Finally! That’s the word I heard most on the day of Craig and Michael’s wedding, from them, from their family, from their guests. Because after 21 years as a couple, it was really more of a formality and a celebration of their already beautiful and loving partnership. And this was a celebration for the ages!
Craig and Michael are warm, hilarious, fun, welcoming, engaging. They blended their two cultures- Craig’s Scandinavian/Christianity and Michael’s Judaism- to create a very personal ceremony lead by one of their dearest friends. Following this, guests enjoyed cocktails around the aquarium and then a dinner and dance party under a perfectly designed tent.
There are so many favorite moments from this day, but probably my favorite image is actually two images. The first I captured of Craig and Michael at the spot where they first met. The two are snuggling into each other so sweetly. The second was actually of two penguins at the Aquarium in the same position. Together they make me giggle, especially as their graphic theme for their wedding was penguins.
Congrats to Craig and Michael and many thank yous to all the people who made their day so special:
Ceremony Location: New England Aquarium / Reception Location: New England Aquarium/ Planner: EFD Creative / Photography: Allegro Photography / Caterer: New England Aquarium / Flowers: Orly Khon Floral / Cake: Cakes to Remember / Ceremony Music: Intermezzo Chamber Players / Lighting Design: Groove Events /Band/DJ: Groove Events / Transportation/Limo: Rockstar Limo / Invitations: Invitations & Company / Save the Dates & Program: Invitations & Company/ Draping & Chandeliers: DesignLight / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited
If you choose a holiday weekend for your wedding celebration, you know your guests will already be in a festive mood and ready to party. If you choose the weekend following Thanksgiving, you also get the added bonus of getting extra time with family and friends. If you plan a destination wedding that spans two days, you know that you will all be relaxed and immersed in the beauty of the occasion. And so when Sally and Dave spoke to us about their wedding- first an intimate ceremony reception the night after Thanksgiving and then a larger blow-out party the following evening- we knew it would be magic. Not to mention that Sally and Dave exude warmth with their whole beings; you just instantly feel welcomed and embraced by them. And so we began as lucky photographers to Day 1 of this amazing celebration….
Congrats to Sally and Dave and many thank yous to all the people who made their day so special:
Ceremony and Reception Location: OceanCliff / Planner: EFD Creative / Photography: Allegro Photography / Flowers: Flowers by Semia / Cake: Something Different Cake Couture / Band: Nightshift Entertainment / Cinematography: Ready Set [Film] / Makeup: Jane Sincere / Hair: Jude Supplice of Safar Boston / Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Invitations: Invitations & Company / Transportation: Rockstar Limo
I am still so excited for Renee and Chris and their recent nuptials. Full disclosure: Renee is a good friend of ours. We have worked with her for many years and shared an office with her when she was a full time member of the SD Events team. And to say that she is fabulous, is an understatement. She is creative, compassionate, and one of the most hard-working people we know. Chris is her perfect match- he has a relaxed energy about him and an easy sense of humor. In many ways they are so different, but I couldn’t imagine either of them with anyone else. Their wedding was romantic, warm and just plain fun.
So many favorite moments from this day: their first look at the Hotel Nine Zero bar, the portraits that Dave created in the alley by the restaurant utilizing great light and steam from some vent (crazy beautiful, creative and something I think only Dave could see), when Renee pulled out her cell phone to read her vows after she had explicitly told Chris he couldn’t do that- too much laughter over that one, seeing the whole team of wedding professionals pulling together for one of their own, Renee & Chris’ first dance, the sweets table, and getting to dance with my sweetie to “It Had to Be You” (Thank you, John Zucco, for playing it for me.)
Congrats to Renee and Chris and many thank yous to all the people who made their day so special:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Marliave / Ceremony/Cocktail Music: AJ Edwards / Entertainment: DJ John Zucco / Lighting: Entertainment Specialists / Photographer: Allegro Photography / Videography: Generation Cinemastories / Florist: Orly Khon Floral / Baker: Cookie Creatives by Jennifer / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Make-Up Artist: Beauty by Jana / Hair Stylist: Kristen Moshiek / Event Coordinator: SD Events
If you are anything like me, you have always wanted to be a part of a TV production- to see what happens backstage, so to speak; to watch as the characters move on and off screen; to observe the camera crews and the director. Well, Dave had just that opportunity when he photographed Christina and Ed’s wedding for WeTV’s My Fair Wedding. He followed the planner and star of the show, David Tutera, as well as capturing the bride and groom and their wedding details. So you feel like you were actually part of the shoot. Since I posted about the book earlier this week, I thought I would share the behind the scenes photos today.
Tutera is not only an amazing planner, he’s a fabulous designer. He created a beautiful Mexican inspired wedding for Christina, whose Riviera Maya destination wedding had to be canceled. His first stop was to check on the decor at the hotel where the reception would be. His team was already doing a great job; he added a few more touches to the look.
Next he visited the bride who was in the process of getting her hair and make-up done.
Never a private moment on a TV show.
This is when he reminded Christina of the 3 dresses she tried on. He is about to tell her which one he chose for her. (This also happens to be one of my fave moments each episode of the show. I can’t help loving that they don’t know which gown he chose. The suspense is super fun. And while most women wouldn’t want someone else to chose this most important of all dresses, I actually would have loved it. I had such a hard time figuring out what to get.)
Before and during the ceremony, there is tons going on both behind the camera and in front of the camera. These portraits show how David is working to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch. Before the ceremony he is checking to see everything is in place. As guests arrive, he greets them and helps them get where they need to be. During the ceremony, he is watching here, there and everywhere.
Being on a public Staten Island beach with lots of cameras, the wedding was sure to draw a crowd.
Still, the crew was pretty inconspicous during the ceremony. One team all the way back and two teams on the side at the front. No guests’ views were interrupted. As photographers, we pride ourselves on putting the wedding first. After all that’s why we are all there. So it is really nice that Tutera’s team also has this in their mind, even when their work is for TV.
After the ceremony, whether for TV or not, David brings his couples into the reception hall before all of the other guests, so that they can actually take a moment to enjoy the space he has created for them. So they can check out the details they have thought about and planned with him. Christina and Ed are clearly enamored with their colorful chocolate cake.
Their first dance in the dreamy tropical space.
One question we get about the show and working with David is: Is he really that nice? The answer is absolutely 100% yes. He is a truly down-to-earth, caring gentleman AND he likes to have a good time. He doesn’t dance at every wedding but when appropriate, he will enjoy the party with the couple and their guests. Enjoying a moment with the bride.
Dancing with a bridesmaid.
Clearly he felt a connection with this group and they with him. They even invited him into their group hug.
The folks who make it a televsion show. Yup, that’s a lot of paparazzi.
I am literally doing a little dance; I am so proud of my partner in all things. Dave’s work was recently published in David Tutera‘s My Fair Wedding book!!! We just got our hands on a copy and it is fabulous. Each chapter is devoted to a different episode and has great tips for your wedding- tips ranging from choosing your dress to engaging with your guests to permit needs to thematic choices. Really practical. And of course the photos are amazing!
Here’s a few pages from Dave’s Chapter in the book. Yup, a whole chapter. Did I mention I was proud? He photographed Christina and Ed’s Mexican dream wedding. They had initally planned a destination wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico, but had to change their plans suddenly. With no time whatsoever, they were at a loss. David Tutera created a stunning Latin inspired wedding in Staten Island. They were even able to wed on the beach. Amazing!
And now a few details that actually aren’t in the book for those who want more.
Christina’s dress was one of the first from the David Tutera by Faviana bridal collection. It’s perfect for both the ceremony and the reception; the skirt below the flowers can be removed for a fun party dress.
If you’ve watched My Fair Wedding, you know that David makes the decisions. The brides can voice their opinions, but in the end, the buck stops with Tutera. Once he decided on the Latin theme, he included it at every turn. The bridesmaids dresses, for instance, were light, airy and supremely colorful.
As I mentioned, they were able to host their ceremony on the beach. It was quite breezy.
David transformed this corner of the beach into an oasis with tropical plants, orange and yellow roses, green turf and gold chiavari chairs.
The string ensemble enhanced the mood with beautiful music.
Blue skies and puffy white clouds with an oceanview. Oh my!
In the distance, the clouds weren’t quite as playful, but I love the bridge peaking through them. And a chance to see what was going on nearby at the beach.
Everyone went inside the hotel for the reception. The colors and theme were carried through into these spaces as well.
Cocktails with fruit.
A Mariachi band started off the party with Mexican flair.
A very romantic, warm dinner table. Roses dripping from everywhere and amber plates and glassware.
Bringing in the tropical flowers and more vibrant colors on a chocolate cake. Mmmmmm…..
To end the day, what could be better than fireworks?
The bride and groom were definitely surprised and happy with this ending!
Congrats to my hubby, Dave Lee; to our friend and fellow photographer, Critsey Rowe, who is also published in the book; and of course, to the man behind it all, the extremely talented, warm, and charming, David Tutera. It is such an honor and pleasure to work with David and his team- consummate professionals and creative geniuses!
