The April issue of Long Island Pulse Magazine just hit the newsstands and our photos from the March cover party at Monsoon are on page 16! We were pleasantly surprised to find a photo of ourselves included in the spread!
Want to be in the next issue? The April cover party is less than a month away! We’ll be photographing the event at Mint in Garden City on Wednesday, April 25th from 5:30-8:30. As usual, there will be luxury raffles, complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres for all guests, happy hour drink specials, and an open bar for VIP guests. The cool thing about this party is there will also be a fashion show featuring all the hot new looks for Spring! Oh and…Mint has a rooftop deck! Let’s hope the weather warms up even more!
Friday, April 20th is the last day to RSVP so contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we look forward to partying with you next month!
Arrive in style: Call All Star Limo for VIP Transportation. 800-43-ALL-STAR
Call ahead for dinner reservations afterwards 516.307.8677
Spring is officially here and the recent onset of warmer weather got us thinking about all the annual Hamptons events coming up. We’ve already signed up to shoot a bunch of them and we’re excited to announce the first one is going to be the Parrish Art Museum’s Spring Fling!
The downstairs area was set up with the registration table on one side and a long lit-up bar on the other. Half price wine was available to all the Pulse party goers. The back rooms of the restaurant were filled with regular dining patrons as the restaurant was open for normal business during the party. Up the tall staircase was another room set up as a VIP lounge overlooking the crowd below. An open bar was set up in the back for the VIP guests who also got to look through the 20 foot window into the kitchen, a pretty unique feature of the restaurant. The venue got very crowded very quickly and it soon became a little difficult to move without bumping into people, but I think that just made everyone more comfortable meeting their neighbors!
A little less than an hour into the party, the waitstaff started passing out hors d’oeuvres. This is what I think everyone was waiting for, trying the food! Trays and trays of sushi came around along with chicken teriyaki, tuna tartare and green papaya salad served in Asian soup spoons, spicy rock shrimp tempura, and crispy fried tofu. Later, dessert samples were served including cheesecake bites and chocolate truffle balls covered in almonds and coconut. Yum!!
Towards the end of the party the Event Kings “announced” the winners of the raffle prizes. The restaurant wouldn’t allow them to announce the winners with a microphone, so they improvised and wrote the winners’ names on a little chalk board. Surprisingly all four winners soon found out they had won and made their way to the raffle table to collect their prize and pose for a photo. The prizes were a $200 gift certificate to Rein Restaurant at the Garden City Hotel, a $100 gift certificate to Monsoon, an Eterna women’s watch, and a Gevril men’s watch.
All in all it was another successful cover party and networking event. We had a great time working with our friends at Long Island Pulse and Event Kings and are looking forward to next month’s party!
More photos from the Long Island Pulse March 2012 Cover Party at Monsoon
We had a great time shooting the VERY crowded Long Island Pulse Magazine March 2012 cover party tonight at Monsoon in Babylon! We have a bunch of photos to go through and we’ll be posting them very soon, but here’s one to hold you over! Please check our website www.society-in-focus.com soon to see the rest!
In 2011 we had the pleasure of photographing our first Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Port Jefferson, NY. Upon arriving at the church, we were handed two pieces of paper detailing the different parts of the ceremony so we would know what to expect. We’d like to share those details with you here, copied from the handouts we received (sorry we don’t have a reference), accompanied by some photos. Enjoy!
“The Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony
The Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony is an ancient service that has been celebrated in its current form for centuries. The ceremony is full of symbolism to reflect the elements of a successful marriage – love, mutual respect, equality and sacrifice.
The wedding ceremony itself consists of two parts which are distinct and separate from each other: The Service of Betrothal and the Ceremony of the Sacrament of Marriage. Each thing in the ceremony has special meaning and significance, particularly the repetition of each act three times – symbolizing the Holy Trinity: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The wedding begins as white candles are handed to the bride and groom symbolizing the couple’s willingness to receive Christ.
Vows aren’t exchanged because marriage is considered a union between two people in love, not a contractual agreement.
Service of Betrothal
The exchanging of rings is the focus of the Service of Betrothal. The priest blesses the rings by holding them in his right hand and making the sign of the cross over the heads of the bride and groom. The rings are then placed on the third fingers of their right hands. The Koumbara swaps the rings over between the bride and groom’s fingers three times.
In the Greek Orthodox religion, the best man & maid of honor are replaced by a Koumbara, a great honor with responsibility over extended duties during the ceremony.
Ceremony of the Sacrament of Marriage
The Ceremony of the Sacrament of Marriage consists of several parts – petitions, prayers, the crowning, readings from the New Testament, the offering of the common cup, the circling of the ceremonial table and the benediction. At the conclusion of the prayers, the priest joins the right hands of the bride and groom. Their hands remain joined until the end of the wedding ceremony, which symbolizes the couple’s union.
The crowning is the focal point of the marriage ceremony. The bride and groom are crowned with thin crowns, called stafana, which are joined by a white ribbon and have been blessed by the priest. The crowns symbolize the glory and honor that is being bestowed on them by God, and the ribbon symbolizes their unity. The Koumbara then exchanges the crowns between the heads of the couple, three times.
The Common Cup
The crowning is followed by a reading of the Gospel, which tells of the marriage of Cana at Galilee. It was at this wedding that Jesus performed his first miracle, changing water into wine, which was then given to the married couple. Wine is given to the couple and they each drink from it three times.
The Ceremonial Walk
The priest leads the bride and groom in a circle around the altar three times on their first steps as a married couple. The church, in the person of the priest, leads them in the way they must walk. The way is symbolized by the circle at the center of which are the Gospel and the symbolic cross of the Lord. The Koumbara follows close behind the couple holding the stefana in place.
The Removal of the Crowns
When the Ceremonial Walk has ended, the priest blesses the couple, the crowns are removed and he then separates their previously joined hands with the Bible, reminding them that only God can break the union which they have just entered into.
In Case You Didn’t Know
An old-fashioned tradition is the baby-rolling ceremony on the matrimonial bed. Babies of friends and families are placed on the mattress and gently rolled from side to side. The bed is also strewn with rose petals, coins and sugar-coated almonds (called koufetta) to bring fertility and prosperity to the couple.”
We’ve been asked to shoot Long Island Pulse Magazine‘s March cover party next week on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Babylon’s newest restaurant, Monsoon! There will be luxury raffles plus complimentary hors d’oeuvres for all guests, happy hour drink specials, and an open bar for VIP guests.
Friday, March 9th is the last day to RSVP, so contact email@example.com now and we look forward to partying with you next week!
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Arrive in style: Call All Star Limo for VIP Transportation. 800-43-ALL-STAR
Call ahead for dinner reservations afterwards 631.587.4400