ANNA & DINO | ST. PAUL'S BAY, RHODES, GREECE

 
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There's a certain sense of joy when you're lucky enough to document such an important day for a couple. When the bride is a good friend of yours, the joy is overwhelming. Anna and I have spent many nights talking about relationships and the ups and downs that come with them. I remember when she first went out with Dino and to now see them happily married is a great reminder that you never know what can happen. 

A year before their wedding, I was in NY for work and staying with Anna. We dreamed up a perfect destination wedding for her and Dino before they were even engaged. It's so fun to think that dreams come true and let's face it, a destination wedding in a postcard perfect bay on a remote island in Greece is as dreamy as it gets. Don't even get me started on that incredibly special wedding gown! Anna & Dino are a wonderful example of anything being possible.

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Venue - St. Paul's Church | Wedding Planner - Golden Apple Weddings | Bride's Dress - Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes - Badgley Mischka | Groom's Suit - My Suit | Groom's Shoes - Cole Haan | Reception - Tambakio

 

Marianna & Vincent | iCi, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY

 

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.

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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. 

Courtney & Lazar | Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

Courtney & Lazar are the coolest couple. Seriously. They have an ease about them that makes you want to just hang out. And knowing them as a couple makes you realize that "meant to be" does happen.

One of the best parts for me when meeting a couple is hearing about how they first met. I've heard a lot of great stories, but the simplicity of Courtney & Lazar's may be my favorite. Lazar complimented Courtney's hi-tops. She happened to be wearing them because it was casual Friday at her work. Lazar happened to be dropping something off from his work to hers. That's all it took.

Keeping up with being the coolest, they both had his and hers custom Nike i-D hi-tops made for the reception. And all of the guests danced down the soul train line in the street from the ceremony space to the reception!

Visra & Chris | Private residence, Woodside, CA



There were so many elements that made Visra & Chris' wedding special. At the heart of it all were Visra & Chris... two of the most warm, caring people that undeniably belong together. See their wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

Venue: Private residence | Event Planner: sitting in a tree | Event Design: Drew Bennett & sitting in a tree | Floral design: La Fleuriste | Bride's dress: custom made | Hair & Make-up: Luxe Image | Catering: Hog Island Traveling Oyster Bar (cocktail hour) & Facebook Chef - Josef Desimone (dinner) | Music: Baba Ken Okulolo and Nigerian Brothers, VMC, & Househeads | Furniture rentals: One True Love Rentals

Julia & Andy | The New Museum, New York, NY



Julia & Andy's wedding veered away from the traditional starting with Julia's short wedding dress and ending with a minimalist reception at The New Museum overlooking the Lower East Side. I love when a wedding keeps the focus on the couple and when that couple decide to do it their way.

Venue: The New Museum | Floral design: Red Rose & Lavender | Bride's dress: Prada | Bride's shoes & belt: Prada | Groom's suit: Thom Browne

Hillary & Dan | Soyuzivka, Catskills, NY

Hillary & Dan's wedding was extra special because they rented out a Ukranian resort, Soyuzivka, in the Catskills for the entire weekend. Like their engagement session, we spent most of our time outdoors surrounded by nature. Family and friends arrived on Friday for the Bar-b-q and talent show. The wedding itself was filled with personal touches that just made the day so intimate and fun.


I love these vests that Dan had custom made for his groomsmen. Each vest was labeled with the groomsmen's names.


Sam, a groomsman, brewed his first batch of beer and made a special bottle for Hillary & Dan. Don't you love that the label is a photograph of Hillary & Dan!

All of the gorgeous & delicious cakes were created by their friend Melissa who was also a bridesmaid. Check out her other amazing creations at www.cakehero.com.



Venue: Soyuzivka Resort | Floral design: Barbara Woodruff Flowers | Bride's dress: Jenny Packham Papillon | Men's suits: MySuit | Groomsmen's vests: Custom Men | Wedding Bands: Leigh Jay Nacht | Hair: Nikki Flaming | Make-up: La V Beauty | Catering: Soyuzivka Resort | Photobooth: The Photo Booth Party | Cake: Cake Hero