Inside a vibrantly lit ballroom, the names of two newlyweds glow in big, cursive letters on the dance floor. The venue, an expansive space with arched ceilings and ornate chandeliers, is no doubt a popular spot for wedding ceremonies, but Majestic Events' team has gone above and beyond to make the space unique to the bride and groom.
This quest to personalize each event is what fuels the decisions of Majestic Events' photographers, videographers, DJs, emcees, and lighting technicians. Their services include live music, photography, and lighting design and were awarded WeddingWire?s Bride?s Choice award in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Snuggled behind a red-trimmed Parisian façade, Alouette French Bistro presents generous portions of contemporary French cuisine. The menu boasts a diverse selection of traditional Gallic proteins peppered with freshly sourced ingredients and unexpected flourishes, exemplified by the Maplecrest free-range chicken and chive pomme purée, slathered in a basting of shiitake and truffle oil. A bumper crop of all-organic fruits and veggies garnishes plates of diver sea scallops and roasted lamb with saffron-spiced fingerling potatoes and savory tomato confit. The wine list overflows with reds, whites, and bubbles from Europe and the New World, while desserts and cordials cap off dinners with dulcet notes of sweetness.
Alouette’s intimacy is enhanced by flowing red curtains, vintage hardwood flooring, and an elegant antique chandelier. Owner Jon Michael Pardo cultivates a high-class, yet low-key atmosphere, plying patrons with elegant meals prepared by a native French chef and delivered by a friendly wait staff. The two-tiered space allows for romantic dining as well as weekly musical performances by local jazz, classical, and washboard-percussion performers.
Charity de Meer was raised on the photos in fashion magazines. Over the years, she developed her own keen sense of alternative fashion—as well as an approach to photography that's led her across the East Coast, and to the Caribbean and South America. Whether shooting portraits, weddings, or magazine covers, Charity adopts a photojournalistic approach to capture intimate moments. She wields her camera as the unnoticed observer instead of constantly directing her subjects on how to pose or pretend a giant spider is above them. Using natural light, color palettes, and creative composition, she captures her subjects in their natural state, whether in a gym's boxing ring or in a field of tall grasses. If desired, she can substitue colors with black and white in post production.
Harlem local Jean Andre Antoine’s passion for videography led him to explore the world of photography, where he brings his eye for movement and cinematography to photo shoots to capture capturing memorable family moments, individual portraits, and elegant boudoir scenes. Each shoot demands Antoine’s full attention as he seeks to put clients at ease, ensuring every session’s images reflect a natural, genuine version of their subjects regardless of the setting, style, or purpose of the shoot. Antoine consults with clients about attire and any concerns they have before the shoot, and encourages subjects to plan ahead for sessions by checking over his list to arrive better prepared than a bomb shelter stocked with 10 years’ worth of Chef Boyardee. Antoine also applies his knowledge of digital retouching to spruce up raw images before handing them over as traditional prints or safely stamped on a CD