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Spring is here?… “Not yet” said the Ice Queen

by on Mar.17, 2016, under Wedding & Engagement

Hello my friends,

The cherries outside will soon start blooming, and the birds will be singing their beautiful songs. …Do you feel it in the air? It’s almost that time of the year. But before that happens, I have something pretty special to share with you. It has been in the making for quite some time – from crystallizing the concept to finding the location and putting everything together. In order to make something stand out, especially in the oversaturated field of wedding photography – where people have already seen everything – it really needs to be special. Not just partially – every single bit of it.

I always had a vision of making my own Ice Queen photograph. The Northeast, on the other hand, has always been fascinating to me in the winter – particularly with these gigantic icicles you can see along the smaller roads. Those, as my own of twist to the Ice Queen idea, were a big part of the initial vision I had in my head.

So here we are – in Alaska (…just kidding – we are in Bolton, CT), enjoying this absolutely stunning natural display in front of our eyes – and racing with time to capture the best out of the beautiful soft light before the sun went down. This is the place for me to say my praises for the absolutely amazing group of talented people I had the pleasure to work with. None of that would have been possible without them – and every single person absolutely nailed their part. …Did I mention how much fun we had?

The results are below. You be the judge. Enjoy!

The gang:

Fashion Stylist & Model: Valda Ludwig
Flowers: Helena Willis – Perfect Princess Events ( perfectprincessevents.com )
Dress & Accessories: Shelley Bailey – The Wedding Dress, Portland, CT ( theweddingdressllc.com )
Hair & Makeup: Stacie Amanna – Transcendent ( transcendentct.com )
Photography & Editing: Yours Truly

See you around,

Your Pal Val

a.k.a.  NYC CT  Wedding Photographer / Destination Wedding Photographer Val Nanovsky

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Anni & Esk’s Fairy Tale Afterglow – New Orleans, LA

by on Jan.08, 2016, under Wedding & Engagement

Hi everyone,

Words can not describe how honored and grateful I am to be a part of Anni and Esk’s wedding in Biloxi, MS, and photograph their Afterglow Session in New Orleans, LA. It is a rare privilege for someone from CT to fly to that beautiful place and capture such a gorgeous Asian wedding for such an amazing couple. I am truly touched, and I will remember that experience forever.

But rather than my own memories, this post is really about Anni and Esk – and all the fun we had while taking their photos. We shot their Engagement Session in New York City, and this time we wanted something completely different. Anni wanted me capture the best New Orleans had to offer, so we made a plan to visit the local park – with that beautiful tropical vegetation, and those Oak trees with the gorgeous hanging lichen that grow only in the Deep South. Of course, no trip to New Orleans is complete without Bourbon St – and we got that too!

Nothing stopped these two, not even the homeless people on Bourbon St who decided to join us for a couple of photos (see below), nor the fist fight we somehow had to witness while taking pictures in the French Quarter (sorry, no images of that, haha). We spent the evening eating fantastic local crawfish, prepared by chef Jesse Le – could it have ended any better than that!? Here’s to Anni, Esk, and all my new Vietnamese friends I made during that trip – CHEERS!

Enjoy the eye candy…. yo!

See you around,

Your Pal Val

a.k.a.  NYC CT  Wedding Photographer / Destination Wedding Photographer Val Nanovsky

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Dan & Jayne’s Motorbike Engagement Session – New London, CT

by on Jan.07, 2016, under Wedding & Engagement

Hi guys,

Welcome back to the Valdorama Blogosphere. Wow, it’s been a while! Part of the thrill of owning and maintaining a blog is sometimes being surprised by automatic software updates and the resulting incompatibilities. When I originally started writing this post I noticed a bug that had to do with the way the images were being displayed. The blog looked broken, and let me tell you, I wasn’t happy. It forced me to go undercover, and not add new content for quite some time – until I finally found a solution. I am happy to announce that the blog is now fully functional, bug free and the images are all here in their original glory. As you can imagine, I did quite a few absolutely beautiful shoots over the past weeks and months, so I will be adding a lot of new posts in the coming days. Yaaaay, your pal Val is back!

Let’s now go back to what really matters:

Meet Dan & Jayne – the happiest couple I have photographed! These two are so much in love with each other, it is beyond belief!

When we first met, I already knew Dan, but I knew nothing about Jayne. As usual, I was curious to hear what would make her tick. She mentioned a couple of things, but what really stood out was her love for motorcycles, which Dan also shared…. No, excuse me, Dan is absolutely obsessed with bikes! So my natural response was “Allrighty then, I think I know how we are going to theme this shoot. We will do a motorbike shoot!”

Imagine their initial disbelief – the guys just wanted an engagement session! But that quickly turned into major excitement. What could have been any better for them!? We did throw in some “normal” pictures at the beginning – just to warm it up. But boy, I think we really hit it when we threw the bikes in the picture. Don’t know about you, but I am wildly excited. And I sincerely hope you enjoy looking at these images as much as I did working on them.

Voila:

– Yours truly,

Val

a.k.a. NYC / CT / Boston Wedding Photographer / Destination Wedding Photographer Val Nanovsky

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Mary & Tai’s Engagement Session – Harkness Park, Waterford, CT

by on Jun.23, 2015, under Wedding & Engagement

Hey guys,

It is such a pleasure to introduce to you Mary & Tai who are getting married later this summer. It will be an stunning traditional Vietnamese wedding like nothing you have seen – and, needless to say, I am so so excited for them!

Mary is the kind of bride who puts an incredible amount of thought and effort into every detail in her wedding – from the hand made accessories  – check out the umbrella and those Swarovski crystals on her veil and her bouquet (she did that herself!) – to the very last photo we took. A while ago we brainstormed about a location for the engagement session (yes, the title didn’t lie – this IS an engagement session). We were thinking about going to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York City, and capturing the blooming cherry trees – but unfortunately the full bloom this year was way earlier than what we expected – and Mary’s dress was not ready at this point. Later on after rethinking the location we chose Harkness Park. And I am so glad we did – it offered all the photo ops we wanted – and then some. We lucked out and, along with those colorful azaleas and the amazing Japanese Maple, we found a cherry tree that was still blooming. Yay!

This shoot is not about the location though. It is about the love Mary and Tai share and how beautiful and happy they look together. The results? Well, you let me know what you think.

Last, but definitely not least, Mary happens to have her birthday today, so let’s all comment below and wish her a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May this one be the best birthday you’ve had Mary! Cheers!

 

– Your Pal Val

a.k.a. NYC / CT / Boston Wedding Photographer / Destination Wedding Photographer Val Nanovsky

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