Wedding

Julie and Christina's Queer Guerrilla Wedding

On Saturday January 7th, I photographed the most gloriously offbeat wedding I've witnessed to date.

Back in 2015 I met Julie and Christian and later did a lovely picnic themed engagement session for them in Prospect Park. At our initial consultation, we hit it off instantly. We talked about our shared neighborhood, animals, art and inspiration. I remember asking Christina if they had a gender pronoun they preferred me to use and I'm pretty sure that gesture on my end sealed the deal for us to work together and become easy friends. They knew I respected them fully, and they could be themselves with me. I knew that since they're both artists, they would be a joy to work with and an honor to represent their relationship. 

Flashforward to the end of 2016: I received an email that after their long engagement, Julie and Christian decided they wanted to get married during the Obama administration. Like many queer couples, they felt concerned that their rights as a couple may be in jeopardy and wanted to enter into marriage during a presidency that they felt represented by. Because time was ticking away, they planned what they dubbed a guerrilla wedding to take place along the Chelsea Highline. I had never participated in anything like this before and was completely in to capture their day.

And so on January 7th 2016 a major snowstorm hit New York City. It was apparent that having an outdoor ceremony wasn't going to be a possibility, so in true guerrilla spirit, they decided to make due with their hotel room at The Jane. We had a first look in the amazingly quirky lobby of the hotel and made our way outside to seize the wild weather into a photo opportunity. When we returned from our expedition, their guests had all arrived in their hotel suite. All of their friends piled on the bed and lined up around the perimeter of the room and somehow managed to all fit - it was an amazing sight to see! 

Sarah and Dan's Berkshire Wedding

One of the most exciting aspects of being a wedding photographer is traveling. On October 1st, 2016, I traveled to the Lennox Massachusetts to photograph Sarah and Dan's amazing wedding. Sarah was raised in the area, but she and Dan live in Brooklyn New York. Being from England, all of Dan's friend's and family crossed the Atlantic ocean to celebrate with the couple. These two are so charming and lovely together, it doesn't surprise me in the least that so many people would come far distances to be with them on their special day. 

Thank you to my second shooter, the very talented Kathryn Cooper
This wedding took place at the stunning Seven Hills Inn, Lenox Massachusetts. 

Elena and Justin's Catskill Wedding!

In late July, I had the pleasure of photographing one of the most picturesque weddings I've yet to attend. Justin and Elena were able to get ready without seeing each other in a massive, lofty bed and breakfast. To begin their ceremony, Elena was escorted by her brother on a trail that led behind the ceremony site, creating a wonderful entrance. Their nuptials were rich in Jewish cultural tradition, which trickled into their festive reception. The love, the natural beauty of both the couple and their venue, and the laid back attitude of their friends and family was both touching and memorable. Congratulations Elena and Justin!

Venue, Hellbrook Farms.
Catering, The Would Restaurant
Hair stylist, Valentino Longo of Privé By Laurent D, NYC. 
Makeup, Claire Bayley

Bernadette and Anthony's Wedding!

When I photographed Bernadette and Anthony's engagement session earlier this year, I quickly learned that these two share an adventurous spirit and thirst for the outdoors. Their wedding on Friday, October 17th, perfectly exemplified their mutual love of nature and excitement. Set at beautiful Hunter Mountain in upstate New York, wedding guests and the party itself all made their way to the ceremony site - 3,200 feet above sea level - via the ski lift! Up on top of the mountain, with the fall foliage as a magnificent backdrop, the two tied the knot. Back down at regular elevation, a fabulous party followed at the Copper Tree Restaurant where DJ Lee Waddell kept the dance floor hopping.

Congratulations to Bern and Ant, may your lives be full of blue skies, lush landscapes and adventure together!

Floral arrangements were made by Teddi's Flower Shoppe in Catskill New York.

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Christine and David's Wedding

On Sunday October 12th, I had the honor of photographing Christine and David's wedding at the Brooklyn Marriott's Legends Ballroom. An intimate gathering of close friends and family, the evening was a celebration of a couple that has stayed together through thick and thin. During the sole toast of the night, best man Jesse honored their devotion to one another through David's two open heart surgeries over the course of 18 months. To know what these two have dealt with together is truly inspiring and has laid the foundation for what promises to be a most solid marriage.

Congratulations to Christine and David, I wish you a lifetime of health and happiness together <3

Special thanks to my second shooter Sam Hyatt.

Excellent entertainment and lighting design provided by Crossing Midnight Entertainment.

