under the Chuppah, the celebration began. Guests were ushered into the adjoining space for cocktail hour before being the entire room opened up for the reception.

Some of the reception highlights included toasts by the sisters and fathers, the Horah and first dance, Len's amazing dancing and a special song by Sarina for Len to end the night.

March 16, 2008

Tim Alan website redesigned and launched


Tim Alan has undergone a major redesign of the website after years with the old look and feel.

Much of the content is the same, but the style has changed to better fit company's brand and image.

We are excited about the new website and hope our clients enjoy the new look as well as the user-friendly interface that makes navigating the site for specific content much easier with the extra menu buttons that were added.

Again, Jason from Net Fusion Studios did amazing work with a quick turn around time. Please contact him for your own web redesign and/or creation.

March 13, 2008

Tim Speaking at NYC Junior League's 'A Wedding Affair' on Saturday: 12:30-1:00



The Junior League's Wedding Affair will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 130 E. 80th Street, with Tim Alan Studios listed as one of the sponsors.

In addition to manning a table for the day to meet with former, future and potential clients, I will be amongst a diverse group of speakers on a wide range of wedding-related subjects.

I plan to speak about new trends in wedding video including full wedding videos on your IPod, today's unobtrusive equipment, the emergence of HD filming and more.

Other speakers include wedding planner Kate Edmonds (Tim Alan client from September 2007- see blog video), photographer Daphne Borowski and more.

The speakers will be going on continuously from 11 TO 3 for a half hour each. It's a good way to take a break from the show and to learn about a specific part of the wedding process you might not be so familiar with.

I will be speaking from 12:30 to 1:00. Hope to see you there!

March 07, 2008

Super 8 Video Clip


A lot of clients ask us about Super 8 film because they like the timeless, classic look of it. While we shoot most of our weddings strictly with our HD/Widescreen cameras, we do incorporate some Super 8 footage as well if desired.

The appeals of Super 8 are many: it has a nostalgic look, the camera looks and sounds cool, and it makes your wedding stand out from the rest because it's so unique.

There are also not-so-great things about Super 8 that you should think about: film is very expensive, there is no audio, and it is VERY hard to shoot in low light situations.

With the video clip below, you will notice the indoor shots are a bit dark while the outdoor shots came out much better. You will also note both color and black and white footage as super 8 film can be shot with both.

A lot of couples have been opting for our engagement shoot Super 8 option in which we hit a bunch of their favorite NYC spots months before the wedding to create an artsy film for them to show at the rehearsal dinner or reception. This allows us to focus on Super 8 by itself and to do it on a day that's less stressful for both Tim Alan videographers and the couple.

A clip from one of the engagement shoots will be appearing in this space soon, so stay tuned!

March 05, 2008

ISES Northeast Regional Seminar: Providence



I had the opportunity to travel to Providence for last weekend's northeast regional conference for ISES (International Special Events Society) at the Westin in Providence, Rhode Island.

The weekend was packed with seminars, networking events and great meals. Some of the highlights for me were learning some new trends emerging in the event world, meeting some great new people and attending the amazing Sunday night 'Fire & Ice' party.

Many of the participants were wedding and event planners from up and down the east coast but members of ISES also include photographers, caterers, designers, videographers and just about anyone that works in the event field.

All and all, it was definitely worth the trip!

February 19, 2008

Tim Alan featured in latest issues of The Bridal Guide & Knot magazines.



I was interviewed in the fall by Elena from the Bridal Guide for an article on wedding videography.

The March/April issue hit the newsstands recently with a detailed article on page 224.

Elena did an excellent job taking the information we discussed and using it in the article. Some of the high points include how to pick a videographer that fits your style, the emergence of less obtrusive equipment, and why audio makes having video at your wedding a necessity.

In the latest issue of the Knot's magazine, Tim Alan is mentioned as one of the five companies that sponsored the Knot's NYC vendor party at Slate in November. We filmed the event which can be seen in this blog as well as on both Tim Alan and the Knot's websites.

The Bridal Guide and the Knot are national magazines available at newsstands and most major bookstores.

February 08, 2008

Lisa & Mark; Feb 2: Puerto Morelos, Mexico



Lisa and Mark had their closest family and friends gather in Puerto Morelos, Mexico last weekend for a destination wedding event at the Ceiba Del Mar Spa Resort.

Tim Alan videographer, Brian, flew to Mexico last Friday and spent Saturday capturing the important events of the day, which started with the ceremony on the beach. Lisa looked stunning as she came out of the resort and walked towards her groom-to-be and the rest of the wedding party.

