It’s no secret that we shoot under any weather conditions – which includes rain, snow, hurricanes and heat waves. Not every wedding that we shoot will feature 75 degree weather with a few clouds and a cool breeze, which is exactly why we don’t normally wait for those kinds of days for our engagement sessions. For Lauren and John’s engagement, the rain was literally coming in sideways. If I’m not mistaken, the rain may have been going up-ways, if that were even possible.  Nevertheless, these two were such great sports for hanging out with me on a rainy day! The silver lining in all of this? It was only raining for the first half of our session, and it was nice and cloudy for the latter half…and we had all of Hoboken to ourselves :).

Piggy back ride under an umbrella during a rainy engagement session in Hoboken, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Couple pose on a street during a rainy engagement session in Hoboken, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Couple pose in an alleyway during a rainy engagement session in Hoboken, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Couple poses against a wall during a rainy engagement session in Hoboken, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Lauren and John, thank you so much for spending a rainy afternoon with yours truly! We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed capturing them. We can’t wait to see you guys in a few more months!

As for me, I’m still recovering from yesterday’s wedding – I must’ve lost 20 lbs in sweat alone! But there’s still much work to be done, my friends! Stay tuned for more!

Hope everyone’s weekend is fantabulous :).

Ben & Karis

So I just received word that some engagement packages left Ben Lau Photography headquarters a bit ahead of schedule :). Judging by my Facebook feed, some of these packages have already arrived to their destinations – while others, I imagine, are still currently en route. This just means I’ll be blogging all weekend, and by “blogging all weekend” I really mean “blogging three days of material on a Friday night because I’m shooting all weekend”. Easy peasy :).

Margot and Alex met during freshmen orientation in college. As European transplants (Margot from Italy and Alex from Greece), it only seemed natural they would eventually find each other in the sea of sunkissed denizens of Southern California. Fast-forward to the present day, they now call the Big Apple their home. As an awesome newly engaged couple, it only seemed natural they would eventually find yours truly, in a sea of Yankee-hat-wearing, hot-dog-eating, subway-riding denizens of New York.

For their engagement session, they wanted something natural, carefree and a true representation of their typical weekend. This apparently involves a lot of puppy kisses on the couch :).

Margot and Alex lay on their couch with Baby Girl during their engagement session in their Upper East Side apartment with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex lay on their couch with Baby Girl during their engagement session in their Upper East Side apartment with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex pose with their dog Baby Girl during their engagement session in Central Park with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex pose with their dog Baby Girl during their engagement session in Central Park with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex pose with their dog Baby Girl during their engagement session in Central Park with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex walk together during their engagement session in Lincoln Center with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex pose against a wall during their engagement session in the Upper East Side with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex sit together at a cafe during their engagement session in the Upper West Side with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex sit together at a cafe during their engagement session in the Upper West Side with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau. Margot and Alex sit together during their engagement session in the Upper West Side with awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau.

And there you have it! Margot and Alex, thank you so much for spending your day with us. We look forward to seeing you guys again in a few more weeks! Hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed capturing them :).

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!

Ben & Karis

As the story goes, Sandra and Paul met in 2006 “at a party”, which usually translates to some sort of online element to their introduction (which is actually quite common, based on my book of clients). But the truth is, Sandra and Paul really did meet at a holiday party in 2006, and they even have photos to prove it :). After Sandra teased Paul about drinking a non-alcoholic beverage at a party, he was instantly hooked. Why wouldn’t he? It’s a known fact that men enjoy the occasional abuse, and I’m almost convinced his glass of orange juice was his bait for Sandra. Long story short, Sandra was actually visiting from Hong Kong…and already had a boyfriend. Things didn’t bode well for our Prince Charming. But after many months of chatting online (across 12 time zones, mind you) , sending chocolates, and consuming many cups of coffee/orange juice, Paul was finally able to win her over.

