Non-Floral Centerpiece Ideas

Stack of books and table number for an article on non-floral centerpiece ideas

In all honesty, just about anything could be defined as a centerpiece for a table. The purpose of a centerpiece is to provide a focus for the table setting and illustrate the event theme in terms of color or style. And while most people opt for floral arrangements, I’ve had clients who are allergic to flowers or simply don’t want to go to the expense. I think you’ll find that after food and the venue, flowers are the most expensive item in any event budget. With that in mind, I have put together a list of some non-floral centerpiece ideas as illustrated by Rokaya and Keith’s fantastic Housing Works Bookstore Café wedding this past weekend.

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Wedding Photography Timeline Tips

Portrait of bride and groom with veil for an article on wedding photography timeline tips

‘How Long Should My Wedding Photos Take?’

This is the question I always get asked by couples taking a first stab at their wedding day schedule. While no one wants their photography to take all day, photographing certain groups of people does take a certain amount of time. And in general, the longer the amount of time allotted the better the photos. In today’s blog post I unravel the mysteries of what goes into planning the schedule for your big day with a few wedding photography timeline tips.

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A Waldorf Astoria Wedding

Wedding ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Towers

How about a little touch of glamour to get your weekend started?  Jill and Ed are two of my favorite clients from this year whose Waldorf Astoria wedding was brimming with elegant and unique details.  To start with, they were married in a suite that was the the luxurious former residence of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.  I mean, if you’re going to do a small wedding, why not make it spectacular?  The opulence of the suite and its sweeping views of midtown were matched with a cozy intimacy which was perfect for the small guest list.

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A NYC City Hall Wedding: What to Expect

Portrait of a bride and groom, by NYC City Hall wedding photographer, Kelly Williams

Every year, about a third of the weddings I shoot are city hall nuptials. As such, I’m happy to pass along some insight into getting hitched in the city I proudly call home.

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A Chic Bergdorf Goodman Wedding

A Bergdorf Goodman wedding by NYC wedding photographer, Kelly Williams

With the end of the year fast approaching, I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite weddings from April of this year.  Carol and Chris are from the United Kingdom, and wanted to uniquely say their vows in the city they both love: New York.  Their wedding was both a nod to tradition and a fabulous party that celebrated their individual tastes.  For starters, in classic New York fashion, they got ready at the Plaza Hotel.  The ceremony was held at All Souls Unitarian Church (my church!) on the upper east side and was simply beautiful.  With only 22 guests, they had the sanctuary all to themselves.  But why hire the church choir when you can get David Letterman’s own Late Show Gospel Choir?  The choir was captivating, and their voices filled the space.  It was a bit like having a theater performance during the ceremony.

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Memories: Melanie & Jalani’s Flushing Meadows Park Wedding

Wedding portrait of African American couple in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

So my maternity shoot with Melanie and Jalani is today, but I wanted to first introduce them to you with photos from their Flushing Meadows Park wedding in April of this year.  This couple are Queens natives, and proud of it!  Their ceremony was held in the shade of the World’s Fair Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and the reception followed at the Rainhas Churrascaria.  As a resident of Queens myself (team Kew Gardens!), I was proud to photograph these two.

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Kelly Williams Published in New York Magazine Weddings!

New York Magazine Weddings winter 2015 with photo by Kelly Williams

Happy Veteran’s Day to everyone!  I hope you all are having a great week, and have had the chance to perhaps pick up the latest issue of Weddings by New York Magazine!

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Becky & Jim: A Central Park Wedding

A Central Park wedding beside the Bethesda Fountain by photographer Kelly Williams

Talk about a whirlwind romance!  Becky & Jim met late last year in an Irish bar on a rainy Sunday night.  This chance meeting led to love, and Becky and Jim officially tied the knot in classic New York fashion beside the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.  While the couple is planning a larger church ceremony in the spring or summer for their families, along with a party in Ireland for Jim’s clan, this was a chance for their nearest and dearest to get together and watch the couple say their ‘I Do’s.’  Check out the fancy horse and carriage which brought the bride and her friends to Bethesda Terrace, as well as the Scottish bagpipers who just happened to be in the park at the same time as the wedding.  A little touch of home (UK) for Jim.  Congrats to Becky & Jim, and enjoy the pics from their Central Park wedding!

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Melody & Michael Get Married at the India House

Bride and groom portrait before their India House wedding

Love, laughter, and plenty of dancing were on hand last night at Melody and Michael’s wedding.  It’s clear these two simply adore each other, and the evening’s festivities brought together friends and family in celebration of their romance.  The wedding took place at India House which, if you’ve never been, is a fantastic historic venue.  The entire house is filled with nautical details going back to the earliest days of New York City.  A few items to note about the wedding: instead of having a guest book, Melody and Michael provided guests with a ‘mad libs’ version so guests could give the couple their own marriage advice (albeit hysterical).  In addition, the table ‘numbers’ were actually framed quotes from some of the couple’s favorite authors.  Finally, the bride surprised the groom with her own a cappella version of ‘A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.’  Not a dry eye in the house after that performance!  #MelodyAndMichael

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The McRoman’s Know How to Celebrate!

Bride having a drink at a University Club wedding

I had the pleasure of photographing what — some might argue — was the party of the year last night.  McKenzie and David — a.k.a. the #McRomanWedding phenomenon — got hitched yesterday at a private club in NYC.  It was a lovely black tie affair attended by a little over 200 guests.  One thing is for sure, these crazy kids know how to dance!  Check out the pics.

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