One of our favorite things that we love about shooting weddings at the Manor in West Orange are their gorgeous grounds. As we slowly made our way from Spring into Summer, the gardens at The Manor were in peak form, and their fountains added the perfect touch to Stephanie and Rob’s big day. My other favorite thing about this wedding? I learned about 5 new line dances to songs I never knew there were line dances for :). My wife’s in for a treat the next time I blast some Earth, Wind and Fire up in our place!
What’s better than getting married at the tail end of Cherry Blossoms season? Not very much, I’m willing to bet. With the magnolias in full bloom, Alison & Greg headed over to SUNY Farmingdale for a quick photo session to take advantage of the fact that it hadn’t really started raining yet (misting was in the forecast, but I can still safely claim that it generally doesn’t rain when it’s time for me to shoot!). Upon arriving, all I could say was “wow”. Alison & Greg later held their ceremony and reception nearby at the gorgeous grounds of the Riviera in Massapequa, and the relatively calm weather held out! Winnah-winnah chicken dinnah :).
As a NJ wedding photographer, I can confidently say that I have a pretty intimate knowledge of shooting locations throughout the state. So whether the client is looking for something outdoorsy, urban or rustic, I’m usually able to find something in my extensive mental rolodex of locations that would be a reasonable distance away from our client (and us!). When clients are looking for something that’s one-of-a-kind, well…that rolodex of mine begins to shrink considerably. But as always, we always find something awesome. The Grounds for Sculpture was so perfect for Yuhli & Jason, they willingly drove over 90 minutes from NYC in order to make it happen! Prior to the engagement session, a part of me was thinking I may have over-sold the place a little bit, and perhaps set their expectations a little too high. But of course in afterthought, we pretty much totally rocked this engagement session :)
When I arrived under the giant arches of Washington Square Park early that morning, there was an unusual volume of NYU students shuffling around the plaza. Judging by the ubiquitous cups of coffee in everyone’s hands to go along with their zombie-like demeanor, we were likely in the midst of finals season. This was good news for Nina & Danny – it’s like we weren’t even there :). After our quick stop at Washington Square Park that morning, we concluded their engagement session back to our old stomping grounds of Jersey City.
Vanesa and Dan’s engagement session on Roosevelt Island may very mark the end of an era – an era where my “I don’t speak English” shtick works with most security personnel in the universe who ask for a photo permit (“What’s this…um…permit you speak of?”). With the decline of one era, another one arises from its ashes: pure, unfettered, ridiculously uncontrollable laughter, giggling and complete, utter happiness. Gorgeous environments, most people can do. But being able to capture the chemistry between two lovebirds, regardless of their surroundings – now we’re playing a whole different ballgame :).