Modern Wedding Photography is excited to be participating in the Not Wedding on September 23rd, 6:30 PM at The Green Building in Brooklyn. The Not Wedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. All the vendors have to use their talents to bring the show together. One of my contributions was to do a styled shoot. I have my current stable of talent I could have used for the shoot, but I thought it would be great to bring on the other vendors who are participating in the September Not Wedding event. I’m so glad I did. We had a great time working together and I got to work with such a fun and exceptional group of wedding pros. What is wonderful about Not Wedding is that they want you to connect with other vendors as well as engaged couples. I thought it would be fun to do a surprise romantic dinner on the street. My husband is really getting into cooking these days. That might have been a little subconscious inspiration. One of my favorite places to shoot are the streets of NYC, especially Manhattan. In 2004 a documentary featured my photography and how I use NY as my backdrop. Outside with the elements is where I’m most comfortable. You see the old timers playing cards on the street in the outer boroughs all the time, but not too many Manhattanites doing a DIY dinner by the hydrant. I thought, why is this guy in our shoot planning this dinner? So I figure the whole thing might make more sense if it was a wedding proposal.
A week before the shoot I found the accordion at an estate sale. It came with a Steve Urkel doll, too funny. I wanted a street musician for the shoot, but who would it be and what would they play? The accordion was the perfect accessory for our shoot. My godson Max wanted to try it on. One look at him trying the accordion on and I knew I had my photo shoot busker. It was so hard to select images for this post. I wanted to make sure each vendor shined and there were so many beautiful contributions made by the team. I wanted to give a special thank you to Alden and Geoff for being our couple for the shoot. They just met on set and they were perfect together. The camera loves you two:) Alden works for Ryan Brown Catering, (they will be cooking for Not Wedding). Geoff is a friend of Nicole and Tom from The Arrangement, who stepped in at the last minute. Thank you so much! Thank you to Allie Webber from Not Wedding who loved my idea right away and said, “Go do it”. Thank you Leah from Color Pop Events for helping with planning and coordinating logistics. Thank you to Liz from Octavia & Brown for your beautiful china and dinner table props. Thank you to Tom and Nicole from The Arrangement for your stunning florals, beautiful styling and for getting Geoff for our shoot. Thank you to Ryan Brown of Ryan Brown Catering for your gorgeous food. I hope the photographs show how delicious it all is. Thank you Kim from Ryan Brown for coming early and setting up the meal on Liz’s precious china. Thank you so Much Nikki from Corinna Beau : Letterpress + Design for the fabulous stationary and especially that incredible Menu. Thank you for going with the flow everytime I kept thinking of new ideas and giving you more work to do. Thank you to Styles on B and Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry for doing Alden’s hair and makeup. She is a beautiful woman and you got her all camera ready for us. I also wanted to thank my dear friend Judy for talking the day off work to help out and chaperone her son the accordion player. OXOX Denise Formal Vendor Credits are at the end of the post.
Shoot Vendor list
Not Wedding Allie Webber, Northeast Production Manager – http://www.thenotwedding.com/
Color Pop Events – http://www.colorpopevents.com/ Leah Weinberg, Coordinator
Ryan Brown Catering – http://www.ryanbrowncatering.com/ Alden Davis, Director of Sales and Marketing
Corinna Beau : Letterpress + Design – http://www.corinnabeau.com/ Nikki Gagnon, Stationary, Signs and Menu
The Arrangement Floral Design and Events– http://www.thearrangementnyc.com/ Thomas and Nicole, All Floral Arrangements
Octavia & Brown – http://www.octavia-brown.com/ Liz Geddes, Tableware and Chairs
Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry– http://nicolesievers.com/ Sarah for Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry, Alden’s Makeup
Styles on B – http://stylesonb.com/ Russell, Alden’s Hair – Model Prep at Styles on B