Alicia & Carson’s Intimate Wedding at Housing Works Bookstore

Alicia & Carson were married on a chilly Saturday in November in the heart of Soho in New York City. The couple wanted an intimate wedding with close friends and family in attendance, and their venue, Housing Works Bookstore, provided the perfect cozy atmosphere with unique decor for their celebration. I started the day with them in their hotel room just down the street– a lovely room at The Crosby Hotel. Though they got *most of the way* ready together, the two did split up for Alicia’s final dressing details and we brought them back together for a first look in the hotel’s amazing lower level, where we found this cool cinema room to shoot some portraits with them, among other spots. To capture some portraits and group shots outdoors while it was still light out we had planned to meet their family at Washington Square Park under the great arch, just a short cab ride away. From there we made our way back to Crosby street for a few more couple-shots on the walk to the venue, and the rest of the night unfolded beautifully. The officiant did a lovely job of presenting their love story, and highlights of the evening included a set of very sweet toasts from Alicia’s mother and father as well as a lively father-daughter dance and a lot of excitement around the photobooth we set up, utilizing the bookshelves of the bookstore as the backdrop. Towards the end of the night my assistant and I went outside and found a spot to capture a cool LED light-painting shot with one of my favorite photography tools for some swirly rainbow stripes around them during a long exposure. I love what we got! I was honored and delighted to be able to capture this wonderful couple’s wedding– congratulations to Alicia and Carson!

 

Vendor Credits:
Getting Ready Location: Crosby Street Hotel
Event Design: Gillian Todd
Wedding gown: Shareen Bridal
Alicia’s shoes: Madewell
Carson’s suit/tux: Black Lapel
Officiant: Karla Villar
Invitation Design: Greenwich Letterpress
Floral Design: IndyFaSo
Catering: Chef Cava

Jamie & Breese’s Brooklyn Engagement Portraits in DUMBO

Jamie and Breese are to be married this coming March at The Village Club at Lake Success on Long Island. For their engagement portraits we chose the amazing neighborhood of DUMBO, Brooklyn, which boasts some of the most lovely views of the city across the water, as well as having a fantastic variety of settings for photographs. Thought it was chilly out, Jamie and Breese were pretty comfortable with their jackets off, and they kept each other warm with love and affection throughout the shoot. I just love Jamie’s smile when Breese makes her laugh! Check out my faves from this sweet couple shoot!

Jonathan’s proposal at Ample Hills Creamery: She said yes!

Jonathan got in touch with me about his proposal plans about a month ago, and he had a whole plan and vision for how things would play out. The setting was to be Ample Hills Creamery, his beloved’s favorite spot for delicious local-made ice cream (and I can confirm, it is irresistably good stuff!). He had spoken to their events coordinator about his idea and they agreed to let him book the space for a breif window that afternoon so he could have the staff float balloons and pop some confetti after he popped the question. Everything went off without a hitch– I arrived early and nabbed a nice seat with a view to the counter where they’d be standing when he proposed. The team at Ample Hills gave out buy-one-get-one cards to those who were inside when it was time to clear the space, and a fellow pretended to wash the windows outside and turned away any other potential customers until Jonathan and Amanda arrived. They were right on time– they approached the counter and were offered a taste of a “new flavor” and asked if they’d like to suggest a name for it. Amanda thought about it and made a suggestion. Then Jonathan said, “I’ve got a better idea,” and he turned her to him and got down on one knee… she was so delighted! Balloons spelling “YES” were released over the counter and a sign with congratulations to the couple was brought out. I explained that Jonathan had hired me to take photos and that we could walk to the High Line for some more ‘just engaged’ portraits and that’s just what we did. Along the way Amanda and Jonathan made a few quick calls to share their happy news with family. I was honored and delighted to capture this special moment in their lives. Congratulations to Jonathan and Amanda!

 

Caitlin & Ben’s NYC Engagement Portraits

Caitlyn and Ben are to be married at Le Chateau in South Salem, New York next June, and since they met as students at NYU’s Business school it was only fitting to start their engagement session down in Washington Square Park. We even ventured over to the very building they spent so much time in and I had them practice their first dance outside! We walked up to Union Square, where Ben used to live, and got shots at some cool spots along the way to the subway, which we rode to Central Park for some final portraits as dusk settled in. All in all it was a beautiful walk with a beautiful couple! I can’t wait for the wedding– congratulations to Caitlyn & Ben!

Laura & Ronnie’s Hudson Valley Wedding at Buttermilk Falls Inn

Laura and Ronnie were married on at one of my favorite Hudson valley venues, Buttermilk Falls Inn.  The forecast had us all worried about exactly when it would rain, but Laura and Ronnie were not deterred from having their beautiful ceremony outside in front of the swan pond and weeping willows with this amazing hexagonal floral arch.  The weather cooperated with our timeline pretty nicely and I was able to shoot the couple’s first look and portraits and it only started to gently rain a little bit when it was time to meet the wedding party and family for group shots.  Buttermilk Falls has an amazing house for the bride to rent and get ready in, and it has a spacious front room with these gorgeous windows looking out over the hudson river, so it was a perfectly pleasant room to do the group pictures in, and then what do you know, it stopped raining just in time for them to wipe off the seats before guests arrived to sit down for the ceremony!  After exchanging their vows and sealing their marriage with a kiss the happy couple greeted guests for a few minutes before heading off for a few “just married” portraits with me at a site where I was able to get a view including a small waterfall from under a stone bridge I had them stand on.  It required a little bit of nervous wet-rock traversing but hey, anything for the shot, am I right?  As we wrapped up those portraits and headed over to the red barn for their cocktail hour and reception the drizzle began again.  It truly seemed to be timed to our movements and needs!  Back at the barn, guests were enjoying a lovely spread on the porch before heading inside for the reception of dinner and dancing.  We set up our photobooth on one end of the porch and Laura and Ronnie had provided a table of fun props for people to play with.  Highlights of the evening included memorable toasts with sage advice and sweet stories, fun song choices that felt personal and induced laughter and lipsynching, and an increasingly wild dance floor as the night went on.  Congratulations to Laura & Ronnie!  I was so thrilled to capture this gorgeous wedding!


Vendor Credits:

Bridesmaid dresses: Birdy Grey 
Invitation Design: Minted 
Music: Lutz