The early bird gets the worm – at least that’s how the saying goes. For this school teacher and local resident, arriving early to Long Island City for their engagement session was a piece of cake. We’d successfully dodged all the joggers, bicycle cops and even managed to serendipitously find one of the most colorful graffiti murals I’d ever seen. This adventurous couple spent the whole morning laughing their faces off, and even followed yours truly to the top of a rooftop deck of a random parking garage for no apparent reason at all; and that my friends, is precisely how much everyone “should” be trusting their wedding photographers :).
Kerrie & Kellen’s wedding at Monteverde at Oldstone officially wins the award for having one of the greatest yields I’ve ever had in my career (that, and putting a smile on my face in the midst of this crazy wedding season!). With its large suites and sprawling grounds overlooking the Hudson River, this outdoor wedding ceremony followed by a beautiful tent reception is every wedding photographer’s dream. These two college sweethearts incorporated so many DIY details that we absolutely loved documenting throughout the day. For many years to come, their guests are going to remember the beautiful weather, the gorgeous couple, and one of the funniest Best Man speeches in the universe :). Wish I could share this here, but you sorta have to kinda be there to appreciate it :).
Venue: Monteverde at Oldstone // Ceremony/Officiant: Friend of couple // Hair: MG Hair and Makeup, stylist: Valbona // Dress: Justin Alexander @ Forever Amour Bridal Boutique // Shoes: Nina // Groom’s attire: Indochino (suit), Cole Haan (shoes) // Jewelry: Banana Republic (earrings), family heirloom (necklace) // Floral/Décor: Hudson Valley Florist // Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band // Stationery: Song & Pen // Favors: The Dapper Jackalope (coasters)
Whenever they’re asked how long they’ve have known each other, Charlie’s the first to point out that he’s hardly known Vy 15 years. At that moment, I knew I liked this guy already :). These two high school sweethearts have been inseparable ever since, despite being thousands of miles apart throughout periods of their relationship. For their engagement session, Vy decided to go all out and turned it into an impromptu bridal session with a gown, flowers and the whole shebang! Though we were racing against mother nature, with storm clouds looming overhead, I’d say we hit this one out of the park!
I always tell our couples that Beyonce pays people alot of money for that kinda wind – you know, the kind that makes everything looks so fabulous. And here we were, photographing Christine & Danny’s engagement session during the early morning hours in Jersey City, and we were getting all that awesomeness for free! Lots of cool things happen when couples agree to wake up early to spend their morning with yours truly, most important being the fact that we have the whole place to ourselves. Then there’s the fact that everyone’s already dolled up and ready to party (you know, in case they happened to have one planned for the afternoon – which Christine & Danny totally did). There’s nothing I love more than an efficient bride & groom :).
When you live as close to the shore as we do, it’s almost a rite of passage for many young adults to find themselves sauntering around aimlessly on a boardwalk (at various stages of “festive-ness”) while shamelessly trying to call attention to the opposite sex. And speaking from personal experience, this annual summer mating ritual hardly ever ends well for either party…unless of course, you’re John Travolta & Olivia Newton John. Then again, I was probably way less cooler than I gave myself credit for :). In any case, Sam & Mike’s summer romance proved us all wrong, of course – now with a ring on her finger and a wedding on the horizon. We headed off the my old stomping grounds of Fort Lee for their wonderfully romantic engagement session, where we enjoyed wonderful views of NYC, the palisades, and some of the most photogenic public restrooms you’ll probably ever see!