As some of you may know, I went on a cross-country road trip with my brother several months ago. We took the southern route (heaven forbid we found ourselves stranded in Michigan during a winter snowstorm), which took us into the delicious BBQ heartland of America. During one of our brief stops in Atlanta, I received an inquiry that very day from a local resident who would be getting married in my hometown of Baltimore. What?! This sounded way too coincidental/crazy to be true – but we nevertheless set up a last-minute meeting at one of Atlanta’s local markets (hardly a conventional choice for meeting with potential clients, but I digress). Surrounded by craft beers and BBQ, we chatted about their wedding plans over some of Atlanta’s finest grub, and the rest was pretty much history. A few weeks ago, we met “halfway” in DC for their engagement session, which is where these two lovebirds first started their journey together, and I was simply ecstatic just to be a part of it. Don’t you just love it when everything just seems to work out so effortlessly and perfectly?
When Karis and I walked into the groom’s suite, we were only slightly alarmed to see the best man wearing a neck brace and the groom drinking directly from a bottle of Jack Daniels. At this point, the only thing we were missing was a loose tiger, Mike Tyson and a baby strapped to one of the groomsmen. Though as wedding photographers, we’re somewhat used to seeing a few drinks (along with a little bit of chaos) on the morning of such a big day, Marc took it to a whole other level by popping a few painkillers before washing it down with another swig from his bottle; followed by a grimace more twisted than the one before it. By the time his limo arrived (2 hours later), Marc and his best man had successfully finished off the entire bottle, much to the concern of the remaining groomsmen. A part of me was also mildly amused/concerned, but another part of me was also morbidly curious to see how this was all going to end.
Long story short, it turns out that Marc had switched out the alcohol with tea, and that Marc had been wanting to do this prank for as long as he could remember (the Best Man’s neck injury was faked too). Bravo – well done, gentlemen :). In true, unfiltered Marc fashion, he spent the remainder of the day humoring everyone around him (a responsibility I was all too happy to relinquish to the groom). It was the perfect way to celebrate their wedding at Old Tappan Manor that day, and we were so honored (and entertained!) to be a part of it.
Venue & Catering: Old Tappan Manor // Ceremony/Officiant: Rabbi Daniel Pernick // Hair: Barri Fine and Laurell Giamarra, Beauty Plus Salon // Make-up: Makeup by Jazminc // Dress: Essense of Australia // Shoes: Betsy Johnson // Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein // Floral/Décor: Amaryllis Event Décor // Entertainment: SCE Event Group // Stationery: Rockland County Invitations
As Karis and I drove into Long Island on the morning of Chrisann & Benson’s wedding, it just occurred to us that it’d been a while since we last photographed a morning-time wedding. Tell-tale signs which brought us to this conclusion (aside from Karis quietly snoring from the passenger seat) was the fact that there were literally no cars on the 90 minute drive to our first location. Needless to say, we’re hardly ever that lucky :). While there was rain in the forecast, Mother Nature did grant us a short reprieve for about 5 minutes – long enough for a quick first look and family photos before heading off to church. The rain did continue for the remainder of the afternoon, but this did not keep us for celebrating this wonderful wedding at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle!
Venue & Catering: The Greentree Country Club // Ceremony/Officiant: The Korean Presbyterian Church of Westchester (Rev. Mathew Finney Samuel) // Hair: Senada Zanki and Lily Fusha // Make-up: Rada Jacobs // Dress: Maggie Sottero // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Jewelry: Mark Hill // Entertainment: DJ USA // Stationery: NC Products // Photo Booth: Absolutely Fabulous Photo Booth
There appears to be a trend this past month or so where I’ve been shooting high school/college sweethearts, and I think that’s pretty awesome. When a couple has been together for that long, there’s a sense of comfort and familiarity in each other’s humor, quirks and sensibilities. Their body chemistry between each other just flows, and my work then becomes pretty ridiculously easy at that point. If this is the case for high school/college sweethearts, then what about middle school sweethearts? Was I about to photograph one of the easiest photo sessions in the universe? You betcha :). According to legend, a very brave adolescent Chris interrupted a father-daughter dance at Emma’s bat mitzvah (and lived to tell us about it), and the rest was ancient history. This Piermont engagement session tooks us from the quiet Hudson River waterfront, to the main streets of town, where they reminisced over coffee in some of the squishiest sofas I’ve ever seen :).
The best thing about rainy days in the city is that we (generally) have the park all to ourselves – with the exception of unusually large European tour groups who can’t necessarily reschedule their trips, and always seem to have their cameras ready. This was pretty much the case for Angelina & Patrick’s rainy engagement session in Central Park. Thankfully for us, there was plenty of downtime between tour groups, which gave us all the privacy we needed for this wonderfully beautiful engagement session. Luck was definitely on our side, and if you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you may have heard the rumor that it generally doesn’t rain when it’s time for me to shoot. While this is “mostly” true, I can’t contractually guarantee it :). At the end of the day, the rain did hold off during most of our shoot, and after making all our usual stops along the Bethesda Fountain, we made our way to Lincoln Center right before the torrential downpour began. It was perfect timing – what else can I say?