Keep Tradition and Still Get Those Perfect Pictures!

Photos, photos, and more photos! We just can’t get enough! Probably our favorite type of pictures are pre-wedding photos strategically taken so you don’t see your soon to be spouse.  These pictures are captured prior to the ceremony and are for couples who choose to follow the tradition of not seeing each other before the bride takes her steps down the aisle  These are so special because they show such raw emotions.  You can really see the excitement, the anxiousness, and the love for one another in these photos.

This photo by Infused Studios is gorgeous. It is a beautiful portrayal of the couples final individual moments alone as they look forward to their time together forever.

The hand holding behind walls in these next two pictures portray the romantic and tender emotions felt by both groom and bride moments before their ceremony.

(Kate Photography)

 (Priscila Valentina Photography)

The next photo captured by Gina Leigh Photography is self explanatory. So magical and sincere.

Rain, Rain, Go Away.

When nursery rhymes and desperate wishes don’t stop the wet weather from pouring down on your wedding day, it’s time to embrace mother nature for whatever she brings.

But first, there are a couple of important tips to remember when you face the chance of rainy weather.  ALWAYS have a back up plan.  Have plan b’s for your location, your guests, your pictures, and whatever else that may have to be altered.  Don’t take chances. Buy those umbrellas and tents so no one has to run around making last minute plans the day of.  Another important thing is to make the decision early on.  It can be a hard decision to make but your vendors need the time to make the day just as perfect as it would be without the weather change.  Trust your vendors’ advice, they’ve done this before!

And our final advice… get excited! Maybe it won’t be the wedding you imagined, but there are so many ways to make a rainy wedding the wedding of your dreams.  And ABE is here to show you how…

Tents can be beautiful.  Lots of lights will make it glow and give you a fun party space.

Get some rain boots to keep dry in style.

Umbrellas! For you and your guests. Go with vintage white…

…or color to match your theme…

…or how about this gorgeous clear umbrella from with your new initials.

Finally, make it a photo op!



An Enchanted Wedding

Katie May

Some of us spend our childhood dreaming of our storybook wedding. Well, this story does not have to be fiction. Let your fairy tale come to life with these magical ideas for an “Enchanted Wedding”.

Shareen Vintage

Picturesque floral arrangements that incorporate branches and delicate flowers will have your guests feeling like they’re in an enchanted forest.

This DIY decor has a fun whimsical feel to it.

Countless draping lights will illuminate the night with a magical ambiance.

Serve dessert floating in jeweled colored ribbons to show off dazzling and delicious treats.

Angel Orensanz Wedding By Ali Barone Events

Kera and David were overjoyed to be having their wedding at the historic and magical Angel Orensanz Center, the oldest surviving synagogue building in New York City. This place truly glows with history and tradition. It’s interior structure resembles the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and has a sanctuary designed to look like the Sistine Chapel. The couple just loved that the synagogue linked their Jewish heritage while providing a place to start their future.  Angel Orensanz housed both the couple’s ceremony and the reception where gorgeous deep reds, sultry purples and the soft glow of the candle lite created a romantic ambiance throughout the night. After a touching ceremony the rocking reception blew the night away, filled with delicious food, dancing, live rock n’ roll and a light show!  If this wedding is any kind of prediction of this vibrant couple’s marriage we know it will be filled with a ton of love and lots of fun.

Kera looked stunning on her big day

 Flowers trimmed the chuppah completing the beautiful canopy.

Enza from Diana Gould ltd. designed breathtaking floral arrangements to frame the aisle.

These orange, watermelon, and mint flavored waters were poured into champagne glasses for guests to sip on as they arrived and mingled before the ceremony.  Such a refreshing idea!

The candles below designed by the creative bride and groom served as unique table seatings for guests. It was simply magical to see all the candles together and then to watch them slowly make their way around the room and glow throughout the reception.

The lights completed the entire look of the reception. From elegant to lively they changed all night long to reflect the mood of each moment.

We wish Kera and David a lifetime of happiness!

