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

Long Beach Island, New Jersey: Lauren & Paolo's Engagement Session

Lauren and Paolo each arrived at the party that night without the expectation of anything but a good time. They would walk away that evening with a whole lot more. It was the first time they met and an instant spark was ignited. They ended up talking throughout almost the entire party and, as the night came to an end, they both knew they just had to see each other again. 

They stayed together throughout graduation and starting their respective careers; moving from Massachusetts (his home state and where they both went to college) to New York City, eventually settling in her home state of New Jersey. By that time eight years had passed since that fateful college party and Paolo knew the time had come to propose. On Christmas Eve that year, he strung lights on the Hoboken pier near their home, took her on a walk by the Hudson and asked Lauren to be his wife.

At the end of this month, she will.

New Haven Lawn Club: Alyssa & Mike's Wedding

They say you can tell a lot about people by the friends they keep. I think you can tell a lot about a couple based on how excited their friends are for them when they’re getting married. Alyssa and Mike have a lot of good friends (as you can see by their substantial bridal party) and on their wedding day the only people happier than the bride and groom (and their parents) were the members of the group decked out in tuxedos and chiffon. 

Because, really, who rejoices more in your happiness than the people that were there for you when you were searching for it? Who understands best exactly the kind of person who would be perfect for you than the people who are closest to you? And who is going to party the hardest when they can see that you have landed someone who is going to love you as much as they know you deserve?

The energy at Alyssa and Mike’s wedding was contiguous. It would have been a challenge not to smile all day long. These are two people who just plain make each other’s lives better in a way that is completely obvious to everyone around them. It was clear from the earliest moments of the day to the very last moments of the sparkler send-off: getting to be a part of the day Alyssa and Mike commit to each other forever was something really special. And we felt completely honored that we were there to capture it all.

Hair: Salon Odette in Middlebury, Connecticut|  Make-up: Stephanie Mesmer from Naomi Studio and Salon|  Bridal Gown: Anna Campbell  |  Bridal Salon: Everthine Bridal Boutique in Madison, Connecticut |  Shoes: Badgley Mischka  |  Flowers: Muddy Feet Flower Farm  |  Invitations and Paper: Tied & Two  |  Venue: New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, Connecticut  |  Cake: JCakes in North Branford, Connecticut  |  Band: Rum Runners  |  Lighting: Correlation Productions

Venue Profile: Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY

If you’re a couple that loves great food and dream of a reception in a bucolic setting, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to host your wedding in New York than Blue Hill at Stones Barns. Set on 80 acres in Pocantico Hills, just 45 minutes north of New York City, Blue Hill is an active, four-season farm with a critically-acclaimed restaurant run by famed chef Dan Barber (if you’re unfamiliar with him, check out more about his philosophy to food and sustainable farming in the Netflix series Chef’s Table).

Despite it’s proximity to Manhattan, city life feels very distant when you’re at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. A long driveway winds through the ample farmland where guests may spot some of the resident cows, goats or chickens. The farm has been built on land that had been in the Rockefeller family since the late 1800’s, having once been their cattle farm. The old dairy barn (the eponymous stone barn) is now the where larger indoor receptions (and ceremonies) are hosted. It’s vaulted ceiling and vast windows provide a dramatic atmosphere upon which couples can fill tables with floral centerpieces and candlelight to evoke romance. Outdoor ceremonies can be held in the front garden (for intimate ceremonies) or the stone courtyard (which, for large weddings can have lights strung above), has the feel of a Tuscan villa. For couples who choose to have the entire property for their wedding, the courtyard can be used for outdoor receptions.

Food is the epicenter at Blue Hill with it’s educational center operating under the mission to “create a consciousness about the effect of everyday food choices.” Nearly everything served at the restaurant (and to wedding guests) is grown or raised at the farm. Cocktail hour and dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns weddings are not merely meals, they are experiences. Each course has been crafted to honor the land on which it has been developed and the greater Westchester region it calls home.

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