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Wedding at the Loews Hotel Philly

Wedding at the Loews Hotel Philly

Who? : Alexa + Ryan

What? : Preparations in a hotel and an AirBnB in Philadelphia, ceremony at a church, portraits in the park, and a reception in the Loews Hotel Ballroom

Where?   The Loews Hotel Philadelphia

When? : April 2019

The bold documentary style has drawn us both in. We like the creative and artful touches (fades, bokeh in lighting, mirroring and strong angles are very nice). We are both drawn to the colorful/psychedelic styles and would love to capture this if possible.

Bold documentary style?  Creative touches?  Mirroring?  Strong angles?   Colorful style?  When I read this note from Alexa and Ryan in regards to their wedding photography I knew I was all in – as if I wasn’t already.  Alexa and Ryan are the sort of people that bring the sun with them wherever they go, from the incredibly sweet way they are with each other to the way they laugh and forge bravely into some of the craziest Philadelphia wind I’ve ever experienced.

From the wind sweeping them through a shower of rose petals down the steps of their church to crawling under scaffolding in the pitch dark for a breathtaking rooftop view of the city, Alexa and Ryan are the kind of clients that wedding photographers dream about : bold, creative, artful, and strong.  They themselves are colorful and extraordinary, so it’s no surprise that they wanted that reflected in their wedding images.

What a dream, what a windy dreamy dream their day was.

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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Nassau Inn Wedding

Nassau Inn Wedding

Who? : Freda + Da

What? : Preparations and tea ceremony at a Princeton hotel, ceremony at the University chapel, portraits on the college campus, and a sweet, small reception inside an inn.

Where?  The Nassau Inn, Princeton University

When? : March 2019

“Tingting and Andy are friends of mine and they spoke highly of you and your service. We would love to have you as our photographer for our wedding.”

On the contact form of my website there is a section to tell me who referred you to my business.  Da wrote the above, and it just goes to show that the best marketing is happy clients.  I’ve said that for years, I say that when teaching other wedding photographers, and it’s been a constant throughout the nearly two decades that I’ve been a wedding photographer.  Make your clients happy, and they’ll tell their friends.  It’s really that easy.  Tingting and Andy had an AMAZING wedding several years prior, and it is so heartwarming to know that they still remembered me, and that they’re still telling their friends about me!

Da and Freda were married on the kind of late-winter/early-spring day that makes you love this time of year.  It was cold, yes, but the light was brilliant and bright.  The Princeton campus was quiet, and we had the kind of timeline that wedding photographers dream about : ample time to create portraits, no rushing, an easy experience for the couple and their families, and space to breathe and enjoy the day.

From getting ready at the Nassau Inn to long walks across the college campus, everything unspooled and unfolded like a dream.  There was gorgeous light, a wonderful collaborative team, and a reception that ended with a shower of sparklers and a sweet kiss at the bottom of the steps.

“Simple.  Quiet.  Classic.”

When asked how they envisioned their wedding day, Da and Freda told me those three words.  And their day was just that : simple, quiet, and classic.  Full of love and sweetness, calm comfort and beauty.  It was an honor to document the day for them.

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

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Wedding + Vow Renewal at the Vizcaya

Wedding + Vow Renewal at the Vizcaya

Who? : Christine + Jared

What? : Wedding in Miami in 2009, vow renewal at the same venue in 2019

Where?  Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

When? : March 2009 and March 2019

Talk about full circle.  I met Christine and Jared for the first time way before their 2009 Miami wedding – we were all living in Tallahassee, Florida, and I’d been commissioned to photograph their engagement session.  I still remember walking around downtown Tallahassee (remember Gallie Alley, you two?) as vividly as I remember traveling to Miami for their wedding.  Since 2009, I’ve photographed many other things for this remarkable couple as they have since added three hilarious, wonderful children to their family.

Christine and Jared are, simply put, tremendous people.  Individually they are hilarious, warm, welcoming, razor-sharp smart, charming, gorgeous, and kind. Together?  They’re a supernova of sunshine.  It was a ferociously huge honor to travel back to Vizcaya for their vow renewal on their tenth anniversary to create some more images, this time with their children.

See you back in Miami in 2029?  I’m there if you’re there.

Here are a few of my favorite images from their portrait session in 2019:

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And a few favorites from their wedding in 2009 : time flies, am I right?

