Gramercy Park Hotel: New York, NY: Natalia & Leon's Wedding

It was cold on the day that Natalia and Leon got married - one of those bitter New York City days when your coat feels woefully inefficient and you turn your face to avoid even the tiniest gust of wind. But up in the terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel, there were candles (so many candles) and a vivid abundance of red roses offering ample romance and coziness. 

Even more, there were Natalia and Leon, a gorgeous couple whose clear love for each other could provide enough wattage to rival Times Square. Seeing the way Leon looks at Natalia alone could warm even the coldest of hearts. And then, when she smiles and rests her head into the crook of his arm, there is no doubt that these two were meant for one another. It could make you forget that it was even winter at all because at the terrace that evening, everyone was basking in the warmth of this incredible couple’s happiness.

Bridal Gown: Vera Wang  |  Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Tom Ford  |  Make-Up Artist: Sally Duval  |  Floral Design: Belle Fleur  |  Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel  |  Cake: Ron Ben-Israel

Central Park: New York, NY: Lindsay & Andrew's Wedding

There are few places more iconic than Central Park. With it’s grand American Elms, elaborate staircases and bucolic lawns, it’s stunning in every season of the year. For many people, Central Park is New York City. The mix of people (tourists, people lucky enough to use the park to walk to work, children running, musicians playing) are a microcosm of the city as a whole. It’s one of our favorite places for portrait, engagement and wedding sessions and that’s especially true when it’s a session for a couple who live in NYC as a result of their desire to pursue a dream. 

Lindsay and Andrew moved to New York together when work commitments happened to coincide with their strong desire to experience life as New Yorkers. I have a friend who says everyone, if they can, should live in NYC at least once in their life. I completely agree.  And based on how much fun Lindsay and Andrew appear to be having, I think they would agree as well.

New York, New York: Katherine & Thomas's Wedding

Katherine knew that Thomas was the one for her after a particularly kind act in a parking lot, when Thomas spotted an abandoned kitten and rushed over to help it. Katherine and Thomas had been dating for a bit by this time and she was already starting to fall for him. But it was in that moment that Katherine said to herself, this man - this is the one for me. In that unexpected, unrehearsed moment Thomas revealed the depth of his kindness and his willingness to help those in need.

In Katherine, Thomas had found a like-minded soul. Beautiful inside and out, she dedicates herself fully to the things she does and has an exuberance for life that is completely contagious. They were married this fall on a chilly day in October in what just might be the most beautiful historic church in all of Manhattan - a fitting location for a couple whose love is so pure and commitment to one another will stand the test of time.

Dress: Custom Designed for the Bride  |  Ceremony Location: Grace Church in New York, NY  |  Venue: Home Studios in New York, NY

New Haven Lawn Club: New Haven, CT: Laura & Jaime's Wedding

Even before their wedding day, Laura and Jaime had committed to one another many times. They encouraged each other through job changes, new careers and exciting creative endeavors. They traveled together to beautiful places and blended into each other’s families. They adopted a dog and then another, sharing their love and adventures with what just might be the luckiest pups in the world.

So it’s not surprising that on their wedding day Laura and Jaime were completely calm. They were confident in their decision because this day was the culmination of all the days that had come before - the times they chose one another, cheered each other on, and ultimately said, with every action, by your side is exactly where I want to be. 

Hair: Elise from Top Level Salon  |  Make-Up: susan from Wild Honey Face and Body Suite  |  Bridal Gown: Kelly Faetanini  |  Bridal salon: A Little Something White  |  Venue: New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, Connecticut  |  Cake: J Cakes  |  Floral Design: Diane Gaudette  |  DJ: PowerStation Events

Breakwater Inn and Spa: Kennbunkport, Maine: Ashley & Max's Wedding Film

Truthfully, whatever words I may put here will be insufficient. They will pale in comparison to the act of actually seeing Ashley & Max's wedding day (in video form) with your own two eyes. So, just go ahead and click below and see for yourself what a waterside wedding in Maine can be like when you have a couple that are incredibly in love, whose energy is infectious and whose family and friends who could not be happier for them.

Bridal Gown: Alvina Valenta    |    Tuxedo: Russo Tux    |    Hairstylist: Taylor & Company of Kennebunkport, Maine    |    Make-up: Jackie Angelini    |    Invitations & Paper: Designed by the Bride Produced by Invitations & Co.   |   Calligraphy: Antea Amoroso Design    |    Flowers: Winston Flowers    |    Trolley: Intown Trolley Company, Inc.    |    Event Design & Coordination: Salvatore DeGeorge of DeGeorge Signature Events    |    Ceremony Location: St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, Maine    |    Reception Location: Breakwater Inn and Spa in Kennebunkport, Maine    |    Cake: Gayle Forte of Let Them Eat Cake

Central Park: New York, NY: Rachel & Farid's Family Session

I have said before that I often miss our couples after the wedding. We spend a lot of time with them (from the engagement session through the wedding and then afterwards for albums and such) and we get to know them pretty well. That’s why I’m always delighted when we get to see them again at other weddings or for portrait sessions when they start families of their own. In Rachel and Farid’s case, we’ve gotten to see them for both of those. 

We have know Rachel and Farid for eight years, having first met them back in 2009 when we photographed their engagement session and then their lakeside wedding in Connecticut. We got to see them again in 2013 when we photographed Rachel’s brother Andrew's wedding. These two are so easy to talk to, super laid back and just fun to be around.

That’s why we were thrilled when they contacted us this past fall to do a portrait session for them now that they are a family of four. Their two daughters are not only gorgeous but they are also incredibly sweet and have so much personality. We really enjoyed getting to see them again and hope to catch up with them all again sometime soon.

Quogue, NY: Claire & Tom's Engagement Session

We recommend engagement sessions to all of our couples for a host of reasons; most importantly because it gives you the chance to incorporate things into photos that will not be a part of your wedding day. In Claire and Tom’s case, those things were a meaningful location and Pip, their sweet dog. The location was a beach home that had been in Tom’s family for decades - built by his grandparents and now shared by the family. It’s been the destination for many fond memories and seemed like the perfect place to capture this time in Claire and Tom’s lives. Pip, an energetic Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is not only incredibly photogenic but she also is adorably devoted to her owners.

Claire and Tom will be getting married this May in an equally beautiful, but much less coastal, location at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Based on how much fun we had with them (and then Tom’s family for a portrait session a few months later) we can not wait for their wedding. That’s especially because, as you’ll see below, this beautiful couple is an absolute joy to photograph.