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Vendor Spotlight: Pinch Food Design

Back in March, we had the pleasure of meeting the team at Pinch Food Design! We love that they’ve found a way to turn the catering business on its head and give wedding couples a creative way to serve guests their food while keeping the party going! With veteran employees having combined expertise in the food & events businesses respectively, their unique furniture to serve high quality funky foods allows guests to quickly grab bites without disrupting the flow of the celebrations. Plus, it makes for fun decor and wedding photos!
Instead of our typical Q&A format, we thought the best way to showcase their work was to provide some examples of their work. We asked them to create a sample wedding menu that helps visualize the unique concept they’ve established for their clients, along with some descriptors! In the menu, you’ll see the emphasize on “tapas” style bites, served with fun forks, wooden hooks and other creative use of silverware.
  • Appetizers & passed hors d’oeuvres

PFD: Each hors d’oeuvres you see in the menu are all paired with certain trays in order to keep the integrity of the way they are plated. In addition to this, we have ‘pop-ups’ otherwise known as moments throughout the cocktail hour where guests will experience an interaction with a beautiful design piece + food items that are a bit larger than your average hors d’oeuvres.

  • Main course
PFD: What we’ve shown you in our menu, is pinch’s {inter}course. This ‘interactive dinner’ allows guests to play with their food! It’s a great way to start conversation at the dinner table. This menu is not always combined, often brides + grooms will choose 1 {inter}course along with 2 regularly plated courses.
  • Dessert 
PFD: We offer fun + quirky ways to serve sweet treats as guests are mingling and dancing throughout the night! Roaming style dessert has become very popular among our weddings, as we all know guests love to dance & celebrate!
Visit their Facebook | Twitter for more information about the company, sample food menus/design and more! Please contact us with any questions on wedding food or to set up an appointment!.

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We are thrilled that our friends at Elegant Affairs have agreed to be part of our monthly vendor spotlight series! We can attest to their beautiful work with some of the gorgeous weddings we’ve collaborated on here & here. BUT, with years of expertise under their belts with mandaps and event design, we thought getting their insight on colors & styles of mandaps, flower arrangements/designs and out-of-the-box event design ideas would help inspire our brides-to-be on their path to the wedding day!

tanaRi events (TE): Sharda & Shohba, thank you ladies for taking the time to answer some of our questions! It’s a pleasure for us to be speaking with some of the best in our business! For the non-Maharani brides out there, what is a mandap? And for our Maharani brides, what is a traditional mandap size?

Elegant Affairs (EA): A wedding mandap  is a covered structure with pillars temporarily erected for the purpose of Hindu and/or Jain wedding ceremonies. The incorporation of a wedding mandap is an ancient custom and has been described in various Sanskrit texts. It is traditionally made of wood, although in modern weddings, other unique materials can be used (such as delicate fabrics, flowers, crystals & lights). The wedding mandap often comes as a set that will include pillars, royal chairs for the bridal couple, side chairs for the parents and a pedestal for the sacred fire ritual. 

Traditional Mandaps were enclosed mandaps which used four banana trees and bamboo. They were decorated with marigolds & mango leaf torans.  Today’s traditional mandaps are also done with four poles.  These can either be decorative pillars or poles covered in fabric.  The size of these enclosed mandaps can vary from a 10’ x 10’ Square to a large 16’ x 40’ Rectangle.

TE: We love hearing about the history of a mandap and how it compares/contrasts to what we see today. How do the styles & shapes vary based on the religious ceremony? Do you find that there’s a “favorite” color and/or style by your clients?

EA: One popular design style for mandap called “Dilwara Style” is based on the designs found in Jain Dilwara temples of India.  These temples are world famous for their stunning pillar designs. Although more couples are using modern materials for their mandaps, it’s important to insuring all religious aspects of a mandap are present, including a “Havankunda” structure used for  fire worship & oblations.

As for our clients recently, a favorite has been the more modern-day style with all fabric.  The romantic, draping fabric has become very popular since 2012, usually in lighter colors such as champagne or blush.  These colors, along with matching soft-colored flowers create such a beautiful ambiance especially for outdoor weddings!”

