While growing up in Brooklyn during the 80s, it was a great time to be a Mets fan. My uncles and cousins would all huddle around my grandparents’ apartment on game nights, eyes glued to the TV set and gleefully cheering with every play. I remember as a 6 year old boy, I could recite the entire roster from memory – a feat that hasn’t degraded (too much) in these past 30-odd years. Not too far away in the neighboring borough of Queens, our groom Jon probably shared a similar experience during the 80s. Granted, it’s a bit heart-breaking to watch the Mets play these days – but I know that we love our home teams regardless :).

I still have my old baseball cards, stashed away in large organized binders that are currently slipped between my old college textbooks and photo albums. As far as being a sports fan goes, if there were a scale of 1-10, I’d be somewhere between a .50 and a .75. I love sports; I just don’t have much time to enjoy them as much these days. Jon on the other hand, if there were a scale of 1-10, he’d be somewhere between a gazillion and a bajillion :).

Jessica and Jon met at a wedding several years ago, and the first question that popped out of Jon’s mouth was: “Where did you get that chocolate cake!?!” Romantic, we know :). Jessica, believing this to be an unusual pick-up line from your typical groomsman at your typical wedding, she quickly scurried away – with Jon hungrily in pursuit (of her chocolate cake, of course). Fast forward to the present day, it’s a beautiful summer day in Central Park. Jessica and Jon tied the knot and celebrated their nuptials at the Loeb Boathouse near the Bethesda Fountain & Bethesda Arcade. They didn’t get chocolate cake this evening, but in my professional opinion – they got something much, much better. Here’s a peek of their day.

Stationery and ring shot for a wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Mets memorabilia at the grooms house on the morning of his wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride details for her wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wall decor for a wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride preps for her wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom preps on the morning of his wedding day at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride preps for her wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom preps on the morning of his wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride preps for her wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride portrats at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom signs the ketubah on the morning of his wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding party at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos at the Central Park
Wedding cake for a wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding decor for a wedding at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
First dance during a wedding reception at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Toasts during a wedding reception at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dancing during a wedding reception at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dancing during a wedding reception at the Central Park Boathouse. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Venue: Loeb Central Park boathouse // Hair: Blow Me Away Salon // Make-up: Jessica Lauren // Dress: Ramona Keveza // Shoes: Badgley Mischa // Groom’s attire: Tommy Hillfiger // Jewelry: Nadre earrings, Nina Bracelet // Floral/Décor: Cress Florist of Douglaston // Entertainment: Don’t Stop the Music // Stationery: The Memory Trunk via etsy // Favors: Bride’s grandmother’s Italian cookies

When asked about her engagement session plans, Alex had just one request: sunflowers…and tons of them. Ironically enough, David comes from a long line of green thumbs and knew exactly where to find them. We trekked all the way to David’s old stomping grounds of Sussex, NJ in search of these giant yellow blooms. The good thing about sunflower hunting? You can spot a field of these 8-foot blooms from a mile away :).

Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Alex and Dave during their countryside, sunflower engagement session in Sussex, NJ. Captured by NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

  • Puja Cunningham Mitchell - Amazing as usual – especially the individual pictures in the sunflowers. ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Mierop - I’m not surprised, but just love these pictures and Alex, you look gorgeous!ReplyCancel

Music played a huge role in my childhood (I played piano and violin, mostly – as every good Asian kid should), so I was immediately fascinated when Thomas revealed to us that Olivia was utterly, devestatingly enamored with his spellbinding trombone-playing abilities (not precisely verbatim, but it’s how I remember the story). Since our first meeting, we I strongly suggested to Thomas that we I needed to photograph him playing the trombone for Olivia again, and I literally used every passive-aggressive, sweet-talking approach in my arsenal. I tried and tried, but to no avail; something about them being “precision musical instruments” and whatnot :).

When I arrived at Olivia’s home on the morning of their big day, it had been almost two years since I’d met these two love birds, and almost a year since I last had them in front of my cameras. I was elated. So where does a girl from Queens and a fella from Brooklyn celebrate their wedding? In Long Island, of course.

White wedding flowers for a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Breakfast at home before a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Dog sits on a couch on the morning of a wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Dress and shoe shots for a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride gets ready on the morning of her wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sister of the groom looks on as the bride prepares on the morning of a wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom prep on the morning of a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Grandmother of the bride prepares on the morning of a wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Detail and candid shots for a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride gets ready on the morning of her wedding day at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride gets into her dress on the morning of her wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Solo portraits for a bride and groom on the morning of their wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride
Bride en route to St. Andrew Avellino Church on her wedding day. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
St. Andrew Avellino Church. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride walks down the aisle at St. Andrew Avellino Church in Flushing, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom cries during his wedding ceremony at St. Andrew Avellino Church. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom share a kiss at St. Andrew Avellino Church in Flushing, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom
Bride and groom share a kiss at St. Andrew Avellino Church in Flushing, NY. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding menu for a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception details at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride and groom
Toasts during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Toasts during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom plays the trombone for his bride during his wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Guests dance during a wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Cake cutting during a wedding reception  at the Inn at New Hyde Park. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride

And of course, some photobooth fun (it’s been a while!)

Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding Photo Booth in NYC. Wedding at the Inn at New Hyde Park, provided by NYC Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Venue: The Inn at New Hyde Park // Church: St. Andrew Avellino // Hair: Anna Gangone // Make-up: Christina Amador // Dress: Casablanca Bridal // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s attire: Vera Wang // Jewelry: Nick’s Jewelry // Floral/Décor: A & S Florist // Cake: Dortoni Bakery // Entertainment: Satisfaction Guaranteed // Stationery: Invitations by Jillianne // Favors: You’re Invited to Celebrate // Cinematography: Rob Adams Films