Vendor Spotlight – Allegro Photography

I should probably start with a disclaimer: We love all of the vendors that we work with, but can only blog so much!

You have probably seen samples of their work on our website and through events that we have produced – today’s vendor spotlight shout-out goes to Allegro Photography!

Husband and wife team, Jo and Dave, moved to Boston a few years ago from California and settled in Wellesley. Their work has a distinct West Coast vibe that is reflected in the fantastic images they take and the beautiful spirit that they capture.  One outstanding quality is their ability to capture the right mood at any given moment.  You may think at a wedding or a fundraiser this would be easy, but the task is much harder than it seems when trying to capture an emotion on top of the action taking place.

Their upbeat attitudes and willingness to stick around to “get the shot” are one reason we love to have them on site with us at events.  From weddings, to portraiture, to a wide variety of events both social and non-social, they are reliable and fun to work with.  Plus, they always manage to find such flattering light for everyone!

Thanks Allegro Photography for being so great!

Ok, now I’ll let the images speak for themselves (kind of).


Catching that adorable moment during a wedding?! check.


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Capturing the AE staff at the Celebrity Series 75th Anniversary Gala? check.
L to R: Chrissy, Christine, Danielle, Aubry and our [former] intern Emma (we miss you!)

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Making our tabletops look cooler than we remembered
(this one from Rosie’s Place Safe and Sound Gala)? check.



Thanks Allegro Photography!  We love working with you!


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#5 What does the groom say?

Weddings are about the couple, not just the bride! So we decided to hit up the other side of this equation – Thomas – for his thoughts on the whole ‘getting engaged’ thing, now that we are one year away from the Big Day.

So You’re Ready To Propose

So you think you’re ready to propose… not so fast!  A proposal worthy of the beautiful woman you are asking to spend the rest of your life with isn’t as easy as picking out a ring and hoping she says yes.  What are the 4 C’s?  What do you mean I can’t just walk out with the engagement ring the day I buy it?  Rings have sizes?  These were just some of the questions I had, and learned, throughout my proposal journey.

Be Confident She’s On The Same Page:

This one should go without saying. A relationship involves two people, and just because you’ve gotten to “that point” in your relationship doesn’t always mean she is in the same place. It might sound unlikely, but I’ve heard more than a few stories where the guy is ready to pop the question and the girl is ready to move on.  If you aren’t sure she will say yes, you’d better make sure before spending a lot of time and money proposing.  Forcing a girl into a situation where she has to say yes will likely not end well for either of you!

Picking Out a Ring:

Rings are not cheap.  The traditional guideline on what to spend on a ring is the equivalent to 3 months of your current salary (after taxes), though that is very much open to variation depending on your current financial situation.  The real key is to not put yourself into an incredible amount of debt, or make foolish decisions just to meet that number (DO NOT buy your ring on a credit card unless you can pay it off with another source immediately).  Typically your fiancé-to-be will have an idea of what size stone or diamond she is looking for, and hopefully it’s within reason.

Next, figure out what else she is looking for. I learned early on about the “4 C’s” (guidelines to focus on when picking out a diamond): Carat (the size of diamond), Cut (the shape), Clarity (are there any “inclusions” or dark spots?), and Color (is it clear or is there a tint of another color?).  Typically the most important factor to girls is the size followed closely by shape or setting.

Elizabeth mentioned she was less concerned with the color or clarity, but while I had the opportunity to buy a slightly bigger diamond with a sizable black inclusion in the middle of it, it just didn’t feel right – nor did it meet my standard of quality. In addition, Elizabeth hinted many times about the importance of an intricate setting as well as taking a particular liking in the Tacori brand.  For this reason I made sure to spend a little more on a specific setting to make sure it had the look she desired, even though it meant a slightly smaller diamond.

Another tip…If you can’t figure out how to find her ring size, an average ring finger is a size 6. When it comes to the type of metal, the most common type of metal is white gold, though this is definitely something worth getting right.  Find out what kind of jewelry she typically wears and use that as a guide. Lastly, plan to purchase the ring at least a month in advance (maybe more) so that it is ready in time for your proposal.

The Big Day/Night:

Before I planned everything out I noticed a picture on Elizabeth’s Pinterest page called “Rules for Engagement” that I think are a really great set of rules to follow for any man proposing:

1) Ask for her parents blessing.

2) Make it a surprise.

3) Use her full name.

4) Get down on one knee.

5) Have somebody catch it on camera.

#1-4 should be fairly obvious, but #5 was really an excellent touch.  This moment is just as important as any other in your life, and if you’re going to spend thousands of dollars on a photographer at your actual wedding, it’s a steal to spend a couple hundred and capture the proposal.  For our proposal, I turned to the wonderfully talented Mikhail Glabets to capture the special moment, and we couldn’t have been happier with the results! And to top it all off I’ll actually add a 6th item: Have her favorite champagne chilled and ready!

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Listen To Her Clues:

As you’ve read along you probably have noticed that Elizabeth did a pretty good job of making me aware of what she wanted without being overbearing about it, and I made sure to do my research ahead of time as well.  This is an important point for both the guy and the girl in this situation.

Ladies, it’s not always obvious what you really want.  Make sure to help your man out by leaving him clues or bringing it up in conversation (but please don’t come across as demanding or expecting).

Guys, your fiancé-to-be has been dreaming about this stuff for a very long time and probably has an idea of what she wants.  While I know most guys don’t want to feel like they are just being told what to do, now is not the time to prove your independence by ignoring her desires.  Absolutely find ways to make the proposal your own, but make sure to do your research so that you are trying to re-create the moment she has been dreaming about.


 Bride-to-be Elizabeth, approves this message.
Watch out for July’s post when E&T decide the fate of the food… Adventures in Catering and Cake.