Christine's dress was created by Rebecca Schoneveld in Brooklyn.

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Denise and Steve's Wedding!

On Saturday September 27th, at Crabtree's Kittle House in Chappaqua New York, I was fortunate to photograph the amazing wedding of Denise and Steve. Despite the recent loss of Denise's lovely sister, Laura Ruchala, the two families joined together to celebrate the love these two share. Being the musician that she is, Denise did not disappoint in her musical selections. During the ceremony, Denise's band the Westchester Ceremonial Brass quintet elegantly played in the background; throughout the cocktail hour, a ukelele strummed along; over the course of the reception, The Matt Hilgenberg Orchestra kept the party alive with amazing tenacity! There truly was never a dull moment!

One of my favorite aspects about this wedding actually happened the night before. Earlier this year, Steve was on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and it magically aired on the eve of their nuptials! While I don't have a link to the airing at the time of posting, I highly recommend asking Steve about it personally as it is quite entertaining to hear about!

Cheers to these two wonderful and deserving people, and thank you for having me on your special day <3

Hair and makeup by the tremendously talented Celeste Von Damon.

Floral arrangements created by Whispering Pines of Chappaqua.

Special thanks to my wonderful assistant/second shooter Steve Warren.

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Curtis and Erin's Wedding

Over Labor Day weekend, I shot my first destination wedding. Erin and Curtis decided to host their wedding in a unique country home housing great architectural details and modern art overlooking the Green Mountains in Vermont. Surrounded by an ever present group of people coming and going over the course of the weekend, they were able to have fun while setting up for the big event in a relaxed environment. On Sunday August 31st, as rain poured down over the entire East Coast, the festivities soared at the estate. As Erin descended down the stairs in the wedding dress she made herself, making her first appearance a collective ahhh came from all of those anxiously watching from below. In the kitchen her sister Mel diligently worked on the wedding cake. After their first look, Erin and Curtis agreed to host the ceremony under the large tent due to the rain. As guests moved along outside they enjoyed spirits hand crafted by their distillery friend which flowed in abundance. A portable wood firing oven prepared delicious pizza from local Burlington eatery American Flatbread.  Despite the dampness, the guests and their dogs celebrated the couple in full excitement. Married by close friend and artist, Travis Iurato, the couple read their handwritten vows in a laid back ceremony honoring their love and mutual sense of adventure. Special thanks to my backup photographer Samantha Seeley of Sweet Remedy for her assistance and company during the course of the weekend. I'd also like to acknowledge that all of the beautiful centerpieces, boutonnieres, and Erin's bouquet were all made with love by Curtis' mother. Enjoy! 014 008 012 013 016 079 082 081 019 080 027 029 030 031 034 035 087 036 038 039 098 100 099 101 105 089 109 112 050 056 051 061 115 117 119 120 123 125 129 131 133 155 156 075 072 138 166065 137 164 161 167 074 077                                        177 078 185 192 065   194

Eliza & Erik's Wedding!

On Saturday August 16th, in Greenville New York, Eliza and Erik were married in the most magical backyard wedding imaginable. This was easily the most DIY wedding I've ever attended. The dress was lovingly made by Eliza's mother, the cake made by the bride herself. A gorgeous huppah made from foraged brush was the backdrop for the ceremony. Under the tent, tie dyed fabric formed a lively bunting banner. If that is not enough DIY for you, the beer of the night was brewed by Erik and his father, and all of the floral arrangements were picked from the flower garden Eliza planted for this purpose. Their efforts into creating a most awesome event were unmatched!

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Kara and Bryan's Wedding!

On Saturday August 2nd, 2014, I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding that has easily been 15 years in the making. Since middle school, Kara and Bryan have been the best of friends. To be asked to capture their wedding after watching their bond unfold over all these years was a true honor. Their day consisted of a ceremony held at Holy Cross Church in Slate Hill New York, followed by a small group stop at the Atlas family horse farm to visit with Kara's grandmother who was unable to attend. Afterward, everyone convened at The Eagles Nest where a fabulous reception ensued. Between Kara's dress which was lovingly handmade by her mother (as well as her niece's dress and nephew's vest!) the coloring books Kara created to entertain the little guests, a beautiful toast Mr. Atlas gave in memory of his father who passed just days before, Princess Leia and Hans solo cake toppers (I remember their joint love of Star Wars back in middle school!) and the exquisite centerpieces and floral work made to resemble a painters palette designed by The Floral Cottage, every detail of the day was perfectly executed. Additionally, a year earlier on the same date, Bryan's twin brother Liam married his lovely wife Liz; a perfect testament to synchronicity if I do say so myself. The Joe Gattuso Band kept the party moving with incredible live music, DJing and MCing - there was never a dull moment!

