A Winter Wedding in New York

A Winter Wedding in New York

Sarah and John

 Winter in New York, Its legendary. Winter weddings in New York CAN be legendary but talk about hoops to jump through.  When you are planning a Winter Wedding you HOPE for light snow falling in perfect fat flakes from the sky drifting into little glittering specks all around you and your hubby. You HOPE that traveling is not hazardous and all of your friends and family can still make it, In general your hail mary-ing for the most idyllic situation humanly possible…and Sarah and Johns January wedding was JUST THAT, LEGENDARY.

 Anytime a wedding day calls for “extreme” weather my first concern is always how my bride is feeling, all of this planning just to have 8-12 inches reported for your wedding day but let me tell you, Sarah was THRILLED. Her joyful spirit it contagious, It was amazing how the bride was the one who uplifted everyone’s attitudes about the weather and Sarah was rewarded with the perfect scenario.

Villa Venezias ballroom feels like it was made for snowy wedding days; white marble floors, large windows spilling in diffused light from every angle and warm vibes coming off of the staff set the stage for some seriously epic moments. Sarah got into her gown in a scene that looked like it was out of a castle ( see below), She strolled down the picturesque staircase to see John for their first look gown swirling behind her and all. They both bravely walked out into a literal snowstorm to embrace the winter wonderland that was gracing New York with its presence and what followed are images that I will forever be proud of.

 

 Their ceremony took place right as the sun set turning the view outside into a romantic blue haze, the violinist strummed out tale as old as time  ( which was my wedding song so naturally its a fave) and Sarah and John read each other heartfelt wedding vows. The reception was no less grand with first dances and parents dances leaving everyone in tears. Johns mom had passed not too long ago and he shared a sweet dance with his sister,  I promise you there was not one dry eye in the room. I want my couples to know that my heart bleeds for them when they are missing pieces of themselves on their wedding day, when dads are not their to give their daughter away or when moms arent their to dance their sons into marriage it just leaves a hole there is no way around it. This is where marriage plays one of its most beautiful roles, as a comfort. Their might not be a beloved mother or cherished father there but your new spouse will be there, and every time that hole opens up their love will fill it back in. 

The night ended with just as much whimsy as it began, with a sparkler send off for the books! Sarah and John are currently on a beach in Mexico enjoying their honeymoon ( which they have earned) as I sit here in cold New York typing this blog post, I hope they know that the hard work put into this wedding was worth EVERY MOMENT. You two enjoy the beach and your FIRST week of marriage!

 

 

 

 

Daddy/ Daughter first look…get the tissues!

And now for the BIG first look!

The Ceremony

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Dumbo Brooklyn Winter  Engagement Session

Dumbo Brooklyn Winter Engagement Session

             Cara and Nick

 Dumbo Brooklyn is possibly one of the most popular locations for an engagement session and somehow I have never been there. When Cara told me that her and Nick wanted to have their engagement session in the winter AT Dumbo Brooklyn I just about jumped (for joy). Add on the fact that she wanted to bring their sweet dalmatian and you have the PERFECT start to my 2020 shooting year.

 Dumbo is every bit as charming as I expected,  this sweet little park whose crown is Jane’s Carousel is a breathe of fresh air in crowded NYC. All of that aside we could have shot Cara and Nicks engagement session in an empty parking lot and the images still would have been stunning, the way Nick looks at Cara in a picture in itself. As odd as this may sound this was the first time I have ever seen a dalmatian in person (odd right) and their sweet puppy Beau was the perfect addition to this session. I get the request to bring a pet along engagement sessions all of the time and I am ALWAYS down to meet your furry ( or scaly) friends, just make sure to bring someone who can corral them while we shoot! This September at the Grandview they will tie the Knot ( Beau will be there in spirit) and lucky me…I get to photograph the whole thing!

 

 

 

 

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A Rainy, Foggy, Fall Wedding at Bear Mountain

A Rainy, Foggy, Fall Wedding at Bear Mountain

Danielle &

Brian

Rain, fog, and wind are not typically what Brides wish for on their wedding day, especially when you plan to do portraits under the Bear Mountain Bridge. But let me tell you, If ANY couple in the world could handle having less than ideal weather on their wedding day it ABSOLUTELY  was Danielle and Brian.I say that because in a very real sense this was not the first storm these guys have weathered together, and If I have learned anything from being married for almost 9 years its that it wont be the last. You cling tightly to one another, brace against the wind and the rain, and huddle under each others umbrellas until the storm passes and that’s what they did.

 

I tell my couples that truthfully speaking sometimes “eh” weather produces some of my FAVORITE images and this wedding is a PRIME example of that! We coaxed a VERY grumpy bridge authority worker into allowing to take their portraits under the bridge where our “sunny” day plan would have taken us and GOODNESS I am glad we did. I dont know if it was the fact that Danielle has the most laid back grateful attitude I have ever encountered, or if Brian is just so funny that no situation seems to be gloomy, or if the way the fog rolled down the mountain as these two cuddled under the bridge just made the whole scenario magical…but it did.

