Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Dear Wedding Professionals and Creatives:
Wish Upon a Wedding is a non-profit that was created to celebrate the love between couples who are engaged or want to celebrate their marriage in an intimate setting with their closest family and friends. With help from wedding and event industry professionals, Wish Upon a Wedding grants wedding "wishes" to couples in need.
While planning this wedding is bitter sweet, I am very grateful and honored for this opportunity to help this very deserving couple from Easton, MA. Heidi and Josh have a wonderful love story. She is sick, she has: Mitochondrial Disease, Autonomic Failure and is TPN Dependent. The organization is able to grant these wishes thanks to the kindness, generosity and donations of industry professionals. Because of the bride’s health we need to move relatively quickly. The wedding is April 23, 2017. The New England Aquarium is generously donating the venue and the catering. The couples only wishes were that their children be incorporated into the ceremony and the venue be near the water, so I was so thrilled that the aquarium was so willing and happy to be involved.
The Langham Hotel has kindly donated the honeymoon suite for their wedding night.
Now that we have a date set, I am busy reaching out to other wedding professionals to help make this very special wedding wonderful! If you are interested in donating a product or service, please get in touch with me. My phone number is 917.860.3312 and my email address is email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Your consideration of this opportunity is very much appreciated.
Monday, March 6, 2017
A few weeks ago I had the honor of collaborating with a talented group of wedding professionals in Newport, Rhode Island for an editorial photo shoot that was entitled, So in Love.
This is a sneak peek courtesy of Elizabeth LaDuca Photography. The shoot was the vision of and styled by The Romanticist Studios.
The instagrams of all those involved are:
Floral Design: @laurajean_floral
Paper Goods: @gracefullylauren
Hair and Makeup: @kaciecorbelle
Film lab: @photovisionprints
Model Agency: @modelclubinc
Tabletop items: @sandboxceramics
Styling kits: @shopromanticist
Thursday, March 2, 2017
After enjoying lots of quality time at 501 Union this past week as a guest at their wonderfully planned (of course) planners' retreat, The Love Union, I was inspired to dig deep into my archives and share images from an amazing party I had the pleasure of planning at 501. My client was looking to celebrate her 40th in a big way and looked to me for help from start to finish. I was thrilled with her openness to so many of my ideas and recommendations and her willingness to go the extra mile to throw one amazing party. There was admittedly lots going on and decadence throughout the evening, but together with the help of an amazing team of professionals, we were able to deliver this stunning, creative and fun party!!!
The Nerds was the driving force of this party. They did not disappoint! It was donut day, what a happy coincidence. Sincere thanks to all the amazing vendors who were exceptional and instrumental in the success of this amazing celebration.
Venue: 501 Union
Band: The Nerds
Photographer: Angela Gaspar Photography
Florist: Seaport Flowers
Invitations: Blue Pool Road
Furniture Rental: Taylor Creative and Green Room
Lighting: Stortz Lighting
Catering: Michael Stuart Catering and Events
Cake: One Girl Cake
Food Trucks: Ice Cream Sandwiches- Cool Haus
Lobster Rolls: Red Hook Lobster Pound
Oysters: Oysters XO
Flip Books: Flip Books New York
Event Planner: Tammy Golson Events
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Two years ago, my husband and I had the honor of celebrating Valentine's Day with these two! I planned and coordinated a little ceremony and reception for Soupany and Sam at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Today we are holding Sam in our hearts as he has since had to say goodbye to his love.
We are grateful to Wish Upon a Wedding and all they do for couples who are experiencing unfortunate circumstances and the wedding professional who step up and offer their products or services, giving couples the wedding day that time, resources and situations might not otherwise allow them to share with their loved ones. My role with this organization has been small but cherished. If you're interested in learning more or contributing you can visit Wish Upon a Wedding's website here.
For more about Soupany and Sam's winter wedding, their love story is here.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Shawn Black Photography
Monday, February 13, 2017
Greetings from Nashville, y'all!
We'll be bringing you goodness from Nashville, Newport and New York City this month!
My brother and I are enjoying a sibling trip to a city new to both of us. We are eating our way through this music city only stopping to listen to tunes and snap photographs along the way. Obviously, my obsession with his children goes without saying, but it's really nice to have some quality time with their dad.
The Romanticist Studio invited me to participate in a photo shoot in Newport, Rhode Island. I love that this seaside gem is so easy and accessible and am thrilled to dive into this market more while partnering with some wildly talented professionals.
Lastly, I'll be wrapping up February in my beloved NYC for the Wish Upon a Wedding's Gala. It's a fantastic event for a great cause, so if you'd like to attend or donate, please visit this link for the details. I am really looking forward to a fancy night out with dear friends and colleagues. When I am in town, I also plan to attend Love Union, a Brooklyn style retreat for wedding pros. It's a great opportunity to connect with my friends at two of my favorite wedding venues: The Green Building and at 501 Union. If you're a wedding pro or planning a wedding, please get in touch, I'd love to see you when I am in town.
Have a great week!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Saratoga Springs, New York. It was a wonderful opportunity to see some of their most beloved wedding venues, that were dressed to impressed. It was a beautiful day designed to enjoy vignettes, signature cocktail, de
licious bite and decadent desserts. Below are some of the highlights from the time we spent exploring this city's premiere destination wedding venues.
There is much growth and exciting renovations planned in Saratoga Springs over the next two years. If any of these images resonate or inspire, please get in touch and I'll be happy to provide more information regarding the venues and vendors behind the beauty. It's a great location for couples looking for a charming, historical and interesting location to host a destination wedding that is drivable for guests traveling from Boston and New York City. For a list of the venues we visited please check out my previous blog post here.
For those couples planning destination weddings that aren't necesarilty accessible by car, check out Chris and Liz's intimate ceremony in Maui here.
Sincere thanks to the whole team at Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, Tonya Pellegrini,
and Michael Gallitelli Photographer for sharing these beautiful images.