Caitlin & Michael’s Wedding at Buttermilk Falls Inn

Caitlin & Mike were married on a beautiful weekend in October at the fabulous farm-to-table venue Buttermilk Falls Inn up in the Hudson Valley, just a short drive from NYC. I was so so excited to see what they had in store for us as I knew from talking with them about their plans that this wedding would be super unique and full of fun surprises.  I started the day with Caitlin’s getting ready with her bridesmaids in one of the Inn’s sweet houses.  Her wedding dress was, amazingly, an antique lace gown that her mother had bought for her as a young teenager because it was such a perfect fit on her long torso.  She had planned to wear it at her wedding ever since, and seeing that it (incredibly!) still fits her, she did just that!  The vintage look informed much of the wedding, and Mike and his groomsmen sported hats for the occasion, and festooned them with flowers and feathers.  Caitlin’s brother officiated the ceremony and took the opportunity to wear a formal kilt, which looked great, and he got everyone laughing– this guy could go pro!   Speaking of their ceremony, I was tickled to see the men take their processional to the next level by performing “silly walks” down the aisle, something that was inspired by Monty Python.  After exchanging personal vows they wrote themselves, Caitlin and Mike exchanged a pair of very unique rings and sealed their union with a kiss.  Guests were led across the beautiful grounds to a tented cocktail hour featuring the most impressive cheese collection I’ve seen at a wedding.  Cheese, chocolate and wine are a passion this couple wanted to share with everyone at their wedding, so dessert was an incredible chocolate creation instead of the standard cake-slice, and I can only imagine the wine served was impeccably paired with dinner! Highlights of the evening included an epic spontaneous dance off featuring our kilted officiant, Caitlin’s mom’s toast, which started with a bit of brilliant prop humor, and a dance floor full of the most adorable families with small children ever.  I had so much fun capturing this tremendous wedding!  Congratulations to Caitlin & Mike!

Location  for Bride and Groom’s preparation:  Buttermilk Falls Inn 
Ceremony Location: Buttermilk Falls Inn 
Reception Location: Buttermilk Falls Inn 
Event Designer, Wedding Planner and/or Day-of Coordinator:  Michael Elbe, Event Coordinator at Buttermilk Falls Inn
Florist Company:  Crocus Hale Flowers
Reception Dress:   Etsy seller Dig For Victory
Bride’s shoes:  Billy Ella for BHLDN
Bride’s veil: Melinda Rose
Bridesmaid Dresses:  BHLDN, Joanna August, Amsale
Shawls: Novica
Flower Girl Dresses: BHLDN and Microbe by Miss Grant
Groom and men’s suits/tuxes
Fedoras:  Bailey Hats
Shirts: Express
Officiant’s Kilt: USA Kilts
Ring bearer vests handmade by bridesmaid Jayne Kirber, from custom fabric designed by Sandra Boynton
Ring bearers’ tartan caps & bow ties: ScotlandShop
Mike’s dragon themed wedding ring by Argentum Arcana
Officiant / Celebrant: Keith Boynton, brother of the bride
Invitation Designer: Sandra Boynton, mother of the bride
Save the Dates, Programs, Menus, and Escort Cards:  GeekInk Design 
Catering Company:  Henry’s at the Farm
Wedding Cake: Frida’s Bakery
Chocolate favors by Poco Dolce
Wine glass favors designed by the bride’s mom Sandra Boynton, and made by Glass with a Twist
Quaker-style wedding certificate also designed by the mother of the bride.
“Guestbook” quilt handmade by Natalie Hanson and Mary Markoff.

David & Ian’s Wedding at Dumbo Loft

David & Ian were married in an intimate ceremony at the ultra-hip rustic industrial event space, The Dumbo Loft, in Brooklyn, on a beautiful fall evening in October. Friends and family gathered for cocktails, dinner, and dancing, and we even got to hear a few sweet toasts to the couple’s happiness. David went to Wesleyan, like me, and had seen my work at another mutual college friend’s wedding a few years back, so I was thrilled when he contacted me about his own wedding photography. They weren’t sure they wanted any portraits at first but I was so glad I got time to do a few with them outside before the guests began to arrive. After helping each other get their bout’s on we did a batch of family shots and then it was on to the ceremony and reception. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to capture this sweet couple’s celebration of love! Congratulations to David & Ian!

