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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:

Private Club Wedding in Manhattan

Private Club Wedding in Manhattan

Who? : Kendall + Jesse

What? : Preparations in a NYC hotel, ceremony and reception at a private club, portraits after the reception in Central Park

Where?  Private club, Manhattan

When? : November 2018

The first time I talked to Kendall on the phone it was like chatting with an old friend.  We hit it off immediately, running through a million topics with the rapid patter of people who had known each other for years.  That explosion of joy continued when I met Kendall and Jesse in Brooklyn Bridge Park a few weeks later for their sunrise engagement session, my most vivid memory of that session being so much laughter.  (And we met a puppy that looked like a piglet, oh it was the best morning.)

I have all of my wedding clients fill out a worksheet in the months leading up to their actual event date.  Some of the questions are expected ones, like what time do you want your coverage to begin? and how many people will be giving toasts at your reception?  You know, those crucial logistics that help me get to know a wedding inside and out.  When asked about her vision for their wedding photography, Kendall said:

110% I was drawn to your work because of what you can do with light; its literally magic. Also, I KNOW you were at our engagement photos because I have looked (okay gawked) at the images 100 times, but it seems like you were only there with us for a sliver of a moment! I don’t know how, but you were able to document that morning while still allowing Jesse and I to be entirely in our own world. The way you were able to capture something so intimate without crowding and staging us was, again, genuinely magic. I am so at ease about the wedding day photos.

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

Kendall and Jesse got ready separately, but close by.  Once they were ready, they chose to see each other in the magnificent library of the club they were married at.  It was a quiet moment, and so sweet to see them get a little time together before the hustle and bustle of family photographs began! How do you even begin to describe someone like Kendall?  She’s gorgeous – that’s obvious just by looking at her.  She’s also gorgeous inside.  When she looks at you, it’s with the blazing joy of the sun.  Everything about her just RADIATES.  She’s a huge hug in human form, and she and Jesse are magnetic together. What to say about this sunny sweet ceremony?  I could go on for days about the light, the space itself, the crystal-clear sweetness of their vows, the charming openness of their tears, but what is that they say?  A picture says a thousand words?  If it does, these pictures scream JOY from the top of the tallest Manhattan building, straight into the sky.
After the ceremony, there were a few more family portraits, and then it was off to their brunch.  I LOVE the way that Kendall and Jesse celebrated their day : wholly them.  The ceremony was in the morning, and the “reception” was an intimate brunch that was over by midafternoon. After brunch, it was time for pictures of the two of them together – I know, what a fun timeline, right?  The ceremony and reception behind them, we hopped into a vintage cab and headed over to Central Park to chase the sunset together.

I LOVED seeing how this timeline unfolded.  They had an incredible day, followed by time alone together.  Moving the portraits to after the entire reception freed up much of the earlier part of the day, while still allowing lots of time in the park later! Frozen fingers, frozen toes, and one of my favorite spots in the entire city.   The first place I ever took portraits in New York was at Bethesda Terrace, and every time I go back my heart expands just a little bit more.

After this last image, the sun fully set over the park and we realized that I was the only one with a phone and the ability to call an Uber.  Kendall and Jesse and I carpooled back over to their hotel, where they informed me they were taking a very long nap and then having a bunch of their friends over for a nighttime party in their suite.  The perfect end to a perfect day?  I think so.

Kendall and Jesse, y’all have my heart.

Fall Wedding at Riverside Farm

Fall Wedding at Riverside Farm

Who? : Anna Lee + Bill

What? : Preparations, ceremony, and reception in a private Vermont barn wedding venue

Where?  Riverside Farm, Pittsfield, Vermont

When? : October 2018

A bride who has dedicated her career to caring for others, loves museums, and finds joy in travel.  A groom who dreams of owning his own BBQ restaurant and loves mountain bikes, backpacking, and camping.  Add these two amazing human beings together, bind their love with an unwavering faith, and pledge forever to each other with an engagement amidst the bluebonnets.    It’s only fitting that such joyous human beings say “I do” under the flawless Vermont fall foliage, surrounded by an unseasonably warm day that can only have been brought with them from Texas!  Anna Lee and Bill,  you’re both glorious rays of sunny Texas sunshine.  Thank you for making that fall Vermont day all the brighter!