TE: Based on the location of the wedding, there must be different preferred mandap styles or ones that stand better to different weather conditions What do you recommend as mandap styles for unique weddings (ie. beach weddings or destination weddings?)

EA: We recommend simple Mandaps for destination or beach weddings.  Our favorite would have four simple poles with soft, sheer, flowing fabric.

TE: What I find people notice the most is the fabric and its vibrant textures and colors. Is there a certain type of fabric you recommend for a mandap? Where does the fabric come from?

EA: Sheer fabrics such as Chiffon or Georgette always flow very nicely on mandaps.  We usually recommend that or a Sateen depending on the design.  The backdrops and fabrics that have traditional work on them (beaded/sequined/embroidered/Jaddossi) are from India.  Otherwise, we get our fabrics locally in New York City.

TE: Wow! With all those complex fabrics, we can see how bringing the idea all together can take some time! How long does it typically take to come up with the initial idea for the mandap (with clients’ opinions considered) and present it to them? How early on before the wedding should they be approaching you with brainstorming ideas?

EA: Mandap designs are based on the size and shape of the ballroom or area where the ceremony is being held.  We recommend that a couple should see us at least six months prior to the wedding to begin design planning.

TE: What is the most frequently questions asked by a bride when considering the event design?

EA: There are a couple of common questions.  One is “what are the new design trends?”  Our brides are becoming more and more modern and they like to keep up with the trends.  Another frequent question regards budget and how the client can fit all the décor they love into their specific budget.  Bride’s like to take our advice while figuring out which other vendors to use and often ask who is the best.

TE: Speaking of budget, how many weddings do you do per year on average?  What is the average budget you’re asked to work with for your clients?

EA: We do approximately 250 events per year.  Because there are so many events, the budget range is HUGE.  But, the average amount spent is usually around $10,000.

TE: It seems like one area that couples’ try to find some budget flexibility with is the floral arrangements. What are some tips/ideas that you provide to bride & groom for saving on flowers?  We always get brides who ask us how you can achieve their look without blowing their budget or compromising on the quality. Can you elaborate a bit on that?

EA: We often recommend to break up the centerpiece styles.  For example, a bride can use some candelabras with candles & cylinders with floating candles for most of their centerpieces and then have a floral style for the remaining ones.  This way, you are saving on floral items but not compromising the overall look of the room. Another way to save on flowers is to re-use some items.  Sometimes a few Mandap bouquets are reused on the reception coffee table or centerpieces can be also used in the clients’ aisle.  This helps a lot!

TE: We never want couples to feel like they’re overspending, but as vendors we will recommend that some wedding details may require a bit of extra money to achieve a most successful result. Where are areas in the event design planning that are better to save money VS what’s worth the splurge to spend money on?

EA: We recommend that a bride saves money on the ceremony, aisle and cocktail.  There are so many simple yet beautifully done ways a ceremony can be handled.  The splurge is definitely recommended for the reception stage, centerpieces and lighting.  All these components set the mood for the rest of the night.

TE:  From a creative perspective, what are some out of the box ideas that you have heard of from a bride? How did you bring that vision come to life?

EA: One time a bride really wanted her and the groom to enter the ballroom in a special way.  They wanted to be sitting on a moon and be lowered from the ceiling.  We created a moon that was able to be rigged up to a swing/bench and lowered just like they wanted! 

The first time we try to base our décor on a certain theme, it becomes an out-of-the-box idea.  Vintage became a huge trend, but we nailed it the first time a bride wanted that look.  We pride ourselves on being able to take any vision a client has and help to shape it in a classy way, without letting it get too overwhelming.

Learn more about Elegant Affairs on their Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest pages!


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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Jasmine Lockett Makeup Artistry


When a bride is preparing for her wedding day, one element that must be taken into important consideration is the make-up (seriously!) The wedding make-up is significant for many reasons, but at the top of the list: The make-up needs to last the entire day. For the bride, the wedding day starts as soon as she wakes up. Cameras are on her as pictures are taken through all parts of the day, which means that makeup must be weather-proof and be able to withstand the 12+ hours of celebrations!  (We all didn’t wake up flawless like Beyonce!)