After the wind-whipped ceremony, the couple and their wedding party and family took photos on the beach before heading to an outdoor cocktail hour at the resort. Some of the kids played with shells on the beach while the adults enjoyed the sounds of the ocean and cocktails before heading in for the reception.

The reception highlights included the first dance, toasts by the best man and father of the bride, spirited dancing, cutting the cake (that was actually made during the reception!), and finally the couple being showered with flower petals as they escaped to their waiting chariot- a John Deere golf cart!

February 07, 2008

Tim Alan will again be a sponsor for Junior League's 'A Wedding Affair': March 15, 2008



Tim Alan will once again be one of the primary sponsors at the NYC Junior League's 'A Wedding Affair' on March 15, 2008.

A Wedding Affair is more than just a show with some of NYC's top wedding vendors, but includes a silent auction, multiple industry speakers as well as food and drink throughout the day.

Some of the participants in last year's event included Kleinfeld Bridal, Ceci New York, April Reed Cakes, The Mandarin Oriental, Florisan Florists, Spencer Gordon Photography, Fete, Alpine Creative Group, Great Performances, Williams-Sonoma and many more....

Last year Tim Alan donated a full wedding package to the Junior League's silent auction, which was won by Lisa and Mark, whose February 2 wedding in Mexico will appear as a recap in tomorrow's blog.

Additionally, Tim Alan filmed the event and created a highlight which you can view below.

For more information about 'A Wedding Affair', please visit the NYC Junior League's website.

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February 06, 2008

Steve & Jenny; February 2: The Manhattan Penthouse & The Church of the Ascension



When Steve and Jenny told me last fall that their wedding would have a 1930s theme, I was intrigued by the possibilities.

So when I arrived at the Gramercy Park Hotel on Saturday to watch Jenny change into her gown and accessories I felt like I had slipped back into time when viewing this vintage 1930s look she had successfully achieved. Everyone in the room was awe struck by the beauty and originality of the gown and bride. The theme continued with highlights including the car, bridesmaid dresses and all the details intricately set up throughout the day.

The ceremony at The Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue and 10th street was a mix of both religions- Jewish and Catholic. There was a Cantor and Priest who alternated throughout and unity candle lightings were mixed with Ketubah signings and glass breaking. As an alternative to rice and rose petals, the couple had custom-made flags for all their guests to wave as they exited the church. This made for a unique and fun recessional.

The Manhattan Penthouse
, only 4 blocks away, held breathtaking views inside and out, thanks in part to planner and decorator, Celebrate Flowers, for the interiors and the Manhattan Penthouse for it's location and windowed views.

Highlights of the night included a first dance that took months of practice, a festive Horah, the Mezinka, the Cuban theme that was everywhere, a mix of DJ and live music by Body Rock and the empanadas and coffee bar that came out for the guests at the end of the night....

January 24, 2008

Orlando Wedding Videographer Convention


I just finished three days of workshops, lectures and networking in beautiful, sunny Orlando with videographers from around the world. The 4Ever Group Videographer Association holds the annual event as a way for videographers to continue to improve upon their skills, network with others in the industry, and to learn about the latest technology and trends available in the marketplace.

Some of the exciting things that happened for me this week include discovering new and exciting music, connecting with a company that can host full wedding videos online, and learning new techniques I can use in my wedding shoots.

One of the most important parts of the wedding edit is the music. If the bride and groom don't like the song, for whatever the reason, they won't feel connected to their own wedding. That is why I set out to learn where other videographers with similar styles find some of the cool music they use in their videos. The good news? I found it! Cool and exciting songs- that still have the sound and vibe I love- will be coming to Tim Alan wedding videos near you!

Another exciting find is a company to host fully edited wedding videos. We have been able to put small highlights online, but until this week, I hadn't found a company that could host fully edited wedding videos. Many couples have family and friends from around the world who cannot make the wedding, so having the ability to have the full video online soon after the edit is finished is reason to celebrate. This will only enhance the value of opting to get a wedding video as well as to increase the friends and family who are able to watch once it is done. (If any of my clients from the past are reading this and would like their video online, please contact me for details!)

Much like using repeating song choices in different videos, it's also easy for a videographer to be comfortable using the same shots and techniques in all of the weddings. While I pride myself on creativity and flexibility in shooting, I did learn some new shooting techniques and editing flair that I will work into my videos in 2008 and beyond!

