Everyone knows it; it’s one of the most recognized skylines in the world. From over 100 years of architecture to modern day skyscrapers such as the Empire States Building or the new height record holder, World Trade One, the New York City skyline is among the most sought after and photographed locations in the Northeast.

As familiar as this Manhattan may be, you will have to travel to New Jersey to get some of the most amazing views of this storied skyline.

An East Meets West Wedding

Posted by aruchaevsky on Nov 01, 2013

What happens when you have a bride and groom raised in the United States while trying to preserve their traditional Hindu roots?


A meeting of East and West, and a universal celebration of a wedding.


Mehul and Nina wanted to honor their rich Hindu culture while also enjoying a western style reception, which couples have become accustomed to in the Northeast.


Starting with bridal preparation: the dresses, a Lehenga Saree, Banarsi Saree or Salwar Kameez, is more ornate that your western wedding dress and is often bright in colors opposite of the traditional white wedding dress. Nina’s reception dress was white and beautifully displayed the intricate henna tattoo work done the evening before the wedding.


On the day of the wedding, it’s the normal hair and makeup. Unlike a traditional western wedding, a Hindu bride will often have to sit for hours the day prior to her wedding for the Henna tattoos, which is a part of the Mehndi ceremony. It symbolizes the deep loving bond between husband and wife.


Adorned with jewelry made of 28k gold and encrusted with a plethora of eye popping jewels, the bride is ready for the Hindu wedding ceremony.


A Hindu wedding has many variations based on which community or region in India your family originated from. The groom also dawns the traditional attire for a Hindu wedding as the Baraat takes center stage with a horse and family precession.


The Baraat is the bride and groom’s wedding procession. In North Indian communities, it is customary for the groom to travel to the wedding venue on a mare accompanied by his family members.


Once the traditional Indian ceremonies are complete, the bride and groom slip into something with a bit more Western influence for their reception at the Imperia.


Nina’s beautiful lace dress is a perfect mix of a traditional Indian wedding Saree, and a modern, white Western wedding dress.

The Imperia played host to Nina and Mehul’s reception with exquisite food and decor fit for an East meets West wedding.


The end result? A seamlessly blend of Hindu wedding traditions and Indian culture with Western influences leading to a unique wedding ceremony and reception, and yet another new couple ready to start their lives as husband and wife.

Photo Booths Mania Taking Weddings By Storm

Posted by aruchaevsky on Jun 19, 2013

 

Making its debut at the 1889 world fair in Paris, the photo booth, and its many variations have entertained us for over 100 years. Created by French inventor T. E. Enjalbert and patented by the German born photographer Mathew Steffens in May 1889, the photo booth is arguably among the very first vending machines.

The concept of photo booth would be modernized by Anatol Josepho, who had arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 1923. Two years later the photo booth appearing in 1925 on Broadway in New York City. For 25 cents, the booth took developed and printed 8 photos, a process taking roughly ten minutes.

Today Show Wedding 2010!

Posted by Jeffra on Sep 30, 2010

Melissa and Jeremy just said “I Do” on the plaza of the Today Show this morning!  Here’s a first look at their gorgeous wedding photos from Bella Pictures and famed celebrity photojournalist, Denis Reggie!

Getting Ready:

Ceremony:

Reception:

ALL PHOTOS BY: Denis Reggie Experience by Bella Pictures

Real Wedding: Sara + Jamie

Posted by Jeffra on Apr 26, 2010

Sara + Jamie

South Lake Tahoe, CA – June 21

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Photography courtesy of Bella Pictures.

See Sara and Jamie’s full wedding on BellaPictures.com.

Bella now lets you build your wedding photography package online, and the website now features helpful wedding planning sections like wedding day photo itineraries, engagement session ideas , and photography at hundreds of wedding locations around the country.