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Locations: Engagement Sessions, Part I

Tips from Photomuse on Choosing Your Location

On a warm July evening, Zack’s attention became captured by a girl who was chatting with her friend near the subway station.  Zack decided to make up an excuse to interrupt their conversation and ask the girl (he’d later come to find her name was Kim) for directions. After some playful banter, he made his way down to the subway platform wishfully thinking about the girl he had just met.  As fate would have it, a few minutes later while Kim was also excitedly pondering the guy whom had just surprisingly approached her, the two former strangers serendipitously reconnected on the subway platform and stepped into the same train car moments before the doors closed.

The entrance to that subway station became the setting for Zack’s proposal to Kim.  It also became the inspiration for where we would photograph their engagement session.

Typically when couples ask for advice on where to shoot their engagement session, my first suggestion is to think about a place with meaning or symbolism.  Make it personal.  Where was your first date, or perhaps your most memorable date?  Where did the proposal take place?

Perhaps it’s not a particular place, but instead where you both share a favorite activity.  Hiking?  Leisurely sipping a latte at an outdoor cafe?  Spending time at the beach?

Tips from Photomuse - Engagement Session Locations

I view the engagement session as an opportunity to take a break from the daily grind and simply relax together and have fun.  The more fun I can make this session means that taking photographs won’t potentially be seen as yet another thing to do prior to the wedding day.  Think about it as a fun date…with your very own paparazzi!

 

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Engagement Sessions: Various Tips

Tips from Photomuse to Make Your Engagement Session a Winner

Congratulations!  If you are currently reading this while wearing a gorgeous engagement ring from Michael C. Fina, most likely you will be photographing an engagement session with your photographer soon!

I have a few tips that I would like to share with the Fina Family that will help you make the most of your session.  I will be breaking up engagement session information over a series of posts and I would LOVE to hear from you!  We welcome you to leave a comment below and be sure to check back regularly for the subsequent posts!­

  • Timing: Always be sure to arrange for your session well in advance.  Not only will you be sure to get a confirmed date with your photographer, you will have time to use your images for a Save The Date or have a personalized guest book created.  Additionally, the closer you get to the wedding, the busier you will be and the more inclined you may be to view your session as a chore instead of the fun time it really is.
  • Location: I’ll be talking more in depth about locations coming up, but you should first pick a season and then figure out a location that is best suited to your needs.  Personalize it!  Finding a way to bring some meaning into your location will be an addition to the experience you will have.
  • Communication: Be sure to communicate with your photographer about what you are hoping for.  This is also a good time to talk about anything about yourself that you don’t like in photographs.  Additionally, involve your photographer on the decision-making process such as wardrobe, time of the day, location and themes.  Discuss ahead of time your plan if it’s a rain date or if the weather is not good.
  • Light: The time of the day is crucial and your photographer will most likely guide you on this.  I always prefer shooting during the end of the day, just before the sun is going to set.  The light is warm and after it sets, it becomes a soft pastel color.  It’s the “secret sauce” to making your images spectacular.
  • Wardrobe: Another item of communication between you and your photographer.  It’s a matter of taste.  I do want my couples to be relaxed and enjoy themselves, but I find the images are much more grand when my couples dress up.
  • It’s The Little Things:
    • Watches: Don’t wear them (unless for a symbolic reason), as it can detract from the timelessness of the images.
    • Hair elastics: Often forgotten about and become distracting on the wrist.
    • Shoes: Bring a pair of flats to save your feet while walking between locations.
    • Purses: Leave your purse at home as it detracts from the spontaneous moments or becomes a potential theft liability.
  • Research: Looking at images on the blogs or Pinterest is totally fine, but be aware that there are so many factors that went into making that image what it is. Some of these things could be: it was 100% reflective of the couple, the lighting and weather was unique to that moment, the wardrobe was appropriate, the personality of the photographer taking the shot and the location was particular to that image.  Personally I like to photograph my couples as unique individuals and create images that are suited to THEM, not anyone else.
  • Be On Time: This is often so crucial because your photographer is setting up your session based upon the light.  Light can change quickly and every minute that you are late is a potential loss of exquisite light.
  • Have Fun!  Enjoy yourselves. See this as a date. Make plans to go out for dinner afterwards and just put this day aside as a special day without wedding planning, work or other obligations.

