Every year, right before Spring officially begins for us on the East Coast, we’ll get a deluge of engagement session inquiries that coincide with the peak bloom of cherry blossoms at Branch Brook Park. Because peak bloom is highly dependent on weather conditions (and this year had already been so unpredictable, to say the least), it’s always difficult to time it properly. Luckily for us, we were still able to find ourselves several trees at various stages of bloom for Melanie & Shay’s cherry blossom engagement session in North Jersey. After an arduous wedding planning process (of which I was honored to be a part), these two lovebirds are high school sweethearts who will be tying the knot in Long Island. We absolutely can’t wait to get these two in front of our cameras again!
As a person who studied the english language in college (so that I could one day have unemployable skills beyond a mildly useful vocabulary), it’s a little secret that metaphors are sorta kinda my jam. This appreciation did not escape me during Katie & Joe’s engagement session, as I was riding on a ferry towards a Civil War-era prison on Governor’s Island. Our current circumstances did not escape Katie either, however it still remained to be seen who the ball-and-chain was in our little metaphor :). Katie’s previous life as a tour guide/Park Ranger on the island gave us unbridled access to many of the awesome features of Governor’s Island; rooftops, cellars, golf carts and not to mention, pre-season access to the island itself. Not only did we get to photograph these two high school sweethearts with one of the BEST views of the NYC skyline that I’ve ever seen, we started this engagement session adventure with one of the most amazing breakfast items of all times: donuts sprinkled with fruity pebbles. What kinda sorcery is this, and how am I only discovering this now?!
Alex & Michael came all the way up from my old stomping grounds of Northern Virginia to spend a beautiful morning with yours truly in Central Park. After their engagement session, I’m already looking forward to my return to the area, if only for the sheer reason of indulging myself in one of the tastiest burgers in the universe (according the groom). Needless to say, they totally had me “burger”. Fun fact: did you know that Central Park features no less than 5 waterfalls? And it only took me 7 years as a wedding photographer to figure this out – shame on me :). Alex & Michael would be among the first beneficiaries of this recent discovery, and we’re so happy they were willing to make the trek for their amazing NYC engagement session!
It’s hard to believe that just 1-2 weeks after photographing a very icy wedding in Northern Jersey, that I would be chasing a couple along the sandy beaches of Coney Island. Though the season had not officially started and many of the stalls were still closed for the winter, many folks were just eager to enjoy the great weather along Coney Island’s boardwalk with a Nathan’s Famous hot dog in one hand, and an icy cold cup of orange-ade in the other. Though I’m a little partial to stuffing myself silly with soft-shelled crab sandwiches, we were still a bit too early in the season to enjoy them. We’ll take what we can get :). This was Benson’s first time hanging out in my old stomping grounds of Brooklyn, so we hope we made it memorable!
Winter weddings in Northern Jersey can be a tricky affair, mostly because Mother Nature can’t seem to decide if she wants to wear a furry shawl or a fun spaghetti strap sun dress :). On the week of Rebecca & Robi’s wedding at the Maritime Parc, Northern Jersey experienced 70° weather at the beginning of the week, only to be greeted with the first official snow storm of the season – just in time for their big day. We were hopeful, of course: combined with the likelihood we were looking at a relatively empty waterfront, and this couple’s previous life in much cooler climates, the opportunities for us to create some amazing wedding images were just too great to pass up. Armed with nothing but a fancy umbrella and my lighting assistant, we took to the icy Jersey City waterfront after their beautiful ceremony atop the Maritime Parc. Other notable features of this wedding included some pretty awesome super-hero cufflinks, creative DIY centerpieces featuring produce items, as well as giant sized posters of the groom during his awesome teenage years!
Venue & Catering: Maritime Parc // Officiant: Pastor Bryan Scott of Every Nation Church // Hair & Make-up: VickyC5 // Dress: Watters // Shoes: SJP Sarah Jessica Parker // Groom’s attire: Tuxedo by Black Lapel, shoes by Crockett & Jones // Jewelry: DeBeers, Rolex, A Lange & Sohne // Floral/Décor: Allure Floral Design // Entertainment: Elegant Music Group // Stationery: Invitation – Design by Heidi Liou, Menu/Recipe cards (DIY) // Favors: Homemade granola (DIY)