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Mitzvah Monday: Brett’s Bat Mitzvah

November 20th, 2017 by | Share Blog

At 5th Avenue Digital we strive to capture events, to create priceless memories that will last a lifetime. At Brett’s Bat Mitzvah, we were able to snap countless photographs that all friends and family members will cherish for years to come. This surreal day began at Village Temple where Brett and her close family came to support her as she became a Bat Mitzvah. After years of learning, and countless hours of preparation, Brett read the Torah with both elegance and grace. Throughout the service, the hard work that Brett was able to carry as a young woman was extremely evident.

After the service, Brett’s family headed to the waterfront where they began to prepare for the upcoming festivities.t. Located on The Alexandria Center, Apella is an innovate event space that lends itself to extravagant, and exciting parties.

The celebration began and Brett’s friends and family couldn’t wait to congratulate and celebrating together. Brett’s dress, decorated with blue feathers the bottom half, matched the centerpieces on the tables. They were filled with fun, colored candy, accompanied by long navy blue feathers that reached out the top.  The beautiful floral arrangements filled all tables, varying in size and colors, bringing so much energy to the venue. The florist, By Yena, is a highly acclaimed designer who did nothing but impress all who were in attendance.

Filled throughout the room, from the television screens to the fondant topping to the cupcakes, was a “b” taking the form of the“Beat by Dre” logo. There was certainly no lack of a “beat” throughout this party. Both the children and adults were hardly off the dance floor, with exception to having a delicious bite to eat.

Brett and her family served their guests a wide array of food.  There was sushi, delicious paninis, decadent macaroni and cheese and more. For dessert, there was s’mores and oreo pies, a collection of cakes, and the crowd favorite: an extensive candy bar. There was no doubt about the inevitable sugar rush in the near future. As the night began to wind down Brett held her candle lighting ceremony. She thanked and gave her appreciation to all her loved ones through individual speeches and handpicked songs as they joined her in lighting a candle.

Brett’s Bat Mitzvah was an incredible milestone and an amazing celebration. 5th Avenue Digital was lucky enough to have the opportunity to capture this through photos as memories frozen in time, to always remind the family of such a wonderful event.

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Wedding Wednesday: Erica & Derek

November 15th, 2017 by | Share Blog

For Erica & Derek, their story begins before they even knew one another. The couple both studied and received their undergraduate degrees from Cornell University. However, they did not know one throughout their undergraduate career. In fact, they were connected through a mutual friend, on a ski trip in Idaho in the years to come. When the time came, Derek proposed to Erica amidst a hike overlooking the scenic Washington State while vacationing together.

Prior to the wedding, the couple was able to take breathtaking photos on the High Line in New York City. The beautiful city backdrop exhibited the liveliness and energy that the couple carries. Both Erica & Derek value their families and friends with the highest regard and were sure to make their wedding an event to remember for everyone they love. Their venue, La Sierra Restaurant was a picturesque place for the couple to celebrate their marriage. With subtle, modern decor, Erica & Derek followed that theme as they decorated the venue with simple, blush flowers. The restaurant, connected to The Maritime Hotel, allowed the perfect relaxation and preparation in an ideal location in the hours leading up to the ceremony.

The ceremony carried an extremely romantic ambiance with flowers lining the aisle, and dim lighting illuminating the venue. From the ceiling, the couple accessorized with string bulb lights, creating a welcoming and magical night for everyone in attendance. Family and friends could not hide their smiles from the vows, to the toasts. Live music rang throughout the night making the dance floor more and more crowded as the night grew on. The guests enjoyed a delicious ravioli appetizer, followed by lamb and a delicious salmon entre. Desserts ranged from cupcakes to personal pies, filling everyone up to capacity. 

The love and happiness throughout this event were palpable and we wish the best to the happy couple for their beautiful, exciting future that lays ahead of them.

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Wedding Wednesday: 620 Loft & Garden

November 8th, 2017 by | Share Blog

New York City is the city where dreams come true, so where better to say ‘I do’ then while on top of the city you love, with the person you love. 620 Loft & Garden is host to one of the most beautiful wedding venues throughout New York City. Located in Rockefeller Center, it features extraordinary views of Central Park and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral while standing amidst its beautiful garden. 5th Avenue Digital has found many couples gravitating to this charming location. 3 recent weddings, celebrating Michelle and Gaurav, Eduardo and Steven, and Annette and Jeffrey who are celebrating their 10-year vow renewal, have had their picturesque wedding experience at 620 Loft & Garden.

For Eduardo and Steven, their story began when they met on New Year’s Eve. 6 anniversaries later, last New Year’s, Steven proposed to Eduardo and just a few weeks after that Eduardo surprised Steven with his proposal. The couple could not wait to say their vows, knowing that this ceremony would be very emotional for the both of them, and their families.

At Annette and Jeffrey’s renewal of their vows, all their family and friends joyfully came to celebrate their love and happiness. Their son, Christian humbled the couple by playing and singing a song at the ceremony exhibiting to all their valued family and importance of love. The romance throughout the room, from the flowers to the decorations, brought everyone and everything to life, reminding all of how wonderful love truly is.

Your special day should be nothing but magical, and 620 Loft & Garden is sure to bring that and more. From the first kiss to the first dance this venue will keep you smiling throughout the night. All couples’ devotion and glowing smiles are hard for the camera to turn away from and are sure to bring you and your family memories that will last a lifetime.  

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Wainwright House Wedding – Ashley & Steven

October 26th, 2017 by | Share Blog

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Today we are thrilled to share Strictly Weddings’ feature on Ashley & Steven’s French countryside inspired, Wainwright House wedding in Rye, New York. 

Special mention to photographers David and Mike from 5th avenue digital | Diana from Xquisite events for the beautiful floral design | hair stylist Emily Carcaramo from Brushed with Honey | makeup by Julianna Fink from Metamorphosis|

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Step-and-Repeat Photography with Onsite Prints: Inside or Out?

August 24th, 2017 by | Share Blog

Here’s how to decide whether to do your Step-and-Repeat photography with onsite prints outside or in

At 5th Avenue Digital, we’re often asked by clients, in the warmer months, if they can position their Step-and-Repeat photography station outside, especially when they’re also getting onsite prints. The short answer is: YES! 

Taking advantage of an outdoor environment really enhances Step-and-Repeat photos, especially when doing onsite prints. A natural outdoor setting gives the Step-and-Repeat photos and onsite prints a feeling of immediacy and seasonal color. But there are a few challenges and considerations involved.

Lighting – The most crucial consideration for Step-and-Repeat photos done outdoors is to assess the lighting situation at the time Step-and-Repeat photography will be done. If the Step-and-Repeat location is in the daytime shade, supplemental lighting is needed.  If happening in the evening, we need to adjust the lighting as the sun sets.

Angle of the sun – When considering lighting for outdoor event photography, it’s important to know the sun’s position during the event. The 5th Avenue Digital tech team will calculate the angle of the sun at the time and location of the photography, and recommend the proper position for the Step-and-Repeat photo station, to avoid shadows across people’s faces.

Electricity Access – Onsite print equipment needs juice. We often will bring a generator when doing onsite prints, which is more reliable than batteries.

Wind – Backdrops can become sails in the wind. When shooting outdoors, it’s best to forgo a backdrop with stands and let the environment serve as the Step-and-Repeat photo background. (And that’s the whole point of photographing outdoors, anyway, right?) For outdoor Step-and-Repeat photography that requires a backdrop, we bring sandbags to anchor it.

It takes years of experience doing event photography in outdoor environments to fully know and avoid the possible pitfalls. When you work with 5th Avenue Digital, all these concerns are taken care of for you. All you have to do is smile!

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Wedding Wednesday: Dogs in Weddings – Our Top Tips

August 9th, 2017 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue Digital - top tips for dogs in weddingsIsn’t the tongue out, tail wagging kind of wedding guest the best kind of wedding guest!? Here at 5th Avenue Digital we certainly think so! Incorporating your dog in your wedding celebrations is a sure-fire way to increase the cuteness (especially in your wedding photos) and have your guests undoubtedly smiling from ear to ear as they find their way down the aisle.

For many brides and grooms having their beloved pup join in on the festivities is an absolute no brainer (because why wouldn’t you include your best friend in your wedding!?), so to avoid any unwelcomed chaos here are our top 5 things to consider when having dogs in weddings:

 

  1. Have a designated dog chaperone – you really don’t want to have to worry about whether your dog is overdosing on the wedding cake mid-way through the reception – having a chaperone watch over them will give you peace of mind and one less thing to worry about. Consider having the chaperone take the pup home prior to the reception, the loud music may overwhelm and scare them.
  2. Don’t over-do it with the outfit – dogs do not tend to enjoy being dressed up at the best of times so make sure they are as comfortable as possible (especially if it’s a hot day) by ensuring any clothing/accessories are loose and unrestrictive.
  3. Check with the venue – Some venues don’t allow dogs so it’s important to check beforehand, a lot of planning goes into incorporating your dog in your wedding and it would be disappointing to see all this time, energy and money go to waste.
  4. Tell your photographer ahead of time – It’s always a good idea that the photographer knows exactly what to expect. They may need to allow for more time during the portrait session or they may be able to offer you some words of wisdom beforehand.
  5. Come armed with lots (and lots) of treats – We all know dogs respond very well to bribery, take full advantage of this – getting dogs to stay in position for a photograph is no easy feat!

We’ll now leave you with some GORGEOUS wedding pup inspiration courtesy of our very talented (and dog loving) photographers here at 5th Avenue Digital – introducing our dogs in weddings: Guinness, Zoey (dog of honor) and Emmett!

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Mitzvah Monday: Liv’s Enchanted Wonderland

August 7th, 2017 by | Share Blog

This Monday’s Mitzvah celebration showcases one of the most unique and intricately planned New York City Mitzvah’s we have photographed to date and we are so excited to share all the wonderful details with you!

