LAUREN AND TOM: AN INTIMATE ENGAGEMENT SHOOT AT HOME

GET UNIQUE AND INTIMATE PICTURES (AND INCLUDE YOUR PUPS) WITH A LAID-BACK AT HOME ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Lauren and Tom wanted to get their engagement photos done at home a few weeks before their wedding, and it turned out to be a really great experience. They lived in a beautiful brownstone in Prospect Heights with a private yard, and were about to move to Maine a few months later so Lauren could go to grad school so it was a wonderful way to celebrate their home and their time in Brooklyn.

It was also a very good way for me to get to know them; being able to spend time in their home allowed me to get a glimpse into their personalities and what mattered to them, so I could adjust the way I worked and focus on the important things to please them to the max.

Engagement sessions can feel a bit overwhelming, no matter how relaxed your photographer is, and having someone new in your home asking you to cuddle among your personal belongings can need a bit of getting used to. Lauren waited for the shoot to cut Tom’s hair, and give him his wedding haircut (which was about 3 weeks later). That’s something she usually does for him, so it was a good way to keep them busy while I shot away, and a way to capture this sweet habit they have created over their years together.

Once this was done, we had already shot a bit so everyone was at ease with each other. They spent the rest of the session playing with their dogs, sitting on their stoop, and being overall super cute.

Those two love birds are now happily living in Maine, and I wish them all the happiness in the world with their furry fam!

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A SUNNY FALL WEDDING AT CELESTINE, BROOKLYN

KATELYN AND RYAN: A SWEET AND INTIMATE CELEBRATION AT A HIP BROOKLYN RESTAURANT

I was honored that Katelyn and Ryan picked us to shoot their Fall wedding at Celestine. After spending a lovely Sunday afternoon with them in the Spring for their engagement photos, I discovered that their relationship was very special and that their wedding was going to be a good one. And it totally lived up to our expectations. The venue they picked, Celestine, was a treat for our eyes – and cameras –. Tucked right beside the Manhattan Bride, Celestine boasts beautiful views on the city and the two bridges. And if you plan things well, you can have your ceremony outside right as the sun sets behind Manhattan.

That’s what Katelyn and Ryan did. After some family photos and wedding portraits around Dumbo, we all headed to Celestine for their ceremony. It started right when the sun started disappearing behind the buildings, and ended during the special Blue Hour that follows sunset. The night ended with some dancing indoors and cigar smoking outside. Celestine was the perfect venue for this laid back and intimate wedding. And I cannot wait to get back there again and shoot!

Photography by the super talented Jonica Moore for Carole Cohen Photography

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HANNAH AND SAM: A UNIQUE WEDDING A FREEHOLD, BROOKLYN

What I love the most about Hannah and Sam is that they did exactly what they wanted, from start to finish, to celebrate their love. Which is why this wedding at Freehold was so unique, and remains one of my favorite days to document this year.

Because they were already officially married after a short and sweet visit to City Hall, they really could do anything they wanted. So after meeting me in Dumbo to take the ferry in their wedding attires, they headed to Freehold, a great bar in Brooklyn with a huge backyard, to have their ceremony THEIR WAY.

They walked down the aisle holding hand, and officiated the ceremony themselves. That’s right! Who needs an officiant to fake-pronounce you husband and wife, when you are already husband and wife anyway? They held the mic for most of the ceremony, passing it to their favorite people for some inspiring speeches throughout. Sam even surprised Hannah with a song he played on hid upright bass (I still wonder how he smuggled that giant thing in the venue without her noticing, by the way) and they even had everyone in attendance proclaim them husband and wife with the help of two friends holding up signs with the words on them.

The night ended in glitter, and I’ll let you scroll to the end of this post to see what I’m talking about. But the whole day was an explosion or emotion, creativity, and color thanks to the amazing Flower Witch for her floral work. This unique wedding at Freehold is tattooed in my brain forever, and I am so happy I get so share it with all of you!

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A FALL WEDDING AT SUNSET TERRACE AT CHELSEA PIERS

A CHELSEA PIERS LOVE PARTY ON THE WATER

I have a big crush on Jocelyn and Kyle. These two are adorable and after meeting them for their at home engagement session in Manhattan, I knew we were a great match. I could NOT wait for their wedding at Sunset Terrace, in Chelsea, and their celebration remains one of my favorite weddings ever to this day.

Sunset Terrace is located in the Chelsea Piers Sports Complex, so you have to walk through an ice rink with hockey players to get to it. It’s very unique, and gives the place a laid-back feel despite being a gorgeous room with crazy views on the Hudson River and New-Jersey.

Jocelyn and Kyle had their ceremony at sunset, which means the sun was shining on their guests and behind them the whole time they were tying the knot. This gave me the opportunity to shoot some really intense sunset pictures.

After the ceremony, the whole wedding party danced the night away with the New Jersey lights twinkling in the backyard. It was truly a beautiful day that I wish I could relieve every week-end .

Congrats to Jocelyn and Kyle!

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A BACKYARD WEDDING AT FRANKIES SPUNTINO

A WEDDING BRUNCH IN CARROLL GARDENS

Mingie and Takeshi’s day was split in half, between a sweet and intimate backyard wedding at Frankies Spuntino and a casual reception at Fawkner with a denim outfit and a collector baseball hat. I personally love when a couple finds ways to be fully themselves, with all its contradictions and many facets. Mingie and Tak’s day was very genuine, and to me that’s what made it so beautiful.

The wedding ceremony was beautiful and included the couple’s family and Mingie’s best friend, who played the cello as the bride walked down the aisle. Followed by the ceremony was a gorgeous brunch in the garden with cheese, bread, and olive oil (the French in me LOVES this!). The bride’s sister Juju and her boyfriend did most of the work at Frankies Spuntino by gathering flowers at a Park Slope deli the day prior to the big day to make homemade flower arrangement in mismatched vases. Juju was also Mingie and Tak’s officiant.

After a little break, they all headed to Fawkner in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn for a fun reception with all their friends. Mingie and Tak changed in their evening outfits, which included a gorgeous denim cowgirl outfit for the bride with her favorite Patsy Cline’s lyrics embroidered on it. They had delicious cakes and bar finger food, as well as a sweet video retracing their lives playing in the backroom. Fawkner was filled with love for those two.

Check the pictures below as well as the list of vendors!

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VENDORS:

Bride’s first dress: Modern Trousseau

Bride’s second dress: Reformation

Bride’s cowgirl outfit: Penelope Gazin

Groom’s ceremony outfit: The Black Tux (shoes by Gucci)

Cakes: Buttermilk Bakeshop

Flowers: Zuzu Petals

Make Up Artist and Cello Player: Ivan Luza

 

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