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Sara + Anthony were married on a beautiful day in May. It rained the day before and the day after, but their day was perfect for a Whitby Castle wedding. I know Sara + Anthony from church and before they were even dating so this was a special wedding for me to photograph.

Sara gave each of her bridesmaids a necklace with flower pressed in glass and cuff links to her bridesman.

Sara created and designed so much for their Whitby Castle wedding, just wait until you see everything.

Sara painted this big canvas for the church as well.

The ring bearer and flower girl carried matching antique bronze swan baskets.

Anthony’s guitar teacher and friend played during the ceremony.

This was such a sweet moment when Sara reached the end of the aisle.

Sara + Anthony’s ceremony was Greek Orthodox and included so many special traditions.

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If you’re looking for a classic New York City wedding than look no further! This is seriously the epitome of a classic NYC wedding that I was lucky enough to help Amy Rizzuto photograph. We went to Central Park for the Bride and Groom’s portraits and bridal party portraits, but aside from that everything happened in the Park Hyatt New York hotel. The Bride and Groom got ready there and had their ceremony and reception there. It was a Park Hyatt New York wedding.

Normally I’m with the groom when I’m helping photograph another photographer’s wedding. However, Amy was pregnant and ready to have her son any day so I went along to assist her. Which I secretly loved because I got to help photograph the bridal details and the bride getting ready!

I could have never walked around all day in these shoes, but dang are they adorable!

Park Hyatt New York had quite the views of NYC and Central Park!

I loved the Bride’s dress, but wait until you see what she added to it for the ceremony!

I know so many girls dream of their groom seeing them walk down the aisle, but when you do a first look it can seem to negate that moment. I loved that the Bride met her Groom in their ceremony space so that they could still have the same effect, but just between the two of them.

Before the entire bridal party came with us to take portraits in Central Park, we took just the Bride and Groom outside of the hotel and to Central Park for portraits.

This just feel so classic NYC with the building and the taxi cabs in the background.

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I love doing a review at the beginning of each year of my favorite engagement pictures from the previous year because it gives a little preview into what’s coming up for the year! All of my wedding collections come with engagement sessions because I believe they are important to the wedding experience and prepping for wedding days.

Why are engagement sessions so important? First, they allow me to meet the couple if I didn’t meet them during the booking process. Second, engagement sessions are at least an hour long so it’s a great time to connect with my couples and get to know them even more.

Believe it or not engagement session will also help prep my couples for their wedding day. It’s essentially like a trial run. Wedding days can be so busy and the bride and groom can be pulled in so many different directions, but during engagement sessions, it’s just me and the couple. That means I can take the time to help them get comfortable in front of my camera and I can learn what poses or looks they like the best. (It’s important to know what makes them laugh and which side of her face the bride prefers for example. ) So on the wedding day when I only have 30 minutes for portraits (usually also shared with the videographer) I already know what my couple prefers, they’re already comfortable in front of my camera and I can reference what we did at the engagement session if necessary.

And most importantly, don’t forget that engagement sessions are for the pictures! A lot of couples use them for their announcements, save the dates and decorations at the wedding. But they’re also great to just print and have around the house. It’s not very often that couples hire a photographer to take pictures of themselves in regular clothes (although it may change once kids are in the picture). As much as I love our wedding pictures, I also really love our engagement pictures because it’s the more normal, everyday us.

This year as I went through my engagement sessions I also noticed some common themes. First, the color maroon/burgundy was really popular.

Second, floral dresses are really making a comeback!

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