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NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS | ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT IDEAS | THE “LOVE STORY” OF JENN & DENNIS

December 17, 2012 /

THE “LOVE STORY” OF JENN & DENNIS

There are stories about love, but then there are love stories. We’re talking about the timeless, tear-jerking, and sometimes hilariously funny love stories that movie scripts are made of.  Bogart & Bergman…Harry & Sally…Jenn & Dennis.

When our bride and groom Jenn and Dennis came to the Castle for their engagement photo shoot, we immediately knew this would be one for the ages.  Dressed in a hip vintage style, they played love songs on their instruments and were playfully romantic in the magical, yellow afternoon. Together since college, they were so comfortable in each others arms, spoke to each other without words and were comically romantic… in the most adorable way.

When they returned to the Castle for their viewing session appointment the following week, little did we know that we’d get to see the actual  LOVE STORY. Yes, Dennis proposed to Jenn through a story. A Seussical storybook he created, to be exact.

Sounds cute, right? No. Not cute.

Simply put, it was the EPIC.

Dennis’s homespun book of memories and Seussical-style poetry outlined their love story in rhyme and romance.  By page two, we reached for the tissues and were thankful the pages were laminated to catch some falling tears.

The amount of time, craftsmanship and attention to every detail of their milestones together was what made a love story into an actual story.

As told through pictures, words and souvenirs of their life together, it might just be the greatest love story we had ever seen.  So then… we do what we do and photographed it.

This epic book begins with their childhood and continues into young adulthood.

Their lives documented beautifully page by page, I turned with increasing excitement.

Their love story documented in a Seussical-style poetry outlined so thoughtfully, with each page we became emotional, embarrassed as we held back tears.  This was a proposal like nothing we’ve every known.

Engagement photos to follow.  Stay tuned for much more.  Swoon!

NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS | ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT IDEAS | THE “LOVE STORY” OF JENN & DENNIS

December 17, 2012 /

THE “LOVE STORY” OF JENN & DENNIS

There are stories about love, but then there are love stories. We’re talking about the timeless, tear-jerking, and sometimes hilariously funny love stories that movie scripts are made of.  Bogart & Bergman…Harry & Sally…Jenn & Dennis.

When our bride and groom Jenn and Dennis came to the Castle for their engagement photo shoot, we immediately knew this would be one for the ages.  Dressed in a hip vintage style, they played love songs on their instruments and were playfully romantic in the magical, yellow afternoon. Together since college, they were so comfortable in each others arms, spoke to each other without words and were comically romantic… in the most adorable way.

When they returned to the Castle for their viewing session appointment the following week, little did we know that we’d get to see the actual  LOVE STORY. Yes, Dennis proposed to Jenn through a story. A Seussical storybook he created, to be exact.

Sounds cute, right? No. Not cute.

Simply put, it was the EPIC.

Dennis’s homespun book of memories and Seussical-style poetry outlined their love story in rhyme and romance.  By page two, we reached for the tissues and were thankful the pages were laminated to catch some falling tears.

The amount of time, craftsmanship and attention to every detail of their milestones together was what made a love story into an actual story.

As told through pictures, words and souvenirs of their life together, it might just be the greatest love story we had ever seen.  So then… we do what we do and photographed it.

This epic book begins with their childhood and continues into young adulthood.

Their lives documented beautifully page by page, I turned with increasing excitement.

Their love story documented in a Seussical-style poetry outlined so thoughtfully, with each page we became emotional, embarrassed as we held back tears.  This was a proposal like nothing we’ve every known.

Engagement photos to follow.  Stay tuned for much more.  Swoon!

HEIRLOOM WEDDING PORTRAITURE FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGES

July 24, 2012 /

THE IMPORTANCE OF HEIRLOOM WEDDING PORTRAITURE FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGES

On July 24, 2011, we celebrated a little.

To some, it was a life-changing experience. To others, it was a religious or political event — for better or for worse. To us, it was an event that would monumentally change our role as artists.

…This was the day gay marriage was legalized in our state of New York.

As two fine art photographers, who happen to photograph weddings in the NY-Metro area, our business was founded on the sole premise that we reveal epic, timeless stories about the life, love and truth of the subjects we photographed.

Now, the local legalization of gay marriage meant that we not only had a right – but also a responsibility– to document, share and reveal how love is expressed between two people. All People. Up until that point, they were always the outliers – our many friends and family members who could not conjoin their loving, respectable, very normal everyday lives. We saw truth and beauty in the relationships of these couples that meant so much to us, but many of their lives never found the formal occasion of marriage to let us capture such honest splendor of their relationship. Until July 24, 2011.

