No one wants to wait to see their wedding photos, believe me I understand! That’s why I send you this fun little slideshow within a week of your wedding while you’re sipping margaritas on your honeymoon. Check out Mary and Alex’s wedding from The Yale Club and see what I’m talking about (yes, I know the music is kinda cheesy but just go with it). Love that she busted out the leather jacket over the wedding dress for the walk to Grand Central, so bad ass. I also think from now on I will provide all my couples with a golden trophy to drink out of at the end of the night. It just adds that special something;) Congratulations Mary and Alex! Wishing you a life full of smiles!
I co-founded WeDo over a year a go with my partner, event designer Ara Farnam. It’s a members only wedding industry networking group, the only one of its kind in NYC. So when I tell potential clients that I can hook them up with amazing vendors, you know I mean it! I know everyone in this town in the event business. When you hire Kelly Guenther Studio to shoot your wedding I come with an entire network of amazing people at my fingertips. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Having solid referrals from vendors you can trust makes it so much easier. That’s why I started WeDo. I can’t believe how far we’ve come in a year! And that deserved a party!
No one knows how to party like those who throw parties for a living! Over 250 wedding industry insiders gathered to celebrate the 1yr Anniversary of WeDo. We started the party right away with a bar in the elevator serving bubbly. Guests were then given their first clue, a string of beads with a message encouraging them to make friends at the bar. The WeDo scavenger hunt had begun! Clues were sprinkled throughout the party that encouraged everyone to mix and mingle and eventually lead to The Golden Ticket and a spin at the prize wheel! Dimples Dakota played Vanna White cheering everyone on. Of course we didn’t let anyone leave empty handed, WeDo sunglasses for all! Three Sixty degrees was bathed in a sea of pink and orange thanks to Nice Uplights. Rountree Flowers dazzled all with the decor, The Booth kept everyone smiling (see photos from The Booth here password click) and bands The Engagements and 45 Riots kept us dancing all night long! Best cake (thanks Sugar Flower Cake Shop) and cake cutting ever thanks to Batala, an all girl drum line troupe, who surprised all of the guests and got everyone pumped and ready to party! WeDo has come a long way in just one year. Our events always attract the best of the NYC wedding industry not only in their skills but personality. WeDo members are fun, open people who get the value of meeting new people and growing their networks. We have lots planned for 2013 and hope you can join us! Click here to apply for membership. We are so very grateful to our members who joined early on and helped WeDo grow to what it is today. WeDo love our WeDo members!
I met Steven and Katie via wedding planner extraordinaire (and WeDo member) Richard Newton of Atelier Weddings. Such an open, lovely couple. Katie is the kind of person who wears her heart on her sleeve-one of my favorite qualities in a bride to be. As you can see from the photos she is just beaming. I loved our walk around the city; I get a warm fuzzy feeling watching hardened New Yorkers soften when they see us walking up the street. We’re all a bunch of softies. Heck even the hot dog vendor gave them the thumbs up and a complimentary pretzel! Once back at The Palace we took a peak at the reception room before all of the guests arrived and Katie immediately burst into tears “It’s so us!”. Richard and everyone at NY Palace did such a phenomenal job putting the room together. I LOVED the banquettes. I’ve never seen them in a formal setting. It really made the grand room much more homey. The ceremony room was also exquisite with all of the candles. So warm and inviting. Right after they said “I do” Steven and Katie were shuttled off to a side room and that’s where I got my shot of the day. I was just heading out to give them time alone and Katie joyously raised her arms up. I love that shot. It’s always the 5 min right after the vows that I get my favorite images of the day. I also loved the last shot….they went into 2 hours of overtime that night! They were just having too much fun to stop the party. I wanted to document what 2 hours of overtime looked like and I found myself going back to the table settings. Melted candles, half empty drinks, shoes, cameras and my favorite Katie and Steven’s names written out in wikki sticks. I kept revisiting their table the last hour of the party and it kept getting better: a half eaten piece of wedding cake, Katie’s shoes on the table, an unfinished glass of champagne. Sometimes the story is in the details.
Anytime I book a destination wedding I do a little happy dance. Obviously it’s awesome to go somewhere tropical in the middle of a New York City winter. But I also love the close bonds that I form with the couple, the wedding party and family over the days we spend together. The beauty of a destination wedding is it’s a small intimate affair and the wedding isn’t just an 8hr day, it’s a love fest weekend with all your favorite people! Angela and Michael are such lovely, generous people. They were the ultimate hosts all weekend making sure everyone’s needs were taken care of. And ahem, can we talk about the resort for a moment? The Viceroy is THE resort in all of the Caribbean right now-I’ve never seen such relaxed luxury! It was organic modernism and yet everything was beyond beyond. If you ever have the opportunity to go-GO! Perfect for honeymoons;) Highlights from the wedding: The double rainbow, playing on the beach with the wedding party, surprise fireworks and of course the unexpected dip in the pool by Angela at the end of the night! Amazing and a week I’ll never forget. Thank you Angela and Michael for letting me be a part of your celebration and introducing me to the pristine island of Anguilla, I know I’ll be back someday…..
And check out this awesome video highlight by videographers husband and wife team Ryan and Brittany Rossman from Moetic. They’re as talented as they are fun!
I had to add a couple personal photos from the trip. Me on the beach hard at work and a little self portrait of me and the video crew from Moetic Films.
Then I extended my stay and moved to more humble lodgings;) I can’t say enough wonderful things about the family at The Ferry Boat Inn, they adopted me right away and I had a blast! Here are a couple snaps I took with my iphone. Thanks to Christian, Brenden, Andy and the rest of the gang-I will be back!
When New York Magazine asked us if we had any unique NYC wedding moment photos to share I knew exactly which image to submit. Associate photographer Mike Nagle and recently wed Tae and Jade just happened to stumble upon the DUMBO Arts Festival during their portrait session. And how can anyone resist having their wedding photos taken with blindfolded wrestlers? Talk about a memorable day! That’s just the kind of shooter Mike is, he sees an opportunity and he works it! I love this image, it’s so layered and I mean C’MON!! How wacky is this?! We’re thrilled that New York Magazine appreciates real wedding photojournalism, so much so that they gave us the full page. And just in time for the big New York Magazine Expo next week, Wednesday the 28th. We’ll be there exhibiting, it’s the only bridal show we participate in every year. It’s hands down the best of the best. Click here to buy tickets. Stop by and say hello, I promise not to put you in a figure four leg lock:)