“You want to do what?!” I looked at them, trying to disguise my anxiety as best I could. But as my luck would have it, Andrea and James are mental health professionals who work with anxious people on a daily basis – and it was quite obvious at that very moment that I was experiencing a minor heart attack. While I loved everything about my old stomping grounds of Coney Island (the boardwalk, the rides, the game stalls, the art murals and the limitless supply of Nathan’s hot dogs), it’s no secret that I’m deathly terrified of heights and spinning rides. And yet here we were – about to hop onto a swinging carousel which would whirl us around 40ft in the air for 2 whole minutes. Long story short, I had 2 minutes to get it done – easy peasy :).

Brooklyn engagement session in Prospect Park and Coney Island, captured by Brooklyn wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Prospect Park and Coney Island, captured by Brooklyn wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Prospect Park and Coney Island, captured by Brooklyn wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Prospect Park and Coney Island, captured by Brooklyn wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Prospect Park and Coney Island, captured by Brooklyn wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Prospect Park and Coney Island, captured by Brooklyn wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Prospect Park and Coney Island, captured by Brooklyn wedding photographer Ben Lau. Brooklyn engagement session in Prospect Park and Coney Island, captured by Brooklyn wedding photographer Ben Lau.

I would consider myself somewhat boring, as far as first-dates go. Not only did Karis get the lunch special from the Cheesecake Factory by agreeing to go out with yours truly, she also got to spend a whole afternoon in deep, meaningful conversation with the future father of her children. Cha-ching! But if I really had my way, our first date probably would have involved some form of donuts and cheeseburgers, as evidenced in my bios across all the various social media platforms out there. And just by sheer coincidence, we actually met a couple who did just that: Lauren & Ryan. These two are my heros!

When these two lovebirds shared their story of their first date, I was both flabbergasted and envious. Throughout their courtship, there was no pretense, no BS – it was just simply “this is who I am”. And quite frankly, I think that’s beautiful. They started their date at a local coffee shop, chatting over coffee and donuts – followed by cheeseburgers and drinks. I mean, seriously – could this date have been more perfect? For their engagement session, we decided to recreate that first date in Brooklyn. And then of course, we threw in a few waterfall shots for good measure!

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When Alice & Jack decided to have their holiday in the US they decided on making it a two-fer and planned on getting hitched in one of the most romantic cities on the planet. What they weren’t prepared for however, was the wacky weather we’d been experiencing in the Northeast this year. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much rain in my career in my life. But nevertheless, that’s what clear umbrellas are made for, which I conveniently had in the trunk of my car (for pretty much the entirety of this wedding season). These two lovebirds from the UK were initially expecting me to start coverage after they’d exchanged their vows at the NYC Marriage Bureau – but luckily for them (and for me too!), I somehow managed to get into the city early that morning to document one of the most momentous occasions in their lives together. Who cares if it was raining? Let’s focus on the silver lining, people!

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It was a bright, clear summer day when Ilana & Dan tied the knot at one of the most gorgeous venues on this side of the Hudson River. They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, or a more perfect backdrop. With the NYC skyline in the not-too-distant horizon, they did their first look alongside the Morris Canal Basin, with their closest family and friends by their side. This was a long time coming for these two and their families, and were absolutely honored to be there to document it all!

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Venue & Catering: Maritime Parc // Ceremony/Officiant: Rabbi Daniel Bar-Nahum // Dress: David’s Bridal // Groom’s attire: Suit Supply // Jewelry: Nordstrom // Floral/Décor: Dazzling Parties // Entertainment: Dominic from Elite Entertainment // Stationery: Minted // Favors: Dazzling Parties // Cinematography: Well Spun
Planner/Coordinator: MoB!