This couple’s Spring wedding was held at Messina’s at the Terminal at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. It was a fitting location since the groom is a pilot and works at the airport! I loved the blue beach theme and all the DIY elements the bride crafted including shell bouquets, boutonniere, and table decor. (Went great with the building’s sand colored exterior)
It was a destination wedding for me, and a destination wedding theme! It was also a special wedding because the bride and I went to college together and were in the same sorority. I got to see many of my sisters at the wedding which was a great bonus!
The ceremony was held in a circular fashion and officiated by a friend of the couple. Cocktail were served in the balcony area of the terminal featuring murals while the room was flipped below. Meanwhile, we took family and couple photos in front of the terminal, a beautiful Art Deco styled building. Then, on the terrace overlooking the runways and planes! In New Orleans, most weddings are cocktail style so guests help themselves to food at stations and passed hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit down dinner. There were dances, cake cutting and a special New Orleans style dance, the Second Line! At the end of the evening, two Zulu Mardi Gras Indians arrives and led the couple and guests around waving their napkins. This is such a fun local tradition. (But man, those whistles were loud!)
This classy same-sex elopement features some of the best locations in New York City! I met the brides on the rainy morning at the Walker Hotel, a boutique property in Greenwich Village. The couple had a terrace room with amazing views of the city! It was a bit rainy at the start, but it was perfect for popping some champagne. Next we went to Manhattan’s Marriage Bureau for the ceremony. The couple picked up some flowers right outside. (The vendor there has nicer bouquets that what is inside. The flowers are affordable, usually $35-40 for the bouquets)
Then we went to Central Park to hit the iconic locations there and luckily the rain had stopped! We also encountered some friendly dogs and very temporary street art by Alex DiMauro at the Bethesda Terrace. (Right after we took this photo, it was removed by park workers!) Towards the end, it was back to the West Village area for cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery and a drink at the Stonewall Inn!
The couple were dressed in classy attire with updos and make-up by Sharon Becker of SB Beauty. It was a lovely day. If you are looking for more Spring weddings, see this one too!
Flowers: City Hall Flowers (Right outside on Worth)
This was a Documentary Day session with 6 hours. This is the actual timeline!
9:45 Walker Hotel Greenwich Village, Getting Ready and details etc.
10:15 Depart for City Hall
10:30 Arrive City Hall
12:30 Depart City Hall, photos outside
12:45 Depart for Central Park
1:15 Arrive Central Park
2:15 Depart for Times-Square
2:30 Arrive Times-Square
2:50 Head to Magnolia Bakery, then Stonewall Inn
3:10 Arrive Magnolia Bakery, then Stonewall Inn
Because you won’t have time to ready vows during the ceremony, the couple read letters to each other while we waited. It was such an intimate moment, and so touching!
Modern Pink Wedding at The Foundry in Long Island City
This modern pink wedding at The Foundry in Long Island City has me thinking of Spring! Since it is just around the corner, hopefully, I figured I’d share this inspiration shoot with you. Ruffled organized this styled shoot a few months back with a bunch of incredible vendors. However it was a mad dash to photograph all of the 3 gorgeous set-ups they had created. (the other one I photographed was published on 100 Layer Cake here) Nevertheless, I love a challenge!
The muted tones of this classic, but fabulously modern pink wedding inspiration, really caught my eye. Of course, Designs by Ahn did an amazing job erecting a wired sculpture to the balcony level of the venue and filled it with pastel flowers falling down to the table scape. The venue is really industrial so the contrast with the soft, pretty flowers, and flowing table cloth is visually exciting.
The bride wore a long sequin gown with a beautiful silhouette and open back. The groom, a chic plaid tux! I photographed them in the venue and outside in the spacious courtyard with views of the Queensboro Bridge. A venue like that really give you a sense of place, and I love using iconic NYC landmarks in my portraits.
In addition, I especially loved photographing the food by Dish Food & Events! The styling was excellent, wish I had a chance to try it all!
Once a month at the Bergen County Clerk’s Office in Hackensack, NJ couples can be married on a Saturday. There are appointment times, a nice bright room for the ceremony and a civil, but nevertheless lovely, ceremony by the Clerk John S. Hogan. Getting married by Bergen County Clerk is easy, contact the office for more information on having your wedding there. You’ll need to get a license 72 hours in advance and will need two witnesses when you get the license. The appointment was pretty much on time, though it can run a bit behind I was told. Overall, I’d highly recommend having a civil ceremony here if you are looking to get married in New Jersey in a courthouse.
