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Lauren and Cole Engaged | NYC Film Wedding Photographer

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Don’t these two look like they walked right off a J. Crew catalog into Central Park?  And you know how I love J. Crew…almost as much as I loved photographing this couple!  Lauren and Cole spent most of their relationship long distance with Lauren living in NYC and Cole living in Texas.  They were married last weekend in Princeton, NJ and that means Lauren will now be moving to Texas to spend every free moment with the love of her life, a luxury neither of them have known until now.   Their engagement session took us from the charming brownstones of the Upper East Side to the Conservatory Garden on the north side of Central Park to capture the beauty of NYC where their relationship blossomed with memories for them to keep with them as they start their new lives together in Texas.  Stay tuned for their Princeton wedding photos coming in just a few weeks!  Their entire session was photographed in medium format film.

Sidney Morgan - October 16, 2014 - 8:02 pm

My favorite shoot you’ve done yet. Such an amazing job, Caroline. Your work inspires me so much! xo

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding | NYC and California Wedding Photographer

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If you ever find yourself needing  a reminder of what weddings are really about,  bookmark Jenny and Ryan’s Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay wedding.  Jenny and Ryan’s wedding celebration was bursting at the seams with love, sweet moments and lovely people.  The tone for the day was set with one of the sweetest first looks you’ll ever see.  Jenny looked like Cinderella in her tulle ballgown and low bun as she approached Ryan on the bridge.  Ryan told me later, he was so nervous to see Jenny he couldn’t have imagined waiting until the ceremony.  Their first look was followed by gorgeous portraits along the foggy Northern California coast at Half Moon Bay.  Jenny and Ryan ceremony took place on the edge of the same cliffs with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.  I love personalized ceremonies, and Jenny and Ryan wrote their own vows to each other, which had their guests laughing, tearing and unaware of the chilly fog.   In keeping with their personalities, and unique love story,  Ryan’s vows were at once teasing and devoted and Jenny’s were sweet and sincere.

In addition to being a joining of two lives, a wedding is a joining of two families, and it was touching to see Ryan and Jenny’s families’ instant camaraderie, and mutual love for the two people they were celebrating.  Jenny’s Dad lamented not having met Ryan’s Dad sooner.  Ryan’s parents shared genuine joy at the joining of their two families as well.  The evening was full of wonderful food, heartwarming speeches and lots more laughter.  Ryan’s brother and best man had the room in stitches with one of the best speeches I’ve heard, titled ” Ryan Before Jenny.”  Even the cake-cutting was so Jenny-and-Ryan.  Ryan, teasing Jenny with cake on her nose, and Jenny carefree and completely enjoying every minute of it.

I am so honored to have been a witness to this wedding, and all the sweet moments it produced, and I’m beyond flattered that Jenny and Ryan wanted to fly me out to California for it.   A special thanks to my dear friend Amy for helping me to capture the day (producing many of the lovely images you see above) and thank you also to the seagulls that kept jumping into pictures at the perfect moments including when Ryan and Jenny were announced husband and wife.

Chasing the Sunshine + Some Client Love

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Just like my mother before me, I’ve always been one of those people whose mood can be too easily affected by light.  If I wake up on a cloudy day, I’m more likely roll over and snooze a couple more times.   But if I wake up and it’s a sunny day and windows across the street are sparking with sunlight and seem to wink and tell it’s going to be a great day, I jump right out of bed, excited to start the day.  I’m never shy in a restaurant to chose a table closest to  a window.  At home on Saturday’s, I’ll find the sunniest corner of a room, and curl up in it like a cat.   It’s no wonder that I chose a job that involves chasing the best light all over the shaded streets of this city!

And yet there are cloudy days that still offer their own form of metaphorical sunshine and sparkling windows to get me jumping out of bed.  Days that don’t offer their own sunshine, I’m learning to get up and find my own.  Today however, no search was necessary.   An email from a happy client after they receive their wedding photos always puts a smile on my face because it reminds me why I love my job and why I left pursuing a career of community service, to serve couples by capturing some of their most precious memories.  Hearing a second thank you from a bride again a year the wedding reminds me how lasting of an impact this service really has.   This is what Amanda wrote me:

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Just a couple of weeks ago Andrew and I celebrated our first year anniversary. Even though its already been a year, I still simply cannot stop looking at the wedding photos. In fact, for the past 30 min at work (Sh! don’t tell anyone!) I have been going through the online album just smiling at all the memories. I wanted to thank you again for doing such a wonderful job.

-Amanda

It’s couples like Andrew and Amanda that bring those rays of sunlight into my career and remind me that my job is about something more lasting than just making people look their best (which I do think is also an important part of my job), but it’s also about preserving important memories that can be relived, shared, and revisited whether we are commemorating a special day, we need a little extra sunshine, or a reminder of why we are pressing through some tough times.

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Jenna Amicucci DeChristopher - September 24, 2014 - 11:32 pm

i do that all the time ;) sad my online thing does work anymore!

Central Park Engagement | NYC Film Wedding Photographer

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A and A have a really special story of how when hardship struck early on in their relationship, rather than tearing them a part, it strengthened and fortified their bond.  I was inspired by their tenacity and positivity and I feel honored that they chose to share their story with me.  While they’ve asked me to keep it private, I think I can safely share a favorite sonnet of mine, which I believe sums up the core theme of their love story:

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Sonnet 116- William Shakespeare

Images by NYC Film Wedding Photographer, Caroline Frost

Becca - September 18, 2014 - 2:42 am

Beautiful !

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