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This past Sunday was the Wedding Crashers Bridal Fair put on by Brooklyn Based and hosted by The Green Building and 501 Union.

It was so nice to meet the couples and vendors in attendance. I’ve been exhibiting at this fair for a few years now and it is one of my favorites. Nicole Davis and Ashley Mikoletic and their team always do such a good job organizing this event and curating the vendors.

This year I created a custom booth for my work. I am very proud of it and wanted to show a few images of it.

More importantly though, I wanted to give a public shout-out to my boyfriend Steven Fontas and my friend Remi Groner-Shea.

Steven took my concept and created my wall from scratch during his spare free time (which he didn’t have a lot of!) and created not only a beautiful wall, but a very safe and stable one. He was very meticulous in making it strong and safe. As he always does, he dedicated himself to helping me out to make the best presentation possible.

And Remi. Remi, a past bride and a current friend, came to the show to talk to couples to help sell my work. Remi has done this from her heart and I can’t thank her enough for her truly amazing assistance. She is so much fun to be around and I am always inspired by how well she is able to see what the couples are looking for and to help answer their questions.

It’s hard to ask for help, and I can’t do what I do alone…… Steven and Remi are both always there for me 100% and it wouldn’t be the same without them.

Steven, Remi, thank you both so much!!!!!!!

(btw, if you are looking for a booth for a fair, hit me up, mine is available for rental!)

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Photo by Steven Fontas

 

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Calling all couples shopping for wedding photography!

This is my first and ONLY free wedding photography giveway.

Your pins may leave you with a big win!

 

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Complete Details:

This one is for the newly engaged couples!

I want to see your idea of a fantasy wedding!

What would your wedding look like if you could do absolutely ANYTHING?

I’m looking for boards that reflect your Fantasy Wedding Style.

HOW TO ENTER:

You must:

  • Follow @PhotomusePhoto on Pinterest & “like” Photomuse on Facebook.
  • Create a Pinterest board and title it “Photomuse Fantasy Wedding”
  • Your board description must include the hashtags: “Photomuse Fantasy Wedding” & “Photomuse”
  • Fill your board with at least 25 images that depict your idea of a fantasy wedding.
  • At least 5 images need to be from a Photomuse Pinterest board.
  • Include the contest image above (also found on the Photomuse Pinterest board).
  • When your board is complete, submit the link by emailing: Kristin@photomuse.com.
  • Contest begins on March 13 and ends March 28, 2016.
  • The winner will be announced on April 8.

The boards will be judged based on creativity and originality. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Prize

Winner will receive the following prize package:

  • Up to 5 hours of wedding photography with the Muse herself, Kristin Reimer
  • A password-protected online gallery of your images
  • High-resolution digital negatives

 

 

 

OFFICIAL RULES:

SPONSOR:

Sponsor is Photomuse. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or otherwise associated with, Pinterest.

TERM:

The Photomuse Fantasy Win contest begins Sunday, March 13, 12:00:00 pm and ends Monday, March 28, 2016 at 12:00pm EST. All entries must be received by March 28, 2016 at 12:00pm EST. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no determination of winner.

HOW TO ENTER:

Each entry consists of a board created on Pinterest titled “Photomuse Fantasy Wedding.” When your board is complete according to the specifications, email the link to Kristin@photomuse.com.

The theme is “Fantasy Wedding.” Limit one board per person. Each entry must comply with the following requirements:

  • Follow @PhotomusePhoto on Pinterest & “like” Photomuse on Facebook.
  • Create a Pinterest board and title it “Photomuse Fantasy Wedding”
  • Your board description must include the hashtags: “Photomuse Fantasy Wedding” & “Photomuse”
  • Fill your board with at least 25 images that depict your idea of a fantasy wedding.
  • At least 5 images need to be from a Photomuse Pinterest board.
  • Include the contest image above (also found on the Photomuse Pinterest board).
  • When your board is complete, submit the link by emailing: Kristin@photomuse.com.
  • Contest begins on March 13 and ends March 28, 2016.
  • The winner will be announced on April 8.

The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, on originality and creativity and adherence to the theme. All entries must be submitted and received by March 28, 2016 12:00pm EST.

Entries void if Sponsor determines the board to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, inaccessible or blocked, corrupted, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

By entering, entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules, (b) that the decision of the Judges is final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the Contest, (c) that Authorized Parties may use the entry board and each entrant’s name, photograph in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). Information of each entrant shall not be sold or provided to any third-party.

