This was the wedding that caught us entirely by surprise. I remember looking (and feeling) haggard after a weekend of non-stop shooting, and waiting for the Megabus in Baltimore to take me back home to NY. I was sweaty, tired and overwhelmed with duffle bags filled with my gear. But when you meet old friends at a bus stop, most of that doesn’t matter anyway :). We chatted for a bit, exchanged numbers and parted ways when we finally arrived in Midtown later that evening. Fast forward a few weeks later,  I received a surprise email from Rowie and Justin, and the rest was history :).

Rowie and Justin were high school sweethearts. While it’s not entirely clear why it took them so long to tie the knot, it was quite apparent at this point that they were pretty much an old married couple already :). Photographing friends definitely has its benefits, least of which has everything to do with the fact that I’ve crossed paths with a good portion of the guest list at one time or another. It was a mini-reunion for me, and the resumption of my role as the designated camera-guy at all the parties from years ago. Only this time, I brought a bigger camera and a backup team!

Bride sits by the window on her wedding day at M&T Bank Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom gets ready on his wedding day at M&T Bank Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bridal party pose in Federal Hill near M&T Bank Raven Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and Groom

Sneak peeks for now, please stay tuned for more!

As for us, we’ve got a 5:30am prep tomorrow, followed by a quick trip back to Bmore on Sunday. It’s going to be a busy weekend for us!

Hope you guys have a fabulous weekend :).

Ben & Karis

Christina and Nick first met when they were in elementary school. While I’m sure Nick rebuffed all of Christina’s advances at that tender age of five, I’m also pretty sure Christina’s forgiven him by now :). Their little romance took a hiatus of oh, about twenty years or so, and the rest was pretty much history. As a wink-and-nod to their young, innocent beginnings, Nick actually proposed to Christina in one of those classrooms – part of the benefits of still living across the street from the school. While being able to access the building twice (once for the proposal, and once for pictures with yours truly) has a difficulty level of 9/10, I’m sure trying to convince your long time girlfriend to visit your old elementary school without seeming fishy has a difficulty level of 10/10 :).

Christina and Nick pose inside an elementary school gymnasium for the engagement session with New York City Wedding photographer Ben Lau.

We had originally wanted to shoot somewhere else after we were done at the school, but we were unable to secure the location. Fortunately for us, that same building manager also managed a few other historic locations in/around the city. After a few quick phone calls and and handful of late-night emails, I had preliminary scouting photos done by the end of the week. Once Nick and Christina saw them, “giddy” is probably the best word to describe their reaction. Shoooot, “giddy” would probably accurately describe my reaction too!

Christina leans against a column inside Hecla Ironworks during her engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Nick sits on a stool inside Hecla Ironworks during his engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

We had the whole place to ourselves, four stories of wrought iron, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and windows galore!

Nick and Christina pose by a window inside Hecla Ironworks during their engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Nick and Christina pose inside Hecla Ironworks during their engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Nick and Christina pose against the wall inside Hecla Ironworks during their engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

And did I mention the ceiling? GOOD LAWD! Look at that gorgeous ceiling!

Nick and Christina take a break during their engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

One of the downsides with shooting inside a 100-year old building is that there’s no air conditioning. Couple that with 100-degree weather, and we got ourselves a sweaty mess of flesh trying to get all romantic-al and having pictures taken. Not ideal :). But one of the upsides with shooting in Williamsburg is that there’s a bar on just about every street corner :) :). Our five-minute break turned up being a 30 minute location change (and a much-welcomed opportunity to cool off!).

Nick and Christina play shuffleboard their engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Nick and Christina play shuffleboard their engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

And it only took us 10 minutes to figure out we were playing it wrong :).

Nick and Christina pose at sunset inside Hecla Ironworks during their engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau. Nick and Christina pose at sunset on the rooftop of Hecla Ironworks during their engagement session in Williamsburg with New York City Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Congrats again to Nick and Christina on your impending nuptials! You guys were awesome and we can’t wait to see you guys again next year. We want to thank my building-manager friend for helping us find this gorgeous space, and The Whiskey Brooklyn for just being plain awesome :).

By the time you read this, I will likely be rolling around in some underbrush in Central NJ somewhere. But stay tuned folks. We’ve got a cavalcade of wedding posts coming right up!

Yee-haw!

Ben & Karis

I met Pearl and Hiram about a year ago when we were photographing their friends Valaya and Johnny. I remember her being one of those bridesmaids who had one of the most serious case of the giggles I’d ever seen. Fast forward  a year later to the present day, not much has changed :). Pearl and Hiram are having their formal reception sometime later this year, but wanted to commemorate the signing of their papers – which according to Google, seems to be my cup of tea (a very delicious one at that!). So when we received their inquiry, we were absolutely honored and thrilled. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to coordinate our schedules 100% for their formal reception later this year. The silver lining in all of this is that our city hall wedding photography packages come with a few hours of portraits anyway. Everybody wins!

