Isabella Marie D’Ambrosio’s Baptism

Bella was baptised on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Oak Tree Presbyterian Church in Edison, New Jersey. She hardly made a sound the whole time even though she was the center of attention. After the church we went over to the American Legion in Metuchen, New Jersey for a great after party! She hit the bottle pretty hard and showed everyone how it’s done.

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio's Baptism (Christopher John Sztybel)

Adventures in Wintery Warwick, New York

We spent four days in the Hudson Valley of New York visiting places like Warwick, Sugar Loaf village, New Paltz, Benmarl winery and Huguenot Street. We stayed at the Inn at Stony Creek and the hospitality was top notch as usual! Some of my favorite photos are toward the bottom. I stood out in the freezing cold determined to photograph the Orion constellation. It was a cloudy night, so it was a bit tricky!

Landscape near Warwick, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Benmarl winery in Marlboro, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Benmarl winery in Marlboro, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Benmarl winery in Marlboro, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Benmarl winery in Marlboro, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Cafeteria in New Paltz, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Cafeteria in New Paltz, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Cafeteria in New Paltz, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Cafeteria in New Paltz, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Barnsider Tavern in Sugar Loaf, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Chickens at Inn at Stony Creek in Warwick, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Chickens at Inn at Stony Creek in Warwick, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lights from the ski resorts as seen from Inn at Stony Creek in Warwick, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Orion constellation in Warwick, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Orion constellation in Warwick, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Our Wedding at Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Today is the one year anniversary of our wedding. Planning our wedding was a lot of fun and hard work. So many thanks go out to all the people that helped us along the way! I think we spent just about every waking hour planning some aspect of the wedding.

It took a while to find talented people that also meshed with our personalities. I particularly had to find a photographer and videographer that really won me over. Jen Rutherford handled the photography and Rob Villano handled the videography. Very professional and easy to work with. Absolutely no worries.

Wedding cake sculpture/topper by Christopher John Sztybel

One of my favorite pieces to create was the cake topper which we ended up putting near the cake instead of on top of it. This was the first time I had seriously sculpted anything since high school. I used air drying clay and coated it with a water based polymer to give it strength. (I made a smart decision by minimizing the amount of branches on the tree. It would have been much too difficult to move without worries on the day of the wedding.) A nice side effect of the polymer was that it gave the tree an icey appearance! The snow was added toward the of the project as a final touch.

All of the print pieces were designed by us and used the “GrekoDeko” and “Hightower” fonts throughout for consistency. We wanted everything to have a nice, classy appearance that would compliment the feeling of Shadowbrook.

Our wedding invitation and RSVP cardIt was great to break out the comping skills to make prototypes for Lindsay. The invitations themselves went through several revisions. Originally we were going to do a black invitation, but it was too cost prohibitive to print on black paper. Luckily, I planned ahead in case that happened. The design was solid and looked just as good inverted.

"Thank You" tags for the favorsOur ceremony and reception was held at Shadowbrook. Our friend/life-cycle celebrant, Dana Zipkin, presided over the ceremony. People are still raving about the ceremony, so I highly suggest Ceremonies by Dana if you are tired of the same old crap at weddings.

Valentine’s Day Shoot for Bay’s Style Diary

Bayann and I connected for a photo shoot celebrating the one year anniversary of Bay’s Style Diary & Boutique. It also happens to be Valentine’s Day and she brought balloons and other lovely trinkets to use as props. Our shoot began at Battleview Orchards in Freehold, New Jersey and we wrapped up the shoot in downtown Freehold. Check out more photos from this fun series!

Valentines Day Shoot for Bay’s Style Diary from Chris Sztybel on Vimeo.

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bayann Aburub poses for Valentine's Day and 1-Year Anniversary of Bay's Style Diary (Christopher John Sztybel)

Ghost Town Rice’s Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania

We took a drive out to New Hope, Pennsylvania to visit Rice’s Flea Market. Even though there was a sign claiming they were open, and they technically were open, there were only a few souls there. It is winter after all. Not a problem for me because I planned to take photos anyway. Without further adeu…

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

Rice's Flea Market in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Lindsey Clark & David Wind at Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Lindsey Clark & David Wind Wedding at Pantagis RenaissanceI challenged myself to be both a guest and cinematographer for Lindsey and Dave’s wedding. That can be a tricky thing to accomplish. I didn’t have an assistant or second cinematographer, so I set cameras up at different angles to give me enough footage to work with. Everything from the rehearsal dinner to the reception was filmed on a Canon 7D as well as a Canon 5D MKII using a wide variety of EF lenses. The wonderful rehearsal dinner was held at The Pillars Bed & Breakfast Inn in Plainfield, NJ with the ceremony/reception at Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains, NJ. I am very pleased with the results and the little touches thrown in to make this a very special wedding film.

Sit back, relax and enjoy The Wedding of Lindsey Clark & David Wind.

The Wedding of Lindsey Clark and David Wind from Chris Sztybel on Vimeo.

Filmed and edited by Christopher John Sztybel

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