 

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Boston Marathon Survivors to Marry Today in The Knot Dream Wedding

The Knot Dream Wedding - Michael C. Fina

NEW YORK, April 4, 2014 — TheKnot.com, the number one wedding planning destination, today announces the wedding day of The Knot Dream Wedding. Now in its second year, the program followed one couple through every step of the wedding planning process with each element voted on by America. This year, TheKnot.com selected Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino as the very deserving recipients of The Knot Dream Wedding. Today, America can tune in to watch the wedding take place at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, live on TheKnot.com starting at 11 a.m. See all photos from the day on Instagram and Twitter by following #TheKnotDreamWedding and @theknot.

Rebekah and Pete were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon cheering on Pete’s mother last year. When the bomb exploded, Rebekah’s first thought was to protect her son, so she shielded him. She has endured 15 surgeries over the course of the past year, as well as preparing for the upcoming amputation of her left leg. Pete lost 90 percent of his right Achilles tendon and suffered multiple broken bones in his ankle. He has undergone surgeries and months of physical therapy. Their shared experience as a result of the explosion and surviving their injuries brought them even closer together and strengthened their relationship.

“We could not think of any couple more deserving of The Knot Dream Wedding,” said Rebecca Dolgin, TheKnot.com editor in chief. “We are so thrilled to help them overcome their past and bring on their new beginning to an amazing life together.”

Rebekah and Pete handed off all wedding planning decisions to America. Voting took place weekly on TheKnot.com/DreamWedding where people around the country voted for seven weeks on every element of the wedding, including the location, overall theme, bridesmaid dresses, hair and makeup, rings, cake, flowers and even Rebekah’s dress.

“Solidifying forever with Pete DiMartino just makes my heart really happy. And the fact that we get to share our special day with so many others thanks to The Knot, that’s pretty cool to me,” said Rebekah Gregory, The Knot Dream Wedding bride. “Although we do not feel more deserving of this honor than anyone else, we couldn’t be more excited to have shared our journey with so many other people and to have had America plan our wedding! Everyone has trials in life and this just happens to be ours. But if we can inspire one person to keep pushing forward by sharing our story, it’s totally worth it to me. And I don’t care if I have to hop, wheel or roll down that aisle, I will get to the other end of it because the person waiting for me is the only thing that matters.”

Since Valentine’s Day, thousands of people across the country tuned in to help Rebekah and Pete’s wedding dreams come true. Additionally, Lee Brice, an award-winning country artist, is providing the couple with his new song “I Don’t Dance” as their first dance. Rebekah and Pete will dance to the perfect wedding song, along with enjoying the winning wedding elements:

   -- Location: Asheville, NC, the couple's favorite vacation destination, was 
      chosen for the wedding among other cities that the couple has ties to, 
      including New York, Boston and Louisville. A garden ceremony at Biltmore 
      was chosen for its fairytale setting next to a real-life castle. 

   -- Theme: The theme America chose is Enchanted Garden, a vision created by 
      celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum of Marcy Blum Associates. With green 
      and brown woodland colors, plus whimsical elements like hanging lanterns, 
      this theme is a nod to Biltmore's gardens. 

   -- Rings: Classically Cool wedding bands were selected: a pave diamond band 
      for Rebekah and a titanium band for Pete, both by Michael C. Fina. 

   -- Bridesmaid Dresses: Rebekah's girls will don chiffon gowns in falcon, 
      complete with a trendy sweetheart strapless neckline by Watters. 

   -- The Dress: Rebekah will wear a gorgeous ivory fit-and-flare dress with 
      beaded embroidery, a dropped-waist and sweetheart neckline by Sophia 
      Moncelli for Kleinfeld Bridal. 

   -- Flowers: The romantic and playful whimsical woodland centerpieces 
      features a willow adorned tree trunk base and a secret garden of flowers 
      in shades of pink, plus blooming cherry blossoms designed by Holly 
      Chapple. All flowers are American grown from the California Cut Flower 
      Commission and will play into the enchanted theme with shades of pink, 
      lavender and peach. 

