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.