Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park NYC

Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park NYC

Who? : Monica + James

What? : Wedding in a hotel ballroom, portraits in Battery Park, and a reception in a hotel ballroom.

Where? : Wedding and reception at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park

When? : May 2017

When you’re worried about heat on your wedding day and wake up to the perfect cool spring day in NYC, what can go wrong?  Not a single thing went wrong at Monica and James’ Ritz Carlton Battery Park wedding.  From the promptness of hair and makeup to the brilliant light for the first look, the unexpected quiet privacy of the portrait location to the utter sweetness of the ceremony, this day was warmth and light from the first moment I walked into Monica’s hotel room.  It was a great honor to spend the day with this remarkable couple, their phenomenal families, and their incredibly sweet friends.

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Plaza Hotel Wedding : Rosanna + Brian

Rosanna and Brian’s Plaza Hotel wedding was such a beautiful start to our 2014 wedding season. From Rosanna and her sisters together while she was getting ready to Brian’s joy at seeing his bride-to-be for the first time the entire day was filled with sweet moments and tender emotion. The Plaza Hotel is an incredible place and for a wedding it’s just magical. Rosanna and Brian, thank you so much for including me as a part of your day and trusting me to document it for you. It was so deeply touching to watch Brian serenade his bride at the end of the night, to hear the incredible music during the ceremony, and to watch the fantastic Empyreal Strings perform at the reception. I hope you had a beautiful honeymoon!
Plaza Hotel Wedding
I started the day with the bride’s gorgeous engagement ring and wedding band.
Plaza Hotel Weddings
The Plaza Hotel is always so stately, peaceful, and elegant.
Plaza Hotel Wedding Photos
The bride’s Monique Lhuillier wedding gown was so beautiful. Intricate, delicate, and perfect.
Plaza Hotel Wedding Photography
The bride wanted to incorporate the iconic staircase at the Plaza for the images of her seeing her groom for the first time. While many photographers like to shoot ON the staircase, I chose to shoot the scene differently. I love the window light on the groom’s face and the long walk the bride took to reach her husband.
Wedding Portrait at the Plaza Hotel
From there we took some time to create portraits of the bride and groom all around the Plaza’s stately interiors.
Photographs at the Plaza Hotel
Tantawan Bloom did an extraordinary job decorating the entire day – as always!
Plaza Hotel Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony was also held in the Plaza, which was incredible. There are so many gorgeous interiors in this iconic Manhattan hotel that both the ceremony and reception locations are always perfect.
Plaza Hotel Wedding
Empyreal Strings provided some of the most gorgeous ceremony music that I’ve heard in ages!
Photograph at the Plaza Hotel
After the ceremony it was time for some images with the bride, groom, and their families.
Plaza Hotel Wedding Photographer
From there it was back into yet another incredible room at the Plaza – the ballroom. Tantawan Bloom decorated the entire room flawlessly.
Plaza Hotel Wedding Reception
Plaza Hotel Wedding Photos
After the introduction, the bride and groom performed a choreographed first dance.
Plaza Hotel Ballroom Wedding
I had a chance to watch the rehearsal of this dance earlier in the day, so I knew precisely where to be when the groom dipped the bride at the end of the song.
Wedding Photo at the Plaza Hotel
The toasts and speeches are always one of my favorite parts of the wedding day. I love hearing what the parents and bridal party members have to say about the bride and groom. It lets me get to know them a bit better, and the stories are always fantastic.
Wedding Photos at the Plaza Hotel
The bride’s sisters gave such a sweet, charming toast.
Wedding Photographer at the Plaza Hotel
Then it was time to dance! The Bobby Attiko Band kept everyone on the dance floor all night long.
Wedding Photographers at the Plaza Hotel
The bride’s dance with her father was one of the highlights of the reception.
Wedding Photographs at the Plaza Hotel
…as was the groom’s dance with his mom!
Wedding Pictures at the Plaza Hotel
Towards the end of the night, the bride and groom took to the balcony for a speech of their own.
Wedding Reception at the Plaza Hotel
The groom then performed on stage for the bride. Eventually her whole family ended up on stage dancing alongside her!

Hotel DuPont Wedding : Christina + Sean

The Hotel DuPont, with it’s classic Wilmington charm, was the perfect setting for Christina and Sean’s fall wedding.

I was greeted by Christina’s gorgeous engagement ring, and I decided to bring the warm fall tones of the weather into play with the first shot of the day.
The Hotel DuPont is a great place to get ready! The light in the suites is gorgeous and there is a ton of room to move around – something you don’t get often in city hotel rooms!
Hair and makeup were provided by Gloss Salon, the intrepid driver from American Trolley Tour navigated the bizarrely difficult driveway at Gibraltar with ease, and the ceremony took place at St. Thomas the Apostle.
As any wedding photographers reading this will know, fall is a tricky time for photography. The light is crisp and brilliant but gone by the time most ceremonies are over.
Christina and Sean allotted plenty of time for photography outdoors at Marian Coffin Gardens at Gibraltar and it was a beautiful treat to be able to work with that perfect sunset light before it was gone over the horizon. For that I thank you both!
The reception was back in the aptly named Gold Ballroom of one of my favorite locations, the Hotel DuPont where the floral design was provided by Sweet Peas of Jennersville and Time Machine brought the entertainment.
Hotel DuPont Wedding Pic
The entire day would not have been possible without Annemarie Kehler from Proud to Plan and I thank her wildly for keeping us on track, orchestrating the moving of a huge table, and ensuring that there were many, many Hotel DuPont macaroons to go around!

Roosevelt Hotel Wedding : Kate + Jay

Kate and Jay’s Roosevelt Hotel wedding was about as classic a Manhattan wedding as you could imagine. Ceremony in a gorgeous church right by the park? Check. Portraits in Central Park? Check. A reception at an elegant venue steeped in tradition? Check and double check.

Opened in 1924 the Roosevelt Hotel is located right on Madison Avenue and epitomizes the pinnacle of the Jazz Age. It was featured in many films such as The French Connection, Quiz Show, Wall Street and a personal creepy favorite of mine, 1408. It’s where Don Draper stayed during season two of Mad Men. It is also where, on a lovely cool day in October, Kate and Jay celebrated their wedding.

Roosevelt Hotel Wedding
I love this image of Kate’s gorgeous engagement ring with the sparkle and glitter of her shoes.
Roosevelt Hotel Wedding Pictures
Kate was surrounded by family and friends all day – and I especially adore this image of her and her mother.
Wedding at the Roosevelt Hotel
This suite at the Roosevelt Hotel had gorgeous light!
Roosevelt Hotel Pictures
Kate and her dad have a charming relationship and I love this sweet moment between them.
Wedding at the Roosevelt Hotel
This room really was my photographic ideal – gorgeous light and a beautifully dark background.
Bride at the Roosevelt Hotel
It was truly the perfect setting for an elegant bridal portrait.
Central Park Wedding Pictures
After the ceremony at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, we went to Central Park for a few portraits.
Wedding Pictures in Central Park
I adore this image of Jay helping Kate with her veil.
Central Park Bridal Portrait
The light under the bride was a great spot for another bridal portrait.
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Melaflora did a beautiful job decorating the tables and the Roosevelt Hotel created a gorgeous cake for the wedding reception
Hank Lane Wedding
Hank Lane provided the music for the reception entertainment.
Roosevelt Hotel Wedding Reception
I love being able to document the person giving the toasts as well as the reactions of the bride and groom. This is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day.
Wedding Reception at the Roosevelt Hotel
The amber uplights in the hotel reception room provided the perfect warmth to the images of the party.
Manhattan Wedding
Thank you to Kate, Jay, and their families and friends for welcoming me into their celebration, persevering during a cold walk in Central Park, and sharing their night with me. It was an honor to document the day for you!

Bowery Hotel Wedding : Leah + Brice

Leah and Brice’s Bowery Hotel wedding began with an email.  Actually, it didn’t – it began with another wedding, years before, in Windermere, Florida.  Leah was a bridesmaid at a wedding of the darling Caroline to the equally darling Garth and that was when we first met.  I clearly remember Leah and her sweetness so it was wonderful to hear from her when she began planning her own wedding.  Plans quickly came together and I found myself back at one of my favorite Manhattan venues, the Bowery Hotel, on a clear day in June, watching her and Brice say I do in the Bowery’s gorgeous ballroom.

Bowery Hotel Bride
I knew the day would be excellent when I captured one of my favorite double exposures ever within the first hour of coverage!
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Rebecca Shepherd provided the floral design of the day and Leah’s bouquet was especially excellent.
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Leah’s Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and custom bolero top were so delicate and suited her so perfectly.
Manhattan Wedding Photographer
While the wedding dress looked lovely hanging in the window it looked even better when Leah put it on! I love her long veil!
Manhattan Wedding Photographers
I love this image of Leah’s dad seeing her for the first time on her wedding day. Her mother and father’s expressions are priceless!
Bowery Hotel Pictures
The light in the suites of the Bowery Hotel is just delicious.
Bowery Hotel Bridal Portrait
The roof deck outside of the bridal suite has gorgeous light later in the day.
Groom at Bowery Hotel
Brice also had a gorgeous room to get ready in – there truly isn’t a bad room in the entire hotel.
Bowery Hotel Wedding Ceremony
I love the look on Leah’s face as she walked down the aisle – and the sweetly stoic look on her father’s face as well!
Wedding Ceremony at the Bowery Hotel
Even the light during the ceremony was gorgeous.
Bridal Party at the Bowery Hotel
After the ceremony we went back to the roof deck to photograph the family and bridal party formals.
Wedding Photos at the Bowery Hotel
….and of course, some images of Leah and Brice together.
Bowery Hotel Picture
The mother of the bride was on hand to help wrangle the veil during the portrait session and she was much appreciated!
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Even though we didn’t have a lot of time we made the most of the gorgeous light and scrumptious view.
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After so many images of Leah it was time for a portrait of Brice – I love this simple, straightforward photograph.
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Here is another image of Leah’s gorgeous Rebecca Shepherd bridal bouquet.
Bowery Hotel Wedding Cake
Catering and the cake were provided by the Bowery Hotel.
Firefly Events
The entire event was perfectly coordinated by the hilarious, talented team at Firefly Events.
Wedding Reception at the Bowery Hotel
The Bowery has such great ambience that it always takes great skill to enhance it, not overpower it. Firefly Events and Rebecca Shepherd worked perfectly together to create a welcoming, intimate feel to the wedding reception decor.
Bon Musique
Leah and Brice had two musical acts at their wedding reception. Bon Musique started off the evening and DJ Jay McElfresh kept the party going late into the night!
Party at the Bowery Hotel
I loved Leah’s reaction to the toasts.
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….See? Leah is completely gorgeous, even when crying!

Leah and Brice, thank you so much for trusting me with your day.  It is always an honor to work with someone that I’ve worked with before and your confidence in me was humbling.  I can’t wait to get started on your wedding album!