While I have given myself tomorrow to enjoy the weather and a day at Universal Studios, I will be sure not to forget all the interesting and exciting things I have picked up this week at the convention when I return to NYC!

January 18, 2008

2007...What a year! A recap and review....


It's been a few weeks since my last post due much to the stress of the holiday season as well as the demands of a new calendar year.

2007 was a fun and exciting year for Tim Alan Studios with weddings and events in and around NYC.

So before we embark on another year of wedding video in and and around NYC for 2008, I'd like to do step back and review some of the high points of 2007.

Besides shooting many amazing NYC weddings, the blog was one of the best things from Tim Alan Studios in 2007. It's been a way to share work with clients soon after their wedding, share information about wedding video with those who don't know much about it and a way to have more of a dialogue in general with clients, vendors and anyone else interested in the weddings and wedding videos in NYC. In 2008, we plan to provide even more informative articles and entertaining videos but we would also like to do some video features on some of NYC's best wedding vendors.

The blog started with a bang in April with the wedding of Patti Ann and Aron. The couple got married during the Boston Marathon and followed it up with a ceremony later that week at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in NYC and a reception at Bridgewaters in the Southstreet Seaport.

The Yale Club and St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University followed on April 28 with Davin & Karyl enjoying a memorable day. We ended the year with a wedding at the Yale Club as well on December 15 with the ceremony held
at the Church of the Incarnation on 35th and Madison.

Josh and Allegra opened up May with a wedding at the Puck Building while another happy couple got married a few weeks later at the Church of the Heavenly Rest on 90th and Fifth Avenue. Their reception followed at the Powerhouse at the American Museum of Natural History. In July, we also shot a wedding at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, but this time the reception followed at Cipriani 23rd Street.

June saw back-to-back weddings at Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral in Soho with receptions at the W Union Square and the Ritz Carlton Battery Park respectively. The following weekend we had weddings at the beautiful gardens of Wave Hill in the Bronx, as well as the Bourne Mansion and The Sands in Long Island.

We were back at Wave Hill in August but not before weddings at The Tarrytown House, St. Patrick's Cathedral and The Harmonie Club in July. We returned to Saint Patrick's Cathedral in September as well, but this time the wedding reception was at the Metropolitan Club.

We also had a great time shooting the wedding of Melissa and David in August at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers and also shot a corporate event for More Magazine at Chelsea Piers in October.

In September, we were at our busiest. A shoot in Central Park for Fitness Magazine and a wedding at Tavern on the Green started us off. We were out of town for a shoot at the Mile Away Restaurant in Milford, New Hampshire the following weekend. We also shot at Gurneys Inn, the Westchester Country Club, a wedding on the beach at Gurneys Inn in Montauk, Southward Ho Country Club, The Towers in Narragansett, Rhode Island and Oheka Castle in Huntington, Long Island.

One of my favorite spaces and weddings of the year was 632 Hudson in the Meatpacking District where we filmed the intimate wedding of Brian and Veronica in October. Snuffys Pantagis in Scotch Plains NJ was next followed by an amazing wedding at Gotham Hall in NYC.

We had another wedding at Gurneys Inn in Montauk later that month as well as a ceremony at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on 83rd and Park with a reception following at the Central Park Boathouse.

Things slowed a bit in November and December but we filmed a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Snuff Mill at the New York Botanical Gardens.

The following Saturday, we filmed an incredible Armenian wedding ceremony at Saint Vartan Armenian Cathedral on 34th and 2nd, followed by a reception at the W Union Square. In November, we also filmed The Knot Magazine's Vendor party at Slate on 21st street, steps from Tim Alan Studios offices.

December ended the season with the shoot at the Yale Club, a rehearsal dinner at the Colony Club on Park Avenue, a wedding at the Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack, an engagement at the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center, and finally a wedding on New Year's Eve at the Tribeca Rooftop to end an amazing year of filming weddings and events in and around NYC!

Please check the archives of this blog if you would like to see video recaps of many of the weddings listed above. Stay tuned in 2008 as we have many weddings and videos to come at old favorites like Wave Hill, Bridgewaters, The Palm House and Brooklyn Botanic Garden as well as new weddings from spots such as the Manhattan Penthouse, The Pierre Hotel, The Essex House, Le Parker Meridien, Loft 11, Puerto Moreles, Mexico, and many more!

Please keep checking in regularly as there will be more weddings, informational posts, and vendor features coming up in 2008!