Wedding at Quantum Leap Winery

Wedding at Quantum Leap Winery

Who? : Kalen and Zachary

What? : Preparations in an AirBnB, first look at a nearby park, ceremony and reception at a winery.

Where?  Quantum Leap Winery, Winter Park, Florida

When? : December 2018

I fell in love with Susan’s work because it is pure art. Her creative eye and ability to capture the unexpected is unprecedented. We love her elegant, documentary-style photos and want her to feel free to get as artistic as she wants! We trust her fully and will be so proud and honored to hang her pictures on our walls and share them with friends, family, future children, potential employers, the checkout lady at Publix — Really just anyone we can.

As if I weren’t already enough in love with Kalen myself before she filled out my Wedding Day Worksheet, this paragraph above sealed the deal!

I first met Kalen and Zachary through email, as is often the case with destination clients.  However, we also got to meet – which is not often the case for destination clients.  Kalen and Zachary are both incredible performers at Universal Studios in Orlando, and I got to see them sing when I was there on vacation this past summer.  Seeing them in their element like that was electric; they’re dynamic talents with huge stage presences, and their love for what they do is so palpable.

I knew their wedding day was going to be uniquely, amazingly them…and it was.  From Kalen’s Broadway-themed playlist while she got ready to her sparkly makeup-kit-on-wheels-with-lights, they had me at the very beginning.  Add to that custom leather jackets, a first look near an alligator pond (we didn’t see alligators, thank goodness, Florida I’ve missed you)nighttime portraits lit by the headlights of Kalen’s dad’s vintage car, a first dance by a barbershop quartet, a sparkler exit from the ceremony to the reception, and one of the best bands I have EVER HEARD, the day was a heart explosion from start to finish.

Kalen and Zachary, you two are magic.  There is no other word for it.  I am deeply thankful from the bottom of my heart that you brought me to Florida to document your day.  And I hope you managed to get packed by the time your flight took off for Germany on Monday…

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

Alfond Inn Wedding

Alfond Inn Wedding

Who? : Amanda + Ben

What? : Destination wedding in Winter Park, Florida

Where?  The Alfond Inn

When? : December 2018

I don’t even know where to start with this wedding, so I’ll start back in 2007.  I was living in Tallahassee, Florida, and photographed the headshots for a bunch of juniors and senior theatre majors at FSU.  Years after that, I’m living in New York, and so are many of my past clients.  Those clients led me to Amanda, a FSU alumni herself.  I first encountered Amanda in Hello Dolly on Broadway, where she went on for a role she understudied (and she was amazing).  I first encountered Ben without realizing it, seeing him in Book of Mormon before I knew he was Amanda’s Ben.

Being hired to photograph this wedding was an actual dream come true. Everything about Amanda and Ben is just…yeah, it’s all excellent.  They’re crazily, insanely talented individuals.  They’re hard workers, passionate about their dreams and their craft, and true triple threats.  They’re adorably wonderfully gorgeous, just beautiful human beings inside and out.  They’re funny, ferociously love their family and friends, and love each other with a truth and depth that is just really, really freaking gorgeous to see.

And their wedding?  THEIR WEDDING.  We started the day at the Alfond Inn, with Amanda in her suite.  The rain was pouring down, streaking the windows and pattering on the pool outside.  Amanda got ready, Ben got ready.  They exchanged letters they had written each other.  (We all cried).  They prepared to see each other for the first time on a covered patio outside the Alfond – and the sun came out.  The rain stopped, the clouds parted, they saw each other (we all cried), and we took pictures outside.   The second we went back in, the clouds covered up and the rest of the day was moody and dreamy outside.

From their prep time at the Alfond before the ceremony, their sweet first look, the charm of their wedding vows, through to the gorgeous reception, the whole day was everything.  Choosing a favorite part is nearly impossible.  Was it Amanda and her childhood best friend tearing up when she put her mother’s necklace on as a bracelet?  Was it Ben, struggling to keep a straight face when reading Amanda’s letter to him, or the way his eyes actually lit up when he saw her come down the aisle?  Perhaps it was Amanda’s dad, who found a lost recording of Amanda’s late mother singing Wind Beneath My Wings (note : Amanda was in Hello Dolly with, yes, Bette Midler) and played it for the father/daughter dance?

Side note : I’ve never had to go to the bathroom and wash my face after a father/daughter dance before.  WE.  ALL.  CRIED.

