Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

NYC Grooms: Check Out The Men’s Event on July 17th.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Need help planning that perfect New York City proposal? Our friend Sarah Pease of Brilliant Event Planning is co-hosting an event for guys in NYC where they’ll get the scoop on all things proposal-related. Attendees will get insider info on style from Alton Lane and engagement rings from Greenwich Jewelers. Proposal advice will be given by Sarah herself as well as  James Ambler from Paparazzi Proposal Photography. For more information and to sign up, please click the flier below.

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Our 5 Favorite Gift Ideas for a New York Knicks Fan

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Just like the rest of you, we’re truly in awe of what Jeremy Lin is doing. I’ll be honest and tell you that we thought Linsanity was slowing down over the weekend. That was until last night’s game winning shot in Toronto. Now that the Linderella story looks to be back at full strength, we thought we’d feature some of our favorite Knicks gift ideas. We fully admit that none of these gifts will bring you the same type of joy that you’ll feel the next time Mr. Lincredible hits a game-winner. We just hope to come close!

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Knicks Keychain Set

Knicks Keychain Set: Priced at an affordable $19.95, the Knicks NBA Keychain set is a great stocking stuffer. It includes a key chain, money clip and magnet clip. We’ll put it this way: it’s perfect for the guy that can’t keep his things organized [buy here].

knicks canvas print

Knicks Canvas Print

Knicks Canvas Print: The 20″ x 20″ x 1.5″ Knicks Canvas Print is handmade and will look great on your den or man cave wall. If you’ve got a specific area that you’d like to hang it, multiple sizes are available through the Etsy seller. [buy here]

knicks glass pitcher

60oz. Glass Knicks Beer Pitcher

Knicks Beer Pitcher: All the fun of penny pitcher night at the bar, minus the bar. Beer (or soda) will taste fantastic when poured from our 60oz. Glass Knicks Pitcher. The logo is hand molded for an extra special touch [buy here].

knicks lin road jersey

Knicks Lin Road Jersey

Jeremy Lin Jersey: Here it is: the most sought after item in the world right now. The Jeremy Lin road jersey is available in sizes small-2XL. Act fast, this baby is flying of the shelves [buy here]

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Knicks Glassware Set

Knicks Glassware Set: Shopping for a guy that loves a good party? This Knicks Glassware set features a beer tankard, coffee mug and shot glass. The set will look great in your home wet bar or mancave [buy here]

Still on the hunt? Check out some other great Knicks gift ideas here.

Which of our Knicks gift ideas would the fan in your life enjoy the most? Tell us in the comment section below.

A New Way for Grooms to “Pap” the Question

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Your marriage proposal story is one that you and your future wife will tell for years to come. But to truly capture the occasion, why not have a professional photograph or film it, so you’ll never forget a single detail and can also share it with family and friends?  Headed by veteran photographer — and former paparazzo — James Ambler, New York City-based Pap The Question helps grooms really wow their future fiancées and take their proposals a step further by preserving the special moment forever.

Groom popping question on pier

Today, we’ve asked James to tell us a bit more about his company and its services for grooms who are ready to “pap” the question.

What types of services do you offer for capturing groom’s proposals?

We offer three packages — all of which can be tailored to individual needs — that include 1.5 hours of photography. With the Paparazzi Proposal package ($450), we talk with the client beforehand to discuss the location and details, take some candid shots of the couple walking along prior to the proposal, and then capture the moment he drops to one knee, asks the question and her reaction. We then upload the pictures to our site, so that the couple can view them and share them on Facebook with friends and family. We also send the client a CD of the pictures. Our second package ($600) is the same as the Paparazzi Proposal package, with the addition of video footage of the proposal. Our third, elite package ($750) includes photos and video, as well as hidden camera footage. Dropped off the day before, the guy wears this hidden camera in his shirt pocket to record audio as well as video of him putting the ring on her finger. We then edit the audio and video footage together so that you can see the full proposal unfold.

We also offer full consultancy for our clients on customized packages, planning the day, suggestions on location, venue, and bad weather alternatives, as well as an additional posed engagement photography session that can be shot later on. In addition, we work with Brilliant Event Planning, a proposal planning service in NYC that can help guys with ideas or suggestions. We’ve also teamed up with Tea and Sympathy in NY, which can provide a traditional English picnic at your location.

How did you come up with the business idea for “Pap The Question”?

I came up with the idea after I got engaged two years ago and friends asked if we had any pictures of the day. We didn’t, but it planted a seed in my mind. After checking into engagement photography in NYC, I identified a gap in the market in this area. With my experience as a paparazzi photographer, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to offer this service to guys to really take their proposals to the next level.

marriage proposal in parkHow do you plan the process with grooms?

We map out the day with the groom so that he knows exactly where he should be, and to determine the best position for us to capture the action. If possible, we like to visit the location prior to the proposal day to get familiar with the area. On the day of, we position ourselves, take some preliminary shots of the couple together, capture the engagement and reaction, as well as get some after shots.

Will the bride-to-be notice that you’re there?

We make sure to stay as far away and hidden as possible, but it depends on the location. We did an engagement recently on Brooklyn Bridge and had to be fairly close to the couple because there were so many people, but with locations like that there are usually hundreds of tourists with cameras anyway, so we can blend in. In Central Park, we can stay 300 to 400 feet away, so you won’t see us.

How soon will the groom receive the photos or video of the proposal?

