tiffany & george: franklin plaza

Incredible, amazing, fun, beautiful, emotional andย stylish are some adjectives that come to mind when thinking back on Tiffany and George’s wedding. This wedding easily falls into a category of it’s own. We all knew it would though. Come on we’re talking about Tiffany Reo here! ย Did you expect something different? I didn’t. To say I’ve been excited to shoot this wedding since Tiffany hired us back in January of 2010 would be a major understatement. There was a buzz in the air for quite a while about this one. This was the event of the year for Tiffany and George’s friends and family and a photographers paradise.

June 25th 2011 was simply a beautiful day. While rain was a constant threat it never really did make much of an appearance. The energy at Tiffany’s fathers home was just how I like it, loud! When we walked in you could feel the bass from the music bumping. The house was filled with crazy beauty. Tiffany was in the chair getting all sorts of fabulous by Kyle of Make Me Fabulous. In the family room stood a dress that had more buzz than the royal wedding. It was amazing for so many reasons. Being an FIT alumni, professional stylist and fashion blogger Tiffany designed her gown. Thats right ladies, an original design by the bride and made by her grandmother. How freaking cool? How about the 2000 roses on the gown? You think that took some time? I love that it’s a one of a kind. After Tiffany got dressed the music got even more loud and we had a fun little photo session. If I could shoot all my weddings with blaring music I would (hint, hint). It’s so fun!! Myself and videographer Al Woodard seriously talked about how fun it was at the Reo home with the music and energy. Speaking of my man Al, he beat me again and blogged a ridiculous recap. Please make sure you check that out when you’re done here.

It’s now time for a wedding! It was off to St Judes Church. I never saw it look so good. George was on site looking mighty dapper in his HUGO Boss tuxedo. Fella’s, take notes. George didn’t rent his tux. I don’t think Tiffany would have had that lol. As the guests arrived so did the clouds. Tiffany and her family we’re just on their way into the church when a few drops of rain came down and it lasted for like three minutes. Tiffany and George did something different with their church music. She told me they hired a “garage band off craigslist”. They killed it. For the processional, everyone walked down the aisle to Bruno Mars song “Just The Way You Are”. As the song peaked the curtains opened and George saw his bride. It was so beautiful. Those musicians were awesome and if anyone knows their name they need to put it in the comment box below because I think more people should use them. Tiffany and Georges ceremony was sweet. Their priest Father Alex Santora from Hoboken was great with his stories about them. After the ceremony we headed into Troy and made some beautiful images. Then it was party time…

Onto the theme and decor of this one. Cirque De Amore was the theme. Anyone who knows Tiffany knows her incredibly talented Mother Maria Vartanian. Maria is also known as Party With Mia. She’s been throwing themed parties and events forever and does a damn good job at them. They came up with the theme Cirque De Amore and ran with it. Tiffany had some inspiration pictures of flowers she showed to my wife Kris Ann of Fleurtacious Designs. Kris Ann and her staff we’re in charge of all the florals but really across the board it was one incredible collaboration of talent. Talk about red roses! Holy smokes. The large centerpieces alone had over 200 roses in them. I believe the total rose count was over 8000!! You should have scene the piles of stems in Kris Ann’s shop the next day! Now Tiffany being Tiffany decided she wanted to do the Franklin Plaza up a little different. She told me a while back being a Troy girl and all she had been to many events at the plaza and just wanted to do something different. She sure did. For those attending this one who had been to the plaza before are familiar with the walk in the door and head upstairs for cocktails standard were probably surprised when they were greeted into the ballroom for cocktail hour. Maybe some were even confused on where to head after cocktails? That was where the tent came into play. The guests headed outdoors for first dance, toasts and dinner. Once dinner was over everybody was escorted back inside to a completely transformed ballroom and a stilt walker greeting them. There was no confusion that this was the party and dessert room and thats what happened. People partied and “danced danced” like it was in fact the “last last night of their lives” ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a party!! Props to their DJ who I believe was a friend of George’s. Please if you know the companies name leave it in the comment box because they were the bomb!

I know I wrote a lot on this one. Shoot, I’ve spent countless hours working on this blog post (as I do all my posts). I just thought it was so fabulous it needed to be talked about in detail. I appreciate you all (hopefully) taking the time to read and visit the blog. Most importantly to the Reo, Vartanian and Piรฑero families thank you! We’re just thrilled to have been part of your day. Seriously every time I’m around you it feels like I’m part of the family. Tiffany and George, what can I say? I had a blast in Hoboken last June and even more fun this June in Troy. You’re both awesome people and we wish you happiness forever, forever, ever, forever, ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope this blog reaches you in Greece ASAP.


Just to remind you all.. their engagement session I shot last June. So stylish..

Talking about style..

The shoe’s were quite fab. George picked them out! Maybe this will be a trend?

I love the detail on that gown..


I love this shot of Tiffany and her sister Brittany..

I mentioned in my writeup Tiffany designed her gown and her grandmother to the left (if you can believe she’s a grandmother) made the gown.

A little help from MOH Daniella (a former Elario bride)

Her smile and energy can really light up a room..

So incredible.

I love my job..

Oh you fancy huh?

A beautiful and classic bouquet by Fleurtacious Designs

I love this shot..

Ladies, you’re all stunning..

just stunning..

Over at Uncle Gary & Aunt Koni’s home the fellas got their snack on before the ceremony..

This is on of my favorite Troy homes.. So awesome for photos!

At Saint Judes..

On the way in!

An emotional entrance with Dad..

All eyes on Tiffany..

I love moments like this during ceremonies..

You may kiss your bride!

Mr & Mrs..

The fella’s complete with little Mikey..

The bridal party..

I love the colors..

That gown was just so awesome.

This might be one of my favorites from the day..

Thanks to our girl Hayden Yund for helping out and snagging this awesome shot.

I like this one too..

You gotta love that Elario configuration..

I teased this one on my facebook page on Sunday (as I always do) and between comments and likes my updates were blowing up!

Take a Seat! The best use EVER of the vault at Franklin Plaza. Props to sister of the bride Brittany on the graphic design! (ps notice the only E? yeah thats how Kris Ann and I roll)

The tent was incredible. As I mentioned in my write up Fleurtacious Designs did the flowers and Party with Mia (Tiffany’s Mom) supplied the rest.

Over 200 roses in these large pieces. Incredible huh? There were over 8000 roses on site..

No details were overlooked..

The reception was set off right..

They danced to Stolen by Dashboard Confessional..

Dress #2 and our little friend Winston. You think he’d sit this out?

So fun..

Winston is half Frenchie half Boston.. I love him.

I love this one. Its makes me smile.

Oh yeah!!

Work it!

Another favorite..


So sweet.. in that butter light.

If you asked me to present and image that showed their personality to a T this would be it.

Oh that good light! LOVE IT!

After dinner was over with it was back inside for just awesomeness.. A stilt walker is a first! Only Tiffany could pull this off. He was perfect for the theme!

Incase the guests had any room left in their stomaches..

What a cake! Made by Melissa Martuscello at Make Me A Cake Next Door.

I told you they partied, hard.

I just love this shot of Tiffany’s Mother Maria!

Too cute..

We’ll end with the kissing booth! This was one incredible event. Congrats!!!!!!!!

next one

natalia & john’s engagement session!