 

Special thanks to my backup photographer Samantha Seeley of Sweet Remedy for her coverage.

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Julia and Evan's Wedding!

On June 21st, 2014 at the Flath family farm along the Delaware Water Gap, Julia and Evan were married. You may remember these two from the engagement session I shared back in May taken at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

For those that know the couple, it's easy to say that the entire event truly embodied them. Performative and eco conscious, their wedding covered so many aspects of their personality and interests. From the locally sourced food provided by Fig Tree Market & Catering, the gorgeous repurposed wedding dress that originally belonged to Julia's great aunt (expertly tailored by Sandra Usherov in Brooklyn) to all of the live performances (a choir! an acoustic cover of the Jayhawks' song "All The Right Reasons"! an original piece performed by the bride and groom! a jazz trio!) as well as an excellent DJ (email allnightersounds@gmail.com for more info) - it was an all encompassing masterpiece. 

While I could go on forever about how much I enjoyed covering this event, I'll let the photos from the day do the talking. 

Special thanks to my second shooter Teresa Stanton for her beautiful contribution to this post. 


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Rebe & Matt's Winter Wedding

   

Rebe and I met on the first day of the seventh grade. I remember she wore penny loafers with pennies in them and an awesome green outfit that I was jealous of. We hit it off right away and were incredibly close friends until I moved away for college. Rebe has always been a character; afraid of ice and obsessed with elephants, she's as eccentric and fun as they come. Right before I left the Hudson Valley, Rebe met Matt, and I had a feeling that they were going to be together for the long run. I felt good about leaving the area knowing she had an awesome boyfriend. When I was asked to come photograph her small legal wedding, I was thrilled. Not only did I get to rekindle a friendship with someone I've missed, but I was introduced to Rebe and Matt's newer friends who I adored instantly.

This wedding was different from any I've been a part of before. Matt is in the Air Force and will be deployed to Afghanistan next month to aid in our country's exit from the war. Because he's leaving, they decided to have a small legal wedding. Next year, when Matt is home, they will have a larger celebration. My favorite aspect of the wedding (besides a few surprises that came up!) was the fact that they decided to get married outside in February. Matt and his groomsmen shoveled a gigantic path through a park, to the water front where the ceremony took place. On the bank of the Wallkill River, their friends and family stood, gathered around them as they were wed. My biggest challenge was definitely the cold! My fingers were numb through the ceremony, but thankfully it didn't hinder my shooting. Take a look at how fun and spirited Matt & Rebe's day was!

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Jerra and Danielle.

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I loved Rebe's blue shoes.

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Rebe has been wearing this necklace for as long as I remember. It made perfect sense that she would wear it on her wedding day.

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Jade was masterful in getting Rebe ready and out of the house!

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I remember these paintings hanging in Rebe's old bedroom.

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Love this typography made by Alida.

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Check out the G. I. Joe's hanging from the vine! Matt says they protect the kitchen.

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I love this scene on their fridge; so poignant.

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I honestly didn't expect to see Picasso when I came - he's 19 and still the diva he's always been.

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"Can you tell I painted the railing?" says Rebe.

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Our friend Alida was the Maid Of Honor. One of her duties was holding the champagne during photos.

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I am obsessed with these two photos of Rebe and Alida.

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Rebe was saying mean things to make Alida crack up. It is a perfect example of them and their friendship.

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Matt waits for Rebe.

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Matt's face as Rebe approached.

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Alida walked Rebe down the path and gave her away.

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Surprise #1 of the day: Rebe forgot the rings!

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Rebe looks skeptical after Matt said he knew she'd forget the rings. Luckily it was expected that she'd be forgetful and no one minded.

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First kiss!

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Right after they were married, Rebe's mom Michelle gave her this as a gift.

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Family feet!

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I felt bad making Rebe walk through the snow, but she had fun.

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My favorite photo from the day. Rebe is so gorgeous!

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Button moss.

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She insisted on a photo with this sign.

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The path Matt and his friends shoveled!

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The after party was held at Matt's parent's house down the street from the park.

 

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Jade and her husband Adam.

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Michelle and her husband Juan.

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Jerra, Danielle and Dan saved the day when Rebe forgot the wedding cake!

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Legalizing it!

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Baby Westly says cheers too.

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Alida and Rebe shocked that Jon said something mean.

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