Patricia’s show – Chamard Vineyards in Clinton

Hi everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve had a minute to post anything.  We have been super busy with wonderful weddings and portrait sessions. . .

I have also been busy with my artwork and am very excited about a show I am doing at Chamard Vineyards all of July and August.  The works are digitally manipulated photos I have taken of different skies, water and marshes.

Some of these images are on the walls at Leon’s restaurant on Washington Ave. in North Haven, CT.  This will be my first showing and sale, however -so exciting!

I hope some of you can come and see my work and have a glass of one of Chamard’s exquisite wines ;  )!  Patricia. . .

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A Dream Wedding on Valentine’s Day in NYC!

 

Imagine a perfect day in New York city and I think our Valentine’s Day would measure up!  We were asked to accompany Ana & Garry Parzych of Ana Parzych Cakes to the Knot’s Dream Wedding in Bryant Park at Citi Pond.  They provided the spectacular cake for the lucky winners of the Dream Wedding -Sierra & Andre.

The reception was held at Celsius at Citi Pond which was like a big greenhouse overlooking the skating rink.  Sierra is a very talented figure skater – so it was a perfect location!

Since this wedding was going to be a featured event on the Knot, there were lots of people running around setting up for live camera feeds, music, video and photography.  It was a mad dash to get everything perfect!

The venue was spectacularly designed with all white orchids, roses and lilies festooned with strings of crystals (Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design).  The tables (Classic Party Rentals) featured tablecloths (Wildflower Linen) covered in silver paillettes -absolutely everything glittered . . .

. . . though I think Ana’s cake stole the show!  Hard to believe all the flowers are sugar!

Ana hates having her photo taken though I don’t know why -look how pretty she is with her show-stopping cake ;  ) . . . sorry Ana! XX

The ceremony took place rink-side (is that a word?) in a beautifully decorated tent.  We watched from the sidelines as their friends and family danced in the aisle to the old Motown hit “Your love keeps lifting me higher”.  It was so much FUN!

Sierra & Andre took a spin on the ice and although Andre didn’t seem too steady, Sierra was absolutely dazzling -and talented!

Ana and the Knot editor and site director, Anja Winikka.

Everyone was waiting for the arrival of the couple and we caught some guests checking out the cake -are those real flowers. . . ?

John, moving in for the shot while the couple dance to fantastic music provided by Elan Artists.

Finally time to cut the cake . . .

. . . and apparently it tastes as good as it looks ;  )!!

Sierra also presented Andre with a custom made groom’s cake (also made by Ana Parzych) in the shape of a very special camera.  Andre is a photography buff!

OK, I took a little time to enjoy the view and the spectacularly warm day!  I probably should have asked John to join me but then who would have taken this photo?  Thank you so much Ana and Garry for a really fabulous day. . . and a great Valentine’s dinner at Carmine’s that night -quintessential New York!

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Dana & Chris at the Cliff House

 

On September 23rd, 2012 we traveled to Ogunquit, Maine to shoot Dana and Christopher’s wedding. What an absolutely beautiful day despite the wind.

Their ceremony and reception took place at Cliff House, right on the rocky coast – with absolutely amazing views of the ocean.  The pictures of them out on the rocks is like looking a pictures taken from a movie scene! :)

Dana and Chris were a super fun-loving couple and brought a lot of their friends and family to celebrate! We are so honored to have been a part of their day!

XO

 

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A Walk Through The Park- Boston Engagement Shoot

 

About a month or so ago John shot Beverly & Hyunjin’s engagement pictures in the park in the heart of Boston. We love them, the day could not have been better, between the sun shining and the color of the leaves changing. You can tell they really have so much fun together. Here are some of our favorites :)

We are shooting their wedding this upcoming May-

We can only imagine how wonderful those pictures are going to come !

XO

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Quick Read- 5 Ways to Spice up your Seasonal Family Photos

1.) Get photographed doing something that you all truly love.

The common family photo (especially for the holidays) is set up with everyone walking along a beach, sitting on a front porch or standing in a field with an open background. Why not capture you and your loved ones doing something that expresses your true character.

Think out of the box on this..

Is there an activity that you all take part in? Maybe you all do a winter sport, ski, snowboard, ice skate?? Or Maybe you have a traditional family game night that is extremely competitive.

Take a vacation recently? A family photograph on vacation usually come out great why not incorporate that into your holiday card.

2.) Change up your outfits.

Now I definitely agree with staying within the same color scheme, however everyone in the family doesn’t have to be wearing all the same turtlenecks with khaki pants- very 90′s ;)

Show off the ages in your family and play up your style, accessorize!! (not too much) throw on a scarf, or maybe an age appropriate necklace. Boys can wear a button up- maybe one solids, one plaid… Your options are endless!

3.)  Use signs to create a message.

Little sign props are a big hit in photos now days- if it’s a holiday picture you are doing then it can relate to that, or maybe it’s just a family picture you want to hang in your home. You can write the date , the season, or maybe share some special news?!

A picture already says a thousand words so make it say more.