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

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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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Wedding at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Wedding at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Who? : Lindsay + Craig

What? : Preparations, ceremony, and reception in a hotel overlooking the Manhattan skyline.  Portraits around DUMBO, Brooklyn, as well as Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Where? 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

When? : September 2018

As a decade-long resident of Brooklyn, it’s no secret that this borough is my favorite.  If I had to narrow down my favorite places in incredible Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park would almost always come out on top.  I love the gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline, the too-numerous-to-count locations for wedding and engagement portraits, and the amazing neighborhood that continues to grow and thrive.  What better place to have a wedding?  Add to this awesome spot two marvelous human beings, a team of tremendous vendors, and an immeasurable sweetness and you’ve got the perfect summer wedding.

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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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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Wedding at 26 Bridge in DUMBO

Wedding at 26 Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park

Who? : Flo + Chris

What? : Preparations at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, the ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park, portraits in DUMBO, and a reception in a renovated metal factory

Where? : 26 Bridge, Brooklyn, New York

When? : June 2018

When I showed up to Flo’s room at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, I was met with a floor and beds strewn with flower debris.  “We’re making the bouquets…right now.  Corsages, too!” a bridesmaid told me, and it was love at first sight.  From the flower-field of destruction on their hotel room floor to Chris’s lip-lock with a piece of seaweed, the caress of a groomsman’s leg during door games to a ceremony overlooking the best view in all of Brooklyn, Flo and Chris planned a day filled with love, laughter, and great senses of humor.  It was a huge joy to document this day for them,  and the trust that they placed in me was a huge honor.

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

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Winter Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Winter Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Who? : Anna + Max

What? : Indoor greenhouse wedding and reception with outdoor portraits

Where? : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York

When? : March 2018

It takes a brave duo to plan a botanic garden wedding in the wintertime – especially with the winter that we’ve been having this year!  Anna and Max crafted a day that was them from start to finish, from getting ready in their own apartment to their deeply personal, meaningful ceremony.  They even braved the wintery cold for a few outdoor portraits before their ceremony!

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

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Wedding at the Hotel Du Village

Wedding at the Hotel Du Village

Who? : Names withheld by client request

What? : Outdoor ceremony and portraits, indoor wedding reception

Where? : Hotel Du Village, New Hope, Pennsylvania.

When? : September 2017

I had never worked at the gorgeous Hotel Du Village before this gorgeous wedding day.  I quickly came to learn that a wedding at the Hotel Du Village was right up my alley.  There were multiple orgeous interior locations where I could work with quirky, charmingly directional light.  There were beautiful outdoor locations for portraits of the couple together.  There were beautiful backgrounds and brilliant light for the family photographs.  There was a great outdoor location for a ceremony, and an equally great location for the indoor reception.  To cap it all off, there was a brilliant, beautiful, phenomenal couple to work with.  What more could any wedding photographer ask for?

THANK YOU both for trusting me with your day.  It was an honor and a pleasure to meet you and work with you.

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

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Fall Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Fall Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Who? : Kelsey + Brad

What? : Outdoor garden ceremony and indoor greenhouse reception at a botanic garden in Brooklyn

Where? : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York

When? : September 2017

I’ve talked many times about how much I love the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  From the revamped bridal suite to the abundant locations for photography, there is a reason that this Brooklyn venue is on my list of recommended places to get married in the city!  It’s always a great joy to work at a place I love with people that I love, and Brad and Kelsey are really great people.  From the views in Kelsey’s hotel room to the unexpected brilliant sunshine during their portraits, this fall wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was joyous from start to finish.

