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Il Villaggio Wedding – Olivia + Carlos Wedding Pictures

A few months ago, I got an email requesting information about our wedding photography and videos, and the name struck me. At first, I wondered, is this a prank? But I immediately came back to my senses. Before, I could answered on pricing, style or anything, I had to comment. OMG, that is the name my daughter would have had – first and last name. Then, she said OMG your last name is just like my fiancee’s, and your husband is Cuban just like my parents. Could there be any more coincidences? Yes, Danny and her family come from the same town in Cuba. And just like that, we clicked.

I have been looking forward to photographing this wedding for a long time. Olivia is one of the sweetest brides I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She is beautiful inside and out, and I feel honored and blessed to have met her, her fiance and their beautiful family. The love you feel for one another pours out in every look and smile, and we wish you a lifetime of happiness. Thank you so much to the super talented Lauren iAvarone of Make Up Artistry for making her look so beautiful and radiant on her wedding day.

Olivia and Carlos married on New Year’s at Il Villaggio. Yes, they are a 1/1/11 couple, and their wedding marked our first wedding of the year. If they are a sign of the couples we will have this year, we will be truly blessed.

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…her something blue… her shoes!

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Olivia and her dad walking down the aisle. I can see her soul through her eyes.

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Exchanging their vows.

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I love this picture; this girl has so much beauty. Luck had it that she caught Olivia’s bouquet.

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I love this picture. Their happiness shows.

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Danny said it right. This is one of the best team of bridesmaids we have seen. They were truly there for Olivia every step of the way.

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I love, love these centerpieces, very original and gorgeous. I also want to thank Robert at Il Villagio. It’s a pleasure to work there. The staff is friendly and the food is to die for.

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The Venetian NJ Wedding Photography

That’s right 1-1-11. What a wonderful date, and my first wedding of 2011. What better way to start the New Year.

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… and you couldn’t live without a truly celebration of the New Year… Cuban Style… A Conga.

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and sombreros… not Cuban, but fun 🙂

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…and a lovely first dance.

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Voted Best of the Knot Weddings and among the New Jersey’s Ten Wedding Photographers and Wedding Videographers. The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and wedding video studio owned by Award Winning Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, Gaby and Danny. The studio is located Northern New Jersey and serving Bergen County NJ, Northern, Central NJ, Jersey Shore and New York City Metropolitan area.

Top Wedding Trends I wish to see in 2011

Ok, I confess, I’m not very good at making New Year’s resolutions, and I’m even worse at keeping them. Some of my zumba dvds are still wrapped, with its original packing, not to mention that I nagged Danny to death until he got them for me as a Birthday present. So in lieu of a resolution list, I decided to create a Wish List. And since I breath and dream about weddings, I decided to make a Wedding Wish List. This is a list of things I wish would happen more often during Weddings in 2011.

1. First Look.
If I had to make just one wedding wish for 2011, this would be it. I love the First Look. It allows couples to have beautiful pictures without the rush. Because we are adding time to the timeline, they have more time to enjoy themselves, and their party.

2. Cut to the chase, and Cut the cake right after you enter.
If you are like me, you know that after cutting of the cake, the party is basically over, but wait it ain’t over till it’s over, so why not cut the cake right after the big entrance, with all the excitement. Later on, once the dance floor is packed, Mr. DJ won’t have to break the dancing to announce you are about to cut the cake. Hey, who needs cake when you are dancing to Lady Gaga. Well, maybe I do, but I rather eat it at my own pace.

3. Weddings that are on time.
Have you ever been to a wedding where you had to sit out in the sun during a hot summer for twenty minutes waiting for the bride to come. It’s no fun, right? So why do that to your guests. Why keep them waiting? Why torture the ones who are on time waiting for those who did not make it on time.

4. Brides who enjoy their weddings.
You have dreamed about this day forever, you wanted it to be perfect, and with the man you truly love, now please enjoy it. For brides who tell me they want photojournalistic pictures, please be happy. I need you to be happy because photojournalistic means documenting the day as it happens. Would it help if I sing Don’t Worry, Be happy?

5. Reception lighting.
I lOVE reception lighting. They make the room look beautiful and perfect.

6. Clutter free bridal suites and and bride’s room
When you imagine your getting ready pictures, you may picture yourself surrounded by your mom and closest friends, all happy and beautiful. So let’s make it happen by removing anything from the room that will take our attention away from this joyous moment.

7. The revival of the Wedding Planner.
My daughter is two, and Danny and myself have already decided that she will have a wedding planner. If you can afford it, why worry?

8. Don’t go bridezilla.
Remember that just because it’s your wedding day, it doesn’t mean you get a free pass to go Bridezilla. Relax, and if things don’t come up the way you wish them to be, remember Don’t Worry be Happy.