In the wedding photography industry, there are, generally speaking, three styles of photography: the photojournalistic, the traditional and the high-fashion wedding. At Je Revele, our own style of portraiture has always been an outlier–categorically speaking– in our minds. Grounded with a fascination in history, storytelling and preservation, our philosophy is about an epic revelation and a lasting legacy. We know our differentiated style is not for everyone, but those we serve value the same ideals we do: revealing an epic story with equitable dignity and celebration.

Somewhere in our lives, we all have ancestors’ or our own wedding pictures tucked away. Whether nestled in a photo album, hiding in a box somewhere or hanging on a wall, there is a piece of history that unveils a story or an emotion between two people.  Our belief system of honoring two people falling in love, creating a history together, enduring triumphs and hardships and the formation of legacy to pass on to further generations had just widened. The legalization of gay marriage enabled us to expand these truths and to become a new kind of historian, expressing the truth of a once legally unrecognized lifestyle.

As if a master painting in the old printmaking tradition, we now had the ability to begin a historical retelling of gay couples that could unite in marriage. We have expanded the notion of old-world heirlooms into a modern, progressive mindset. Our style enables us to not only honor the union, but immortalize it.

Our beliefs as a business were ultimately gratified when we were called upon this past year by Danielle and Jaime, who married in Staten Island, New York. The revelation of unconditional love, loyalty, heartache and triumph was amplified in one single day – their wedding – and it was our assignment to capture this.

At our very first meeting, we sensed a bit of trepidation from the couple in approaching us. However, when we described the joy we felt in celebrating Natalie’s brothers’ same-sex nuptials in October 2011, it seemed to immediately ease their concerns. Their wedding day was one of the most magnificent, emotional and touching weddings we have photographed to-date. One by one, the images revealed the most profound elements of their lives, that for so long we were unable to visually express.

As visual storytellers, all we can do is invite same sex couples to come to us, embrace us for our philosophy, and to share their sacred story. Through our work, we have been given a privilege and honor to uphold a law that our home state of New York and the surrounding states were progressive enough to support. Through the epic portrait, we will have an ability to change agents, along with many others, to honor their oneness and to create the visual stories that their future generations can honor with pride and wonder.

Let the history making begin.

Natalie Licini and Cate Scaglione are the co-founders of  Je Revele Fine Art Photography, two fine art photographers who believe that epic love reveals itself in truth and equality. To experience their work, visit www.jerevele.com

or contact them at info@jerevele.com

Top 10 wedding mistakes: not picking the right…

September 10, 2011 /

I’ve seen a lot of beautiful weddings over the years.  On occasion a few mishaps occur that could have been prevented.  Some are small and insignificant and some are important.  So without further adieu I present….

Top 10 wedding mistakes: (1st Edition)

1. Not picking the right tuxedo up from your local rental store.  Always remember to open up and check that all the items are included, fit well and are correct.  Do not get on a plane for your destination wedding in the Caribbean where there are no Men’s Wearhouse stores in a 500 mile radius. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you get my drift.

2. Not breaking in your wedding shoes can lead to a disaster. I am primarily directing this to brides, although on occasion grooms will get fancy new shoes with a slippery sole and after a beer or two, it’s just not pretty.  So scuff up your shoes, walk around in your heels (not the grooms, although gay marriage is legal in NY… yay).

3. Inviting guests to your engagement party but not to your wedding is a no-no. It’s important that you have the wedding of your dreams, but be mindful that it’s impolite to invite people to your engagement party, but not to your wedding. Unless of course you had a falling out and it was their fault. But if it was your fault, now is not the time to quarrel so pick up the phone and call them. In 10 years, will you regret not having memories with them, pictures to cherish?  Think about it…

4. Not having an engagement session may leave you with a photographer who you don’t mesh well with.  This is your chance to experience an afternoon with your photographer. Beyond taking photos with your fiancé, this is your chance to find out if your photographer is the right fit for you.  I’ve heard stories about engagement sessions that left couples screaming to book someone new or anyone with a heart beat and a good camera.  Sometimes the engagement session solidified a couple’s choice.  Either way, it’s a win, win… and you make memories and have pictures to cherish or hate for a lifetime.  Actually a photographer you don’t mesh well might take good pictures in all fairness.  It may just be a lousy memory.