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

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Wedding at Rock Creek Gardens

Wedding at Rock Creek Gardens

Who? : Jocinda + Keith

What? : Outdoor garden ceremony and tented reception

Where? : Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, Washington

When? : August 2017

Being hired to photograph the wedding of another wedding photographer is an extraordinarily huge honor.  Jocinda and Keith are both photographers, which made the honor doubly incredible.  I was blown away by the beauty of Rock Creek Gardens, the incredibly sweet way Jocinda and Keith are around each other, and the sheer brilliance of the light in Puyallup.  The air had a dreamy haze because of wildfires in Canada, and everything shimmered in the unseasonably warm temperatures.  Jocinda and Keith planned a day with beautiful details, plenty of time for sweet portraits, a faithful and heartfelt ceremony, and a reception under a crisp white tent.  It was a gorgeous day, made even more beautiful by the two amazing people who were married under that brilliantly hot Washington summer sun.

Here is a slideshow teaser of the day:

And here are just a brief few of my favorite images:
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Summer Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Summer Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Who? : Rita + Andre

What? : Outdoor garden ceremony and indoor greenhouse reception at an botanic garden…in the rain!

Where? : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York

When? : June 2017

This gorgeous venue has such a place in my heart.  Partly it’s because I live within walking distance, partly because it’s just so dreamily, insistently perfect.  I have never seen the rain held off from a wedding ceremony by sheer will and determination, but on this day I did!  The downpours stopped precisely twice : once for the portraits of Rita and Andre together, and once for the brief outdoor ceremony. It was an honor to document the wedding of these two dynamic individuals.  From Rita’s impeccable red lips to Andre’s gorgeous heart, the day was a dream from start to finish.  (There was even a rainbow.  Because of course there was!)

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

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To see some more images from Brooklyn Botanic Gardens weddings, click here, here, and here.

Wedding at Old Westbury Gardens and Pine Hollow Country Club

Wedding at Old Westbury and Pine Hollow

Who? : Eroulia + Michael

What? : Greek wedding at a church, pictures at a historic garden, and reception at a country club

Where? : Wedding at the Church of Holy Resurrection in Glen Head, pictures at Old Westbury Gardens in Westbury, New York, and reception at Pine Hollow Country Club in East Norwich, New York.

When? : May 2017

This incredible day was flawless from start to finish.  From their engagement session to the wedding day itself, Eroulia and Michael were a delight to work with.  We began the day at Eroulia’s parents’ house, moved to the church for their gorgeous Greek wedding ceremony, and then went to the extraordinary Old Westbury Gardens for their wedding day portraits.  After that it was time to go to Pine Hollow Country Club for a few more family portraits and then their cocktail hour and reception.  It was a joyous day full of dancing, love, and phenomenal nods to their Greek heritage.

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The Hill in Hudson Wedding

It’s hard to put my finger on what made this particular The Hill in Hudson wedding so extraordinary.  Perhaps it was the preparations at the Ham House, one of the most spectacular getting-ready locations I’ve ever photographed at.  Maybe it was the bride herself, her particular joy, her open smile and ready laugh.  Possibly it was the groom, with his “special wedding socks” and joyful charm.  Could it have been the Sol Lewitt – inspired chuppah for the ceremony, and open cube chandeliers at the reception?  Or the custom chargers that the groom’s mother lovingly decoupaged with Walton Ford artwork?  I truly think that it was all of the above, and so much more.  These two are such spectacular people separately, and together they are a brilliant force of brains, beauty, and brightness.  It was an extraordinary honor to travel to their wedding at The Hill in Hudson!

