What a wonderful summer wedding! I first met Krista and Brian last summer in Coney Island for their super fun engagement shoot. After that session, I knew their wedding was going to be awesome. They were married in June at a wonderful little resort in the Poconos, the Stroudsmoor Country Inn.
I met up with Krista to start with in her suite where she was getting ready with friends. She looked stunning in her lace gown! Both she and Brian exchanged cards to start the day, which is such a lovely tradition I see more and more couples doing. After everyone was dressed, we headed out for their first look and portraits. Krista and Brian were a joy to photograph, they clearly have so much fun together and the setting was just beautiful.
They had their ceremony on the lawn in front of this adorable little bell tower and were married by a close friend. After the kiss, the venue even let them ring the bell! The festivities followed with a dance party reception and Krista and Brian let me sneak them out for a few minutes at sunset, it was a gorgeous evening! The day finished up with a Conga line led by Brian, a perfect end to the night!
Huge congrats Krista and Brian! I wish you many years of happiness!
I loved this City Hall wedding so much! I’m not sure if there could have been more joy in this day, but if it would have been possible, Laura and Brooks would have found a way. These two and the crew of family and friends they surrounded themselves with just radiated happiness the whole afternoon for their City Clerk’s Office wedding.
Laura and Brooks met at an art show in Brooklyn and lived in the New York City for 6 years following. Now however, they call Minneapolis, Minnesota (three cheers for my homestate!) home, but came back to NYC to tie the knot. I met up with them at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau for their ceremony. It’s not super often I get huge groups at the City Clerk’s Office, but Laura and Brooks ran with a crowd and it was such great fun. Everyone was in on the excitement, complete with Laura’s mom sporting celebratory flags to the witnesses in their hilarious bejeweled hats. (And yes, in case you’re wondering, all of these things can be purchased at the store in the clerk’s office.) I also always love when parents are involved in elopements, and it was especially adorable to watch Laura’s dad beam as he walked her “down the aisle” to the desk to get married.
After they made it official, we headed outside for a few more portraits. When I asked Laura and Brooks where they wanted photos, Laura looked at the torn up road surrounding the City Hall and said, “Can we take them in the construction site?” I aim to please and these two were adorable.
Huge congrats to Laura and Brooks! Thank for being the most fun ever and I wish you both the very best!
I am always on the lookout for new, unique locations for elopements in NYC. I’ve photographed weddings and elopements all over the city, somehow though, I’d never been to St Luke in the Fields. When couples ask for locations quiet locations outside of Central Park, I often point to a handful of community gardens in the East Village and Alphabet City. However, I’d read about the St Luke gardens on a local blog I follow about a year ago, but I’d never actually been. When Heather and Erinn told me they’d picked this spot for their west village elopement, I was absolutely delighted! An excuse to visit this tiny slice of urban serenity and a new unique elopement location in New York to discover! Excellent.
This tiny garden is tucked away next to a church, and the grounds are open to the public and it made for such an idyllic little spot for these two beautiful brides to exchange vows. It’s a quiet retreat amongst the busy city streets in one of my most favorite neighborhoods for photos. I couldn’t have been more pleased. Erinn and Heather were married by the always lovely Hope Mirlis of A More Perfect Union just before sunset.
After their ceremony, we headed out into the garden for portraits, wandered through the West Village, and then went out to the Christopher Street pier for the sunset and a few shots with the downtown skyline. It was the perfect summer night and these two brides could not have been more lovely. It was such a wonderful evening!
Huge congratulations to Heather and Erinn! Thank you so much for inviting me to photograph your wedding! Best wishes to you both!
This Gran Electrica wedding was the absolute best! One of my favorite things in the world to photograph is laughter. Pure and simple. Seth and Emily weren’t afraid to be silly and clearly love to laugh together and it made my heart so happy to document their day. Three cheers also for Emily’s amazing striped gown! I love a non-white wedding dress and this one was fantastic!
Seth and Emily are self described “hardcore Brooklynites” so obviously a Brooklyn wedding was the perfect fit for them. They came across Gran Electrica, which is one of my favorite venues (delicious tacos anyone??), and knew it was a match. According to Emily, “We chose Gran Electrica in Dumbo because we wanted something intimate enough where we could talk to our friends, but big enough that they could be there! We had a few criteria: getting married outside, good food, low stress – Gran Electrica checked all the boxes!”
Before their ceremony, I met up with them for a walk along the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront and it was a gorgeous day! We wandered from Pebble Beach, up to Empire Stores, and down through pier one taking photos all along the way. After a portrait session we went back to Gran Electrica for the festivities. They had their ceremony in the back garden surrounded by friends and family. After rounds of tacos and margaritas, Seth’s sister gave a heartfelt toast (honestly one of the best I’ve heard in some time) and then it was time for a dance party.
Seth and Emily, you are wonderful and I can’t thank you enough for inviting me to be a part of your day! Huge congrats to you both!
What a beautiful wedding day! Matt and Nicole were married at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau on a perfect blue sky day followed by a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Matt is my first groom from Bermuda and opted wear the traditional Bermuda shorts and knee socks which I loved! Nicole also looked fabulous in her pants and lace top, I love when couples put their own spin on “traditional” wedding attire.
