July 14, 2009

Miriam & Zeyad; The Hotel Pierre; July 11




Miriam & Zayed had a weekend of non-stop partying after exchanging their vows a few weeks ago in a private ceremony with family. It started on Friday night at the Hudson Terrace with Tim Alan Smith & friends and family whogathered to celebrate with the couple before their Saturday wedding at the Hotel Pierre on 5th Avenue. When NYC wedding videographer Tim Alan Smith arrived, the couple was preparing to head to Central Park for some photos with Dante from Great Neck Photographers. The couple then returned to Hotel Pierre where they practiced their tango routine and helped family and friends get all the name cards set for their nearly 500 guests! All then gathered for family photos before guests arrived for cocktails. Miriam headed back to the bridal suite with her sisters to rest up for her grand entrance while Zeyad worked the room and excitedly exchanged calls with Miriam discussing their grand entrance. Dancers and music met Zeyad and his friends as they entered the ballroom to a standing/clapping crowd of family and friends and started what became a non-stop dance party all-night. Beautiful Miriam soon followed escorted by her father and met by Zayed where the festive dancing continued. Total Entertainment's Soul Connection/White Light relieved the Arabic musicians and the two alternated all night to provide a special and unique sound for the wedding night. Other highlights included toasts by Zeyad's two brothers and Miriam's brother, a tribute from Zeyad to his mother and the music and dancing. When Soul Connection announced that the party was ending in the ballroom, it really was just the beginning as guests moved to a new room designed like a NYC club where the party kept going until the wee hours of the night!

Big Apple Awards Video Recap, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers; June 30, NYC



On June 30, Tim Alan Smith's NYC corporate video company- Avenue 5 Films- filmed ISES New York Metro's annual gala, The Big Apple Awards at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. Both Avenue 5 Films and Tim Alan Smith were up for award of best NYC event video 2008, with Avenue 5 Films winning. Other winners were NYC photographer Andre Maier , event planner Jess Gordon (Proper Fun), Barkley Kalpak, Total Entertainment and H.G. Lighting and Design to name a few. A few industry legends including Fern Mallis of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Candida Romanelli of the NY International Automobile Show and Josh McCall of Jack Morton Worldwide were inducted into the Hall of Legends. video

July 12, 2009

Vanessa & Michael: The Yale Club; NYC




Vanessa & Michael got married at one of NYC wedding videographer Tim Alan Smith's favorite NYC wedding locations- The Yale Club- on a beautiful Sunday in June. When I arrived in the bridal suite, Vanessa was getting her hair and make-up done and bridesmaids were arriving. NYC wedding photographer Lina Jang was already there to document the transformation. (her photo is above). Nervous groom-to-be, Michael, was waiting patiently in the ornate lobby of the NYC Yale Club for his beautiful bride. We made Michael wait at the bottom of the grand staircase with his back turn as Vanessa glided down in her beautiful gown. His eyes beamed when he saw his beautiful bride and then we all headed to Grand Central and then Bryant Park for some more photos and video before heading back to the Yale Club for photos on the rooftop balcony. The ceremony was held in the historic library of the Yale Club which proved to be a unique and beautiful spot for the couple to exchange vows. After that it was cocktail hour and then a night of revelry with entertainment provided by an excellent DJ team from Hal Prince. All and all, a night to remember for all those involved!

July 10, 2009

Lauren & Alex: St. Pius X Church in Scarsdale and Trump National Golf Course, June 27




When I arrived at Lauren’s sister’s home on the after of June 27, Lauren was still getting her hair done and none of the girls had put on their dresses yet. Over the next hour the women all transformed into a beautiful bride and her bridesmaids as NYC wedding videographer Tim Alan Smith and NYC wedding photographer Jason Walz documented the transformation. (his photo above) Groom- Alex- was getting ready at a hotel and documented by another photgrapher as well as second Tim Alan Smith videographer. The couple then headed for St. Pius X Church in Scarsdale where vows were exchanged and all was great except for a little confusion as to where the statue of Mary was for the couple to say a prayer! After a celebratory toast in their limo, the couple headed to Trump National Golf Club in Briarwood Cliff where the reception was held. The amzing weather and backdrop of the course proved great for photographer Jason Walz and Tim Alan Smith as they documented the couple on the beautiful golf course. Cocktails were next and the amazing food and views from the back patio were the perfect setting to enjoy delicious food and mouth-watering cocktails on the most beautiful day of June. Wedding planner Elaine DeLuca of Exquisite Events New York made sure everything flowed seamlessly on the day including transitioning guests the beautiful reception room. After the introduction of the beaming couple they performed a well-choreographed dance and the Starlight Orchestra kept everyone dancing all night. Other highlights included Lauren's dad's very emotional toast, sister Victoria's amazing solo and the toast from the bride and groom thanking all of their guests. All in all a night that won't soon be forgotten!

The buzzword: Amazing. A few happy brides e-mail in after watching their final video.


I'm not going to lie, it's nice to get positive feedback. Here are a couple of quick e-mails from happy brides about recent Tim Alan Smith NYC wedding videos.

Hi Tim!!!

We absolutely LOVED the video! It was amazing.

Ashley and Mark
(The St. Regis Hotel/The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola)


Hello Tim,

We just got them on Saturday and they were amazing!!! Thank you so very much.


~Melander
(The Marriott, New Haven, CT)

Tim,

I'm not surprised that I love it! I am so happy to have found such a talented person to capture our wedding day on video, who is such a nice and fun person as well!

