Molly & Matt’s Engagement Portraits at Long Island City waterfront

Molly and Matt are going to be married next June at Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, NY. For their engagement portraits they wanted to have memories of themselves in their amazing neighborhood along the waterfront of Long Island City. Gantry State Park is one of my favorite spots to visit so I was delighted to meet them at their apartment building in LIC. First we took pictures on their building’s roof and I just had to get a few in the lobby and lounge downstairs too. We made our way to the waterfront and enjoyed perfect weather the whole way. I just love the skyline views from this park– such a pretty spot for a romantic walk! Check out my favorites from the shoot below and stay tuned for their wedding next summer!

Alina & Sasha’s Wedding at Hardings

Alina & Sascha are partners in their personal life and also their business. They share so much and have such strong alignment in terms of their sensibilities I knew that this intimate wedding with close friends and family would express who they are to a T, and right I was! I arrived at the Gramercy Park Hotel to find Alina getting her hair and makeup done and WOW did she look incredible– just like a hollywood starlet from golden age of film. In the other side of their suite, Sascha shared some getting ready time with his son and headed outside for their first look. After the excitement of being reunited I took them inside to take some photos of them with the atmosphere of the incredible hotel lounge and lobby, and then we took a walk by the famous Gramercy Park for some shots outdoors on our way to their venue down the street- Harding’s. Family all gathered there just as we arrived and we captured the group pictures there in the bar before Alina wanted to be out of sight for when guests would arrive. After a private marriage license signing, the formal ceremony got underway, with Sascha’s brother at the helm, and readings from several friends, as well as Sascha’s young daughter, who did a fantastic job! The rest of the evening unfolded with a delicious buffet dinner, much joyful dancing, incredible toasts from the parents of both bride and groom, and guests were treated to incredible treats from the Donut Plant instead of a traditional wedding cake! To top things off, Alina surprised and delighted all by changing into a bridal jumper at the end of the night! I couldn’t have been more honored to be there capturing all the memories. Congratulations to Alina & Sascha!

VENDOR CREDITS:
Getting Ready Location: Gramercy Park Hotel
Ceremony/Reception Location: Harding’s
Wedding gown: Pronovias  
Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin
Makeup: Chelsea Cesaro
Groom’s suit/tux: Paul Smith
Floral Design: Petals & Roots
Cake – Donut Plant

Maura and Andrew’s Wedding at Liberty Warehouse

Maura & Andrew were married on the first Saturday in June at one of Brooklyn’s hottest venues, The Liberty Warehouse, in Red Hook.  This unique location is right on the water with an incredible view of the Statue of Liberty and of course the Manhattan Skyline is up to the north.  I arrived to find Maura and her bridesmaids enjoying getting ready together with moms and a grandmother in attendance.  The bridal suite there is so spacious there was ample room for everyone to do their thing– Maura helped her friends put on these amazing versatile dresses that people can customize to wear different ways, and then put on her gorgeous lace wedding gown.  Meanwhile the guys were getting geared up through a hall in the next room.  After the excitement of their private first look we walked over through the park adjacent to the venue and got some lovely portraits of them there.  I knew that I’d have a chance to do something better with the water after the sun wasn’t so prominent, and sure enough we got some sweet shots of them with the statue and manhattan after sunset and again after dark during a break from the action.  The couple signed a Ketubah upstairs in what was a very moving ceremony, led by their officiant and friend, Maggie, and then it was on to the ceremony under a beautiful floral Chuppah with the sun shining in the background.  Guests enjoyed cocktail hour there on the patio overlooking the water as the sun went down and then all were brought inside to the incredible rustic-industrial interior of Liberty Warehouse for dinner and dancing.  I was super excited to see Mixtape was their band– the last time I saw them was at Andrew’s sister Tracy’s wedding to Tim!  You may recognize them here in some of the photos–  I loved getting to capture this reception– the crowd was so great and everyone was having an incredible time on the dance floor.  Highlights included toasts from the couple’s siblings and parents, as well as a a beautiful pair of parent dances.  I was so honored to be a part of this wonderful wedding!  Congratulations to Maura and Andrew!

Maura & Andrew’s Brooklyn Wedding at The Liberty Warehouse from Sarah Tew Photography on Vimeo.

