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Wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau

Wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau

Who? : Rachel + Joseph

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

Where?  Pleasantdale Chateau

When? : April 2019

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

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

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

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

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Ocean Club Bahamas Wedding

Ocean Club Bahamas Wedding

Who? : Jenny + James

What? : Rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception at the Four Seasons resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas

Where?  The Ocean Club

When? : January 2019

I first met Jenny and James at Jenny’s sister’s Philadelphia wedding.  I was immediately besotted with Jenny, Meredith, their brother, their parents, and their entire family.  At once loving, tight-knit, warm and welcoming, they’re also funny, sweet, and know how to throw a spectacular party.  When Jenny’s amazing event planner Tracie Domino called me about Jenny’s destination wedding, I practically tripped over myself with my excitement to work with this amazing family again.

From the rehearsal dinner by the beach to dinner and dancing under a tent covered in fairy lights, the entire weekend was perfect.  I know that words on wedding photography blogs start to sound the same after awhile – everyone has amazing clients, everyone has amazing weekends, every venue is amazing.  But these people?  This weekend?  These families?  Amazing is the only word for it.  I can’t wait for the next wedding, the next party, and the next time I get to work with these spectacular human beings.  Jenny, James, Meredith, Meredith’s James, Andrew, Carol, Bob – you’re the best.  Always and forever.

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

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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 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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Rainy day wedding at Capitale

Wedding at Capitale

Who? : Dani + Jordan

What? : Indoor wedding and reception in a former bank in Manhattan

Where? : Capitale

When? : May 2018

What do you get when you combine a rainy summer day, a converted bank building, a fantastic dance party, and some of the warmest people I’ve ever met?  You get Dani and Jordan’s wedding day.  From the first time I met this dynamic couple I knew their day was going to be full of sweetness and light – and Dani’s infectious laugh.  I’ve always been a fan of the dark, dreamy architecture of Manhattan’s converted bank wedding venues, and this couple used the space to perfection.

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

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Early Spring Wedding at the Bridge Building

Who? : Erin + Dave

What? : Indoor wedding and reception overlooking Nashville

Where? :  The Bridge Building, Nashville, Tennessee

When? : March 2018

I have been a destination wedding photographer for well over a decade and a half now.  It began when I was a wedding photographer in Florida, traveling from Tallahassee to Miami at first to shoot weddings on the beaches in the southern part of the state.  As my work in Miami became more frequent, clients began hiring me to go to the Bahamas and nearby islands to shoot their destination weddings.  As the years rolled by, one destination wedding shoot led to another, then another, then another.

With a busy wedding season here in New York, it’s always nice to take a weekend here and there and travel to a new location for an event.  This incredible couple hired me to go to Nashville for their wedding.  Despite yet another nor’easter  battering New York, everyone was able to make the trip (some earlier than planned, some later!) down to slightly warmer Nashville for the celebration.

After a weekend full of hot chicken, walks around downtown, avoiding the crowds in town for the Eagles concert, navigating crazy soccer-related travel, and bits of rain, I’m back home in New York.  But I’d be lying if I said my heart wasn’t still back down south with Erin, Dave, their remarkable families, and wonderful friends.  It was a warm, welcoming weekend, and it was such an honor to work with such and incredible couple.

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

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