If anyone’s been following us for any amount of time, they’ll know that we shoot under any weather condition. We manage a very tight shooting schedule without many opportunities to reschedule. While we would love to schedule in an occasional weekend off  every month (in anticipation of these potential reschedules), I think most folks also know that we’ve got two kids in diapers to feed too!

Enter: Hurricane Sandy.

After pulling a 16-hour wedding extravaganza between Staten Island and Brooklyn on Saturday, I took a 4 hour nap and hopped on a 7am train heading right into the path of Frankenstorm. Now that’s commitment, ya’ll!

Downtown Baltimore was a ghost town when I arrived, with residents filling/piling sand bags along the cobblestone streets of Fells Point. The best part of shooting an engagement session on the eve of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival? We’ve got the city to ourselves! With the exception of emergency workers and the not-really-panicking residents hauling their newly filled sand bags, Fells Point was empty and available to us at our creative disposal. And this, my friends, is precisely why we love shooting during weather anomalies :).

As we wrapped up our engagement session later that evening, I asked Mary and Adam: “Who says you need parks and sunshine for engagement sessions?”

“That’s exactly what we didn’t want!” Mary said, as she carefully hopped from one cobble stone to the next.

Mary and Adam walk along the cobble stone streets of Fells Point for a rainy evening engagement session.

Duly noted :).

Note to all would be storm-chasing engagement session photographers: we wrapped up 24 hours before Sandy’s arrival. While compelling images are nice to have, safety is always paramount! It goes without saying, your subjects need to be alive for their respective wedding days :).

For all our friends in the Northeast, be safe and dry!

Ben & Karis

As we were going through these photos, we actually encountered a small, teeny, tiny issue. When we usually cull our images for blogging, we try to keep it to 50 of our best images because we know most of you have an attention span that lasts about 20 images – the extra 30 we just throw in for good measure :).  Problem here was, when we were finally finished culling, we had to make an executive decision on a pool of 120 awesome-tastic images…because this wedding was just that seriously, ridiculously awesome! So after some hesitant clicks here and there, we finally present to you: Margot and Alex’s awesome-ramas wedding celebration at the Eventi Hotel in New York City!

Their day started at the penthouse suite, which offered magnificent views of midtown Manhattan and some of the best natural light we’ve ever seen.

Bridesmaids steam a wedding dress for a wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride

Bridesmaids steam a veil for a wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride opens a gift from the groom on the morning of her wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Wedding rings on the morning of Margot and Alex

Baby Girl gets ready for Margot and Alex Groom gets ready for his wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groom receives his wedding gift from his bride on the morning of his wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom gets ready on the morning of his wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride puts on her dress on the morning of her wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride poses for a portrait at a wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groomsmen portraits at Margot and Alex

Outdoor terrace for photos? Um…yes please. May I have another!

Bride with her mom at a wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bridal party portraits at a wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Group portraits at a wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau

Group portraits at a wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau

Group portraits at a wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Margot and Alex smile for their bridal portraits at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

It’s official: The Eventi is definitely one of my fave places to photograph weddings! WOWOWOW!!!!

Dog walks down the aisle at a wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Wedding procession with bride and her father at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Margot and Groom Alex exchange vows during their wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Margot and Alex pose for their bridal portraits at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex pose with Baby Girl for their bridal portraits at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

One of my favorite shots of the day :).

Margot and Alex

Did I also forget to mention, their engagement session images ended up on a gimungo billboard across the street?! KA-CHOW!!

Card table for Margot and Alex

Candy table for Margot and Alex Father and daughter dance at Margot and Alex Bride and groom laugh during speeches at their wedding at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau

Speeches at Margot and Alex Speeches at Margot and Alex

There should be a rule that you’re not allowed to make the photographer cry. Goodness gracious, I’ve got a job to do here, people!
PS. Great job, you two :).

Cake cutting during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Bouquet toss during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Garter toss during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau

Guests dance during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau

Guests dance during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Guests dance during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Guests dance during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Guests dance during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau Guests dance during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau

Guests dance during a wedding reception at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Captured by NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau

 I was so tired, I didn’t even bother removing the battery pack. Here ya go, second-shooter, lol.

And the cherry on top of this wedding celebration? Some photo-booth fun!!!

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

Margot + Alex | Eventi Hotel in NYC Wedding Photography - Photo Booth

And of course, gimungo thanks to all the following folks who made this magical day possible:

Ceremony : : The Eventi in New York City
Reception : : The Eventi in New York City
Gown : : Caroline Castigliano
Shoes : : Nine West
Jewelry : : Nana La’Femme
Make Up : : Hector Espinal (highly recommend!)
Grooms Attire : : Yves Saint Laurent
Catering : : The Eventi in New York City
Cake : : Sylvia Weinstock
Floral : : DIY
Favors : : Kline Honey Bee Farm
Stationery: : DIY
Secondary Photography : : Susan Flandro Photography and Min J Park Photography
Photo Booth : : Ben Lau Photography

 

A big giant congrats and thank you goes out to Margot and Alex for EVERYTHING! We wish you many, many years of marital bliss and we simply cannot wait to see you guys again. You guy are simply the best :).

I’m not sure how it happened, but it’s Friday already (egads!). And apparently, there’s a Frankenstorm heading our way. Of all places where a tropical hurricane and an arctic cold front could possibly meet, why does it have to be NJ? And according to the interwebs, we folks in NJ don’t call it a Frankenstrom…we just call it a “Frigg’n Storm”. Ha-ha. Get it?

Oh never mind.

We’ve got one wedding and two engagements lined up these next 3 days. Of them is going to need an umbrella. That’s all I’m say’n :).

