On the day of their elopement, I met Jenna and Justin at their apartment in Brooklyn Heights and was immediately greeted by their dog, Lucy, an adorable ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who let me snuggle her right up.
Lucy played a big part in the couple's engagement story. Jenna had organized a pet photography session on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Unbeknownst to her, Justin secretly emailed the photographer and let her in on his plan to propose. He casually met up with them at the end of the session and, after Jenna bent down to pick up Lucy, he was standing there, smiling, with ring in hand, while the photographer snapped away.
Naturally, Lucy needed a few portraits of her own on their wedding day.
The couple was married in an intimate and chic City Hall elopement. Neither Jenna nor Justin likes to be the center of attention so they knew a big wedding wasn't for them. Jenna said,
"The thought of paying all this money for an event that neither of us would enjoy just seemed silly. We want to be married but avoid all of the pomp and circumstance."
City Hall was the perfect choice. She wore a short, elegant, white dress and bright blue Louboutins (I really, really love it when my bride’s “something blue” has a red sole). He wore a navy suit to match. They both donned sun glasses as we took photos on the streets on Brooklyn Heights and as they shared champagne on their rooftop overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
They ended with lunch for their family at Il Cantinori in the East Village, an Italian restaurant so visually perfect, it looks like a movie set.
Bobby and Suzanne are vibrant, warm professionals who wanted a wedding that was beautiful and low-key. Totally Marlow clients!
The thing that happens to a lot of my clients happened to them: they planned to elope with just them and their three amazing kids, and then things got... bigger.
It rained, and rained, and rained. Kamila Harris is another fabulous wedding photographer in New York City, and she was on hand as my assistant this day to carry my bag and make sure I didn't fall into the pond; we emerged completely soaked, and I joked that we were swimming through our day. I never mind rain, though. Rainy day wedding photos are tricky to navigate, but always come out magical. Thankfully, Suzanne hired hair and makeup genius Amanda Thesen to be on hand for the day, and her makeup and curls stayed perfect in the downpour.
We started getting ready at their house; the kids were dressed and playing video games, and I posed the girls on the sofa "princesses having a portrait done" style. Can we talk about their style for sec? Super chic cold-shoulder floral excellence, and a poofy gown with turquoise Chucks. I die.
The Central Park Conservatory Garden was the site of their wedding ceremony and portraits (if you want to have a wedding here, you do need a special permit for this specific part of the park, so heads up.) A friend officiated for a congregation of about 40, and then we headed to the upstairs private room of Papillion on 54th Street for a reception (after a quick outfit change into a more party friendly frock for Suzanne and coordinating shirt for Bobby).
Carlo's Bakery AKA "the Cake Boss" created their wedding cake, featuring Bobby's home of Virginia, New York City where they live now, and a mouse figures entwined symbol on top, which one of the girls designed, and which Bobby showed me was also tattooed on his shoulder. A "city mouse and country mouse" cake topper finished it off.
Right before I left, Bobby and Suzanne walked me downstairs and leaned against the bar, recreating the exact spot of their first kiss! It was a great way to end the night.
On the morning of their wedding day, I met up with the Leah and Mistral at the High Line Hotel to take portraits outside. Both women wore perfectly coordinated short lace dresses, Leah in red and Mistral in rose gold, and flower crowns in their hair. The historic hotel's courtyard, with brick walls, dramatic wooden doorways, and green-trimmed windows, provided a nice backdrop for fun, lighthearted wedding photos.
From there, we headed to Carnegie Hall for their morning wedding ceremony. They exchanged vows surrounded by their close family and friends.
After family photos and more bridal portraits around New York, everyone gathered at Maialino, a Roman trattoria, for a lunchtime reception. Together they cried over emotional toasts, laughed while cutting the two-tier cake, and enjoyed the celebration with their loved ones and each other.
Ana and Tom are friends with Jeff and Mary Esther, and wanted the same experience of eloping at City Hall in Manhattan. We met on the front steps of the Marriage Bureau, got them married inside, and followed up with a portrait session nearby. Two family members joined them.
During our portrait session, a passerby wandered over and requested a photo with the new bride and groom, and they were happy to oblige.
Ana wore a gown she purchased at BCBG ages ago, did her own hair and makeup (yes to statement lips), and paired it with an older leather jacket from her wardrobe.
We spoke for the first time via Skype in 2014, I photographed their Central Park elopement back in 2015, they came back to NYC for their first anniversary and we got some photos on the Highline, and this year they hired me for a session in the Lower East Side, complete with awesome murals and... some boobie grabbing.
We started the day with family photos in Central Park, and then couple photos. Aren't they stunning in their traditional attire? Our portrait session was followed by an afternoon reception for relatives at Indian Accent in Midtown Manhattan. My husband, Marley, served as assistant for this wedding, and the food we had was so incredible we kept swooning and sighing at our table. There was GOLD LEAF on the dessert. We felt fancy.
After the meal, Arjun's mother and sister presented each of the ladies present with a sari from India, as well as a small smudge of yellow and red kumkuma for their necks and foreheads, and his parents gave a warm speech to everyone.
Arjun's father wore a beautiful 200 year old ruby ring from India you see pictured.