Events

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Views Abound from the Top of the Taj

When Edna from EFD Creative Events first contacted us about photographing this rehearsal dinner, we knew we were in for a treat. Not only would we be getting views of Edna’s amazing design sense, but we’d be delighted with the stunning Boston scenery as seen from the Top of the Taj Hotel. And so I dedicate this post to the view.

Starting with some great examples of a hip, modern take on greens, blacks and whites. Inspiration for all you sophisticated gals and guys planning a contemporary influenced wedding.

 

Love the lounge.

The Boston Public Garden and The Boston Commons with Boston Skyline = magic.

And now a few from the actual party. Check out this cake. Love it, as did the couple.

The ice sculpture, which matched the view of the skyline outside, was also a hit.

Toast and thank you.

As the sun set…

And then the party got underway….

Check out more from this fun summer evening at the Taj here.

 

Party on the Mez

With the opening of the Mez, the W offered Boston something new, modern, chic and exciting. Here’s a bit of inspiration designed for you to see how you could transform the Mez for your W wedding.

Stephanie and Tara, two of the W talent, created these fabulous table displays with the help of Be Our Guest and Winston Flowers, showcasing the ways in which the Mez spaces can be transformed.

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My favorite table with whites, golds and soft pink calla lilies.

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Perfect for a bachelorette party, a 40th birthday party or even a bat mitzvah.

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Perfect for a sophisticated, fun adult party.

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A few special touches to the lobby at the top of the steps…

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And one of the studios.

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Oh and then there’s the food at the W. Oh me, oh my, mouthwatering and beautiful.

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These fries with truffle oil were out of this world delish!

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Food is Art, a specialty at the hotel.

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In addition to the event, we photographed a bride throughout the hotel. We wanted to show off how cool the venue is and how many different places there are for portraits. We spent well over 2 hours shooting and didn’t get to do everything we wanted. The possibilities are endless. So check back soon for images for our shoot with Melissa.

Keeping things Fresh

What a treat it was to photograph the NACE event last week! It is always wonderful to get together with our peers in the events industry and even more fun to photograph them. You can bet this crowd knows how to have a good time.

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Our May meeting took place at the hip new W Hotel in downtown Boston. (By the way, I have heard amazing things about the Jean Georges restaurant on the ground floor- definitely worth checking out.) For our meeting we started in the prefunction lobby and then entered the great room. I love the feel of the lobby; it has floor to ceiling windows with fun funky views of the theater district.

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Plus the entrance is decked out with stone textured walls and light art, which bring you into a grand space with drapey lights.

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We can’t help but eat well at an event by and for catering executives.

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Mingling fun.

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The floral design was created by Tangerine Creations. I loved the varied shapes and colors- deep pinks were a great match for the grays of the hotel.

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CORT Event Furnishings brought along some fabulous furniture, including a purple lit table and leather couches. Felt like we had entered a swank nightclub.

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The program for the evening was a guest panel of some very talented event industry pros.

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Joe Toto of Groove Entertainment lead the discusion.

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Kupah James of Klass Universal Entertainment shared his story and thoughts on getting the party going. We saw him in action at Heather and Christian‘s wedding; I can’t speak highly enough about him. He was amazing!

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Amy Kimball of Amy Kimball Events spoke about how each client inspires her to bring something new to the table when designing an event. I absolutely connected with her on this; her words reflected how I feel about the uniqueness of our clients. How could we get bored or stale when each person we photograph brings us something new and fresh to consider?

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John LaRoche of Blue Guava shared how he invites his clients to think outside the box when creating their floral design, offering them flower ideas they may not have considered. He even told us about a Living Table he created for one wedding at Boston’s InterContinental Hotel. Sounded out of this world!

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Many thanks to the speakers for sharing their thoughts on our industry and to all of the sponsors who offered their services for this event.

Videography: Generations Cinemastories
Floral Design: Tangerine Creations
Rental furniture: CORT
Furniture sign design: MB Graphics
Music and Entertainment: DJ Raffi
Linens: Table Toppers
Food and event space: Amy Kern from The W Hotel

 

Sammy & Co

Sammy is a super great young lady whose bat mitzvah we photographed this fall. This was so different from my bat mitzvah and so much fun. Not only did she showcase her knowledge and talent during the morning service at the synagogue, she performed two dance routines during the reception and gave a speech about her family and friends during the candlelighting ceremony. Sammy is definitively gifted- full of spark, energy, intelligence and thoughtfulness. We had a wonderful time working with her.