PRIZE:

The winner will receive 5 hours of wedding photography by Kristin Reimer of Photomuse. Additionally the winner’s images will be posted to a password-protected online gallery and the high-resolution digital negatives will be made available via a digital download.

Prize is not redeemable or exchangeable by the winner for cash. No prize transfer, assignment, or substitution by winner permitted. The wedding date must be coordinated with Kristin Reimer on a date that is mutually available. Travel fees, products, second photographer, and/or extra hours are not included.

Right To Cancel or Suspend Contest

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to insufficient entries, computer related technical issues, or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor that affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsor elects to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsor will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs.

 

 

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A repost of a popular article by one of my past brides, Elissa Pellegrino. Enjoy!

My Wedding Checklist

1. Reception Venue

2. Ceremony Venue (same location as reception)

3. Band/Music 

4. Photographer √√ 😉

5. Florist ~ allllmost there

6. Asked wedding party

7. 1st draft of Guest List (hate this part)

8. Accommodation ~ In Negotiations

9. Transportation between hotel and venue  ~ Jeff’s supposed to be on that….emphasize “supposed to”

10. Invitations and Save-the-dates – Nope. Not at all, definitely need to get on that. (Truthfully, would like to slap the person who decided we need TWO sets of invitations)

11. Dress (will be coming in soon then alterations)

12. Jeff’s Tux – That’s on the To-Do List but we have a style in mind.

13. Wedding Party Attire ~ In progress, getting closer. (More difficult then I thought….we have 8 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen)

14. Gifts for Wedding Party and Wedding Favors for Guests – Brain hasn’t even ventured there yet.

15. Wedding Officiant – Need to find one.

16. Wedding Bands (aka rings) – We got time.

17. Honeymoon – We’re like kids in a candy story. We want to go everyyyywhere.  Need to start narrowing it down.

Ok.  Looks like a normal bride’s checklist, right?  Ok maybe at first glance, but does anyone notice a very important component of my wedding that seems to be near the bottom of the To-Do List??  Hint: #15 – aka WEDDING OFFICIANT.  Doesn’t that seem odd?? Someone who will be physically performing the ceremony to which I will be marrying the man of my dreams is #15 on the list??  A wedding is about marrying the person you love….which takes place during the ceremony. So, then shouldn’t the officiant be at the top of our list??

Couple weeks ago, I thought I had found the perfect wedding officiant to perform our wedding.  Since Jeff and I don’t want a very religious ceremony, she seemed perfect: a minister who concentrated on the love and the uniqueness of us as a couple.  She would incorporate a little religion and tradition (which I would like) andddd she speaks Italian! (My parents were born in Italy and Jeff and I are Italian, so this was definitely a pro.)  The problem then?? Her price was VERY high and a lot more then I expected.   When discussing this situation with one of Jeff’s cousins however, he made a really good point that I never thought of before:  Brides are willing to pay all this money and give attention to detail for the venue, the reception, the flowers, the band, the food, etc. but then the person who is actually PERFORMING your wedding is given little attention and is at the bottom of the To-Do List?  “Wow,” I thought.  “You’re right.”  The officiant’s price is definitely still too much for us and we won’t be using her because of it, but this concept is very valid and has led me to think about the officiant in a new way –  He/she deserves more priority then the flowers, the music, etc.

But I know I’m not alone out there.  I know I’m not the only bride who miss-prioritized my wedding officiant.  Looking on lots of wedding blogs and forums, this seems to be a trend for a lot of brides.  There’s always a lot of description of the event’s details (i.e. dresses, flowers, favors, etc.) but the actual ceremony is never really described in detail, and the officiant doesn’t always get a shout out?  Why is this? Have we brides lost track of what’s important and let the little nuances of the wedding get the best of us?

~ Elissa

Elissa writes about her wedding checklist and the one thing she hadnPINIMAGE

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  • Maureen Thomson, Lyssabeth's Wedding Officiants - Thank you, thank you, thank you! You’ve just echoed the thoughts of every professional wedding officiant who has ever walked the earth. It’s most frustrating to consistently be the afterthought for a couple’s Big Day. Especially since, for the most part, we’re the only vendor that you absolutely have to have on your wedding day.

    Not only do many couples leave us until last, but we frequently hear, “I’ve overspent on my photographer, dress, florist, wedding favors, etc., and I’m now on a tight budget. Can you come down on your price?” Bearing in mind that the officiant’s fee is one of the lowest vendor payments that a couple will make and it’s appalling to see the lack of thought that goes into choosing the right person to officiate one’s wedding.

