Miscellaneous

What to Do After The Wedding

Congratulations on your wedding! Was it a New York wedding? A destination wedding? Was it held on a rooftop like Midtown Loft or Gary's Loft, or did you say your Do's in St. Patrick's Cathedral and had a reception at the Park Plaza or the Regis? Regardless of where it was held, I'm sure everything was beautiful, and all the wedding planning leading up to the big day was all worth it. After saying your vows, and dancing the night away, it's natural just to take some time to enjoy married life - yes, you're married! - and soak in wedding bliss.

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So now what? After weeks of crossing off your checklist, it seems odd not doing anything. That's because your post-wedding checklist does take a back seat for a short time. Why? You need to enjoy married life! In addition to that, you do need to wait for your marriage license, and photos from your photographer, etc. 

What's next? Here are some steps you can choose to do after getting married.

1.  Saving your wedding bouquet and other flowers. If you decide to do this before the reception, make sure to ask your wedding planner or the venue coordinator to keep your bouquet in a water vase on your table so it stays fresh. Some companies will help preserve your wedding bouquet. Some boutique companies also frame your bouquet along with your invitations in a vacuum sealed shadowbox. It's a great way to keep your wedding details.

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2. Clean and preserve/store your wedding dress. You spent a lot on your wedding dress, so making sure it stays beautiful for years to come is an option, or you can sell it. Many online platforms focus on the resale of used dresses. Regardless, you need to get it cleaned. Ask your seamstress or the bridal salon you purchased your dress for recommendations to clean your dress. They may also be able to recommend someone who can help preserve your dress. Until you get your dress cleaned after your wedding keeps your dress wrapped in a white sheet or tissue paper if possible. You can keep it in the garment bag it came in. Keep it away from the sun, and put in a place that's cool and dry. If you do decide to preserve your dress, it will be stored in a sealed box for you. Keep in mind that the price of cleaning and preserving your dress depends on the intricacies of the lace, size, beading, train, etc. Once you receive your box, store it in a location protected from changing temperature, moisture, and sunlight. 

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3. Go through your wedding detail leftovers and return them or sell them. Extra candles? Extra table runners? Do you have a lot of favors left or mason jars? Sell them online, or give them away so another bride can enjoy them. Clearing your home from clutter does feel wonderful. You can make room for more things to come!

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4. Receive your marriage license. After a few weeks, you will finally receive your official marriage license. If you do not, you can contact the clerk's office to track where your license is being held. Usually, your marriage license would be sent to you automatically. Once you have your new marriage license, you can decide to change your name. Here are those steps:

  • Change your social security card by visiting the Social Security Administration's website to fill out a form to process the change, or go to the physical office with the filled out form. Don't forget your original marriage license and other items they require to confirm your identity.
  • Change your driver's license. Once you have your social security card, bring that along with your original marriage license, and all forms of identification to the DMV. They will have a list of what you need to bring so review your local state DMV website.
  • Change your Passport. It's now easier to change your passport with your new driver's license and social security card. Again, make sure you're providing all other identification and materials listed on the U.S. Department of State including the change of name form, your recent passport, passport photo, and appropriate fees.
  • Change your bank accounts by going to each branch with your new passport, your original marriage license, your new driver's license, and your old identification to confirm you're the original bank holder. While you're there, order new checks, so it has your new name.
  • Decide with your new spouse if you're going to create a joint checking account for utilities, mortgage, rent, groceries, cable, phone, etc. There's no reason why you can't have separate checking accounts. This is an option that many couples decide to do, but couples also keep their checking accounts separate and divide who pays what bills.
  • Change your information with the human resource department at your job, and change your payroll information, pension, 401K, your work email, etc.
  • You can also think about changing your beneficiaries. Sorry niece and nephew, you're cute, but the spouse is now next in line.
  • Change your credit cards. Some companies request a copy of the marriage certificate or new identification.
  • You can create a new personal email address containing your new name. Make sure to contact all your family and friends that you have a new email address. You can also forward emails to your old email address to your new email automatically. Pretty much all email platforms can do this.
  • Change everything that you can think of including associations, gym membership, voter registration,   post office, utility bills (phone, cable, electricity), title to your car, insurances, etc.
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5. Create your wedding album and prints to hang. Once you receive your photos, work with your photographer to design a wedding album and wall art to hang on your walls. You just invested time, money, and emotions on your wedding, so make sure you showcase memories on your walls and with a physical album. Too many couples fail to back up their digital photos from their photographer or pay a small investment for the images to be placed in a USB gift box. I've had a few couples in the 8-years I've been in business come running to get copies of their photos because their computer failed. All their photos were lost and they never created an album. Fortunately, I had their pictures, but they were lucky! To be clear, a photographer mostly guarantees pictures within a year of the wedding. After that, they may archive it, so you need to pay a fee, or they only save the best marketable photos from the wedding and not keep the rest of the images. Bottom line, BACKUP YOUR PHOTOS and CREATE A PHOTO ALBUM!  A beautiful leather bound album is always viewed by guests in your home when they see it on your living room table.  Unless you are a professional, have your photographer design the album for you. It's worth the investment. You can also have them create your Thank You cards that consist of a photo, or photos, from your wedding.

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Here's an example of a USB to backup your beautiful wedding photos. These are from USB Memory Direct  that can be ordered through our studio when you order your albums. I love these USBs. They're made of wood, the cap is magnet so it's easy to take on and off, and slim that you can carry it anywhere. My studio does offer a gift box to store the USB. The USB complements my couple's photo album display case. So if you're not sure about a USB or an album, let's discuss your questions. 

6. Write your Thank You Cards. Some people opt not to use their wedding photos on their thank you cards, so technically this could be done sooner. You, your maid of honor, or someone you have designated, would have made a list of the gifts received at your wedding. Take your excel spreadsheet, or list, of everyone that gave you a gift at your wedding, and write your Thank You cards. 

7. Review your vendors. Leave a review of your wedding photographer, videographer, wedding planner, cake artist, officiant, venue, makeup and hair artist, and whomever else you hired to make your day memorable. It can be on Yelp, Google, The Knot, Wedding Wire, or on their Facebook page. If you love them, then copy and paste your review to multiple places to show your appreciation for the hard work they did. Reviewing vendors not only helps provide feedback for their services, but you're also giving future brides and grooms input on how fabulous they are! It is time-consuming to find the right wedding photographer, photo booth, makeup and hair artist, etc.

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8. Return or exchange any gift you may have received. If you procrastinate, the store may not offer the same item, or what you wanted may be sold out.

9. Purchase items left on your wedding registry. You might get additional savings for purchasing what's left on your registry, but don't procrastinate for too long because the savings may only apply 30-60 days after the wedding, or the items may end up being out of stock. 

10. Enjoy your marriage! Plan new adventures as a married couple. It's always fun to travel with your best friend.

NYC Photographers in Las Vegas for Glamour Photography

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Last week I spent a few days working in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a wedding photographer from New York City, the chance to photograph in the desert, with a different scenery than an urban landscape, really appealed to me. I brought with me a few Sew Trendy Accessories dresses, a few more gown dresses, and photographed beautiful women with the Nevada mountains as a backdrop. Just in time for International Women's Day, I wanted to depict strong women, who still showed their feminine side while looking powerful in the glamour photos. Pictured here is Karenn from Las Vegas, a fellow Filipina who I met in Vegas and she was amazing. For the photographers out there, I captured the photograph with my Canon EOS 5D MarkIV, 24-70 2.8L at 27mm, Aperture 2.8, ISO 100, SS 1/200. I had a -3 stop ND Lee filter on my lens and lit Karenn with the help of Magmod spheres, grids and CTO gel on my Flashpoint Godox AD200 camera right on a Westcott light stand fired at full power. 

The sun was setting behind the mountains at just after 3:24pm so it was still bright light outside. So bright with the sun directly in front of me, that I always caution to make sure photographers are keeping their eyes and cameras safe from the direct sun. However, at this point the sun, as seen from the photo, just started to go behind the mountain so I was able to open my lens to 2.8aperture from 5.0.