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I started the day with the bride’s gorgeous engagement ring, her stellar pair of gold Jimmy Choo wedges, and some of the brilliant light that the Ham House had to offer.
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The bride’s glorious Inbal Dror gown was accessorized perfectly with this delicate headpiece.
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I cannot possibly articulate the hundreds of reasons that this Inbal Dror gown was flawless. From the beading at the hips to the perfect cut and drape of the fabric, it’s one of my favorite gowns of all time – and the bride wore it gorgeously.
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Bourgeon really went above and beyond when it came to the floral design of the wedding. Every detail was perfect, and fit the aesthetic of the event precisely.
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The bride and groom both got ready at the Ham House. This made the timing of the day even more effortless, as I could just switch rooms with ease.
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I love this image of the groom getting ready, while his nephews-to-be took a quick bath! These boys were adorable, full of energy, and wore their cream-colored suits to perfection.
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As a wedding photographer, light is so important to me. How flawless is this light? The Ham House is an incredible getting-ready location. If you’re getting married in the Hudson area, I highly suggest it!
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While the bride and groom had no real official “bridal party”, they got ready surrounded by their family and friends. The atmosphere was fantastic!
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The bride and groom opted to see each other before the wedding ceremony and the signing of the chuppah. This gave us a great amount of time to create portraits of the two of them together. This also meant that we could accomplish all of their family portraits pre-ceremony, allowing them time to go straight to cocktail hour after the ceremony was over!
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I am often asked how I get “great emotion” in my images. Trust me when I say that it’s not faked, prompted, or in any way posed! It’s always such a joy and honor when clients are themselves in front of my lens, allowing me to document the moments as they naturally happen.
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Before leaving the Ham House for their The Hill in Hudson wedding, the bride and groom spent a few minutes in the gardens. It was a great time together, as well as a wonderful opportunity to document some portraits of the two of them!
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If you’re ever in Tivoli, New York, you really should stay at the Ham House! The interiors are beautiful, the gardens are perfect, and there is even a pool!
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The sky threatened rain all day, but ultimately stayed clear. I loved the moody feel to the portraits, and the dreamy blur over the rest of the day.
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The bride and groom are glorious together. Sweet, funny, and always laughing – just my kind of people!
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After portraits of the bride and groom, their family, and their friends, it was off to the The Hill in Hudson for the signing of the ketubah and the wedding ceremony itself.
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The ketubah signing took place in an old barn, with the most brilliant light. I love when traditional ceremonies happen in untraditional places! The ketubah was modern, crisp, and fit the aesthetics of the day perfectly.
The Hill in Hudson wedding day
After the ketubah signing, the bride was escorted into the bridal suite. The guests were beginning to arrive, and the bride and groom needed to hide away. This is always a great opportunity to document more emotion, as well as the arrival of the guests!
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The bride was escorted down the aisle by her parents. How amazing is her bouquet? And how spectacular is her mother’s dress?!
The Hill in Hudson wedding ceremony
I love the symmetry of the bride and her mother, with the amazing emotional moment on the far right of the frame.
The Hill in Hudson wedding ceremony location
The custom chuppah was amazing. It was a great nod to the couple’s love of modern art, while still traditionally covering them during the ceremony. I love seeing clients bring their personal tastes to all aspects of the wedding day, and this one was especially excellent.
The Hill in Hudson wedding view
The wedding ceremony was sweet and light, filled with more laughter and joy. It really is wonderful to see a couple just let go and enjoy their day so fully.
outdoor The Hill in Hudson wedding
You can see their custom chuppah really well in the background of this image. Isn’t it great? I also love the expression on their faces, and the great wave from the groom!
The Hill in Hudson wedding ceremony recessional
As befitting the rest of the day, the bride and groom’s recessional was filled with joy and light. And how about her bouquet? Brilliant.
The Hill in Hudson wedding reception
After the ceremony, it was time to head into the The Hill in Hudson barn for the wedding reception.
The Hill in Hudson wedding reception location
There were toasts from the bride’s parents, the groom’s parents, and the bride and groom’s siblings. I always love seeing the action of the person giving the toast and the reaction of the bride and groom at the same time!
The Hill in Hudson wedding party
I adore that the guests crowded around the dance floor to watch the bride and groom dance their first dance as husband and wife.
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I love the twirl, the lift, and the emotion in this shot. I also REALLY love the champagne glass to camera left. How can you not toast a moment like this one?
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What is a dip without a kiss, really?
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After the first dance between the bride and groom, the bride danced with her father. This is always one of my favorite moments during a wedding receptino.
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The bond between father and daughter is such a wonderful one. I will always remember dancing with my dad at my wedding, and I can only hope that this bride treasures these images as much as I treasure mine!
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After the formal dances and toasts comes dinner. After dinner comes the party. And what a party it was!
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The DJ kept the dance floor packed all night long, and the groom showed off his impressive dance moves more than once!
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Before cutting the cake, the bride and groom took a few moments to address their guests. Their toast was moving and sweet, with more laughter and joy!
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The party kept going WELL into the night, with the dancing just getting more spectacular as the evening moved on….
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Clearly, cake cutting is SERIOUS business.
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You two, thank you so much. Your joy and laughter was infectious, and you are truly tremendous together. I hope Botswana is the honeymoon of your dreams, and I cannot thank you enough for the honor of being your wedding photographer. Party on, J and Dr. J!

