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Hilary+Kyle were married at Public in Nolita, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Manhattan. I loved shooting their engagement session in Brooklyn earlier this year and had just as much fun capturing their big day. These two are kind, sweet and stylish, and their wedding reflected their personalities so well.
Pre-Event Venue: The Nolitan Hotel
Reception and Ceremony Venue: PUBLIC
Bride’s Dress: Custom-Designed by Katie Ermilio
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tuxedo: Zegna
Groom’s Shoes: Lanvin
Rings: Satomi Kawakita
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vintage 1950s dresses by Ceil Chapman and Sam Friedlander, found at The Cat’s Meow
Bridesmaid Shoes: Ivanka Trump, Nine West
Bridesmaid Jewelry: k2o, Kelly Wearstler
Hair: Vanessa Afshari
Make-Up: Kim Do
Food and Beverage: PUBLIC
Cake: Ellen Mirsky, PUBLIC’s Executive Pastry Chef
Flowers and Décor: Amy Chin
Balloons: Brooklyn Balloon Company
Invitation, Packaging, Drink Stirrers, Seating Chart, and Neon Design: Bride
Favors: Champagne Jelly by Astrid Pinnington (Mother-of-the-Bride)
Neon Heart and Initials: Let There Be Neon
DJ: DJ Ceremony
It’s still cold and wintery here in NYC, so I feel like sharing a few colorful frames from Deepa & Guru’s wedding which I photographed for Weddings By Two last year. As my first time experiencing an Indian wedding, I was really inspired and touched by the various wedding rituals that Deepa had kindly walked me through before their big day. Beyond the cultural traditions, it was simply a beautiful celebration filled with joy and love.
I’m more of a visual person and usually prefer to show photographs, but today I’m sharing a few words.
First, a little note about the lack of recent updates. In the past couple of months, I got caught up with planning, shooting, editing and traveling for more weddings than I ever thought I could handle. As a result, I put blogging and everything else on the back burner for a bit… But I promise I’m going to get back to it very soon. I have a lot of new work to share with you, both weddings and personal. So please stayed tuned.
Besides the craziness of the wedding season, this past week has been very special for me as a New Yorker, a photographer, a citizen, and simply a human being. On this Election Day and in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, I would like to share this story with you.
Last Friday, only 3 days after hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, I photographed the intimate wedding of L+P in Manhattan. L+P are a same-sex couple from Dubai. Bear in mind that in the United Arab Emirates, same-sex relations are considered a crime, with punishments ranging from jail time, fines, deportation, and the death penalty. So you can imagine that for them, being able to celebrate and officialize their 16-year union, well, it means a lot. L+P managed to fly in to NYC the day before their wedding. But because of the storm, everything they had been planning for months was cancelled: where to stay, where to pick up their mariage license, where to hold their ceremony, where to host their reception… On the morning of their big day, they were still scrambling to make new arrangements. But they made it happen! Although all NYC Parks were closed, they stumbled upon the “Wedding Garden” situated right next to the “Avenue of the Strongest”. They decided it was an auspicious place to get married, and rightly so! After a moving ceremony, we headed back to midtown for the reception. During their wedding dinner, they learned that the NYC Marathon, which they had trained for and were supposed to run on Sunday, was cancelled. In spite of everything, they kept such a positive and graceful attitude, and never lost sight of what really mattered: being surrounded by their loved ones to celebrate an important union. As they told me in the cab driving back to midtown “We NEVER thought that would be possible in our lifetime”. All I can say is, Congratulations to my two awesome brides! And thank you NY State and President Obama for supporting marriage for LGBT couples and equal civil rights for every citizen.
Of course, making last-minute wedding plans and not being able to run a marathon might seem like small problems when you look at the big picture. In the past week, so many people in NY/NJ have been suffering from the consequences of Sandy. And as the temperatures are getting colder and a new storm is approaching, the situation is truly dramatic. Yesterday I witnessed some of the damage on Staten Island while helping out with the cleanup efforts. It may not look as photogenic and sensational as Manhattan in total blackout, but it’s very problematic, and very close to home.
