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

A Tribeca Affair

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.

Juliana and Andrew are married {Glen Arbor Country Club}

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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

A New Baby is coming {Kristen and Jason are expecting}

Today was the most perfect spring day in memory. The leaves are the yellow  green just before bursting into full leaf. The grass suddenly blinding bright green and the sky, without a cloud and deepest blue.

Montgomery Place is a lovely spot even on a grey today, but today it was sublime.

Kristen and Jason met me for  a maternity, baby bump, prego shoot. Call it what you will, it was wonderful photographing this really sweet couple as they await the birth of their first baby.In a couples married life this can be one, if not the one, most wonderful time in life. Heralding in all the expectation, the joy,  the responsibility of a growing  commitment called family.

I loved taking these photos today...it was magical, funny and touching

Shahni and Rachael

I love when two diverse cultures join forces in a match created through deep love, respect, admiration and commitment. When I first met Shahni and Rachael in person in Central park, for a "engagement" shoot, it was clear that this was what was before me. A smiling, gentle, smart and gorgeous Rachael, and Shahni, who appeared reserved, kind and a little shy.

When the wedding day finally came, the hottest day of the summer,BTW, everyone assured me Shani was anything but shy and reserved.How correct they were. The man I came to photograph with his bride was joyous, funny and actually outgoing. Despite the extreme heat he was elegant in his suit and able to laugh with his friends and embrace the day.

Rachael dressed in one of the most beautiful wedding dresses I have seen to date.Simple at first look, the beading and detail was simple extraordinary, but in a way that was without the least bit of overdone, or gaudy effect. This dress was elegant and perfectly suited the beautiful, lovely Rachael.

The ladies were fortunate to be in the guest cottage to prepare. This space had been provided with AC thanks to a special truck brought in for the day...When I  was working outside I generally could be described as a hot mess, along with the team of Videographers and my crew.,Hoever the spirit of the day made it all bearable

I will let the pictures speak for themselves

Elizabeth and Patrick in Dumbo Brooklyn

Engagement shoots are such a wonderful way to connect with your photographer. Last Friday was picture perfect. I arrived to the shoot in Dumbo Brooklyn, carrying minimal equipment so we could trudge around. I had Liz and Pat meet Brian and I at the Brooklyn Ice Cream factory.

The crowd was thick, but those two stood out from everyone else  there. It was as if there was a spotlight on the two of them. liz a stunningly beautiful women, naturally graceful and Pat looks like a movie star from a long time ago.

Anyway I digress. I think Dumbo is fascinating, crowded, magical,  and perfect for a engagement session.We needed to take a break from so much stimulation for drinks and yummy treats. You can catch Liz and Pat in the window  of a bakery, which made for  a lovely candid. 

I did bring a wonderful light to use at sunset and to add some fashion edgy flair.My wonderful associate Brian was there to help, hold the light and direct traffic as needed.He also provided a lot of laughter to keep everyone chill.

Ralph and Allison are married at Glynwood

A new Cold Spring venue has popped up. 

Allison and Ralph had booked Hamm House for their wedding. Weeks after finalizing they received word that they could not have the wedding of their dreams there. As luck would have it they were rewarded with the gorgeous country setting at Glynwood.

 

Allison's dress was simple and stunning, custom designed for her. The flowers were subtle, zinnias, pale pastels, with softest blue,grey ribbons.

The stone House made a wonderful backdrop for photos, as did the sunken garden and fields and wood. I really went crazy over the vintage inspired bridesmaids dresses, silk, beading all with a nod to the 1930's.glorious

 

CateringOliver KitaOliver Kita Chocolates

Planning::carrie@eventsthatmatter.net

Video Eric Rovayo

flowersTaylor@foxfodderfarm

special thanks to my second shooter Brian Reid and assistant Keldon Pollaco

 

The photo pages of a book on gardening taken here at Glynwood make the perfect background for Allison's pearls

