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

Angela & Greg’s Wedding at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls

Angela and Greg were married on a lovely Saturday afternoon in October at St. Joachim Catholic Church, and celebrated with their guests that evening at The Roundhouse in Beacon, NY.  We arrived at their hotel in Fishkill to find Angela smiling for miles.  She might be the happiest bride I’ve ever had the pleasure of capturing!  The excitement in the room was palpable as she had her hair and makeup done.  She and Greg sent each other wedding day gifts that morning and it was so sweet getting to hear her read his letter to her aloud.  Since they had time planned for portraits between the ceremony and reception there was no need for a first look, so after capturing the getting ready portion of the day my assistant photographer and I drove straight to the church.  I have shot at the Roundhouse a bunch of times before but had never gotten to shoot at St. Joachim, so I was particularly excited by this combination, and it was beautiful!  After tying the knot in a traditional Catholic ceremony complete with full Mass, Angela and Greg retreated for a few minutes of private time as we gathered our gear and got ready for their couple portraits around The Roundhouse grounds. We made use of the beautiful waterfall, the abandoned train track, and brick exteriors common to this location. Their wedding party and family groups came next, and for this the light was just right for me to shoot with the waterfall in the background, which is not always possible if it’s too sunny out, but makes for wonderful shots when it is doable.  We finished the list of group shots before guests began arriving for the cocktail hour, which was held on the back patio and lawn just outside the reception space, and finally guests were invited inside the beautiful brick building (an old hat factory!) overlooking the water.  We had set up a photobooth for the reception and guests enjoyed taking their own picture to their hearts delight throughout the evening. Highlights of the evening included a heartfelt set of toasts that were a testament to what a perfect match these two are for one another, a sweet set of father-daughter and mother-son dances, and a great thank-you speech from Angela and Greg towards the end of the evening.  To my delight, Angela’s glowing smile never quit!  I was so honored to capture this fabulous celebration of love.  Congratulations to Angela and Greg!

Vendor Credits:
Getting Ready Location: Hyatt House
Ceremony Location: St. Joachim Church
Reception Venue: The Roundhouse
Wedding gown: Justin Alexander
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Britt Hair, Brittany DiGiacomo & Gianna Tummolo
Bridesmaid dresses: Sorella Vita
Invitation Design: The Write Place
Catering: The Roundhouse
Ring Box: MKedraWedding