Belle Mer: Newport, Rhode Island: Stephanie & John's Wedding

When they met in a bar in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan several years ago, all Stephanie and John knew for sure about one another was this is a person I want to see again. He made her laugh, made her feel safe in his arms. She constantly impressed him with her intelligence and beauty. He lit up whenever he talked about her. When you saw them together, you could just tell… these two were made for each other (just look back at their engagement photos).

They married this June on what might have just been one of the most perfect days of the summer: clear and bright, with the Atlantic Ocean the perfect shade of teal as Stephanie and John exchanged vows on Goat Island, the Newport Bridge shining in the distance. It was one of the most joy-filled weddings we have photographed - with family and friends (from their officiant to their extended family and their friends from New York), all making a point to talk about just how happy Stephanie and John make one another. Theirs is the kind of love that inspires those around them and that kind of connection is what makes for the very best kind of wedding: one filled with complete and utter happiness. 

Ceremony & Reception Location: Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island

New York City: Rebecca & Jeremy's Family Session

When Rebecca and Jeremy moved to New York City from the South they didn’t know what would be in store for them but they did know it would be a fulfillment of a dream. A dream of living their first years as a married couple in the best city in the world, of walks in Central Park and dinners in Manhattan restaurants. Then, their ultimate dream came true when Rebecca learned she was pregnant and they knew they would be giving their little boy the gift of growing up amidst all the excitement and culture that New York has to offer.

We first met Rebecca and Jeremy for their maternity session and their excitement was completely infectious. That’s why we were absolutely thrilled when they contacted us after their little boy was born to ask if we would continue to capture their journey as a family throughout his first year. We are so looking forward to seeing this sweet little boy grow, and getting to catch up with Rebecca and Jeremy throughout the year.

Montauk, NY: Deanna & Andrew's Wedding

It was at another church, at another wedding, when Deanna and Andrew saw each other for the first time. He spotted her as she walked up the stairs of the church and walked over to help her when her dress got caught on her shoes. Deanna didn’t know this helpful stranger but she did take note of his kindness and was sure she would never forget his sweet smile.

They weren’t officially introduced until at the wedding after party when Deanna’s mother made sure that her daughter met the handsome young man who had so chivalrously came to her aid her at the beginning of the day. That he happened to be one of her cousin’s closest childhood friends endured him to Deanna (and her mother) even more. 

A first date followed soon after and Deanna and Andrew forged a connection strong enough to overcome the struggle of regular trips between south Brooklyn and the Upper East Side (no easy task, as any New Yorker understands). When summer came Deanna decided to share with Andrew one of her favorite places in the world: Montauk. It soon became one of his favorite places as well.

So much so, that after Andrew proposed this past February in front of the restaurant where they had their first date, they decided that their wedding would be the perfect time to share their favorite place with all of the people that mean the most to them. They married in this summer in Montauk. Following the ceremony, they walked along the famed cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, thankful all the while for the wedding that brought them together (and the mother who made sure they got to know one another).

Bridal gown: Pnina Tornai  |  Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, New York  |  Shoes: Manolo Blahnik  |  Hair & Make Up: Sally Biondo of Natural Beauty Team  |  Groom's Tuxedo: Michael Andrews Bespoke  |  Floral Design: Flowers by Beth in Amagansett, New York  |  Invitations: Bella Figura  |  Accommodations: Ocean Vista Resort in Amagansett, New York  |  Ceremony Location: St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Montauk, New York  |  Jewelry & Rings: La Gravinese Jewelers in Pelham, NY  |  Reception venue: 360 East at Montauk Downs in Montauk, New York  |  Band: Around Town Entertainment  |  Cake: Rolling Pin Bakery


Gramercy Park Hotel: New York, NY: Mary & Can's Wedding

Mary and Can met by chance several years ago. They were drawn to one another, two kindred spirits that connected nearly instantly in the middle of the bustle of New York City. In the time that followed, they would get to know each other, both understanding there was something truly special about the other. But then circumstances in their lives changed when each of them moved away from New York to live in other countries.

That could have been the end of their story had not fate intervened and brought them back together some years later. Theirs is a story that proves that some people are truly just meant to be together and time and distance is no match for love.

Their wedding was as sweet and romantic as their story, full of the love they have for each other and for their families. Tucked away from the torrential rain up on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel, Mary and Can exchanged vows with big smiles and happy tears. As they listened to emotional toasts and danced well into the night you could see just how elated they both were to have found each other once again and how evident it is that they were destined for one another.