   -- Cake: Cake Alchemy will create a masterpiece of delicate white ruffles, 
      buttons and stunning peony sugar flowers to match the garden theme. 

   -- Hair & Makeup: Rebekah came to NYC for a hair and makeup trial with Alli 
      Web, founder of Drybar, and Kate Watson from Too Faced. The winning look 
      will be revealed on the wedding day.

 

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching nearly every bride in America through the #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com; The Knot national and local wedding magazines; #1 wedding planning and fashion apps The Knot Wedding Planner and Wedding LookBook by The Knot; The Knot book series; syndication placements across the Internet and regular television appearances. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; http://www.xogroupinc.com), a consumer Internet and media company devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Follow The Knot on Twitter @theknot.

Choosing Your Photographer: Part 1

Choosing Your Photographer with Photomuse and Michael C. Fina

Tips from Photomuse to Help You Choose Your Wedding Photographer

You said “yes,” but before you say “I do,” check out these tips on getting the most out of your wedding photography from Photomuse.  I will be breaking down the tips over a series of posts, so be sure to check back often to catch them all.  And as always, we’d love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions on what you would like to know from the photographic perspective of your wedding day.

 

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer:

I will begin by saying that you can search the Internet and find loads of pages about what questions to ask a potential photographer.  I’m writing you as a wedding photographer who has been shooting weddings for over fifteen years.  I’d like to share a bit of what I know, and I hope it helps guide your decision making process.

 

Before the search begins -  Once you start looking, you will discover the choices in photography are overwhelming.  The more decisions made ahead of time, the easier it will be to focus and save some time. Here are a few things to consider:

 

1. Is your decision based on price or quality?  I typically tell my couples that sure, today you can probably hire a photographer at a low rate and get “documented” photos of your day IF the day goes perfectly without anything unanticipated happening.  Are you a gambler?  Here are some examples of the types of things that an experienced professional is capable of handling:

  • Bad weather. Rain, snow, humidity, bad lighting: these all affect the way a photographer shoots.  An experienced professional not only knows how to handle it, they know how to work it to their advantage creatively and to provide you with unique images.
  • Equipment malfunctions. In addition to backup equipment, a professional also has a network of resources to call upon if necessary.  Yes, that also includes fellow professionals who can come to the rescue in case of an emergency.
  • Timing.  Yes, weddings typically always run later than anticipated.  Don’t stress.  A pro knows how to go with the flow and won’t add further stress to your day.  Additionally, no matter how unique the wedding may be, there are certain aspects that remain the same.  A professional is guaranteed to know when important moments are about to occur and be ready to capture it.
  • Other Vendors. The professional knows how to play nice and get along with your other vendors, and in many cases, already has established working relationships with these vendors.  All of these things help provide better access and a smoother day for everyone involved.  Collaboration is a key element.

 

Essentially, that extra money in your budget for photography won’t just be for the creative talent, but additionally for the therapeutic effect this person can provide to your whole outlook on the day!

 

2. Style. I often hear from couples who tell me that they don’t look good when they pose for photos.  Don’t let that be the motivating factor of your style choice.  The candid and photojournalistic images are enjoyed so much because the subjects are being themselves. What if you found that photographer who could pose you while allowing you to feel comfortable enough in being yourself?  Would that make a difference in your choice?  The right photographer will know how to help you feel relaxed and how to get the best shot of you in all circumstances.  What is more important to consider is what images move you the most.  What can you see yourself looking at ten years down the road when you open your wedding album?  How much interaction from the photographer do you want?

 

I’ll go more in depth on styles in another post, so be sure to check back!  The important thing here is to find what moves you the most.

 

3. Personality.

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen.

The photographer is one vendor that you will be spending almost the entire day with.  The photographer’s attitude will make a big difference to your day.  I can’t tell you how many times I hear about photographers that are rude or bossy.  Years after the day, that is the impression that some carry with them long after they have viewed their wedding photos. When I receive compliments from my couples on their images, I always tell them that it was a collaboration.  My personality is reflected back to me when the couples are comfortable enough to be candid and to trust in what I am doing.  This always shows in the final image.

Make a point to talk on the phone or better yet, to meet the potential photographers in person. Find out if you click!  (Yeah, bad pun intended!)