Insert Jasmine Lockett. She started in the cosmetics business at Estee Lauder in Appleton, Wisconsin at age 16. After moving to Chicago, she formally began her makeup artistry career in 2005.  She has a wealth of experience, having worked on the Carolina Herrera runway fashion show, doing freelance bridal work and collaborating with businesses such as Dress for Success. Jasmine shares with us her history in makeup artistry, best tips for pre-wedding preparations & what are the must-have items in a brides’ cosmetic arsenal for her bridal day and for future use! Be sure to follow Jasmine Lockett Makeup Artistry on Facebook for more great looks and bridal inquiries!


tanaRi events (TE): Thanks for chatting with us, Jasmine! So how long have you been a makeup artist?
Jasmine Lockett (JL): I have been a makeup artist for 21 years.
TE: Let’s start from the beginning when a bride is doing her rounds before making their final choice for a make-up artist. When considering their options & costs, how many make-up trial period(s) prior to the wedding day would/should be included?
JL: Typically one is included in my rate (figured into the total cost of the bride’s makeup), but an additional makeup trial can always be purchased at an additional cost. I prefer to do trials 3-6 months out from the wedding day.
TE: What is a typical/reasonable price point for bridal makeup? What is included in this price?
JL: Prices definitely vary depending on experience, but average prices begin at $125 and go as high as $325. I always say, you get what you pay for. Those prices should include ALL makeup provided and applied on the wedding day as well as one free makeup trial. Lashes are always extra.
TE: In your experience with bridal makeup, how early should the bride make her appointment for the big day?
JL: Around 6 months prior to wedding day.
TE: What are some questions you recommend brides ask a potential makeup artist in order to decide if they’re choosing the best person for them?
JL: I think getting to know your artist is key! Make sure that she is listening to your needs, concerns and wants and that she understands your vision for your wedding. Make sure that she can commit to the date and the times discussed as well as a timeline of events.
TE: Now let’s flash forward to the wedding day. How early would you need to start the day with makeup?
JL: I have started the day as early as 5:30am before! It depends on how big her wedding party is and what time the ceremony is. A great tip (that I find that most brides do not know and is very rarely shared with them) is to make sure the makeup artist and the hairstylist meet/chat once the bride has selected them. They can coordinate their schedules with that of the timeline and flow of the wedding day.
TE: That’s a great tip as it’s a very long day and the vendors should be coordinating in order to make best use of everyone’s time! Are you open to traveling on location to do bridal make-up?
 JL: I am open to traveling in the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. I have gone as far as Indiana and Wisconsin. My travel rate depends on how far I am traveling outside of the downtown Chicago area. More than 25 miles outside of the downtown Chicago area is subject to a travel fee.
TE: How long does the make-up actually take to put on the day-of?
JL: In general, this will depend on how many individuals there are. The bridesmaids go first (usually 20-30min each), followed by the maid of honor (usually 30min because she usually has a ‘special look’), the aunts and grandmothers (30-45min each), then the mothers (30-45min each) and finally the blushing bride! (I always like to allow 90-120min in case there is extensive contouring, false lashes and heavy eye makeup that can typically take longer than a traditional application.)
TE: When going through the steps of picking and choosing the make-up you’ll use for a particular woman, what factors get considered for the make-up color choices/palette?
JL: In regards to foundation, the color should match her face and neck without any lines of demarcation. With Caucasian women, it should be yellow-toned so that it warms her complexion and covers up any redness or uneven pigmentation (such as rosacia). With African American/Middle Eastern women, it should have either red/brown or honey/yellow undertones so that her complexion does not appear ashy. Asian women typically like a brighter/pinker look to their skin so that should be considered when selecting a color.
TE: Absolutely. It’s important to distinguish that different skin shades will require different color palettes. Now, the big question we get asked often by our clients: Do you prefer regular makeup or spray make-up for wedding day? Why?
 JL: I prefer ‘regular makeup’ over spray makeup for my brides on their wedding day. I believe in an immaculate complexion that allows the natural beauty of her skin to show through the foundation so that light can bounce off her face for an amazing glow! For those brides that have acne scarring or skin conditions, I would use other products (such as heavier coverage facial concealer or spot coverage products) to give her the coverage needed without the complexion looking cake-y.
TE: As much as the wedding day is important, so is the time leading up to that day.. Are there any preparations you recommend for the face/skin prior to the wedding?
JL: Get a facial – either hydrating & firming, radiance, brightening or detoxifying at least two weeks prior to your wedding day.  That way if the skin purges itself, it also has time to recover. Also, be sure to get an eyebrow threading/waxing and shaping approximately one week before.
TE: OK; We’ve made it to the day (finally!) What make-up absolutely needs to be applied on the bride in order to last through a full day of photos/celebrations? What are your go-to products that you’ll take with you on the road for the wedding day?
JL: There’s a few key components for different parts of the face:


  • Primer is an absolute must! The reason for a makeup primer is that it prolongs the longevity of the foundation that is applied and keeps it looking fresh all day long! Under foundation, I prefer to use NARS makeup primers (3 different types available), but I also recommend Laura Mercier Foundation Primers (7 different types available), and Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primers [when color correction is necessary].
  • A great foundation is the key to a great face of makeup! Wearing foundation should look like you have nothing on at all and feel weightless. Some of my favorites are La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation (12 shades available), Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick (24 shades available), NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (20 shades available), and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (24 shades available).
  • A facial setting powder is also essential-it keeps the bride’s foundation in place and prevents it from transferring onto the dress or soaking into her pores and disappearing. My favorites are: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder in loose Translucent Crystal or Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder.
  • And finally a makeup setting spray is also a must! It seals in everything I have done for a transfer-resistant application. I prefer a product by Urban Decay called ‘All Nighter’.


  • To make sure that her eyeshadow stays in place all day long, an eyeshadow primer is essential-it crease-proof’s the eyeshadow applied and in some cases even waterproofs it! I like Smashbox Photo Finish Shadow Primer, NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base or Laura Mercier Eye Basics (6 shades available).
  • A great concealer is also key! I like Bobbi Brown Corrector (16 shades available) and Creamy Concealer (15 shades available), Cle de Peau Concealer (4 shades available), NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (10 shades available), La Mer The Radiant Concealer (3 shades available), Laura Mercier Secret Concealer (12 shades available), and Smashbox High Definition Concealer (6 colors available). To prevent concealer from creasing or getting cakey and for an ultra-smooth application, I like to use an under eye primer before concealer. My favorite ones are Smashbox Hydrating Under Eye Primer or NARS Pro Prime Instant Line&Pore Perfector.
  • I also think that it is critical to set the under eye with a powder. I like to use Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (available in 2 shades). It gives a beautiful clean finished look to the under eye area.
TE: This is great! Our brides will be so thrilled to hear these thorough options and specific examples. After all the initial work is said and done, the beautiful bride may want to do a quick fix with lips or that small red mark on the face. For these last minute touch-ups, what should the bride have in her purse for the big event?
 JL: The only thing our beautiful bride will need is:
1. A pressed powder [I recommend Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (White, Pale Yellow or Golden Orange-depending on skintone), NARS Translucent Crystal Pressed Light Reflecting Setting Powder, Laura Mercier Pressed Translucent Powder or MAC Pressed Blot Powder (5 shades available).]
2. Whatever lip products were decided (typically a lipstick, liner and/or gloss)
TE: To prevent makeup from wear and tear from the wedding day activities, do you recommend eating/drinking/certain activities for the bride?
JL: Be sure to drink enough water and eat a little something before the ceremony-we don’t want our beauty to faint!
TE: As general rule of thumb, what are three makeup items that all girls should have at any given time?
JL: A fabulous mascara, a great eye brow pencil & a striking lip color
TE: Do you stick to one brand of makeup or open to using various brands/products?
JL: I believe that there are some truly amazing products out there! I like to use & recommend the products that I have personally tried (whether on a client or myself) and tested for their performance, wearability and versatility.

