Shooting engagement sessions in South Street Seaport & DUMBO is rather special to me, for sentimental reasons; my wife and I shot our engagement session almost 9 years ago with this exact route. But of course, South Street Seaport was not nearly as nice back then, and our photographer was nowhere nearly as hilarious (I have no proof, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!). Jooyoung and Jin wanted an engagement session which was fun, natural and carefree – which I was all too happy/eager to provide with a cherry on top. After navigating our way around the elderly practicing their tai chi stances that morning on the South Street waterfront, we ferry-hopped over to Brooklyn to wrap up this incredibly fun engagement session!
One of the common things that we hear from couples after their wedding day, is that if they could ever do it again – they’d do it smaller. Smaller guest lists, smaller bridal party, smaller….everything. It goes without saying, smaller weddings are generally more stress-free and relatively more manageable (this is coming from someone who had 800+ people on the original draft of his wedding guest list). Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of documenting weddings of all shapes and sizes, but the core of it has always been the same: two fated individuals who wish to spend the rest of their days together. In this particular story, Bianca & Phil woke up one day, and realized this whole wedding planning thing was for the birds. And who was I to convince them otherwise? :) Their NYC City Hall wedding day started unassumingly at the gorgeous Ludlow Hotel in the Lower East Side.
Make-up: Christina Amador // Hair: Rachael Cushing
Ina and James are college sweethearts, who met waaaaay up north in Upstate NY, who now hang their hats in Manhattan. James is a geologist (and only the 2nd one I’ve ever met in my entire life), so naturally the nerd in me had all sorts of important questions for him (much to Ina’s chagrin). I mean seriously…the guy has encyclopedic knowledge about everything related to rocks and dirt. If that doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what will. After a quick stroll through their neighborhood park, we took a quick trip down to the South Street Seaport to wrap up their fun, knowledge-filled engagement session. Did you know: there are some areas of the East River that’s only 10ft deep? Mind. Blown.
There are so many decisions to make when planning a wedding. Undoubtedly, it can get somewhat overwhelming when you have the world at your fingertips in the NYC metropolitan area. One of the first decisions a couple has to make (after setting a date, booking a venue and photographer) is photographing their engagement session (especially if their awesome photographer offers one!). For years, I’ve been trying to convince our clients about all the awesomeness that is Coney Island. Sure, I probably wouldn’t have ventured to these neck of the woods during my youth, but this is a new Coney Island; fresh-faced, family friendly and bursting with color around every corner. Vi & Jerry basically took a leap of faith and found themselves swimming in all this awesomeness. They were so thrilled, we even treated ourselves to a surf-and-turf brunch (Nathan’s hot dog and soft-shell crab sandwich….fancy!) at the conclusion of this fun Coney Island engagement session.
When Nina & Danny first met each other 11 years ago, they never dreamt that they had found “the one” – but here they were, standing across from one another at St. Lucy’s Church in Newark, NJ on a beautiful spring day, ready to take on the next chapter of their lives together. While their wedding day offered all sorts of fine details that make a typical wedding wonderful, our favorite part of the day were the cast of characters who helped make their day a memorable one. It’s not everyday we get to see a groomsmen running around in his undergarments, totally asking to be photographed (a request which we were all too happy to oblige). While those will likely remain in Nina & Danny’s private collection for many years to come (or not), we’re thrilled to share a sneak peak of their wedding at the one and only Westmount Country Club!
Venue & Catering: Westmount Country Club // Ceremony/Officiant: St. Lucy’s Church // Hair: Melissa D’Aloia & Co // Make-up: Melissa D’Aloia & Co // Dress: Romona Keveza // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren // Jewelry: ID Jewelry // Floral/Décor: Pedestals // Entertainment: SCE Event Group // Stationery: Dannyribeiro.com // Favors: Lindt // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios