Believe it or not, I’ve been trying to convince clients to let me photograph them under/near the Verrazano Bridge for YEARS now. While the Verrazano may not be anywhere nearly as famous as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Verrazano will always have a special place in my heart. As a gateway from my childhood home in Brooklyn to pretty much everywhere else in the world (that was not Manhattan), traversing this bridge always marked the beginning of yet another awesome family trip (which would invariably include stops in Staten Island and New Jersey, of course). As a latchkey kid with workaholic parents for pretty much my entire life, I always cherished this family time together, along with the fascinating opportunity to drive across one of the longest spans in NYC. Growing up, I’ve always thought that I was alone with these sentiments – that is, until I met Evita & Paul, two fellow Brooklynites who also share my affections for this bridge. So when they proposed to shoot their engagement session on BOTH sides of the Verrazano, you best believe I was ALL OVER IT! Unbeknownst to me, I had met them previously at another wedding several years ago. We’re so looking forward to seeing all those familiar faces again!

On a side note, Paul is quite handy with the sax. Despite my best efforts, I was not able to convince him to play us some “Careless Whisper” to set the mood. I officially have no shame. #sexysaxman #fail

Verrazano Bridge engagement session in Brooklyn and Staten Island, captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Verrazano Bridge engagement session in Brooklyn and Staten Island, captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Verrazano Bridge engagement session in Brooklyn and Staten Island, captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Verrazano Bridge engagement session in Brooklyn and Staten Island, captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Verrazano Bridge engagement session in Brooklyn and Staten Island, captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Verrazano Bridge engagement session in Brooklyn and Staten Island, captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Verrazano Bridge engagement session in Brooklyn and Staten Island, captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Verrazano Bridge engagement session in Brooklyn and Staten Island, captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

With this engagement session, I’ve officially photographed on/under/near every bridge in the NYC metropolitan area, including the ones that have yet to be built! Susan & Nikko’s fun engagement session took place on the Westchester side of the (Old) Tappan Zee Bridge, along the streets of the ever-picturesque Tarrytown. Nikko, who spends his days as a metal worker, felt right at home amidst all the noises and construction of the (New) Tappan Zee Bridge. After wandering past many of the historic sites around Tarrytown, we wrapped up the day with tacos. Seriously, I can’t imagine any better way to end the day!

Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.Tarrytown Engagement session in Westchester, captured by Westchester wedding photographer Ben Lau.

When Sarah & Bryan were thinking of photo locations after their NYC City Hall wedding, they wanted a place that was especially meaningful to them. While I mentally prepared myself to photograph in some romantic, albeit poorly lit space, I was beyond elated to learn that they had chosen the Whitney Museum and the surrounding Meatpacking/Chelsea area. Not only did we manage to get some stunning views of the Hudson River, but it was quiet and private – which is probably why Bryan proposed to Sarah here in the first place! It’s wonderfully nice how things come full-circle sometimes, right?

Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.Wedding photos in Chelsea, Meatpacking and the Whitney Museum after a NYC City Hall wedding, captured by NYC City Hall wedding photographer Ben Lau.

I love shooting along Long Island’s Gold Coast, for obvious reasons; the awe-inspiring architecture of all these old mansions, the perfectly manicured gardens, and most importantly – the opportunity to rack up a bajillion steps on my fitbit :). AnnaVy & Brian wanted something natural, romantic for their engagement session – and they found the perfect spot to do just that: Old Westbury Gardens. We wrapped up this romantic Long Island engagement session with the golden-hour views of Manhattan from Long Island City’s waterfront. Though my legs had become a tasty buffet for several dozen mosquitoes that day, it was all worth it!

Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.Old Westbury Gardens engagement session & Long Island City engagement session - captured by fun NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.