The James Burden mansion {Swathi and Grant have a fusion wedding}

From a East Asian ceremony, with a lot of rice throwing, to a glorious dinner party with a bride in white, this wedding will be one I will always remember. The James Burden and Otto kahn Mansions are the perfect venue- elegant, but not excessively fussy, with a lovely staircase and library for portraits.

Swathi and Grant were running very late so we had to scrape plans to go to Central Park for photos. Never mind that , the Park Avenue street was just perfect for a fun and fast session.


Irma and Chris are married at the Inn at New Hyde park

The Inn at New Hyde Park, a long Island wedding

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Emily and Danilo at the Tavern of Diamond Mills

The tavern at Diamond Mills in Saugerties is a stunning backdrop for a modest sized wedding

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The American Yacht Club Rye New York

The American Yacht Club provided the perfect backdrop…a view of the Long Island Sound, bathed in sunset golden light, a gorgeous bridal party, wonderful couple. Carly was stunning…and sweet, too. Carey looked great and he and his men were fun and great to be with.

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Thanks to my team, Brian, Keldon and Veronica.

The Basilica, Hudson, NY

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.
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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
 
 

Carolyn and Joel at The Garrison

Carolyn and Joel are delightful together and apart. They compliment each other in the best ways. 

Carolyn got dressed at the Garrison, while Joel was at a nearby hotel. 

The first look took place under the shade trees to keep everyone cool. We made our way down hill to the big view later for a few group photos and to capture the scenery. This is where we used the drone for a brief time. I love drone images but never want the distraction during the ceremony. (They can be pretty noisy). Family photos were taken in front of the iconic stone gazebo. As the afternoon grew late the light became soft and lovely.

As the time for the ceremony approached, the day  was so   beautiful, clear and blue .As Carolyn walked down the aisle to meet Joel, everything was perfect. The Flowers adorning the wooden "Huppa" were stunning. I could here the guests whispering that the view was amazing, and then when Carolyn  was midway down the aisle the crowd was awed by how beautiful she looked. Radiant might be a cliche but true.

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The Best of Hudson Valley 2017

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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

 

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The Garrison {Caitlyn and Nick}

I have known Nick and his family for more then 20 years, most of Nick's life, first as a photographer and then as a friendThe first time I photographed Nick I think he was three, and his sister younger sister not yet born.She can be seen here, a dark haired beauty singing to her brother at the reception.

I adore the Canevari family, for their warmth,  and goodness. And it does not hurt that they are all drop dead gorgeous, inside and out.

Caitlyn is the piece that just fit.a sweet, smart, beautiful young woman, a perfect match for Nick

The wedding was at one of my favorite venues, The Garrison. It has views to die for, sunsets that are unmatched, great culinary fair and a wonderful staff.I took advantage of the sunset and followed it later with a timeless, long exposure, including the big dipper and view of the surrounding mountains .I love the great visual finale of a big starry night shot.

Take a look at the magic we made together

 

here is what Nick's sweet Dad wrote to me

Hi Cynthia.

I just wanted to send you a quick missive to give you a heartfelt "thank you" for the exceptional work you did on Sat, and previously.
 

I've been to so many weddings over the years, and have witnessed numerous photographers at those. To this day, I have yet to see anyone who equals you - your absolute phenomenal work ethic, your unique ability to engage the wedding party and family, your care and attention to detail, your team and the teamwork, and ultimately the beautiful work. You perform an orchestration which is perfect, and I want you to know how much we appreciate you - both as an artist and as a long-time friend to this family. 

 

We love you!

John, Beth & kids

The Barns at Liberty Farm Ghent NY ( Alex and Victoria)

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

Making Your Photography Experience Fun, Easy and Comfortable

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.

The Beginning Happens with a Proposal

As a photographer, one of the greatest joys is to be there when one lover proposes marriage to another. I love the intimacy, and I have mastered hiding until the moment  

From a rooftop in NYC, strewn with rose petals, to a Christmas tree farm, to Poets walk with a majestic view of the Hudson, or a gorgeous estate in December with a crunching snowy carpet.I have hidden successfully capturing that one moment in your lives. Often, shortly following the couple sharing kisses and excitement, I come out of hiding and we have a quick, impromptu photo shoot. The images are always so emotional and a wonderful memory.

I am here to document this once in a lifetime moment.The beginning of two lives joining together to form a family.The beginning a an adventure like none other

A Hudson Valley Engagement{ Theresa and PJ}

Sometimes I feel so amazingly honored and inspired by a couple . Theresa and PJ's enthusiasm and trust in me and in each other made it possible for me to take risks with light, and let them enjoy each other in the process.

A sunny day, a gorgeous couple, not gonna lie. Could not get better.

Natalie and John are married at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club

Two years ago around Christmas, Joh contacted me to photograph his surprise proposal to Natalie. I was very excited and waited at a Christmas tree farm, Ninja Photographer, behind a fat xmas tree for him to  say the magic words. As I watched him walking along, acting as though he was choosing a tree, he suddenly disappeared behind one, far  far away from me. a moment later I heard Natalie's voice echoing across the valley..."OH MY GOD"

I raced down, waited a minute or two to be invited into this intimate moment and captured the most amazing moment between two people so very much in love.Natalie could not stop crying. so sweet and touching.I was carried away with emotion,trying to remain a objective photographer

We revisited the scene of the crime a year later for a casual engagement shoot, while the two really did shop for a tree.

I was beyond pleased when Natalie asked if I would photograph the wedding. Of course I said YES

 

here are a few of the many many images from the amazing, vibrant, joyous day

Swathi and Grant are married { The Harold Pratt House }

Fusion weddings combining two cultures are always full of great contrasts and comparisons. This Hindu and Christian wedding was no exception, bringing a joyous, love to a day of ceremony and festivities.

 

The morning held the Hindu ceremony. Swathi was bedecked in the family heirlooms, strands of gold necklaces, arm ornaments, decorative jewels to be worn in the hair and on the forehead.and lots and lots of bracelets. The Mendi happened a few days earlier and the henna was bright and clear, decorating Swathi beautifully.

Grant wore a traditional Indian outfit and looked dapper and handsome. The Mandap was decorated with fresh blooms.

As the morning progressed there was a lot of rice being poured over each other's heads, thrown by guests and later thrown up to the sky towards a star to bring the couple much love and happiness.The ring was first placed on the toe and then the wedding band on the fingers

The afternoon held the Christian ceremony and both Swathi and Grant changed into stunning western wear. Swathi looked luminous in her white gown. Her mother walked her in behind the adorable flower girl and ring bearer.

Dancing and dinner were held in the Harold Pratt House, a stunning Park Avenue mansion. Before dinner we dashed outside for a few fun and beautiful street portraits. I was smiling ear to ear as these two kissed.I was standing in the middle of busy Park Ave and traffic just stopped. NY sure is magical.

Thanks to Keith Ferris for second shooting and Rebecca Seritella for shooting along side me for the Indian ceremony