Event Planning: Ali Barone Events (

Photography: Mark Nelson Photography (

Cinematography: Robert Charles

Flowers & Decor: Enza Anastasi (Diana Gould

Catering: EspritEvents (

Band: Erik Marshal Band at Hank Lane Music & Productions  (

A Picture Says A Thousand Words.

A picture says a thousand words, what will your photos say about your wedding?

I have to admit, lately I’ve been having a little bit of an obsession with photos and all the innovative new ways photographers capture the bride and grooms day. Photos not only provide memories of the wedding day but they give a little glimpse of the bride and grooms personalities.  For future generations these pictures will be looked back on and be a reminder of the wonderful couple that came together on that amazing day.

SO please excuse if the next few blogs are inspired by stunning photography. I’m sure you won’t mind!

Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are such a special part of your day AND your lives so have your pictures be the best illustration of that.

Make it sweet..

Make it fun!..


Something Blue That’s New

Brides have heard this saying a million times before and every bride is different with what items they choose to represent each category of this timeless tradition. Since the Victorian era, brides were told that by incorporating something from each group into their wedding day attire they would bring good luck and success to their marriage.  Wearing something blue dates back to ancient times when the color was said to symbolize faithfulness, purity and loyalty.  Modern brides love to be unique and stand out from the rest, after all it is their big day.  So why not change up the status quo and chose something different than the typical blue garter belt?

My favorite on trend idea? Blue nail polish! Manicures are becoming a crucial part of the fashion world. These days leaving the house without a fresh bold color on your nails is like leaving without your purse!  Nails are taking over the runways and red carpets.  With fun patterns, colors, and even textures there are so many different possibilities to choose from.

When choosing to go blue for your wedding day you can go bold or subtle with this trend.  If you don’t want the blue to clash with the other colors in your wedding go for a delicate blue decal or just one blue nail on your ring fingers.  You can also wear blue on your feet for a fun and simple pop of the color.  But if you’re feeling daring go full out and show off a gorgeous Tiffany, a deep navy, or a vibrant pattern on your fingers for all to see!

A Valentine’s Day Wedding To Be Remembered

Have you ever thought about getting married on Valentine’s Day?

What could be more romantic than that? Valentine’s themed weddings can be so much fun, and there are so many different directions to go in!  You can have the beautiful and romantic wedding  you dream of without being surrounded by the typical hearts and cupids. I vow that no wedding will be the same!

If your idea of V-day is filled with images of pink how about this delicate and darling table setting below?

Or maybe the visions are of a vibrant passionate red, like these dramatic decorations of grand flower arrangements, rose petals on the floor, and lights draping the ceilings. Absolutely stunning!

Maybe you’re not a fan of the typical reds and pinks and want to choose something more daring and different.  These ideas from show how you can take dark purples to create a dark and sultry vibe.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Davis & Phillips Wedding at The Doral Arrowwood

Ali Barone events was pleased to plan the wedding of Bethany Davis & Matthew Phillips on 6.2.2012. Beautiful cool blue lighting and lush floral decor were provided by designer Klavdiya of Diana Gould ltd. The venue provided delicious food and beverages and Center Stage Orchestras kept guests on their feet all night long. It was an Ali Barone Events wedding to remeber!



Ali Barone Events @ The Pierre Hotel, NYC

We had the honor of helping plan and coordinate the beautiful wedding of Lauren Onis & Chad Bellmare on May 12, 2012 at NY’s famed Pierre Hotel. Every aspect and detail of this lavish wedding was planned and designed to reflect the upscale, classic and elegant New York wedding our client had envisioned. After several meetings and discussions on style and color the stunning, lush floral centerpieces were created by Klavdiya of Diana Gould ltd. Lighting design by Bumni of Frost Lighting set the tone and feel throughout the entire ballroom and the The Hank Lane band led by leader Michael Hart had people on their feet all night long. We will be patiently waiting for the professional shots taken by Arthur of Hechler Photographers but until then we leave you with a few snapshots we took to document the day. We wish Lauren & Chad a lifetime of happiness together and are so happy we could be a part of their special day!