Where to start with this amazing wedding? First off, I went to Oberlin College with this rad couple and was so so thrilled to reconnect with them and to capture their gorgeous wedding. They are sweet and beautiful people, inside and out. The day started off with a big Ultimate Frisbee game at Croton Gorge Park where all guests were invited to participate. Monica was sad she had to leave the game early to get her hair done. :) Monica got dressed at her parents' home in her old childhood room, which I loved. The ceremony and reception took place at Croton State Park and many guests were camping or staying in the cabins. I am a sucker for DIY weddings and this one was a true labor of love created by their friends and family: Lincoln's cousin provided beautiful musical accompaniment on the banjo during the ceremony; a friend officiated their ceremony; all the flowers came from Monica's father's garden; their friends helped them make all the hand-painted signs, reception decor, bouquets and flower arrangements; Monica's brother brewed their beer (!); Lincoln's other cousin baked four beautiful and delicious cakes; another friend of theirs live painted the reception! On top of that, since they are very eco-conscious, all the plates and cutlery was made of compostable materials. What a special day! Congratulations to this amazing pair.
Emily and Ben got hitched at City Hall in Manhattan, witnessed by their close family and friends. Later that day the festivities continued at the rad Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook, which has a fun beach-shack vibe perfect for a summer evening celebration. (Side note, the next time I go back to Brooklyn Crab - not on a gig - I plan to try their amazingly tasty-looking beer-garitas!). I loved all the joy and love that radiated throughout the whole day, not to mention how flippin' adorable this couple is together and their beautiful smiles. Congratulations!
Sarah and Justin were married at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho, NYC. We started at the Mondrian Soho then strolled up Crosby Street for portraits before the ceremony. So many strangers wished them congratulations in the few short blocks from the hotel to Housing Works - who says New Yorkers aren't friendly? Smiles and laughter abounded during the whole event. Congrats!!
Charles and Ryan were married in true NYC fashion on the 1-year anniversary of their engagement. After going back and forth about whether they wanted a big blow-out wedding or an intimate affair with close friends and family, they opted for the latter and asked me to accompany them "paparazzi-style" on their special day. We started off at City Hall for the ceremony, strolled over the Brooklyn Bridge for portraits, dined on pizza in South Street Seaport for lunch, headed over to Chelsea Piers for bowling, hit up the High Line for more photos, then met up with a group of their friends at Murray's Cheese Bar for champagne toasts and dinner. They opted for a cheese plate instead of a cake for their dessert - gotta love that! Cheers to these special guys - I love you and congrats!
This is the beautiful wedding of Scott and Lauren, my dear friend for over 20 years! We have been bffs since 5th grade when we bonded over our mutual love of King Arthur stories and musical theater. :) Like my brother's recent wedding, I wasn't the hired photographer but snuck in photo-taking in between my duties as bridesmaid. (That's why there are no photos of the ceremony or the dance party - I can't have a camera hold me back on the dance floor!).
The day was full of artful details and DIY elements. Scott is a talented artist and illustrator and created all the chalk drawings on the table settings. Lauren's mother altered Lauren's vintage dress, made the bouquets and all the terrariums on the tables as well. In addition, my dear husband played guitar during the ceremony, my brother-in-law officiated the ceremony and another friend of ours sang a beautiful Mexican ballad during the first dance. The setting for the day was University of Virginia's campus gardens and Colonade Club - you couldn't have asked for a more perfect summer day to celebrate love and all the beauty of life. The evening ended the way every wedding should - eating pizza on the hotel hallway floor amid fits of giggles. xoxoxo
We started out in Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem (the spot of this couple's first date) and ended at sunset by the West Harlem Piers. Solimar is a dancer and one of my favorite parts of this shoot was their impromptu dancing at the park's amphitheater. Adorable! I love this couple's radiant smiles, their love really shines through!
We spent a sunny Saturday afternoon in DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park for this fun engagement shoot. I adore the new large-scale murals up in the area! They made for such a colorful and lively backdrop to showcase this couple's charm and humor. Justin was great about keeping a constant smile on Sarah's face and was always cracking jokes, especially about the fact that we passed several weddings, engagements, birthday parties and quinceanera shoots going on at the same time in the neighborhood. Viva Brooklyn!
Rebecca and Justin are both artists and their winter wedding at MyMoon in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood was full of laughter, love and beautiful details. It ended in a rockin' dance party - my kind of night!