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Other equipment used for this session included my SpiderPro Dual Camera System belt from Spider Camera Holster (will never leave home without it!), ThinkTank bag to carry my lenses and flash, SanDisk CF and SD cards, oh and RayBan sunglasses because the Nevada sun is bright!

Follow my Facebook page to see more of my work as well as my Instagram page. Feel free to ask any questions about the shoot whether you want to setup a photo shoot for yourself (portrait, engagement photos, pre wedding photos, anniversary photos, couple photography, bridal photos, headshots, etc), or if you're a photographer and want to learn more techniques.

Enjoy your day and make sure you do something fabulous today!

xoxo

Angelica

 

About the Photographer: Angelica Criscuolo is an international wedding photographer that also shoots headshots, portraits and events and provides photo booth services and rental. She has photographed couples in Hawaii, Boston, Florida, California, Philippines, Canada, Barbados and other destination caribbean islands. Angelica continues to be published in many publications including The New York Times, The New York Daily News – Down The Aisle, Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, Staten Island Live news, Engagement 101 Magazine, Merci New York, Lela New York Weddings, Pretty Pear Bride, The Urban Style NY, Un-Jersey Bride, Engaged Wedding Blog UK, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Brides.com, The Frosted Petticoat and more! She has been awarded The Knot’s Best of Weddings, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award, LinkedIn ProFinder Best Photographer, and more. Angelica specializes in capturing various vital memories and her goal is to provide the best images for all couples and clients using her background in broadcast journalism and editorial technique. She utilizes natural lighting as well as off-camera lighting to ensure her clients receive beautiful photos from a Style Me Pretty type of natural look to an editorial/dramatic luxury photo look worthy of being in magazines. Angelica is also a proud member of Professional Photographer of America (PPA) and Wedding Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). On top of capturing weddings, she also provides photo booth option for her clients called the InstaMemory Booth, which is always a hit at any event! She is married to her husband Matthew and they live in Sunnyside Queens, NYC. Angelica would love to hear from you so send an inquiry to book your wedding, engagement, pre wedding, or any other portraits or events at info@angelicacriscuolophotography.com

2008-2018 © Copyright | Angelica Criscuolo Photography| All Rights Reserved | info@angelicacriscuolophotography.com | NYC Wedding Photographer travels to New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Destination Weddings worldwide including Caribbean, Philippines, India, Europe, Polynesian Islands & more.Engagement Photographer and Luxury Boudoir photography. Photo booth rental and service. NO travel fee to San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Boston, DC – Available for Travel.

Spring Photography Giveaway Challenge! Win 1 of 3 Packages!

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Win 1 of 3 Photography Packages!

Spring is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate, than a wedding, portrait session and Photo Booth giveaway! We're giving away a complimentary 6-hr wedding basic package. We're also giving away a photo session, good for a 30 min anniversary, portrait, headshot, or engagement session, etc. Dress rentals (size permitting) will be included and chosen from the few options we have to offer.

That's not all, we're also giving away a 2-hr Photo Booth package! You could win one, or all three.

Click HERE for more details.2018 Travel Dates

Can't make it to New York City for a photo session? I'm traveling this year so mark your calendars and contact me ASAP to book your session while I'm in your city! 

Las Vegas, NV: 2/24/18-3/1/18 Miami, FL: 3/9/18-3/11/18 CANCELLED Boston, MA: 3/23/18-3/25/18 San Diego, CA: 4/1/18-4/6/18 (tentative) Cape Cod, MA: 7/1/18-7/5/18 Boston, MA: 9/1/18-9/4/18 Richmond, VA: 9/7/18-9/9/18 Charlottesville, VA: 10/11/18-10/14/18