We started our day with family portraits before her bat mitzvah ceremony in Needham.

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After the service, Sammy’s guests had lunch at the synagogue. Everyone reconvened that evening at the Blue Hill Country Club in Canton. A few more portraits before the reception….

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The party got underway after a fabulous cocktail hour for the adults and mocktail hour for the kids. Then dancing, dancing and more dancing. Sammy’s brother kicked it all off.

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Then Sammy made her grand entrance and did her first dance routine with these two professionals. Her theme for the evening was based on Tiffany and Co, so she surprised all of her guests by popping out of a huge Tiffany’s box. And then going right into the dance. Of course the song she danced to was Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. She looked amazing.

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The hora followed. Everyone in the family had a turn in the chair, but Sammy was first.

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Sammy and her dad had a special dance all to themselves….

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Well, almost. Some of Sammy’s friends busted in about half way through and they kicked it up a notch- this was planned, of course, but a surprise for the guests. Sammy did her second dance number during this portion of the evening.

The end of the evening came faster than anyone could say "Sammy & Company." But it was clear that all of the kids had a great time.

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If you would like to see more from Sammy’s amazing day, you can view her mitzvah PicFlick here.

Oh What a Night!

Last night, Dave and I hopped down to New York to join our friends from David Tutera Inc in celebrating the premiere of Season 2 of My Fair Wedding along with the launch of David’s new line of wedding dresses, David Tutera by Faviana. We had such a great time. We were invited because Dave photographed one of the episodes from this season. It was an absolute treat to be a guest for this affair, rather than working it. Of course, that also meant we only allowed ourselves to bring a little point and shoot camera.

The event got kicked off with a performance by Nuttin But Stringz. This rock violinist duo totally captivated me. I love their music and their performance- they are clearly influenced by world music, classical, rock and hip hop. Check out their sound on their website and check out their moves below.

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Then we were treated to a fashion show of David’s new line of wedding gowns. So different sitting in the seats rather than the press area, like we have when we were shooting for Lucire magazine. I could see just enough to develop some strong favorites. The concept behind the gowns is that they are all inspired by red carpet dresses worn by celebrities, refashioned into something glamorous for your wedding day. There is definitely something for everyone in this line, both in terms of style and body type.

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My favorites? Let me begin with Eva. This dress starts off full-length with gorgeous tafetta roses directing the eye along a woman’s curves. The lowest part of the skirt can be removed to reveal a short party dress with an assymetrical hemline. A little surprise when the bride returns for the party. A fun, flirty, vivacious dress. I also really liked Charlize and Fergie, another dress that turns into a cocktail dress- totally wearable.

Gwenyth, below, was simply stunning. I loved the color imbued in this dress- champagne, ivory, gold, crystals reflecting the light- along with the lines and the empire shape. Beautiful, simple, elegant.

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And another favorite was Olivia. It actually reminded me of something from the movie Titanic. Really soft with antique touches. And you have to love the cap sleeves bejewelled at the edges. So pretty.

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They concluded with the grand finale dress- the Platinum Gown. This dress was dripping with 33 carats of diamonds, white keshi pearls and more than 145 carats of aqua marine. The dress was pretty, but honestly I liked the other styles better. I guess that’s a good thing because the Platinum Gown retails for over a half million dollars. Wow!

The last walk…

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With David and Faviana- the model in the back is wearing the Platinum Dress…

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One more note about the fashion show, Dave and I were totally laughing because we recognized all of the music. I don’t know a lot about music artists and I am not really up on what’s popular, so this is definitely a rare thing for me. (Dave actually does know this stuff- he is way more hip than I am.) But these songs were all the fun songs we hear at weddings. So of course, I knew them and they were totally appropriate.

After the fashion show, David (Tutera) introduced the premiere of Season 2 of My Fair Wedding.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this episode with Quiana and Michael’s wedding. Quiana is so lovely, offers up surprises at every corner. And you can see how much she appreciated this opportunity. Totally fun moments from the viewing, which unfortunately I am pretty sure won’t happen in your living room, they shot butterfly confetti out at us when David revealed the ceremony space and the reception space to Quiana and Michael. Such fun!

I am so excited to see the episode that Dave photographed, now. It must be really different to watch the event unfold on the day, almost like slow motion, versus the edited version where everything happens in a whirlwind.

Okay and just to give you a sense of what Gotham Hall looked like last night. Love the lighting design.

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A few young girls who had to get in on the runway action.

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Dave photographed David Tutera’s decor from a wedding at Gotham Hall earlier this year and we always love seeing a space used in different ways. Set up for the fashion show was definitely different.

After diving into the dessert bar upstairs- yum!, we had to see what it felt like to be on the other side of the camera and stand in the lights. Aren’t we glam!

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Thank you to David, Liz, Ashley, Nora and Nicole- you guys put together another amazing event- no surprise there- and we had a really great time celebrating with you. Congrats!

NACE Event at the Westin Copley Place

This past year we joined the New England Chapter of NACE, National Association of Catering Executives, and it has been such a fabulous way to meet other professionals in the events industry. Each month we get together at one of the member venues and enjoy a time to connect and network. We eat, we drink, we talk.
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Typcially we get to enjoy good music and great company. Sometimes there is a special program.

We started our evening in the Huntington Room.

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The Westin put together an amazing spread. Salmon eggs with passion fruit juice below.

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Melon and mint soup/cocktail. Refreshing.

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Jeri created some beautiful floral centerpieces. I love the wheat grass at the base of these gerbera daisies.

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I had never been in the Huntington Room and it was a great space for this type of cocktail party. Of course, Dave and I loved the natural light from all of the windows (to the right).

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Teal from Art of the Event enjoying herself.

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Whit Wales captured the video for the event. So we had to capture Whit’s signature bowtie.

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Abby of Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Peaches by Plums fame. You may recall that Abby did the flowers for one of our opening celebrations. She is amazingly talented.

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Naomi from Generations Cinemastories chats with Ashley of the Fairmont Battery Wharf.

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Teresa, left, with her partner in crime, created the amazing floral designs from Lisa and Scott’s wedding (read the floral story). It was great to catch up with the Mimosa team again.

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As members, we also have the opportunity to sponsor an event. Dave and I did so for the June event at the Westin in Copley Place. This was a great opportunity to capture what a NACE event is like. And this particular month was focused on green initiatives. A matter near and dear to my heart. So I share with you a few of my favorite images from meeting portion of the event….

Lyndsay from the Fairmont Copley Plaza makes introductions.

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We hear a bit from the engineering team of the Westin. They have won all kinds of awards for their green practices.

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And then Gayle from Art of the Event shares about green trends in event planning.

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When the program is over, we are treated to an absolutely phenomenal chocolate dessert bar. Let’s just say I had more than one.

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A special thanks to all of the sponsors who helped make it a wonderful evening:
Venue and Catering: Will Krupp and his crew at the Westin
Flowers: Jeri Solomon Floral Design
Videography: Whit Wales
Entertainment: Ahronian Productions
Table cloths: Festive Occasions
Bar and podium rentals: Art of the Event

If you want to see more, check out the video Whit created.

The Thrill of Victory

Yesterday, Dave, Max, and I took a looonnnngggg walk to go see the Boston Marathon runners as they journeyed through Newton. Okay, I freely admit my our piddly 5 miles round trip is absolutely nothing compared to the 26.2 these folks ran. I was astounded by the diversity of people running, jogging, walking, rolling. And they were all so inspirational. Of course, I brought the camera with me to document a bit of the fun.

There were people of all ages, races, styles running. And some with great sense of humor- like this guy- and the guy who wore a hamburger and the girl who had pink bows on her shoes. Anything to keep yourself joyful as you run… And presumably these fun peeps brought joy to all those around them.

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Wedding Showcase at The Lord Thompson Manor

I was so amazed this weekend and last at the Lord Thompson Manor. We love the venue, but this was the first time we had been there for their wedding showcase. What an extraordinary event! Jackie brought everything together beautifully.

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Good times at Mystic 4!

We just got back from Mystic 4. Mystic 4 is a wonderful 2 day retreat filled with action packed seminars and wonderful opportunities to network. I just wanted to say thank you to Walter van Dusen for organizing and to all of the presenters (Huy Nguyen, Christopher David, Vladimir Chaloupka, George Weir, David Murray, Michelle Turner, Ben Chrisman, Anne Ruthmann) for generously donating their time to make this event fabulous. Looking forward to next year.

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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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