 

4. Questions, questions. Lastly, I recommend doing a search on all of those other guides on the internet about choosing a wedding photographer.  It is important to know what you are getting for your money, and what to expect.  There are definitely some solid questions to ask, that’s simply being an educated consumer.  If you want to know your photographer a little better though, try to break him/her out of the “wedding interview script.”  Find out what he/she likes about shooting weddings.  What part of the day is their favorite to photograph?  What got them into wedding photography?  Do they continue to educate themselves?  Do they photograph for personal enjoyment outside of weddings as well?  Do they listen to you and allow you to talk as well?  Are they taking an interest in your life also?

 

Wedding photography is not just about the images that remain, it’s also about the experience that will remain in your heart.

A huge thank you to our friend Kristin Reimer at Photomuse!  Want some more wedding photography advice?  Check out her other posts on our blog and continue to check back for more!

The Fina Touch – Now Online!

Your favorite designer engagement rings & wedding bands are now available on michaelcfina.com!

We are excited to announce that your favorite designer engagement rings and wedding bands are now available for purchase on our website!  We have been helping New Yorkers get engaged and married for over 75 years, and now we can celebrate these special milestones with couples all over the country!

Find out why you should purchase a diamond engagement ring from Michael C. Fina…without ever leaving the comforts of your own home or office!

 

The Fina Touch

Every diamond at Michael C. Fina is personally hand-inspected, sorted, and selected by the Fina family.  There is no compromise in our commitment to bringing you the very highest quality available.  The reputation of our family name has been built and depends on this promise.

Diamond Upgrade Policy

Michael C. Fina is dedicated to ensuring your satisfaction forever.  We understand that there is no other ring that will ever replace the first in your memories, but should you wish to purchase a diamond that is even one more dollar more than the original, we will credit the full price of the first diamond toward your purchase of another.  This policy only applies to diamonds that have been purchased at Michael C. Fina.

Helping You Achieve Your Dreams

Another benefit to purchasing her engagement ring at Michael C. Fina is the GE Capital Luxury Card.  The Michael C. Fina credit card is offered by GE Capital Retail Bank and is a symbol of our exceptional service and quality for which Michael C. Fina is known for.  When you open your Michael C. Fina credit card account, we can offer you flexible plans to help achieve your dreams.  You can apply for the card online or in our Park Avenue store.

After the “Yes!”

The sparkle in your diamond is a direct reflection on us.  We invite you to come to us to have your engagement ring cleaned as often as you would like.  We also offer a complimentary first resizing as well as appraisals so you may update your insurance.

Ethically Engaged

It is crucial to us at Michael C. Fina that the diamonds we purchase retain and reflect purity in every way.  We strictly adhere to World Trade Organization and Kimberley Process guidelines on conflict diamonds and we guarantee that all of our diamonds have been purchased from legitimate sources and not involved in funding conflict.
Our membership in and stellar standing with the Jewelers Vigilance Committee further ensures that our diamonds and precious metals come only from sources committed to full compliance with all of the laws and regulations upholding the jewelry industry’s highest ethical standards.

A Proud Member

American Gem Society ~ Better Business Bureau ~ New York State Jewelers Association ~ Platinum Guild ~ Jewelers Vigilance Committee ~ Jewelers of America

When YES means forever, give her Michael C. Fina.

Diamond Engagement Rings at Michael C. Fina - Now Available Online

Do you have any questions or concerns about purchasing a designer engagement ring or wedding band on our website?  Please email info@mcfina.com or call 1-800-289-3462.

Top photography courtesy of John & Joseph Photography Inc.

Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Photography

Photographs © Photomuse / Kristin Reimer

Are you looking for a wedding photographer?  You’re in luck.  We are great friends with the award-winning photography team at Photomuse and they have some fantastic advice about how to get the most out of your wedding photography.

