Chris and Lawrence began their day uptown at The Carlyle Hotel where I met them to shoot the getting ready process. Lawrence had gotten a miniature framed photo of his mother to attach to his boutenniere and he surprised Chris with a gift of his own similar memento. Tears were flowing as it sunk in for these sweethearts that they were finally getting dressed for their wedding! Before we left the room I suggested they get up and jump on the bed and it was just the trick to get out all the nerves– they even had an adorable pillow fight, what fun! We grabbed some nice portraits in the beautiful lobby areas and I got a “paparazzi” style shot of them exiting the revolving door before heading over to Central Park for some more couple portraits. We even got the opportunity to shoot some pictures that Chris had dreamed of– Lawrence is a dancer and Chris had hoped we might be able to have him dancing up on the half-shell stage upstairs from Bethesda Fountain. We hopped in Michael’s car and made our way down to Harding’s, stopping for a shot with a view of the Flatiron building. A crowd gathered and cheered the couple on, asking for pictures and congratulating them, it was really sweet. Down at Harding’s everything was looking fantastic– exactly the rustic industrial garden-party flavor that these two had described wanting! Highlights of the evening included a sweet ceremony officiated by their close friends, incredible toasts, and a few surprise song performances– Chris even serenated Lawrence in what turned into a singalong that left everyone smiling with tears in their eyes. Congratulations to Chris & Lawrence, may your love last forever! I was so honored to be your photographer!
Getting Ready Location: The Carlyle Hotel
Venue: Harding’s NYC
Wedding Day-of Coordinator: Katherine Henk
Officiants: Lisa DaSilva & Janelle Junio
Music: DJ TK of TKO Music
Grooms’ Attire Designer: Zara
Grooms’ Shoes: Louboutin
Wedding Cake Designer: Joann, Make My Cake
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Chris and Lawrence,
These are simply exquisite! We wish you a lifetime of happiness.