A Spring “Un-Bridal” Shower in the City–Haven’s Kitchen, New York, NY


Spring has FINALLY sprung in NYC–I’m so excited to shed the bulky coats and see color, sunshine, and flowers! All of this reminds me of a gorgeous and colorful spring event I photographed-it’s still one of my favorite events I’ve been able to capture. Here is some vibrant color for your visual pleasure on this sunny Monday!

Katherine was not your typical bride–as she noted “I had trouble embracing what has become the norm for many brides today–I’d never been on Pinterest, I skipped having a bridal party, and I was initially hesitant to have a bridal shower for fear of having to open gifts in front of everyone while slowly donning the ribbons from said gifts.” Thus, Katherine’s hostess, a longtime family friend, and her planner, Nancy Harris, set out to create a gorgeous and fun “un-bridal” shower–no cheesy games, no veils, no trivia–yet something chic and feminine. Since Katherine did not want a typical shower, Haven’s Kitchen was the perfect venue choice for something different and fun. Located in a gorgeous carriage house in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, it is not only an event space but also a café and cooking school.

When it came time to choose a color palette, her event planner knew to think pink! Katherine’s fiancé made it clear that he wanted “no pink flowers!” at their summer wedding, so she embraced pink for her shower. They created a magical spring garden palette in all shades of pink, resulting in a look that was feminine and modern. The room burst with vibrant spring color!

The celebration began downstairs in the cooking school kitchen. As guests arrived, they helped themselves to a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, wine, and smoothie bar, and then rolled up their sleeves to create some delicious food. Grouping the guests into different cooking teams as they mixed and chopped was a great way to introduce new faces and learn about their connection to the bride. Kait Turshen of Bubble Girl Bakes led the group through the creation of a beet salad and chocolate raspberry doughnuts that would be served as part of the shower lunch. The bride is vegan and requested that a few lunch items be fully vegan. Kait is renowned for her delectable creations that are gluten free, allergy friendly, and vegan.

Following the cooking session, guests ascended the stairs to the stunning loft-like space, where they were greeted with a creatively hung wall of photos and a slideshow, all featuring images from throughout Katherine’s life. Set against white brick walls and huge arch windows, the centerpiece of the room was a long wooden table bursting with luscious blooms by Renny & Reed, and hot pink hand lettered menus and place cards created by Rachel Reding of Rae Child. A white runner and pink ombre linen napkins held in Indian style bracelets enhanced the place setting. Suspended from the ceiling were stunning clear globes filled with peonies, while tall vases overflowing with five foot high cherry blossoms surrounded the room. When the bride saw the room for the first time, she thought “it was incredibly beautiful! The décor was stunning. It was fun and girly, but not stuffy or staid. The flowers were amazing, especially the hanging globes. The upstairs wall with pictures was the most special piece since it captured all the relationships with everyone invited and spanned my whole life.” Guests sat and enjoyed a casual lunch of fig berry beet-mint arugula salad, quinoa and squash, fruit salad, roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus, and of course, chocolate raspberry doughnuts that they created from scratch. The lunch included a surprise visit by the groom himself!

As for opening gifts in front of everyone? The non-traditional solution was also a request from the bride, who noted “when I thought about it, the thing I wanted most was books, in spite of or perhaps in keeping with straying from the norm for many brides today, and asked if we could do a kindle/e-book gift.” So shower attendees gifted Katherine e-books, along with a kindle cover…in pink! Following lunch and toasts, each guest departed with a “First Comes Love” hand-lettered bag and a pink-ribboned mason jar to tote home flowers. Katherine loved that “almost all of the guests have since mentioned that it was the most fun and un-bridal shower they’ve attended!

Vendors: Photography: Sarah Greig Photography, Event Planning And Design: Nancy Harris Events, Floral Design: Renny & Reed, Venue and Catering: Haven’s Kitchen, Kait Turshen: Bubble Girl Bakes, Custom Calligraphy on Menus/Place Cards: Rachel Reding of RaeChild

Baby Dylan-Upper East Side, NY, NY

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Happy Spring! (Though it doesn’t feel like that outside!) I’ve been so MIA on the blog–the holidays were a doozy with getting client orders and holiday cards out the door, managing a never ending school vacation, and nursing our household back to health as we were plagued with pneumonia (resulting in a long ER visit on Christmas eve), viruses, and a sinus infection. January brought better health and school routines, and February had us down for the count again with illness. I’m also 8 months pregnant, so burning the midnight oil just hasn’t happened–I can barely push a stroller down the street I’m so tired! As spring has arrived, I’m gathering up some time in the final pre-baby days to actually post some of my fall work behind the camera. Stay tuned for some gorgeous weddings, adorable babies, and fun toddler photos coming your way soon.

