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A Basilica wedding, Hudson, New York.
Lauren and Ryan understand design and Ryan is a architect.I think the actual structure of Basilica is what initially attracted them to have the wedding here. In fact, they used this drawing on the front of their save the date cards. The back was a black and white photograph.
Basilica offers a rustic backdrop, industrial yet beautiful. A short walk and you are at the river side, with the mighty Hudson framed in the background. Distant trains and ships are in view. We stopped on the railroad tracks to savor the last of the days' light.
Lauren got dressed with her maids at the William Farmer and Sons hotel. The men were is a apartment just down the road from the ladies. Each space was furnished comfortably and offered easy walking distance to Basilica, a nice perk for everyone on such a beautiful day.
During the ceremony each guest was given a copper cup.(Copper was a element used through the wedding) This became their own beverage cup and a toast was had after rings were exchanged. I thought it was such a unique and personal way to honor the guests while celebrating each other. And it became a gift to take home.
Planning was by Hudson Valley Ceremonies. The interior was lit in a blue and purple glow, and carnival lights strung across the 50 foot ceilings to add warmth.
Between the fabulous bride, her handsome groom, and wonderful friends and family, this wedding was stellar on all counts
I am humbled and honored to have won this years Hudson Valley Magazine reader;s choice for "The Best of the Hudson Valley" in the categories of Portrait and wedding photography
Winning this award means so much after many years of hard work. I adore my clients, I absolutely am obsessed by photography and I continue to strive to improve everyday.
When I am photographing I am finding the beauty in the moment, but especially in who you are. I fall in love with everyone I photograph.I just can not help myself
Alex and Victoria came to me by route of Alex's sister's wedding, 7 years ago. This wedding was to be very different then that Brooklyn Botanical Garden winter affair.
This wedding took place on a farm, Liberty Farm, with horses and a glorious barn, with decorated horse paddocks, filled with antique furniture. This wedding had a sunset to die for, a sweet view and farm fences.
Victoria wore a lovely easy to be in, lace gown and adorned her hair with a delicate flower wreath. Alex, hipster from Brooklyn, wore a elegant slim fitting blue suit, white and blue patterned shirt, blue tie and fabulous brown leather shoes.
CHeck out the sunset-amazing only begins to describe it. I shot this with a movie light to keep the warmth of the setting sun and not introduce the blue light of a flash. I also went for the very blue light of dusk, immediately following the colorful sunsetting sky.
the barn was trickey, honey warm in color and we did create quite a few black and white images, lit carefully with movie lighting to create a 50's look, akin to the furnishings and design of the evening
There are so many photographers you may choose from. We come from many difference walks of life from Urban hipster to a quiet country shooter. So many options, so many different prices.
I have learned as an experienced shooter that to capture the intimate moments we desperately want to document, a couple needs to feel safe in our presence.
At our first shoot, usually an engagement session, I take time to get to know my "subjects"
I know how difficult it can be to be in front of a lens, waiting for that awful click when you just. know you made a bad face. I know how self conscious it feels to stand still for what seems like a eternity. I know how bad we can feel when we see a less then flattering images of ourselves.
The one constant comment I hear always is" That was so much fun" and "I love these, how did you make us laugh so hard?" "I actually love these and I hate all pictures of myself"
I think it is the ability to listen and really be present with you. I want to hear your story, and be more then some hired hand, but a photographer that actually blends into the wedding without standing out or being in the way. After initial prep shots, everyone stops posing and let's me be as a fly on the wall-there but unnoticed, unless I am helping dry a bouquet or smooth a dress.
Here a few moments that I was lucky enough to be able to witness, without anyone feeling as though they had to hide the emotions from me or my camera.
Katie wanted a Non wedding wedding. A party without too many bells and whistles, but a party shared with dearest friends and family. She and Alan picked mark Forgione Restaurant in Tribeca, for both its warm ambiance, dark brick and woods, as well as its amazing food.
Family stayed nearby at the Hotel Conrad, a huge new building that was able to accommodate everyone in one place.
The couple looked completely stunning, Katie in a silk satin retro styled gown. Being a fashion stylist in NYC, she has the best esthetic, unmatched fashion flair. Alan had a custom made dinner jacket in silver blue. He was one handsome dude, dressed in tuxedo pants with that stunning coat.
The restaurant was adorned simply, candles, lovely flowers, family photos. It needed so very little.
The only time of the day where I was noticeable was actually as we did the portraits on the streets of Tribeca. Family joined us in front of what was once a warehouse building and now High end lofts. It still had that urban feel that Katie and Alan were looking for.
The DJ for the reception was much more of a club DJ and really had the party rocking. I was so impressed with the flow of the music.He had the best timing.
Tribeca will never be the same after this crowd descended upon the street and made their way across the street to the local bar for a wild funny after party.
This was a wedding close to my heart in many ways. First I have known the Adams mom since childhood, and seen the joy this family always bring to everywhere they are.
The day of the wedding was dark and rainy. We really thought all the formal portraits of the day would be taken indoors, but nature provided a break. The day was warm at least.
Jaime was absolutely radiant in her lace and beaded strapless gown. she wore her hair half down and it was so natural and uncontrived, yet elegant.
Adam was very handsome in his black tux. I loved seeing the photos of Davey assisting him dress. This was just 6 weeks out from Davey's heart surgery and he did not miss a beat. It was awe inspiring.Even doing the hora was in his playbook.
The flowers and Chupa during the ceremony and reception were stunning. and the BAND..OMG, the night was made all the better by that fantastic music.
I know Jaime will be a wonderful partner to Adam. She has already shown her love and support in so many ways, from helping him heal after a torn achilles to just being a fun and loving partner
Adam is kind and smart and funny. I love them both