Alicia
The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola and The St. Regis Hotel, NYC


Hi Tim,

We loooooved the beginning and the outtakes, there were so many funny things you captured that I didn't even remember. I am so glad we have all these great memories on film!! I am glad you got such great footage.... Its
awesome, we have been laughing about it for days. The outtakes were hysterical! And we love having the raw footage too!

Erin and Brian
(The Church of Our Saviour NYC & The Union League Club)

Alicia & Rich: The Church of St Ignatius Loyola and The St. Regis Hotel, NYC; June 20



Alicia & Rich didn't allow a little rain to dampen their spirits on June 20. The couple had intermittent rain during the day but was still able to get some shots outside the St. Regis Hotel and The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola from NYC wedding photographer Christopher Duggan of Threshold Visions Photography. (His photo above). The couple both got ready at the St. Regis before taking limos separately to St. Ignatius, where a beautiful ceremony took place. Tim Alan Smith and Christopher Duggan were able to capture beautiful images of the couple as they exchanged vows and rings in front of their closest family and friends. After some photos inside and outside St. Ignatius Loyola, the couple and their wedding party headed the St. Regis Hotel for more photos and the amazing cocktail hour. One of Hank Lane's best- and one of my personal favorites- the Michael Hart Band, welcomed the couple into the reception and entertained the guests with their great covers of both classic and modern favorites.

July 01, 2009

Tim Alan Smith's "Avenue 5 Films" takes home best NYC event video 2008 at ISES Big Apple Awards at Chelsea Piers Lighthouse!



Last night, Tim Alan Smith's NYC corporate company- Avenue 5 Films- took home best NYC event video at the annual ISES Big Apple Awards Gala honoring the top NYC event vendors for our coverage of the Biz Bash Event Style Expo last October. ISES (International Special Events Society) is a international organization of special event talent with the NYC chapter hosting last night's event. This year the event was held at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, where Tim Alan Smith has filmed plenty of NYC weddings and other events over the years. Three videos were selected in advance as finalists for the top award, including Tim Alan Smith's very own wedding recap of Ralph and Priya at the Rainbow Room from April of 2008. A lot of great nominees and award winners were there including NYC wedding photographer Andre Maier, who took home top honors for best image. Below is the rest of the night's big winners. We are very thankful that one video from each of our companies made it to the top three of NYC and excited to take home the top honor!

BEST CORPORATE EVENT: BUDGET OVER $50,000
Total Entertainment for “S. L. Green’s Blind Tiger”

BEST CORPORATE MULTIPLE DAY EVENT
Barlkey Kalpak Associates (BKA) for “ITS World Congress”

BEST CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) INITIATIVE (TIE)
iStar Financial for “New York Office Holiday Party”
TBA Global for “Keep America Meeting”

DEMONSTRATION OF ROI FOR AN EVENT
Sophist Productions for “NFTE Dare 2 Dream Gala”

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM CONCEPT
Barkley Kalpak Associates (BKA) for “Utopia at BizBash Event Style Expo”

BEST FOOD AND/OR BEVERAGE CREATION
Scoozi Events for “Amuse Inspired”

BEST FUNDRAISING ACHIEVEMENT (Amount raised in proportion to event budget)
Event Style, NY for “Super Saturday 11”

BEST USE OF A GIFT/PROMOTIONAL ITEM (TIE)
jes GORDON/proper FUN for “Lipsitz B’not Mitzvah”
iStar Financial Inc. for “Paintball Teambuilder”

BEST GREEN INITIATIVE
LeadDog Marketing Group for “Summer Streets”

BEST ISES NEW YORK METRO CHAPTER COLLABORATION
iStar Financial Inc. for “6th Annual iStar Charity Shootout”

BEST INVITATION DESIGN
CECI New York for “The Grand Opening of the Mandell School”

BEST NEW RENTAL
Pink Inc for “DIFFA Dining by Design”

BEST NEW VENUE
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

BEST NON-PROFIT EVENT
LeadDog Marketing Group for “The 31st MS Society Dinner of Champions Featuring the Inaugural Brain Games”

BEST OVERALL DESIGN/DÉCOR
Eventsful for “A Night Under the Stars”

BEST PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE
Andre Maier Photography for “Oneto/Berger Wedding”

BEST PR/MARKETING INITIATIVE
Barkley Kalpak Associates (BKA) for “Free Creative”

BEST SOCIAL EVENT: BUDGET OVER $1,000 PER GUEST
LA Productions for “Graceful and Glorious”

BEST SOCIAL EVENT: BUDGET UNDER $1,000 PER GUEST
jes GORDON/proper FUN for “Lipsitz B’not Mitzvah”

BEST STAGE SET DESIGN
Global Events for “Toy of the Year Awards”

BEST TABLE TOP DESIGN
Fourth Wall Events for “Toronto Client Reception”

BEST TEAM BUILDING CONCEPT
iStar Financial Inc. for “Paintball Teambuilder”

BEST USE OF LIGHTING
Preeti Exclusive Creations, Inc. for “Bling It On”

BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR AN EVENT
TBA Global for “Keep America Meeting”

BEST VIDEO FOR AN EVENT
Avenue 5 Films for “Biz Bash Event Style Expo”

BEST VIRTUAL MEETING
e-biz Q for “Process Management and the Bottom Line Virtual Conference”