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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 at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club

Wedding at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club

Who? : Casey + Jack

What? : Preparations, first look, portraits, cocktail hour, and reception at a turn of the century manor house in Sleepy Hollow, New York.  Ceremony at a nearby church.

Where?  The Sleepy Hollow Country Club

When? : October 2018

I first met Jack and Casey via an email from Jack’s mother that read : “We heard about your and your marvelous photography from our friends.”  It’s always excellent to begin that way, when a past client hands my name over, knowing that I’m going to take care of their loved ones and that we’ll be a great fit together.  And we were, right from the start.  Jack and Casey are from amazing families, with warm, incredible mothers, fantastic fathers, and a sprawl of siblings, cousins, and friends that surround them with so much love that you can’t remember where friend stops and family begins.

Their wedding was on a fall day so clear and bright, and so full of light that it was only inevitable that it slide towards the most flawless of orange sunsets and end in a blaze of sparklers on the steps of the club.  Jack and Casey, thank you for being bright, amazing human beings and bringing me into your day.  Documenting it for you was as much of a treat as the gorgeous cool weather!

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

sleepy hollow country club bride getting ready
Casey got ready in one of the rooms at the club. These rooms aren’t just rooms, they’re little kingdoms full of direct beams of light, high ceilings, and magic. I can’t imagine a more gorgeous, fitting space to get ready for a wedding than at the club itself. I mean, LOOK at that LIGHT. (And that gorgeous woman, too!)
sleepy hollow country club groom getting ready room
Not to be outdone, Jack had his one room one floor up to get ready in. Unsurprisingly, he also had some pretty perfect sunshine.
sleepy hollow country club guest rooms
It’s October. I’ve been on a horror movie kick, and nothing has been creeping me out (and amazing me) quite like the new Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. When I saw the praying statue, I knew I had a great element to add to the already-awesome shot of Casey getting her lips touched up. Someone to watch over us indeed, am I right?
sleepy hollow country club pictures
Casey’s hair was PERFECT. Smooth and sleek, but with boho braids to lighten the look.
sleepy hollow country club wedding
Light, light, light. You know I love it. It was everywhere, around every corner, in front of every perfectly placed window. Seeing moments come to life in that setting was nothing short of completely magical.
sleepy hollow country club first look location
“Some people like to do their first look on the stairs,” someone at the venue told me. I am pretty sure they suggested a few other spots, but it was all white noise once my eyes locked on this staircase. Drenched in directional light, warm and welcoming, where better to lay eyes on your loved one for the first time on your wedding day? Hi, drama.
sleepy hollow country club wedding pictures
Then it was time for a quick stroll around the grounds of the club for some images pre-ceremony.

sleepy hollow country club wedding pictures

sleepy hollow country club wedding photography
Sometimes weddings are crazy, sometimes they’re calm. No matter how the day is flowing (and this one flowed with extreme peace and ease!), I always try to take time to do that little something EXTRA. This day’s extra was brought to you by arching trees, a bright sky, and a little in-camera double exposure action.
sleepy hollow wedding photographer
The most insanely cinematic beam of light burst through the stained glass windows the second the door opened on Casey and her father.

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After the ceremony Jack and Casey hopped in her mom’s red convertible, put the top down, and sped off towards the cocktail hour, Casey’s bouquet waving in the air.
sleepy hollow country club cocktail hour location
Cocktail hour sprawled across the lawn behind the club – I LOVE these two men chatting, oblivious to the fact that a overexcited photographer was insanely grinning from the back steps over the symmetry, the light, and the shadows behind them.
sleepy hollow country club sunset
A quick sunset shot? Don’t mind if I do.
sleepy hollow country club staircase
…and a few more portraits of Casey? Yes, please. Jack’s mother had requested an image of Casey on the stairs, and I was only too happy to oblige.
sleepy hollow country club reception tent
The reception took place on the back lawn, under a tent. The sun set directly through the clear sides of the tent, bathing the tables in the warmest of light.
sleepy hollow country club reception decor
Jack and Casey had a choreographed first dance. They’re great dancers, this is true. But what really stays with me, even now, is how HAPPY they were, how lively, how cheerfully overjoyed. THAT makes a great first dance.

sleepy hollow country club photos
After a lively first dance, it was time for two pretttttty spectacular parent dances.

sleepy hollow country club reception
…and then it was time to party!
sleepy hollow country club sparkler exit
When it was time to set up for the sparkler exit, we were dismayed to see that it had started drizzling. Who was going to want to go out in THAT for a sparkler exit? Turns out? EVERYONE.
sleepy hollow country club pics
Good night and good bye, what a gorgeous ending to the first truly fall wedding of the year. Crisp light, crisp weather, incredible people, an amazing party – let’s do it again next year y’all, okay? One year anniversary party? Just name the place, I’ll be there.