They were surrounded by friends and family at the City Clerk’s office and we got through in fairly good time. Matt and Nicole were all smiles the whole morning and it was so much fun to photograph these two! After making things official, we headed out onto the city streets. Matt and Nicole had a plan to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge with everyone on their way to their reception luncheon. I haven’t walked the whole bridge in awhile and it was a great day for it, albeit a bit windy. We snapped photos all the way across the Brooklyn Bridge and then I sent them on their way.
Huge Congrats to Matt and Nicole! I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon in Cartagena and I wish you all the best!
This was such a fun day to kick off wedding season! Whitney and Kevin are the most laid back couple and their Falkirk Estate Wedding was a great reflection of them. There was a craft beer tasting, a few brews before the ceremony, a viewing of the Preakness Stakes (so many great expressions during this year’s crazy race!) and an awesome dance party! Oh yeah, and when else have you seen the bride take over the mike for her favorite hip hop? A fantastic night had by all.
My assistant Laura and I met up with Whitney and Kevin at their hotel for some getting ready photos before heading over to the venue for the first look. The Falkirk has some great grounds for photo taking, one part of which is a working old horse barn which made for an excellent backdrop. I even had my fill of climbing up rickety ladders for photos, which for the record, I will always be up for. After the photos, they were married under a perfect blue sky and then headed out to party the night away. I loved all the craft brewing details and this crew was certainly here to have a great time.
Huge congrats to Whitney and Kevin! Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your day!
Today was the most perfect day for a late spring wedding! The sun was shining, it wasn’t too hot, everything was perfect! Kelly and James came over from England for their intimate wedding ceremony at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Their ceremony was officiated and coordinated by Sandra of Ultimate USA Weddings. I LOVE this area of Central Park. It’s like a European garden and everything is just so elegant and it makes for beautiful photos.
Kelly and James made things official with family looking on and then we headed out into the garden for pictures. We had time to spare, so made our way down for a quick stop at Bethesda Terrace and the Bow Bridge at Kelly’s request before heading to the most New York of New York location, Times Square! It’s been awhile since I’ve photographed a couple in this iconic crazy location, but today was a great day for it! The crowds weren’t too bad and it was as exciting as always. We got all the lights and colors and made lots of tourists happy in the process. It was a fantastic afternoon had by all.
Congratulations Kelly and James! I wish you all the best!
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I had so much fun with these two! Daniela and Dwayne are fellow travel lovers and their meet story even involves the airport! Per Daniela, “We met at the airport 7 years ago. I had 2 huge suitcases and he offered to help me to my taxi. The taxi driver didn’t accept credit cards (his machine was broken) and I didn’t have any cash. It was late at night. Dwayne offered to pay for it. We exchanged numbers so we could meet to give him the money back. He trusted me or he thought I was worth the risk, I guess! LOL! “
We had planned to do a first look in Foley Square, but taxi shenanigans got things all turned around and Daniela ended up sneaking up behind us right in front of the clerk’s office. No matter, it worked out just great! We hurried inside and they were the second to last ones to get a number and we were set to go. Since Daniela and Dwayne were one of the last one’s through, most of the crowds had dispersed for the day and we were in and out in under an hour. Hurray! (A note to couples planning on a City Hall Wedding… it can pay off to wait! The lines now in the morning can be just as bad as lunch. They will give you a number as long as you are through security by 3:45pm sharp. I’d aim for 3:40pm latest just to be safe. At the end of the day, the wait can be much less, especially on a Friday!)
After hanging out with friends and family, their number was called and off they went to get married. Smiles all around and everything was made official! The City Hall wedding ceremony is quick, but it’s always fun. Afterwards we took a quick stroll down the block and then Dwayne’s friend gave us a lift over the bridge so we could take some wedding photos in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was a gorgeous day and I just couldn’t enough of the smiles on these two. Aren’t they the cutest?
We finished photos in front of a new heart wall in Dumbo and then I sent them on their way to celebrate! Congratulations Daniela and Dwayne! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your day. Happy travels to you both!
It’s been awhile since I photographed a proposal so I was thrilled to hear from Jason when we was planning a proposal to his girlfriend Cemone. Jason debated a bunch of locations, but ultimately decided on a Brooklyn proposal at Washington Street in with the Manhattan Bridge in the background.
I headed down to Brooklyn this afternoon to wait for them. They wandered down the street, asked a stranger for a photo and then he popped the question! I love photographing proposals! Cemone was surprised and excited and the tourists around us were equally thrilled. It was perfect.
After Cemone said yes we headed down to the waterfront for some skyline photos and then back up for a walk on the bridge. We made sure to stop for some ice cream, with rainbow sprinkles of course!, before I sent them on their way to celebrate.
Huge congrats to Cemone and Jason! It was lovely to meet you both and I wish you all the best!
I love when couples opt to do something they enjoy for an engagement session. Kevin and Whitney are huge craft beer fans so knew they wanted to at least get a few photos in a favorite craft beer bar. Done and done! After a beer or two, we wandered out to the Hudson and took a stroll along the river just in time for sunset. These two were up for anything and even suggested climbing atop a big rock formation for some great shots.
They are getting married this Saturday and I’m super excited for their wedding! Stay tuned for more photos after they tie the knot!