“You wanna shoot your engagement session where?!” I asked again, slightly unsure about what Erica & Howard were proposing. Having grown up in a typical Chinese household, I was no stranger to seemingly impossible tasks; my father was notorious for assigning me to ridiculously goose chases, just to see if I would succeed. Unbeknownst to me, this was just his own (strange) way of teaching me how to think outside of the box, and to be relentless when it came to problem-solving. So while these two lovebirds were sitting on my couch, concocting this pretty rad plan for their engagement session, I was half-thinking “Man, this is going to be so super epic!” while also half-thinking “Man, they’re so totally testing me! I’m going to have to think waaaay out of the box for this one!” So while we’re on the subject of boxes, we kicked off Erica & Howard’s engagement session with two of them, complete with chicken nuggets, juice boxes and action figures :). We totally colored outside the lines with this couple, and we’re so thankful they gave us the creative freedom to do just that!
You know everyone’s having a good time when you arrive at their suite in the morning, and it’s buried under a mound of red solo cups, which I’ve only recently learned was an “American” phenomenon. Who knew? Having experienced one of the most epic hiking adventures in my career, I was totally looking forward to celebrating with these two at one of my fave venues – The West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY. All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better “Spring” day, with the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees speckling the otherwise earthy landscape. Although a swath of ominous-looking clouds were headed our way, it held off with just enough time for Emily & Andrew to exchange their beautiful vows outside on the terrace. The fateful union between these two lovebirds allowed us to answer the question: what do you get when you combine a Big Fat Greek Wedding with a Big Fat Italian Wedding? Emily & Andrew’s wedding, of course :). Air microphone, anyone?
Venue: West Hills Country Club // Ceremony/Officiant: Ben Karlin // Hair: Beauty Bar (Rye Brook, NY) // Make-up: Ivonne Rodriguez (LiteMakeup) // Dress: Eddy K Leigh Gown // Floral/Décor: Floral Bliss // Entertainment: Jimmy Dee
Making lemonade out of lemons. That’s been my mantra for much of my life. Well…that and a reasonably dependable sense of humor. It was probably a coping mechanism of sorts; a natural by-product of my lanky build and an ill-advised bowl-cut that I sported for almost 4 years (which by the way, is 4 years too many). But nevertheless, all it takes is a little bit of tragedy in life to help us all appreciate all of life’s little successes. And all it took was a minor weather anomaly (which pretty much brought NYC to its knees) to bring Yoonji & Sean together at their local bar, where Sean pretty much offered himself up as bait to lure in the catch of the century (not his words, but close enough). The weather gods and the stars were certainly aligned in their favor, and after that fateful night at their hometown bar, their destinies had been sealed. These two lovebirds now hang their hats in Jersey City, and were gracious enough to show me a slice of their life, their neighborhood, and their love of tacos with yours truly.
Brooklyn natives Ksenia & Mikhail were so much fun to photograph. We loved wandering around the old stomping grounds of my childhood, from the Prospect Park Boathouse all the way to Coney Island for their lovely Brooklyn engagement session. These two first met overseas – so what are the chances that two NY natives would bump into each other halfway around the world? But they found each other, fair and square. The universe has a funny way of working sometimes – and sometimes they come along with heart-shaped balloons :).
For several months, Zoe & Stephen had plans for a sunny Spring engagement session filled with gorgeous sun flares and golden hues across the afternoon sky. Unfortunately for us, Mother Nature had different plans for us. After several reschedules, we finally relented, and opted for the next best course of action: finding one the most gorgeous greenhouses in the NYC metropolitan area, and pray that they wouldn’t be charging us the equivalent of the GDP of a small country. The Planting Fields Arboretum easily checked off all the boxes for us, and off we went to (sorta kinda) play in the rain. Luckily for us, Mother Nature did offer us a little bit of respite from the rain, and the canopy of trees at the Planting Fields Arboretum provided plenty of cover from the elements while these two lovebirds showed of some of their sweet, sweet dance moves from the cameras!