After we’ve completed the shoot, we’ll edit and send the photos that day. If the client chooses to use the hidden camera option, we have to wait to get it back, but typically edit the video the next day. The pictures are then posted online as quickly as possible, so that the happy couple can share it with friends and family or on Facebook.

What’s the best proposal or reaction you’ve captured to date?

I think the best engagement so far was Matt and Vicky’s. He said some really cool things and the video and photos looked really fantastic. Her reaction was also great. Matt ended up telling her about us being there, which made her laugh, so we did some set up shots afterward. Every engagement is different in its own unique way, which is what makes it so much fun to photograph.

What if things go awry or, God forbid, she says “no”?

If it’s very crowded and we need to be closer so we don’t miss the shot, there’s an increased risk of being spotted. But that hasn’t happened to date, and we plan to keep it that way. If things do go awry and she says no, we offer 75% of the money back and a beer if they want it!

Pap The Question is a New York City-based paparazzi proposal photography company that specializes in capturing marriage proposals in photos and on film. You can connect with them further by following on Twitter and liking on Facebook.

paparazzi style engagement photographyHave you considered hiring a photographer to capture the memories from your marriage proposal? Drop us a message in the comments section below telling us what type of shots you would want and how you would keep the whole thing a secret from the future Mrs.

Running of the Brides: A Groom’s Survival Guide

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Last Friday, some hundred thousand million or so women and approximately three men attended the NYC Running of the Brides, a 14-hour-long event hosted by Filene’s Basement.

(Warning: the videos featured on Filene’s website may contain graphic and disturbing material.)

The photographs on the event’s web page would lead you to believe that this is an urban team building activity or charity speed walk; what it really is, however, is an opportunity for brides to overrun our nation’s largest cities in search of a single high value dress at a cheap price. Brides can form teams (siblings, bridesmaids, complete strangers), design team crowns and t-shirts, devise a series of strategies and audibles, and — in essence — create their own offensive line. The website features helpful hints for brides who are planning on partaking in the bloodbath, but there isn’t the slightest bit of advice for the men who are dragged unwillingly onto the Colosseum arena floor.

So we’ve devised a groom’s ROTB guide. We sought out the sole survivor of last week’s event, read a little Darwin and put together a guide to staying alive in the most chaotic environment ever imagined. And yes, that includes that Hannah Montana concert, which we’ve all agreed was a huge mistake.

the non-bride guide to surviving the Running of the Brides

1. Know the course. The key to survival is having a reliable escape route. A week before the event, stop by the store and walk through the space a dozen or so times: memorize the layout; practice some safety drills; test the skid factor on the floor; and locate the nearest exits and bathrooms. Knowing where the john is could mean the difference between life and death.

2. Cut a hole in a box. Of course, with the swarm of brides that will be present, you can’t guarantee an accessible exit. So in the days before, find a sizable cardboard box and cut a hole in the bottom (about shoulder width in diameter); using a thick black magic marker, write the words REALLY OVERPRICED DRESSES on all four sides; upon arrival, stash that box in a convenient corner; and if things get too hairy, get in the box. You’ll be safe there until morning.

3. Don’t speak. Man casualties come about when grooms mistakenly announce a worthwhile discovery. So refrain from phrases like Hey, here’s a good one and This tag says Vera Wang.

4. Bring Luna bars. Brides can’t resist whole grain energy bars in colorful packaging. If you need to clear the perimeter, just toss some Lemon Zest in the middle of the sale floor.

5. Buddy up. Chances are you won’t be the only male in attendance. Find another groom in distress (he won’t be hard to find), choose a meeting place and decide on a safe word. Preferably not Wang.

6. Hold the dressing room. Another way to avoid injury is to stay off of the sale floor entirely. Accompany your bride to the dressing room, and then hold it for her while she continues to shop. Let other shoppers think you’re a bride by incorporating authentic sound effects: ruffling clothes, zipping zippers and occasional sighs of disappointment.

7. Beware the rogue bride. Brides and their teams tend to travel in packs. When a bride gets separated from her herd, she will often become angry and charge at any moving, unfamiliar objects (namely, grooms). Should you encounter a rouge bride, adopt a feminine posture and remain still.

8. Don’t get photographed. The last thing you want is to be the poster boy for the Running of the Grooms, or to be featured on the main page of Filene’s website with the caption, “Men love it, too!” If you see a camera, throw a Luna bar at the lens.

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Brian Leahy is founder of The Groom Says — a safe haven for grooms who need a hand with wedding planning and brides who need a hand with their grooms. Check out the blog for some laughs and inspiration, and be sure to follow The Groom Says on Twitter and Google+.

The Newlywed Game Wants YOU!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Are you recently married?

Do you live in or around NYC?

Do you want a free second honeymoon?

By answering yes to any of these questions, you’ve been cast in an upcoming episode of ‘The Newlywed Game.’ Congrats!


OK, it’s actually not quite that easy… but we are working with the producers from the show to find interested couples. Here’s the scoop straight from them:

We’re seeking outgoing couples for “THE NEWLYWED GAME”, your honeymoon isn’t over yet…! Now is your chance to audition as a couple and possibly win prizes including a second Honeymoon! We are looking for couples of all ages, shapes, and sizes who live in or around the NYC area who have outgoing personalities!

Couples are being interviewed now. If you want to be considered, please e-mail and include a recent photo, phone number, e-mail address, wedding date, and city/state. Once the producers receive your e-mail, they’ll send you a detailed application.


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