 

This generation’s tech-savvy bride and groom can take advantage of a range of options in the new frontier in photography happening right before our eyes today. Couples today have a distinctive style of their own and they are driven to find wedding photography that reflects their individuality. Beyond knowing what style of photography is important, there are several other key ingredients to maximizing the investment that has been put into your wedding photography.
Of course the first, and probably the most important part of the equation, is finding the right professional to document the day. While today’s cameras and the eyes behind the cameras are more prevalent, wedding photography involves more than a good eye and technical know-how. You want someone who is familiar with the frenetic pace of a wedding and has the ability to adjust to the unexpected (weather, equipment malfunction, stress, etc). Your wedding photographer often becomes your planner, your therapist, your stylist, your best friend, mediator and of course, your talented, inspired artist all rolled up into one.
Once you have found this person, don’t delay in securing your day with him/her or you may lose your date. Once secured, there are a few things that can help everyone in creating wonderful photography.
1.  Communicate. Don’t be afraid to discuss what is/isn’t important to you about your photographs. Include the photographer on your plans for the day as he/she may have some helpful tips on how to make the best of the visual side. Communicate if there is something you dislike or fear as it relates to the photography. Did you have an engagement session? Use it as an opportunity to tell the photographer what did/didn’t work for you.
2.  Light. Light is integral to beautiful imagery. The good ones know how to find, use, create and if necessary, fake it. There are times of day that create the most impact. I personally love it when a couple includes me on decisions that involve choosing the time of the day for an outdoor ceremony or formals for instance. If you are drawn to a particular image or style, at times, specific lighting can be a major component of it.
3.  Keep it Clean. Emotional moments reign when the gown is first put on. All of those beautiful moments should not be forever enshrined amidst a messy room. Appoint someone to keep things neat.
4.  Time. Work with your photographer to establish the proper amount of time to accomplish the type of images you desire.
5.  Nourishment. It’s all too easy to forget to eat, but it’s a long day and the time goes by so quickly. After the adrenaline is left behind with the final vows, hunger and thirst will hit you. Often this is the time for the creative portraits/formals. You may lose patience and enjoyment and that will show in the final images. Take care of yourself ahead of time or appoint someone to help take care of your needs.
6.  Is That a Pencil in Your Pocket? Men, you are looking quite dapper! Don’t spoil the look of your tailored wardrobe by filling your pockets up and creating bulges. Hand everything off to your trusty sidekick.
7.  Strike a Pose. Have your photographer communicate to you how to look your best when posing for the camera. But one important item I recommend is to inhale, stand tall, and then relax your shoulders right before the shot is taken.
8.  Smile With Your Eyes. Let your smile reach beyond your lips and show the twinkle in your eyes.
9.  Weather. Relinquish control to Mother Nature. Embrace what the day brings you and look to the positives (images in the rain are actually quite romantic!). A professional photographer knows how to work with what is given and make your images unique to your day.
10.  Connect. If you find yourself feeling nervous or intimidated, take a moment to look to your new spouse. A loving glance, a shared whisper, a touch or kiss, all of these things bring a moment to connect together and to allow the rest to disappear. Remember what brought you to this special day and focus on the reasons you said “I do.” Your images will be uniquely you.

 

Great wedding photography is truly a collaborative event. When I can combine my skills and creativity to the candidness and connection my couples bestow before my camera, magic always follows.

 

All photography courtesy of Photomuse.

A Special Event

The Wedding Band Event at Michael C. Fina

Please join us for this one day only event!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

10am to 8pm

500 Park Avenue (E. 59th Street between Madison & Park)

Featuring your favorite designs from:

Michael B., Jeff Cooper, A. Jaffe, Penny Preville, Mark Patterson, MaeVona, Temple St. Clair, Erica Courtney, JB Star and more!

Exclusive Event Offer:

Receive a gift certificate* with your wedding band purchase

$250 gift certificate with wedding band purchases between $2,500 and $4,999
$500 gift certificate with wedding band purchases between $5,000 and $7,499
$750 gift certificate with wedding band purchases of $7,500 or more

*May not be combined with any other discount, promotion, or offer.  Not valid on sterling silver flatware, loose diamonds and other gemstones, repairs or engravings.  Not valid on previous orders.  Can only be used on future purchases.  Not valid towards the purchase of a Michael C. Fina gift certificate.  Not valid on international orders.  Expires August 31, 2013.

To attend, please secure an appointment.

Wedding Bands at Michael C. Fina

A Dream Wedding

The Knot Dream Wedding The Knot Dream Wedding

In February, Michael C. Fina was lucky enough to provide wedding bands to the winning of couple of The Knot Dream Wedding.  Andre and Sierra exchanged vows on Valentine’s Day at Citi Pond in Bryant Park.  Check out pictures and more details from their magical wedding in the Summer 2013 issue of The Knot!

 

Want to see more?  View video highlights from the wedding and all the winning details on TheKnot.com!

A Dream Wedding!

The Knot's Dream Wedding

TODAY MARKS REVOLUTIONARY FIRST-EVER LIVE-STREAMED CROWDSOURCED WEDDING PLANNED BY THE KNOT EXPERTS, CELEBRITY WEDDING VENDORS AND THE COUNTRY!

– TheKnot.com Throws Once-in-a-Lifetime Luxury Wedding with Every Element Voted by America, Including the Bride and Groom, Dress, Cake, Honeymoon and More –

NEW YORK (February 14, 2013) – Today, TheKnot.com, the #1 wedding planning destination and the authority on all things weddings, is making dreams come true! History will be made as first-ever live-streamed The Knot Dream Wedding takes place. This wedding is the first of its kind and millions of guests around the world are invited – RSVP by watching it all happen as it streams live on TheKnot.com, Facebook, Google+, The Knot YouTube channel, MSN Living and other media platforms.

The ultimate dream wedding, completely planned and paid for by experts at The Knot will take place at iconic Citi Pond at Bryant Park in New York City today, Valentine’s Day 2013. In a truly unforgettable moment, expert figure skater Sierra Dickens, The Knot Dream Wedding bride, will awe guests by taking advantage of the rink and skating her way down the aisle.

Since January, people across the country and around the world have voted on every single element of the wedding, from the dress to the ’do and everything in between.

“Andre and Sierra, our Dream Wedding winners, are an ideal and truly deserving couple – we could not be more thrilled to provide them with the wedding of their dreams,” said Carley Roney, cofounder and editor in chief of TheKnot.com. “At the cutting edge of technology, The Knot and all of our editors are honored to have created such a unique and memorable experience that can be shared and viewed nationwide.”

Every element (and the couple’s reaction!) was caught twice a week on The Knot LIVE, a live-streaming TV show. Celebrity wedding planner Amy Shey Jacobs and TheKnot.com editors asked viewers around the globe to decide on everything and here’s what won thanks to your vote:

  • Winning Couple: The first vote selected our dream wedding winners, Andre and Sierra, from a pool of five finalists.
  • Theme: The theme chosen is Modern Ice Castle, a vision created by Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events, with Lucite, ice and all things modern, this ultra-contemporary event will play up the glass-enclosed venue, anchored in a palette of silvers and whites.
  • Rings: Classic wedding bands were selected, Sierras with a platinum pave diamond band and Andre a titanium polished band, by Michael C. Fina.
  • Flowers:  The winning flowers were manzanita and crystal. Tall and exotic, these centerpieces add a modern touch to the branchy seasonal look by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design. The bridal bouquet will be a cluster of shimmering brooches, while the bridesmaids carry bunches of gorgeous white orchids in different varieties.
  • The Dress: At The Knot, we’re all about tradition, and traditionally, the groom can’t see the bride in her dress before the big day! In keeping with this, tune in as we reveal the beautiful Kleinfeld Bridal dress live on TheKnot.com at 11am – right before Sierra walks down the aisle!
  • Hair & Makeup: The look will be that of winter’s goddess with a sideswept style that’s romantic, ethereal and strong by Blow. The makeup by M.A.C. creates a captivating and sultry eye using deep-blue tones layered with deep browns.
  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Sierra’s girls will don silk crinkle chiffon one-shoulder Amsale gowns in graphite, complete with trendy asymmetrical peplum and a sweetheart neckline. Sierra and the bridesmaids will also be wearing fabulous shoes by Nine West.
  • Men’s Formalwear: Andre and his groomsmen will wear contemporary black tuxedoes with a modern fit and narrow lapel by Vera Wang BLACK for Men’s Wearhouse.
  • Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes will create a sugary orchid masterpiece, complete with white-fondant cake tiers finished in textured, silver-painted fondant, decorated with handmade white sugar orchids and piped embroidery painted in silver.
  • Ceremony Entertainment: Élan Artists’ Djore A Cappella, the urban gospel chorus specializing in singing a capella will serenade Andre and Sierra as they walk down the aisle.
  • Honeymoon: Tokyo, Japan, was the selected location – the ultimate Asian honeymoon destination — full of culture, customs and cuisine, provided by Expedia. The couple would take this opportunity to volunteer, or “honeyteer,” their time to improve conditions abroad following the Tsunami. What better way to start a life together than by working for a charitable cause, and after winning the dream wedding Sierra and Andre would love the chance to give back in a meaningful way.

