Month: July, 2010

A Bride’s Dream Comes True

July 7, 2010

We were so honored to be a part of Tina and Paul’s wedding last week. A fantastic crew was assembled for great cause. Here is the press release:

The New Jersey branch of the Association of Bridal Consultants (“NJ-ABC”), as previously announced, is creating a wedding celebration for bride and cancer patient Tina Tinervia, 33, and her groom Paul Velez, 34.  The wedding will take place on Saturday, June 26, 2010.  All of the professional service providers identified below are donating their time and/or services to make Tina and Paul’s day unforgettable, and are members of the NJ-ABC.

The wedding will take place at Monmouth Battlefield Park in Manalapan at 5:00 pm on June 26th.  Invitations have already been designed and mailed to Tina and Paul’s 200 guests by NJ-ABC member and custom invitation designer Paper Works & Events of Engelwood, Association of Bridal Consultants (“ABC”) member and Officiant Julie Laudicina of Staten Island, New York,, will perform the wedding ceremony.  NJ-ABC member and musicians Elegant Ensembles of Closter,, is providing ceremony music.  NJ-ABC member and custom stationery company The Finishing Touch of West Orange,, is creating the ceremony programs as well as other paper items throughout the day (escort cards, table numbers and signature drink signs).  Tina’s hair and make-up will be done by NJ-ABC member Magda’s Designs, Inc. of Bloomfield, Everyone in the community is welcome to attend the wedding ceremony and share in Tina and Paul’s joy.

The reception will follow at The Excelsior in Manalapan.  Cocktail hour music is being provided once again by Elegant Ensembles, while music for the dinner-dance portion of the reception is being supplied by NJ-ABC member and full-service entertainment company Craig Scott Entertainment of Rochelle Park,  Lighting design for the reception is being provided by NJ-ABC member Dynamite FX of West Berlin,  The Groom’s Cake is being made by NJ-ABC member Confectionary Designs of Bogota,  NJ-ABC member Select Event Rentals of Pennsauken,, is supplying the linens and chair covers. Throughout the day, photographs will be taken by NJ-ABC member Timothy Glenn Photographers of Ridgewood,  Video will be shot by NJ-ABC member Multi-Vision of Paramus,  All of the flowers and floral designs are being provided by NJ-ABC member Robin Rohsler of Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery & Florist in Allendale, Tina and Paul’s big day is being planned by NJ-ABC member and State Coordinator Candice Benson, Master Bridal ConsultantTM, of The Finishing Touch of West Orange,  Coordination of the wedding day itself will be accomplished by NJ-ABC members Misha Shah of The Finishing Touch of West Orange,, Mariya Molduvanova of Lakewood, Dawn Carter of Taylor Nicole Events of Sicklerville, and Christine Hyder of Christine Hyder Events LLC of West Orange,  NJ-ABC member Rhonda Bassat-Rivera, Professional Bridal ConsultantTM, of BrideIdeas of West Orange,, is handling all of the public relations and media inquiries.

“When I contacted the members of the NJ-ABC about donating their time and/or services for Tina and Paul’s wedding, the response was overwhelming,” states Candice Benson, State Coordinator of the NJ-ABC.  She continues, “The NJ wedding community is excited to give back and help create wonderful memories for Tina and Paul and their families to cherish forever.”

Tina was first diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2006.  Just two years after she beat it, she was rediagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in September 2008.  In late January 2010, a PET Scan showed that the cancer in Tina’s organs (liver, lungs, chest nodules) had shrunk.  Unfortunately, the cancer in her bones has spread.  For much more information about breast cancer, go to  Tina is a 1995 graduate from Freehold Township High School and a 1999 graduate from Rutgers University.  She has a six-year old daughter, Ashley, from a previous marriage.

Here is a link to The Asbury Press article:

To say that this was an emotional day for us would be an understatement. They are a wonderful couple, with beautiful families and we couldn’t be happier for them.

Some of the crew.

Katie & Rodney

July 7, 2010

Those who follow us on Facebook are probably aware that our website and blog were deleted a few weeks ago due to a server malfunction. We have been slowly reposting all the content. So for those of you who missed it the first time here are a few outtakes from Katie and Rodney’s  engagement session. We photographed Katie and Rodney last spring in Hoboken’s Maxwell Park. We have already begun our preparations for their January wedding to be held at The Hyatt in Jersey City.

My wife, Mary lending a hand as a voice activated lightstand.