Wedding Photo Locations near the Bergen County Clerk’s Office
Around the corner from the Bergen County Clerk’s Office is the Bergen County Courthouse, a beautiful building designed in American Renaissance style architecture and completed in 1912. The steps are lovely for taking group photos. It was positively freezing the day we taking these, but J&R and their families were brave! For winter weddings, I suggest hand warmers, keeping a warm car nearby and layers if you can.
Chart House Wedding Reception
Following the intimate ceremony and photos at the Bergen County Courthouse, we went to the Chart House waterfront restaurant in Weehawken, New Jersey. The views of Manhattan are incredible! Though you can’t tell, it was near freezing and windy on this day, but it almost looks like summer! (At least no one was sweating!) From the Chart House deck, one can get the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River in the photos. We took family photos inside though. The couple celebrated with a wedding cake and a toast before lunch.
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It is so hard, and many years I don’t even do it, but I was determined to get to a a selection of my personal favorite moments of 2018. There was something about each of these images that I liked when I took it and still like now, and I’ve written a little bit with each to explain why I selected it. Many more I could have chosen, but here they are, in no particular order…
1. Thumbs Up – Cake cuttings are always funny to me. The couple usually has no idea what to do, where to cut, it is a miracle it gets cuts in the right place (NOT the top layer!) I just love her expression and gesture while he I suppose is trying to extricate a piece for them to taste.
2. NY HEARTS ME. It was cold, windy and raining, but that didn’t stop this couple from braving the Top of the Rock for about 10 mins with me. Fortunately I grabbed the tall and sturdy best man to hold me umbrella, or it would have been impossible out there. But, I love a good challenge and bad weather just makes me want to fight harder to make some nice images for my clients. Luckily these two had been all smiles.
3. Vows- In an intimate ceremony at Shakespeare Garden in Central Park, the vows were emotional and touching.
4. First Dance- In a backyard wedding on Center Island in New York, I had a unique opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the first dance and caught this great moment!
5. Hold Me Tight- The overall scene of this ceremony was split between shade and sun which isn’t easy to shoot. I was rewarded for zooming in and seeing the emotion on the faces of the couple. Just a beautiful moment, one of many at this wedding!
6. Kids on the Loose- During a lunch reception in August at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, a group of children entertained themselves immensely.
7. Grandma can Dance- I have a thing for grandparents at weddings. They just aren’t always there, so having them present, is a blessing, even more so when one can make an appearance on the dance floor. *happy tears* She was surrounded by her grandson, son, and daughter-in-law and Italian relatives, many who came from Italy for the wedding. It was so touching. These are the moments I live to capture.
8. Joy- I love when portraits lead to real moments happening. I have no idea what happened here, but I just love the reaction. (And no one can tell there is a homeless guy sleeping on a bench right behind them! Shooing in NYC is so fun.)
9. Father Daughter Dance- I have several lovely ones this year, but I liked this one the best for the way she hold him tight. So sweet.
10. Champagne, Madame? This was hilarious. We were shooting in the street outside Cafe Cluny in the West Village (cobblestone streets) and all of a sudden this waiter emerges and offers the couple free classes of champagne! So sweet. So of course, we did. What a fun surprise!
Fall wedding at an old world style romantic wedding venue in the Connecticut countryside. Purple and white flowers were everywhere, as well as candles, in the historic St. Clements Castle. The ceremony overlooked the beautiful Connecticut River.
I am so pleased to announce an image of mine was honored by the Wedding Photojournalist Association! I rejoined the group after many year of being away and have been astounded by all of the great work and seriously tough competition for the awards, I’m happy one of mine made the cut!
About the image,
After taking wedding party photos, the attentive caterers bought everyone drinks to toasts. They were a fun group, and this moment really captured that.
From their site,
The Wedding Photojournalist Association is proud to present the winners of Best Wedding Photographers in the 2018 v13 Photography Competition. WPJA documentary wedding photographers are the best in the industry and know that their images are judged by the most notable and respected working newspaper photojournalists and picture editors in the news industry. Winning an award in these competitions is a true accomplishment.