5. Not taking a moment to slow down and enjoy your wedding day. Unfortunately your wedding day goes by quickly.  Whether its 6 hours or 12 hours, your day does go in the blink of an eye. Take little moments throughout the day to exhale and embrace your new spouse, mom or dad.  Look around you at all the people celebrating with you.  Blink, pinch each other and take a picture in your mind. Freeze time if you can.  Wouldn’t that be cool?  I bet if you hire Preston Bailey as your event designer, time will stand still as you gaze endlessly at his stunning work.  Ahh see, I just jumped on his blog and it happened.

6. Tanning and facials for brides, grooms or parents are a no-no the week leading up to your wedding!   Guests can do as they please, that’s fine.  I had one bride break out so badly from a facial done days before her wedding that she went tanning and it was a double whammy.  So don’t press your luck. That’s one game show I’d love to be on.  Facials if done properly 2 weeks before the wedding should not be a problem, but don’t chance fate people.  Photographers are talented but we’re not magicians.  So many of my beautiful fair skinned brides tan and gosh, it is not pretty.  I don’t know what to say, but even Snooki is tanning less these days.

7. Not proofreading your wedding invitation can lead to a disaster although on one occasion my brides’ friend caught the typo and it was rectified.  My bride had the ceremony noted at the same time as the cocktail hour, 6pm.  It was supposed to be a 3pm ceremony and a 6pm cocktail hour.  Sometimes when you’re so familiar with the content you almost can’t see the fault in things.  Have you ever written something and reread it only to notice the next day you typed something completely inappropriate.  That happens to me all the time on my iphone.  I won’t be specific. This is not the place for it.

8. Not bringing your wedding rings to the ceremony can lead to widespread panic.  I know this sounds like a no brainer, but on the day of your wedding there are so many moving parts and people involved forgetting the rings can happen to the best of us.  Remember to assign a responsible person in charge of your rings. Whether it’s the best man or a parent, don’t overlook this key part of your wedding.  I’ll just say at a recent wedding one couple had to scramble and get married with their parents rings. I thought it was charming, and that they’d look back upon it as a funny memory, but boy did they panic.

9. Not eating enough the morning of your wedding could lead to exhaustion, a headache, crankiness, or worse… loss of consciousness!   Loss of consciousness could happen if you drink excessively so don’t do that either.  That’s another post for another day completely.

10. Over-planning your wedding and not enjoying your actual wedding day.  Be a guest at your own wedding.  That is my recommendation today.  Would you make the bed at your hotel on your honeymoon, clean the sink and insist on carrying your own bags?  Would you cook all your own meals or splurge?  There are wedding coordinators for a reason. Being a guest at your wedding with only one item on your to-do list:  experience & enjoy every moment of your wedding without the stress.  I did… you should too.

If you have a mistake to add to the list, comment here or message me at natalie@jerevele.com.  I hope you enjoyed the 1st Edition of Natalie’s Top 10 wedding mistakes.  Stayed tuned for the 2nd Edition (ow yes… there’s more)

Natalie

Owner                                                                                                

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The Gratitude Package by Natalie Licini Photography

September 8, 2011 /

As of September 11, 2011, Natalie Licini Photography will be offering the “gratitude package”.

There are so many people who give back to the world, and these are just a few I’d like to highlight.  I appreciate all the teachers who help educate and raise our children to become good citizens in the world. That’s not an easy job. I only have 2 children and my hands are full. I can only imagine what its like having 30 kids for an entire day.  Civil service employees including the fire and police department risk their lives for us.  We need to give back to them.  My brother in law works for the fire department in New Jersey.  My cousin is a police officer in New York and my uncle is a retired detective.    I’m so thankful that we have their support.  The United States Military and Veterans, I’m especially thankful for.  My friend’s husband is finally coming home to her after so many years of active duty.  He comes home next month.  We are all so excited!

Maybe it’s the anniversary of 9/11 just days away, but I want to offer a special package to my brides and grooms.  As of September 11, 2011, I’ll be offering a “gratitude package”.  Call me if you’d like to hear more about it.  We can meet and discuss your wedding.  As we sit together we will create a custom proposal that fits your budget with flexible hours to give you the wedding of your dreams.  My photography is very unique in New York City.

Here’s some of the art that I create.

Thank you for all that you do! I hope to meet you soon.

Natalie

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