The photo pages of a book on gardening taken here at Glynwood make the perfect background for Allison's pearls

the girls playfully jumping on the bed
pillow fights are such fun with hair and makaeup carefully applied

pillow fights are such fun with hair and makaeup carefully applied

Ralph needed some help with his wardrobe
something borrowed and something blue-a piece of mom's dress hand embroidered into the wedding gown

something borrowed and something blue-a piece of mom's dress hand embroidered into the wedding gown

a hug from Jane and getting ready
Ralph
the diamond earrings were tastefull and a bit of sparkle
the family is all there
gorgeous Allison-finishing touches
in the garden a bouquet and Allison
the spiral staircase is to die for
a portrait
a windy veil
ceremony begins
father and daughter
ceremony 

ceremony 

ceremony
ceremony
the whole wedding party
listening to a portion of readings
parents watching
a sweet touch
the birds were wishing them well
the kiss
get away time
get away golf cart
mountain view
Mr and Mrs hand embroidered chair covers
family portrait
portraits in the wood
Allison and Ralph are bautiful
I love this stone house as a beautiful setting...remonds of France or Enland
grand mother's
family portraits
The Watters family
in the garden taking a minute to have barefoot fun( had to get those heels off)
walking over to the sunken garden
the setting sun was so beautiful it made me breathless
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the reception begins
making an entrance
the bride and grrom enter the tent
the first dance
first dance
father daughter dance...awww
Mother and son dance
the super moon...very long exposure
let's dance
cut the cake by Oliver Kita
tent at night
what a gorgeous starry night
singing Don't stop"...one of the original band members
GRAND FINALE

GRAND FINALE

SPARKLERS
A most memorable super moon and gorgeous sweet lovely couple

Anna and Alex from Ft Tryon on a sunny Saturday to a rainy Norwalk wedding

Anna is sweet and gentle and OH so beautiful.A violinist, coming from a musical family, her wedding ceremony was filled with the most beautiful music. A choral group of her beloved family and friends was just the most moving ...I was crying. The priest deferred to the Cantor who sang Jewish prayers, as the priest performed the nuptial blessing

The music that was performed at the church was an entree to the wild blues touched music at the reception.the party absolutely rocked...check out the band.the best I have ever heard at a wedding Really!

Anna wore a lace dress with a nude slip, simple and elegant,form fitting in all the best ways. Alex was a little Tom Ford in his suit.He is as handsome as he is a lovely guy.

After the engagement shoot at Ft Tryon at the top of Manhattan, I was so in love with this couple...I just knew the wedding would be memorable. and it was.

Rolling Hills Country Club Wedding

Andy and Amanda's Big Fat Greek Wedding was warm, beautiful, fun and emotionally fantastic. Such unbridled joy was happening during  the this amazing wedding. Rolling Hills Country Club does not fail to provide a great backdrop.

Dollar Bills were flying in the air and falling to the dance floor all night.  Those  and the hugs and kisses were in great abundance.

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Adam and Jaime are married

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

 

Onteora Mountain House {Casey and Melanie are married}

A glorious and chilly Autumn wedding with a Mountain View and Lots of golden color...

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Onteora Mountain House { a few weddings}

the tall pines whisper and call to the bride or groom to walk down the aisle, facing a sky and view 

Onteora offers everything a country wedding should...a view to die for, a glass pavillion to dance in and be toasted in, food that is delish, and night stars that bewitch even a die hard cynic.

Kristen and Christopher were the happiest, most joyful couple in memory....

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A Destination Wedding {The Ocean Club}

A wedding at the Ocean, especially at The One and Only Ocean Club on paradise Island, is a special affair. One I personally will never forget. Check out that gorgeous dress by Ralph Lauren-not a traditional wedding gown, but made so special with a custom veil designed to go with that summer gown, cool and perfect for a beach affair...

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Sophie and Teddy {A Hudson Valley Wedding in Stoneridge,NY}

If you could package Sophie's enthusiastic and joyful energy, you  would make millions. 

Sophie wore a 40's inspired dress of white silk, with beading taken from her grand mother's gown to embellish her dress with a loving memory. Teddy is a filmmaker and hysterically funny, along with his comedy writer brother. All in all this wedding had me giggling all night...

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