About the Photographer: Angelica Criscuolo is an international wedding photographer that also shoots headshots, portraits and events and provides photo booth services and rental. She has photographed couples in Hawaii, Boston, Florida, California, Philippines, Canada, Barbados and other destination caribbean islands. Angelica continues to  be published in many publications including The New York Times, The New York Daily News – Down The Aisle, Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, Staten Island Live news, Engagement 101 Magazine, Merci New York, Lela New York Weddings, Pretty Pear Bride, The Urban Style NY, Un-Jersey Bride, Engaged Wedding Blog UK, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Brides.com, The Frosted Petticoat and more! She has recently been awarded The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2013 and The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2014 and have also won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award 2014. Angelica specializes in capturing various vital memories and her goal is to provide the best images for all couples and clients using her background in broadcast journalism and editorial technique. She utilizes natural lighting as well as off-camera lighting to ensure her clients receive beautiful photos from a Style Me Pretty type of natural look to an editorial/dramatic magazine worthy look. Angelica is also a proud member of Professional Photographer of America (PPA) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). On top of capturing weddings, she also provides photo booth option for her clients called the InstaMemory Booth, which is always a hit at any event! She is married to her husband Matthew and they live in Sunnyside Queens, NYC. Angelica would love to hear from you so send an inquiry to book your wedding and engagement sessions at info@angelicacriscuolophotography.com

2008-2018 © Copyright | Angelica Criscuolo Photography| All Rights Reserved | info@angelicacriscuolophotography.com | NYC Wedding Photographer travels to New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Destination Weddings worldwide including Caribbean, Philippines, India, Europe, Polynesian Islands & more.Engagement Photographer and Luxury Boudoir photography. Photo booth rental and service. NO travel fee to San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Boston, DC – Available for Travel.

Two Bright Lights Editor's Choice Award 2015 - Angelica Criscuolo Photography - We won again!

Doing the Jiggy Dance everyone! We are proud to always serve our brides, grooms, couples, and all our clients and because YOU are just amazing, getting published is a breeze! We THANK YOU for this 2015 Two Bright Lights Editor's Choice Award and to the editors of Two Bright Lights for choosing our wonderful clients to publish. These editors range from The Knot, to Today.com and so much more. Our couples have been published in many publications and we're very excited for this year! So much more to come. "The Editors' Choice Awards honor Two Bright Lights' members whose talent was continually recognized by top print magazine, blog and ezine editors. Their hard work and commitment to getting published places them among the top 5%, from a community made up of over 40,000 photographers and event professionals across 100 countries."

To think, there are THOUSANDS of photographers that uses Two Brights Light and my couples have been chosen to be published by editors that uses Two Bright Lights to find amazing photos and stories. THANK YOU to our amazing clients, couples and brides and grooms in New York (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx), New Jersey, California, Florida, Caribbean, Hawaii, Long Island, and Destination weddings!!!

Thanks again everyone for making Angelica Criscuolo Photography a success! "Like" our Facebook page and follow our newsfeed!

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Best Wedding Photographer New York New Jersey Caribbean Destinations 2014_Two_Bright_Lights_Editor_Choice_Winner_Angelica Criscuolo Photography Large_small-badgeAbout the Photographer: Angelica Criscuolo is an international wedding photographer that also shoots boudoir, portraits and events and provides photo booth services and rental. She has photographed couples in Hawaii, Boston, Florida, California, Philippines, Canada, Barbados and other destination caribbean islands. Angelica continues to  be published in many publications including The New York Times, The New York Daily News – Down The Aisle, Staten Island Live news, Engagement 101 Magazine, Merci New York, Lela New York Weddings, Pretty Pear Bride, The Urban Style NY, Un-Jersey Bride, Engaged Wedding Blog UK, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Brides.com, The Frosted Petticoat and more! She has recently been awarded The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2013 and The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2014 and have also won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award 2014. Angelica specializes in capturing various vital memories and her goal is to provide the best images for all couples and clients using her background in broadcast journalism and editorial technique. She utilizes natural lighting as well as off-camera lighting to ensure her clients receive beautiful photos from a Style Me Pretty type of natural look to an editorial/dramatic magazine worthy look. Angelica is also a proud member of Professional Photographer of America (PPA) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). On top of capturing weddings, she also provides photo booth option for her clients called the InstaMemory Booth, which is always a hit at any event! She is married to her husband Matthew and they live in Sunnyside Queens, NYC. Angelica would love to hear from you so send an inquiry to book your wedding and engagement sessions at info@angelicacriscuolophotography.com2010-2014 

