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

Jona & David’s engagement portraits at Gantry Park, Long Island City

Jona & David are getting married at The Vineyards at Aquebogue next summer, so naturally for their engagement portraits they wanted something more city-focused. The waterside park in Long Island City was a perfect spot to capture this sweet couple as they enjoyed the views of the Manhattan skyline across the water. These two make each other so happy– just look at their smiles! I had such fun capturing this great couple and I can’t wait for the wedding!

Risa & Jared’s Fall Wedding at The Roundhouse

Risa & Jared were married on a warm weekend in October at The Roundhouse in Beacon, NY.  Though we were tentatively expecting rain at some point in the day, not a drop fell and all was well!  I started the day in the bride’s suite (The Roundhouse is also a hotel with a great restaurant) while my assistant got some shots of the guys downstairs in the charming bar and lounge area. Risa and her bridesmaids had matching sweatshirts and everyone was blown away by Risa’s beautiful gown- she looked so radiant holding her fresh bouquet of flowers!  Risa was a little worried about stepping off into the grass during portraits so we set up a first look with Jared on the patio by the waterfall, which worked out beautifully!  He was unfortunately not feeling well on the day of the wedding and despite being a bit sick he looked so happy to see her and toughed it out through all the portraits and groups they had planned for me to get with the bridal party and families.  We ended up shooting the family groups indoors as it was a bit muggy outside and everyone was more comfortable there, but of course the Roundhouse has huge gorgeous windows, so it was practically like being outside anyway what with all the greenery in the background.  The ceremony was performed beautifully by Risa’s brother, an actor, who delighted the crowd with jokes and stories and kept the ceremony simple and to the point.  Guests were then treated to a cocktail hour on the patio outside the Roundhouse as the sun set and then led into the brick building where the reception would unfold, amidst lovely modern rustic florals. Highlights of the evening included fantastically entertaining dance moves from the ring bearer, moving toasts by siblings, and an excellent set performed by the Billy Stone Band, who kept this fun crowd active on the dance floor for hours.  Risa even changed into the sneakers Jared had given her back when he proposed– custom Nikes that say “Marry Me”.  I was so honored to be a part of this beautiful wedding day and had such a blast capturing all the memories for Jared and Risa and their wonderful families!

Reception Venue Round House Beacon
Event Design Corrine Van Arsdale
Wedding Day-of Coordinator Corrine Van Arsdale
Wedding gown Pronovias
Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair:  Theo Sandoukas
Makeup: Lucy Flint
Invitation Design: Sloane Madureira
Floral Design: Dark & Diamond