Anwar Moosa & Maria Chaudhry Wedding at Garden City Hotel

Maria and Anwar were married on a beautiful day in August at the Garden City Hotel. What was originally intended to be a small ceremony at a Mosque followed by a luncheon with family and friends had grown during the planning stages to be a more or less full day celebration, complete with a Bollywood style dance performance. I arrived to find Maria still getting ready so I was pleased to be able to capture some of this stage of the day given that it wasn’t in her plan originally. We met with her groom to do portraits outside quickly before gathering with the family indoors where it was cooler, and I enjoyed making some nice group shots of everyone in their wedding finery. After this Maria retreated to the bridal suite to put on her wedding veil before the ceremony, which was in a smaller room nearby. I so enjoyed getting to capture this muslim ceremony– it was short and sweet, officiated by an Imam, and focused primarily on prayers and a document signing. Afterwards, there was much hugging and more group photos to capture the happy couple with their guests in attendance. The reception that followed featured delicious indian food catered for the occasion as well as speeches made in the couple’s honor and a delightful slideshow of photos from their lives. Congratulations to Maria and Anwar! I was so honored to capture their special day!

Vendor Credits
Reception Venue: Garden City Hotel
Wedding Day-of Coordinator: Jerry Rizzo

A Marriage Proposal at The Met

He proposed… and she said YES! When I got an instagram message from Pete inquiring about having me surrepticiously photograph him propose to his girlfriend at The Met I was thrilled- I love shooting these, they are so incredible to witness and capture!  NYC is full of great proposal spots, but I’d never shot one inside The Metropolitan Museum of Art, so I was super excited about it. Needless to say, proposing to your intended in front of her favorite painting in the world right after she excitedly explains what she loves so much about it to you is a pretty romantic move.  He told me what the painting was and the Met website had it located in gallery 631 on the 2nd floor in the European Art section.  We planned a time that would allow room for portraits after the proposal but before their planned brunch with his parents.  I got to the museum and headed for gallery 631 but then when I asked for directions from a guard they told me the wing was under renovation!  I walked around where I thought it would be and saw a big sign about said renovations, so I texted Pete and we quickly forged a Plan B location that would work, and I waited to follow them from the top of the staircase.  After all that heartpounding crisis of where to relocate his proposal, when Pete asked a guard about the painting’s location and it turned out it had been moved to a different gallery so it could remain on view during the renovation of the wing!  The plan was back on!  I followed them as they wound through the galleries, clearly on a mission to go straight to her favorite painting, and when they got there Jay gave Pete a taste of why she loved it so, and I was just out of earshot where I stood across the room looking nonchalant, camera in hand, ready to raise it and shoot as soon as Pete made his move.  And move he did!  Down on one knee he pulled out the ring from his bag, which was in a brilliant little box with an LED light inside of it!  She said yes and was delighted with the whole thing.  After introducing me we made some sweet portraits of the two of them in a few areas of the museum including the Temple of Dendur, where they made a few phone calls to tell their families the fantastic news.  Then we walked outside and dipped into the park for a few shots with greenery before they bid me farewell to go celebrate. Check out my favorite shots from this sweet proposal!

Carly & Jason’s Brooklyn Engagement Portraits in Dumbo

Carly & Jason are to be married at the Garden City Hotel next February! For their engagement portraits they requested we shoot in their beloved neighborhood in Brooklyn known as DUMBO, and I was thrilled to find the area even more fun to shoot in than the last time I was there. This area is fabulous with it’s murals (new murals this time!) and industrial vibe, plus of course the amazing views of the skyline, bridges, and pebble beach, not to mention the carousel and all the lovely greenery around the waterfront park areas. We had a fabulous walk and hit the special spots they had in mind as well as some neat ones I found along the way. Aren’t they super cute together?! Congratulations to Carly and Jason–I am so excited for their wedding!

Molly & Matthew’s Wedding at Beach Point Club

Molly & Matthew were married on a beautiful sunny Saturday in June at Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, NY, just a short drive north from Manhattan.  I started the day capturing Molly’s getting ready in the bridal suite there at the club, where she and her bridesmaids were enjoying a hair and makeup process together in some cute robes Molly had given them.  My assistant photographer Somer was over with the guys while they got their gear on, and then it was off to the races!  I loved Matthew’s reaction to Molly’s stunning gown at the first look–  one of my favorite shots of the day is her laugh after he told her how hot she looked. After a quick set of couple portraits on the grounds of the club we walked over to the waterside for a round of group pictures with friends and family.  Molly saved her veil to put on just before the ceremony, which was so lovely on the lawn behind the club with in this seaside setting.  Guests were treated to an outdoor cocktail hour complete with a sushi bar, and the rest of the evening unfolded without a hitch.  Highlights included an impressively choreographed first dance, the sweet and funny toasts from the bride’s sister and Matthew’s best man, and a delightful cake cutting with lots of laughs along the way.  I was so honored to capture this beautiful wedding!  Congratulations to Molly and Matthew!

Vendor Credits:
Venue: Beach Point Club
Florist: Frank Soriano at House of Flowers NY
Hair & Makeup: Eva Scrivo Salon
Dress Designer: Maison Signore
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom and Groomsmen’s suits: Michael Kors Destiny Tuxedo
Music: Jay Prince Band of Hal Prince
Officiant: Judy Yavitz
Invitations: Crane Invitations
Cake Designer: Everything LuLu

Alicia & Carson’s Engagement Portraits at Coney Island

Alicia and Carson are getting married in November at Housing Works Bookstore in SOHO, a wonderfully charming venue I’ve shot at many times and highly recommend, both as a bookstore and as a venue. These two couldn’t have been sweeter to work with and I was simply delighted by the color palette of their outfits and how perfectly it suited the location of Coney Island. Though rides were not in the cards for us, we got tons of neat shots with the action on the ground, exploring the boardwalk, the scenes inside Luna Park, a Carousel, and of course last but not least the beach itself. Check out my favorites from the shoot and stay tuned for their wedding later this year!

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