Amanda and Ben, thank you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Thank you for being so kind and open in front of my lens.  Thank you for treating me and my team like family.  Thank you for sharing your day, your love, and your hearts with me.  I am eternally grateful.  Now go lay on a beach – you deserve it!

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 Battery Gardens

Wedding at Battery Gardens

Who? : Sara + Michael

What? : Preparations at the W New York Downtown, a first look and portraits at Brooklyn Bridge Park, ceremony and reception at a restaurant venue overlooking Battery Park.

Where?  Battery Gardens, New York

When? : November 2018

While compiling the details of Sara and Michael’s wedding day, I asked them something I often ask my clients : How did you meet?

Sara’s answer:  We met online. I recently requested our original texts back and forth from the dating app we used (The League) and it turns out they were pretty boring – just a few exchanges and then an offer to meet for brunch. Good thing the first date was much more interesting! We couldn’t say goodbye after brunch, so Michael invited me to walk over a few blocks and see his grandfather’s butcher shop…Then we hit up a street fair…Then, I politely tried to excuse myself because I had a housewarming party to go to. I told Michael that he was “more than welcome to come”, expecting him to turn down the offer. But he didn’t! So he came with me and met a bunch of my friends, and some new people I had never met before. People kept asking how long we’d been dating and I had to awkwardly explain we met that morning…. Even all that time wasn’t quite enough, so we went to dinner that evening. 13 hour marathon date, and now 3 years later we’re getting married!

Thank goodness that epic first date didn’t end, because it brought Sara and Michael to an amazingly crisp, gorgeous fall day in New York, saying I do while the sun set over Battery Park.   It was the kind of day you see online when you google “perfect fall day in Manhattan,” orange leaves scattered on sidewalks, winter in the air, and a sunset that spiraled into a bright orange blaze.  It was another flawless marathon day in their history of marathon days, and it surely won’t be their last!

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

I’ve been asked before if I bring a styling kit or detail kit with me to weddings.  The answer is no, I love to work with what I find in my environment.  That will help me tell a story in a way that details that I brought myself never could.  This is Michael’s ring, laid on a “diamond” from the hotel decor! Michael is WONDERFUL.  Warm and kind, and loves Sara with a strength that’s immediately visible.  He’s a Crossfitter, a New York bike rider, and has a smile that could light up the city at night.  He got ready surrounded by his hilarious groomsmen, just a few floors below where Sara was getting ready with her family and bridesmaids. Sara is gorgeous, inside and out, and not just because she’s an avid yogi.  She’s a beautiful writer and speaker, chooses her words with clarity and precision, and loves with a ferocity that’s brilliant to see. After getting ready at the W Downtown, we hailed a series of Ubers and made the trek over the bridge to Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Hidden away on a fourth floor overlook, Sara and Michael saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. Instead of exchanging gifts separately, before seeing each other, Sara and Michael opted to exchange their gifts at their first look. It made this time even more meaningful, and I hope this is a tradition that catches on!  I love that they got to see each other’s faces when they opened their gifts and read their cards. After the first look, we had a bit of time to wander Brooklyn Bridge Park.  We’d been anticipating terrible weather and torrential rain, so this brilliantly bright day was an incredibly welcome surprise.  Since most New Yorkers had also expected awful weather, the park was even less crowded than usual.  Win, win! After a brief time taking very serious (and not so serious!) wedding party images, it was time to head back to Battery Gardens for some family portraits, a quick break, and the ceremony.
The moments before a ceremony are so special.  Whether you’re polishing your rings or greeting your grandmother, every second practically quivers with anticipation.  It’s one of my favorite parts of the day! This ceremony!  OH, this ceremony.  There was debate all morning about whether or not the crazy high winds near Battery Park would push the ceremony indoors.  Sara and Michael made the difficult decision to move it inside, and it was a great choice.  The sun set right through the windows, turning the whole ceremony golden. As the couple were huge fans of the outside area, and as we didn’t get to have the ceremony there, I felt it only fitting to take some late sunset images outdoors.  Cheers to these two for braving the insane winds for a few extra portraits! After cocktail hour, a few more portraits, and some detail images of the room, it was time to PARTY.  Sara and Michael exploded into the room, ready to start the dinner-and-dancing part of the night! I love the written word.  I love public speaking.  I love public speaking of the written word.  In short, I love toasts.  I love it when people stand up and speak from the heart, saying words they spent time lovingly crafted about people they adore.  After some of the most meaningful, gorgeous speeches I’ve ever heard (and a pretty rad dinner, too!) Sara and Michael took to the floor for their first official dance as husband and wife. The rest of the night was filled with dancing, more hugs, more love, and more laughter.  The kind of laughter that comes from things like locking your friends out of the reception and rubbing your butt on the door while they pretend to spank you.  You know, stuff like that.Sara and Michael, if you’re reading this on your epic honeymoon to Thailand and Laos, THANK YOU.  Thank you for sharing your lives, your celebration, and the last crazy gorgeous fall day in New York with me.  Thank you for trusting me with your memories.  I’ll follow along on your honeymoon adventures via Instagram – take your time getting back.  It’s pretty cold back home. ❤️