 

For more information on The Knot Dream Wedding and an overview of Andre and Sierra’s reactions to all their wedding elements, visit TheKnot.com/dreamwedding. Follow the wedding live as it happens on Twitter too: @theknot #tkdreamwedding.

 

A special thank you goes out to all the fabulous, luxury celebrity vendors who are a part of putting together Andre and Sierra’s dream wedding, including: 100 Layer Cake, Altos De La Plata, Amsale, Ana Parzych Cakes, Blow, Citi Pond at Bryant Park, Chandelier Events, Chandon, Classic Party Rentals, Elan Artists, Expedia, Karl’s Event Services, Kleinfeld Bridal, M.A.C., Macarons and Cookies by Woops, Matchbox Twenty, Men’s Wearhouse, Michael C. Fina, Miriam Salat, MSN, Nine West, Okamoto Studio NYC, Original Runner Company, Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design, Rent The Runway, Roey Yohai Photography, Samuel Adams, Smirnoff, Taylor Creative Inc., The Knot Shop, Tweed Weddings, Wedding Paper Divas and Wildflower Linen.

 

About TheKnot.com

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching nearly every bride in America through the #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com; The Knot national and local wedding magazines; The Knot book series; and syndicated columns in newspapers nationwide. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; http://www.xogroupinc.com), a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Follow The Knot on Twitter @theknot.

 

Image courtesy of TheKnot.com.

You Are Engaged!

Michael C. Fina - Courtesy of Photomuse

We’re so happy to share another blog post from our friends at Photomuse!  Check out what they have to say about being inspired for your wedding!

 

If you are one of the lucky gals radiating with some stunning bling from Michael C. Fina on your finger this month, congratulations!  What happens now?  Chances are, you have already begun to envision what your wedding may look like.  You may have already been fantasizing about this day since childhood, but what images are conjured up when you visualize yourself on your wedding day?  Take a moment to consider it.  Maybe you have already begun checking out the bridal blogs and various magazines.

The proliferation of blogs and websites dedicated to wedding planning has made it easy to virtually collect ideas and view the latest trends.  On the other hand, too much immersion can also turn it into an overwhelming process, or possibly create further pressure upon you to fit into a particular mold.

Let’s talk about vision and inspiration.  What makes you unique?  Seek those things that you’ve always loved and gravitated towards, or simply make you feel alive.  What do you and your fiancé have in common? Jackie-O and John Kennedy?  Zombies swing dancing in the moonlight?  A night in Casablanca?  Make it yours!  Turn it into a date night and use this as an opportunity to get to know your fiancé even more.

 

If you are stuck, take a cue from the Five W’s and see if this helps you:

-Who inspires you?

-What inspires you?

-When are you are inspired?

-Where are you inspired?

-Why are you inspired?

Photography by Photomuse

 

“Be true to your work and your work will be true to you.”  Follow your heart and find those elements that are true to you.  Not only will that approach potentially help narrow down the worldwide web of choices, but it will bring confidence, strength and above all, fun, to the wedding planning process.  In the future, as you reflect upon your wedding day, you will remember who you both were, not who the trendsetters wanted you to be.

 

(Oh, and if you are having a wedding that actually involves zombies swing dancing in the moonlight, please be sure to call me.  That’s a wedding I would LOVE to photograph!)

 

With love,

Kristin Reimer, Photomuse

 

What inspired you when planning your wedding?  Did you have a specific theme or were there very specific traditions or elements you wanted included?  We would love for you to share with us!

All photos courtesy of Photomuse.