Behind the Scenes with MFW

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.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- preparing the flowers and candles for the reception of this mexican inspired wedding in staten island ny

Next he visited the bride who was in the process of getting her hair and make-up done.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- popping in to check on the bride during her getting ready and to bring her wedding gown- a david tutera by faviana bridal collection convertible dress

Never a private moment on a TV show.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- more cameras than you imagine as tutera checks on his bride

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.)

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- discussing the exciting stuff that will be happening during the day

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.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- during the ceremony david tutera watches all different aspects to make sure things go off without a hitch

Being on a public Staten Island beach with lots of cameras, the wedding was sure to draw a crowd.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- public beach in staten island offers passers by their own chance to watch a tv show in the making

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.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- a wedding ceremony like others, but with big tv cameras- on staten island beach, new york

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.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- david brings the bride and groom in to their reception site so they can see what he has created for them

Their first dance in the dreamy tropical space.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- dancing in a dreamy site with greens hanging from the chandeliers and lighting

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.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- tutera enjoys the party as well, dancing with the bride during the staten island ny reception

Dancing with a bridesmaid.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- dancing with a bridesmaid during the reception at staten island hotel on the beach in ny

Clearly he felt a connection with this group and they with him. They even invited him into their group hug.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- part of a group hug with bridesmaid bride groom groomsmen after fireworks

The folks who make it a televsion show. Yup, that’s a lot of paparazzi.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- the film crew

And finally, David and David.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-behind-the-scenes- david lee of allegro photography with david tutera of my fair wedding at the end of the night

What a great day to be a part of! We are so thankful to David Tutera and his team for asking us to photograph this My Fair Wedding episode.

Published in David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding Book!

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!

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- finding your vision through his revisions

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- helping brides fulfill their wedding dreams

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.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- david tutera by faviana bridal collection wedding gown

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details-convertible wedding gown- reception party dress by david tutera by faviana bridal collection

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.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- bridesmaids latin party dress

As I mentioned, they were able to host their ceremony on the beach. It was quite breezy.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- beach ceremony windy flags

David transformed this corner of the beach into an oasis with tropical plants, orange and yellow roses, green turf and gold chiavari chairs.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- orange yellow roses, tropical plants, green grass, beach sand and chiavari chairs

The string ensemble enhanced the mood with beautiful music.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details-string ensemble on the beach

Blue skies and puffy white clouds with an oceanview. Oh my!

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details-oceanview wedding ceremony on the beach- mexican theme

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.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- beach wedding with view of staten island and bridge

Everyone went inside the hotel for the reception. The colors and theme were carried through into these spaces as well.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- orange roses yellow roses tropical plants palm leaves escort card table

Cocktails with fruit.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- champagne with fruit and limes

A Mariachi band started off the party with Mexican flair.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details-mariachi band for mexican themed wedding reception

A very romantic, warm dinner table. Roses dripping from everywhere and amber plates and glassware.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- amber orange red yellow dinner setting at latin inspired wedding

Candlelight always great for ambiance.

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- orange yellow amber candles and roses with wood tables- caribbean flare wedding reception

Bringing in the tropical flowers and more vibrant colors on a chocolate cake. Mmmmmm…..

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details-tropical sugar flowers on chocolate wedding cake

To end the day, what could be better than fireworks?

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- fireworks end off the celebration with views of the beach

The bride and groom were definitely surprised and happy with this ending!

david-tutera-my-fair-wedding-ny-book-details- bride and groom enjoying the fireworks and the beach view

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.

Published: Vogue Japan

Huge congrats to our friend and colleague David Tutera for being featured in Vogue: Japan. And we are so excited that they chose one of our photos to highlight his amazing work. That’s right, we were recently published in Vogue Japan. International and chic, no?!


I’ll be honest I can’t tell you all about the article our work is part of, because, as you would expect, it’s in Japanese, but what I can gather is that they were highlighting several vendors celebrated in the international wedding industry. They focused on florists and event planners, in particular. And David Tutera, whom we have worked with on several occassions, was number one on their list. It’s no surprise as his work is astounding- it completely captivates all of my senses.

Our image was taken during a wedding at The Fairmont’s Plaza Hotel in New York City. The whole concept was based around crystals and they were everywhere. The ballroom sparkled.

If you want to see more of David‘s work, definitely check out:

David Tutera’s Metropolitan Club Wedding
Tutera’s Gotham Hall Wedding

Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Inspiration

More of David’s designs still to come from a fall episode of My Fair Wedding.

Published: grace ormonde WeddingStyle

So very excited to share the news that we have been published in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of grace ormonde WeddingStyle. Absolutely love this wedding magazine- chic, elegant, fashion forward designs and style aplenty. If you are planning a wedding, you should definitely check out their current national and New England issues. Tons of great stories, real weddings and inspiring ideas.


We submitted images from this fabulous Plaza Hotel wedding in New York City. It was designed by the trend-setter David Tutera and his talented team. With his table decor, he not only defines the space around a table, but creates a feeling like you have been transported to whole other world. All of your senses are enticed. It’s an amazing experience. We are thrilled that we could share one of his signature designs with Grace Ormonde readers.