First up-Baby Dylan! I met Dylan (love his Irish name, of course) this fall when he was six days old. As we know, most due dates are a suggestion of science, so this guy went right past his and kept his mom waiting for awhile. Whenever I photograph newborns, I wait to hear when they actually arrive so we can schedule our session within 10 days.  So, I was excited to finally meet him and he was so well behaved at our session (sleeping like a champ most of the time!) We were able to photograph his beautifully decorated nursery and capture some great images with afternoon window light streaming into their 16th floor apartment. One of my favorite images from this session is Dylan posed with his mom’s favorite stuffed animal along with a new similar one gifted to him by his grandmother. He also has a lovely older (canine) sister, Lola, who kept watch over our session pretty closely and posed for a few photos of her own!

This session was a gift from Dylan’s aunt–when she contacted me last summer to inquire, I thought it was such a thoughtful newborn present! She knew that her sister would like a more natural, lifestyle type session (rather than overly posed), so it was the perfect fit! D, E, and J, it was a pleasure to work with you all and hope to see how much this little guy has grown soon!
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Two–New York, NY

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I always pen a letter to my daughters on their birthday, and though a few (ok, six) weeks late, here’s the latest.

FEG,
Happy Second Birthday. It’s been a wild two years–emphasis on the wild. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since you were nameless in the hospital. If we thought you were a hurricane at age 1, you progressed into a full tsunami over the last year. You are daring, fearless, funny, determined, independent, athletic, and tall. You are a challenge in a way that your sister never was. You are a whirlwind of exploration and curiosity, which typically results in daring dangerous feats, like standing in the windowsill and counting down 3 (fee)-2-1 as you leap off to hopefully land on the couch, or running as fast as you can toward moving traffic when not locked down in your stroller. We can’t believe–knock on wood–that you haven’t broken a bone yet and have had only one visit to a plastic surgeon. Every time I enter a room with you, I do a quick scan of what you can get into, and usually determine that we can’t stay there for very long. Even at your two-year checkup, you managed to unplug all of the computers in the exam room and climb onto the windowsill and jump off.

You get into everything–favorite pastimes include: emptying the refrigerator, eating icy Eggos from the freezer (then leaving the freezer open and melting the contents), clearing all objects off of the coffee table in one sweep, getting water all over the bathroom, emptying file cabinets, grabbing the sharpest knife in the dishwasher and running away with it, dumping out bottles of lotion and soap, or spraying an entire room with baking soda or baby powder. You are fast–if I turn my back for one second, you are gone, which is terrifying. When I lost you at the beach club this summer, I could usually find you splashing your hands in the men’s bathroom toilets, going down the stairs to the parking lot, or knocking over all of the cups at the self-serve lemonade station. You can open things with your teeth–soda bottles to dump all over, toothpaste to suck down…the possibilities of this skill are endless. This summer, I had poison control on speed dial as a result of your constant curiosity. Incident 1? Trying to drink lamp oil. Incident 2? Eating dog thyroid medication from your grandparents’ pantry. “Child-proofed” and “Farrell-proofed” are two completely different things. The second week in our new apartment, you plugged up our bathroom sink and left the water running, then nonchalantly came back to play in the living room. Thus, our first real introduction to our new super and neighbors was by causing a leak downstairs.

And then there is your climbing. Windowsills, dining tables, countertops, pantries, forbidden staircases, beach chairs, ladders, scaffolding, and playground equipment, there is nothing that you don’t want to climb. I’ve stopped panicking when you do this, because a) it’s going to happen anyway, and b) you’re actually very agile with incredible balance. You’ve been climbing out of your crib since 16 months old. You wander the house in the middle of the night, eating things out of the freezer and creepily appearing in doorways to say hi. You can run around in the dark and climb over gates wearing your sleep sack. It’s just who you are.

You love your sister, i-yeeee, and you especially love breaking into her room, throwing all of her bedding onto the floor, and playing with/destroying her intricate magnatile creations. You are going through a very big Mom phase, which results in a lot of crying, clinging, and an intense hatred of school drop off. Though you’re getting better, you’ve never been a snuggler. Usually your attempts to show love result in pain, as you are all elbows and head butts, though we appreciate your efforts.

