Jayne & Alex’s wintry wedding in manhattan: Housing Works Bookstore

Jayne & Alex were married on a Sunday evening in December at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho.  Since the sun sets around 4:30 in the winter here and we wouldn’t be at the bookstore until after dark we planned to do their first look and portraits up near their hotel in midtown a bit earlier while it was still a bit light out.  Though the forecast called for rain most of the week we kept our fingers crossed and got lucky when Sunday rolled around– no rain during the time we had scheduled for our walk outside!  Jayne and Alex used to meet up by the LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana, on the corner of 6th Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan, which was just a block and a half from the hotel, so naturally it was the ideal spot for their first look.  Jayne looked incredible in her elegant long sleeve gown with gold and cream beadwork and we had no shortage of beautiful backdrops within the surrounding blocks– there were christmas lights and trees all over the place!  After heading back to the hotel to meet up with their wedding party we were escorted to the top floor of Le Parker Meridian, where they had generously allowed us to make some group portraits.  With that taken care of we all made our way down to SoHo for the main event.  The bookstore was picture perfect and cozy as can be.  After a beautifully performed ceremony with vows written by the couple themselves, guests were treated to a delicious feast at long tables filling the back of the bookstore. Highlights of the evening included a series of heartwarming toasts to this wonderful couple, a sweet first dance number, a beautiful wedding cake, and a delicious favor for every guest: Krispy Kreme Donuts boxed for the occasion!  Congratulations to Jayne & Alex!

Vendor Information:
Getting Ready Location: Le Parker Meridian

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Housing Works Bookstore

Wedding gown:  BHLDN

Officiant:Mark Giller – One Heart Ceremonies

Invitation Design: Etsy-KayleighDuMond

Floral Design:  Rose Red & Lavender

Catering: The Works Catering

DJ: James Mulry

Erin & Scott: Engagement portraits (with bonus baby!) on the Upper West Side

Erin & Scott are getting married in May of 2017 up at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls. They wanted to do the engagement session up on the Upper West Side so we could hit some special spots they love. Since they have a baby daughter together, Abigail, she was naturally a big part of the shoot! Erin’s parents were visiting for the weekend so they came along to help tend to Abigail during the shots of the happy couple and I loved getting to mix in some baby and family pictures. Check out my favorites from our walk– we started at Central Park and made our way over to Riverside Park by sunset! Congratulations to Erin & Scott!

Shanna & Aaron’s Engagement Portraits in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Shanna & Aaron are getting married next June at Current, one of Abigail Kirsch‘s newest venues over at Pier 60 on the western coast of Manhattan, near the High Line. For their engagement portraits we met at their apartment building to snap a few shots on their beautiful rooftop first and then took a stroll around their neighborhood, making our way to Fort Greene Park. The weather was lovely and we couldn’t have asked for prettier fall leaves at the park. Check out this handful of my favorites from our shoot!  Congratulations to Shanna & Aaron, can’t wait for the wedding!

Karina & Carl’s Wedding at New Leaf Restaurant

Karina & Carl were married on a beautifully warm Saturday afternoon in November at Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park, with a reception to follow at New Leaf Restaurant, just down hill from the lovely ceremony.  I began the day with Karina and her bridesmaids and captured her getting ready with the expert hair and makeup help from her daughter Adaliz, who works in the field.  After getting dressed and sharing a toast with her friends we were off to New Leaf for a first look with Carl and some portraits around the park.  My assistant photographer and I arrived first and captured Carl and his groomsmen as they put on their boutennieres, and soon enough Karina had arrived and was ready to embrace her fiance!  Carl couldn’t have looked more thrilled when he turned around and saw her there in her wedding gown.  We took full advantage of the beautiful weather that day and walked through the park to photograph the couple alone– then Karina had his groomsmen reveal her wedding gift to him, an upright bass that he’d longed to own for years!  The look on his face was priceless and he immediately started playing it.  After taking some wedding party and family group shots we did another quick round of portraits with the couple further out in the park while their guests began arriving for the ceremony, which had so many sweet moments.  The couple wrote their own vows, something I always love to witness.  After being announced as husband and wife we did a few more family pictures and headed down to New Leaf where the party awaited.  Karina and Carl had kept it simple and put together clean modern florals with golden bottles on the tables, a DIY project that worked beautifully.  Highlights of the reception included the photobooth (they had built their own backdrop for it!), some very moving toasts from the maids of honor and best man, and even a performance by Carl’s band, and sparklers at the end of the night!  A grand time was had by all.  Congratulations to Karina & Carl!

Vendor Credits:
Wedding gown:  Maggie Sottero from RK Bridal
Bride’s shoes:Badgley Mischka
Hair & Makeup by Adaliz Tabar
Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papel
Groom’s suit/tux: J.Crew
Catering: New Leaf Restaurant – Linden Terrace
Music: DJ Kenny