Springtime is the perfect time for an elopement in NYC. There’s just something delightful about the fresh blooms in the park and planter boxes lined along the cobblestone streets of the West Village to accentuate one of the most memorable days in Khelly and Manny’s lives. After a quick stop at the NYC marriage bureau to make everything official, we made our way through some of the most picturesque locations throughout Central Park and the city!
While a vast majority of our Central Park engagement sessions take place below 79th Street, we always welcome any opportunities to hang around those quieter neighborhoods further uptown. Carly and Chris wanted exactly that – just something off the beaten path, a little less busy, and a little more “them”. During our 5-mile “stroll” along some of the most lush and scenic scapes that Central Park has to offer, we encountered a family of Italian tourists who were curious about what we were doing, inquiring about my camera gear and all the doodads I had brought along with me. Despite none of us actually speaking proper Italian, we were all pretty sure he was mistranslating our conversation to his travel companions. Such is the mentality of your typical New Yorker (or New Jerseyan, for that matter). But I digress :). Carly & Chris are one of the many Penn State Alumni who’ve graced the front of my camera over the years – despite the fact that my alma mater and theirs compete in the same athletic conference (Go Terps!). No hard feelings, promise :).
Several weeks before Vi & Jerry celebrated their wedding at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge’s new event space, we had one final phone meeting with the soon-to-be husband-and-wife, where we discussed the day’s itinerary, Jerry’s affection for fish (which is only trumped by his affection for Vi), as well as bubblegum for everyone after the ceremony. “Huh? What?” That was my reaction too, which explains my newfound appreciation for emails over phone communication (because I’m apparently aging, my hearing’ shot, despite my refusal to acknowledge such a silly notion such as “aging….psh”). Was there a new bubblegum trend of which I was not aware? Did I need to start scouring wedding style blogs again? Turns out, it was none of the above. The bride was handing out bubble guns at the end of the ceremony, and I was clearly going delusional. The busy-ness of a typical wedding season will do that to you :).
Venue & Catering: The Lodge at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge // Ceremony: Christ the King Church // Hair: BeYoutiful Bride // Make-up: Rebecca Lee Artistry // Dress: Pronovias // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Robbie & Co. Men’s Shop // Jewelry: Nadri // Floral/Décor: Ivie Joy // Entertainment: Lifetime Entertainment // Stationery: Bella Figura Invitations // Cinematography: DP Weddings // Planner/Coordinator: BRIDE! =)
As some of you may know, I went on a cross-country road trip with my brother several months ago. We took the southern route (heaven forbid we found ourselves stranded in Michigan during a winter snowstorm), which took us into the delicious BBQ heartland of America. During one of our brief stops in Atlanta, I received an inquiry that very day from a local resident who would be getting married in my hometown of Baltimore. What?! This sounded way too coincidental/crazy to be true – but we nevertheless set up a last-minute meeting at one of Atlanta’s local markets (hardly a conventional choice for meeting with potential clients, but I digress). Surrounded by craft beers and BBQ, we chatted about their wedding plans over some of Atlanta’s finest grub, and the rest was pretty much history. A few weeks ago, we met “halfway” in DC for their engagement session, which is where these two lovebirds first started their journey together, and I was simply ecstatic just to be a part of it. Don’t you just love it when everything just seems to work out so effortlessly and perfectly?
When Karis and I walked into the groom’s suite, we were only slightly alarmed to see the best man wearing a neck brace and the groom drinking directly from a bottle of Jack Daniels. At this point, the only thing we were missing was a loose tiger, Mike Tyson and a baby strapped to one of the groomsmen. Though as wedding photographers, we’re somewhat used to seeing a few drinks (along with a little bit of chaos) on the morning of such a big day, Marc took it to a whole other level by popping a few painkillers before washing it down with another swig from his bottle; followed by a grimace more twisted than the one before it. By the time his limo arrived (2 hours later), Marc and his best man had successfully finished off the entire bottle, much to the concern of the remaining groomsmen. A part of me was also mildly amused/concerned, but another part of me was also morbidly curious to see how this was all going to end.
Long story short, it turns out that Marc had switched out the alcohol with tea, and that Marc had been wanting to do this prank for as long as he could remember (the Best Man’s neck injury was faked too). Bravo – well done, gentlemen :). In true, unfiltered Marc fashion, he spent the remainder of the day humoring everyone around him (a responsibility I was all too happy to relinquish to the groom). It was the perfect way to celebrate their wedding at Old Tappan Manor that day, and we were so honored (and entertained!) to be a part of it.
Venue & Catering: Old Tappan Manor // Ceremony/Officiant: Rabbi Daniel Pernick // Hair: Barri Fine and Laurell Giamarra, Beauty Plus Salon // Make-up: Makeup by Jazminc // Dress: Essense of Australia // Shoes: Betsy Johnson // Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein // Floral/Décor: Amaryllis Event Décor // Entertainment: SCE Event Group // Stationery: Rockland County Invitations