 

From getting ready in Danielle’s childhood bedroom all the way to venturing out into the rain at night to grab some AMAZING nighttime portraits (scroll to see)  the whole day was intimate, it was personal, it felt like spending the day with family and I know that that was what they wanted. Congratulations you two, I am so thrilled to watch all of the beauties that marriage affords you!

 

 

 

Because we’re going to the Chapel and we’re gunna get married <3

Now for the entrance of all entrances…

Daddy daughter dance to the tune of Claire de Lune…

And they lived Happily Ever After

                  Bridal Style

      Hair and Makeup
     The Blushery

              Gown

 Maggie Sottero

      Floral &  Venue

 

Floral Design 

 Flowers by Angel

Venue

 The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills

 

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An Early Winter Wedding at Rock Island Lake Club

An Early Winter Wedding at Rock Island Lake Club

Traci & Sean

  Traci and Sean…where do I begin? I have been AMPED for their early winter wedding at the Rock Island Lake Club for MONTHS now. Traci works for www.mybellissima.com which is a boutique style wedding planning company so I know that the effort being poured into her wedding was going to pay off big. I was right and in late November in her fur stole Traci and Sean tied the knot in one of the coziest weddings I have ever had the pleasure of photographing.

 

Traci’s Haley Paige gown whirled in the wind as she strolled out to the end of the dock for their first look, eager friends cheered from Rock Island Lake Clubs upper balcony as Sean turned around…tear filled and all to see his best friend, mother of his child, and soon to be wife standing in the most glorious sunlight. These 2 have love clearly between themselves BUT they have an incredible support system. Their friends were ALL crying during the ceremony ( see images below of the groomsmen), their parents were simply beaming, their precious daughter stuck near her parents side all day it was a family affair of the best kind.

Don’t let all of their intense emotions fool you…these people can party. During the reception the dance floor stayed PACKED, the DJ stayed bumpin, and Traci and Sean got down. I could write about every glittering moment from their wedding, from portraits nestled in the woods to long barn styled tables draped in fabric and floral’s but alas I am a wedding photographer NOT a novelist….so scroll through to see more of what words would fail me to accurately describe.

 

 

 

The First Look

                  Bridal Style

      Hair and Makeup
     Chicartiste

              Gown

La Belle Marie

      Floral &  Videography

 

Floral Design
A Touch of Elegance

Videography

 PF Weddings

                  Venue

 Rock Island Lake Club

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A Perfect Summer Wedding at the Grandview

A Perfect Summer Wedding at the Grandview

Charisse and Greg 

Charisse and Greg had the PERFECT summer wedding at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. From the moment her inquiry landed itself in my inbox and we got on our first call I REALLY want to shoot Charisses Wedding. Now only did her and Greg remind me so much of my husband and I but we got along like 2 peas in a pod and I could tell that her Wedding was going to be stunning…spoiler alert I was right. 

 

I knew it was going to be the best day when I walked into Charisses bridal suite and her and the girls were hanging out watching Disney movies, they are my kind of people. With rain in the forecast we treated it like a curse word and just pretended to not see the clouds outside and Im gunna level with you…I think it worked there was not a drop in the sky until the reception was well underway! The Grandview backdrop over the river and a stellar sunshine during the ceremony set the tone for the party that was about to happen and Charisse and Gregs fun crowd did not disappoint! Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs. Peccorella, It was simply my honor to be there! 

 

 

 

Brides Style

Hair and Makeup-
Annalise & Co.

Gown- Lambs Hill Bridal

Floral & Dj

Secret Garden Florist DJ- DJ Bri Swatek Photobooth- MSV

Venue and Officient

Grandview in Poughkeepsie Rev Lisa Zaro

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Karin & David

Their wedding day was perfection, and thats exactly what Karin and David deserved. Karin and David have been together for a while and their spring wedding at Le Chateau in South Salem was just the icing on top! Karin is literally one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen, girlfriend could have worn a wedding dress made from paper bags and still have been a stunning bride! In reality Karin had a separate skirt made for the ceremony that fit right over her wedding gown…it was my dream (and hers too Im sure).

I wish I could write a short novel on their chemistry, on how David looks at her with all of the adoration, on how they laugh at each other and how their families have seamlessly turned into one big (partying) family! From the beautiful Church ceremony, to the sunny and smily portraits all the way down to the sparkler exit this wedding day is one for the books, don’t just take my word for it scroll for yourself! David and Karin thank you for allowing me the honor of capturing all the smiles, kisses, and laughter that filled your wedding day!

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