Michelle & Tyler | Roblar Winery, Santa Ynez, CA

 

It's always a joy to witness the beginning of a marriage. With Michelle & Tyler, I not only got the chance to photograph the happiness on their wedding day, but got to see their undeniable connection when meeting with them prior to the big day. I remember thinking how did these two find each other in such a big city? I thought how lucky they were to have found a partner in one another. It was something in the way he looked at her and the way she easily laughed at his jokes. I'm a big believer in these kinds of seemingly little moments making up the solid foundation for a meaningful relationship. I wish them well in their married life and hope they look back on these photos often and fondly.

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Venue - Roblar Winery | Dress - Bali by Watters | Hair & Makeup - Iconic Pinups | Flowers -  Jenny Mann Floral Design | Cake & Cupcakes - Enjoy Cupcakes | Ceremony Musician - Christopher Wooley | DJ - Zachariah with  | Table & Chair Rentals - Santa Ynez Valley Elite Events | Transportation -  Jump on the School Bus

 

 

Karen & Patrick | Private Courtyard, Pasadena, CA

 

No matter the size or venue or level of formality, I think that making your wedding your very own makes for the most memorable and special day. Karen & Patrick did just that. Friends played music, Patrick made photo booklets with images he shot, there was a traditional Korean paebaek ceremony, and their sweet dog was the ring bearer. The pourover coffee station during cocktail hour may have been my favorite thing!

Ladies, consider a short dress! And those shoes!

There was a photo booklet at each table documenting every year of their relationship.

 

SUZANNA & RON | STATE LIBRARY VICTORIA & SAINT CRISPIN, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

 

Suzanna & Ron's bicoastal romance from LA to New York made it's way to Suzanna's hometown of Melbourne, Australia for their wedding. The intimate ceremony was held at the historic State Library of Victoria in the heart of the city. The day was a perfect blend of classic and modern elements including a 1950's Rolls Royce and a 5 course dinner at the ultra hip Saint Crispin. Needless to say, all of the details added up to an unforgettable celebration.

 

JACKIE & KYU | SADDLEROCK RANCH, CA

 

Jackie & Kyu's day combined a relaxed outdoor ceremony with a traditional Korean Paebaek ceremony during the reception. Although the couple met and live in New York City, they wanted to have their wedding where Kyu grew up in Southern California. Saddlerock Ranch provided the perfect backdrop for their stylish outdoor wedding. The day started off with Jackie cuddling with Stanley, the resident giraffe, and then promptly breaking out into a rash! It turns out she was allergic. Thankfully, a little allergy medicine cured the rash and she was off to the first look. Jackie had 3 Vera Wang gowns to wear throughout the course of the day and a traditional hanbok for the Paebaek ceremony. The Paebaek ceremony was filled with laughs as the couple caught about a dozen dates and chestnuts (representing the number of kids they will have). The night capped off with In-N-Out burgers. What's more California than that?!

 

Zee & Jesse | The Greenpoint Loft, Brooklyn, NY

 

To have witnessed the love and commitment between Zee & Jesse from their engagement session through their wedding day filled me with a sense of joy. Maybe it was their ease with one another or that their love stemmed from a friendship or that both of them are so genuine… I just knew I was lucky to be a part of such a special time in their lives. 

Their multi-cultural wedding included a Chinese tea ceremony and a traditional Jewish ceremony with a rabbi that effortlessly spoke in Mandarin for Zee's side of the family. Christine & Tara from Exquisite Affairs Productions, Inc. made the day flow from one special event to the next. See and hear more about their wedding over on Style Me Pretty.

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Venue: Greenpoint Loft | Planner: Exquisite Affairs Productions Inc. | Floral design: Blush Designs | Bride's Dress: Michelle Roth | Bride's Headpiece: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom's Suit: Canali | Hair & Make-up: MG Hair & Make-up | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Lighting: Universal Light & Sound | Caterer: The Raging Skillet | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Chalkboard Artist: Sharp Shooter Signs | Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths

 

Just Married | How to Celebrate your Wedding in Style



Visra & Chris' wedding at home is a part of Just Married! To be included in a book with such a wonderful group of photographers is a complete joy. Just Married, edited by celebrity wedding planner and stylist Fiona Leahy, celebrates weddings with a unique vision. The attention to detail and care in planning within each wedding shows how you can put a twist on tradition and make your wedding an unforgettable celebration for everyone involved.