4.)  Involve your pets!

Chances are most family members know who you have for pets and everyone knows that they are JUST as much as part of the family. So when setting up to make your holiday photo grab whoever your pet (s) may be and let me bring a smile and another memory to your card.

5.)  Create your own photo booth (MY FAVORITE)

When you go to a wedding or a birthday party where you can throw on some fun props and take a cluster of funny pictures its normally one of the highlights of the night. So an idea would be to create your own at home version. It can be holiday themed or silly, whichever you decide it will be completely customized and personal.

Take some holiday wrapping paper and tape it up on the wall for a back drop or even a colored sheet or a bright painted wall. You can print out cards with words, wear hats, glasses, ugly sweaters J whatever you like!! OR another great option would be to gather some holiday colored lights and bring them into play!

So that is my quick list of 5 different things you can do to spice up you holiday photos. Please feel free to leave comments with some of your own holiday card ideas – I would love to hear!!

Happy Holidays Everyone XO

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Fun and Romance at the Danbury Train Museum -it may never be the same!

 

I wanted to feature some images from a recent wedding John and Manny did for our ecstatic bride and groom, Laura and Jason. The ceremony took place at Fairfield University Chapel with the reception following at the Candlewood Inn in Brookfield.

After a lot of discussion prior to the wedding day, a decision was made to go to the Danbury Train Museum for the photos of the Bridal Party before heading to the Candlewood. . .

Check out the museum at www.danbury.org/drm/

Let’s just say that John and Manny totally ROCKED it at the Train Museum -although I might be a tiny bit biased ;  )!  They were racing against the sunset and loss of good light and the fact that the museum was due to close at any moment!  In spite of those pressures, I think these images are killer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The employees there turned out to have a soft spot for our romantic couple and not only kept the place open late but helped with Laura’s dress and posed for a few fun shots at the end of the session – thanks for the love!

I just finished designing a couple of Parent Albums for them using some of these images (but don’t say anything cause I think it’s a surprise).  Laura emailed me back after she got the movie layouts of the albums and called me a MAGICIAN ; )!  I knew there was something about her I really liked ;  ). . .

 

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Priam Vineyard Event, October 16th 2012.

Tuesday, October 16th was Priam Vineyards “Coming Out” event.  It was dry and sunny, crisp and cool -just the way a perfect Fall day should be. . .  and what better place to enjoy that day than in the gorgeous countryside of Colchester on the vine-covered hills.

Gloria Priam (owner and general manager) along with her team of professionals created a truly magical night which was punctuated by the spectacularly creative (& supremely delicious) display of food by Debbie Grazier of The River house Catering (website here)

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Gary Crump (owner, vineyard manager and winemaker!) recently created a rustic gazebo using tree trunks!  It was set up for a ceremony with hay bales for sitting and tin cans filled with the most beautiful  arrangements of flowers hung from shepherd’s hooks -absolutely stunning for a country wedding with a sophisticated twist.  There were several incredibly talented florists responsible for the flowers that evening, including Michelle Duthrie of Innovative Florals (website here) who also serves as Priam’s sales associate -so talented and SO busy!

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Erica Powell of Ambuiance Luxe Wedding Design (website here) was a driving force to pull the event together.  With her expertise in planning, great taste and amazing organizational skills -it went off like clockwork and with perfection!  We have been looking forward to working with Erica and her team for some time now, and it was a pleasure, as we knew it would be!

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Another great friend and long-time associate is Diane Gaudett of Diance Gaudett Florist (website here) She created a table setting bursting with soft color and shining crystals -so sophisticated, rich and elegant.  The long table featured huge displays of pale roses and orchids and was covered in delicate sheer linens covered in silvery embroidery and applied flowers.  Talk about a magical environment for a perfectly dreamy wedding!  Diane is always quick to smile and give you a big hug -love her!

Ana Parzych of Ana’s Custom Cakes ( website here) who is our favorite cake designer was there with a table of her sumptuously designed cakes and other of her tasty sweet tidbits!  She designed several cakes specifically for Priam Vineyards which included one with delicate grape leaves finely dusted with subtle color.  She also featured a cake covered with truffles and featuring her signature all-sugar, hand-made hydrangeas -so realistic, you have to touch it to believe  it’s sugar.  Ana and her husband Garry are incredibly talented and great friends.

We loved the deviled egg bar -Roasted Corn & Lobster, Curried Crab, Tomato Saffron -fantastic!  Riverhouse Catering’s display was featured on an antique flatbed truck -all shiny chrome and curvy bumpers.  There were beautifully prepared platters of luxurious cheeses, fresh figs, honey and dried fruits.  My favorite was the pulled pork which was perfectly seasoned and served in an antique iron kettle.  There were also butler passed hors d’oeuvres like duck served on tiny sweet corn cakes -yum!!

