When folks are being photographed for the first time, a little bit of privacy can go a long way. In metropolitan area of 10 million people however, this can be a challenging task especially in the/around the more popular parts of town. In the years that I’ve been a NYC wedding photographer, there have only been three locations in/around the city which require us to start early in the morning for the sake of some privacy. In no particular order, they’re Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and High Line Park – and now, as it appears, we have to add Gantry Plaza into the mix. Thankfully, there aren’t too many tourists here throughout the day, and the folks who are enjoying the weather and view are actual residents of the neighborhood (which would sorta kinda make me the heedless invader). But nevertheless, Lauren & Mike are one such couple who are actual residents of the neighborhood, who also doesn’t mind the view, weather, nor the privacy of their early morning engagement session.
“Does it make your job difficult when couples are super boring?” she asked, as I directed them towards a colorful mural along a quiet street. Always the diplomat, I explained that my primary objective as a wedding photographer is to capture the love & joy in people, in that very moment, and that different types of people manifest these feelings and emotions into images in different ways. That’s the professional answer, anyway. “It’s a judgment-free zone when my camera comes out.” I told her, which happened to be the God-honest truth. She looked at me again, with a no-BS look on her face, and I naturally relented. Well…duh, of course boring people are more difficult to direct/photograph; they don’t respond well to direction and they have an aversion to corny/cheesy dad jokes (and I’ve got tons of them). But lucky for me, we don’t book boring clients :). Exhibit A: Andrea & Matt. Exhibit B: some drinking was involved in the making of this engagement session in Williamsburg. Boring people don’t generally partake in such irresponsible, unprofessional behavior :).
When Karis agreed to marry me, she didn’t know we would be planning a Big Fat Chinese wedding (even though she’s super Korean). The first draft of our guest list contained no less than 800 names on it, which probably gave her some pause to reconsider her (marital) options. Ultimately, we ended up shaving it down to a more palatable number of 400 guests, as well as 2 ceremonies and 2 receptions spread over 3 separate non-contiguous days (on different months, no less). I mean seriously – who on earth could possibly try to fit all those needs into one day?
Laura & Royce, that’s who.
Though they were able to squeeze everyone into one reception (albeit a very large one), they still managed to coordinate two separate, all-out wedding ceremonies into one day! When you can’t decide on whether to have a church ceremony, or an outdoor ceremony at the beautiful West Hills Country Club – why not have both? We wrapped up that day’s festivities with a gorgeous tent wedding at the West Hills Country Club with an abundance of jubilant guests and delicious food. This wedding was a great success on all counts!
Venue & Catering: West Hills Country Club // Officiants: Reverend Jaisen Thomas & Dr. Alice Feely // Hair: Annaliese & Co. // Make-up: Color Makeup Studio // Dress: Maggie Sottero // Shoes: Betsey Johnson // Groom’s attire: Men’s Warhorse // Jewelry: D’Errico Jewelry // Floral/Décor: Floral Affairs by Sarah // Stationery: DIY // Cinematography: Preston Films
From their engagement session, and now on their wedding day, we’re so very grateful to have had the opportunity to document Elizabeth & Erik’s lives together in Washington DC. Despite having spent a fair amount of time of my twenties in DC, I never did get a chance to appreciate some of the charming areas that Elizabeth & Erik now call their home. Their day started at their home in the suburbs of DC, with two of the most adorable felines I’ve ever encountered. After a quick stop at a nearby park for their first look (another hidden find!), we made our way to a local microbrewery to unofficially kick off their wedding festivities (seriously, where are they finding these awesome places?). Their wedding ceremony and reception were held at the gorgeous St. Francis Hall in Washington DC, where we were surrounded by some of the most gorgeous architecture outside of the usual monuments in and around town. Though we’ve photographed our fair share of Washington DC weddings in our career, we know for a fact that this will be one for the books!
Venue: St. Francis Hall, Washington, DC // Catering: Main Event Caterers // Ceremony/Officiant: Jared Zelski (friend) // Hair: StyleMeBar // Dress: BCBG / customization by Nazemi Bridal // Shoes: Shoes of Prey // Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Jewelry: Etsy & I. Gorman Jewelers // Floral/Décor: Flowers: Scentsational Florals // Decor: DIY // Stationery: DIY // Favors: DIY // Cake / Cupcakes: Baked + Wired
Though Peggy and Anthony currently hang their hats closer to the shore, they wanted something a little bit greener for their engagement session. The NJ Botanical Garden was the perfect choice for this absolutely perfect couple. Though you may not see it, it was also a perfect day for bugs…with teeth (apparently), as we spent most of the afternoon swatting away at our faces, and making pttt pttt pttt sounds with our mouths. Oh the things we do for that perfect photo :). Peggy & Anthony will be tying the knot next year at one of my favorite venues: The Palace at Somerset Park (which may or may not have anything to do with the fact Karis and I tied the knot there almost 10 years ago!). We can’t wait to get these lovebirds in front of our cameras again!