PRESTON BAILEY + THEO BLECKMANN

Preston Bailey has made a name for himself creating opulent events and floral fantasies for celebrities such as Donald Trump, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Oprah. His flair for the dramatic has made him one of the most sought after event designers in the world.
With over 30 years in business, Preston Bailey has become especially renowned for his ability to completely transform raw, ordinary spaces into sumptuous, theatrical environments, translating his clients’ fantasies into awe-inspiring reality.

Preston Bailey and Theo Bleckmann’s Wedding
After 33 years in the wedding industry, the anticipation surrounding Preston’s own wedding was enormous. Preston shared the lead up to his wedding openly on his popular wedding blog, with the event attracting many of his celebrity contacts. “If you’re going to get married, start late! This is New York City! No-one sleeps here anyway!” (Preston Bailey)
The Empire State building – the wedding location of choice – allows four weddings to be held there annually only on Valentine’s Day. Preston chose a midnight timeslot for the ceremony to take place (a new NYC trend) followed by a lavish cocktail party.

 

preston bailey wedding

Approaching the Shoot
Abraham Joffe and Wissam Abdallah, cinematographers from untitled film works, had a daunting task approaching the shoot. With limited time on the wedding night to capture Preston and Theo together, they had to rely on nailing the ceremony (Joan Rivers was wonderful as the celebrant who married them!) and party.

Preston and Theo very warmly opened their home to allow an interview to be shot the day before the wedding. This interview provided incredibly powerful thoughts and words to be captured on film. This greatly increased the story of the finished film. As there were no official speeches at the wedding, their words proved incredibly valuable.

It was a true honor for untitled film works to be asked to shoot for Preston + Theo – an experience never to be forgotten.

Tech details:

Shot entirely in 4K (4096×2160) on two Canon 1DC cameras. The cameras performed incredibly well in the harsh light of the region and captured the people and landscape in incredible detail. The low light scenes, including the time-lapse shooting of the night sky, all took advantage of the 1DC’s amazing low light performance.

Canon EF lenses used: 14mm 2.8 L, 24mm 1.4 L II, 35mm 1.4 L , 50mm 1.2 L, 45mm TL F2.8 L, 70-200mm 2.8 L II,100mm Macro 2.8 L II. Canon, Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 (for timelapses)