Husband-wife duo Mark and Marina Frost know what it's like. They saw each other from the opposite ends of a crowded room. They felt a pull toward one another. They knew. Since then, they've been committed not only to one another, but to helping other couples document their own stories through gorgeous wedding and engagement photography. Their expertly lit and strikingly composed shots capture moments big and little: a boutonniere waiting to be pinned on a lapel, the laughter of giddy bridesmaids, newlyweds clasping hands on the dance floor.
Their excitement for each couple and attention to the little things has earned them accolades such as The Knot's Best of Weddings award and Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice award, each for three years running. In addition to wedding-related photography, they also have a photo-booth-rental service for couples who want to remember what their guests looked like 50 years later, when they'll be uploaded to flying cars—the license of which will still only be earned after a four-hour wait at the DMV.
Though portrait and fashion photographer Zack DeZon specializes in personalized photo booths, the word booth is a misnomer. Built around a professional still camera and studio-style lighting, his open and visible sets seamlessly blend photo-booth and studio experiences. For each party or event, Zack collaborates with patrons on every aspect of their booth, including color, camera angle, props, and set dressing. Seamless white paper and high-contrast lighting make up his simplest sets, and customizable designs incorporate themes that range from film noir to hall of mirrors, which requires infinite photo booths. He can set up his mobile parties in nearly any location, and he mans the sets throughout each event to field questions and ensure everything runs smoothly.
Since 2001, RA Photo Booth has enlivened birthday parties, weddings, and dances with DJs, photo booths, and LED visual effects. Inside mobile photo booths, high-resolution digital cameras capture snapshots, which partygoers can use to decorate their lapels or foreheads with a little scotch tape. Alternatively, their DJs can decorate party soundscapes as LED light fixtures embellish floors and walls with a virtually unlimited number of customizable patterns, monograms and messages.
In an effort to make events easy for hosts, RA will set up all the necessary equipment before parties start. In addition, the LED lights they use consume less energy than traditional light bulbs and can often run off a single outlet, which gives guests more room on the dance floor to imitate inchworms.
At age 10, it was choreographed dance moves, Miami Vice–inspired suits, and mixtapes. During his teenage years, it was stints on MTV's The Grind and appearances in music videos and national commercials. Nelson Cruz has always had a knack for bringing the party with him, a talent that he parlayed into a gig as a master of ceremonies and event planner for one of New York’s exclusive entertainment agencies. Now in business for himself, Nelson brings his considerable experience and Rolodex full of party contacts spanning Manhattan, Westchester, and Long Island to bear on all of life’s special occasions. Whether supplying photo booths for a rock 'n' roll themed wedding, or carving an ice sculpture in the shape of Honus Wagner, Cruz and his crew outfit bashes with theme-appropriate appropriate entertainment and the latest lighting and sound equipment. Cruz collaborates closely with hosts, listening to all their pre-party needs before dispatching seasoned DJs, photographers, and party motivators—most of whom moonlight as actors and dancers—to keep dance floors filled with moving feet and happy faces.
Equipped with high-res Canon digital SLR cameras and flash-portrait studio lighting, Vogue Photo Box’s open-air photo booths snap off top-quality pictures during birthdays, bar mitzvahs, weddings, and other special occasions. Booths offer easy on-screen instructions and print out customized photo strips in black-and-white or color. An onsite attendant sets up and breaks down the booth, and is always ready to assist with any inquiries.
Havin’ A Party owner Larry Scott is the life of the party—whether he attends it or not. Larry loves to delight crowds as a magician, a role he’s played for the Brooklyn Arts Council, and he’s also happy to be the DJ. But as Havin’ A Party owner, Larry can also answer the needs of every party, from balloons to piñatas to special effects entertainment.
For the past 29 years, Havin’ A Party has furnished party goers with full-body costumes, ranging from a laughing bunny to Abe Lincoln. Larry also honors his own interest in magic with an extensive supply of tricks and gags—you can fool your friends with a clock that runs backwards, or shock your parents with a fake-arm trick. And the store also supplies more-practical supplies, such as rental chairs, tables, and paper goods.