Rings and ticket number before marriage ceremony at New York City Hall. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride waits by the counter before her marriage ceremony at New York City Hall. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Father of bride shares moment with daughter before marriage ceremony at New York City Hall. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Marriage ceremony at New York City Hall. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Marriage ceremony at New York City Hall. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Marriage ceremony at New York City Hall. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom exit the marriage bureau after their marriage ceremony at New York City Hall. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Couples sit on chairs during their faux engagement session at Brooklyn Bridge Park.. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Pearl and Hiram pose on steps during their portrait session after their New York City Hall wedding. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Pearl and Hiram pose for their portrait session after their New York City Hall wedding. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Pearl and Hiram pose for their portrait session after their New York City Hall wedding.. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Pearl and Hiram pose for their portrait session after their New York City Hall wedding.. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Pearl and Hiram pose for their portrait session after their New York City Hall wedding. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Pearl and Hiram pose for their portrait session after their New York City Hall wedding.. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Pearl and Hiram pose for their portrait session after their New York City Hall wedding.. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Pearl and Hiram pose for their portrait session after their New York City Hall wedding.. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Pearl and Hiram, thank you so much for sharing your day with us. We’re very grateful to have been able to capture this part of your journey together. We wish you guys the very best this Fall, and a marriage filled with love, laughter and happiness.

As for us, it’s been a week of meetings for us…and we look forward to every.single.one.of.them!!!!

Cheers!

Ben & Karis

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When we last met Korey and Eric for their engagement session, they promised us a wedding day we would never forget. It’s a line we’ve heard many times before, but it was the first time we actually believed it. For starters, we knew their wedding was going to take place on the tail-end of one of the BUSIEST WEEKS OF OUR LIVES! We would be in six cities spanning across 5 states and a Canadian province, shooting a grand total of 4 weddings and an engagement session while squeezing in a handful of meetings in between…all within a week’s time.

So for obvious reasons, we looked forward to their wedding not only because we loved these two, but because it marked the end of such a grueling (yet equally awesome) week for us here Ben Lau Photography. It was a celebration for us as much as it was for them. Furthermore, Korey and Eric revealed to us that they were holding their intimate reception at their favorite Mexican restaurant, Don Ricardos in their stomping grounds of Babylon, NY. Anyone who knows us, knows that Karis and I LOOOOVE Mexican food but we abstain from it during the wedding season for obvious reasons :). But since our shooting calendars were free for an entire week, it was fiesta time for everyone!

Bride Shoes sit on the windowsill at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride puts on her necklace at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom portrait at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride Wedding ceremony at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Bride poses with her flowers on her wedding day at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Groom reads a letter from his bride on their wedding day at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

First look between bride and groom on their wedding day at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom walk together towards their wedding ceremony at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Wedding ceremony at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Maid of Honor and sister of bride looks on during wedding ceremony at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Best Man looks on during wedding ceremony at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride cries during wedding ceremony at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Guests cry during wedding ceremony at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Eric smiles during wedding ceremony at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Bride and groom share a kiss after their wedding ceremony at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.
Bridal portrait at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau. Decor wedding reception at Don Ricardo Decor wedding reception at Don Ricardo Wedding cupcakes at wedding reception at Don Ricardo Guests at wedding reception at Don Ricardo

Wedding reception decor at Don Ricardo Bride sips her drink at Don Ricardo
Wedding reception at Don Ricardo Wedding reception at Don Ricardo

Wedding reception at Don Ricardo Wedding reception at Don Ricardo Wedding reception at Don Ricardo Cake Wedding reception decor at Don Ricardo

That last image was too irresistible not to capture. On all fronts, I’m not sure if the bull appreciates what the matador is doing to him :). Korey and Eric, thank you so much for helping us round off such a long week with such a great celebration of family, friendship and love! We love you guys probably just as much as we love Mexican food, which is A LOT! We wish you two the very best as you embark on your journey towards happily ever after. We wouldn’t have been able to pull off this celebration with the help of the following people:

Reception : : Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River NY
Gown : : Oleg Cassini
Shoes : : Jessica Simpson
Rings : : Argyle Jewelers, Babylon NY
Hair : : Lady Like – Dayna Ognibene
Make Up : : DIY
Groom’s Attire : : Ralph Lauren
Catering : : Don Ricardo’s, Babylon NY
Cupcakes : : Jacqueline’s Patisserie, Babylon NY
Floral : : White Iris, Babylon NY
Favors : : Dembones (Bev) on etsy (https://www.etsy.com/people/dembones)
Stationery : : Wedding Paper Divas

 

And just like that, we wrap up May’s weddings and dive into our June weddings. We look forward to sharing them with you :).

Happy Monday ya’ll!

Ben & Karis

It was an engagement session that had been almost half a year in the making. We racked our brains with a long list of possible locations, and finally settled on two. Christina and Nick wanted something unique, romantic and awe-inspiring. Well, good thing for them we/re pretty resourceful when it comes to unique, romantic and awe-inspiring :).

Christina and Nick share a kiss inside the Helca Ironworks building in Williamsburg, NY. Captured by awesome NY wedding photographer Ben Lau.

My favorite capture from their session.

Sneak peeks for now, more to come soon :).

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Ben & Karis