Monthly Archives: July 2014

tanaRi events weddings: Oheka Castle

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One of our favorite wedding venues in Long Island has to be Oheka Castle. Its’ elaborate structure and decadence make this one beautiful wedding location.

These photos don’t do this wedding full justice, but it hopefully gives you a taste to the gorgeous ceremony & reception. On a gorgeous summer day, cute wooden umbrellas sat on the white chairs at the outdoor ceremony to help control the heat for the guests! We loved the simple mandap decor by Elegant Affairs with white draping and flower pompoms lining the aisle. For the indoor reception, there were lots of pale pink and white roses & hydrangeas filling the beautiful glass centerpieces. Floating candles surrounded both the small and large table centerpieces with a hint of romance. Each table was named after terms of love. For example, one table was called “lovebirds” and another table called “hearts”.

It was a beautiful day and we thank all of the other vendors for helping make this an unforgettable occasion!

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tanaRi events weddings: Racheal & Rochan Pt 2 – Mad Men Wedding Theme

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Martinis. Sleek interior decor. Black suits. Just a few of the Mad Men inspired wedding theme details that our friends Racheal and Rochan incorporated into their reception celebrations!

Moving into Day 2 of the wedding festivities, the wedding party traveled to the Bently Reserve in San Francisco! With marble columns lining the outside, the Mad Men vibe started as soon as you walked into the venue! Both the bride & groom wore sophisticated designs by Indian designers. (Rochan wearing a Nehru black suit with red trimming and Racheal wore a colorful and intricate SHYAMAL & BHUMIKA  anarkali.) The party continued throughout the night with swanky red couches, glass candles/vases, velvet draping, mirrored coffee tables and elaborate centerpieces filled with gorgeous white orchids.

It was an extremely memorable night with close friends & family. We’re so glad The Memory Journalists was able to capture some of the beautiful details of this day! Also, we can’t forget to thank the other vendors who helped make this wedding possible: Global Gourmet Catering for the delicious menu, Rukhsana’s Beauty Place for Racheal’s gorgeous makeup, Silver Tie Films videography & Sweet Tooth Confections for the creative treats!

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Anthony Vazquez Photography

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“Sometimes an image says it all and this one definitely does!” – Anthony Vazquez  (of his photo taken above)

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. We’d say after viewing just a few photos from the comprehensive collection of prominent wedding photographer Anthony Vazquez, we’d say they’re worth much more than that!

While you may have heard his name in InStyle, US Weekly or People Magazine shooting the likes of Christina Ricci, Kevin Jonas and baseball player Nick Swisher on their wedding days, his humble passion for the craft allows him to give all of his clients 110% – regardless of fame. Thus, making him one of New York’s sought after wedding photographers.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony to learn more about his history in the field, recommendation in choosing your wedding photographer and tips for the couple when the camera starts flashing.. Lights, camera, ACTION!

tanaRi events (TE): How long have you been a professional photographer?

Anthony Vazquez (AV): I have been shooting weddings for 18 years now and started my own company in 2001.

TE: When did you decide that focusing on wedding photography was your destiny?

AV: I always knew that I loved people. What better way then to be surrounded by remarkable people at fabulous events capturing the moments, which will be immortalized forever?   It truly is a dream come true!

TE: It can’t go without saying that you have a very impressive resume! Was there one particular celebrity wedding you shot that really stands out? If so, please elaborate..

AV: Thanks so much! I would say that we have been privileged to work with a number of celebrities and they have all been wonderful individuals as well as clients! That being said, celebrities are a small fraction of our business. We are blessed to have the most amazing clients, whether they are famous or not.

TE: Do you focus on wedding day photos only or engagement photos as well?

AV: We definitely do both.  It is a great way to take the pressure off the big day when working with your photographer prior to the main event.

TE: As a wedding planner, we believe finding a photographer is definitely high up there on the wedding checklist! How far in advanced should a couple decide on their photographer?

AV: We recommend 6-18 months based on what date they are selecting. The more popular dates will book up more quickly (ie. weekends starting in April through November (for the Tri-State area)).

TE: What are some tips you recommend couples do to find the right photographer? What are the important questions that they should ask?

AV: I think the crucial factor is more than a question; It’s a level of comfortably with WHO will be shooting their wedding. If the energy isn’t right, then it won’t work. Most especially, the bride especially needs to feel completely content with the photographer.

TE: We absolutely agree. What would you say are the key elements that make a fantastic wedding photo? 

AV: I think there are a few factors here… 

  1. The energy between the clients and the photographer needs to be right. 
  2. Everyone needs to be on the same page in terms of the vision for the photo shoot.
  3. Couples have to be open to pushing the limits of conventional photography.  That’s the only way to create out-of-the-box dramatic images that make a statement.