9. Day After Photo Shoot.
Day after photo shoot, also known as “Trash the Dress” or “Rock the dress” allows the best of both worlds. Not seeing each other before the wedding – First Look, but it still allows time for couples to have beautiful wedding pictures. This is the perfect option for those brides who truly don’t want to see their grooms before their weddings.

10. Party like there is no tomorrow.
As a wedding photographer, I get asked what is the one wedding trend for 2011, and I have to say to Partey.

2011 Wedding Trends

Voted Best of the Knot Weddings and among the New Jersey’s Ten Wedding Photographers and Wedding Videographers. The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and wedding video studio owned by Award Winning Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, Gaby and Danny. The studio is located Northern New Jersey and serving Bergen County NJ, Northern, Central NJ, Jersey Shore and New York City Metropolitan area.

Happy New Year 2011

The countdown is on… a year and a decade are coming to an end tonight. I want to take a moment to thank all my clients. We thank you for trusting us in being your wedding photographers and videographers, and for allowing us to be part of your special day. And thank you for making 2010 such a successful year for us.

A new year is about to begin, and with that, we start a new chapter called 2011. Many new couples will be getting married, and we will be recording new lives , new memories and new love stories. I am thrilled for what this year will bring us; there are many things that we have in store for our new clients. I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and successful 2011.

2011 daily planner

The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and wedding video studio owned by Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, Gaby and Danny, award winning storytellers.  The studio is located right between Hudson and Bergen County, NJ, in the Hoboken Weehawken area and capturing weddings in Northern New Jersey, Central NJ,  and New York City and the tri-state area.

Life, dreams, success and failures

Yesterday was not a very good day for me. I didn’t feel like myself, and I was not the best person to be around. As my birthday was approaching, I felt a weight in me. The weight of unfulfilled dreams, and failure. I thought of the things that I wanted to do and accomplish and have not. As I struggle to understand what is success and how it is measured, I wanted to write this to remind me of my down times. Maybe to go forward once has to take a small step back to look at life from a different perspective. Maybe one has to detach from oneself in order to appreciate what we have in life.

Then this morning came, and I opened my inbox only discover tons of love from my friends and family. The laughter of my daughter, the unconditional love of my mother, and the support and encouragement of my husband. I was overwhelmed by it, and tears cleansed my fears and clear my mind to embrace my life as it is: just dandy.

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Merry Christmas

In the Christmas spirit, and following my mom’s duties to expose Isabella to the different festivities we have ahead. I planned everything perfectly; I bought Isabella a book with a ginger bread house, and we read the book so many times, that she quickly flipped through the pages and went directly to the “candy house.” She loved it, and she would make me describe it over and over. When she was excited enough about making her own ginger bread house, we went shopping, and I bought a pre-made ginger house. I could picture the fun we would have. Baby and mommy making the house together, the result: a gorgeous and beautiful ginger house, just like in the book. Oh, the sweet smell of success.

So we woke up early, just the two of us. We opened the box, and started the process. Panel A & C together, then panel B&D, a lot of frosting in between, and my house was standing. Instructions, who needs them anyways, my house is starting to look great. Then, I added a panel here and there, and voila, the roof was there. Now for the fun stuff, the candy. By that time, my hubby joined us, and he put the frosting on the roof, while I put candy on top – lalalalala. A just like that, our little house started falling apart. First the roof – hold it, hold it, while I get something to hold it – I cried. – Hurry up –  he said while he laughed nervously. Then – Oh #hkhkjfhhg – he thought, while I heard the crack.

This is what was left. Oh, boy if we messed up this experience for Isabella I thought while we laughed at each other. Only then, we learned that we need to wait for the frosting to dry. C’mon, a pre-made house, and I mess up. Luckily, Isabella didn’t mind. This was a happy accident for her because now she is really able to play with her ginger bread house. And oh boy, she had fun.

ginger bread house disaster

ginger bread house gone bad

If this doesn’t say I’m happy, I don’t know what does.

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So that day, I learned a good lesson. Let the frosting dry first.

Merry Christmas.

Black Swan – Weekend Movie Recommendations

It’s date day for Danny and myself, and we head out to the movies. With so many titles, we can’t decide. Either we watch his girlfriend’s – Natalie Portman – film, or my boyfriend Johnny Deep. It’s a tough decision, so we watch both.

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Ever since I saw the trailer of Black Swan, it was on my list of must see films. Darren Aronofsky is an incredibly talented director and storyteller. He knows how to make the audience feel what he wants them to feel. The film is visceral, and not for everyone much like his previous films Pi and Requiem for a Dream. But on this film, you see a more mature director. The cinematography is spectacular, specially during the mirror sequence. Unbelievable how you don’t see the camera.

