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Wedding at Whitby Castle

Wedding at Whitby Castle

Who? : Melissa + Matt

Where?  Whitby Castle, Rye, New York

When? : June 2019

When asked how they wanted their wedding to feel, Melissa and Matt told me “whimsical, romantic, meaningful.”  And their day was just that.  After a winter of cold, rainy, dark days it was a gorgeous, unusually cool summer day the day they got married.  Under the brightest of blue skies, Melissa and Matt said their vows surrounded by family, friends, and the sweet memories of those who were no longer with them.

It’s really impossible to convey the magic of Melissa and Matt without sounding like I’m exaggerating.  They’re kind.  They’re wildly funny.  They are exquisitely gentle with each other and honestly delight in simply being together.  They’re warm.  They’re witty.  They’re gorgeous inside and out.  To be a part of their day is to be one step closer to the sun : wrapped up in all that makes them the wonderful, true people that they are.  It was an honor to document their day, and an honor to know them both.

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

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Wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau

Wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau

Who? : Rachel + Joseph

What? : Preparations, portraits, and reception at a chateau in West Orange, New Jersey.  Ceremony at a nearby church.

Where?  Pleasantdale Chateau

When? : April 2019

Springtime is a tricky time of year to get married.  You might find yourself with a brilliantly bright day, sunlight streaming through trees, birds chirping, and a new warmth making the day shine.  You also have a chance of living out that saying of April showers bring May flowers.  Let’s be honest, while we love the idea of a flowery May, no one wants their April wedding to be a washout of rain and wind!

When I talked to Rachel the week of their wedding, we talked about how we had a 100% chance of rain on their day.  We discussed all of the amazing indoor places that Pleasantdale has to offer for rainy-day wedding portraits – The greenhouse!  That pool! – but I knew her heart was really set on some outdoor images.  Luck was with us, and the rain stopped long enough for us to create some gorgeous images on the foggy, dreamy grounds of the chateau.

Rachel and Joseph, thank you.  Thank you for darting out into the fog with me, mist in your hair and wet grounds underfoot.  Thank you for laughing with me, trusting me with your memories, and allowing me to spend such an important day with you.  Thank you, thank you.

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

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Estate at Florentine Gardens Wedding

Estate at Florentine Gardens Wedding

Who? : Deanna + Francis

What? : Preparations at home in Staten Island, ceremony at a church on Staten Island, portraits and reception at a hall in River Vale, New Jersey

Where?  The Estate at Florentine Gardens

When? : April 2019

Spring weddings are incredible.  We get to see the sun, which we’ve been missing for months.  The days are longer, sweeter, lazier.  Timelines have room to breathe, because we’re not rushing against an early setting sun.  Deanna and Francis had just one of those days.  Gorgeous weather, a sweetly emotional church ceremony,  a delightful amount of time to create portraits in between the ceremony and reception, and two of the most wonderful people you’ll ever meet committing their lives and futures to each other.

Deanna and Francis have a special kind of magic.  They’re gentle to each other, make each other laugh, and despite disagreeing about the excellence (or lack thereof) of ABBA-based musicals, they’re a perfect fit.  It was no surprise that their day was also a perfect fit for the two of them, balancing sweetness with humor, a gorgeously grand venue with an intimate, family feeling.  Watching a couple like this become family is one of the great joys of my job, and being there to document it?  Indescribable.

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

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Wedding at the Park Chateau

Wedding at the Park Chateau

Who? : Gabriella + James

What? : Preparations, first look, portraits, ceremony, and reception at a New Jersey wedding venue.

Where?  The Park Chateau, East Brunswick, New Jersey

When? : November 2018

Our vision is to capture the real moments of the day between us, and the people we love. We are all about capturing the love in the room and making sure we have memories of our loves ones from this day. While we do want to have the traditional posed photos (for posterity) what we really love are the special, intimate moments, the laughter, the smiles, the tears, the bad dance moves, the hugs, the kisses, the joy and pain and love of the day. However you capture that, we love in your photos. I think we are drawn to the intimacy of your images.

I first met Gabriella and James over a year ago, on the coldest of fall days in Asbury Park.  They’d hired me to take their engagement images, and we laughed our way along the boardwalk in the misty, freezing weather.  That would be a wonderful wedding to photograph I remember thinking.  I hope they hire me when they start those plans.

A bit later I heard from them again – they’d set a date, picked a venue, and were full steam ahead with the wedding plans.  On another cold day – this time with brilliant light – we got to work together again, this time when they became husband and wife!  What a beautiful day, what remarkable people, what a gorgeous venue.  Who says summer is the best wedding season?  I beg to differ.  Give me a crystal-clear cold winter wedding day anytime! (Especially if it’s with these two!)

