Alicia & Carson’s Engagement Portraits at Coney Island

Alicia and Carson are getting married in November at Housing Works Bookstore in SOHO, a wonderfully charming venue I’ve shot at many times and highly recommend, both as a bookstore and as a venue. These two couldn’t have been sweeter to work with and I was simply delighted by the color palette of their outfits and how perfectly it suited the location of Coney Island. Though rides were not in the cards for us, we got tons of neat shots with the action on the ground, exploring the boardwalk, the scenes inside Luna Park, a Carousel, and of course last but not least the beach itself. Check out my favorites from the shoot and stay tuned for their wedding later this year!

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Jaclyn & Larry’s Engagement Portraits in Greenpoint

Jaclyn & Larry are to be married at The Village Club at Lake Success this coming December, and for their engagement portraits they chose to meet me in Greenpoint, one of North Brooklyn’s most charming neighborhoods. I so enjoyed capturing them in these colorful environments– from the water’s edge park space to their favorite ice cream shop with a bit of cross-word-puzzle work in between, we had a blast and got a lovely round of photos that will serve as a nice counterbalance to the wintry wedding images to come. Congratulations to Jaclyn & Larry and I can’t wait to shoot the wedding!


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!