As the weather gets a little cooler here in NY, we have to get a little creative with scouting locations for engagement sessions (or weddings, for that matter!). Luckily for us, Kristine & Miguel are an awesomely fun couple who was down for anything and everything. The graffiti murals in Astoria were an easy sell, but a dingy parking garage with scratched up windows? That took a little bit of charm on my part :). At the very least, this brought out couple out of the bitter cold, and yay for accidentally finding a warm enclosure in NYC that didn’t smell like questionable bodily fluids :).
Fall weddings in Westchester, NY are. a beautiful thing. When you’re surrounded by all those wonderful colors and beautiful people, it’s impossible not to have all the feels in the world! Caitlin & Clayton recently tied the knot at the Briarcliff Manor in the most incredible way: with a gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony at sunset overlooking the Hudson River in the distance. Along with Blanc Noir Events in charge of entertainment that evening, this was certainly one celebration that no one would soon forget.
Venue & Catering: The Briarcliff Manor // Ceremony/Officiant: Reverend Gary Deinstadt // Hair & Make-up: Ashley Lauren Beauty Lounge // Dress: Essence of Australia // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. // Floral/Décor: Monica Chimes Floral // Entertainment: Blanc Noir Event Group // Stationery: Perfectly Invited // Donut Station: Boxer Donut
Anita & Rui are an adventurous couple who enjoys biking, hiking and pretty much anything that requires any amount of physical exertion while enjoying some gorgeous views and fresh air. It quickly became quite evident that Bear Mountain State Park was the perfect location for such a couple, and we were lucky enough to catch peak bloom for their engagement session a few weeks ago. Though it was raining when we arrived that afternoon, Mother Nature was kind enough to offer us just enough respite to photograph this beautiful engagement session, even if only for a few hours.
Had you met me 12 years ago and asked if I had any intentions of returning back to NYC from Maryland, I would’ve been mildly amused. My routine, family, friends, and home – everything I knew and loved was conveniently scattered between 495 and 695. Then out of nowhere, along came a wife, two kids, and a lil house in the middle suburban New Jersey. And by the looks of it, it doesn’t appear I’ll leaving this place anytime soon either. As I’m typing this, it’s difficult to imagine a life anywhere else with anyone else. Brittani shares a similar story (we even worked at the same mall, for crying out loud!), who now hangs her hat in Jersey with the love of her life Brett. This, along with Brett’s uncanny resemblance to a famous rapper, left us with plenty to talk about/hysterically laugh about during their engagement session in Jersey City and Hoboken. Although temperatures were frigid by the waterfront, we took plenty of pit stops along some of Brett’s old stomping grounds in Hoboken to warm up with a couple of drinks! Totally my kinda couple. Totally my kinda engagement session :).
Nikoletta loves lighthouses. In fact, there aren’t enough words in the English language that could possibly describe how much this woman loves light houses. Armed with this knowledge, Billy knew the perfect place where he would propose to his future wife-to-be: right under the George Washington Bridge. Huh? Yes – you read that right: under the George Washington Bridge. I’ve spent over a decade driving over this bridge on a semi-regular basis, and not once did I ever suspect such a thing would exist under my very nose! And of course, this wasn’t just any ordinary lighthouse – it was none other than The Little Red Light House. After hiking roughly a mile from my car to this neat little spot, I could see why I hadn’t found this place in all my years as a semi-local wedding photographer – but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to share my first experience with this wonderful couple. And in case you were wondering, Nikoletta said “Yes” when Billy proposed. Did I mention she loves lighthouses?