December 2008

Thank you, Friends!

At this time of year, we have an opportunity to reflect. I don’t do this terribly often, preferring to look ahead and move forward, but I find it really is nice to remind myself how lucky I am. With regards to our work, I can’t imagine being more fortunate. Dave and I both love what we do- we get to be creative in so many different ways.
We love our clients. Our brides and grooms are from so many different walks of life and have so many interesting stories, from all over the country (from San Francisco and Boston to Chicago, New York and Portland to Washington DC and Phoenix).
I love their heritage (Jewish, Chinese, Filipino, Catholic, Japanese),

bride and groom kiss during Jewish wedding, while guests dance the Horah around them- san jose city hall rotunda and fairmont fourth street summit center- california wedding

their romance (boy rescuing girl with a lost show (aka Cinderella) at a party to getting engaged on a mountain top)
bride and groom to be in marblehead mass - north of boston- for engagement session
and their personalities (fun, funny, thoughtful, intelligent, creative).

bride and her bridesmaids in Jail at the Mad Art Gallery- St. Louis, Mo

Our clients have become our friends. And we are thrilled that we have been able to keep in touch through the years to see their families grow. (A special thank you to Facebook for making that even easier!)
We have been able to work with some of the most creative professionals in the wedding industry. Our colleagues teach us and support us. We are all better for these relationships.

View of Plaza Ballroom- wedding reception design by David Tutera in Manhattan, New York

And Dave and I get to work together!
photo of Boston wedding photography husband and wife team in tampa fl by paul johnson
Like I said, we really are unimaginably lucky.
With that, I would like to thank all of our fabulous clients, our wonderful family, and our peers for helping us do what we do. We love you all. Here’s to a fabulous 2009!

Album Peak: Becky & Danny’s Newport Wedding

People often ask us how we spend the winter months since most of our weddings are photographed in the summer. The answer is simple: albums. Our creative juices keep on flowing and most of our brides and grooms are ready to begin making their albums about 6 months after their wedding. So while it is blustery outside, we hunker down in front of our computers designing albums and prepping the files. I thought I would share a little sneak peak from a current album.

Becky and Danny got married at The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, RI. They actually had a super colorful (lots of fresh pinks and greens) wedding. And most of their album reflects that aspect of the day. So I was so excited to use some of the black and white images and create this spread. I love the moments I was able to include- the large image was just after Danny gave his speech and went to steal a kiss from Becky. The other 3 images were captured during their first dance.
chanler at cliff walk- newport ri wedding album design

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Wedding at The Plaza designed by David Tutera

Last month I went down to The Plaza Hotel in NYC to photograph a wedding for David Tutera, celebrity party planner extraordinaire. To say that the wedding was unbelievably fabulous would be an understatement. David designed ceremony and reception spaces that were truly jaw dropping in their beauty and creativity. Here are some highlights, beginnng with the ballroom which David was most excited about.

The Plaza Ballroom already magnificent, became truly magical.

wedding reception at Plaza Hotel Ballroom designed by David Tutera- New York City, NY- fairmont property

View of Plaza Ballroom- wedding reception design by David Tutera in Manhattan

In the center was this incredible floral creation, simply a work of art, hanging from the ceiling like crystal chandeliers.

David Tutera Plaza Wedding- reception in the ballroom- photography by allegro photography

David Tutera designed flower sculpture for wedding at the Plaza Hotel in NYC

photography of David Tutera designs Wedding- The Plaza Ballroom- near Central park in nyc

Speaking of chandeliers, each centerpiece had three of them surrounded by flowers and draped in crystals.

Wedding centerpiece designed by David Tutera- photography at the plaza in new york city

You can really appreciate the scale of the centerpieces. Here’s a photo of a David Tutera team member putting on the finishing touches. Note he had to stand on a ladder to reach the spot he was working on.

david tutera team member assembles wedding reception centerpiece at the plaza

A closeup of the base of the centerpieces, wrapped in Swarovski crystals.

swarovski crystals for wedding reception centerpiece designed by David Tutera- photographed by Allegro Photography

Check out this five foot tall wedding cake. At first, I thought it was covered in real flowers, but on closer inspection, I realized each petal was created out of sugar.

