No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
- Ingmar Bergman

June 28, 2013

Spring/Summer Weddings

The past few months have given quite a few memorable moments for some very special couples.  A quick look at some recent wedding celebrations that I have been invited to film.  Links to some of their teaser films will be forthcoming.

Michael Webber focusing in on Natalia.
Natalia + Glenn Edelson  -- April 27th 
The couple chose to have a very intimate wedding with approximately 50 of their closet friends and family members.  The wedding took place at the St. Regis Hotel.  My thanks to Michael Webber owner of who introduced the couple to me and who also photographed their wedding day and finally, Matthew Anderson from the St. Regis who is always a pleasure to work with.

Natalia -- final touches before seeing Glenn

Jaimie with her young dance partner

Jaimie + Rick Sirianno -- May 31st

The sun shone on Jaimie and Rick for their May 31st wedding.  The warm, sunny weather made for easy travel from St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville to the outdoor grounds of Glen Island Harbor.  Claudia Hanlin's Wedding Library ( provided all of the couple's planning needs and excelled at making sure the entire day ran smoothly.

Andrea + Edward Dale -- June 15th

An urban wedding with a romantic feel that began at St. Vincent Ferrer and ended at The Century Club.  The weekend kicked off with a magical rehearsal dinner held at The Colony Club.  Brett Cameron ( coordinated while the talented Liz Banfield ( flew in from Minneapolis to photograph the couple's glorious day.

Andrea getting set to walk down the aisle

Emily + Julian Madden -- June 22nd

What a treat to be able to experience a wedding at Elihu Island in Connecticut.  The island only allows for 4 weddings a year!  Emily and Julian had the entire island for themselves and their guests and they were given the perfect Summer day to celebrate their occasion.  Adrienne O'Connor of Ruffles and Tweed ( pulled it all together.  This location is a filmmaker's and photographer's dream so I am sure that Jason Walz ( and Bia Sampaio ( have a collection of photographs that are certain to be breathtaking.

The Main House on Elihu Island
Emily + Julian enjoying their first dance

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June 10, 2013

The Talent Pool Corner: Valerie Keane Decorative Arts

I feel very fortunate to live in a city that abounds in artistic talent.  Inspiration presents itself no matter where you turn.  Such is the case with artist Valerie Keane's work.  She masterfully hand crafts beautiful works of glass decoupage.  From paperweights to plates to bowls, these pieces will bring to life any room in your home or apartment.

Her work is somewhat playful, light in spirit, and contains a palette of many images and colors  -- from animals to flowers to mermaids to images of men and women that lived centuries long ago.   

She draws her inspiration from the traditional techniques perfected over the centuries with its origins
dating to the 12th century.  She combines these time honored steps with a modern technique of applying her designs to glass.  The result is a highly unique piece that is a wonderful combination of art that is hauntingly traditional yet with an inspiring modern flare. 

As Valerie says "I strive to create work that is not only exquisite, but celebrates the moments when we take the time to savor and contemplate beauty itself."

Valerie has traveled worldwide in search of the perfect images for her pieces.  She applies gilding or uses carefully selected handmade papers to serve as a background for each piece.  Then, she incorporates the traditional technique of finishing each piece with 25 to 35 layers of varnish.  One piece can take about 5-6 weeks to complete.

Her extensive training includes studying art history and architecture in Italy; art, sculpture and decorative painting in New York, and drawing in Costa Rica. She most recently has studied decoupage on glass with leading artists Jill Barnes-Dacey in Rome, Kaaren Lewis in New York as well as traditional mosaics with Luciana Noturni in Ravenna. 

You can see more of her work at: