Sophia & Dave, both artists, were looking for something whimsical, fun and spontaneous for their engagement session. It’s no surprise they found a quirky photographer to help them photograph it either :). We started their session at an old tobacco plantation near our neck of the woods, and wrapped up at the Sculpture Gardens in Hamilton. At one point, the bride-to-be found herself chasing a pair of unwilling peacocks for a prime photo op. Sadly, we never did catch any peacocks that afternoon (did you see what she was wearing?!) – but we did pretend to be lost tourists for part of the day!

Sculpture gardens engagement session in Hamilton, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Sculpture gardens engagement session in Hamilton, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Sculpture gardens engagement session in Hamilton, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Sculpture gardens engagement session in Hamilton, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Sculpture gardens engagement session in Hamilton, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Sculpture gardens engagement session in Hamilton, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Sculpture gardens engagement session in Hamilton, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Sculpture gardens engagement session in Hamilton, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Sculpture gardens engagement session in Hamilton, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Patricia & Kirk hail from Brooklyn, my hometown – which pretty much explains my incredibly passionate opinions on pizza and my strong affinity to Jamaican beef patties (which may also explain how Kirk could very well be my brother from another mother…but I digress). Patricia & Kirk’s winter wedding took place at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ. Aside from having an overall gorgeous space and delicious food, I think we appreciated their outdoor space-heaters the most: I mean seriously….check out those evening shots!

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Venue & Catering: Venetian // Hair: Dawniece Woods | @_dawnixx // Make-up: Nadia Tayeh, Charmaine Elcock | @tuddynana @charmaine_e // Dress: Vera Wang Lilian // Shoes: Brian Atwood // Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss Tuxedo // Floral/Décor: Flowers By Leslie // Entertainment: TLC Entertainment //Stationery: Jupiter and Juno // PhotoBooth: Portable Fun Booth // Cinematography: NST // Planner/Coordinator: Lory Comeau of Pink Pizza Events

This was not the same South Street Seaport that I knew while growing up on the other side of the East River. The tragedy of Sandy gave New Yorkers the opportunity to breathe new life into this beautiful, yet mysterious place filled with hidden cobblestone streets, centuries-old wharves and history galore. Shops and restaurants now line the streets below the FDR, with a few organic coffee brewers sprinkled in between. This is the place where Melissa & Jason currently hang their hats, and I’m super envious of them for it. I mean seriously….you can’t beat that view (of Brooklyn!).

South Street Seaport engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. South Street Seaport engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. South Street Seaport engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. South Street Seaport engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. South Street Seaport engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. South Street Seaport engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. South Street Seaport engagement session captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Very few people can appreciate how challenging it is to shoot a winter wedding in the Northeast Atlantic. Huh? The sun sets at what time? (that’s 4:30pm for inquiring minds). Luckily for us, Minna & Anthony had the sense to do their photos earlier in the day, not only to take advantage of the limited sunlight we would get on their wedding day, but to also bask in the relative warmth of 15° at the Inner Harbor that afternoon (hey, it easily could’ve been -30°). Up until 24 hours before the big day, we were still scrambling to find an indoor location that we could use for their wedding photos.

On the morning of Minna & Anthony’s wedding, I was wandering around the lobby of their hotel looking for a newspaper (in order to do this shot). Long story short, I never did find that newspaper (so that shot never happened), but instead I found myself traversing a hidden corridor somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd floor of the hotel. I sorta-kinda half-expected to come out the other end a la John Malkovich-style, but instead found myself in a large marble room with giant pillars and intricate frescos painted along the corners. An older, well-dressed gentleman emerges from behind the grand piano and asks how he could be of assistance.

Clearly, I was not supposed to be there, so I was on the verge of defaulting to my “ehhh….I don’t speak English” and “I’m lost” shtick, but instead, I asked him where I could find the weekend edition of the Baltimore Sun. Way to be quick on your feet, Ben. What could have been a very short conversation ended up being a 30 minute tour of the entire building, along with permission to bring our lovely bride and groom in for photos….without a permit!

You can’t buy that kind of luck…not on your life!

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Venue & Catering: The Mansion at Valley Country Club // Hair & Make-up: Blush // Dress: David’s Bridal // Shoes: Nina // Groom’s attire: Express // Floral/Décor: J Florist // Entertainment: DJ CzBeatz // Stationery: Daniella Ma // Favors: DIY cake pops