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.
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!
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.
I love this image of Kate’s gorgeous engagement ring with the sparkle and glitter of her shoes.
Kate was surrounded by family and friends all day – and I especially adore this image of her and her mother.
This suite at the Roosevelt Hotel had gorgeous light!
Kate and her dad have a charming relationship and I love this sweet moment between them.
This room really was my photographic ideal – gorgeous light and a beautifully dark background.
It was truly the perfect setting for an elegant bridal portrait.
After the ceremony at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, we went to Central Park for a few portraits.
I adore this image of Jay helping Kate with her veil.
The light under the bride was a great spot for another bridal portrait.
Melaflora did a beautiful job decorating the tables and the Roosevelt Hotel created a gorgeous cake for the wedding reception
Hank Lane provided the music for the reception entertainment.
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.
The amber uplights in the hotel reception room provided the perfect warmth to the images of the party.
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!
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.
I knew the day would be excellent when I captured one of my favorite double exposures ever within the first hour of coverage!
Rebecca Shepherd provided the floral design of the day and Leah’s bouquet was especially excellent.
Leah’s Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and custom bolero top were so delicate and suited her so perfectly.
While the wedding dress looked lovely hanging in the window it looked even better when Leah put it on! I love her long veil!
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!
The light in the suites of the Bowery Hotel is just delicious.
The roof deck outside of the bridal suite has gorgeous light later in the day.
Brice also had a gorgeous room to get ready in – there truly isn’t a bad room in the entire hotel.
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!
Even the light during the ceremony was gorgeous.
After the ceremony we went back to the roof deck to photograph the family and bridal party formals.
….and of course, some images of Leah and Brice together.
The mother of the bride was on hand to help wrangle the veil during the portrait session and she was much appreciated!
Even though we didn’t have a lot of time we made the most of the gorgeous light and scrumptious view.
After so many images of Leah it was time for a portrait of Brice – I love this simple, straightforward photograph.
Here is another image of Leah’s gorgeous Rebecca Shepherd bridal bouquet.
Catering and the cake were provided by the Bowery Hotel.
The entire event was perfectly coordinated by the hilarious, talented team at Firefly Events.
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.
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!
I loved Leah’s reaction to the toasts.
….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!