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.

Sunset in the City- A San Jose Engagement

We had an absolutely amazing engagement shoot with Jon and Shosh. Downtown San Jose provided a new arena for us to work in and tons of inspiration. We decided to do a night city session. We wanted to capture the gorgeous early evening light and then the darkness that followed.


Jon and Shosh are full of spunk and clearly completely enamored with each other. They had great ideas so this turned out to be a perfect collaboration. Great city + great colors + great couple=fun!!!!

Downtown San Jose- Pink wall with Jon and Shosh

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Photo Shoot with David Tutera


When he is not designing events for celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, Barbara Walters and Kenneth Cole, David Tutera can be seen hosting not one, but two, TV shows, The Party Planner on The Discovery Channel and Get Married on Lifetime. David is also the creative genius behind Disney’s Couture Wedding Collection and in his spare time, the author of four books on party planning. David graciously invited Critsey Rowe and I into his fabulous Manhattan apartment for a private portrait sitting. Not surprisingly David is quite at ease in front of the camera and we all had a great time.

David Tutera

David Tutera

David Tutera

Let Them Eat Cake!

Perhaps my favorite part of wedding planning and the part I am sure I didn’t get enough of was the cake tasting. Of course, now we go to the bridal fairs (see entries- Bay State Bridal Expo, Westin Copley Place Bridal Expo, and Western New England Bridal Show) and we get to taste bits of cake from around the state. Hooray!!!! I have enjoyed a lot of cakes recently. And I would have to say that Konditormeister makes a mean chocolate cake and Ivy’s Fine Cakes and Pastries makes one awesome lemon. But it isn’t just the taste that is important for a wedding cake. It has to look amazing, too. And people’s imaginations run wild, especially after watching shows like The Ace of Cakes. So the cakes have become a showcase of someone’s style.

Cakes by Deborah- Asian influenced wedding cakes- Hatfield, MA

Check out these beauties by Deb from Cakes by Deborah.

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