Fast-forward to Fall of 2011. Sandra had contacted us (since she’s heard such fabulous things about us!), but we were already booked. So Sandra and Paul got the next-best-thing, and booked an engagement session with us instead. Long story short (again), we never did receive that contract back from the other client. After a few quick FB messages (it literally took minutes), Sandra and Paul’s wedding day were officially marked on our calendars. We were beyond excited to capture their big day!

Bride Wedding rings for a wedding day in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom prepares for his wedding day at the Sheraton in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groomsmen wait outside on the street on Sandra and Paul Bride peeks out of her window on her wedding day in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Wedding door games in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bridesmaid laughs during wedding door games in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom play hide and seek on their wedding day in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Tea pouring ceremony on Sandra and Paul Well wishes from the groom Bride receives gifts during the tea ceremony on her wedding day in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Dog ring bearer for a wedding in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groomsmen share a moment in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride puts on her wedding gown on her wedding day in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride puts on her wedding shoes on her wedding day in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Lanterns along the aisle on Sandra and Paul Groomsmen and groom pose in front of Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bridesmaids and bride pose in the front entrance of Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Ceremony decor at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Best man writes his speech on Sandra and Paul Bride with her father get ready for her ceremony entrance at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and her father walk down the aisle on her wedding day in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride smiles at groom on their wedding day in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Table and flower settings at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Sign in board on Sandra and Paul Harpist plays in a ballroom on Sandra and Paul Reception table at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Wedding cake at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom Sandra and Paul Groomsman makes a toast on wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Best man Bridesmaid makes speech on wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Guests toasts on wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride dances with her father on her wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom dance with their parents at their wedding reception at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom dances on wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bouquet toss at a wedding reception at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Garter toss on wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Garter toss on wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Garter toss on wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Father of bride dances on wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Guests do a jumping photo at a wedding reception at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Wedding guests dance on wedding day at Le Windsor in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom pose on a wall on their wedding day in Montreal, QC. Captured by destination wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Sandra and Paul, THANK YOU so much for allowing us to be part of your special day. We were tremendously honored to be there not only as your photographers, but also as your friends. We sincerely wish you two the very best that married life has to offer, filled with many years of love, laughter, happiness and CHILDREN! We hope you two enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed capturing them. To the both of you and all your guests who made us feel at home, THANK YOU. And of course, this night wouldn’t have been possible without the help from the following people:

Venue : : Le Windsor
Catering : : La Maison by Kam Fung
Cinematography : : Ioan Films
Dress : : Priscilla of Boston
Shoes : : Vince Camuto
Groom’s Attire : : Black by Vera Wang
Hair & Make-up : : Aileen Cheng
Floral : : DIY
Harpist : : Schulich School of Music
Entertainment and MC : : Showtime Entertainment
Photobooth : : Flashcubes

Happy Friday everyone!

Ben & Karis

Sally and Terence pose by a roadside during their engagement session with awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

…being 15 minutes late, and it’s perfect timing.

It’s your own party afterall.
(Congrats again, Sally and Terence!)

Shooting an Independence Eve wedding today in Long Island City! Been looking forward to this for MONTHS. Congrats again to Lisa and Kai!!

Keep those cameras clicking :)

Ben & Karis

It’s been years since I’ve visited Canada, 10 years to be exact. And by “Canada”, I really mean Toronto – which I realize is the equivalent of comparing Chattanooga to the US. But nevertheless, Montreal had been scribbled into our calendars for quite some time now, compliments of Sandra and Paul. This wonderful couple also had the distinct honor of being the “Couple with the Most Giant Balloons” for their engagement session, which took place in our stomping grounds of New York City. Fast forward to May, we found ourselves hopping on a plane to our neighbors up north to capture their special day.

Bride puts on her veil on her wedding day. Captured by Montreal, QC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom gets ready on his wedding day. Captured by Montreal, QC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom pose on a bench on their wedding day. Captured by Montreal, QC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom walk on the sidewalk. Captured by Montreal, QC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Sneak peeks for now, more to come soon!

Happy Monday friends,

Ben & Karis