How to Find a Venue for Your Event

Band performing at a bat mitzvah for an article on ‘How to Find a Venue’

Got a family event to plan that does not involve vows or the exchanging of rings? If you have no idea where to start the planning process for your family event, then you have hit the jackpot with today’s blog. In this article you will find out how to find a venue along with a list of things you should consider before ever laying down a deposit.

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Creative Party Favor Ideas

Bombardier wedding favor

Let me start by saying this: you by no means are required to give your guests a gift. You have invited people to your celebration and are already providing your guests with free food and drink, so swag is not necessary. That said, if you want to give your guests a token of appreciation for coming to your event, here is a near exhaustive list of creative party favor ideas.

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Everything You Need to Know about Hotel Room Blocks

Photo of an East Village pre-wedding party for an article on how to book hotel blocks

I photographed a fantastic pre-wedding party at the East Village bar, Dream Baby, on Friday night. The bash was a wonderful way to say thank you to friends and family who had traveled from as far away as Australia to help celebrate Sarah and Dave’s upcoming nuptials. With so many out-of-town guests in one spot, I thought it might be a good time to address an issue that has been on the minds of my clients: how do you book hotel blocks for your wedding guests?

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Rachelle’s Jupiter, Florida Bridal Shower

Photo from a Jupiter Florida bridal shower

Happy Labor Day, everyone! It’s been a busy two weeks. I am on vacation with my family in North Carolina, but I started out the week in Jupiter, Florida where I shot Rachelle’s bridal shower. Surrounded by food, fun, and family, this shower gives a little glimpse into what Rachelle’s wedding will be like in December.

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Event Entertainment Ideas: What Works, What Doesn’t

Astoria wedding photos by NYC event photojournalist, Kelly Williams, for an article on event entertainment ideas

For most events that I photograph, there seems to always be a party within the party.  It’s not enough anymore to just feed your guests and have a DJ.  Now you have to entertain them as well.  As an outside observer to several events a year, here is my take on what works and what doesn’t for event entertainment ideas.

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Jill’s East Village Bridal Shower

East Village bridal shower at Gnocco Restaurant by NYC bridal shower photographer, Kelly Williams

Today’s sunny weather was perfect for an afternoon of getting together with the girls and celebrating the fact that you are about to become a bride.  Such was the case for Jill as she had her bridal shower at Gnocco restaurant in the East Village.  Rather than having games or toasts, the day was simply a time for family and friends to meet each other and enjoy the day together.

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New York Marble Cemetery Garden Party

New York Marble Cemetery Garden Party hosted by Atlas Obscura by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I’m doing a little bit of catch up today, and wanted to share with you photos from this past weekend’s New York Marble Cemetery Garden Party, hosted by the New York Obscura Society.  The Victorian-themed party involved a wealth of odd and historically-accurate activities, including an absinthe tasting, cemetery talk, flower crown workshop, butterfly pinning demonstration, croquet game, cello performance, gothic-themed baked goods, and demonstrations by the New York Stereoscopic Association and a gramophone DJ.

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Gettin’ Down on the Dance Floor at an Allegria Hotel Party

Dancing at an Allegria Hotel party by NYC event photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Last night the Charles family threw one heck of a party in Long Beach to celebrate the 45th wedding anniversary of Bovin and Hermelyn.  This Allegria Hotel party came complete with a beautiful beachside setting, DJ, photo booth, and even a fog machine for the couple’s first dance.  Friends and family surrounded the couple as their daughters gave a touching toast followed by a slideshow of photos from the couple’s wedding ceremony.  (It was fascinating for me to see how much wedding photography has changed since 1970!)  Afterwards, Bovin and Hermelyn cut their cake and each exchanged beautiful rings to mark the occasion.  By the end of the evening everyone was on the dance floor.  Love was the groove that had this group partying all night long.  Enjoy the photos!

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Full Bunny Contact: A Very Scary Easter Bunny

Full Bunny Contact event photographed by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Looking for a warped way to celebrate Easter?  Well, if you’re in New York City then there is no better way than attending Full Bunny Contact.  Think of it as all of your Easter nightmares combined with the Olympics.  Interested in battling it out in a giant bunny sumo suit?  Check.  How about bopping a stuffed mouse on the head with a bunny bat?  Check.  Best of all, get the chance to climb into the ring with four scary bunnies who are trying to prevent you from gathering Easter eggs.  Pure ridiculousness, the event is best experienced with plenty of alcohol but it is absolutely fun.  (Did I mention the full bar?)  The event runs through Sunday at the The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center in the Lower East Side.  I’ll be there again on Saturday to photograph the ‘Temper Tantrum Easter Candy Contest’ (????), so stay tuned for more photos later.  Seriously, if you thought Easter was all about bonnets and decorating eggs, think again.  Easter done so wrong, it must be right.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Photos from the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC by photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Photos from today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan.  Lots of crowds, especially around 47th Street.  Color me paraded out for the day.  Enjoy the photos.

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