Getting Ready Location: Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront Retreat
Ceremony Location: The Dumbo Loft
Reception Venue: The Dumbo Loft
Event Design: Angela Siu
Wedding Day-of Coordinator: Angela Siu
Groom’s suit/tux: Alexandr Olch
Officiant: Glenn Kehler Ricci
Invitation Design: Yasuko Yamamoto
Music: Luke Joachim DJ CoolHand
English Sparkling Wine: Primrose Fine Wine

Jake & Stevie’s engagement portraits in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Jake & Stevie are getting married at The Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden next May, when spring flowers will be in full bloom, so for their engagement portraits we decided to shoot featuring the beauty of the city, in DUMBO Brooklyn.  I love this area as it offers such a great mix of backgrounds on the surrounding streets plus when you’re down by the water you get some of the best views anywhere!  The Brooklyn Bridge is majestic and we arranged our shoot so that we’d arrive down by the water just in time for sunset and the ensuing turning on of lights in the Manhattan skyline.  You never know what sunset will be like but we lucked out with a mix of beautiful color and thick gorgeous clouds– the perfect romantic backdrop for this amazing couple!  Check back to see their wedding next spring!

Lino &Susan’s Intimate Wedding at Harvest on Hudson

Lino & Susan were married on a lovely Saturday afternoon in October at Harvest-on-Hudson, a restaurant and event space just off the Metro North. My contracted coverage was short but I was so pleased to get a chance to capture Susan’s getting ready with her bridesmaids in the bridal suite there at the venue. The decor was lovely and guests made their way down to a ceremony setting with the river in the background. After a sweet ceremony with Lino’s sons acting as his groomsmen and ringbearers, I took the couple and their family out for a quick round of portraits and group shots while the guests were treated to a fabulous cocktail hour in the garden and patio just outside the space. Once inside, there was dinner and dancing, the groom gave a heartfelt speech with his beautiful bride at his side. I was so honored to be there to capture this special day– congratulations to Lino & Susan!

Vendor Credits:
Reception Venue (& Catering) : Harvest on Hudson
Event Design: Paula Clemente Woods
Wedding gown: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang
Invitation Design: Minted
Floral Design: Paula Clemente Woods
Music: esudj’s

Noah & Erica’s Modern Fall Wedding at The Loading Dock in Stamford, Connecticut

Erica & Noah were married at The Loading Dock in Stamford, Connecticut on a lovely Saturday in October.  I started the day with Erica’s getting ready process and my assistant photographer was meanwhile capturing Noah and his father, who got to hang out in the game room for a bit after getting dressed.  After a sweet first look I took them outside for some portraits.  The location of The Loading Dock has an industrial feel, so we utilized a brick building, an actual loading dock, and some greenery I spotted a short walk downhill from the parking lot. For the family groups we set up some lighting in the ceremony space so I could shoot the groups with the lovely floral Chuppah behind them. They had a quick rehearsal and then we gathered around a table for their Ketubah signing, which was a beautiful handmade document by Risa Aqua.  Their ceremony was so lovely and moving– the Rabbi told the story of how they met and Erica and Noah exchanged vows they had written themselves.  After breaking the glass and making it official, guests were treated to a cocktail hour and were then led into the reception space for dinner and dancing.  The food looked amazing, as is always the case at Abigail Kirsch events, and highlights of the evening included the wonderful toasts from parents– Noah’s dad even played us an excerpt of a tape recording of a charming conversation with Noah from when he was a child!  This crowd had a great time dancing thanks to the fantastic band and they even got one of the guests up there to play the saxophone on “Rosalita!” I so enjoyed capturing this wonderful wedding– Congratulations to Erica & Noah!
Vendor Information:
Wedding Day-of Coordinator: Stephanie Hill
Wedding gown: Elizabeth Fillmore
Bride’s shoes: Valentino
Hair: Nancy Monroy
Makeup: Dominique Aro
Groom’s suit/tux: Alton Lane
Invitation Design: Carrie Meyers
Catering: Abigail Kirsch
Ketubah: Risa Aqua