Have a great weekend everyone!

Ben & Karis

 

This is one wedding that I’ll always remember – the majestic space, the warmth of family and friends, and most importantly, the display of unconditional love. It was an emotional whirlwind as families from both sides flew in from all over the world to witness one of the most special day in these two individuals’ lives. There were tears of happiness between every prolonged embrace and abundant laughter echoing throughout the entire bridal suite that overlooked Midtown Manhattan. Margot and Alex began (and ended!) their day at The Eventi Hotel. We’re super excited about these images, and especially happy to share them with you for a gazillion reasons. Here are some sneak peeks of their day.

Bride Margot looks into a mirror on the morning of her wedding at the Eventi hotel in New York City. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom talks on the phone on the morning of his wedding at the Eventi hotel in New York City. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Dog poses for portraits on the morning of Margot and Alex Bride and groom pose for their portraits on the morning of their wedding at the Eventi hotel in New York City. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Hope you guys enjoy these sneak peeks. We’re rock’n and rolling through our summer weddings these next few weeks, which means we should be having some very happy August and September brides (and grooms) in the very near future!

I can’t believe how quickly this week has flown by. Even more amazing, I can’t believe how quickly this month has flown by! I had all these glorious costume plans for Lil Monster 1.0, but you can’t possibly imagine how hard it is to find a powder blue tuxedo jacket for a 2 year old, much less black wayfarers that’ll fit his gimungo head :). So the bad news is: he won’t doing the Gangnam Style dance this halloween while dressed as an international South Korean superstar. The good news is however, that he’ll probably be doing the Gangnam Style dance in some cow costume that didn’t fit him last year. He’ll never know the difference :).

Happy Wednesday ya’ll!

Ben & Karis

Any true Marylander knows that the crab season is pretty much wrapped up by the end of September, but a true Marylander will also figure out a way to get their crab fix’ns 365 days a year. I recently documented a wedding in Baltimore which proved just that. Enter: boxes and boxes of steamed crabs and all their Old Bay’ed yummy goodness! Because I wasn’t so sure if my camera’s warranty covered Old-Bay-in-lens-mount kinda damage, I opted for a pit beef sandwich instead. In any case, it would’ve been a travesty if I didn’t inject some of that Baltimore hometown flavor into some of their wedding images :).

Maryland Crab with Wedding Rings

Happy Tuesday ya’ll!

Ben & Karis

As I spent the last four days in Baltimore immersed in yummy food, all I could think about was how I was going to get home in time to have a blog entry ready for Monday. The work of a photographer/blogger/part-time dad never ends :). The good news is that while I was out on a shooting/meeting marathon back in the Charm City, Karis willfully commandeered the nice chair in our office and dove into the small mountain of images sitting in our (pretty) gimungo inboxes waiting to be processed. Bad news? There are none, aside from the fact that none of us (with the exception of Lil Monster 1.0) have had any sleep these past few nights. But now that I’m back home, we hope to return to a work-life with some semblance of normalcy. Because you know, the kiddos know that dad don’t mess around :).

Sarah and Ed tied the knot at The Manor in West Orange. There are only a few words I could use to describe their wedding day: sunny…with a side of sunny. On the bright side of things (har har), this was much better than wet…with a side of more wet :). This meant fun sunglasses and ice-cold bottles of water for everyone!

Bride

Bride Bride
Bride Bride Sarah poses for her portraits on the morning of her wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groom gets ready for his wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom gets ready for his wedding day at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groomsmen pose together after an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride ascends the stairs at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

First look at Sarah and Ed First look at Sarah and Ed Twin ring boys walk down the aisle at Sarah and Ed Bride Outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride cries during her outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groomsman looks on during an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Groomsmen stores away his sunglasses during a wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and groom share their first kiss at an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Floral settings for a wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Wedding cake at a wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Sarah dances with her father at her wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Sarah dances with her father at her wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Maid of honor Maid of honor

Best man Wedding dessert at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom dance at their wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom dance at their wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Guests dance at Ed and Sarah Guests dance at Ed and Sarah Bride and groom dance at their wedding at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. Captured by northern NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

And of course, our favorite part of the day…

Mucho thanks to the following folks who made this party possible!

Ceremony : : The Manor in West Orange, NJ
Reception : : The Manor in West Orange, NJ
Gown : : Rana Bridal
Shoes : : Badgley Mischka
Jewelry : : Tiffany & Co.
Hair : : Vicky C5
Make Up : : Vicky C5
Grooms Attire : : Jos A Bank
Catering : : The Manor in West Orange, NJ
Cake : : The Manor in West Orange, NJ
Floral : : Occasion9
Favors : : http://www.beau-coup.com
Stationery : : http://www.invitesite.com
Secondary Photography : : Benson Lau Photography
Photo Booth : : Ben Lau Photography

 

Many, many thanks to Sarah and Ed once again. We were so incredibly honored to document your big day! We wish you two many years of love and laughter. We hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed capturing them!

Another wedding down, and about 232,350,984,350 more weddings to go (or so it seems like!). I just checked my calendar this morning and it looks like our wedding shooting season has been extended into December, which means we get a much deserved two week break before we head back out in January! If you want a visual of what’s going on at Ben Lau Photography HQ when we heard this news, imagine LMFAO blasting in the background while Karis and I dance around in ours sweats with Lil Monster 1.0 :). Everyday we’re hustle’n!

Didn’t you guys know Casual Monday’s the new Casual Friday?

Hope you guys have a fantastic week :).

Ben & Karis (and Lil Monster 1.0!)