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 :).
It’s no secret that over the years, I’ve always accommodated my clients as best I could. Even if it meant some mild inconveniences here and there, I did it for the love of my work and my clients. It wasn’t all that long ago when I used to endure 8 hours of roundtrip bus rides between NYC and Baltimore every weekend, simply because I believed my work and clients deserved all the effort I could possibly muster after 6 consecutive months of candle-burning on both ends. This experience has been especially transformative for me, Karis and the brands that we’ve tirelessly nurtured over the years. Our work has introduced us to nice folks from all around the world, and has given us the opportunity to visit more new faraway places than I can feasibly count. And surprisingly enough, we’ve recently been finding ourselves on the receiving end of our clients’ gratitude and accommodation. Rosie & Oliver would be one such couple (out of many!).
Rosie and Oliver are not from New York, or even New Jersey for that matter (locals know better than to take the Holland Tunnel at 8am in the morning!). In fact, they currently hang their hats in Florida, but will be holding their wedding celebrations in Boston. Confused yet? I was too :). These nice folks flew all the way from Florida to New York for the sole purpose of spending a crisp Monday morning on Roosevelt Island with just an awesome NJ wedding photographer and his camera. Pretty cool, right?
No pressure or anything :).
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.
And of course, some photobooth fun (it’s been a while!)
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
The sun had barely risen above the George Washington Bridge when Maggie and Le made their way to an empty salon that morning. The orange glow from the salon’s large windows spilled into the quiet and empty streets of Fort Lee; an unusual occurrence for any commuter city around early morning rush hour. By the time I had arrived, with a camera in hand and a large cup of coffee in the other, these two lovebirds were ready to take New York City by storm.
I remember meeting Jay for the first time during their engagement session last spring. He’d just come off a red eye flight from Texas earlier that morning, with the sole mission of tackling their ever-looming wedding-day checklist – least of which was an engagement session with yours truly (which ironically involved the consumption of copious amounts of Red Eyes). As the local half of this dynamic duo, Diana was tasked with a monumental load of wedding planning due to Jay’s work obligations in Texas. Jay, like most soon-to-be-married men, simply wanted his future-wife to be happy (smart man!). He had only one request: he did NOT want to do a first look. I smiled to myself and watched this lover’s quarrel unfold in my rear view mirror. I smiled, because I’m a married man who already knew how this was going to end :).
One year later, Diana & Jay’s wedding day at the Liberty House started nearby in a cozy suite at the Double Tree in Jersey City overlooking the Hudson River. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.
Venue: Liberty House | Hair/Make-up: Pink Comb Studios | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones from Kleinfeld | Shoes: INC | Groom’s attire: Black by Vera Wang | Necklace: Ellen Hunter | Headband and Earrings – Perfect Accent | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters from Hollywood Bridal | Floral/Décor: Vintage and Nouveau | Entertainment: Starlyte Music | Stationery: Favor-it Shop | Cinematography: Live Picture Studio