If you would like to see more from this wedding, definitely check out our story from the wedding.

And if you would like to see other David Tutera wedding designs and ideas, check out these posts- NY Metropolitan Club Wedding, NY Gotham Hall Wedding, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Inspiration. More of David’s designs still to come from an episode of My Fair Wedding.

Cover image by Jade Studio Productions.

Details: Floral Design from Lisa & Scott’s Wedding

Lisa and Scott spent nearly two years planning their wedding at the Boston Hyatt Regency downtown, so they had tons of amazing details to share. I wanted to make sure I gave them all due consideration; I am going to be posting them in 3 different sections: flowers, food, and everything else, from the dress to the lion dancers to all of their amazing paper products.

lisa_scott_wedding_details_boston_ma- bridal bouquet

First the flowers. Lisa selected Teresa from Mimosa to create her floral design. From the very first moment, it was clear that Lisa had chosen the right professional for her wedding. Her bouquet (above) and all of the personal flowers arrived in a gorgeous box. And each piece was beautifully crafted. I love the soft pinks and whites of peonies and orchids.

The groom’s boutonniere.

lisa_scott_wedding_details_boston_ma- groom's boutonniere

The ceremony site was decorated with beautiful tall arrangements of willow and orchid branches. The colors were soft pinks and greens.

lisa_scott_boston wedding ceremony at the hyatt regency downtown- massachusetts

A close up of one arrangement.

lisa_scott_wedding_details_boston_ma- ceremony flowers at hyatt

The flowers for the reception were equally stunning. Centerpieces included willow branches with orchids attached or at the base. In vibrant hues of pink and purple, the room was magical.

lisa_scott_wedding_details_boston_ma-reception flowers at hyatt downtown

A close up of one arrangement.

lisa_scott_wedding_details_boston_ma-reception centerpiece at hyatt regency

One table.

lisa_scott_wedding_details_boston_ma- orchids and willow branches table display

Variation on a theme.

lisa_scott_wedding_details_boston_ma- orchid and peony centerpiece

Still more variation at another table. (Side note- Lisa and Scott created the table number displays and aren’t they amazing? I love the look of the lace in the shadowbox frame.)

lisa_scott_wedding_details_boston_ma- orchid centerpiece at boston hyatt and table number

For the cocktail reception, a similar style with a focus on the greens….

lisa_scott_wedding_details_boston_ma- cocktail hour floral arrangement

Beautiful touches at every corner! Thank you to Teresa and her team for giving us this floral art to photograph. Stunning work, Teresa.

NY Gotham Hall Wedding by David Tutera

Just two weeks after photographing our David Tutera wedding at The Plaza, Dave popped back down to New York to photograph the decor of this fabulous wedding at Gotham Hall. It was all blossoms and sparkles and simply amazing details. And the food looked to die for.


When the guests first arrived, they were greeted by a security detail and serenaded by violinists.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- security and musicians

They entered the Grand Ballroom of Gotham Hall to find their escort cards laid out on this beautiful table. Then took their seats for the ceremony behind it.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding-escort card table

At the top of the entry, you see the full view of the ceremony space. The aisle lined with elegant floral arrangements on pedestals. But the Chuppah was simply out of this world. I love the view from the inside looking out. This is one canopy I would gladly start the rest of my life under, and for that matter spend the rest of my life under (assuming the flowers wouldn’t die).

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- chuppah for jewish ceremony

And a close up…

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- chuppah flower balls for jewish ceremony

And you can get the full awesomeness of the scene, as the bride takes her first steps done the aisle…

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- bride walks down aisle to groom for jewish ceremony

Another amazing aspect of this wedding was the food- the presentation was simply a work of art. The champagne was chilled in ice sculptures.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- champagne in ice sculpture

An array of sushi in every shape, size and color.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- sushi platter for cocktail reception

The bride and groom were Russian Jews so the food also needed to pay homage to their roots. Each guest received a rainbow of caviar at his seat.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- caviar first course for dinner reception

And the piece d’resistance, the stunning cake designed by Sylvia Weinstock. The craftsmanship, technique and attention to detail that goes into her cakes are exemplary.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding-sylvia weinstock cake- new york, ny

During the cocktail hour, the David Tutera team transformed the space from the ceremony arrangement you saw above to the reception arrangement below. I think they had just over an hour to get it all done.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- reception in manhattan, ny

They turned the Chuppah into a canopy for the sweetheart table. This is the bride and groom’s view (looking to the right) during the reception.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- chuppah with sweetheart table underneath the canopy- nyc

And another view (straight ahead), where they can see the dance floor.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- sweetheart table under chuppah in new york

Some of the tables were arranged in a criss-cross patern. In the center was this tall arrangement with roses, willow branches, and all kinds of flowers pouring out of the urn and the pedestal.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- table arrangements for reception in new york city

These displays of calla lillies, roses, and crystals were placed throughout the hall and reached way into the sky.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- floor floral arrangments for dinner reception

The whole look was stunning. A huge thank you to David Tutera and his team. We are so thrilled that we could be a part of this beautiful design and capture these images for you.

gotham_hall_david_tutera_wedding- famous designer takes a break during set-up

Want to see more? Check out the slideshow.

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.

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