Liv’s Mitzvah was straight out of a fairy-tale – an enchanted occasion that provided guests with a celebration of wonder and excitement. Liv’s lucky family and friends were welcomed into the Grand Hyatt, New York City with a stunningly designed floral wall which created the perfect, unique backdrop for some incredible portrait shots. The wall incorporated a concoction of blue tones (Liv’s favorite color) with pops of pink, matching perfectly with her navy gown and flower crown.

Making sure all her friends had a flower crown too, Liv had a station where guests could have their very own crown created with their favorite colors – creating a sea of flower crown magic on the dancefloor! The enchanted theme didn’t stop there – from fairy lights draped over the tables, to hand carved wooden, forest creatures on display, every inch of the venue reminded guests of Liv’s favorite things and her creative flare. 

Our favorite table detail (and some seriously cool inspiration for anyone planning a Mitzvah) were the place cards and menus – they were in total keeping with the theme and the wording was delicately displayed on a gorgeous leaf design. 

Liv’s Mitzvah is the perfect inspiration for anyone who is thinking of incorporating a unique and magical element to their upcoming Mitzvah celebration – enjoy these incredible photos from a truly memorable event.

Photography: Jen DelCastillo for 5th Avenue Digital 

Venue: Park Hyatt NYC

Event Planner: Marcy Blum

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Great GIF from the 5th Avenue Digital New You2Booth Photo Booth

August 3rd, 2017 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue Digital’s animated GIF Photo Booth, the You2Booth was a sensation this weekend!

The coolest thing about our new You2Booth photo booth is that it delivers GIF images. And it’s even cooler when someone knows how to creatively use the GIF image technology the You2Booth photo booth offers.

Here’s an example from a recent wedding, produced by Ellen Kostman of Sidekick Events. After the ceremony and a cocktail reception at 620 Loft & Garden the wedding moved to the St. Regis Hotel for the full-scale reception, where the You2Booth photo booth was a huge hit.  

 

These guys really know how to make a fun GIF — check it out!

And if you want to know more about the 5th Avenue Digital’s unique photo booth, the You2Booth, click here.

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Alessia and Michael

August 2nd, 2017 by | Share Blog

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The Rainbow Room has scored once again, being the host to this romantic, whimsical wedding of Alessia and Michael. Smiles were all around on this magical wedding day between this charming couple. The day started out with photography of the bride and groom getting ready which then led to an incredibly sweet first look that was shared among these two. Bridal party photography, along with portrait photography of the bride and groom took place in Central Park. It was then off to the Church of Notre Dame, where Alessia and Michael spoke their vows and said their “I Do’s”.

Rainbow Room, located on the 65th Floor of the Rockefeller Plaza, is one of the most iconic and unique wedding venues located in NYC. Alessia and Michael took full advantage of this landmark location with the picturesque NYC skyline backdrop and the breathtaking views this venue has to offer. We owe it to 5th Avenue Digital Photographers, Brian Friedman and Sofia Negron for capturing candid’s and all of the other precious moments shared between Alessia and Michael.

We loved Alessia and Michael’s first dance because of their absolutely glowing smiles and graceful dance moves. Each dip and twirl accentuated their love and devotion towards each other. Alessia and Michael had a stunning wedding and we are so glad we got to be a part of it and to have shared this special moment with them!

Check out 5th Avenue Digital’s Pinterest for more of Brian and Sophia’s work

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Avengers Assemble!

July 26th, 2017 by | Share Blog

This weeks Wedding Wednesday is super, featuring Carolann and Joey’s Superhero Themed Wedding!

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From meeting at a Cupcake Charity Fundraiser, which was set up for the American Cancer Society, by the unknown soon to be fiancé, Carolann and Joey have had an eventful life together so far. They became close friends and soon jokingly became a couple, fooling their friends and family into thinking they had turned their friendship into a relationship- until they actually did!

Unfortunately, the groom’s father passed away shortly after, but not before telling Joey how happy he would be if his son and Carolann got married. That Thanksgiving, while the family was taking their annual picture, Joey popped the question to Carolann with a ring pop, making it a moment the family would never forget!

Although a ring pop proposal is something to always remember, Joey and Carolann decided to take it up a notch, and go all out with their superhero themed wedding attire. Joey and his groomsmen dressed up as Superhero’s, the Avengers in particular, with Joey being Captain America. Joey’s groomsmen, or should we say, sidekicks, wore pieces of costumes, such as shields, masks, and capes to tie their outfits together. Even Joey’s adorable dog joined in on the celebration and topped off his birthday suit with a pink bow tie! Kari Otero and Emmanuel Abreu for 5th Avenue Digital were there to capture the truly memorable moments between Joey, Carolann and their guests.

Joey and Carolann tied the knot at the Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle, New York. This elegant and chic venue gave Joey and Carolann along with their friends and family a night they would truly never forget!

5th Avenue Digital is so happy to have been a part of Joey and Carolann’s wedding and we have had such a delightful time looking through these awesome photos! Congratulations to Joey and Carolann!

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