On that note, I want to give a shout out to Occupy Sandy Relief NYC. It’s a grassroots organization that’s doing an amazing job. Please consider volunteering with them, even just a few hours – every bit helps, and you’ll enjoy doing it. You can help out in one of two Brooklyn hubs, or you can go out on the field. And since we’re talking weddings here, check out their Sandy’s Wedding Registry: chip in for Brooklyn or New Jersey.
I didn’t take any “real” photos this past week, mostly because all my equipement was stranded in blackout Manhattan! A couple days before the storm, I had the genius idea of dropping off my gear to get it checked and cleaned – but after Sandy, the store (and half of the city) shut down for an entire week. A huge THANKS to my good friend Isabelle who lend me all her gear so that I could shoot L+P wedding. I’m not able to share images from this wedding, but here are a few iPhone shots from this past week (more on my instagram feed).
I promise that the next blog posts will have more photos and less poor writing.
On Tuesday morning, a view from Brooklyn.
Thursday nigtht, total black-out in downtown Manhattan.
On Saturday, the only one at the “starting line” to cheer on my buddy Julien for his first (cancelled) marathon.
On Monday, walking through a badly damaged neighboorhood on Staten Island.
A lovely couple, a gorgeous Victorian mansion, a beautiful historic estate overlooking the Hudson River, handmade decor and floral arrangements, and an awesome grandfather rocking the dancefloor! What’s not to like? Congratulations Sam & Tom! And thanks to Isabelle for helping me.
Second shooter – Isabelle Selby
Wedding Venue - Clermont Historic Site
Pre-ceremony location - Ham House
Hair & Make-up - Patricia Luccardi
Caterer – Gourmet To Go
Decor & Flowers – DIY
Music Band – DT Fever
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It was a beautiful summer day in the Hamptons for the wedding of Megan+Amy. Their celebration was very touching and joyful, and full of creative and colorful details. The ceremony took place at the lovely Bridge Gardens, after which we made our way to the Bridgehampton Community House for the candy-filled festivities. Enjoy!
Janice+Tony are one of the favorite couples I’ve had the chance to meet. In their very first email, they told how much they loved anything French, so obviously our relationship was off to good start. After meeting them in person, I found them so joyful, sweet, genuine and unassuming – and that’s exactly how their wedding day felt. Even though it started raining during their portrait session and the skies were threatening to ruin their outdoor ceremony at Tribeca Rooftop, they gave off such a positive vibe that it somehow chased the storm away. A big thanks to Isabelle for her helping me that day. And of course, congratulations to Janice & Tony!
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Marcella+Matthew tied the knot at the West Mountain Inn in Vermont, a beautiful venue with a vintage rustic feel that fit their personal styles so well. They put a lot of thought, time and creativity to plan a beautiful wedding filled with many details and traditions that were special to them. It was a very romantic celebration with tons of emotional moments… I actually had to hold back tears a couple times.
A big thanks to Jainé Kershner for helping me that day.
Let’s start with a few frames from the night before…
A beautiful autumn day in the countryside. A charming inn with lovely details. A stylish couple. A celebration melding Jewish and Chinese traditions. Pies instead of cake. And lots of dancing! What’s not to love?
Not only was Julie+Victor’s wedding so pretty and unique, it was also fun to second shoot for the talented Levi of Levi Stolove Photography.
This simple and intimate affair is one of my favorite stories I had the privilege to document. So touching, peaceful and authentic.
Grant+Jenn are from Hawaii and now live in Seattle. This fall, they eloped in central park, where Grant had proposed to Jenn a couple years ago. The ceremony took place in wagner cove, a hidden gem tucked away into a shady corner by the lake. Grant suprised Jenn with this pretty postcard he made out of a vintage ad for central park. After the ceremony, they pulled out an ipod and had their first dance under the small wood shelter by the water. That’s when the sun decided to peak out of the clouds and cast its light on the newlyweds… just bliss.
Sometimes, it’s not about the cake, the caterer and the bridesmaids’ dresses. As long as there’s love… and a first dance!
Thank you Jenn and Grant for being so gracious and graceful.
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i had the chance to join ben from weddings by two on this pretty wedding at the brooklyn botanic garden. i knew josh+taemi were going to be a fun, creative couple when i saw their save-the-date video. here’s a little selection of portraits and detail shots.