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.

Housing Works Bookstore: New York, NY: Kaley & Eric's Wedding

Kaley’s mother was not at all surprised when her daughter called and told her that she would be getting married in a book store. It seemed fitting for her daughter who had loved books since she was a very little girl, when the local library in their small town in Maine was one of her favorite places to visit. That love of books grew into a love of learning which ultimately led Kaley across the country to Stanford University, where she would met Eric. 

Eric was an East Coaster, too, having also moved across the country from Maryland to California for college. He and Kaley ended up living in the same dorm and started dating their senior year. After graduation, their relationship went long distance, with Kaley working in D.C. and Eric in San Francisco. Five years ago, Eric relocated to NYC, a move that meant that the distance between them was no longer time zones and thousands of miles, but a simple bus ride down the East Coast. Kaley ended up moving up to NYC not long after and soon Eric asked her to be his wife. 

In the hunt for the perfect place for their wedding, the Housing Works Bookstore just happened to be around the corner from Kaley’s work and offer the exact kind of unique setting they were seeking. Of course, being among stacks of books was something that Kaley had enjoyed for as long as she could remember, and she wouldn’t forget that learning from those books had led to what would be her greatest adventure - a life with Eric.

Bryant Park Grill: New York, NY: Donna & Jonathan's Wedding

It rained all day on the day Donna and Jonathan were married. It wasn’t a drizzle. The rain came down hard and sideways with puddles growing large on the city streets. Every glance out the window was met with the confirmation that it did not look as though it was going to stop any time soon. Their plans of the outdoor, rooftop ceremony had to be rearranged. Pictures could no longer take place in the park. There would have to be umbrellas, probably a lot of them. But none of that stressed Jonathan.

All morning, friends and family came up to him to tell them how sorry they were about the weather. To him, there was absolutely nothing to be sorry about. “I wouldn’t care if there was a hurricane,” he said. “I’m marrying the woman I love.”

If the rain was bothering Donna at all the morning, any worry about it washed away the minute she was with Jonathan. If he could have, by sheer force of will, he made the sun shine just for her. And she knew that. Because he would do anything for her. “If I were a singer, I’d sing a song for you,” he told her during his vows. “What I am is a dreamer, and you are my dream come true.”

As if that wasn’t enough to fill their guest’s eyes with tears, Donna and Jonathan then opened their reception with a movie-worthy first dance made all the more special by how clear it is that these two just really love to have fun together. And when the night came to the end, the rain had dissipated enough for the guests to line the walkway with sparklers as Donna and Jonathan left their reception - the dream-worthy ending to a day that was as magical as the couple in the center of it all.

Hair: Krystal Clark  |  Headpiece: Boutique de Voile  |  Bridal Gown: Essense of Australia  |  Bridal Salon: Ally’s Bridal in Hoboken, New Jersey  |  Shoes: Shoes of Prey  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy  |  Flowers: Catherine Cotter of Somerset Hills Florist  |  DJ: Rob Frannicola of Ultimate Entertainment  |  Cake: Joyce Osorio  

Poughkeepsie, NY: Carli-Rae and John Michael's Wedding

John Michael will always be grateful for the big snowstorm of 2013. It was when several feet of snow provided him with the opportunity to finally persuade the woman he’d been interested in for quite some time to go one another date with him. Carli Rae was the friend of his sister and although John Michael had taken her out once or twice before, the timing had never been quite right for it to become something more.

But this time, he knew it was different. When the storm prevented John Michael’s sister and Carli Rae from getting into the city the way they had planned, they asked him to drive them in. He was happy to oblige, on one condition - if he could take Carli Rae out on a date. She agreed and, to John Michael’s great relief, he was indeed right - that this time was different. They hit it off on that date and soon they were very much a couple. Three years later, he proposed. 

This fall, they married on a bright, crisp Sepetmeber day surrounded by family and friends delighted to see this couple become husband and wife (especially John Michael's sister who essentially got to hand-pick her sister-in-law).

This is the first winter they'll spend as newlyweds and each snowstorm will serve as a reminder to them of the blizzard that ended up changing their lives and bringing them together.

Hair: Kyra Tarquinio of Annaliese & Co.  |  Make-up: Samantha McDonough  |  Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung  |  Bridal Salon: Julie Allen Bridals in Newtown, Connecticut  |  Shoes: J. Renee  |  Cake: The Pastry Garden in Poughkeepsie, New York  |  Floral Design: Lavender and Leaf Designs in Poughkeepsie, New York

Prospect Park Boathouse: Brooklyn, NY: Selena & William's Wedding

There’s a certain energy in the air when a bride is getting ready in the morning before her wedding - excitement, nerves, joy all bundled together - with one of those feelings, at times, winning out over the rest. One of my favorite things about what we do is getting to actually see the shift in that energy as soon as the couple see each other for the first time that day.

