New York Botanical Gardens Wedding
Who? : Leslie + Justin
Where? Stone Mill at the NYBG
When? : June 2019
What can I say about a couple so wonderful? And how can I describe our weird, long road that led to Leslie and Justin’s day? I met Leslie back in 2007-ish when she was a student at FSU and I was in my first new studio in Tallahassee, Florida. We were both young, and early in careers that would eventually lead us both to New York and back to each other. I photographed Leslie here in New York onstage, worked with her and Justin at Fort Tryon Park for their engagement images, and have now photographed their wedding.
It’s crazy how the world works. I had no idea that these sweet, tiny babies (okay, mature teenagers) from FSU would still be a presence in my life over a decade later. Shayla and I work often together at weddings, on events for The Wedding School, and she’s evolved into a brilliant production manager, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and Jedi minister destined to be besties with Lance Bass (it’s a long story). Justin Bowen has worked on Broadway and is now exploring his almost hilariously enormous talent as a true artist in the field of hair design (there is no other word for it, he’s an artist). Nick has emerged as one of the top rising makeup artists in the NYC area, another genius artist destined for stardom. Leslie has been in almost too many Broadway shows to count, and her presence onstage is as dazzling as her ferociously beautiful voice and gorgeous, gorgeous dance talent. Michael, Hardy, and so many more – you light up the world, and my life is better with you all in it.
Leslie and Justin had the kind of day you can only dream of. Brilliant sunlight, the best of friends who have become your family, family that warms the heart, a stunning outdoor venue, and so much tears and laughter. My love for these two has grown my heart a couple of sizes, and I hope the sweetness that they have together shines through in the photography of their day.
Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding: