Over the years, there have been tons of friends who’ve assured us that they’d contact us for anything photo-related. If I could get a nickel for every time someone said they’d hire us, and then ultimately end up hiring someone else – I would be a bajillionaire swimming in coins like Scrooge McDuck :). I wouldn’t say I’m a cynical pessimist, per se. Quite the contrary; I’m a cynical optimist – I’m always looking for the silver lining in life because there’s always some frigg’n storm cloud in the way :).

But I digress.

Unless you’re my father, there are very few people in the world who’ve followed our journey into wedding photography for as long as Minna has. In fact, there are very few people in the world whom I’ve known for as long as I’ve known Minna (almost 20 years…and counting!). Long before there was an Anthony in her life, she made one thing very clear to me: if she ever met her Prince Charming, she knew 100% that she’d want me there to document the most magical day in her life. As I prepared myself to receive another metaphorical nickel to add to my already-enormous collection, I received an email from Minna instead. As if the invitation to document her wedding wasn’t enough, she coordinated her wedding day with our schedules, and even drove all the way up to NYC from Baltimore for their engagement session! Keeping promises is one thing, but this girl took it too a whole ‘nother level!

So I wanted to take a few moments to thank Minna & Anthony for trekking all the way up here to my neck of the woods for their engagement session. Trying to run a wedding photography business (especially up here in NYC & NJ) is a monumental task, and it’s very easy to be cynical of everyone’s promises and well-wishes. But Minna & Anthony has reminded me that sincerity does exist in this world, and I’m whole-heartedly grateful for that.

It was a chilly day here in Brooklyn when they arrived. Minna & Anthony wanted something fun, casual and incorporated lots of props they’d brought with them (you’re going to have to ask her for those). Here’s a peek of their Brooklyn engagement session!

Brooklyn Engagement Session | Ben Lau Photography
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Ben Lau Photography
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Ben Lau Photography
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Ben Lau Photography
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Ben Lau Photography
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Ben Lau Photography
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Ben Lau Photography
Brooklyn Engagement Session | Ben Lau Photography
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  • Minna Woo - After years… and years….. and years…. I finally made it to the Ben Lau Blog-of-Fame!!! What a momentous occasion!! I get chills thinking about how beautifully you captured our fun but romantic sides…. and about how stinkin’ cold and windy it was that day, haha!! Ben, these are absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see the full collection. :) THANK YOU!!!ReplyCancel

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We had quite the mild summer here in NYC, which is an indescribable godsend for many brides who are typically decked out in 20lbs of satin and lace. We thought we were in the clear as we headed into September, but Mother Nature had other plans for us. The Upper East Side was a sticky, 90° as we made our way to Central Park. We were racing against the storm clouds that were quickly descending upon Manhattan that afternoon, with a forecast of torrential downpour sometime within the next 30 minutes. But as I often tell all my brides, it never rains when I’m shooting. This day would be no exception. Alyssa & Gary tied the knot at the Lotos Club in Upper Manhattan. Here’s a peek of their day.

Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Bride preps on the morning of her wedding at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Lotos Club wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Lotos Club wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Lotos Club wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Lotos Club wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Lotos Club wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Central Park wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Central Park wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Central Park wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Central Park wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Central Park wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Central Park wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Central Park wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Central Park wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Central Park wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Lotos Club wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary
Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding ceremony at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding ceremony at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding ceremony at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding ceremony at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding details for a Lotos Club wedding in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Wedding reception at the Lotos Club in NYC. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Photography.
Lotos Club wedding photos before Alyssa & Gary

Venue, Ceremony & Catering: Lotos Club // Hair & Make-Up: Vicky C5 // Dress: Maggie Sottero // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: Sebastian Grey // Jewelry: Mikimoto // Floral/Décor: Blank Slate // Entertainment: Eric Visa // Stationery: Minted // Cinematography: Tweed

There’s an long-running joke that it never rains when I’m shooting; or more specifically, when it’s time for me to shoot portraits. During the first few years of my career, it was practically raining every weekend. I suppose after a number of years getting pounded by cats and dogs falling out of the sky, Mother Nature felt like I had finally paid my dues. That being said, it’s been smooth sailing these past few years (for the most part). This is all good news for our clients, of course. The probability of a rain-less wedding is generally in their favor; even if we did have cats & dogs falling out of the sky, they would be in very capable, battle-tested hands. It’s quite a selling point for bringing us on board, if you ask me!

My long-standing record was about to be shattered when it came time for Laura and Jason to tie the knot for their Evergreen Country Club wedding in Northern Virginia. As rain clouds started to loom ominously overhead, I was pretty certain that I would finally have to eat my words that afternoon. But as I’d later discover (that evening during toasts), Jason’s quite the lucky guy himself: things just pretty much work out for him. Even if you had a necklace made of horseshoes and rabbits feet, all wrapped in a garland of four-leaf clovers, you still wouldn’t come close to being as lucky as this guy. Want more proof? Look no further than the (relatively) rain-less day he got to marry the woman of his dreams.

Wedding details on the morning of a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride preps on the morning of her Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride preps on the morning of her Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding details on the morning of a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Groom preps on the morning of his Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding details on the morning of a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride preps on the morning of her Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bride preps on the morning of her Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
First Look  for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
First Look  for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
First Look  for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding ceremony during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding photos for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding details on the morning of a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding details on the morning of a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Wedding reception during a Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Sparkler send-off for an Evergreen Country Club Wedding in Northern Virginia. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Venue & Catering: Evergreen Country Club // Catering: Evergreen Country Club // Hair: Bridal Artistry (Mandy) // Make-up: Bridal Artistry (Audrey) // Dress: Casablanca // Shoes: Caparros // Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Jewelry: Designed and handmade by bride // Floral/Décor: JC Flowers // Entertainment: Generation C Entertainment // Stationery: DIY

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