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This gallery of wedding photography shares examples of the many varied and beautiful weddings that I have the honor of photographing. You will be able to see weddings from all over the world, from a classic New York City event to a gorgeous farm in Connecticut.. You’ll be able to view everything about a wedding day, including beautiful sunset portraits of the bride and groom, a stunningly dramatic first look, memorable bridal portraits, creative detail images, and many, many more. From ceremonies to receptions, moments to portraits, you will be able to see it all. Weddings are featured from Brooklyn, New York City, the Hamptons, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Delaware, and all over the world. You might wonder why I have nearly three hundred images in my online portfolio, and rightly so. That’s a lot of images to go through! I choose to include so many images to illustrate my versatility as a wedding photographer. I am commissioned to photograph weddings everywhere from private homes to large hotels, catering halls to ballrooms. I have shot weddings outdoors, indoors, in hurricanes, in the snow, in total darkness, and at high noon. I want brides and grooms to be able to see that I can shoot a wedding indoors at night just as beautifully as a wedding in a vineyard during the sunset hours. I hope that you will be able to see the skill, technical ability, and creativity in the images in this gallery. I also wanted to share the nearly three hundred images with you to show that I have a powerful portfolio of work. If you’re looking for the best wedding photographer in Manhattan, Westbury, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Long Island, Southampton, East Hampton, Montauk, Shelter Island, Fire Island, Long Island City, Hoboken, Jersey City, Lake George, Huntington, Tarrytown, Woodbury, Glen Cove, Long Beach, Great Neck, Garrison, Boiceville, Cornell, East Norwich, Cinnaminson, Wilmington, New Hope, Bryn Athyn, Doylestown, Trenton, Princeton, Lawrenceville, Gladwyne, Elkins Park, Newtown Square, Chadds Ford, Glen Mills, Cape May, Andover, Atlantic City, Brigantine, Villanova, Center City, Perkasie, Florham Park, Livingston, Bensalem, New Brunswick, Manahawkin, Point Pleasant, West Orange, Blue Bell, Colts Neck, and Rittenhouse Square then Susan Stripling Photography is the clear choice for your wedding photography needs. As a wedding photographer, I have the unique opportunity to see beautiful traditions, customs, and religions at each event I document. From the signing of a ketubah at a Jewish ceremony to the moving emotion and heartfelt tradition of an Indian ceremony, I am honored to document it all. I’ve seen Persian wedding ceremonies, Haitian wedding receptions, glasses being stomped on, brooms being jumped, plates being smashes, and grappa being drunk with wild abandon. I’ve seen Polish wedding dances, horas, tarantellas, and even the macarena. It’s a joy to learn about new traditions and to see how brides and grooms incorporate their family histories, beliefs, and customs into their wedding day ceremonies and celebrations. I have enjoyed photographing in popular New York City wedding venues such as the Abigail Kirsch powerhouse space at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Pier, the darkly dramatic Roosevelt Hotel, and the luxuriously modern Mandarin Oriental Soho. What venue could be more classic New York than the Gramercy Park Hotel, with their fiercely guarded private park and elegant Rose Bar? Who could forget the most iconic of all Manhattan venues, The Plaza Hotel? This French Renaissance chateau-style hotel opened in 1907 and has become the absolute epitome of class and elegance when it comes to a New York wedding. It’s been seen in such films as Barefoot in the Park, Scent of a Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, Almost Famous, American Hustle, and The Great Gatsby. It’s no wonder that modern brides and grooms flock to this stellar venue when it’s time to plan their New York City wedding! There are also incredible New York City venues that are a bit quieter and sweeter, such as the bookish charm of the Library Hotel A little outside of the city is the picturesque Stone Mill at the New York Botanical Gardens, a fantastic Abigail Kirsch venue. City weddings offer great opportunities to go to unique locations for portraits, such as the Meatpacking District and the Highline Long Island also offers up some fantastic wedding locations. I particularly love the outdoor areas and huge ballroom at Westbury Manor. There are also some extraordinary New Jersey venues that are quiet gems, such as the Crossed Keys Inn. I photographed a wedding at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange in the middle of a hurricane and it was still gorgeous! The Liberty House has spectacular views of Manhattan during their outdoor wedding ceremonies, as well as a soaring indoor space for wedding receptions. I love the rustic barn ceremony location and glass-walled indoor wedding reception location of Mallard Estate in Manahawkin. If you’re looking for a quiet, sweet retreat for your mountain wedding, the Onteora Mountain House is a brilliant location. If Philadelphia is your wedding location, I especially love the quiet glamour of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue and the Union League. I also absolutely adore the charm of the Please Touch Museum. If you’re looking for a wedding venue with a super modern feel, the Hotel Monaco is an excellent location. For something a little outside the city with a more rustic charm, my favorite is Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope. If you’re looking towards Pennsylvania for your venue, I highly suggest Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn. Of course, my personal favorite venue in Philadelphia is Front and Palmer. I love everything about the space, from the staff at Feast Your Eyes to the fantastic South Kensington Art District location. I love it so much there that my husband and I were married there in 2013! My favorite place to photograph wedding day portraits in Philadelphia is the flawless Washington Square Park. I actually got engaged here myself, so it holds a special place in my heart! I also love creating portraits at the Art Museum, with it’s excellent views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Philadelphia’s beautiful City Hall. Just outside of Philadelphia in picturesque Wilmington, Delaware, the Hotel DuPont is one of my absolute favorites. From the perfectly appointed hotel suites to the majestic gold ballroom, it’s a very popular location - and rightly so! Another area near Philadelphia is Glen Mills, home of the delightful Sweetwater Farm, a fantastic all-in-one wedding venue. Being a former Floridian, I miss the beaches, so it’s always wonderful to revisit that scene at places such as the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, New York. I am also often commissioned to travel to my clients’ weddings, from one state over to all around the world. I’ve been to Wisconsin, The Grand Floridian in Orlando, Charleston, Baltimore The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, The Intercontinental Hotel in Boston, my hometown of Atlanta’s historic Georgian Terrace Hotel, and the warmth and charm of Santorini, One of my favorite venues of all time is in Pittsfield, Vermont. Riverside Farm is a lush, elegant farm venue with rustic barns, rolling hills, foggy mountains, and more. There are so many stellar locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions here that I can’t even list them all! I also love photographing portraits around the grounds of Riverside. Everywhere you look is a perfect portrait spot! Another of my favorite venues is the gorgeous Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island. I also had the pleasure of working at the Vanderbilt Grace while in Newport and cannot wait to go back to both places! I also worked at Saltwater Farm in Connecticut. I already cannot wait to go back! This venue was practically tailor-made for me. I love the dark backgrounds, lush vineyard, outdoor ceremony space, and spacious indoor reception room. I also have loved working with the wonderful staff and team at the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda. From their chauffeured resort taxi to their elegantly appointed rooms, their fantastic special events coordinator to their Caribbean charm, the BEYC is one of the most thrilling, luxurious wedding venues I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. I have had the pleasure of working with many talented, generous wedding professionals over the years. I truly loved my experience with the extraordinarily sweet and talented David Tutera. In Newport I’ve had the pleasure of working with Flowers by Semia. My favorite wedding cinematographer, filmmaker for my own wedding, Ray Roman, is also a dear friend and trusted colleague. Sonnier and Castle is one of the best wedding caterers in all of Manhattan. My favorite florist in all of Manhattan is the dynamic team at Saipua. There are so many extraordinary venues that I have worked at and so many more that are yet to come! I would love the chance to shoot a wedding at Long Island City’s ridiculously gorgeous Metropolitan Building. The Metropolitan Building is a former electrical parts factory turned wedding venue. Boasting massive windows, antique furnishings, and even an exquisite prop rental service, it’s clear why the Metropolitan Building is a popular space for photo and film shoots! I’ve also worked at the Mandarin Oriental Soho, but the Mandarin Oriental Columbus Circle is also an extraordinary space that I haven’t had the pleasure of working at. Located on top of the Time Warner Center, the views of Central Park are simply breathtaking. Capitale, the former Bowery Savings Bank, is another phenomenal Manhattan venue that I’d love to shoot at. The Corinthian columns are a work of art, as is the art glass skylight. I love the Stanford White-designed space, and would love to work there one day! Other venues I’d love to work at in Manhattan include the Pierre (those murals!) on the Upper East Side and Cipriani on 42nd Street. I’m completely enamored with Cipriani’s Italian Renaissance decor! I would also love, love, LOVE to shoot a wedding under the huge whale in the American Museum of Natural History on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The Rose Planetarium and the Arthur Ross Terrace are so beautiful. What can be more New York than dining under a massive piece of artwork? The 94 feet long fiberglass blue whale is an iconic symbol of the American Museum of Natural History! I would also love to shoot a wedding at the New York Public Library. Voted the Best of Weddings/Venue by The Knot in 2014, this iconic space is pure New York through and through. From the Celeste Bartos Forum for wedding receptions to Astor Hal for cocktail hour, The Edna Barnes Salomon Room for your black tie reception to the McGraw Rotunda for your intimate dinner, the New York Public Library has it all. I would love to shoot a small wedding reception in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room or a cocktail hour in the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division!

