Emily & Robin’s Wedding at Aurora, Brooklyn

Emily & Robin were married on a beautiful Saturday in October at Aurora, a charmingly rustic-industrial style bar and restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, featuring a tented outdoor area.  They didn’t want to see one another before their ceremony, and since they also wanted to have a good chunk of time to spend on couple portraits— enough to hit some picturesque spots in Brooklyn, we decided to swap the engagement portrait session I included for a post-wedding portrait session shortly after the wedding… This enabled them to get the most time possible to enjoy the wedding celebration with friends and still have an opportunity for portraits together in their wedding clothes with picturesque backgrounds— this was a great choice that enabled them to get exactly what they wanted out of my collection, and the portrait session went beautifully down in DUMBO just 2 weekends later- see my favorites in the photo set below!  On wedding day my assistant photographer and I split up for the getting ready since Robin was at their apartment with her parents as Emily was at a hotel with her mother and sisters getting ready.  We met up at the venue in time to capture the details and the guests as they arrived and settled in for the celebration. Emily and Robin’s ceremony was intimate and moving, featuring a reading by a friend, vows they wrote themselves, and an officiant who knew them well.  After walking back down the aisle and allowing guests to move into the bar for cocktails they gathered their families and bridal party members for some group portraits in front of the lovely ribbons-and-lights backdrop adorning the front of the ceremony space, and then it was off to the celebration!  The evening’s highlights included a series of toasts from friends and family, Emily’s father and a good friend playing a song for the couple’s first dance, and some wild moves on the dance floor enhanced by props that migrated out of the photobooth area. A great time was had by all at this fabulous wedding!  Congratulations to Emily & Robin!

Vendor Information:
Ceremony, Venue & Catering at: Aurora Brooklyn
Day-of Coordinator: Lovelys Powell
Flowers: DIY!
Hair (Emily): Missy Green
Makeup (Both): Erin Acker
Officiant: Friend of the couple, Joe Mayock
Musician: Marie Michele
First Dance song performed by: Doug Winton & Carly Walker of Kyloe Blue
Cake topper: MeltingPotLove

Sarah & Anthony’s Wedding at Shadow Lawn

Sarah & Anthony were married at a gem of a venue called Shadow Lawn, in High Falls, NY. We arrived early and scouted around to plan out spots we could shoot the portraits of the couple and their wedding party and family groups both indoors and outdoors since the weather was iffy at best– it had been raining on and off for a while and it seemed unlikely we’d get much opportunity to shoot outside, but we lucked out and had no rain for the duration of our planned picture time! Though the ground was soggy the light was beautiful and I was able to take Sarah and Anthony for a quick walk around the grounds and I got shots of them with a sweet horse and barn scene I had found earlier. Wisely they had opted to re-locate their ceremony from outdoors to inside the big red barn where their cocktail hour would be hosted– it could have started raining at any point basically so this was a no brainer, especially because the barn in question made for a charming setting for their vows, and afterwards the staff easily transformed the space into the planned cocktail hour with just a quick removal of chairs while Sarah and Anthony retreated to a room downstairs where they signed their marriage license. I was able to walk them over to a few more spots I loved for some ‘just married’ pictures and then we all rejoined the guests up in the cocktail party. Guests were then treated to a tented reception complete with dinner and dancing just up the hill back behind a historic stone house, the central building at Shadow Lawn. Highlights of the evening included the sweet toasts from Sarah’s parents and the maids of honor and best man, as well as a gorgeous tablescapes featuring boards of cheese and figs, beatiful handcrafted pottery made by Sarah’s mother, and rose gold accents throughout the event! Finally we noticed it was more or less raining tiny droplets after dark, so I took Sarah and Anthony out under an umbrella for another fun ‘rain shot,’ which is something of an obsession for me whenever I’m at a wedding and there’s night-time rain, and I loved what we got– the tiny droplets lit up in different colors for some mysterious reason, and though they were fewer of them than during a hard rain they just looked like magical little globules hanging in space. Despite it being damp, Shadow Lawn stuck with the plan and at the end of the night, a small bonfire was lit in a clearing just downhill from the tent, and it looked amazing– this is one of my favorite shots from the day actually, check it out! Congratulations to Sarah & Anthony– it was an honor and a pleasure capturing your wonderful wedding!