Despite all of these personality “enhancements” that make you impossible to watch, at the end of the day (when you’re in bed), we adore you. We love your blue sparkly eyes and white blonde curls. We love watching you ham it up–you love to put on sunglasses, roll your eyes and make funny faces to get people to laugh. You are friendly–you say hi to everyone and wave incessantly from your stroller. You love to dance, paint, and draw. You are obsessed with dogs. You are a fabulous eater and have to drink “bubble wa-wa”. You love eating BOOBY (Pirate’s Booty that is, which can be awkward when you shout BOOBY out of the stroller and on airplanes). You call every meal of the day “dinner”. Your language explosion in recent months has been a joy to witness and you have so many great phrases such as “OHH! YEAH!! GO TO STORE BUY MORE!” and many others.

Cheers to making it to your second birthday without any severe injuries and here’s to another year of fun, exploration, and growth. Maybe you can let up on us a little bit this year, just a little?

XO

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George - November 7, 2016 - 12:21 pm

Adorable as usual… Hoping that as F’s language skills progress she can ease up on you guys!

xx

Central Park Fall Family Session–New York, NY

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It may have taken me a year to blog about this session (can blog sessions be like wedding presents? Under the wire at 51 weeks?!), but the amazing fall weather and colorful foliage reminded me to finally post it!

I met this adorable Upper West Side family on a crisp Halloween morning near the lake in Central Park. To take advantage of the softest light, I hold my morning sessions early. As a result, we had the park mostly to ourselves–which was a miracle considering that it was also marathon weekend! These three running and giggling sisters-along with the bursting fall foliage-made for a fun and vibrant session. We explored some hidden pathways, captured the stunning yellow reflections on the lake as the twins told each other funny secrets (I swear, this color isn’t photoshopped!), and spent some time on the rustic bridle path as well. There is no limit to backgrounds or hidden nooks when you are photographing in Central Park! As someone who has two sisters (and an often left out brother), I capturing the bond between between these three.

This session was an auction donation for my daughter’s wonderful preschool, and it’s always a treat to contribute something to the school and work with new families in return! C, J, K, M+V, it was a pleasure to work with you all and I can’t wait to meet sister #4 after Thanksgiving!

If you love this fall color, I’m holding sessions in Central Park on the weekend October 29th- get in touch to schedule!

XO

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FRIENDS Award Dinner–Metropolitan Club, New York

sarahgreigphotography_stomp_1173I’ve had the pleasure of working with Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts in many different capacities (my first job in NYC!) over the past 9 years, and I was so happy to photograph their recent Awards dinner honoring O. Kelley Anderson. Over 200 attendees at the stunning Metropolitan Club celebrated Kelley and raised funds for FRIENDS. FRIENDS is a non-profit that does incredible work to maintain the historic buildings on the Upper East Side and fights for appropriate zoning to keep a strong sense of place. They also run an amazing architecture and NYC history program that reaches over 1,500 first and second graders each year on the UES and East Harlem. Basically, they keep our city and neighborhoods from developing into a vast wasteland of charmless megatowers, while training a young generation of preservationist and historians. Yay for that!

sarahgreigphotography_stomp_1199Here’s a bit about Kelley:

Kelley began his professional life on Wall Street, but in the middle of a successful career, realized his true calling in the art world. For 25 years, Kelley was a director at the Coe Kerr Gallery, one of the premier dealers of American art. Founded in partnership with the collector Frederick Woolworth, the Coe Kerr Gallery exhibited such renowned artists as Andrew Wyeth, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and Andy Warhol. In 1989 Kelley founded The Art Show, the first art fair of its kind in New York City. Presented by the Art Dealers Association of America, the show drew more than 12,000 visitors, including top collectors, to the Park Avenue Armory, and raised thousands for the Henry Street Settlement. The Art Show continues to this day, setting the standards of excellence with museum-quality exhibitions.

As a member of FRIENDS board for over two decades, serving as Treasurer since 1996, Kelley has contributed enormously to protecting this community’s historic character and quality of life. Kelley has also been a vital member of the leadership team of the Knickerbocker Club since 2003, including three years as its President, and has been a loyal supporter of the Museum of the City of New York, the Municipal Art Society, and the Central Park Conservancy.

I was also honored to hold a portrait session this past spring with the honoree to create the cover image for the benefit invitation. We were able to capture Kelley among his art collection as well as on his own beloved East 73rd Street, which he and FRIENDS successfully fought to add to the historic district. Here are some from our portrait session, as well as some from the amazing event!

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