Tribeca Rooftop Wedding

Tribeca Rooftop Wedding

Who? : Jessica + Simon

What? : Preparations at the Dominick Hotel, portraits at Teardrop Park, ceremony and reception indoors at a Manhattan loft venue

Where? Tribeca Rooftop, Manhattan, New York

When? : September 2018

The favors at Jessica and Simon’s Manhattan wedding reception were unique : information about the animal rescue effort with Best Friends Animal Society.  It’s that kind gesture, that deep love of animals and each other, that set the tone for this dreamy, rainy NYC wedding day.  From their sweet first look (puppy included!) at Teardrop Park to running from raindrops, this entire day was full of enough light and warmth to brighten up even the rainiest of days.  Notable charming moments include their incredibly personal ceremony, exiting as husband and wife to a cascade of bubbles, nighttime portraits on the roof, and the kindest of speeches.  Jessica and Simon, thanks for braving the rain, bubbles, and the roof with me!  It was an honor to capture your love!

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

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Riverside Farm Wedding

Riverside Farm Wedding

Who? : Stephanie + Austin

What? : Preparations, ceremony, and reception at a farm and barn venue in Vermont

Where? Riverside Farm, Pittsfield, Vermont

When? : September 2018

It’s hard to tell precisely the second I fell super hard for these two.  Was it when Stephanie revealed that she had a competitive streak so wide that she had to give the actual best gift ever to her bridesmaids?  Was it when Austin cut off the end of his tie because it was too long?  The moment Austin revealed his past as a child sports drink model?  When Stephanie’s sister sang their first dance song?  When Stephanie’s father gave a speech so extraordinary that everyone was wiping away tears?  Maybe the moment when Stephanie and Austin caught me weeping (just a bit, I swear) as they came back down the aisle and loudly questioned “IS SUSAN CRYING?”

It was all of those moments, and so many more, that revealed how amazing this couple is, how beloved they are by family and friends, and how wonderfully vibrant the air around them is.  It was a joy to spend the day with them and their amazing families, and a huge honor to capture these images for them.

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

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Elopement at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Elopement at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Who? : Colleen + Eddie + Lyza

What? : Portraits in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Where? Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO

When? : September 2018

I love New York.  I love everything about it : the noise, the hustle, the people, the extraordinary vibrancy of such an alive city.  Therefore it also stands to reason that I love it when people come to New York specifically to be married.  Colleen and Eddie came to New York from Cairns, Australia to be wed, bringing with them their extraordinary daughter Lyza.  It was a huge honor to spend the afternoon with them in my favorite part of the city, creating portraits for them to commemorate this incredible occasion.

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

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Central Park Elopement

Central Park Elopement

Who? : Nicole + Michael

What? : Ceremony by Bow Bridge in Central Park, portraits in in Central Park, at Top of the Rock, and in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Where? All over Manhattan and Brooklyn!

When? : September 2018

From their sweet, heartfelt waterside Central Park ceremony to snuggling by the water in Brooklyn at sunset, Nicole and Michael’s New York elopement was everything you’d want an intimate wedding to be.  Take a little charm, mix it with a dreamy cloudy day, and add a dash of morbid anatomy and well, I’d follow these two anywhere.

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

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Wedding at the Westin in Philadelphia

Wedding at the Westin in Philadelphia

Who? : Rachel + Brandon

What? : Preparations, ketubah signing, tish, bedeken, ceremony, and reception in a Center City Philadelphia hotel and ballroom.  Portraits of the couple, family, and wedding party around Philly : most notably, at City Hall, Broad Street, and Rittenhouse Square.

