Kitsilano Beach Bridal Portraits

Who: Lovely models Sydney and Myra (who also did the hair and make-up)

What: Soft and romantic summer bridal portrait session at the beach

Where: Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, BC

Ever since we arrived in Vancouver at the beginning of July, I’ve been chomping at the bit to photograph bridal portraits at one of Vancouver’s many beautiful beaches. I’ve joined a few meet-up groups for local photographers and just my luck Ronald Lee, who moderates one of the online groups, posted about the possibility of producing a bridal portrait session with professional models and hair/make-up. Perfect! Ronald kindly booked the models and the MUA, provided the wedding dresses and transported us to the beach for a lovely golden-hour shoot. Since I knew I had an ethereal/summery look in mind, I also styled a bouquet with florals from Jem Florist, a flower shop just around the corner from the apartment where I’ve been staying in East Vancouver. The minute we stepped out of the car at Kitsilano Beach I took a look around at the sparkling water and blue-green mountains and said to myself, “Wow, I really live in such a beautiful place now!”. It’s finally sinking in that I’m a West Coaster! I had a great time working with Ronald, Sydney and Myra - thanks so much for the great opportunity to work together! For a little extra styling practice, at home I photographed my bubbah’s vintage rose quartz engagement ring with the bouquet. (I wear her ring every day and always receive compliments on it!). I love how the color palette all came together. My summer boho bridal dreams came true!

Beau + Sam's Wedding

Who: Beau and Sam

What: Fun, fabulous wedding in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Where: McCarren Hotel, the Williamsburg piers and Brooklyn Winery

I’ve been lucky enough to know Beau for many years through mutual friends in the NYC indie music scene (my husband’s band shared a practice space with Beau’s band Robot Princess for many years and I even photographed Beau’s band there!). Beau is an exceptionally talented and sweet guy and so when he and Sam approached me about photographing their wedding I knew it would be a fun and special day to capture! The couple lives in Greenpoint so it was a fitting choice for them to tie the knot on their home turf. They got ready at McCarren Hotel then we took some portraits in front of an amazing nearby mural of gummy bears (upon Sam’s request). Then we hopped in an uber to the piers at N 5th street for portraits with the NYC skyline and Williamsburg Bridge behind us. After that we headed to Brooklyn Winery for the ceremony and one of the most rockin’ dance parties I’ve witnessed at a wedding. It was incredibly clear throughout the day what a perfect match these two are. Biggest congrats!! And thanks so much to my 2nd shooter Karen for helping me capture the day.

Invitation and Ring Styling: New Goodies!

I recently purchased a bunch of new styling goodies for my wedding styling kit after reading this great post on Brklyn View Photography’s Tea With Jaine blog. I decided to do some styling practice using my own wedding invitation and engagement ring. Can’t wait to use my new goodies this wedding season!

Here’s my new kit ready to go! Doesn’t she look lovely?

Lee Ann + Ray's Wedding

Who: Lee Ann and Ray

What: Theatrical DIY downtown NYC summer wedding

Where: New York Theatre Workshop and Downtown Art

I met Lee Ann several years ago through working at Ars Nova Theater Company and New York Theatre Workshop so I was thrilled to photograph her wedding for her. I knew it would be a unique one! Ray got ready at The Standard Hotel East Village. Lee Ann got ready at Downtown Art and their first look was on the roof of the building. We then walked a few blocks for family portraits at First Street Community Garden. Their ceremony was held onstage at New York Theatre Workshop, featuring an incredible song by The Bengsons. Their reception was held across the street at Downtown Arts. What a fun day! Congrats!

Brian + Fabi's Wedding

Who: Brian and Fabi

What: March wedding in the Catskills

Where: Stroudsmoor Country Inn

These two were originally planning to get married in Puerto Rico, but Hurricane Maria forced them to quickly adjust their plans! Instead they were married at the lovely Stroudsmoor Country Inn in the Catskills. I’ve known Brian for almost ten years from working together at a non-profit in downtown NYC and so when they were scrambling to find a photographer for their new plans I knew it was destiny for me to capture their wedding for them. Congrats you two!

Jenna + Doug's Wedding

Who: Jenna and Doug

What: Winter wedding in Long Island City, Queens

Where: Paper Factory Hotel, Gantry Park, and Gantry Loft

I first met Jenna almost eight years ago when we both worked at the same non-profit in Tribeca. It was a true pleasure to capture her and Doug’s classy winter wedding. Jenna got ready at the Paper Factory Hotel, which is only a few mere blocks from my apartment in LIC! From there the bridal party headed to the LIC waterfront at Gantry Plaza for quick outdoor portraits (it was freezing!) and then onto Gantry Loft for the ceremony and party. During the reception it started to lightly snow, and we stepped outside for a snowy night portrait that ended up being my favorite image of the day. Congrats to this lovely couple!

Bridget + Michael's Wedding

Who: Bridget and Michael

What: Summer wedding in Croton-on-Hudson

Where: Croton Point Park and Croton Resevoir

This was my 2nd wedding at Croton Point Park and it was such a pleasure to capture! Bridget and Michael’s summer wedding was chock full of adorable DIY details like the butterfly centerpieces that Michael made himself and rope-strung mason jars flower vases behind their ceremony trellis. The couple got ready in the park’s cabins, then we went to the New Croton Reservoir for their first look and portraits by the dam. Their ceremony and reception was held at Croton Point Park, which has beautiful trees and waterside views and is a perfect place for an outdoor summer wedding. After dinner and toasts, everyone went inside the lodge for partying and dancing. Bridget is from a family of dancers and she and all her siblings wowed everyone with a family dance routine! Congrats to this lovely and creative couple!

Darcy + Charlie's Wedding

Who: Darcy and Charlie

What: a fun, sweet, and rockin’ wedding in the Catskills

Where: Full Moon Resort

Darcy is best friends with one of my oldest childhood friends and I’ve had the pleasure to know her for the last eight years! I was ecstatic to capture her gorgeous wedding at the Full Moon Resort in New York’s Hudson Valley. Everything about the day was perfect–from the bridesmaids’ varied floral gowns, to their heartfelt and personal wedding vows, to their theatrical wedding reception which included the amazing talents of their actor and singer friends! Congrats!

Sarah + Jacob's Elopement

Who: Sarah and Jacob

What: Springtime Elopement

Where: NYC City Hall

Sarah and Jacob eloped in the company of their close family and friends on a pretty spring day in NYC. Sarah got ready at her apartment, then we hopped in a cab downtown to meet up at City Hall for a first look. After the ceremony, the families enjoyed an intimate luncheon together. Congrats!

Jen + Lawrence's Wedding

Who: Jen and Lawrence

What: an intimate winter wedding in Tribeca

Where: China Blue

I went to middle school and high school in Delaware with Jen and was thrilled to capture her and Lawrence’s beautiful and intimate wedding in Tribeca. They got ready at the Tribeca Hilton, then we went to the Hudson River Greenway for portraits of the couple and bridal party by the water. From there, the ceremony, tea ceremony and reception were held at China Blue restaurant. It was great seeing so many familiar faces from my hometown as guests and to celebrate this wonderful couple! Congratulations!