TE: Now it’s time for the speed round! We like ‘challenging’ each of our vendors with a quick round of questions to help put them on their toes. The question for you: What make-up color/tones do you recommend for a..
– Traditional/glam bride? JL: A perfect complexion, lightly contoured, striking eyes with sharp eyeliner and pink lips & cheeks
– Bohemian bride? JL: fresh/clean/bronzed skin and a neutral lip color
– Destination bride? JL: a light tinted moisturizer as foundation, bronzed skin and warm bronzed & peach tones on the eyes, lips and cheeks
– Ethnic/fusion wedding? JL: bride-false lashes, moderately smokey eyes, a bold lip and a contoured face


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We are thrilled to have connected with the talented Urvi Tejani, Creative Director and Founder of Tejani Jewelry for our September Vendor Spotlight. By combining her keen NYC fashion sense with the designs of local Mumbai Indian craftsman, Urvi brings a bridal jewelry collection with a carefully crafted mix of authentic ethnic heritage and bold modern flair. The name Tejani translates to “brightness” and “sparkle” in Hindi — a fitting description for the original pieces in her collection.
“When I started back in 2004, high couture jewelry and accessories were out of reach of most brides, yet the more affordable pieces were unattractive and poor quality,” says Urvi. With Tejani Jewelry, she makes the effort to give clients that exclusive look for much less! Check out our Q&A with Urvi about how to best research for bridal jewelry, the importance of culture in her collection and the exciting future in-store for Tejani!

tanaRi events (TE): When did Tejani Jewelry begin its road to success?

Tejani Jewelry (TJ): Tejani was started in May of 2004.

TE:What inspired you to start your business in making jewelry for brides?

TJ: When I was getting married, I saw a huge void for better costume bridal jewelry.  I felt that either it all looked very cheap, lacked fashion & style or was real (fine jewelry) and out of my budget.  I feel many ideas and businesses are born from when we are actually in search of the product / service for our needs.

TE: We find that the first step for a bride is to do her homework diligently. With all of the websites & Pinterest boards out there, it can get so frustrating! How do you recommend brides research for deciding what jewelry/accessories they want to wear?|

TJ: I recommend the following steps prior to doing research for jewelry:

  • Access your dress.  What would be the perfect accessories to compliment a beaded gown, sash, asymmetrical style?  These are all very important factors to consider
  • What is your personal style?  This is not the day to step out of your comfort zone nor take any chances in accessorizing with pieces that don’t reflect who you are. 
  • Establish a rough budget of how much you want to spend on your jewelry.  

As far as the actual researching, I would recommend looking online at blogs and bridal websites for inspiration.  Style Me Pretty & The Knot are two personal favorites. Boutiques and bridal stores are always a good place to look as well.  There is nothing better than actually being able to see the pieces in person prior to making a purchase — especially when it comes to earrings.  I would also recommend selecting a few (ie. up to five options) to bring to your fitting.  Any more will be too overwhelming, but you definitely want to have a few. 

TE: Once a bride commits to her budget & creative vision, when do you recommend that a bride start thinking about and exploring their bridal jewelry options?

TJ: I recommend that brides start looking for jewelry right after their first fitting.  That way she is more than likely to remember the exact details, color & style. Also, if she starts exploring soon after her first fitting, then she can bring her selections to the 2nd fitting; (In many cases, it may be the final fitting!)  In addition, it is extremely important that the bride have a dress rehearsal with herself prior to her big day.  The last thing she wants is to realize her jewelry selections do not compliment her gown before walking down the aisle..

TE: You’ve picked a great area of the wedding business to focus on! Many brides express their concerns about staying in budget but don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the jewelry. What is the price range of your items?

TJ: The collection ranges from $50 USD to $300 USD.

TE: Wow! That is a very reasonable price range for beautiful pieces in your collection. This may be a tough question, but if you had to pick – what is your favorite piece of jewelry in your collection?