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

The Park Chateau is, in a word, ridiculous.  (And for those of you who know me, you know that’s a compliment!)  The biggest getting-ready room has multiple makeup stations, a place to WASH YOUR HAIR, and a huge main room big enough to fit my entire apartment into.  And that light?  Don’t get me started! Cheers to any client brave enough to stand in front of an open door in freezing cold weather because the light is really great when I open the doors, are you okay with that? Gabriella got ready surrounded by her mother and the other amazing women in her life.  I love it when everyone comes together in those final moments of preparation to help out! James also got ready at the Park Chateau (images forthcoming from my second photographer!) and then waited nervously in the chapel to see Gabriella for the first time. It was COLD outside.  I know I’ve talked about how winter has been coming, but y’all, it’s here.  The freezing air took our breaths away, but Gabriella and James were still willing to hop outside for a few quick images by the pond! After that, it was time to go inside and get warm.  We stopped on the famous Park Chateau stairs for an image of Gabriella alone before beginning on our list of family and wedding party groupings. After the family and wedding party images we had a quick second to dart into the library and take a few images in front of the fireplace, a handful more portraits of the two of them together – and then it was time to warm up and freshen up for the ceremony.

The sweet sunset ceremony was followed by cocktail hour, and then off to the reception! After the first dance (which was freaking awesome) came some sweet, emotional toasts.  Then it was time to dance, dance, dance! We closed the night out with a few more images in the cold!  I am always so grateful to clients who are willing to brave the elements for a few more images!

When describing her hopes for their wedding day, Gabriella expressed her desired day to be “Warm.  Romantic.  Dramatic.  Joyful.   Sincere.”  The day was all of that and so, so much more.  It was a huge honor to be a part of the day, and to get to know these remarkable human beings just a bit better.  Congratulations, you two!

Wedding at Pier Sixty

Wedding at Pier Sixty

Who? : Amanda + Wyndam

What? : Restaurant rehearsal dinner, preparations at a hotel, outdoor portraits, and indoor waterfront ceremony and reception.

Where?: Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers

When? : July 2018

What part of your wedding day was your favorite?  If I were this couple, I wouldn’t be able to choose! Was it their amazing rehearsal dinner at Distilled NY? Working with Nancy Harris Events? Getting ready at the The Maritime Hotel, complete with beds on the floor in front of the TV and a rooftop balcony? Taking pictures outside? Their ceremony at Pier Sixty, The Lighthouse & Current? The food from Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships? The groom’s dad playing with the band?  EVERY part of this weekend was my favorite, and I am so honored that these two great families chose me to document their celebration.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:

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Wedding at Flowerfield Celebrations

Wedding at Flowerfield Celebration

Who? : Erica + DJ

What? : Outdoor summer wedding ceremony and indoor ballroom reception

Where?: Flowerfield Celebrations

When? : July 2018

This extraordinary couple showed up to their engagement session on a motorcycle, she in leather pants with a wicked smile and hilarious laugh.  I have been entranced by this couple since day one, since that session spent on a bike in DUMBO, all the way to their sunny waterside Hamptons bridal shower.  I knew their wedding day would be wild and wonderful, and I was absolutely right.  From the that’s what she said! jokes flying throughout the bridal suite to the long-into-the-night dance party that was their reception, this couple is joy, joy, joy from start to finish.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:

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Summer Wedding at Cipriani 42nd Street

Summer Wedding at Cipriani 42nd Street

Who? : Abigail + Matt

What? :Synagogue wedding and indoor reception in a converted bank building

Where? : Cipriani 42nd Street

When? : May 2018

So far this summer has been full of converted bank venues and rainy days!  Thankfully the rain held off for this particular event, and I’m so glad it did!  This warm, wonderful couple are as funny as they come.  They got married surrounded by their equally funny families, collegiate improv teams, and some gorgeous summery decor.  From the nonstop laughter in the bridal prep room to the groom’s brother’s toast delivered mostly in rap, the whole day was fun, funny, and bright from start to finish.  This summer wedding at Cipriani 42nd Street was practically perfect in every way!

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Cescaphe Philadelphia Wedding

Cescaphe Philadelphia Wedding

Who? : Tommy + Abby

What? : Indoor ceremony and reception with portraits in Washington Square Park

Where? : Cescaphe Philadelphia

When? : December 2017

Winter weddings are always cause for planning, planning, and planning some more.  What if it snows?  What if bad weather makes it difficult for your guests to arrive?  What if it’s too cold to go outside for portraits?  What if?  What if?  Abby and Tommy planned perfectly, and got the best kind of winter wedding : meticulously designed, impeccably executed, and with the most flawless coating of snow on the ground for spectacular outdoor portraits.  It’s always a delight to collaborate with the team at Cescaphe Philadelphia wedding team, and it was so beautiful to see Abby and Tommy’s day come together.  From the deeply personal Amish wedding ceremony to the floral cannon showering the couple during their first dance, the emotion and design of the day were first rate.  It was an honor to witness the love this family has for each other, and an honor to create these images for such spectacular people!

Here are just a few of my favorite images of the day:

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The Rockleigh Wedding

I saw something at the Rockleigh wedding that I had never seen before. While this was not the first wedding I have shot where the bride had a twin sister, it’s the first time that both the bride and her sister were both engaged! Not only that, they were both going to wear the same wedding dress. Both girls loved the same dress, so they decided to share. My client was the first to wear the beloved Judd Waddell gown, so we had to take great care of it all day! Not only is the dress still in brilliant condition, it’s well-loved and well-worn, ready for it’s next wedding next year!

