Robert and Kathleen Photographers

Princeton University: Yuna and Barrett's Engagement Session

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When they met as students together at Princeton University, it’s not hard to guess what drew Yuna and Barrett to one another. They are both gorgeous, inside and out, of course. They also happened to have several shared interests, not the least of which was the sport that led them to cross paths in the first place: rowing. As members of their respective crew teams, Yuna and Barrett got to know each other quite well. They started dating in their freshmen spring, and as graduation approached, they took the time to grow and discover exactly what they wanted in life. Thankfully, they both came to the same conclusion: the thing they wanted most was a life together.

After graduation Yuna and Barrett took jobs in D.C., serving as each other’s source of inspiration and support as they navigated the task of establishing their careers.  They are both incredibly smart and driven. We have no doubt thay they will play a role in making the world a better place.  In a way, they already have, just by being together. Yuna and Barrett are the kind of couple that make you happy, simply by being around them. Their joy is visible. Their connection is evident.

We loved getting to spend the afternoon with them, getting a mini tour of the Princeton campus, and photographing them in places that hold so much meaning for them. We are looking forward to capturing the Yuna and Barrett's wedding next summer. The day is going to be incredible (and beautiful as it's being planned by our friend Libby of Jubilee Events) and we most look forward to continuing to capture the love between this amazing couple as they become husband and wife. 

360 East: Montauk, NY: Jackie and Mike's Wedding

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There were ominous clouds for the beginning of the morning on the day Jackie and Mike got married. Those heavy gray ones that seem like they might open up at any moment. Not exactly ideal when you have planned an outdoor ceremony in a truly epic location - a cliffside overlooking the famed Montauk Point Lighthouse.  But neither Jackie or Mike were phased by those clouds. They had full faith that the rain would stay away and that the day would be perfect. Because, no matter what, the day was going to be amazing. And, based on the way they look at each other, I’m not even sure they would have noticed right away if the rain had started to fall.  By the time their ceremony arrived, the clouds didn’t shed so much as a drop. Instead, they provided an even more dramatic backdrop as Jackie and Mike stood in front of their closest friends and family and publicly displayed what has been in their hearts for years. 

When it came to planning their wedding, it was really important to Jackie and Mike that the day was going to be, above all else, a ton of fun.  Believe us, they delivered. From the beginning of cocktail hour and throughout the reception, it was a celebration that truly fit the couple.  Because Jackie and Mike, and their lively group of friends, bring the party no matter where they go. Even better, they make sure to encourage everyone around them to be as happy as they are.  Of course all you needed to do throughout their wedding day was look at Jackie and Mike and see how truly, visibily in love with each other they are and you couldn’t help but feel great that these two found each other.

Bridal Gown: WToo by Watters  |  Bridesmaids Gowns: Bill Levkoff  |  Bridal Salon: Bridepower  |  Hair & Make-up: Janine Forman  |  Floral Design: MK Flower Studio  |  Ceremony Location: Turtle Cove Bluff at Camp Hero State Park in Montauk, NY  |  Reception Location: 360 East at Montauk Downs in Montauk, NY  |  Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Ricky Roche, One Man Band  |  Catering: Lessings  |  Cake: Rolling Pin Bakery  |  Reception Entertainment: TLC Entertainment

Spring Lake, NJ: Lindsay & Blake's Engagement Session

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Lindsay and Blake met for the first time years ago at the bath and tennis club were she had spent many summers for most of her life. One of those summers happened to be particularly fateful when the new tennis pro caught her eye. He, of course, noticed her, too, and it wasn’t long before they were spending time together off the court and outside of the club. Beside their shared interest in tennis, they found that they had quite a bit in common: deep connection to their families, a desire to soak in nature and live a contented, simple life. Not long after they became a couple. Their relationship became the foundation of their lives and soon they both knew that there was nothing else they wanted more than to be together forever. 

This spring they’ll marry in their new home town of Rumson but they decided to take their engagement photos in the town where they first met: Spring Lake. We started at Lindsay’s parent’s house where we were able to incorporate Lindsay & Blake’s sweet dog, Banker, into some photos. From there we returned to the scene of Lindsay & Blake's first meeting - the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club, where we even got to take some fun shots with the two of them on the courts.

We are so happy for Lindsay and Blake that they found each other that fateful summer and even happier that we will get to capture their wedding day in May.

Venue Profile: New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, Connecticut

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Set in what is (in our opinion) Connecticut’s best city, the New Haven Lawn Club also happens to be one of our favorite venues in the state. The Lawn Club’s distinct art-deco architecture makes it the perfect venue for a couple looking for an elegant ballroom in which to host a black-tie wedding.  Founded in 1891, the Lawn Club is a stately Georgian mansion set in New Haven’s prestigious East Rock neighborhood. The current main building was built in the late 1920’s in the colonial revival style. The club is a staple for New Haven area events, frequently hosting functions for nearby Yale University. It has a long and storied history and counts Eli Whitney as one of it’s founding members.

After admiring the building’s brick exterior, guests make their way through a covered portico and into a circular lobby featuring black-and-white checkered terrazzo floors. Wood-burning fireplaces are located throughout the main floor of the club and are typically filled with candles for events. Cocktail hour takes place in the Main Dining Room which features two fireplaces, large windows and a grand piano. The true gem of the Lawn Club is it’s Ballroom.  Dramatic and majestic from it’s star-accented, barrel-vaulted ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, and four gorgeous Austrian Art Deco crystal chandeliers, we have literally heard guests gasp when they walk into the room. The ballroom can host up to 225 people for a sit-down dinner and has a stage that is perfect for a large band. A terrace is located just outside the doors of the Ballroom and can be accessed by guests throughout the night.

For many of our couples who have gotten married at the Lawn Club, one of their favorite experiences of the planning process was working with the Lawn Club coordinator, Christine. We have known Christine for many years and always enjoy getting to work with her because she is so good at what she does.  She is incredibly attentive to the couple and their families. She always makes sure wedding days run on time all while making everything come together so seamlessly it appears effortless.

Guests traveling in from out of state or thinking about staying for the weekend can look forward to some of the many experiences the city of New Haven has to offer. They can try some of the city’s famous pizza, visit area museums and tour the campus at Yale. New Haven also has a number of fantastic hotels, our favorite is The Study at Yale - a chic, boutique hotel where they can enjoy the amazing brunch at Heirloom (the hot caramel apple doughnuts are incredible). 

Stay tuned on the blog for two recent weddings we photographed at the Lawn Club this month. In the meantime, here are some of our favorite images from Lawn Club weddings that truly show off the grandeur of the space.

Stone House at Stirling Ridge: Warren, NJ: Jackie & John's Wedding

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There are some couples, like Jackie and John, whose connection is so evident that it can captivate you. You can see it in the quiet moments, in the little smiles and passing glances. You can tell that they are able to communicate volumes to one another without even speaking a word. As photographers, it’s always our goal to capture that connection so that couple can see what everyone around them sees all the time: the true love they have for one another that is written all over their faces when they are together.

That was an easy task with Jackie and John. They compliment each other in pretty much every way possible. She’s funny and full of life, focused and passionate about every new task she tackles. He is thoughtful and attentive, universally admired by his family and friends as an excellent gift giver because of his ability to truly understand the people he loves. Together, they are an energetic and thoughtfulness couple whose gentleness and love for one another is abundantly clear.

When it came to their wedding, it was important to both Jackie and John to share the love they have found together with all of the people who have been with them on their journey to find one another. Throughout the day, you could their guests were just captivated by the incredible connection that Jackie and John share as we were.  It was visible with every smile and passing glance, from the moment they saw each other during the ceremony to well into the night on the dance floor. 

Bridal Gown: L'Fay Collection  |  Bridal Salon: L'Fay Bridal in Chatham, NJ  |  Shoes: Monique Lhuillier  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff  |  Hair & Make-Up: Expert Make-Up Artistry & Hair Design  |  Flowers: Somerset Hills Florist in Basking Ridge, NJ  |  Stationery: East Six  |  Ceremony Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge, NJ  |  Venue: Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ  |  DJ: Eclipse Events  |  Cake: Rudy's Pastry Shop in Bloomfield, NJ 

The Patterson Club: Fairfield, CT: Amy & Jack's Wedding

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It has been said that the very best romances start out as friendships; that friendship is the solid foundation upon which a beautiful life can be built together. If you’re looking for living proof of that, all you need to do is look at Amy and Jack.  

Amy and Jack met while students together at Fairfield University and by their senior year they were close friends. Their group of friends would spend time together regularly, even teasing each other with occasional pranks and good-natured teasing. In fact, many of Amy and Jack’s favorite memories of college involve one another.

After graduation, they reconnected when they both started working for the same company. Amy would often call her best friend, Megan, to tell her all about the fun things she and Jack did together. Megan started to think there was something more brewing between Amy and Jack, but Amy insisted that they were just friends. Amy valued her friendship with Jack and was nervous to risk that for the chance of something more. Jack, though, was falling hard for Amy. He was nervous too, but his fear was of missing his chance of what he thought could be an amazing relationship. So he, too, called Megan for advice. She told him to go for it.

Jack planned a group ski trip, inviting Amy and her friends to join him and his. It was on that trip that Jack finally asked Amy out on an official date and the nature of their relationship changed. After that first date, Amy and Jack both knew what their friends had probably had known for years - that they were meant to be a couple.

Bridal Gown: Amsale  |  Bridal Salon: Amale Flagship Salon in New York, NY  |  Shoes: Kate Spade  |  Ceremony Location: The Chapel at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut  |  Venue: The Patterson Club in Fairfield, Connecticut

The Village Club: Lake Success, NY: Melissa & Steve's Wedding

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It’s lucky for Melissa and Steve that they just happened to have a mutual friend in common. Even more, it’s lucky that mutual friend took it upon herself to bring them together since she had a feeling that they just might be perfect for one another. She planned a lunch, having Melissa and a few other coworkers get together and inviting Steve (a friend she had known for years) to join them.  It was a surprise to Melissa to see an unfamiliar face at that lunch but she liked what she saw.  Steve was friendly and open, easy to talk to with a smile that definitely caught her eye. The two of them talked quite a bit that day and by the time the dishes were cleared, Steve knew he wanted to see Melissa again. 

Their first date was magical but Melissa was left a bit confused when Steve ended the night with…a handshake.  He laughs about it now, acknowledging that his nerves got the best of him. Maybe it was because he knew that Melissa was truly special and that this relationship would be different than any he had ever had before. 

After dating for a while, he knew he wanted Melissa to be his wife. When he asked her, he took her hand again - just like he had on that first date - but this time he slipped a gorgeous ring on her finger. This spring they became husband and wife, much to the joy of their friends and family and, especially, the mutual friend that just knew they would be perfect for one another.  Safe to say, she was absolutely right.

Bridal Gown: Stella York  |  Bridesmaids Gowns: Bill Levkoff  |  Bridal Salon: RK Bridal in New York, NY  |  Hair & Make-up: Coco Tsang  |  Floral Design: Distinctive Floral Design in Mineola, NY  |  Catering: Philip Stone Caterers  |  DJ and Lighting: Bravura Entertainment  |  Venue: The Village Club at Lake Success

Venue Profile: Gramercy Park Hotel

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The hunt for the perfect venue in New York City could quite possibly be one of the most challenging aspects of planning a wedding in Manhattan. With the sheer number of venues, everything from vast ballrooms and raw loft spaces, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But if you’re looking for a venue with a storied New York history and intimate setting, Gramercy Park Hotel is the place for you.  We have had the pleasure of working at the hotel many times over the past several years and can say with certainty that it is by far one of our favorite places in Manhattan.

Built in 1925, the hotel has long-served as landmark in the chic Gramercy neighborhood. It was the location of Humphrey Bogart’s first wedding in 1926 and has been frequented over the years by movie stars, models and athletes - from Babe Ruth to Bob Dylan to Madonna. It still frequently hosts celebrity events and fashion shows.  Well known for it’s expansive art collection, you can see famous work featured throughout the hotel, rotated on a regular basis so you have the chance to see something new whenever you return. Their collection includes work from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. 

Weddings are hosted on the Gramercy Terrace, a unique space on the 18th floor of the hotel with lush, garden-like surroundings and an expansive view of both Midtown and Lower Manhattan - including both the Chrysler Building and the Freedom Tower. The terrace has a fully-weatherized retractable glass roof, giving you the option to have an open-air reception admist the city lights.

The space can host up to 120 guests for a seated reception and more for a cocktail-style reception. You can customize your menu with the catering team from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.  (Danny Meyer's NYC restaurants have long been revered as some of the best in the city. We have been fortunate to sample quite a bit of the food at GPH and it has all been delicious. He  also happens to be the man behind our favorite East-Coast burger chain, Shake Shack.)

Many of the couples whose weddings we have photographed at the hotel have really enjoyed giving their guests the opportunity to have a true "New York" experience. The hotel rooms are arftfully decorated, the staff is incredibly attentive and the food (from the reception offerings to hotel restaurant, Maialino) is off-the-charts amazing. There is nothing quite like a wedding on the Gramercy Terrace - city lights in the distance, impeccable food on your plate and an experience you will never forget.