So it’s no secret that Brooklyn is my favorite borough – I may be biased, of course. Though I now call NJ my home, Brooklyn will always be like a favorite old coat (for me, anyway); so many memories, so familiar, and only I know that the zipper’s broken and there’s a coin-sized hole in the pocket. All of that never mattered, because it was mine, and it was home. As luck would have it, Kate & John currently hang their hats not too far from where I grew up. Lots have changed since I left over 20 years ago (egads, I can’t believe it’s been that many years), but I’m glad to see that some of the fixtures from my childhood have remained intact (my accountant, for one…and of course my fave pizzaria!). Kate & John wanted a low-key engagement session, which started in their gorgeous brownstone apartment (complete with all the original hardwood, built-ins and trimmings). And of course, no Brooklyn engagement session would be complete without a quick stop over at Prospect Park!
Elizabeth & Erik origin story is one of the most fascinating that I’ve ever heard. Long story short, these two were set up by a friend/family member – not knowing that they had already been neighbors for a reasonably lengthy amount of time. Despite the fact they even lived on the same block, these two had never met, never passed each other in the supermarket, nor even seen each other at the local laundromat. How is that even possible? Of course, Washington DC is a city of 672,000 residents, which swells to over 1,000,000 on most workdays – so it’s quite conceivable one could miss his/her soulmate while carrying about a busy life, even though that future life-partner may be living right under his/her very nose. But in spite of these odds, Elizabeth & Erik still managed to find one another, fair and square. We kicked off their engagement session precisely where they kicked off their their first date, at the Marx Cafe – followed by a stroll in their old neighborhood. We wrapped up their DC engagement session at the National Mall, just in time for sunset. Perfect timing, as always :).
Everybody loves a good Fall engagement session in New York City. Not only do we get the colorful Fall foliage of Central Park, we also get the hustle and bustle of everywhere else on this island :). As many of my past clients will tell you, I only have one condition when shooting at Central Park (as well as DUMBO or Meatpacking for that matter); it’s imperative that start at 8am, before all the tour buses arrive. While native New Yorkers have a reputation for being rude and crazy sometimes, outoftowners can get even more overwhelming (which may explain your typical New Yorker’s temperament). In any case, these two lovebirds showed up all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and knocked some home runs out of the park right out the gates! We can’t wait to get these two in front of our cameras again.
Taylor and Tim are not your average couple, nor did they throw your average, everyday wedding – that much was clear when we first met earlier this year. They wanted a wedding that was more about the celebration, without all the frills (with the exception of a very exceptional, larger-than-life mask of a pug. Note to self: I need to get me one of these!). Though Fall was around the corner, this was still very much a Summer wedding. Contrary to sensible judgment as it relates to wearing a fur on your head in the middle of “summer”, the infamous mask still made its rounds, starting with the groom that morning in a hotel suite where we staged their first look. When a man will do anything to make his future life-partner laugh, and I mean anything, that fella’s a winner in my book :). Taylor & Tim’s wedding ceremony was held on the rooftop of Il Bacco, with their reception in their event space directly below.
Venue & Catering: Il Bacco // Ceremony/Officiant: Gregg Kits // Hair & Make-up: VS1 Salon // Dress: Astrid and Mercedes // Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent // Groom’s attire: SRG Fashion // Jewelry: Facets Jewelry for wedding rings and pearls. OKG Jewelry for engagement ring // Floral/Décor: Garden Word // Entertainment: DJ Spynfo // Stationery: Imprimo Graphics // Favors: Etsy // Cinematography: CTRL // Quartet: The Puck Quartet
Let me tell you why I was so excited about this Washington DC engagement session: (1) Coming back to my old stomping grounds is always such an awesome time. (2) We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. (3) Kathy & Edward introduced me to an unfamiliar part of town – away from all the bars, clubs and usual haunts of most twentysomethings (which was oh, so long ago!). We started their engagement session that afternoon at the Library of Congress, before wrapping up our evening on the Georgetown waterfront.