I had my wedding business in New York City for 5 years before I moved to Bucks County. I shot several weddings on Long Island while I lived in New York and even after I left, but I never had the pleasure of shooting at Oheka Castle. It was on my wedding venue bucket list for a multitude of reasons, but the obvious one being that it was a hugely impressive and beautifully manicured estate that I had seen in the pages of celebrity wedding magazines.. I am not the type of person that dreamed about my wedding at length throughout my childhood but when I hear my five year old talk about weddings, brides and grooms, this is the classic fairytale location of which, I’m sure, she’s imagining. Everywhere I turned was another beautiful location, idyllic light streaming through the windows, and European influenced decor. It felt impossible to make bad images at Oheka Castle and it was purely delightful photographing Jennifer and Jonathan on their wedding day and working with their families, some of whom we’d had the pleasure of working with before. When lovely people intersect with a stunning location and beautiful weather, magic happens. I hope you enjoy these images of one of my favorite weddings.
I have spent a lot of time in Hoboken during the early years of my relationship with my husband and 2017 gave me a few opportunities to go back and photograph there. I always love going back and I'll happily go almost anywhere if it gives me a glimpse of the New York City skyline. A simple view of the Freedom Tower or the Empire State Building can transport me back to 34th Street and 6th Avenue, my feet shuffling down the sidewalk, surrounded by the hum of commuters, blaring horns and exhaust rising from subway grates. It is the energy I miss. People rushing around or just passing time in a place so rich in culture, so vast and diverse, that it felt like it's own country. Any opportunity to work in New York or Hoboken will be met with a definite, "yes" from me.
Stephanie and Andrew are getting married in New Jersey this Spring but I was thrilled that they wanted to have their engagement session in Hoboken. The waterfront is beautiful and the sunset was perfection. They even treated me to a falafel from Mamoun's after the shoot. Stephanie and Andrew, you speak my language. Thank you for such a fun evening. I can't wait until May!
Janelle and Sean have a quiet love that becomes more and more apparent the more time you spend with them. It was nice to witness such a sweet relationship that didn't put on any airs and was truly genuine and just for the two of them. They were married at Silver Creek Country Club and it was a beautiful day for a truly perfect couple. Thank you for trusting me to photograph this day, Janelle and Sean. I hope these moments will last a lifetime and beyond.
I headed to Long Island to meet Claire and Dan for the first time on their wedding day. They planned from afar in Miami and I am so glad they chose me to photograph their beautiful wedding day without having met with me about it prior to the actual event. It was my pleasure to also photograph Claire's friend's wedding and her cousin's wedding so there were many familiar faces there which I always love. It is such a wonderful part of my job being able to reconnect with past couples and see how their lives have changed and their families grown. I don't get out to Long Island as much as I did when I lived in New York City but I always love an excuse to head back to New York and this day was no exception. I had photographed a wedding at the de Seversky Mansion once before in the cold of winter on a beautiful, snowy and romantic evening. As you could imagine, July gave me a completely different set of photographs from the same venue since we traded in the snow for the heat of summer. It was fun to see how different weddings could be in different seasons. I loved the colors Claire chose. The coral and light pink were soft and romantic and the pop of her sisters' brightly colored dresses really added interested to the color palette and the photographs. Every detail was meticulously taken care of and it all added up to a truly beautiful event.
I hope you enjoy the photos from this lovely day!
Joanna and Rob were married at the beautiful Bryant Park Grill. It is one of my favorite venues to work at because of the opportunity to shoot in the park and at the library and because everything always seems to go according to plan. They really know what they are doing there and the food is fantastic. We had a nice window of time to shoot formals before the ceremony so it was nice taking our time around the city and enjoying the afternoon. It was a lovely, laid-back and wonderful day.
I finally got back to the Highline to shoot! Jeff and I had our engagement photos there and I've been dying to go back, only having shot there once, and before the park had been extended by about 15 blocks. I love the mix of urban, park and whatever happens to be around the W. Village, which is forever changing. It is my favorite place to shoot in NYC.
I've been wanting to blog this engagement session for awhile because I love it so much. I am finally getting around to it (with all this free time I have the week of Christmas). Actually, I've been doing a lot of catching up this week and I feel like I'm finally on top of things work-wise. My holiday shopping is another story. I have at least four people left to buy for!