Ali + Keats Wedding–Sneak Peek–NY, NY

Ali and Keats were married one week ago and it was a blast to photograph! Ali is the most thoughtful bride who thinks of everything, from custom champagne glasses and jewelry for her bridesmaids to surprising her new groom by hiring a painter to paint their reception as it occurred. Keats looked dapper in his tuxedo, beamed at Ali the whole day, and gave an impressive and heartfelt welcome toast at the reception. Their wedding party of 8 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen were so much fun and we had lots of laughs as I made them “walk casually and look at each other!” The gorgeous color palette of pink and gold was brought to life by Renny & Reed.

The bride got ready at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in midtown, where I recorded a tearful and moving first look and took family formals in the gorgeous brownstone courtyard, then proceeded to their ceremony at the stunning St. Vincent Ferrer Church on the Upper East Side (also where the groom’s parents and grandparents were married!), and ended with a GORGEOUS reception at 620 Loft and Garden above Rockefeller Center. We were all safely tucked inside for dinner and dancing before Hurricane Henri arrived with gusto and turned 5th Avenue into a rushing river!

I have SO much more to share on this amazing day, all planned and executed by the event guru Nancy Harris Events, but for now…here are a few! Congrats Ali and Keats!

The Dream Team…Event Planner Nancy Harris Events Venue 620 5th Ave Garden Loft And Rooftop Lotte New York Palace Flowers Renny & Reed Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal Jewelry: Mirta de Gisbert, Hair/Make-Up Artist: Jackie Fanara, Caterer: Little Gem NYC Baker: Alicia Forbes, Alicia Sprinkles, Videographer: NST Pictures Band/DJ: Honey+Vinyl Second Photographer: Annie Wu, Photo Assistant:Kyle Lui

Sunset Portraits at Quidnet, Nantucket, MA

Sometimes when I meet a new client with young children, they confess to me that they dread taking family photos because the photographer can’t keep their kids attention, the session seems to drag on, and what to dress everyone in is stressful. I smile because I know I can give them a better experience. My entire goal is to make it easier and less painful for them…and I aim to make it fun for all no matter how big the challenge. So many families walk away from our photo session both surprised and relieved that is was fun and their kids enjoyed it.

For this session in Quidnet, we kept it lively for three athletic boys. While they did some formally posed photos at the beginning (with the swoon worthy hydrangeas), we also spent time on their swing set, running on the beach, and digging in the sand. It was a gorgeous night–even after a few sprinkles, we lucked out with a beautiful sunset. I almost always try to get a portrait of the parents, who are never in photos themselves! As we ended, their mom said “wow, that was sooo much easier than we thought it would be, I think the boys actually had fun!” Mission accomplished! Thanks for all of the fun and smiles!

Tara + Joe–Montauk Club Wedding–Brooklyn, NY

Ahhh to go back to February 1, 2020. Remember large rooms filled with friends, laughter, music, and clinking cocktail glasses? Cheerful toasts and sweaty fun dance floors with a newly married couple dancing in the center of a cheering circle? Man I miss those.

Last February I had the great honor of photographing Tara and Joe’s wedding party at The Montauk Club in Brooklyn. It had all of these components and more–boss bridal shoes, that GOLD DRESS, the amazing DJ Milk Money, and lots of hot dancing. Tara and I used to work together in NYC historic preservation so it was no surprise that her wedding reception was held in a gorgeous historic building in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The landmark building was created in 1889 for a social club. Its design was inspired by a Palazzo in Venice, and the facade has an exquisite amount of detail. Isn’t this such a beautiful place for a wedding reception?

It was an awesome night, one that seems so hard to believe was just a year ago. T and J, happy wedding party anniversary! Thanks for choosing me to document the night. Until I can again stand on chairs to capture bumping dance floors, I’ll live on through these photos. Cheers!

Courtney + Eddie–New York City Fall Wedding–Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn

Courtney and Eddie celebrated their one year anniversary last week! They were the most adorable and kind couple to work with–from our very first meeting to our follow up coffee to plan their wedding album, they were so thoughtful and nice. I always love getting to know the story of my couples before the wedding, as I consider that I am recording the next chapter in their love story. Courtney and Eddie met in college. And not just any college, but WILLIAMS College. As an alumna of their forever rival, Amherst, I had to swallow my pride as I carried their huge college banner around the reception to gather all of their Purple Cow friends for a photo. 🙂 I love photographing college sweethearts…probably because I can relate to the good friend turns boyfriend turns husband story! Courtney’s mom also happens to be my cousin, so it helped to know many of the wedding party in advance!

They lucked out with the perfect, sunny (if hot!), blue sky September day for their Brooklyn wedding. The whole event took place at the stunning, industrial chic Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. The duplex bridal suite at the top of the hotel was GORGEOUS–huge windows with postcard perfect NYC skyline views provided amazing natural light, and concrete floors, beautiful wallpaper, and reclaimed wood ceiling provided amazing textural backgrounds. Seriously, if you haven’t stayed or dined at this hotel, check it out sometime. The room also had a show stopping upper terrace where we later took bride and groom sunset photos with the Empire State Building aglow. Courtney was such a relaxed bride, it was fun to photograph her getting ready with her mom, Eddie’s mom, and her sisters.

The couple did their first look in the leafy hotel courtyard just below their ceremony site, then we headed out into the neighborhood for couples and wedding party photos with some cool urban backgrounds.

 

Courtney is the oldest of five children and Eddie has a younger brother–this was the first wedding that I’ve photographed where the entire wedding party consisted of siblings, which made it such a jovial, spirited group to photograph. It also meant the best man and maids of honor had about 20 years of material to work with for their toasts, which were simultaneously very sweet and quite funny. The ceremony and reception that followed were intimate and FUN. Candlelit tables, gorgeous flowers, heartfelt teary-eyed toasts, and then dancing, dancing, and more dancing (including Courtney’s 82 year old grandfather whose boogie down abilities left most in the room jealous) concluded the night. The vibe of the whole day was joyful and fun, and it was such a fabulous wedding to photograph and be a part of! Check out the dream team of vendors and the photography highlight reel below. Congrats C + E!

Dream Team
Venue: Wythe Hotel
Event Planning: Dawn Mauberret
Photographer: Sarah Greig, Second Shooter: Annie Wu
Hair: Kimberly Griffin
Makeup: Michaela Bosch
Florals: Rosewood Floral Co.
Music: Don Eaton Band
Invitations: Fete Collection
Bride’s Dress: BHLDNJenny Yoo
Bridesmaids: Kleinfeld–Jenny Yoo
Groom: Blank Label

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