TJ: My favorite piece in the collection is Yamini Statement Chandelier Earrings.  I absolutely love the ultra -glam look of these earrings.

TE: Do you have a favorite stone/color to work with?

TJ: I actually do not work with many color stones.  Clear Austrian crystals and Cubic Zirconia are primarily the stones used in the collection.

TE: What is your most popular piece of jewelry and/or accessory?

TJ: The most popular combination at the moment for brides is a cuff and statement earrings or a statement necklace.

TE: It’s clear by looking at all of these designs that your heritage is very important to you. How does that get incorporated into your designs? How do you use those elements as inspiration?

TJ: My heritage is very important to me.  Being born in India and coming to the US at a very early age (3 months) really made me want to give back in a way that would showcase and represent the beautiful craftsmanship of my culture.  Each piece is designed and crafted by local artisans throughout India.  I do not actually design nor know how to draw.  But, what I do know is how to select and merchandise a collection that represents local talent, yet is sellable to a worldwide bride.

TE: Once a bride chooses their jewelry, how long does it take to be ready/delivered?

TJ: We try to stock as many pieces in the collection as possible.  Once a bride orders her jewelry, it typically takes 3-4 business days to be delivered.

 TE: It seems that most of your inventory is already pre-made. Do you make custom bridal jewelry designs if a client requests something so specific that it isn’t readily available?

TJ: Tejani does not offer custom bridal jewelry designs.  She would have to choose from the pieces available on the website.

TE: We can’t wait to see what the future holds Tejani designs! What is in the works for the near future – any new products? Company developments?

TJ: The future is very exciting for TEJANI.  We are in the process of an entire re-launch.  In the Fall, we will be introducing TEJANI Bangle Bar.  We are the only bridal jewelry brand that offers sizable bangles.  Our collection ranges from XXXS to XL. This is a feature that is very special and makes TEJANI the go-to resource for bridal bangles.  We will be adding a range of new styles to the existing collection.  (f course, we will have a matching earrings to accompany the bangles!)

Trends come and go and we have definitely tried to cover them all. However, at the moment with such a competitive and over saturated market. We realize our strengths and weaknesses and are focusing on what the TEJANI brides love the most!

POST INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: We thought a fun way for us to close out the Q&A is to do a speed round of questions to get to know you better and share your advice and expertise in a moments’ notice for all types of brides. Here we go…!

TE: Urvi Prefers..

-Gold/silver/rose gold? Gold
-Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds
-Boho chic or ultra glam? Ultra glam
-Lots of jewelry worn at once or a few simple pieces? Few key pieces worn at once
-Hair comb or hair pins? Hair pins
-Something old/new/borrowed/blue? Something NEW

TE: What is your personal favorite accessory?

TJ: My favorite accessory is bold statement cuff.  

TE: What are your go-to looks for the following brides?

N1443TJ: Beach Bride: I love the look of casual yet formal elegance for a beach wedding.  This clear crystal necklace is the perfect statement necklace to complete a light airy chiffon gown. Also, stackable bangles are always a fun beach look where no one will even hear the clanking. Wearing only a few or stacking the entire look is the perfect accessory to say “I do”.  They also would be so much fun to bring for the honeymoon.



Rustic Wedding: Pearls are the perfect balance to compliment a rustic wedding…….Romance meets roughness!!!!




Formal Ball Room:  Glam, Glam, Glam!!!!!!  I love a statement necklace or killer show stopper earrings and a cuff to complete a formal wedding look! There is NEVER too much bling when it comes to black-tie.

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Bohemian bride: When I think Bohemian, I always prefer to add the chicness factor to give Boho a touch of glam!  These Nandi earrings are the PERFECT amount of GLAM but still can be ultra boho!


Maharani Bride: Bangles, bangles , bangles!   Plenty of arm candy is the way to go for the Maharani Bride…….A stack of the Anandini bangles on both arms in Antique Gold or Traditional gold . 


Be sure to check out their website and social media pages to learn more about their unique line of products and how you can contact them for inquiries! Feel free to also contact us and we can put you in the right direction!

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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!

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