TE: What is your favorite season to take wedding photos?

AV: Anytime of year. As long as we have great clients, the weather does not matter. 

TE: What is your favorite location for a wedding (ie. beaches, rustic weddings, castle, etc.)?

AV: We have been fortunate to travel the world shooting weddings.  Personally, I feel it’s all about the couple and of course, the image.  We can really work with anything – whether it’s a cool street in Tribeca or a Hamptons beach wedding. We have no favorite venue; just fabulous couples!

TE: Now we come to the difficult question.. We find it common that couples approach us and express worry about the gray area of wanting certain photos VS giving the photographer the freedom to do their work. How do you draw the line between embracing your creativity with meeting the clients’ requests for how they want to pose, etc.?  

AV: You really need to blend both worlds.  We as photographers need to be creative and edgy for our couples; That’s why they hired us. But, we also need to make sure to incorporate some more traditional elements into the shoot. (We try to appease the families as well who can play a big role in the wedding financially!)

TE: Let’s fast forward..It’s the day of the wedding – emotions and dresses are flying wild! Do you have any recommendations for day-of wedding preparations for the couple and the wedding photos?

AV: Yes – leave enough time to make sure that your photographer can get great photos.  Also, just relax and have fun!

TE: Are you the actual photographer at every wedding your team is hired to do? Or do you work with a team?

AV: Both  – I still shoot a lot myself, as do my teams.

TE: We know not every picture can be perfect (at least almost perfect!) Is there editing taking place to the photos after the event?

AV: Yes, we spend a ton of time color correcting and retouching our images.  That’s part of the process. You have to make your work look the best it can.

TE: What we find most interesting about the photographer is that they’re one of the only people truly present through the whole wedding day.. From the emotional bridal suite with the family, to the intimate first look, followed by the joyous ceremony/party. What is the most exciting and rewarding part of helping a couple capture one of the most important times in their lives?

AV: The real reward is seeing our clients faces when they see the completed wedding book. All the work and planning gets encapsulated in one gorgeous hand crafted album.

TE: Lastly, for our photography buffs out there, what kind of camera do you use? What are the best wedding specific lenses to capture certain types of photographs?

AV: I shoot with a Canon ID mark 5.   As for lenses, it is really an artistic preference.

POST INTERVIEW: I asked Anthony if he could send us a few additional photos that really stood out from his collection and what made them special… See the slideshow below!

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Most importantly, make sure to check out some of Anthony Vazquez’s other beautiful work on his website & social media pages! Feel free to contact us to help answer any questions and or guide you through this part of the process!

Twitter: @anthonyvazquez1

Instagram: Anthonyvazquezphotography

Facebook: Anthony Vazquez Photography Inc.


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World Cup Wedding Ideas!

What a shame it was to see the US lose to Belgium last night! Even while we sit on this loss, at least we have Twitter to give us Tim Howard’s #bestsaves! While we may all be cheering for different countries & teams, the few things that are consistent regardless of your flag: great wedding ideas!

You don’t need to be an athlete to appreciate the fun opportunities to bring to your wedding celebrations inspired by the World Cup! Small details to save the dates, wedding invitations, reception decor, centerpieces, & pre/post-wedding activities will make you wish your wedding was all year round!

  • Wedding theme: pick your favorite flag colors and stick to an overall theme for all wedding planning/decorations! Some of our favorites? Argentina (light blue & white), Canada (red & white), Spain (blue, yellow & red)
  • Save the dates/invitations: A fun way to incorporate the sport.. Create the save the date or invitations in the style of a sporting game ticket! This way, you can also include the flag colors of your preference..

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  • Wedding photos/ceremony: Whatever you choose as your flag colors, use that as the inspiration for the aisle decor (ie. flowers, leaves, shells), the wedding canopy (deep color fabrics, colored tents) and wedding programs to leave on the guests’ seats! Go bold and have your ceremony on a soccer field or take pre-wedding photos with a soccer ball. The groom can wear soccer socks and/or cleats! Lastly, how about adding some soccer jerseys in different colors for the processional information (ie. bridal party in white & groomsmen in red!)

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  • Wedding reception: Have some fun with the details! How about a soccer ball cake or adding pictures of the bride and groom playing soccer as additions to the centerpieces? Also, the giveaways at the end of the night can be cookies shaped as soccer balls and/or goal posts & net. Lastly, the menus at each table/chair can have alternating colors based on the World Cup color theme you chose!

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Save The Date / Invitations Picture Credits: Photo1 & Photo 2 via Pinterest

Wedding Photos/Ceremony Picture Credits: Photo 1, Photo 2

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See more inspiration below for wedding pictures, decor, giveaways and more!

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