Where?  The Westin Philadelphia

When? : September 2018

Some people are just…joy.  They radiate light, happiness, that intangible exquisite nature that makes up good people.  You can see it in their eyes.  In how they speak to you and to the world around them. You can see it when their family and friends look at them.  You can tell by the joy that surrounds them on their wedding day.  Both Rachel and Brandon are that kind of good people.  From Rachel singing Once On This Island while putting on her wedding dress to the way Brandon touched her face when he arrived at her bedeken, the entire day was full of moments that simply brought tears to your eyes.  It was a joy to witness, to feel that love, and to document these moments for them and their incredible, incredible families.

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

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Summer Wedding at the Gramercy Park Hotel

Summer Wedding at the Gramercy Park Hotel

Who? : Cristina + Daniel

What? : Preparations, wedding ceremony, and reception at an iconic NYC hotel.  Portraits outside of the hotel with a vintage cab.

Where?  The Gramercy Park Hotel, Manhattan

When? : August 2018

Combine my favorite rooftop venue, two gorgeous human beings, some of my favorite past clients ever, a sunset so delicious and cool that I swear fall is right around the corner, and a dance party with the Manhattan skyline behind it and you get Cristina and Daniel’s evening at the Gramercy Park Hotel.  Full of kindness, laughter, food, wine, and dancing, this entire evening was flawless from start to finish.

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

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Wedding at the Crystal Tea Room

Wedding at the Crystal Tea Room

Who? : Sara + Ben

What? : Preparations in a hotel, first look at Philadelphia’s City Hall, portraits around Philly, ceremony and reception in a historic ballroom.

Where? :  The Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When? : June 2018

Ben and Sara, along with their fantastic coordinator Jennifer Supper of Kaleidoscope Weddings, planned for their wedding day to be a total rainstorm from start to finish.  Instead of the deluge that we were so worried about, we were treated to a pleasantly cool, dreamy Philly day.  “If only we had a LITTLE crazy rain for just ONE dramatic shot” we all said as we finished the portrait session…only to have a crazy torrential rain pour all over the end of the reception for one final shot.  Talk about perfect weather!  Much like the weather itself, Ben and Sara were cool, calm, and collected – and why wouldn’t they have been?  Their day was seamless, from start to finish!

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

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Wedding at the Madison Hotel

Wedding at the Madison Hotel

Who? : Rosalia + Brad

What? : Indoor winter wedding in a hotel greenhouse with a ballroom reception

Where? : The Madison Hotel, Morristown, New Jersey

When? : February 2018

I first met this remarkable groom at his sister’s wedding – and I swear it was only about a year ago.  It just goes to show that time moves in crazy ways, because his sister and her husband now have two children with one more on the way!  This wedding at the Madison Hotel brought together family and friends in one remarkable, snowy, cozy day.

It takes a special couple to brave possible inclement weather and have a winter wedding.  It takes an even more special couple to be willing to brave the sudden torrential downpour of snow for a few night portraits.  There is something so remarkable about starting your wedding ceremony with a bright sky and ending it with a flurry of puffy, sweet snowflakes.  Like this incredible duo, it was simply breathtaking.

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

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New Year’s Eve Wedding

New Year’s Eve Wedding in Philadelphia

Who? : Becca + Hal

What? : Nighttime indoor ceremony and ballroom reception at Philadelphia’s The Logan Hotel (formerly the Philadelphia Four Seasons)

Where? : The Logan

When? : December 2017

If you want to throw a killer party for your family and closest friends, what is the best day of the year to ensure that party atmosphere?  New Year’s Eve, of course!  Every time I shoot a New Year’s Eve wedding I always end up documenting one of the best parties of the year.

I have adored Becca since our first communication (set up by her magnificent wedding planner, Gina).  We talked all things theatre, hit it off immediately, and I just knew that was the beginning of an excellent relationship.  After meeting Hal at their Philadelphia engagement session, it was evident that this couple was a spectacular one.

Becca and Hal chose to celebrate their marriage at Philadelphia’s beautiful Logan Hotel.  Despite the weather being in single digits, it was warm and inviting inside.  The ceremony took place under a beautifully illuminated chuppah, and then the party moved into the iconic Logan ballroom for hours of dinner, toasts, and dancing.