Pleasantdale Chateau Wedding

A Pleasantdale Chateau wedding isn’t your average, ordinary wedding.  There is something so special about Pleasantdale, and every time I’ve been there I’ve been so sweetly impressed.  I clearly remember my first Pleasantdale Chateau wedding, which took place during an actual hurricane.  Hurricane Irene landed right on top of a past client’s wedding date, and I was blown away by how seamlessly the Pleasantdale staff handled such a crazy day!  I’ve been to Pleasantdale Chateau weddings in the rain, the fog, the sun, and on this brilliant fall day, in the beautiful moody autumn weather.

Pleasantdale Chateau wedding
We started the day in the Pleasantdale bridal suite. I am a huge fan of the cheerfully patterned wallpaper, the abundance of natural light, and the variety of locations for photography. I was able to spend a few minutes with the bride’s gorgeous engagement ring and delicate band, not to mention her super-sweet, super-tiny, super-darling blush peach Mrs. ring box!
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One thing I love about a wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau is the variety of backgrounds and locations for pictures throughout the entire estate. The wallpaper in this room is a particular favorite of mine. It looks almost like an old master background from a classic portrait studio! I love how the warmth of the background adds a warmth to the image itself, and how the soft light spilling through the window adds to the golden hue of the space.
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The getting-ready portion of the wedding day is always a wonderful opportunity to document moments! I love the dozens (if not hundreds!) of expressions that cross a bride’s face while she’s putting on her dress. This is one of my favorites!
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I am such a fan of the Mrs. box! It’s a wonderful alternative to an old-fashioned ring box from the jewelry store. They have so many colors that you can choose from, it’s easy to customize your box to the colors of your wedding!
Pleasantdale Chateau wedding photos
There are many wedding venues where one half of the couple gets a great room to prepare in, while the other gets a small space or no space at all! A Pleasantdale Chateau wedding comes with multiple rooms for brides, grooms, and bridal parties to get ready in. The groom had an amazing space all to himself (well, himself and a bunch of hatchets, but I digress…)
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Even though it was overcast outside, the light coming in through the windows was still direct and dreamy. I love these last few moments of preparation before the day really takes over and everything gets exciting and chaotic!
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I absolutely and completely love fall weddings. There is something so magical about the fall foliage. A Pleasantdale Chateau wedding is the perfect place to be in the fall. I love the turret peeking out of the foliage in the back of this image. It is such a gorgeous location for portraits!
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My clients often ask whether or not they “have to” do a first look, or whether or not they “should” do a first look. I truly believe that is not my decision to make for you. Whether you want to see each other before the ceremony or not, I can help you with a list of pros and cons for each decision. We will make it work, whatever you decide. The day is about YOU, and I truly do want you to choose what works best for you! At this Pleasantdale Chateau wedding, the first look worked best for these clients. I love their reaction to seeing each other for the first time!
Pleasantdale Chateau wedding pics
This image is a wonderful example of how, as a wedding photographer, you have to stay on top of the unfolding moments! Beautiful moments often lead to other beautiful moments. If you blink, you might miss them!