Oheka Castle Wedding Pics

Oheka Castle has such marvelous locations for wedding pictures. One of those locations is the stairwell in their main lobby. Featured in such places as Taylor Swift’s "Blank Space" video, the TV show Royal Pains, and movies such as Citizen Kane, Oheka’s ornate lobby is a site to behold. ..Build nearly one hundred years ago by Otto Hermann Kahn, Oheka still remains the second biggest private home ever constructed in the United States. It boasts one hundred and twenty-seven rooms, over a hundred thousand square feet of space, and is one of my favorite locations to shoot wedding photographs!

There are so many Oheka Castle locations for great wedding pics. I love the back lawn, and how the manicured gardens stretch away from the grandeur of the castle. I love the ornate gazebo at the back of the gardens, covered in ivy and trailing vines. The multiple reflecting pools in the back gardens provide incredible backdrops, as does the huge fountain in the middle of the back lawn. Also on the back lawn are the two small side paths, lined with tall trees and arching branches. In the front of Oheka Castle there are a multitude of great picture locations. I love the long path up the driveway to the castle, and how the manicured trees perfectly flank the long gravel drive. I love the small arched building you drive through just before reaching the front of the castle. Taylor Swift fans might remember that long path and beautiful courtyard from her "Blank Space" music video, which was shot at Oheka Castle!

Once inside, wedding photographers have a variety of incredible locations to take wedding pictures, starting in the bridal suite. The arched fabric by the huge double doors provides an amazing backdrop for getting ready pictures and bridal portraits. The balcony outside the bridal suite provides a sweeping view of the back lawn. The library has incredible light, even in the winter. Each of the ballrooms have unique locations for wedding pictures...My favorite location for wedding pictures at Oheka Castle, by far, is the front foyer. You might just think of it as a lobby area, but I see a multitude of amazing picture locations! I’ve taken family portraits, bridal party portraits, and images of the bridesmaids and groomsmen on the ornate symmetrical staircase in the foyer. I’ve shot many bridal portraits on the stairs there as well.

One thing that I feel sets me apart from other New York, New Jersey, and Brooklyn-based wedding photographers is my use of light. I excel at finding beautiful light in unconventional places. I am also quite good at choosing unusual locations for portraits that other wedding photographers might not see, or think to use. This portrait perfectly exemplifies what I mean by that! I love creating portraits that make the viewer think, "Where was that taken?".

Where was this taken in Oheka Castle? I’ll never tell. It could be in that lobby that I love so much. It could be somewhere else. My point is that it’s important that your wedding photographer be able to make beautiful images no matter where the location is, no matter what the conditions of the wedding day. Whether it’s raining or sunny, snowing or one hundred degrees outside, wedding photographers have to learn to excel in all situations. That includes finding light in unconventional places! It also includes turning an ordinary background into an extraordinary portrait location. 

I also feel that one of my strengths as a wedding photographer is my ability to create scenarios for my clients wherein they can feel free to be themselves. I’m not the photographer that will pose their client to excess. I don’t want my clients to look back on their wedding images and remember me guiding them from pose to pose. I want them to remember how they felt, how they looked at each other, and what the moment was like. You can’t pose a moment! It’s my job to set the scene for the moment to happen, and then watch it unfold. While I might direct my clients to stand in good light, to be in front of a wonderful background, and to be in a specific location, I’m never going to tell them how to behave or act. This image exemplifies that as well. This is a natural moment between a bride and groom!

The story behind this image is actually quite simple. The bride had been posing for bridal portraits in front of this dark background, in this marvelous light. She realized that she had left her Pnina Tornai wedding gloves up in her room. People were dispatched to fetch the gloves. When the gloves arrived to the bride, her groom stepped up to help her put them on. This resulted in a series of beautiful moments between bride and groom. This one was my favorite. It was the moment her gloves were all the way on, when they stopped and took a few seconds alone together. These are the moments that cannot be scripted. This is life as it happens. The scene had been set, but the bride and groom provided the moment.

If you retain my services for your Oheka Castle wedding, you will receive the same loving care that I put into creating this portrait. I will always be striving to find new and interesting portrait locations in Oheka Castle, and I know there are so many more to discover. It’s an excellent place for a Long Island wedding, and I look forward to many, many more weddings there. 

Entered into WPPI’s prestigious print competition, this image received a gold award and a score of 90. I could not be more proud of that score, as it helped me reach my triple master status with WPPI. This is something that not many photographers have achieved, and I am so very proud to call myself a Triple Master at WPPI. This image then went on to win First Place in the Weddings : Bride and Groom Together category. As if that wasn’t humbling enough, it then went on to win the Grand Award. The Grand Award occurs when all of the first place images are judged together. The Wedding category includes Bride and Groom Together, Bride or Groom Alone, Bridal Party, and Wedding Details. I am utterly stunned and honored to have received that award for this print. It’s an honor above all other honors, and for that I am deeply grateful.

. Exif: 1/400; f/4.0; ISO 900; 116.0 mm. (more exif)