© Copyright 2015 | Angelica Criscuolo Photography| All Rights Reserved | info@angelicacriscuolophotography.com | NYC Wedding Photographer travels to New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Destination Weddings worldwide including Caribbean, Philippines, India, Europe, Polynesian Islands & more.Engagement Photographer and Luxury Boudoir photography. Photo booth rental and service. NO travel fee to San Diego, San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, Boston – Available for Travel

Portraits Are More Than Paper - Why photographs are very important and lasts forever....

Today I read a post by Jeanine Thurston, re-posted by so many photographers and non-photographers alike, and the letter that created the post stirred old memories that I too had to post it: http://fototails.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/a-letter-on-my-doorstep-portraits-are-more-than-paper/ After reading the letter, I cannot help but feel this person's regret of not understanding how pictures are so much more lasting than "trivial" items. Portraits and photographs  are more than a piece of paper, since it helps memorialize an event or a person or a special memory of a newborn being born or children growing up with families, a wedding, and more. From time to time I do get the "oh no! there she is again!" when I take out my camera and start photographing family and friends when we're together privately or out so I can capture those memories.  Many say their memories are in their mind and do not need photographs or videos of an event, but for me, personally, I love having a tangible visual of an event or memory with my husband, family and friends. Why do I do it? I do it because I know memories are fleeting. Getting older, my memory is not what it was years ago...and that is scary. How many times have we told ourselves I'll remember this moment forever...but later stumble upon a picture (maybe years or weeks later) taken by someone else and you truly forgot that moment occurred? I LOVE going through my pictures from time to time and remembering time spent with those I love. I have folders of digital images going back from 1999 with a miscellaneous folder where I added scanned images of older paper photographs.

Maybe some think that going overboard...and some may think its not...but each of us must do what feels right and capturing memories the way I know how feels the right way. I also take pictures because I know often time pictures are all we may have left of someone one day. A sad thought but true...and it was true for Karen L. who wrote the letter. Her letter has made this past hour an emotional roller coaster, leaving people wondering why I look like I've been crying...so here I am pretending to have a cold, but in reality I'm remembering the feeling of not having that picture I wanted and needed of someone who suddenly passed on. When my father passed away in 2007, I was creating a memorial board of him, and realized that the last picture I took with him and I alone was taken...well I couldn't find one. Honestly the last good one (not blurry or anything else) was from 2001 when I graduated college. There was one picture from my birthday party my dad threw for me at his house in 2005 that had me, him and my siblings together, and I had to cut out my siblings so I can frame that picture of me and my dad in my apartment. The picture was also blurry, but it was all I had standing next to him. Other pictures before he passed was of me taking the picture, or a group picture. Just remembering that realization made me panic. This was the eve of my father's wake and I'm scrambling to find pictures of my dad and me and I couldn't find a one.

Photographs of any event or a portrait of your family or pictures with friends are something that should not be taken for granted. For many they are not just a want or a need, but a priceless memory that can be passed on. If you haven't read Karen L's letter, read on: http://fototails.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/a-letter-on-my-doorstep-portraits-are-more-than-paper/

Thank you Jeanine for posting this letter. Karen L. and many more are in my prayers.

Misha Nonoo - New York City Fashion Week by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Meeting Misha Nonoo during fashion week was a colorful sight to see! New York City welcomed the highly acclaimed designer who had her show at MADE in Chelsea by the Highline. Her clothing line was truly feminine, with a touch of masculinity in a few pieces she created. Misha received her inspiration during her time in Italy and the Mediterranean. Her show, designed by Celadon & Celery Events, was filled with live Olive trees in various species. The smell and sight gave the feeling we were in Europe! See below her gorgeous creations and you can see how anyone would love to be these models wearing such fabulous clothing. Makeup was provided by MAC and the shoes were from Aldo's who both sponsored the shows held at Milk Studios. Enjoy and remember to stop by my facebook page and "like"! :-)

