A really fun engagement shoot at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring in the Hudson Valley. 15 acres of wonderful planting and gardens and secret places at an elevation of 1000 feet. Originally a private residence it is now open to the public. Highly recommend this place for shoots, weddings or just a visit: stonecrop.org.
Nearby is Glynwood, another horticultural and agricultural spot to explore.
A beautiful Quinceañera at Monteverde’s Old Stone Manor in Westchester. Portraits were taken on the grounds, lawns and around the old mansion overlooking the Hudson River with views of the Hudson Valley in all directions. The day itself was sunny and bright and afforded amazing family portraits and group shots. The cocktail hour was held on the paved terrace near the house, surrounded by trees and planting, where plated hors d’oeuvres were served.
The reception was a tented-affair, where Camely and her friends made their entrance. Danced with her mother and father and performed the changing of the shoes ceremony which indicates the transition from a girl to womanhood. From there on there was plenty of dancing, cake-cutting and a lovely candle-lighting ceremony.
Camely looked stunning in a fabulous gown with embroidered flower print along the hem. Overall this was a charming and relaxed Quinceañera event that was both a joy to attend and document.