This week starts one of the busiest weeks I’ll ever have this year. It’s one of the final weeks of Spring here on the East Coast, and I’ve already started an inventory of indoor locations where I’ll be shooting in 120 degree weather. But of course, Yumi and Alan didn’t have to worry about that; they picked once of the nicest days I’ve ever experienced this season. It was a mild day, with a cool breeze swirling around the cobblestone streets of Vinegar Hill. And truth be told, Vinegar Hill had been in my inventory for some time; so when Yumi suggested this location for their engagement session, I had to restrain myself from doing cartwheels around the office :).

Alan and Yumi share a kiss during their engagement session in Vinegar Hill. Captured by New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

This is why :).

As some of you may already know, we just got back from Montreal yesterday. But there’s no time to decompress today as we’re heading right back out to my old stomping grounds of Washington DC in just a few short hours. This week’s going to be a doozy :). Hope you guys had a fantastic weekend and a fabulous Monday. I know I will, I’m getting a free car wash today!

I love traveling, almost as much as I love photography. Despite all the stamps I’ve accumulated in my passport, I’ve always had this lingering fear that I won’t make it past customs one of these days. There’s a myth that suggests the benefits of following Asian people during the security screen, mostly because we generally check all our luggage and we possess this strange affinity for slip-on shoes. Not this Asian guy – when the conveyor belt stops during the security screening, they’re looking at all that metal and glassware jammed into my bags (it never leaves my sight). Plus, it takes the strength of two elephants to remove just one of Karis’ boots. We totally fail as Asian travelers.

Wedding dress hangs in the room before Lauren and Justin

Most recently, I traveled to Anguilla for Lauren and Justin’s wedding, whose rehearsal dinner we recently showcased (fish tacos, yum!). Needless to say, I got there in one peace without much incident :).

Lauren and Justin get married on the beaches of Anguilla at the CuisinArt Resort & Spa. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Bride and Groom pose for their bridal portraits at the CuisinArt Resort & Spa in Anguilla. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Dessert table at Lauren and Justin

Lauren and Justin

Someone jumps into the pool during Lauren and Justin

The last one’s not my sharpest captures of the night, but certainly one of my favorites :).

With all of these sneak peeks, I promise you there’s a deluge of full posts coming your way. You’ve been warned, my friends! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and wish us luck on our adventures in Montreal this weekend! Can’t wait!

Kelly blows on dandelions during her engagement session in Hunterdon, NJ. Captured by awesome NJ wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Finding yourself in a field of wishes, waiting to be made.

Happy Thursday folks :).

We kick off the Spring 2012 wedding season with the beautiful Hae-Yoon and the not-too-shabby Bernard on the gorgeous 83 acre grounds of Snug Harbor. Just a week prior to their wedding, we had scouted the area; the trees were still bare and the air was still crisp, remnants of a winter we New Yorkers/New Jersey-ers never had and wasn’t quite ready to go away. Whether by sheer luck or divine providence, we were blessed with bountiful sunshine and leaves/foliage/whatnot on Hae-Yoon and Bernard’s wedding day. We couldn’t be happier :).

Bride Hae Yoon looking out of the limo on her wedding day at Snug Harbor. Captured by awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

The gorgeous bride awaits her dashing groom :).

Bride Hae Yoon gets some final touches on her dress before her wedding ceremony at Snug Harbor. Captured by awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

One of my favorite catches on their wedding day.

Bride Hae Yoon and Groom Bernard share a kiss on a bridge in the Chinese Scholar Garden at Snug Harbor on their wedding day. Captured by awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Inside the Chinese Scholar Garden at Snug Harbor. We absolutely LOVE IT.

Bride and groom make a getaway after their wedding ceremony at Snug Harbor in Staten Island. Captured by awesome New York Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

Thank goodness those leaves came right on time, lest we have ourselves a Tim Burton-esque type of getaway.

Huh?  What?  That’s it?

Of course not!

Stay tuned, friends :).

~ Ben & Karis

When Lisa and Kai mentioned they wanted to have their session in Williamsburg, I was absolutely thrilled. In my mind, I envisioned Lisa and Kai in a warm embrace as a downpour of skittles rained down from the sky…all while a paintball war was being waged around them. You guys will have to believe me when I say this: it was probably by far, the most colorful engagement session I had ever done. Plus, it never hurts when you have blue skies and miles of smiles all around :).

Lisa and Kai pose in front of a graffiti wall during their engagement session in Williamsburg with awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Lisa is probably one of the most organized brides I’ve ever met. She had notated every street corner that struck her fancy (on a previous scouting mission), which saved us a whole bunch of time just scouring each street, block by block. AWESOME.

Lisa and Kai share a kiss in the midday sun during their engagement session in Williamsburg with awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

Our start time was around lunch time, which is not always ideal for lighting. But we made it work :).

Lisa and Kai embrace on a pier with the NYC skyline in the background during their engagement session in Williamsburg with awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

LOVE. IT.

Lisa and Kai kiss under a four-eyed Dumbo during their engagement session in Williamsburg, NY with awesome NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau. Lisa and Kai share a kiss outside Roebling Tea room during their engagement session in Williamsburg with awesome New York City wedding photographer Ben Lau.

 

Based on my interpretation, what they’re saying is that Williamsburg is very much like DUMBO, but everyone is bespectacled (four-eyes…get it? har-har) and wielding a can of spray-paint. I would say that’s a pretty accurate assessment, don’t you? *smirk*

Lisa and Kai lean against a rainbow wall during their engagement session in Williamsburg with awesome NYC wedding photographer Ben Lau.

This was as close to raining skittles as we could get :).

Lisa and Kai, thank you so much for stomping around Williamsburg with yours truly. Most importantly, thank you for giving me one of the best jumping photos I’ve ever captured! We hope you enjoy these images, and we look forward to getting you guys in front of our cameras again in a few more months! Congrats again!

~ Ben