You may remember Tiffany and Jared. Well, Jennifer, Tiffany’s sister, and Mark, her man, got engaged just days after Tiffany’s Jamaica wedding. I’m so excited and honored they chose me as their photographer. I’ll also be shooting their wedding in the Riviera Maya in a couple of weeks! Time flies!!
Their union, last Monday, was a perfect example of the extremely efficient process of getting hitched in New York City. I was supposed to meet them in the morning. But it turned out that they forgot to get the marriage license! Whoops! So the first item on the list was to take a number, and Mark’s sister was kind enough to wait in line for our number to be called while we went around and took some photos. Then it turned out that they had to petition to a judge at the courthouse next door to get married on that day, because Mark’s sister was in town from Chicago, so they wouldn’t have to wait the mandatory 24 hour period. And so, while I took a nap sitting up in City Hall Park (I was a little tired - I had just shot Cailen and Sean’s engagement session that morning and had woken up at 5a.m.), they managed to get everything taken care of in a surprisingly short amount of time. And as cranky and cold as many New York City officials can be, you really have to hand it to them that they run a tight ship -a tight, and cranky ship.
In any case, it was great to get out with these lovely folks - and I’ll be shooting their wedding on Fourth of July weekend, and I’m so stoked to see Tiffany and Jared again, and to hang out with their lovely and fashionably well dressed family!
First of all, Cailen and Sean are great sports. They flew in from Chicago for their engagement session, and with a limited window we were able to make do with a (sort of) sunrise session last Monday morning. Unfortunately, when they arrived at my place at 6 a.m., there was a downpour so torrential that I wasn’t sure I could make do, and so we decided to start the day off at my local diner for breakfast, with the hopes that the skies would clear. I was so glad to share the early morning with these two lovely people that Husbone and I will be spending a lot of time with, when we shoot their wedding at her uncle’s amazing chateau in France this September. And ok, France is my favorite country, and I’m pretty much having seizures of excitement that we get to shoot a wedding there. And now, I think I might toss my cookies because I’m so excited that Cailen and Sean are up for my vintage inspired day-after shoot through the wiles of France!!
And now I’m tossing my cookies, having seizures and passing out while doing jumping jacks with excitement, that these two are so amazingly awesome, in love and fantastic, and will be so in my favorite country, as I take pictures beside my favorite person (that would be Husbone!). So yeah. Awesome.
Melissa and Paul met at a bar in London, and little did Melissa know that it would make her into a Londoner. Melissa and Paul are a couple of extremely beautiful people. Their wedding was a blast and umm…gorgeous, with amazing views of Manhattan glittering over the river all day long, on a rare lucky sunny day in this rainy rainy June. I’m so lucky that I get to shoot these beautiful weddings among all these beautiful people!!
Love is MY MOST FAVORITE THING on warm spring days. Melissa and Paul are planning their wedding in New Jersey, from their home in London. We had a briefer than usual interlude in some West Village frolicking, as they were kind enough to squeeze me in among their feverish wedding planning! AND it was SUPPOSED to be 62 degrees, but I was definitely breaking a sweat, which excited me to no end. SPRINGTIME! It felt like a party outside! See?!
I consider myself completely and insanely lucky that I get to do some gallivanting around the world, photographing the cultural wonders that are weddings, set against so many vast backdrops. Today, Lana and Phil brought some of those cultural wonders to New York City. They asked - “Hey! Want to shoot our Jewish Yemenite Henna Ceremony before our engagement session!” ( a Jewish Yemenite Henna Ceremony is really just the amount of time it takes for the bride-to-be to get dressed. I mean, once you see the outfit you can understand that it in and of itself is quite an event!) “Sure!” I replied. “Frakking of course!”
When I met Lana and Phil, it was a late evening in DC, and they invited me out for some drinks. They hadn’t even hired me yet, but we threw back some rum and cokes and had a grand time until about 2 a.m. or so. It was awesome. And I have a feeling that their wedding is going to be one awesome party. In the meantime, here are a few shots from the ceremony. I feel very privileged to have been chosen by this beautiful, wonderful, open and in-love couple. I mean, they certainly know how to get dressed for a party (even though there was no party but the one in my camera!)!
I heart NYC. I know it’s kinda cliche and everyone has the shirt. But the vibe in New York is unlike any other city I’ve ever been to. When Melissa and Tristan wanted to do a post-wedding session in New York we jumped at the chance.
Here are a few highlights of our crazy night in NYC together!
It’s finally spring in New York and with the upcoming National Stationery Show, things are usually very busy. This is the time of year I spend a lot of time visiting all of my favorite shops to order trim, paper, flowers, and all the random accessories needed for special print projects and Blue Ribbon’s display at the show.
One of my favorite things to shop for is ribbon. I usually buy my ribbons directly from Midori, but if I need something for a special project in a hurry, I’ll run up to the Garment District and get what I need at M&J Trim, Tinsel Trading Company, or their sister store, The Store Across the Street. While I’m usually shopping for basic grosgrains and silk satins, I’m always tempted by the wide moiré ribbons and Tinsel Trading’s vintage metal laces and threads. Maybe someday I’ll have the opportunity to incorporate them in to a custom order….
I’m so excited to have finally started my year. Whew! And there was no better amazing couple to celebrate and kick off my sophomore year in wedding photography high school!
Lesley and Jason, are a lovely, warm, funny, amazing couple. It’s so obvious that they complete each other, and everyone who raised a glass, did to that notion. And so freaking stylish!! Lesley wore one the most beautiful Jenny Packham dresses I’ve EVER seen, and Jason made a light fixture out of spoons for the reception! Plus, it was at one of my favorite venues in New York City, The Foundry. In my very own home town of Long Island City. And the delightful Susan (from Susan and David) was wonderful company and was kind enough to carry my stuff around while I make pictures!
This session was very special for me. This was the first time I had ever met Christina and Mike, and for a long time theirs was the only wedding I had booked for 2008. Also, we did the session at the park by my house where Bones and I swing in blizzards and have BBQ’s! Which I have been wanting to do for some time. I had SUCH a great time (and, you know, maybe I do say that to pretty much everyone I meet — but I think it’s a sign that I’m a very lucky person!!)
When Melissa came for a trial in for makeup and hair trial (with Jennie) at my place, we had so much fun. She and Jennie stayed until midnight drinking wine and laughing. We were all overworked and underplayed and the girl bonding was spontaneous and necessary. One of the best things about my job is the wonderful women I meet.
Melissa looks great all of the time, so it wasn’t difficult to turn her into an absolute bombshell. Melissa has this Julie Christie (in Dr. Zhivago) meets Brigitte Bardot beauty and Jennie worked her magic to create a look that could start up for the ceremony and then easily be let down for the reception.
I wanted to show some of the fabulous photos by Danny Weiss since his work is gorgeous and he always tells a wonderful story with his photos. I love Danny and I am always thrilled when he is the photographer, because he is fun to work with, but mostly because I am selfish - he always gets great beauty shots!
Melissa never stopped smiling - I think she was happy!