Margaret & Drew | 632 on Hudson, New York, NY




I loved Margaret & Drew's wedding that combined a traditional church ceremony with a super unique reception. After the ceremony in a quaint West Village church, the couple and their families traveled via pedi-cabs to 632 on Hudson. If you haven't seen this wonderfully special venue, you're in for a treat. The owner, Karen Lashinsky, has traveled the world collecting pieces that fill the townhouse's intimate spaces. She truly has created a romantic and inspirational atmosphere that serves as an amazing backdrop for wedding celebrations.


Brie & Frank | Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY



Brie & Frank had a classically elegant affair at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The beautiful outdoor ceremony was followed by their reception held in the amazing glass-walled Palm House.

Starting with Brie's intricate Lela Rose lace dress (you couldn't dream up a more delicate, stunning dress or the perfect bride to wear it), the day was filled with so many wonderful highlights. Frank wrote their first dance song so that they would have a song all their own. I mean, how much better can it get? How about the fact that Frank's brother played the guitar and sang their original song live while Brie and Frank danced. Not to be outdone, Brie sang the first dance song from Frank's parent's wedding to celebrate their wedding anniversary. I'm not a big crier at weddings (usually because I'm focused on shooting), but this moment did make me a little teary. It emphasized the importance of the day and the dedication it takes to commit and share your life with the one you love.  



Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden; The Palm House | Floral design: Rountree Flowers | Bride's Dress: Lela Rose | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom & Groomsmen's Suits: Theory | Rings: B and A Jewelers | Hair: Woodley & Bunny | Make-up: Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry | Music: Hank Lane Music and Productions

Emily & Ryan | Gedney Farm, Great Barrington, MA



Fall, a farmhouse, and lots of love and laughter. To say that I loved Emily & Ryan's wedding is a complete understatement. The combination of a crisp Fall day, the calming feeling that nature undoubtedly provides, and witnessing two people so in love commit to sharing their lives together was as perfect as any day can get. Congratulations Emily & Ryan! 

Clementine & Pablo | Private residence, Bedminster, NJ


Clementine & Pablo (don't their names alone sound like the start of a great love story?) had a wedding day filled with so many wonderful details. While I've never really been the kind of girl that daydreams about her own wedding, Clementine & Pablo's gave me pause.

I instantly fell in love with the house that just felt so lived in. It was the kind of house where all the windows and doors stayed open so the music playing could float from room to room. Books filled the shelves and then overflowed off of them. Photographs covered the walls and read like a family tree. Add in Eileen, Clementine & Pablo's wedding coordinator from An Affair to Remember, who ran across the way to borrow eggs from the neighboring farm. Those eggs were used to coat the homemade empanadas that Pablo's family flew in with for the cocktail hour. You could feel the warmth of Clementine & Pablo's families through all of these elements. Then you had the small chapel, the relaxed, celebratory atmosphere, their wedding cake that casually hung out in the family's kitchen... The sum of all those intimate parts made such a special foundation for the start of Clementine & Pablo's married life.


Venue: Private residence | Event Planner: An Affair to Remember | Floral design: Larkspur & Thyme | Hair: Salon Studio | Music: Red Hot Rhythm & Jerry Kravat Band | Tent: Prestige Party Rental | Ice cream truck: Delicious Ice Cream

Inspiration Summer Shoot

As autumn approaches, head on over to Green Wedding Shoes  to hold onto a little bit of summer. I spent a sunny Southern California afternoon photographing a wonderfully styled shoot by Magnolia Event Design and Tenley Erin Young. It's always fun to meet other film shooters and get excited about all things film. So many thanks for everyone that made it possible!



Event Planner: Magnolia Event Design | Floral design: Tenley Erin Young | Hair: Nikki Flaming | Make-up: Lunabella | Jewelry: Ayana Designs | Cake Designer: Superfine Bakery

Tracy & Deshant | The Liberty Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY



There's always a moment during a wedding day where I forget that I'm working and get swept away by the fact that I get to be witness to one of the most important days in two people's lives.  The above photograph is right about that moment. I believe that it doesn't matter where you are or what you're doing if you're with the one you love. Tracy & Deshant exemplify this belief in this moment, in this run down part of Brooklyn, where all that matters is that they are with each other.  


Venue: The Liberty Warehouse | Bouquet & boutonnière: Saipua

Sonia & Victor | The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, New York, NY



Sonia & Victor had a beautiful wedding by the water in downtown New York. I loved that they embraced the busyness of the streets for a few photos. How great are Victor's socks with Sonia's shoes? It's even better that he picked those socks the morning of the wedding not knowing how perfect they would match her shoes. When it's meant to be, it's meant to be.