Selena and William had decided to see each other before their ceremony with their “first look” taking place on the streets of the iconic Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn. When William arrived, Selena was nearly done getting ready. From the window on the third floor where Selena was getting ready, I could see William pacing the sidewalk, anxious to see her. Selena was eager to see him as well, her nerves bubbling up as she made sure everything was perfect before she set down the many stairs to the street to see him. When they finally saw one another, when William turned around to see Selena, it was like we could see all of the nerves melt away at once. 

As was made clear in the many toasts offered up for this happy couple during the reception, Selena and William compliment one another in pretty much every way possible. Not only are they a gorgeous couple but, according to their friends and family, they bring out the very best in one another and inspire those around them. Their wedding was romantic and fun and true celebration of a couple who are so obviously meant to be together.

Make-up: Sharon Becker Beauty  |  Hair: Maysoon Faraj  |  Bridal Gown: Le Spose di Gio  |  Bridal Salon: Kleinfelds  |  Bridal Shoes: Prada  |  Bridesmaids Dress: Jill Stuart  |  Caterer: Moveable Feast  |  Florist: Edelweiss Floral Atelier

Manasquan River Golf Club: Brielle, NJ: Jen & Christian's Wedding

For a good while, Jen was a bit of a mystery to Christian. She was a picture he had seen on the wall, the sister of his friend Michael. Although he had spend a lot of time fishing with both Michael and Michael's father and  heard a lot about Jen, he had yet to met her in person since she was, at the time, living away from the Jersey shore. 

Then, finally, they did meet. And she was everything her family had said she was and so much more - beautiful, smart, funny - and, as Christian would realize quickly, exactly the kind of woman he needed in his life. She was no longer a mystery.  In short order, they learned as much about one another as possible.

Of course, Jen's family was delighted. They had enjoyed spending time with Christian for quite a while, so when he proposed to Jen it was making official what had been true for quite some time - that he was a part of the family.

Bridal Gown: Peter Langner  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo  |  Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik  |  Flowers: Mueller's Flowers & Gifts, Inc.  |  Ceremony Location: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manasquan, New Jersey  |  Venue: Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, New Jersey  |  Cake: Rudy's Pastry  |  Band: Joe Baracata Band & DJ Jersey Joe

Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY: Aly & Matt's Wedding

Aly and Matt put thought into every detail of their day - from her stunning gown to his custom suit, the intricate floral design of her bouquet and their chuppah, right down to the handkerchief they held as they signed their ketubah. It was a small wedding with only their very closest friends and family gathered on the lawn of Blue Hill Farm to watch them exchange vows. 

More than even all the gorgeous details, the day was most significantly about family - the siblings and parents that stood by their sides by the chuppah, and the family there in spirit. The day sweet and emotional from the tear-inducing exchange of vows to Matt’s serenade to his new wife during the reception. Each thoughtful detail and story shared by their friends and family added to the intimate feel of the day and with one look around the room and it was clear that Aly and Matt are lucky to not only have found one another but to have a support system of people in their lives that felt so honored to be a part of their day and join in the celebration of their love.

Flowers: Aurora Botanica  |  Bridal Gown: Rue De Seine Bridal  |  Bridal Salon: Lovely Bride in New York, NY|  Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hill, NY

To our 2016 Couples: Thank You

It's not an easy thing, planning a wedding. It requires a lot. A lot of research, a lot of meetings and fittings and tastings and phone calls, and - most importantly - a lot of trust. Trust that the people you're selecting to be part of your day will do their very best and, in our case, leave you will images that will convey even better than your own memory, just how incredible that day was. To give you pictures that will transport your right back to each moment and give you the chance to feel it all, even faintly, all over again. 

It's not something we take lightly, having that trust bestowed upon us. We can not thank all of our clients enough for giving us that gift of their trust and allowing us to be a part of one of the most special days of their lives. 

So we wanted to take this time, as the year comes to an end, to thank every one of you that we worked with this year - the brides and grooms, the grooms and grooms, the Moms and Dads - for choosing us: Rob and I, our incredible Associate Photographer Kim Brooks, our phenomenal video team. 

It's because of you that we get to do what we love. It's because of you that we have been able to take this business to places we used to only dream about. 

I always say that one of my favorite things about what we do is that every wedding is different and every couple is different. It's been a true joy this year to get to know all of you - to hear your stories, to meet your friends and families, and to capture your joy. 

Thank you all for making our year filled with so many beautiful moments. We wish you all the very best in 2017.