Pleasantdale Chateau wedding photographer
Isn’t it amazing when all the details you’ve planned for months come together? The floral team did a stellar job with matching the flowers to the rest of the wedding’s vintage glam aesthetic.
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While we had no sun for portraits, we did have marvelous scenery. I love the fall foliage and the dreamy light in this portrait!
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The bride and groom were so sweet with each other. Completely natural, joyous, and truly present in every moment. It was lovely to behold, and even lovelier to document!
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Every year, clients ask if I have suggestions as to when the fall foliage will be at it’s peak. It’s usually sometime within the last few weeks of October, and the first weeks of November. I was so glad to see that the trees were still holding their leaves for this wedding! It provided a beautiful backdrop for the wedding day portraits of the bride and groom together.
Pleasantdale Chateau wedding decor
The decor was wonderful, marrying the bride and groom’s aesthetic sensibilities with the warm, welcoming atmosphere of Pleasantdale Chateau. I love these vintage-styled cards for their seating card table!
Pleasantdale Chateau wedding reception
The decor for the reception also echoed that same aesthetic. Quietly glamorous, a little rustic, and infinitely welcoming.
reception at a Pleasantdale Chateau wedding
Some of my favorite moments take place during the introductions of the bridal party, family, and bride and groom. I love seeing their family and friends crowded around the floor, cheering them on!
Pleasantdale Chateau wedding party
I know this image is during the first dance, but how great is the bride’s headpiece? I loved the styling of her look, and how perfectly it fit in with the rest of the wedding decor and theme.
party at Pleasantdale Chateau wedding
Back to the moments of the wedding day – how great are toasts? I think the bride’s reaction says it all!
Pleasantdale Chateau wedding pics
As a witness to so many beautiful moments between families, I am always so honored to be there. Creating images that will live in a family for generations to come is a responsibility that I take very seriously, and am always grateful to each client who hires me for their wedding day!
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The bride’s dance with her father was full of so many stellar moments and reactions. It was hard to choose just two to post!
parent dance at a Pleasantdale Chateau wedding
Quiet moments speak just as loudly as the more exuberant ones. Quiet, loud, subtle, or sweet, I love moments of all kinds!
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The party was lively all night long! I was so very honored to be a part of this day, and even now this image makes me smile. I often get asked if I remember all of the weddings that I shoot. The answer is yes, I really do. When you spend week in and week out with such glorious people, how could you ever forget?

Fox Hollow Wedding

Lee and Chris’ Fox Hollow wedding had everything a summer wedding should have.  Beautiful light, warm but not-too-hot weather, an afternoon spent wandering in a garden, a touching outdoor ceremony, and a vibrant ballroom reception.  I am especially grateful to the bride and groom for arranging so much time in Old Westbury Gardens for their portraits.  It was lovely to see how important these images were to them, and I hope these do not disappoint!

Lee and Chris are both so vibrant, so funny, and so very lovely.  They’re gorgeous inside and out.  It was a great pleasure to spend the day with them and their families.  From the first emails we exchanged, to their engagement session along the Brooklyn Promenade, I knew these two were going to be a treat to work with.  Thank you both for choosing me to photograph your wedding.  It was a great pleasure.