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We were treated to the music of Mi Scuzi & Divina Artisti.  These guys were  fantastic -they featured Italian tunes, along with rhumbas and tangos.  Dressed in vintage clothing, they were a feast for the eyes as well as the ears and we all enjoyed them tremendously. Check them out at www.miscuzi.com

Other creative talents in attendance included Drew Lavyne of www.sixminutestories.com, Terri Krisavage of www.tkfloraldesign.comDonna of www.cakesbydonna.com, Joanne Misenti of www.ctrentalcenterNaomi Martinez of www.salonnaomi.com, Carey Leining of  www.stemsflowerdesign.com

Thank you Gloria, Gary and Michelle for the opportunity to work with you and your beautiful venue.  We look forward to photographing many events on your property and certainly enjoying your wines ! :)

Patricia and John, XO

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A Rainy Day Read: Four musts when planning a wedding!

Being a bride today comes with a lot of options. Weddings are not just your typical hosted event from a church to a reception hall; weddings are so much more than that. Not only is it a day for you and your significant other to celebrate the beginning of the rest of your life but it’s also an event to show off to your friends & family a deeper look into just what the two of you are all about.

Planning weddings is something I find so exciting because every couple is different.  They can be traditional and simple or over the top, some brides what the *wow* factor when their guests arrive to the venue. Some brides are more rustic and earthy incorporating more greens and nature or maybe just softer colors. Some brides are glam, sparkles and glitter everywhere. No matter what kind of bride you are there are soo many things you can do to spice up your wedding and give it that extra –flare-

Here are a few things to help brides get going in the direction that they want to take…

1.) START PINNING: Have you not made a pinterest account yet? You should. Pinterest is a great way to organize some ideas online and see examples of what you do or do not like.  Create boards for different parts of your wedding and label them, Colors, Flowers, Hair Inspo, Centerpieces, etc. The list goes on. Once you have a view of what you are drawn to and keep pinning you’ll have a better feel for what really sparks your interest. You can either share with your wedding planner or your vendors that you hired to show them a better idea of the look that you are going for.  (follow us on Pinterest – @Prestige/Barkley )

 2.) READ BLOGS:  Blogs are fantastic. Especially on sites like, Style me Pretty, or you can find some on the Knot, mostly all wedding blogs highlight the details of a wedding. The bride and groom typically have some details that differ from your average wedding. It’s really helpful inspiration and at the bottom of each blog it usually lists all the vendors. From there you can click on their website and see where they are from, and learn more about them. Some photographers for example travel, it’s not a bad thing to reach out and email stating you like their work and are interested in what they can offer you! (WE TRAVEL ALL OVER :) CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE.. prestigebarkley.com )

3.) KEEP YOUR PLANNING TO A MINIMUM NUMBER OF HELPERS: Planning a wedding can be a lot of fun but it can also be very stressful. A newly engaged couple will always get that initial I want to help you plan!from some friends or family. It is very nice and thoughtful but in the long run it can create unnescessary stress. If you dont have a planner, pick someone or a few people who you trust and who you know will add positive energy to your planning. You want someone who will support your ideas and make them happen. You do not want someone who will put them down and want you to change your mind use their ideas or judgment. Different opinions can come through when picking out what YOU the bride likes best which can in the end lead to a disagreement. -So avoid that and only let a few people in on your wedding day ambiance.

4.) DON’T BE AFARID TO ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT: When choosing a vendor it’s important to really research and find what you want. Make a list! When emailing with the selected vendor or talking on the phone have a list pre-written out with what you really want and ask if they can help get there. Don’t feel like you’re annoying them by asking too many questions or repeating yourself. They want your business and more importantly they want you to be happy. A good vendor will want to please you in many differnt ways leaving you on a good note so you refer them to others. Believe me- people ask millions on questions about various packages, offers, or add-ons! So ask away!

Good Luck with all your planning to all you brides to-be out there! If you need any reccomendations please feel free to comment & ask. Or email me at nicole@prestigebarkley.com !

xo-

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Fall 2012 Family Photoshoot- Sal, Tracey, Tyler & Olivia

Sal, Tracey, Tyler & Olivia are such a beautiful family to photograph. Years ago we photographed Tyler as a newborn and now he is this handsome little man filled with energy. His precious little sister Olivia is so sweet and as you can see from the pictures about she looks like a little doll so perfectly nestled in the basket sleeping. Sal & Tracey have become good friends of ours overtime and we are so thankful to have been apart of their family photos.

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The new, Mr. & Mrs. Ready-Anthony’s Ocean View

 

August 11th began as Leanne and her bridesmaids put together their finishing touches and waited for the limo to pick them up. Chris was with his groomsmen at another location getting ready to head to the church.

After their ceremony we went to the Milford Town Hall & Duck Pond for some more photos before the reception.

A few more pictures with the bride and grooms friends and family we knew Leanne, Chris and the rest of their wedding crew were ready to dance the night away. So we hoped in the party bus with them and headed to Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven.

Lets just say, the party definitely started here! :)

The night was absolutely beautiful. Guests were up and out of their seats dancing and enjoying the evening. The weather was beyond perfect which made for a really spectacular sunset. We felt so welcomed being apart of Leanne and Chris’s special day. We wish them the very best forever & always.

xo.

 

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