Becca and Hal, thank you for having me at one of the wildest parties of 2017!  It’s always an honor to ring in the new year at a wedding, and it’s extra special when clients are as marvelous as you two!

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

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Wedding at Current Chelsea Piers

Wedding at Current Chelsea Piers

Who? : Janine + Robert

What? : Indoor church ceremony, outdoor winter portraits, and indoor modern ballroom reception

Where? : Current Chelsea Piers, Manhattan, New York

When? : November 2017

I am often asked by clients “What can I do to get the best wedding pictures possible?”  My answer might sound flippant, but it’s honest and true : “Be happy.”  That’s it – just be happy.  Happiness radiated off of Janine and Robert all day at their wedding at Current Chelsea Piers, from Janine getting ready at the magnificent Gramercy Park Hotel, to their gorgeous church ceremony, through to their joy-filled reception at Current.

Probably the most noticeable example of be happy happened during the portraits.  It was freezing – and not just kind of cold.  It was the first truly bone-numbing day of the 2017 winter season, with temperatures plummeting to an abrupt 26 that felt like 18.  Janine and Robert braved the outside for spectacular sunset pictures and gorgeous images on the cobblestone streets of the Meatpacking District.  They were happy.  And this wedding at Current Chelsea Piers was spectacular.

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

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Wedding at the Red Lion Inn

Wedding at the Red Lion Inn

Who? : Lisa + Marc

What? : New Year’s Eve wedding in a rustic, warm historic Inn

Where? : The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset, Massachusetts

When? : December 2016

This winter wedding at the Red Lion Inn in Cohasset, Massachusetts was everything you’d want a New Year’s Eve party to be!  The bride and groom got ready in the Inn itself, had their first look on the Inn’s lawn, snuggled to stay warm in the winter chill, and then moved inside for their wedding ceremony and reception.  The whole day exuded the same warmth that the bride and groom do, a sweetness and light that makes for a phenomenal celebration!

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Wedding vendors:

  • Photographer : Susan Stripling
  • Hairstylist : B. Makeup and Brow Boutique
  • Makeup Artist : Danielle Scanlon-Hill
  • Videographer : Latmier Studios
  • Entertainment : Wilston Steven’s Entertainment – Band: Splash!
  • Bridal Gown : Your Dream Bridal/Malinda Macari
  • Florist : Fleur Events/Carlos Alvarez
  • Stationary/Lettering : Urban Farm Girl Design/Cindy Hughes

 

 

 

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Whitby Castle Wedding

I had been worried about the weather for this Whitby Castle wedding for months.  After having their engagement session rained out three times, I think this couple was more than deserving of the unseasonably wonderful weather they received!  I was so glad to see that our “weather curse” didn’t follow them all the way until their wedding day!

Whitby Castle at the Rye Golf Club is a sprawling wedding venue in Rye, New York.  Modeled after England’s Whitby Abbey, Whitby Castle is a true oasis in Westchester County.  It has the unique feel of a manor home, while being just a short drive away from the city.

The bride and groom started their day at a nearby Westchester hotel before moving to a church for their ceremony.  After a receiving line and family portraits at the church, we moved to Whitby Castle for their cocktail hour and reception.  At one point the bride called the day her “perfect Pinterest wedding”, and she was right!  Not a single detail was left overlooked, with the bride tending to the look of the day with a beautifully personal touch.

Here is a slideshow of highlights from the day:

Here are some of my favorite images from their wedding:

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The bride wore a gorgeous Pronovias gown with a bolero. The bolero had long lace sleeves, and the entire top covered her strapless dress top. After the ceremony, she was able to remove the bolero and have a completely different look for her wedding reception!
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The couple requested that their first look take place on this staircase. I was thrilled to find the mirrored wall next to me, using it to create a reflection of this incredibly important moment.
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To do (or not do) a first look is something that many couples debate about. Do they want to see each other before they go down the aisle? This bride and groom decided on a first look so that they could get pictures taken in natural light. It can be tricky to work the schedule of a winter wedding around the sunset time, and for this reason the first look was a perfect decision for these two!
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Weddings are full of many moments, both big and small. I love this quiet moment with the flower girl while she looks at the bride’s ring.
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I love it when couples opt for striking getaways at the end of their wedding reception. The bride and groom chose to spend this moment with their bridal party, which resulted in a dramatic (and very personal!) moment.

To see more teasers from this Whitby Castle wedding, check out our Instagram!