Bring on the Sunshine: Beach Weddings

All of the senses are engaged at beach weddings.  The water laps, the air is crisp, the sand touches your feet, and of course, the views are all-encompassing.  A few of my favorite shots at beach weddings over the years.

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Romantic NoHo Wedding

Ah, weddings.  We often talk about the fabulous venues, gorgeous dresses, beautiful flowers... the details.  But in addition to that, it's the subtle moments, connections and laughter that truly warm up the photos.  I had the joy of capturing it all at this New York City wedding. 

Valentine's Day: Hidden Moments at Weddings

In celebration of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd post some of my most romantic shots at weddings. My favorite moments are those that others don't see. The secret kiss over dinner, the embrace after the "first look", the look of a groom's face when he sees his bride walk down the aisle. The hidden moments are ones that aren't cliche or staged, but rather an authentic connection between two people.  Happy Valentine's Day! 

Red Maple Vineyard Wedding

Red Maple Vineyard was a stunning backdrop for Carlee and Matt's late summer wedding. I had the privilege of photographing Carlee's brother's wedding several years back in NYC so I was happy to see her family again for another celebration. The natural beauty of this Hudson Valley venue was coupled with personalized details and a few references to their shared alma mater, Colgate University. I had a wonderful time photographing their wedding and I hope to return to Red Maple again. Congrats to Carlee and Matt!

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10 Amazing Wedding Venues in NYC

I've been photographing weddings in the New York City area for over 10 years and I can proudly say that I've worked at some of the most interesting venues in town. Here is a list of 10 of my favorites venues for weddings in New York City for photography (in no particular order):

1) The Metropolitan Club off of 5th Avenue is old New York at its finest. The ornate detail in the ceremony and reception rooms are spectacular and make such an impact in photos. Look at those ceilings!

2) Continuing with the Old New York theme, the New York Yacht Club in midtown boasts one of the largest collections of model sail boats in the country. It's surprising to find such a gem like this right in the middle of Manhattan. The ceiling in the main dining room is made of Tiffany glass. So beautiful!

3) Old Jewish New York can be found at the amazing Angel Orensanz Foundation on the Lower East Side. A former synagogue turned art and event space, the building has amazing character and ambiance.

4) Sometimes is all about the view. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel's event space looks right over Columbus Circle and Central Park. You really can't get a more spectacular view of Manhattan than this.

5) Most views require you to look out a window, but not at 620 Loft and Gardens. Here you can have your ceremony or cocktail hour overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. The beautifully manicured garden is a nice contrast to the sharp lines of the city scape.

6) The penthouse terrace on the top floor of the Gramercy Park Hotel can't be beat for its warm, romantic ambiance. The string lights that line the ceiling are great for photos. 

7) Over in Brooklyn, I've had wonderful wedding shoots at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It's lovely to be in a huge city but have access to this lush, sprawling botanic garden. Cocktail hour by the lily pond is breathtaking.

8) Another garden wedding can be had at Wavehill in the Bronx. Receptions happen in a tudor-style historic house on the grounds and ceremony and portraits can be taken anywhere in the gardens. A view of the Hudson River is a nice bonus for this beautiful spot. I love photographing here!

9) I photographed here several years ago but it was definitely one to remember. The Chinese Scholar Garden in Snug Harbor (Staten Island) is as far removed from the intensity of New York City as you can get. The pavilion, paths, rocks  and waterfalls are incredible for wedding photography.

10) And, finally, sometimes a warehouse full of vintage furniture and decorations is all you need for some creative wedding photography. The Metropolitan Building in Long Island City has been a long-time favorite of mine because it has dramatic lighting and excellent props.



Summer Wedding in New Jersey

Murphy and Corbin had a beautiful day for their summer wedding in New Jersey. The ceremony was at Kean University's Liberty House and the tented reception was at the family's home. The wedding celebration had many family traditions and personal touches. The bride designed her own gorgeous wedding dress and several family members performed music during the reception. They are a beautiful couple on the inside and out and a joy to work with. Congrats to Murphy + Corbin!

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Sara + Blake: Fall Brooklyn Wedding

Exactly two months ago today I photographed Sara and Blake's wedding on a beautiful fall day in Dumbo. After their first look under the Manhattan Bridge, we walked around the cobblestone streets for some fun portraits with graphitti art and the Brooklyn Bridge as the backdrop. The ceremony and reception was at 26 Bridge, a former metal factory turned event space. The industrial yet warm interior was a perfect setting for this lovely wedding. Guests partied hard and an impromptu hora at the end of the night was certainly a highlight of the night. Congrats Sara and Blake!!

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Alex + Kerry: Brooklyn Heights Engagement

I photographed Alex's sister's wedding three years ago so I was thrilled when Alex asked me to photograph her upcoming winter wedding at the Tribeca Rooftop. We did their engagement photos in Brooklyn Heights this fall and I fell in love with all of the beautiful architecture, including a really picturesque street of carriage houses. We were't the only ones to love the carriage houses-check out the headless horseman we met on the bike. So strange and so Brooklyn! I can't wait to photograph their wedding next month!