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New York City’s Best Wedding Band Might Be In New Jersey- The Rhythm Shop

My client Lauren and I were having a final meeting before her big day. She told me her band was amazing. When I hear clients make this statement, the band is usually amazing or dreadful. Luckily for Lauren and Brendan The Rhythm Shop is incredible. They were so amazingly talented and you know what, they were so friendly too.  I always tease my clients that only they get to be the DIVAS on the wedding day, no one else 🙂 Sometimes you find talented vendors and they act like they are doing you a favor by being there. I have no time for that nonsense. So if you are looking for a spectacular band for your event, who are fun and friendly, The Rhythm Shop may be for you. Check out all of the fun photos I got of The Rhythm Shop at The Village Club of Lake Success.

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What to do before your engagement shoot?

What is great about having an engagement session? Most people think it’s the perfect chance to get to know your photographer. While this is true, you also have the opportunity after to see all the images from the engagement session. If you are not photographed professionally often, it can be overwhelming to see so many pictures of yourself. It’s better to get over the shock before the wedding, than after. Many people only see images of themselves on their phone and on the web. It’s amusing how many clients say to me, with much surprise, “Your images are so sharp, colorful and clear.” That’s one of the reasons why you hired me. I figured they aren’t used to seeing prints or at least professional prints. In the old days, you had to at least make small prints if you wanted to see the photographs.

This is where the engagement shoot or engagement session would come into play. This might be the first time you have commissioned a photographer to create photographs of you as a couple. Below I will outline some tips and suggestions for you to make your engagement session a treasured experience.

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Who cares about you and what you’re going through as you plan your dream wedding?

New York City Marriage Proposal.

New York City Marriage Proposal.

I Do!!!

Throwing a New York City wedding or Long Island wedding is the most costly in the United States according to The Knot.

Now that you are engaged it’s time to start planning! If you do not have the budget for a wedding planner then each vendor you select to be part of your wedding day becomes even more critical. Along with reputation, talent and personal connection, experience becomes so much more important.

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Garden City Hotel Wedding- New Years Eve Bash

I met Meaghan and Nils in September of 2014 and before we knew it, their 2014 New Year’s Eve wedding was here. Meaghan and Nils represent all that I love about my clients. They are super cute together, fun, genuine and laid back. They trusted me to go out there and do my thing . As a result of that trust, I was able to honestly tell the story of their wedding day.  I was so excited about their images that I had to create a new studio album. I’m really getting into the horizontal format these days. I’m still waiting for the book to come in, but below are the layouts. I will post photos of the actual album when it arrives. It will open as dramatic 36×18 inch spreads!

Thank you Meaghan and Nils for being so fabulous and of course fun!!!! OXOX, D


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Hire the best photographer you can.

Hire the photographer whose work and personality you love. My best clients are the ones who trust me as a person and an artist.”

Wedding photography is an investment. At least that is how the couples who hire me, Denise Chastain of Modern Wedding Photography to photograph their wedding day see it. I use the word investment, with conviction. An investment is something that grows in value over time. Once the wedding is over, your images become priceless, something to be cherished for generations to come.

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Brooklyn-Green Building Wedding Vow Renewal

I had the opportunity to participate in The NotWedding event a few months ago, (NotWedding is now The Big Fake Wedding). It’s an alternative to the traditional bridal show. Their NYC shows are held in Brooklyn two times a year. The one I participated in was at The Green Building, 452 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. The vendors work together to create a bridal show like no other. Many bridal shows feel like a cattle call. Couples feel so overwhelmed by all of the vendors trying to get their attention. With this show it was more about appreciating the event that the vendors created. Your felt like you were at a friend’s wedding. There were three of each vendor instead of 7 or 8 bands and 8 or 9 florist. It allowed for a more meaningful experience for all who attended. Check out the images below and credits at the bottom to see the vendors who participated.



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Basilica Hudson-A Sublime Mix of Industrial Charisma and Stunning Columbia County Views

I enjoy a good day trip. Hop into your two wheel or four wheel how-da-ya-call-it and escape for a day. I love full on vacations, but sometimes they are too much work. The planning before you go, catching up on life and work once you are back.  Sometimes one day away is all you need. I usually visit the Columbia County area in the spring and summer, but we were itching for a little upstate charm. If you are a fan of Brooklyn Flea or the Renegade Craft Fair, Basilica Hudson’s  annual Farm + Flea would be their country cousin. We drove up the Taconic and entered into a delightfully surprising snow-scape. The motivation behind the event is to support local artists during the holiday shopping season. They want to inspire you to avoid all of the mass market options, but if you want a brand new camera or iPad this season I won’t judge you 🙂  I decided to blog about Basilica Hudson because I know it’s a wicked spot for your wedding day and it may not have been something you have considered. You have an industrial venue filled with personality, complimented by the bucolic atmosphere of Hudson, NY. This is what separates Basilica Hudson from many of the other NYC industrial options. The area has being going through quite the renaissance over the last 20 years or so. Below are some snap shots I took between shopping and snacking.

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Basilica Hudson


2nd Annual Farm + Flea Produced by The Hudson River Exchange

2nd Annual Farm + Flea Produced by The Hudson River Exchange


Airstream in the snow

Airstream in the snow


Basilica-Hudson-Farm-and-Flea-Cedar Farm Wholesale

Cedar Farm Wholesale-I loved their display. It made me want to buy everything. What a great idea, using small gourds as Christmas ornaments. I first thought they were exotic heritage pears.


Bar area. You could do so much or as little with this interior for a dramatic wedding day setting.

Bar area. You could do so much or as little with this interior for a dramatic wedding day setting.


A snap shot of some of the surrounding Basilica Hudson area.

A snap shot of some of the surrounding Basilica Hudson area, railroad tracks and a neighboring old factory.

Some interior shots of Basilica Hudson

Here are some interior shots of Basilica Hudson. This Buddha phone booth is begging for a newly wed shot!


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