    You’re not alone for sure, but you are somewhat unique in acknowledging your feelings on this. Thank you for re-thinking your priorities and having the courage to blog about it. The words you share on your wedding day and the commitment you make will far outweigh the flavor of your cake and the kind of flowers in your bouquet.

    I urge you to reconsider the Italian-speaking officiant. She sounds like a gem and the difference she’ll make in your service will be well worth the fee.

    (I’m going to share this post with my colleagues in the officiating field.)

  • Celia Milton, Celebrant - As a wedding officiant in New Jersey, I echo my colleague Maureen’s thoughts.This is always a difficult discussion, and totally understandable. Every wedding had a budget, and no matter what size it is, it is usually wrapped very tightly around all the elements of the day.Of course, we believe the ceremony is the most important part of the entire day (well, besides WHO you’re going to marry….) Simply choosing someone who will ‘get the job done” is an unfortunate way to start your new life together.

    A good officiant who you really love is probably only slightly more than what you had in mind, and while most couples do know what photographers, receptions and rings cost, they don’t have any idea what a professional officiant will charge. The budgets that are presented to me are often so low that they only allow for the most minimally trained officiant to be present.,

    You will find that officiants that write your story as a collaborative effort and make it a true feature of the day rather than a “point of entry” to the party hover in the same price range and those fees reflect many thins that are not as obvious as a stunning cake or magnificent flowers. There is significant “invisible” time spent by your officiant; meeting with you, writing editing beforehand; officiating, of course, pre-ceremony time, travel on the day and followup for the license. Their fees don’t reflect greed, but the reality of time and care involved by a professional who is very often not supported by a full time job in a church or synagogue.,

    An really great officiant is not going to charge an insignificant amount, and for many other couples, it is an amount that presents itself at the very end of the planning. That expense, however will guarantee you a ceremony that your guests will remember and talk about whenever they see you, rather than a ceremony that accomplished the the task at hand.

    That is a gift to your guests that they (and you) will remember forever.

    Best of luck to you for a wonderful wedding day!

  • Nancy Taussig - I certainly agree with my colleagues above.

    Personally, I’d put “Officiant” as item #2 or #3.

    If the Italian-speaking officiant will do the ceremony in Italian as well as English, you’d really be getting 2 officiants for the price of 1 (or not have to pay a translator).

  • Noel Clarke, Officiant - While it is true that we are a necessity to the marriage ceremony, what is also true is the reality factor. We may wax eloquently about the excellence of our services but as for direct and honest interest in our services, we need not expect too much. We lag way back on the totem pole and as a priority, we are invisible.
    However, we are people of hope who can use a couple’s need for an officiant as a teaching moment and working with them in a passionate manner, we can embellish the experience of the ceremony to such a height that they may after wards impress on their friends how an officiant should not be an afterthought.
    As for the bargain persons, it is what it is. And don’t we all like a bargain!
    Of course we can rail and lament how we are unappreciated and undervalued we are, forgo a booking and later spend that time slouching on the couch!
    Or we can experience the good good feeling of having had the chance to be a living presence at a wedding ceremony that is PRICELESS.

  • Rev. Judith Guasch, Wedding Officiant - I echo what my colleagues have said above. There comes a point in every couple’s planning process in which they need to stop and prioritize. I’m glad you acknowledge your moment. I also agree to hire the woman you love. You already sound as if it is the perfect match for the two of you as well as your families, and the Officiant is the ONE place you do not want to have regrets, because as you noted, it is THE most important part of the day. Cut out a few flowers, or stop the open bar an hour earlier, and go with the Officiant who will be not only the ice cream of your day, but the whipped cream and cherry as well.

    Thank you for posting your thoughts for others to share. Many blessings and many years of love and joy together.

  • Corrina McFarlane, rite of passage officiant - Thank You Elissa for blogging on this one. My husband and I were wed by officiant Sydney Mettrick, author of ‘I Do: A Guide to Creating Your Own Unique Wedding Ceremony’. We heard her on the radio with a host who just wasn’t getting it; how anyone would value the service she was offering. But, on the basis of what we heard her share in that half hour, we booked her… on the air!

    I can affirm that the orchestration of everything else needed to pull off our Wedding Ceremony & Celebration occurred AFTER we found her. We do know that early connection with our officiant informed and shaped our Wedding Day in wonderfully memorable ways which fulfilled our vision. We know for a fact too, that other couples in our circles have gone on to seek out the same level of wonder & profundity for their own nuptials. Yes; we are at the helm and are wholly welcome/invited to make our lives come True!

    nuptials n : the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed

  • Elissa - Thank you Maureen for your comments and for sharing the post with your colleagues. All of the responses, advice, and kind words are very much appreciated, and all of the comments definitely hit it home for me. After reading each and every one of the responses to my fiancé, we both now agree that we need to reconsider our budget and spend more time looking for the right officiant. Flowers will die, a cake will be eaten, people will only remember the reception’s details for so long….but the words and promises Jeff and I make to each other on our wedding day will certainly live forever throughout our marriage. Thank you again for reminding me/us what’s important.