Fabulous floral wedding cake- the fairmont's plaza hotel wedding designed by David Tutera- photos by Allegro Photography

Photography of Bride and Groom's Head table designed by David Tutera- for Plaza Hotel in NYC

The custom-built head table was covered with silver leaf and trimmed with Swarovski crystals… see a theme here?

photo of David Tutera Custom table- for Jewish wedding at the Plaza

The bride wanted crystals and then more cyrstals. Crystals everywhere.

swarovski crystals on wedding centerpiece at plaza hotel

The ceremony took place in the Terrace Room under this extraodinary chuppah.

the Fairmont's Plaza Hotel Terrace room- jewish wedding ceremony designed by david tutera in nyc

photo of David Tutera designed chuppah at the plaza hotel in manhattan

photo of flowers on chuppah at the plaza hotel's terrace room- jewish wedding ceremony

photo of David Tutera designed chuppah and kiddush cups at wedding ceremony at plaza hotel- new york

Finally, my favorite piece designed for the cocktail reception.

photography of cocktail hour floral for wedding reception at the Plaza in the big apple

photo detail of the flowers designed by David Tutera- central park's plaza hotel wedding

The whole design came together beautifully- the flowers, the lighting, the crystals- everything looked perfect.

A huge thank you to the whole David Tutera team, the caterers and their crew from Great Performances, and everyone at The Plaza. What a truly stunning event! We can’t wait to see what David and his team have planned when we work with them at The Plaza next May.

Featured on Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

Totally awesome news! We just found out from Genevieve that her wedding to Jack is featured as the Wedding of the Week on the Destination Weddings and Honeymoons website. DWH also profiled this fabulous wedding on their blog.

destination weddings and honeymoons wedding of the week by allegro photography

Genevieve and Jack are absolutely wonderful and their wedding was truly gorgeous. Genevieve planned her California wedding from Chicago with the help of Jack’s sister (who lives in the Bay Area) as well as her planner Michelle Martinez of Event Designs. She and Jack chose the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley, California as the backdrop for the ceremony and reception. You can read all the details on the Destination Weddings site, but I couldn’t help but share a few of my favorite pix from this amazing wedding.

beatiful bride portrait at the outdoor art club in mill valley ca- north bay

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Rockin’ Photographers take on Love

Friday evening was the start of something really great. I had the opportunity to come together with some of the most fabulous photographers in the wedding industry to put on an art show. Friday night was the opening and it was a smashing success. Friends and family from near and far came to support us and enjoy the art. I am so thankful for all of the hardwork everyone put in.

The Rockin’ Artists:

wedding photographers of new england-jo kaplan lee- allegro photography, Tina Parsadanov- studio blue, mary marantz- justin marantz photography, krystal prue- studio foto, val mccormick- val mccormick photography, nikki nicole rinaldi- nikki nicole photo, carla ten eyck- photos by carla, jane shauk- photo iris, jackie greenberg- jag studios,  gallery show in middleton, ct

Jo Kaplan Lee, Tina Parsadanov, Mary Marantz, Krystal Prue, Val McCormick, Nikki Nicole Rinaldi, Carla Ten Eyck, Jane Shauck, Jacklyn Greenberg.

The show continues through Jan. 4. You can check it out most weekends between 11 and 3. The MAC 650 Artspace Gallery is at 650 Main Street, Middletown, CT (about 15 minutes from Hartford).

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Gallery Show Opening of ‘Love: Interpreted’

love interpreted- women's photography gallery show- middleton, ct (near hartford)

I am super excited to announce the gallery show I am taking part in. The theme for our work is love. The show came about from a desire to explore love in new context. All of the photographers in the show are women who primarily shoot weddings. You can check out some of their wedding work on their sites: Jacklyn Greenberg, Tina Parsadanov, Val McCormick, Mary Marantz, Jane Shauck, Krystal Prue, Carla Ten Eyck, and Nikki Nicole Rinaldi. I am honored to be among these women, who are not only fabulous photographers, but extraordinary individuals.

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