Check back soon for a behind the scenes look at the making of this season 2 episode of My Fair Wedding.
This fall, we met up with two of our favorite couples to put together a promotional video for Allegro Photography. Dave and I were behind the still cameras. Courtney and Brian were behind the video cameras. And Andrea and Eric were in front of the four of us, fearlessly tackling their role as our models. It also happened to be right around Andrea and Eric‘s one year anniversary, so it was a little bit of an anniversary celebration as well.
On the docks…
Love this scene.
Dancing under the bridge.
It had been raining pretty much the whole week prior to our portrait session,which left us with lots of reflective puddles.
Playing with the industrial look. Great contrast between their soft vibrancy and the gray harsh background.
Enjoying a moment.
Love the Barking Crab‘s bright redness.
We walked over by the Children’s Museum to enjoy the shade of the willow trees.
And really cool white rock sculptures.
After the session was finished, we all enjoyed a bite to eat. Not only was it fun working with our crew, we had a great time catching up and hanging out. Thank you all for sharing your time and your talents.
It looks like the video will be ready soon, so these are really just to whet your appetite. I hope you enjoyed!
A very happy 40th anniversary to Beth and Bud!
We have had the great pleasure of celebrating 4 weddings with Beth and Bud and their family! It all started when their daughter Emily married Mark. Emily and Mark chose to get married at the Sonoma Mission, where her parents had wed. And amongst their portraits, they wanted their own version of this image from Beth and Bud’s wedding. Last year at Lauren and Steve‘s wedding, we discovered that Beth and Bud shared an anniversary with the newlyweds. And when Emily told us that her mom was an avid reader of our blog, we couldn’t wait to celebrate her nuptials as well. So 40 years ago, plus a day (I was out of the studio yesterday) these two fabulous people tied the knot. I am certain it was a beautiful event, filled with warmth, love and joy. We are so happy for you, Beth and Bud, and hope your ruby anniversary was amazing.
In just a week, we will be joining truly fabulous wedding vendors at the Crane Estate for their Seaside Wedding Show. The theme of the event is green weddings and everyone there will have tips and ideas to share about how to be environmentally friendly when planning a wedding. Of course, we are thrilled to support green causes and as part of the show, we will be debuting the newest addition to our album line, a fully environmentally friendly book. We can’t wait to show it off.
Here’s what’s being said about the event:
See the beauty of the Great House, manicured lawns, and sweeping ocean views…while envisioning your special day of elegance.
Meet our exclusive caterers and rental companies, sample fabulous food, and visit our preferred vendors for flowers, gowns, invitations, lighting, make-up, music, photography, spa luxuries, transportation, and videography.
You can also learn about your options for having an eco-conscious wedding at The Great House, a National Historic Landmark. Sustainable doesn’t have to mean huge choices, just one small choice. Please join us!
We hope you can make it to Ipswich on April 17. It promises to be a wonderful affair.
Congrats to Janis and Steven, our most recent newlyweds, who were able to show just how far out of the box they can think with their amazing destination wedding. We really couldn’t wait to share their photos so here’s just a little sneak preview and a bit about their outrageously cool night.
Janis and Steven took the destination wedding craze to new heights, quite literally, with their wedding on the moon. That’s right, these two felt they needed a location that was truly unique to capture their adventurous spirits. So when they started looking for that special venue, they brainstormed places they had been and places they had always wanted to visit.
"It seemed so perfect, really. I mean how often are you going to make such a long journey, and when else are you going to have the time off," shared Janis. So Janis and Steven started to consider how they might get to the moon, along with an intimate group of their closest family members. They knew they didn’t have the funds to do it on their own. They had thought about ebaying a seat on their vessel, but thought better of it. They didn’t want just anyone to be at their wedding. "Then it hit me," Steven explained. "If we choose the right person to officiate, we can surely get that person to contribute. And who else, but Richard Branson, would be appropriate? He’s already got it in the works. We figured it would be good for us and good for him. The publicity for his new Lunar Virgin line has been amazing." Janis added, "He’s actually a really great guy, too. Our ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect."
The guests stayed aboard the shuttle and watched from inside as Janis and Steven were able to take a few special portraits before the ceremony. Branson even supplied the couple with a special breathing instrument to allow them to take the photos unencumbered by the traditional space suits. And Janis and Steven were so excited to be there; they were willing to try anything. Janis didn’t even care if she got her dress a little dirty before the ceremony.
Then everyone came out for their own walk on the moon. The ceremony concluded with Branson’s take on an old favorite, "One small step for Janis and Steven, one giant step for couples everywhere."
More photos and the rest of their story to come soon, so definitely check back.