Fox Hollow Wedding lodging
The bride started her day out at the Inn at Fox Hollow. Located just adjacent to the Fox Hollow venue itself, this hotel has gorgeous light and really beautiful rooms.
Fox Hollow Wedding Inn
I often mention how I strive to take new, creative images at every wedding I photograph. While I absolutely photographed the rings separately, I wanted to try something interesting with the beautiful light I found. All I needed was a mirror and my beloved Nikon D750, and I had a multiple exposure that I loved!
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The bride scheduled her day so well. There was ample time for images of her getting ready. There was time to go visit the groom and his groomsmen in their hotel room and photograph them as well. It was a great start to the day, with no rushing or hurrying necessary!
Fox Hollow Wedding pictures
Lee’s shoes were so delicate. I loved the soft, multi-layered flowers on the toes!
Fox Hollow Wedding reviews
Remember when I said that the light in the Fox Hollow Inn is gorgeous? Yup, still gorgeous.
Fox Hollow Wedding prices
The mother of the bride was on hand to help her daughter into her Maggie Sottero gown. I love the getting ready part of the day, it’s one of my favorite times during a wedding.
Fox Hollow Wedding Photography
The first time I met Lee in person, I was struck by her grace. She has such an elegance about her. She moves like a dancer. Even her hands are graceful!
Fox Hollow Wedding Pics
I love the final moments before a bride is completely dressed. The anticipation is just so marvelous. Whether she’s getting ready to see the groom for the first time, or heading out to her ceremony, something in the air changes. It’s really marvelous to behold.
Old Westbury Gardens wedding photography
The bride and groom arranged for their portrait session to take place at Old Westbury Gardens. It’s a fantastic space. They make sure that not too many brides and grooms are there at once, which makes for a very private portrait session. I recommend it highly for any Woodbury-area weddings!
Old Westbury Gardens photography permit
We had an uninterrupted hour to ourselves at Old Westbury Gardens, and it was wonderful. The heat rose briefly, before falling again. The bride and groom were total troupers in the heat!
Old Westbury Gardens wedding photos
Our guide at Old Westbury Gardens even took us to an out-of-the-way location that was simply stunning. She saw what I had been doing with the light during the first part of the portrait session and mentioned that I’d “probably just love!” this area. She was right. I did!
wedding photo session at Old Westbury Gardens
The architecture at Old Westbury Gardens is really spectacular. The grounds are meticulously maintained, and everywhere you turn there is a great photo opportunity.
Old Westbury Gardens wedding
This image exemplifies everything that I love about wedding photography. There is dramatic light. There are gorgeous, deep shadows. There is a beautiful environment. Most of all, there is a natural connection between the bride and groom. You can pose the prettiest pictures in the most dramatic of locations, but if there is no real moment between the couple, there is no real picture. Lee and Chris are tremendous together. I cannot be more thankful to them for granting me this moment. You guys are amazing.
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When the heat broke and the sun started to drop low in the sky, the clouds turned amber. It was really wonderful to witness.
wedding pictures Old Westbury Gardens
Whenever I have time with the bride and groom together, I always try to create a few images of the bride alone. Sometimes it’s tough to do because of time constraints. but there was ample time on this day to create some beautiful portraits of Lee alone.
Fox Hollow wedding ceremony
After the portrait session at Old Westbury Gardens, it was back to Fox Hollow for the wedding ceremony.
ceremony at a Fox Hollow wedding
I always love trying to find a new angle during ceremonies. It’s not always possible, especially if you’re in a church, but I was able to quietly walk the perimeter of the ceremony itself. If I’m going to be behind the actual ceremony location, I always want to find somewhere unobtrusive. I don’t ever want to be a distraction to the guests!
Fox Hollow wedding venue
I love the flowers in the arbor here! Lee and Chris made excellent decor choices, even during the ceremony.
Fox Hollow wedding ballroom
Lee and Chris’ first dance was sweet, heartfelt, and really charming!
Fox Hollow wedding decor
I love being able to see the reactions of the guests in the background. This is always such an emotional time in the day!
Fox Hollow wedding reception
After the formalities, it was time for a party!

 

Lee and Chris, thank you for having me document your day!  I hope your time in Long Island was wonderful, and that you were welcomed back to Jacksonville with beautiful weather!