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    Thanks for visiting our blog. Who is Funico you might ask? In short, we are:

    Husband-and-wife led team. Award-winning New York wedding photographers and videographers. Creative. Reliable. Trusted.

    Our names are actually Alice & James Thompson, not Alice & James Funico (though we've gotten mail addressed to Mr. & Mrs. Funico!) We invented the word "funico" because we wanted a name that you would remember and something with the word "fun" in it. Your wedding is a celebration and all parts of it should be FUN!

    We started photographing weddings in 2004 and have loved it ever since. As demand for our services grew, we built a small team of photographers and videographers who share our passion. As photographers, we will capture the essence of your wedding with candid photojournalism, fine art portraits and our unique style of "fine art photojournalism." At the same time, our videographers will provide a cinematic video for you to enjoy and relive for years to come.

    Our goal is to anticipate and capture the smiles from the heart, the spontaneous gestures of love, and the rhythm of your celebration.

    To see more of our work or to chat about photography or video for your wedding, contact us at (646) 234-8927 or Look forward to chatting with you!

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Introducing Hotel Du Village, a New Wedding Venue in Bucks County

While in the area, we stopped at the Hotel Du Village to check out the progress of Landmark Hospitality’s newest wedding venue.  We’ve worked with Landmark Hospitality for many years now and are great admirers of their stylish venues (The Ryland Inn & Celebrate at Snug Harbor just to name a few)!  Hotel Du Village is a French country estate in the Bucks Country countryside just down the road from the charming town of New Hope, PA.  We love this area of Pennsylvania. Tubing down the Delaware River in the summer and exploring the countryside is one of our favorite activities. Hotel Du Village reminds us of the cute restaurants we went to when we visited the French Alps. Except the French do not have the Cretella touch. What is the “Cretella touch”?  It’s the little bit of magic that the owners, Jeanne & Frank Cretella, add when they create a landmark venue.

The first thing we noticed was the estate’s picturesque countryside setting. The venue is on a hill that overlooks its own pond and stream.  Why does the stream still flow in the coldest winter we’ve had in years you may ask?  Because the water is from a natural spring that flows year round.  A natural spring – wow!  If the scenery looks this great in the winter, it’ll be a wedding photographer’s dream in the spring, summer & fall.  We can’t wait to photograph our first wedding there in July!


Landmark Hospitality has renovated 2 ballrooms that will have terraces overlooking the stream, pond and surrounding countryside. This is the view from the terraces – it will be spectacular when fall foliage is in full bloom.  The terraces are still under construction.  When completed, they will have fire pits to make the experience a little more magical. Imagine sitting out here during cocktail hour & enjoying this view with a drink in hand and eating amazing food!


Inside we found 2 ballrooms with lots of natural light coming in from walls of windows. Talk about rooms with a view. The Cretellas did a great job upgrading these rooms to a clean modern look without losing the unique rustic French country feel.

This is the Colt Ballroom with restored hardwood floors, renovated ceiling and original copper-detailed fireplace.


The Historic Ballroom was the original restaurant space.


This is one of the several original fireplaces that Landmark Hospitality has kept throughout the venue.  How absolutely beautiful!


One of our favorite spots is a room containing the original bar. It has high ceilings, plenty of light and a touch of modern design.


The venue will also feature a newly-renovated hotel and Bed & Breakfast on the property.

We have a friend who frequently takes romantic excursions with his girlfriend in Lambertville, NJ (right across the river from New Hope).  They would love this place – the elegant architecture and idyllic views are perfect for them.  When he pops the big question, we’ll have to let him know that we’ve found the perfect wedding venue for them!



Sheetal & Karan’s Wedding Photos at Carlyle on the Green, LI

Sheetal & Karan got married on Valentine’s Day. A very romantic day, but as with almost every day this winter, it was cold and there was a blizzard warning! The weather didn’t get them down though.

While most couples dread hearing that it may snow on their wedding day, the truth is that we were excited about shooting in the snow. Of course, you need a Bride & Groom who are up for going out into the elements. Not only was Karan up for it, he was OK with us suggesting that his groomsmen throw snowballs at him. Love it – thank you, Karan, for being so much fun!

carlyle on the green winter wedding
carlyle on the green wedding party photos

The weather outside was so frightful, but the joy inside was delightful. Cold snow, warm hearts.


Sheetal & Karan didn’t let a little cold & snow keep them from having the time of their lives!

photo of reception at carlyle on the green

Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah Photos at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine

We’ve photographed many weddings, but that’s not all we do. We also capture the many beautiful moments, fun moments and exciting moments of Bar Mitzvahs. Here are some photos from Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah festivities at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine.

Jordan had a rockin’ party with fun for everyone – great music, mini basketball court, foosball table and a surprise visit from Clyde Frazier himself!


Many congrats to Jordan! To see more photos from the event, click on the play button below.

Melissa & Peter’s Wedding Photos at Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NYC

2014 was a year to remember for Melissa & Peter (a.k.a Petielicious as Melissa calls him). Petielicious proposed, they moved into a new home together and they became Mr. & Mrs. The fun-loving couple wedded & celebrated at Snug Harbor a few weeks ago. They played in leaf piles together, danced amid confetti together and just had an all-around good time together. Many congrats to Melissa & Pete – may you always enjoy each other and wishing you a 2015 filled with more good times together!


snug harbor staten island wedding reception photo
snug harbor wedding photo

To see more of Melissa & Peter’s wedding photos, click on the play button below.