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We started the day in the bridal suite at The Rockleigh. I love the light in this room. It’s great for getting ready images!
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After seeing the Judd Waddell dress in person, I can understand why both sisters loved it so. It was delicate and dramatic at the same time, and suited the women perfectly.
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Before the bride got dressed, I had a few moments alone with her details. I love this shot of her shoes with the wedding dress hanging in the window, creating a lovely, indistinct, watercolor background.
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Every whorl and piece of lace was perfectly placed. I was pretty in love with the dress myself!
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The bride and her family are so sweet to each other. I love this wonderful moment between the bride and her mother. I love that you can also see her sister in the background, helping with the zipper of the dress.
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Such sweet moments, such a sweet family.
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The bride and groom are amazing with each other. This is totally an unscripted moment!
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…so was this!
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I had a few moments alone with the bride to create some simple bridal portraits. I love these windows at The Rockleigh!
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The bride was surrounded by some truly wonderful, dynamic women. I love the bridesmaids’ dresses, and the gorgeous bouquets by Amaryllis Event Decor.
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Immediately before the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom signed their ketubah. Although they were surrounded by family and friends, I love this moment because it illustrates how private the moment was.
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The signing of the ketubah, and the beautiful traditional moments therein, are among my favorite times during a Jewish wedding ceremony.
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Josh is so kind to his bride. He’s a great guy, sweet and funny and fun. It was a joy to watch him interact with his wife!
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The veiling of the bride is the last thing to happen before heading to a Jewish wedding ceremony. I love both of their facial expressions, and how gently he’s handling her delicate veil!
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The wedding ceremony was held indoors at the Rockleigh. I love this moment between the bride her mom! This was right after she walked down the aisle, and right before she circled her new husband seven times. The traditions are so beautiful, and so very meaningful.
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I do my best to find different angles during a wedding ceremony – without being distracting to the guests! I am so glad there was room to move around, because the bride’s facial expressions were so lovely.
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After the ceremony, the guests moved to cocktail hour. I went into the ballroom for a few quick images of the reception decor before documenting cocktail hour.
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After the wedding party was announced, the bride and groom entered the ballroom to a standing ovation.
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If you’re looking for great facial expressions on a wedding day, look no further than the hora at a Jewish wedding!

 

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I love everything about this image, from the drama of her skirt to the sweetness of her expression.

 

 

Palace at Somerset Park Wedding

Sofya and Alex’s wedding marked my first time working at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey.  I was immediately taken with the imposing white building and perfectly manicured lawns.  I was further thrilled to work with the incredibly sweet event staff there, as well as Alwyn of Kiss the Bride Films, one of my favorite local cinematographers.  Alwyn is sweetness and light, a fantastic woman and a wonderful filmmaker.  It is always a delight to work alongside a cinematographer who shares my vision for the day and my approach to shooting.  Alwyn does beautiful work, as does the entire team at Kiss the Bride Films.

Sofya and Alex are simply precious.  Sofya is a tiny, charming sweetheart and Alex clearly loves her with his whole heart.  Together since high school, these two are the real deal.

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I placed Sofya and Alex’s gorgeous papercut wedding invitation in some beautiful light to create a lovely image of the bride’s engagement ring and wedding band.
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I love the sharp black background juxtaposed against the vibrant red of the bride’s ring box.
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There was no room in the Somerset Park for the bride to get ready that had a window. While the rooms were spacious and beautifully appointed, I knew that to get some lovely window light we’d have to go elsewhere. Luckily Sofya was willing to get ready in the vacant ballroom near the insanely beautiful massive windows!
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Sofya is as beautiful and charming as she is kind.
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I love it when my clients trust me to choose a location for them to see each other for the first time. While many photographers would have defaulted to going outside, I chose to stay indoors and work with light that I knew would be appropriately dramatic and compelling.
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We were then able to utilize that window light to create some dramatic portraits of the bride and groom.
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The light during the portrait session with the bride and groom was harsh and dramatic – just what I like! We were able to make gorgeous images at that time but I also persuaded them to step out during sunset for some more images with softer, sweeter light.
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I love this image of the flower girls seeing the bride for the first time!
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I try to look for not just the big moments with sweeping emotion. While those are dramatic and fantastic, the quiet moments are just as compelling – sometimes more so.
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It’s always wonderful when I can capture an honest, genuine reaction from my clients. I especially love this moment when the bride and groom were walking back down the aisle after their ceremony!
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See what I mean about beautiful sunset light?
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After some portraits outside, we moved back inside for dinner and dancing. The flower girls reacted to this with appropriate flair and festivity!
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Including the crowd in this image from the first dance was a wonderful treat. I love that you’re able to see so many reactions from the bride and groom’s family and friends.
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I love this image of the groom during the first dance!

Sofya and Alex, thank you.  Thank you for trusting me that it was a good idea to get ready in an empty ballroom, that seeing each other for the first time in a dark corner would result in something beautiful, and that stepping back outside for just a few more portraits would be worth it.  I appreciate your time and your dedication to making beautiful images.  Most of all I thank you for being your sweet, kind, sunny selves!