It was my first session of the New Year, and I was eager to dust off my cameras which had been on a break of….all of two weeks (because, you know….holiday weddings are sorta-kinda our thing). Knowing it was going to be a cold one, I rattled off several indoor locations in/around New York City – some of which were more off-the-beaten-path than others. Chelsea & James surprised me by picking the most obscure/least obvious choice, and I soon found myself in the same exact building where I was 5 years ago, in all its pre-construction glory. Of course, there have been lots of changes in the past 5 years. For starters, I don’t explore abandoned buildings with clients anymore (these legs don’t run as fast as they used to!), and I’ve somehow managed to evolve into a scotch drinker (though both are mutually exclusive,…probably). After spending a considerable amount of time lounging around this wonderful hidden find, we took to the streets of South Street Seaport to continue their engagement session – only to be greeted with white-out conditions. Let’s give a bajillion kudos and a well-deserved applause to Chelsea for wearing her heels in this crazy weather!
It was cold and raining when we arrived at Alex & Steve’s suites in Washingtonville that morning. These two were in high spirits, regardless. Afterall, they had planned the perfect wedding at the most perfect venue. Great food, great live-music, and thank God for outdoor heat lamps :). Alex & Steve tied the knot at the FEAST at Round Hill, a rustic venue space just bursting at the seams with character and charm. So of course, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to steal these two lovebirds away for a few moments after the rain had stopped (cold? what cold? – again, thank God for outdoor heat lamps!).
Venue & Catering: FEAST at Round Hill // Officiant: The Honorable Alan Marrus from Judges for Love // Hair & Make-up: MG Hair & Makeup // Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank // Jewelry: Ultimate Jewelry Designs & family heirlooms // Floral/Décor: F.H. Corwin Florist and Greenhouses // Entertainment: Nick Ruggiero from A Perfect Blend Entertainment // Cocktail Hour Jazz Band: Calvin Hill Quartet // Stationery: Reed Cohen Papers & Events // Favors: DIY
Over the years, we’ve had many supporters of the work we do; one might consider them “fans”, even. So of course, there are fans, super-fans….and then there’s Meghan & Chris. There are simply no words in the English language (or any other language) to describe the amount of appreciation we have for all the generous love they’ve sent our way. The icing(s) on top of this most delicious metaphorical wedding cake was the fact they were celebrating their wedding at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge (which is only 11 minutes away from my house! #winning), the bride was wearing a gorgeous lace wedding gown which was passed down from her grandmother, and that they took their wedding photos on the grounds of Meghan’s family’s gorgeous ancestral home in Northern NJ. So much history. So much love. It was an honor and a privilege for us to have been a part of it.
Venue: Stone House at Stirling Ridge // Ceremony: St. Joseph Church // Hair & Make-Up: Up & out // Dress: Grandmother’s dress (heirloom) // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Jewelry: Kodak Jeweler // Floral & decor: Twisted willow // Entertainment: Matt Friedman and Uptown sounds, Craig Scott Entertainment // Stationery: Shine wedding invitations // Favors: Donation to St. Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neuroscience // Cinematography: Inzi Wedding films
The Metropolitan Building in Long Island City is one of my favorite NYC wedding venues, for good reason: amidst the generous assortments of windows, chairs and mirrors throughout its space, there’s an under-appreciated potpourri of light, textures and stories that are just waiting to be captured and shared. How lucky am I to be the one to document all of this awesomeness? Hannah & Donovan shared this same appreciation with yours truly, when they celebrated their wedding here earlier this past Fall. Their ceremony took place nearby at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Long Island City, just a stone throw away form the Metropolitan Building. And of course, there was certainly no shortage of bike-themed decor for these two cycling super-enthusiasts!
Venue & Catering: The Metropolitan Building // Ceremony/Officiant: St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church // Hair: Emma Donohoe // Make-up: Ashley Stearns // Dress: Tony Ward // Shoes: Banana Republic // Groom’s attire: Michael Kors // Jewelry: Market Street Jewelers (Bride) & Sam Abbay (Groom) // Floral/Décor: Needle and Nectar // Entertainment: Beat Train Productions // Stationery: Side Street Designs // Favors: Skeleton Keys from Etsy // Planner/Coordinator: Ashley Chamblin
Tarrytown is one of my favorite places to photograph outside of the NYC area. Waterfront views, a photogenic main street nearby, and all the green spaces you could possibly ever want! College sweethearts Ina & James’s Fall wedding at the Tappan Hill Mansion was everything they could’ve ever hoped for. Although there was rain in the forecast, Mother Nature held off long enough for them to have an outdoor ceremony on the terrace overlooking the Hudson River.
Venue: Tappan Hill Mansion // Catering: Abigail Kirsch // Ceremony/Officiant: Rev. Charles Barton // Hair & Make-up: Holly Corsano // Dress: Alon Livne // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: Vera Wang // Jewelry: Brad Reh Inc. and Jewelry by Johan // Floral/Décor: Bobbi Randazzo: Plants and Things, Mount Kisco, NY // Entertainment: Jay Prince Band: Hal Prince Entertainment // Stationery: Invitations – Minted, Programs – Ling’s Design Studio (Etsy)