Vendor Credits:

Getting Ready Location: The Sheeley House Bed & Breakfast
Reception Venue: Shadow Lawn
Event Design/Coordinator: Main Course Catering
Wedding gown: Pronovias
Bride’s shoes: BHLDN
Brides Veil: Pronavis
Groom’s suit/tux: Suit Supply
Invitation Design: Minted
Floral Design: Green Cottage
Music: 74Events
Bridesmaids robes: SilkandMore

Tracy & Tim’s Wedding at The Roundhouse, Beacon

Tracy & Tim were married on a beautiful Saturday in late September at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, one of my favorite Hudson Valley venues.  These two grew up in the same neighborhood and went to the same school, and their love felt fated from the start.  For their engagement session we got shots of them around the Upper West Side where they both had sweet memories.  Their wedding was a get-away weekend at The Roundhouse, a wonderful boutique hotel, restaurant, and event space in the charming town of Beacon, NY.  I arrived early and started shooting with Tracy and her bridesmaids as they finished their hair and makeup, and my assistant photographer meanwhile captured Tim and his groomsmen in another room of the hotel.  For a private first look we brought hem to a lovely spot on the old shut-down tracks just across the street from the building, and then took a walk for some portraits in the scenic areas along the bank of the falls.  After a lovely Ketubah signing ceremony indoors with family and bridal party we captured their outdoor ceremony on the grounds under a Chuppah.  Tracy & Tim shared vows they’d written themselves and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  After cheering for them as they walked back down the aisle arm in arm, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the lawn and patio area with a view of the waterfall before entering the main space for the reception.  Tim and Tracy have been taking a picture of their feet together whenever they go somewhere new since they’ve been a couple and so naturally they used some of their favorite feet-picture memories as table decoration and signifiers for the seating chart.  Highlights of the evening included some incredible toasts from their parents and Tracy’s brother, a mother-son dance that proved to be quite a crowd-pleaser, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing set list played by the excellent band, Mixtape.  It was a delightful wedding through and through– congratulations to Tracy and Tim, I was so honored to be your photographer!

Tracy & Tim’s wedding at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls from Sarah Tew Photography on Vimeo.

Vendor Credits:

Reception Venue & Catering: Roundhouse Beacon

Wedding Day-of Coordinator, Event Planning: Corinne Van Arsdale at The Roundhouse

Wedding gown: Rosa Clara

Bride’s shoes: Benjamin Adams

Hair: Ellie DeSantis and Brittney Weiss

Makeup: Ellie DeSantis and Brittney Weiss

Bridesmaid dresses: Lauren Ralph Lauren

Groom’s suit/tux: Ermenegildo Zegna

Officiant: Cantor Nancy Bach

Invitation Design: Vera Wang / Paper Source / A Little Card Company

Floral Design: Raven Rose

Music: Mixtape

Ketubah: Michelle Rummel

Bride’s veil: Paloma Blanca

Special ride: Leprechaun Lines / Mahogany Ridge

Lighting: Shindig Lighting

Chuppah: Chuppahs Are Us


Jennifer & David’s country club wedding at The Village Club

Jennifer & David were married on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in September at The Village Club at Lake Success on Long Island, NY  I began the day shooting with Jennifer and her 11 bridesmaids as they got their hair and makeup done at the Garden City Hotel.  My assistant shooter, Ryan, was over in another room with the groom and his men while they were getting ready, and then we jetted over to the Club where Jennifer would put on her dress and the guys would get their bouttennieres on.  Jennifer looked incredible in her gown, and we knew David would be excited to see her as we set up for their first look. After some tearful moments upon seeing one another and exchanging thank-you’s for the morning’s gifts. we escorted them down to the shore of the lake for some portraits of just the two of them, and then met with their wedding party and families for group pictures just outside the venue.  Both David and Jennifer’s father are avid golfers, so they wanted to make sure we got some shots with the course in the background, and we were able to get a few moments with them out on a little bridge in the middle of a nearby hole. After a moving Ketubah signing ceremony upstairs with the Rabbi we went back outside for their ceremony on the deck behind the main reception space.  Guests were then treated to a cocktail hour on the patio and indoors as they liked, and then the evening got underway with a first dance from the couple followed by a lively Hora complete with the newlyweds ifted up over the crowd on chairs as their family and friends encircled them with loving energy.  As always, the Marcus Reid band was fantastic and they kept the energy flowing for the rest of this wonderful evening as friends and family celebrated with the happy couple.  Congratulations to Jennifer & David!

Amy & Anthony’s beach engagement portrait session in Greenwich, Connecticut

Amy & Anthony are getting married next August at Belle Haven Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, a place I’ve shot before and really loved.  I was excited when they said they wanted their engagement shoot in Greenwich too, as traditionally during the wedding day it’s tough to fit time in to take a couple over to a place like Tod’s Point, which is the location you will see them shot at here.  We had a gorgeous day, a beautiful sunset, and just the right amount of breeze in Amy’s hair.  All in all, a great shoot!  Check out my favorites from our walk around the beach, the shore, the yacht club, etc.  If you’re ever in Greenwich and looking for a nice place to spend some time, check out Tod’s Point!

Amy & Anthony’s Beach Engagement Portraits in Greenwich, Connecticut from Sarah Tew Photography on Vimeo.