The Busy Girls Network Expo Event - Marriott Teaneck, NJ by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

"Busy Girls" from all walks of life in the Northern New Jersey and New York metro area gathered yesterday at the Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck, New Jersey to participate in The Busy Girls Expo event. Entrepreneurs and many professionals in the financial field, photography (yours truly!), public relations and catering/cake business and so much more filled the ballroom as each guest and vendor chatted and learned from one another to build their respective network and referral contact. I met so many wonderful women ready to help one another that it was truly empowering and encouraging! Of course we cannot forget the men who also attended to help, assist, and support the event. Busy Girl Expo - New York New Jersey Wedding Event Photographer Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Speaker for the event was Andrea Gross, a Lifestyle Coach, shared her personal story and gave an inspirational speech to the guests. In addition to Ms. Gross, additional businesses who took part in the event, and those that attended the event, include (in no particular order): AART Event Planning, Almond Eyes Makeup Artistry, Ambient DJ Service, ‎Angelica Criscuolo Photography, Arbonne - Victoria Berner, Alan Boom Video Productions, Bergen County Womens Professional Network, Card Party - Send out Cards (Jill Clarvit), Creative Custom Card boxes, Dreamers Joy Events & Design, EH Social Event, Elegant Creations Events & Wedding Planners llc,  Hallak Cleaners Bridal, Hope Spring Photography by Dasha Wright and Robert Jacobs, Jemage Image Consulting, Lexus of Englewood, LilShopaholick, MCrescimbeni Artistry, Miller & Co, Mimi's Fushion of Flavor, NJAWBO, Pink Jewels, PR for Small Business, Primerica, Reina's Cakes and Catering Co., Royal Photobooth, RSVP to me, ELITE, Scentsy - Lucinda Faragher, Stacy Gemma Traveling Boutique, Stella & Dot Independant Stylist, Teaneck Marriott At Glenpointe, The Busy Girls, The Hudson Cakery, Vibrant Coach - Verena Visser Aibel, Tinkles Baby Gifts, Wells Fargo Financial Advisor - Miri Upton, Worship Luxury, and so much more!!!!

I was very fortunate to meet so many wonderful individuals and let them know more about me, my style of photography and show them my work. Plus, if you didn't get a chance to take note, my FALL Special to save 20% on a single one hour session is available to anyone who "likes" my Facebook page and books by November 11, 2011!!!

Thanks to Karina Alvela and Marni Gold for setting up the event! Everyone definitely had a great time!

xoxo Angelica

 

9/11...We Remember - New York State of Mind - by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

9/11....We Remember. This past weekend was a whirlwind of memorials and dedications. One commercial created by State Farm "Empire State of Mind" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WozKutSbz8Y) really pulled some strings...not just because the commercial was made well, but because the Firehouse showcased in the commercial was the same Engine 205 Ladder 118 I visited earlier this year. Let me just say that these firemen were all very down to earth individuals who all had stories to say about that fateful day. Walking into the station, you can almost feel the presence of those that walked through the same hallways checking equipment, sliding down the pole when the alarm rings, or putting on over a hundred pound worth of gear...that's correct...A Fireperson has over a hundred pounds worth of gear at some point, not including carrying a person (if need be) through a roaring fire in a burning building. These men literally will put their lives on the line and talking to them and sharing their stories is just mind blowing. One cannot grasp what they do until you see how they live in a station first-hand. Here's a few photos from the station. They are by the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO and you can never miss their firehouse with their famous mural on their door. They are also a fun bunch since while one of them, Danny, was demonstrating his equipment in front of the truck, one of the lieutenants climbed on top of the truck with a bucket of water and poured it all on the uknowing fireman...and I was next to him! Good thing I looked up on time...I don't think my camera would have survived :-).

Cherry Blossom Festival - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

What a way to start the month of May! Attended the last day of the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, which is the end of the month long Hanami celebration of the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season. The last day of the festival was packed, and rightly so with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. Many dressed for the occasion, and others came as they were ready to picnic and lounge by the orchards. Below are some moments from the event. Enjoy! undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined