A Wedding at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Lilia and Jamal’s wedding at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture was a big win.

I will let you be the judge of that, but let me just tell you that the gorgeous flower arrangements from Molly Oliver Flowers and the bride’s beautiful Kimera Design dress played a big role in that.

Not as big as Lilia and Jamal, of course, who looked so stylish and in love during their big day.

I also wanted to add how honored I felt to witness my very first broom ceremony. The ritual goes back to West Africa and has been used in the 1850’s in America for slaves who were not permitted to wed. Thank you Lilia and Jamal for introducing the broom ceremony to your guests -and me- !

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An Offbeat New York Art Gallery Wedding with Lauren and Kyle

New York Art gallery wedding

Lauren and Kyle’s New York art gallery wedding broke the mold in many ways. Firstly, the diamond on the bride’s ring was mounted upside down (turning it into an adorable little iron fist, come to think of it); Kyle’s ring was made by Joshua Eisler with alien matter (or meteorite, but alien matter sounds even cooler ); the bride wore silver and gray while her bridesmaids wore white; and finally, their reception was at the 3 Legged Dog Art Gallery, which they had filled with their and their friends’ art.

It feel really rewarding to work with people who know what they want and love. Kyle and Lauren did not impose any shot of me; instead, they experienced the day as it went, living it fully, letting it and the pictures speak for themselves. They enjoyed their time together (and made out, a LOT) and everybody had the time of their lives.

Kyle and Lauren are exploring Australia for a couple of months and according to their Instagram, they are seeing a bunch of sheeps and art along the way. I wish them both a happy life full of creativity and thinking outside the box.

Awesome food by Takumi Taco

Sick music by DJ MKL

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A Wedding at George Weir Barn with Amy and Chris

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Amy and Chris’s wedding at George Weir Barn was a sight for sore eyes. Firstly, their ceremony was held at the most beautiful, colorful Greek orthodox church I had ever seen (the Green Orthodox church of the Holy Resurrection in Brookville, NY). The entire inside of the church was painting with huge and bright paintings, making the celebration all the more festive.

Their reception was held at the gorgeous George Weir Barn in Lloyd’s Harbor, a very old barn that Amy’s grand-father had helped haul all the way back from Connecticut decades ago. The barn had no windows which made for an additional obstacle for me and my second shooter (I already had a hand in a cast due to freshly done surgery) but we managed with no problem. Emma, my second shooter, shot the whole reception with off-camera flashes and I have to admit that, although I don’t use this practice too often, it helped getting homogeneous light on the subjects. Since the barn’s ceilings and walls were made of dark wood, it was not possible to bounce our flashes on them to get good light, so off-camera flashes came in super handy when we had to light a scene evenly.

In the end, Amy and Chris loved their photos, and had an obvious blast at their wedding.

Just see for yourself!

PS: don’t you just love those sparkly Keds X Kate Spade bridal shoes?!

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