Diana and John managed to put together a low-key wedding in a totally glorious setting.
Maybe the fact that they got ready together helped take the pressure off, but my feeling is that those two were just the kind of people to take everything with calm and poise.
Since they live in Chicago I did not get the chance to meet them before the wedding day, and upon arriving at the hotel I was welcomed by two kind and sweet people getting ready just like they would on a regular morning, besides the Pnina Tornai dress, the Hugo Boss suit, and the half dozen people gravitating around them with makeup brushes and boutonnieres.
We took a stroll around Grand Army Plaza for some pictures before heading to the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for a very special and VIP tour of the several greenhouses on the premises.
The whole day went by smoothly, but yet it left a dazzling memory. Congrats to the two of them, may you keep shining effortlessly!
Lauren and Tom’s boho wedding at Stone Barns was so simple and beautiful.
First of all, Lauren wore her mother’s wedding dress and didn’t need any alterations at all. How amazing is that?! 35 years after her mother walked down the aisle, Lauren looked absolutely beautiful, timeless, and perfect in the gown.
The weather cleared out for the day, which seems like a miracle for upstate New York in November, so the ceremony was held outside the farm. Stone Barn sits on the beautiful Rockefeller Estate in Tarrytown, and the food that is served there is grown directly on the land. Lauren and Tom exchanged their vows in the middle of the food they later ate!
We ended the day with a walk around the farm, in the greenhouse and the fields where goats roam free. It was a real treat to be able to see the whole process the food goes through -I was lucky to be served the same lunch as the guests, and I can tell you that it was amazing -.
I am really glad Lauren and Tom shared such a special day with me. Their family, their ceremony and their choice of location were all so wonderful and unique that it made me proud to do the job I do. Congrats to both of them!
I love a fall wedding at the Dumbo Loft. Golden hour by the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges is one of the most beautiful sights, and because the Dumbo Loft is so close to both of them it is super easy to just step out quickly with the bride and groom and snap a few pictures with the sun setting behind the skyline.
It is also a really great feeling to shoot the wedding of people you have spent some quality time with prior to their big day, and that is the main reason why I love engagement sessions. It creates a bond between the couple and their photographer.
Anyway, Liz and See’s fall wedding at the Dumbo Loft was a ton of fun, and not just for them. Liz had spent a lot of time creating her tablescape with Jackie -the wonderful photographer at Hello Darlington-, which gave me some really interesting volumes and colors to photograph. They also allowed me to shoot some film, which came out really awesome and weird. I cannot be more grateful to have such creative and open-minded clients who are ready to step outside the box.
I always say that I like rain when I shoot, and boy do I mean it. During Yassmeen and Jonathan’s rainy wedding in Central Park, I got to capture some really deep and interesting colors.
I remember meeting Yassmeen and Jonathan at a Starbucks downtown and being struck by their energy and happiness. Those two were so madly in love and so excited to take their relationship further that it made me excited too. Their engagements session was no different: they both were so bubbly and cheeky that I couldn’t even chose a favorite photo (and I ALWAYS have a favorite photo). So when their wedding day came and the rain was pouring down, I was not surprised to find them all smiles.
Yassmeen and Jonathan are the kind of people I can be friends with. I already offered to get a drink when they get back from their honeymoon, and I’ll make sure it happens.