I wear my heart on my sleeve. I always have, and I always will.

Being so openly emotive can be a blessing and a curse. I keep seeing a time in high school, at Valentines Day. There was a fundraiser where you could pay to send a “love note” and a flower to someone you liked. There was a boy I liked. He was older than me. I really liked him and he seemed to really like me. I can still remember that moment when I walked to the door of my class to see notes on the door, hoping to see one for me.. nervous to not find one. Butterflies in the stomach. And there it was. And I would savor that note for weeks to come. I would memorize the sentence. I would analyze the way it was written. The note would find its way into a memory box (another name for a shoebox) with other mementos that would allow me to live in a state of acceptance and worthiness.

Of course, there were plenty of times the opposite would happen too. I’d wait for the phone call. I’d wait for the second date. There were times it would be radio silence. I thought he liked me. I thought the date went really well. What happened? What did I say? What did I do? What could I have done differently?

The analysis would go on and on. And underneath it all, the flutter of hope that maybe he was just busy and I would still hear from him soon.

And in the words of Greg Behrendt : “He’s Just Not That Into You.”

And finally a time came when I grew up and realized that it was time to move on. I didn’t win this one, but I will win another one. I learned not to take rejection as personally and I tried not to push too hard.

And I thought I left all that behind. I thought I matured beyond those feelings of self doubt.

But you know, artists really are a sensitive bunch. I think we all wear our hearts on our sleeves. We all care what you think. Who was I kidding?

Because today, the process of wedding inquiries have replaced the process of dating.

Dearest Bride, I really want you to know what happens when I hear from you.

First of all, you should know, I have a special place in my inbox for you. When an inquiry arrives it is automatically marked in bold. When I see it, it is as if a light bulb marquee is flashing “I WANT YOU!”

Oh my gosh, I still get butterflies of hope and excitement, even after 15 years of doing this. Every one of your inquiries is like turning the corner to see a love note pinned to my classroom door! And my egotistical side simply swoons when I read your words of love: “your work is amazing!” “I fell in love with your portfolio!” “YOU are what I have been looking for!”

Oh my dearest Bride, do you know what you do to me when you say those things? I adore you already! I want to give everything away to you!

And then I check myself. I remind myself I do need to support myself. I remind myself not to be too eager. I mean, if I told you I stalked you on Facebook and drove by your house every night you might think I was a little crazy right? I hope you know I’m kidding right? I wasn’t able to find your house……

But in all seriousness. The excitement of meeting new couples and potentially being the one you choose for your photography is real. Every. Single. Time.

And I sit down and I take time to send you a thoughtful reply. I try to answer you as best as I can with the little information I have. I have one opening to make an impression on you, I also know that I am one of MANY and not just in photography, but every other vendor you are talking to.

Bet you didn’t realize you were the “cool, popular one” did you? We all clamor for your attention!

Dearest Bride, I really want you to know what happens when I DON’T hear from you.

Today, the world is fast paced. Time is a precious commodity. Relationships are handled differently (whew, I’m glad I’m not in the dating pool right now!). Today, it is hard to get a response back from you.

I want to let you know that I really do understand if I am not in your budget range. I wish that I could tell you about the other brides that let me know I wasn’t in their budget range. Some of them I was able to find a way to make it work. Some of them I was able to get them a photographer they adored that was in their budget range. There are so many possibilities, but we can only find out through communication.

And I get it, as I mentioned, time is a commodity. I’ve been there too. Often, when in a similar position, I think to myself, “I’m just one of many, this person will never notice if I don’t reply.”

But I wanted to tell you, I notice. You are not one of many to me.

Each one of you is a potential couple that will leave me crying. Each one of you is a potential bride that will become a close friend (I’m seeing two of my former brides this week actually! One of them is even a repeat customer!).

Each one of you is unique with a fascinating story.

And so, I’m showing you the heart on my sleeve. And asking you, Dearest Bride, please talk back to me!:)

 

The engagement session of Kristy and Michael in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sept. 13, 2015. Photography by Photomuse.PINIMAGE

The engagement session of Kristy and Michael in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sept. 13, 2015.
Photography by Photomuse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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