Vendor Information:
Wedding gown and veil: Made With Love- Stevie
Bride’s shoes: J. Crew
Bridesmaid dresses: twobirds
Groom’s suit/tux: Brooks Brothers
Officiant: Maggie Hanna

Sarah & Matthew’s Wedding at NYIT DeSeversky Mansion

Sarah & Matthew were wed in a Catholic Church and celebrated with a reception at NYIT’s de Seversky Mansion on Long Island in May. I was so pleased to be there to capture this event– I arrived to find Sarah and her bridesmaids enjoying themselves getting ready there in the mansion’s bridal suite, and their spirits were not dampened by the light rain whatsoever! We did a first look and some pictures with the wedding party indoors there in the library and made our way to St. Dominic’s in Oyster bay for a lovely Catholic ceremony. The rain lifted long enough that we were able to capture them exiting the church and some pictures of the wedding party out on the steps after their receiving line. The couple hopped into a vintage white rolls royce for a private drive back to de Seversky Mansion and we were able to get some nice portraits of the couple outside during this rain-free window before they made their entrance into cocktail hour to socialize with guests. We took their group shots with extended family in a nice light of the airy sunroom just off the cocktail hour area that worked out perfectly, and then it was on to the reception! Highlights of the evening included some very moving and sweet toasts from Sarah’s Maid of Honor, her father, and Matthew’s brother, and after their cake cutting I was excited to take them outside for a night portrait to cap off the evening. Congratulations to Sarah & Matthew!

Vendor Information:
Getting Ready Location for Bride: NYIT DeSeversky Mansion
Getting Ready Location for Groom: The Inn at Fox Hollow
Ceremony Location: Saint Dominic’s Church
Reception Venue: NYIT DeSeversky Mansion
Wedding Day-of Coordinator: Francesca Leonardi of Dazzling Affairs
Wedding gown: Sottero and Midgley
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair and Makeup: Jaclyn Accetta of Adelyn’s Canvas
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s suit/tux: Foresto’s Tuxedos
Officiant: Fr. John Ekwoanya of Saint Dominic’s Church
Invitation Design: Yours Truly Invitations by Lindsey
Reception Musicians: Luminous Sounds
Entrance Sign: Kafdi Prints
Favors: Cutting Edge Couture and Blue Orbis

Stevie & Jake’s Wedding at The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

As Stevie & Jake’s wedding day approached, the forecast was calling for rain.  I knew no matter what happened we’d be able to get some truly lovely pictures because their venue, The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, is blessed with amazing indoor areas featuring beautiful greenery and natural light, so I wasn’t too worried!  Mainly I was hoping that the weather would hold out until after the initial first look and portraits during the mid-afternoon, as we’d have the opportunity to shoot outside the 1 Hotel Brooklyn by Brooklyn Bridge Park with the views of the skyline.  Stevie put on her gown in a suite upstairs and WOW I knew Jake was gonna flip out when he saw her. We got lucky and were able to do Stevie and Jake’s first look was out by the water with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, and we got all their wedding party and family groups done outdoors and even hop on over to the Cherry Blossoms for some final portraits of the couple alone before heading inside.  The Ketubah signing and ceremony was quite lovely under the domed glass roof of The Palm House, and guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with private after-hours access to the three exquisite “Climate Rooms,” and got to stroll through the Bonsai room on their way back to the reception space.  Highlights of the evening included the entertaining toasts by Stevie’s father and sisters and Jake’s brothers, an enthusiastic Hora and Mazinka, and a lively dance floor courtesy of Hank Lane’s Bobby Attiko Band, and of course Stevie’s incredibly stylish white sequined party dress she changed into at the end of the night!  The whole affair was expertly coordinated by Jackie of Busy Bride Planning and I couldn’t have been more tickled to be there to capture all the memories.  Congratulations to Stevie & Jake!

VENDOR CREDITS:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musicians and Reception Band:  Bobby Attiko Band of Hank Lane
After Party DJ: DJ Coleman Howard 
Getting Ready Location: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge 
Bridal Hair: Crystal of La Posh Hair Salon
Bridesmaid Hair and Makeup: GlamSquad
Videography: Well Spun Weddings