Hair & Make-up: Lauren + Vanessa of New York, NY |  Bridal Gown: Vera Wang  |  Bridal Salon: Wedding Salon of Manhasset  |  Shoes: Badgley Mischka  |  Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, NY  |  Floral Design: Renny & Reed in New York, NY|  DJ: Jarrell Entertainment  |  Cake: Ron Ben Israel

Le Parker Meriden: New York, NY: Tracy & Ben's Wedding

The night before their wedding, Tracy and Ben gathered together their closest friends and family for a rehearsal dinner, the theme of which (New York meets Michigan) was a representation of story of the couple and the blending of the two families in attendance.

New York was the backdrop of Tracy and Ben’s love story. It was where native-New Yorker Tracy met Michigan-raised Ben as they were pursuing their careers in the bustle of Manhattan. It was where they bonded over their shared love of great food and wine in the abundant restaurants of the city. It was where Ben had proposed on a chilly winter day under the arch in Washington Square Park. New York had been such a big part of their relationship that when it came time to select the perfect place to celebrate their marriage, they didn’t have to look much further than their own home city. 

For some of their guests, the wedding was a whirlwind introduction to New York and the weather that weekend gave them a glimpse into how resilient New Yorkers can be, even when the rain is coming down sideways in sheets in Midtown. I’ve always thought there is something really romantic about New York City in the rain, the sound of it on the windows, the way the pavement reflects the lights of the city, how it gives everyone an excuse to hold each other a little bit closer under an umbrella. 

And really, once you were instead the ballroom of Le Parker Meriden watching Ben twirl Tracy on the dance floor as she flashed him her infectious smile, it was easy to forget there was even a cloud in the sky that day, because these two light every room they are in.

Venue: Le Parker Meridien in New York, NY  |  Ceremony Location: St. Paul the Apostle in New York, NY  |  Hair: Sharon Becker of SB Beauty  |  Make-up: Mason Faraj of SB Beauty  |  Bridal Gown: Amsale  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung  |  Floral Design: Bride & Blossom  |  Band: Kenny Ford Band of Hank Lane  |  Cake: Cake Alchemy

Central Park: New York, NY: Melissa & Jonathan's Engagement

One of the reasons we encourage couples to do engagement sessions is because it’s a great opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera in advance of your wedding, and also because it gives you the chance to capture the two of you at this time in your life in a place that’s important to you.

Melissa and Jonathan have traveled together quite a bit to exotic and beautiful locations near and far, but New York City is the place they call home. They decided to have their engagement photos taken in Central Park, a place they come to together often to share a picnic and relax. We were thrilled that they incorporated some of  that favorite activity into their session, making for some gorgeous photos that will remind them not only of this day, but of the many afternoons they have shared together in the park as they fell in love. 

Blue Hill at Stone Barns: Pocantico Hills, NY: Claire & Tom's Wedding

Timing has always been a integral part of Claire and Tom’s relationship. They met in high school and spent a lot of time early on essentially taking turns liking one another. She liked him at first, then he liked her, but they weren’t interested in one another at the same time until toward the end of Tom’s senior year. For some people, this could have seemed like an imperfect time to start a new relationship - shortly before Tom was going to be many miles away at college. But for Claire and Tom, it’s exactly how it was meant to be. Because the time they each spent waiting for the other strengthened their resolve to stay together in spite of the physical distance between them. They spent the next four years traveling to see each other frequently, Facetiming so they could virtually do homework together, and falling very much in love in the process. 

As their friends and siblings offered up in speeches during the wedding it became clear that Claire and Tom’s commitment and love for one another became a model of the kind of relationship they would aspire to have in their own lives, so the celebration for this couple when they officially became husband and wife was nothing short of spectacular.

And on their wedding day, once again timing would work in their favor. Heavy rains were in the forecast for the entire day putting a damper on what was supposed to be a wedding incorporating a lot of the outdoors. But the skies did clear for Claire and Tom, long enough for them to walk hand in hand on the winding roads of Blue Hill Farm, proving that for these two, things work out in just the right time and just the right way. And as they start this next journey of their lives together, they’ll do so as a couple that have already stood the test of time and distance and never wavered in their dedication to one another.

Accomodations:  Ritz Carlton Westchester in White Plains, New York|  Bridal Gown: Watters  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Hair and Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale  |  Tuxedos: Vera Wang Black Label  |  Paper and Stationary: Sesame Letterpress  |  Flowers: Denise Fasanello Flowers  |  Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York|  String Quartet: Devonshire Players  |  Officiant: Reverend Jim Rooney  |  Day of Coordination: Kristen Carro of Lovely Event Planning  |  Band: LeBlanc Entertainment  |  Wedding Cake: Madison Lee's Cakes in New York, NY