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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

Wainwright house wedding

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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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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Elizabeth Beskin

Advice on Hiring a Wedding Photographer

January 20th, 2016 by | Share Blog

blog3So your significant other just popped the question and the process of wedding planning has commenced. Trying to hire vendors that meet your criteria can be a bit overwhelming. We are going to offer you a few bits of advice to help you choose the right wedding photographer for your celebration.

We are in the age of the internet and research could not be easier. Make sure you do your homework: research your wedding photographer. You want to be certain they are the right fit. Look at websites, social media channels and reviews. Photographers offer a lot of information on their websites and reviews are an excellent way to get an outsider’s perspective on their own wedding experience.

There are many different styles of  Wedding photography. Chat with your photographer about which style appeals to you the most. This is very important. Communicate your expectations of style so everyone is on the same page. Your photographer should be able to show you examples of their work in your desired style.

wedding photographer portraitsWhen meeting your photographer, you will want to see examples of their work. Request to see examples of wedding albums as well as complete wedding galleries. You want to see the full scope of the Wedding photographer’s work, not just the selected album shots.

Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your lives. Most likely there will be combinations of friends and family members together that will make great photos. You will want to ensure your photographer captures those memories. A shot list is an important document to create for your photographer, to help ensure you get the must-have photos you want.

wedding photographer protraitsIt’s important that you get along with all of your vendors, but especially your photographer. Your wedding photographer will be following you around all day and you will be spending more time with the photographer than with any other vendor. It’s very important to meet with them at least once during your planning process. If your wedding photographer is coming from a distant location, ask for a Facetime or Skype meeting. Personality is key here. Your wedding photographer should be someone you are happy to be around.

Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Your vendors are there to make your experience a much more pleasant one.

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And….congrats on your engagement!

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Photographers: Robert Evans, David Nicholas, Jen DelCastillo and Courtney Collins for 5th Avenue Digital

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Elizabeth Beskin

Tips for Finding a Great Wedding Photographer

December 11th, 2013 by | Share Blog

0078-2-20130928-BJThe Knot released an article recently on how to find an ideal wedding photographer. It may not be the easiest task when you begin planning your wedding, but these ideas can help you find the right one for you. Keep in mind, your wedding images can last a lifetime, and that’s the most special day in your life that you will want to relive throughout the years.

1. Settle on a Style:

You may want to look into a photography style that you prefer to begin with. For instance, you may be interested in a documentary style. Instead of having a series of traditional poses, these are spontaneous or candid photos of people, décor, or action. The photos capture the moments exactly as they happened and tell a story at the same time. 5th Avenue Digital offers a variety of photographers, each with different styles to suit your specific tastes.

2. Do your homework:

Review potential photographers’ websites and blogs to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style.

3. Set Up an Interview:

Deciding on a photographer is not only based on their portfolio, but meeting with them in person as well. Be prepared to talk about your venue, your wedding style and what you envision for your photos. 5th Avenue Digital will set up interviews for you with the photographers you like most, saving you lots of time and trouble. (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

Wedding Wednesday: Rachel & Mark’s Wedding

October 3rd, 2013 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue Digital Wedding PhotographyHave you ever wondered what it feels like for a father to give his daughter away, seeing her in a stunning white gown, glowing with happiness and ready to walk down the aisle? It’s a shared moment both public and intimate, one that usually touches all who are witnessing the ceremony.  And it’s fleeting, making it a challenging moment for photographers to capture.  That’s why the photo of this moment speaks to us most when looking at images for this installment of Wedding Wednesday. Rachel and Mark’s wedding at The Westin Governor Morris in Morristown NJ. was beautiful in so many ways, but the photo of Rachel’s father seeing her for the first time, with his expression reflecting love, admiration and joy for his daughter, is the real stand-out image. (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

Wedding Wednesday: Kristin & Ryan’s Wedding

August 14th, 2013 by | Share Blog

This week’s highlight wedding took place at BLT Fish Restaurant in downtown New York. It was a simple yet small ceremony, but in an ambiance filled with a lot of love and delicious catering.

Kristin & Ryan had originally planned to do a lavish wedding at a hotel, but decided to invest on a destination trip around the world. After a fun filled vacation, they had their wedding of about fifty people at BLT Fish with their closest family and friends.

Shawn Rabideau of Shawn Rabideau Events & Design handled their planning, floral, and the venue.  Officiate Reverend Alma Daniel performed their ceremony at the restaurant. Jennifer DelCastillo, the wedding photographer, captured every special moment. Take a look at their wonderful photos! (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

Wedding Wednesday: Edward and Carina’s Wedding

July 3rd, 2013 by | Share Blog

Carina and EdwardCarina and Edward do a lot of traveling because both work for international non-profit organizations. Due to this, much of their wedding planning was done over E-mail. The traveling duo settled in New York City for their wedding. Their ceremony took place at Riverside Church and the reception at the W Union Square. Carina and Edward transported their guests to the reception via a double-decker site-seeing bus. Kari Otero, assisted by Tim Waltman, captured the many adventures of Carina and Edward’s wedding.

After the wedding Edward wrote,  “We are so pleased to have you as our photographer. You did a tremendous job of getting the shots we wanted, of keeping Carina calm in the storm, and of corralling everyone into place when shots were needed. I was also very please to work with Tim as the second shooter. As our guests all leave and the post-wedding blues begin to take us we look forward to seeing the photos and reliving our wonderful day through your work.” (more…)

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Elizabeth Beskin

Meet the 5th Avenue Digital Photographers: How Are Same Sex Weddings Different Than Traditional Weddings?

June 5th, 2013 by | Share Blog

5th Avenue Digital PhotographyThe relationship may be unconventional but the goal of same sex wedding photography is the same:  capturing the expression and celebration of love.  It may require a little out-of-the-box thinking but it’s also a creative opportunity to transform conventional wedding traditions to reflect the values of the couple.  Our professional wedding photographers at 5th Avenue Digital share their thougths. (more…)

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