Daisey & Derek’s Coastal Connecticut wedding at Roton Point

Daisey & Derek were married on a beautiful day in May in coastal Connecticut, just a short drive from New York City.  From Daisey’s preparation at her folks’ house through a first look by the water, a church ceremony, and even a boat-ride back to the yacht club for their reception by the shore, this was a whirlwind wedding day and there was so much beauty at every turn!  I was so honored to capture this sweet couple’s gorgeous wedding– these two actually met in high school and over the years they have built the kind of deep and resiliant love that everyone dreams of having with a life partner.  I knew I just had to share their story with you so I asked this beautiful bride if I could quote her directly!
Here it is in Daisey’s own words:

“The Beginning: We were just kids when we fell in love..

Our love story began in the halls of our high school. I recently transferred to a school in New Canaan,CT and Derek’s locker was next to mine. From those early days a friendship blossomed and soon we were tip-toeing into first love territory.

After graduation, we both set off to different colleges and new adventures. However, we never ended our friendship. Phone calls, Facetime, and weekend visits- we remained each others stronghold through the growing pains.

Fast forward four years, and I am assigned to begin Teach for America in New York City. In a serendipitous act from fate, Derek received an offer from a boutique trading firm 4 blocks away from me in lower Manhattan. Knowing this was the universe telling us to jump head first, we made a commitment to one another to give our first love a forever try.

New York proved to be the place we grew together, from coping with the anxieties of a first job, to exploring the secret gardens in a concrete jungle we spent every spare moment together-learning, laughing, and loving.

In Summer 2016 I received a job opportunity in CT, it was difficult to imagine a long-distance relationship, but we barreled through that challenge, not knowing that each small hill was preparing us for the mountain we would climb together.

June 2017 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis- a summer filled with disability, needles, drug cocktails, pain, and fear. Without a falter, Derek held my hand, kissed my tears and never walked away. Those months led to a new normal, but much better stability. It was during the darkest hours, that we knew we wanted to spend every day together walking toward the sun.

We are forever partners, excited to continue our love story.” – Daisey

Vendor Credits:

Venue: Roton Point Association

Wedding Coordinator: Ava Improta of Forks & Fingers Catering by Design

Florist: Hansen’s Flower Shop

Ceremony Musicians: Pizzazz Strings

Ceremony: Assumption Church, Westport CT

Catering: Forks & Fingers Catering by Design

Cake: Lovely Cakes

Vintage Rolls Royce: Black Swan Limousine

Hair & Makeup: Luscious & Co Beauty

Wedding Gown & Veil: Enaura Bridal at Kleinfeld

Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes

Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN

Groom’s suit: My.Suit

Groomsmen’s suits: The Black Tux

Engagement Ring: Victor Barbone

Wedding Band: David Harvey of Darien

DJ: DJ Stillo 

Videographer: 15 Minutes of Frame

Boatride in Tenacity provided by Captain Samuel Fuller

Flower Wall for photobooth provided by Hansen’s Flower Shop

Carissa & Daniel’s intimate fall wedding at Housing Works Bookstore

Carissa & Daniel were planning an intimate wedding in the ever-charming Housing Works Bookstore Cafe down in Soho for a Saturday in November. The sun goes down early this time of year so we planned to meet at Central Park for some portraits of the couple alone before making our way downtown where they would check into their room at The James Hotel for a quick bit of downtime before arriving at the venue before the ceremony.  It was cold and windy at the park but Carissa and Daniel’s love seemed to keep them warm and in great spirits as we walked around getting lovely shots of them in some of the park’s most picturesque settings, complete with fall leaves!  After a warming car ride downtown I got one last portrait of them in the beautiful lobby of the hotel before heading over to Housing Works to capture some scene-setters before guests entered the space.  Carissa and Daniel signed a marriage license downstairs before getting married amidst close family and friends on the main level.  I was so touched by their ceremony– it’s clear these two are meant to be together!  Congratulations to Carissa & Daniel, it was an honor and a pleasure capturing this lovely wedding!

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Day-of Coordinator: Gillian Todd
Floral Design: Indy Faso
Catering: Scott Cavagnaro of Chef Cava

Bow Bridge proposal in Central Park

James contacted me looking for a proposal photographer as he was planning to ask his girlfriend to marry him and he knew it would be so special to have the moment captured. I met him in Central Park and we coordinated a plan for me to wait for him and Sarah, his intended, to walk up onto the beautiful and iconic Bow Bridge, where he would propose, on a friday morning, when there wouldn’t be too many people around. I arrived to find the glorious changing leaves and a nice empty bridge… what a lovely fall morning to get engaged! Sarah was, needless to say, happily surprised, and they let me take some portraits of them around the park before they made their way to a special breakfast reservation James had made to celebrate the occasion. Check out my favorites from this delightful shoot and get in touch if you or someone you know is in need of some surprise proposal photography!

Mallory & Rory’s Wedding at Pine Hollow Country Club

Mallory & Rory planned an elegant September wedding at a former Vanderbilt mansion that is now the Pine Hollow Country Club, and the day couldn’t have been more lovely.  I arrived early to scout spots for portraits and was delighted by a staircase to the right just after entering– I knew I’d be able to make something gorgeous there with Mallory once she had her dress on and sure enough, these are some of my favorites pictures of the day.  I also loved that she gave her father, Bill, a sweet first look with her in the bridal suite before heading outside with me for the first look– his reaction to seeing his beautiful daughter in her wedding gown was priceless!  Outside the weather was gorgeous and I was able to take the happy couple to a few different pretty spots for portraits alone before gathering their family to do the list of group pictures they had requested.  Once finished with this, it was time for a short rehearsal followed by a Ketubah signing indoors with their Rabbi while guests arrived and made their way to the ceremony location.  The ceremony itself couldn’t have been more beautiful, what with the sun going down and the lanterns with candles along the aisle.  Mallory and Rory read beautiful vows they’d written themselves before sealing their marriage with a kiss after Rory did the traditional “breaking of the glass.” Guests were led into the mansion where they were treated to a fabulous cocktail hour complete with a raw bar and other delights, while the happy couple took a few minutes to themselves to celebrate their newlywedded bliss.  As soon as I heard the band warm up I knew we were in for a treat during the reception– Luxe is one of Hank Lane’s outfits, and they did not disappoint!  Mallory and Rory’s first dance was followed by a lively traditional Hora, complete with chair-lifting of not just the bride and groom but their parents and her grandmother as well.  The rest of the evening unfolded in a beautiful flow of dining punctuated with moving toasts, interwoven with dance sets that hit all the right notes.  After sharing some special dances with their parents, Mallory and Rory cut their wedding cake and dessert was served. I took an opportunity to steal them outside for a few quick night portraits before returning them to enjoy the end of their party, punctuated by a raucous rendition of “Shout!” that delighted everyone on the dance floor.  Congratulations to Mallory and Rory! I was so honored to capture this beautiful wedding!
Vendor Credits:
Reception Venue: Pine Hollow Country Club
Event Design: Emma Meola
Wedding gown: Rita Vinieris
Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade
Groom’s suit/tux: Enzo Custom
Officiant: Rabbi Scott Matous
Invitation Design: Minted
Floral Design: Petals
Cake: Saint Honore
Ketubah: Ink With Intent
Videographer: Chris LoBello

Karin & Michael had a baby!

Karin and Michael were married almost 3 years ago in a beautiful ceremony at The Liberty Warehouse.  When Karin got in touch with me about scheduling an upcoming baby portrait session I was so excited for them!  These two have just started the sweetest little family.  They have had their beautiful dog for a few years now and with the birth of their son Benji the family is just as cute as can be.  we met in Central Park on a lovely early afternoon in September to capture some family portraits and some pictures of Benji alone.  He’s right around 4 months old now and already smiling and holding his head up for tummytime.  Check out some of my favorite shots from our shoot!