The only spoiler for me was having read a review from Vanity Fair the night before, which basically gave away the ending. The words of my professors sounded true at that moment, never read reviews. But even though I knew some of the plot and twists, I enjoyed every single moment of it. The story is not new, but it feels fresh, even with its darker tone. And kudos to Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, both are such accomplished actresses. Natalie Portman gives such a wonderful performance; she is both fragile and freeky and definitely worthy of an Academy nomination. When you have an actress of the caliber of Natalie Portman is hard to imagine a young actress who is able to be side by side with her without being overcast. Mila Kurnis pulls it off wonderfully. Her performance is remarkable and confirms her as one of the great actress of the new generation.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.

As for The Tourist. I’m glad I saw it to get it out of my system, but I wonder how can you have Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie and still get it wrong, specially when the film was written and directed by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck who received an Oscar for The Lives of Others. Johnny Depp is sadly miscast, and although it’s original, the film seems like a bad remake of a 1950’s movie with Audrey Hepburn. If you can, just wait for the DVD.

Photography – 2010 Year in Review – favorite wedding detail pictures

As the year 2010 comes to an end, I went through the weddings I photographed throughout this year. And I was happy to revisit each wedding and relive the beautiful memories. So I thought I could share some of my 2010 wedding pictures. This post is dedicated to wedding details, and by that I mean: wedding and engagement rings, wedding flowers, bouquets, boutonnieres, wedding cakes, invitations, centerpieces and reception decor.

I love how each picture tells us in what season the weddings took place, spring, summer, or fall. Or whether it was a casual or ballroom wedding.

Engagement rings… how everything starts..
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Groom’s Boutonnieres and Wedding Bouquets. Summer wedding flowers.

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Fall and summer wedding flowers. Bold and vibrant colors.

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Spring Wedding flowers. Romantic colors.

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Fall Wedding Bouquets.new jersey wedding photographers

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Floral centerpieces.

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Wedding invitations.

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Orchids are simply my favorite flowers.

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Wedding cakes. Wedding cake by River Cafe.

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Wedding Cakes from the Palace at Sommerset.

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Cake on the left from the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC. Cake to the right Carlos Bakery in Hoboken NJ.

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Themed wedding invitations.

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Tropical wedding centerpieces.

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Reception decor.

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The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and wedding video studio owned by Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer, Gaby and Danny, award winning storytellers.  The studio is located right between Hudson and Bergen County, NJ, in the Hoboken Weehawken area and capturing weddings in Northern New Jersey, Central NJ,  and New York City and the tri-state area.

How to trust wedding reviews and know who is legit?

The other day, a group of wedding professionals and myself were discussing some concerns brides are expressing: How to trust wedding reviews? Which ones are legitimate? And the bottom line: Who to trust among so many wedding professionals out there? This got me thinking…. and thinking… and thinking so more.

Reviews are a catch 22.
Reviews are a catch 22 for any wedding professional. They make us look good and bad, but we need them.

No reviews: not good – signals lack of experience – “they’re probably just starting”
Bad review: no trust – signals bad reputation – “run Forrest, run.”
Somewhat good reviews: some trust, some doubt – not enough trust- “Uhm, not sure. Next!”
Too many good reviews: too good to be true – fishy – “Really how can everyone just love them. They must be posting those reviews to look good.”

So what’s next for wedding professionals and brides. As a professional, how can I prove that my reviews are legit? And for brides, how can you trust they are legit?

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Too many options…
First of all, I must admit that it must be daunting for any bride to choose a wedding vendor out of hundreds that are out there. On the other hand, because there are so many options, it means there is a vendor with a style, personality, experience and price range that is right for every bride.

But how can you find them?
How do you discern the real professional from scams. The experienced from the inexperienced. “The one who is charging way too much, if I can get the same thing cheaper.”

Engage with them!
This is what I do whenever I’m looking for a service. Point out the ones whose work you like, and engage with them. Follow them on Fb, or twitter, and follow their blog via their RSS. That way you know what are they up to; how are they like; if their personalities are a good match with yours and that of your fiance; how many weddings they do a year, which will tell you how much experience they have.

This will give you The bigger picture of who they are. And let them know you are out there. Once you know them, and have seen their work and their weddings, the reviews will make more sense. You may start pointing out reviews to real people, “Oh, this is the girl from the garden wedding; oh yeah, I know who she is.”

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PS. Ok, the pictures with tags are cheesy, but you get the point.

Credits
Confused bride: Nila del Rio, from Black Tie White Veil Events
Wedding Planner: Veruschka del Rio, from Black Tie White Veil Events
Make up artist: Veronica Garcia

The Wedding Central is a wedding photography and cinema wedding video boutique that strives to bring contemporary wedding photography, and cinematic wedding videos. Our studio is located in Hoboken Weehawken area and covers weddings in Northern New Jersey, Jersey Shore, Central NJ,  and Manhattan and New York metro area.