A tipi, a charming Brooklyn brownstone, and an abundance of laughter were just a few elements that made Marianna and Vincent's wedding overbrimming with charm and joy. And the dancing! The excitement everyone had to dance and celebrate was an extension of how lively Marianna and Vincent were as individual and especially as a couple. I could go on and on about how unique Marianna's knee length dress and Vincent's boutonniere holder were, but those things are a fraction of the significance of their wedding day.
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.
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
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.
It felt like we had the whole beach to ourselves for Annie & David's engagement session. The contrast of their formal attire against the sand and waves was a fun element to play around with. They're were a joy to photograph!
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'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?!
It was a crisp, winter afternoon for Aimee & Brian's engagement session. The California sunshine didn't disappoint though!
What an amazing time in our country's history. Love is love. Let's celebrate!
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.
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
Jessica & Matthias' intimate celebration included their beautiful little girl, a musician who sang throughout the day, and a historic castle as the backdrop. Jessica's eye for vintage details made the day so charming. My favorite part were the vintage tea cups and saucers that Jessica had collected for months before the wedding. Guests were encouraged to use them after dinner and then take them home at the end of the night.
Venue: Castle Hotel & Spa
When I first heard about how Jamie arranged for miniature-horses to surprise Thea on their wedding day, I thought about how fun it was going to be. There's something so special about surprises. You get to see people in a pure state of joy when they're surprised. In this instance, it was joy mixed with tears. It truly showed how well one person knows another and how fulfilling it can be to make someone you love happy.
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
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
Event Planner: Magnolia Event Design | Floral design: Tenley Erin Young | Hair: Nikki Flaming | Make-up: Lunabella | Jewelry: Ayana Designs | Cake Designer: Superfine Bakery