June 19, 2008
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.
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June 13, 2008
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 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.
June 05, 2008
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.