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Nina and Seth | Long Island Wedding Photographer

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Seth was one of Nina’s sister’s best friends from high school. He was a senior when she was in 8th grade, and Nina remembers having an enormous crush on him.  Many years later, they reconnected at Nina’s sister’s  wedding and started dating shortly after.   He proposed on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with musicians popping out of everywhere playing “All You Need Is Love.”   And no, he has never seen Love Actually, he thought of it all on his own- what a romantic!

I’m sure it’s pretty obvious from these photos how much fun Nina and Seth are to be around.   Much like Alex and I, they are the classic opposites attract: Nina being sweet, sensitive and more serious and Seth is easy-going, fun and keeps Nina laughing.  Both of them share in common an incredible warmth and kindness that are rare to find in NYC.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a couple show so much interest in me and my life as these two did on our drive to Long Island.  My grandpa had passed away the day before this session, and they were both so empathetic and kind and created an atmosphere that made me feel like I was surrounded by friends that day rather than clients.  Nina is a psychotherapist, and we bonded over our passion for helping people overcome hardships, and Seth who works for his father’s super-successful yarn company is obsessed with California and wants to live their some day, so obviously he went straight to the top of my list (if his killer proposal didn’t put him there already).

I can’t wait to photograph their wedding at Chelsea Mansion next September!

 

Brooklyn Engagement Session | NYC wedding photographer

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Patrick met at Amanda at her birthday party where he was invited a mutual friend.  The night obviously went well for both of them: Patrick left with Amanda’s number, and Amanda with Patrick’s promise to text.  But for the next five days, much to Amanda’s annoyance,  he didn’t text.  Little did she know, those five days were spent figuring out what to say.  He finally did text her, but by then it was too little too late and Amanda wrote him off as “a typical guy.”   They ran into each other again that following weekend and Patrick couldn’t figure out why Amanda was cold.  Luckily, the truth soon came to the surface.  He confessed that he had been too nervous, and she instantly forgave him.

In the following early week of dating, Amanda made Patrick a special dinner from scratch, including all of his favorite foods – BLT, Apple Pie, and Vanilla Ice Cream.  She even made the Challah bread from scratch!  One day not too long ago, a few years after that first homemade dinner, Patrick made Amanda a meal of all of HER favorite foods (Pork Chops, Cauliflower and Flan).  As they sat down to enjoy, Patrick announced that he was paying her back for that very nice gesture a long time ago, but with with interest, and he gave Amanda the ring.
I had such a fun day traipsing around Brooklyn with these two.  It’s so clear to anyone who spends a few hours with Amanda and Patrick that they are head-over-heels in love and that their future lives together will be full of non-stop laughter and fun.  I can’t wait to photograph their wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden next Spring!

Prospect Park Engagement Session | NYC Film Wedding Photographer

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Spending the afternoon with these two will melt your heart even on the chilliest autumn day.  Carly and Kevin contacted me in way back in July about booking their October engagement session in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  Kevin works in design and Carly is an art teacher.  It’s always flattering and so much fun to work with other creatives!   Though this artistic couple is getting married in Buffalo New York next year, they wanted an engagement session by an NYC film wedding photographer that could capture their daily life, which is played out primarily in Brooklyn, New York.  Warm, friendly and appreciative from the moment I met them, I couldn’t have passed a more fun afternoon that taking pictures with these two and exploring this gorgeous park and it’s beautiful trees, waterfalls, tunnels, brides and boathouse.

Fun Fact: Prospect Park was designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, the same designer of Central Park.  (I know I’m  a nerd for knowing this, but I did a report on him in High School).  His vision was always to create a place of escape from the city and much like Central Park, Prospect Park was full of nooks and crannies that could have been in the deep woods of the Adirondacks!  Don’t think you can have a pretty engagement session if it’s cloudy?  Think again!  Film worked it’s magic throughout this session and gorgeous Prospect Park in Brooklyn gave us beautiful landscapes to play with.

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon Carly and Kevin, and I hope you have a perfect wedding day!

Tralee Farm Wedding | New York Wedding Photographer

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Mara and I met at New York University shortly after Mara arrived from Hong Kong and instantly bonded over our love for music, theater, coffee, long talks and our faith. Over the next seven years, despite our different life courses we managed to stay in contact.   Though we may only have managed coffee three or four times a year, each time we would dive right in,  and always managed to get to the heart of each others’ lives even during our shortest visits.   I always feel blessed after a visit with Mara who is one of the most caring, selfless, and faith-filled people I know.  I remembered a few months before my own wedding expressing to Mara my concern that with so many of my dearest friends on the East Coast not able to make it,  Mara told me to start praying and inviting angels to the wedding.  On the day of our wedding, during the ceremony, I tangibly felt the warmth of their presence as the rain stopped and the clouds literally parted over our ceremony.  Four years later, I had the great privilege of reminding Mara of her own advice as she expressed her regret that her parents couldn’t make it to her wedding in the United States.   Though the weather man threatened rain showers all day, her ceremony was blessed with sun and blue skies and the rain didn’t come until later that night when everyone was safe in the barn.

The first time Mara told me about Mark, a Taiwanese-American, Alabama-native from church, her face lit up and I remember thinking what a contrast  it was to her indifferent demeanor the last time she had told me about a guy she liked.  “I can’t stop thinking about him, Caroline” she told me. “I’ve never felt this way about anyone,” and I knew she was telling the truth.  Eventually, I had the privilege of meeting Mark and found him to be charming, fun, smart and incredibly in love with Mara .  Not long after, Mark proposed.  What Mara thought was a simple walk in the park, became one of the biggest moments of her life.  In Riverside Park they “accidentally” came across a Steinway grand piano with a Central Park Conservancy sign that said “Play Me.”  (Little did she know, Mark had rented the piano and faked the sign.)  Mara was so excited to have found one of these legendary pianos in Riverside Park and they sat down to play some duets.  As he changed the song to one of her favorites, she realized what was happening.  Before she knew it, he was down on one knee asking her to be his wife.

Our next coffee date was a longer one, and I grilled Mara on every detail of the proposal and her vision for the wedding day.  Mara agonized, “I don’t know if I’d rather you be my bridesmaid or my photographer?!”

“Why not both?”

And that’s how I became the super-stealthy photographer/bridesmaid in Mark and Mara’s wedding.  (See if you can find me in two bridal pictures above).  The decision was an easy one.  What a better way to be up close and personal with every moment of my dear friend’s wedding?  I didn’t want to miss Mara and Mark seeing each other for the first time,  Mara getting into her dress, or simply be watching the first dance from afar.  Being their photographer, I got to be a witness to every hug, every laugh, and every tear.  As you can see from their photos, I clearly made  the right decision.  Mark and Mara’s wedding was bursting at the seams with love, laughter and tears, and I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else than front-row capturing every moment!  It must have been prophetic that before Mara had even met Mark, she wrote a song called “Your Bride.”  She told me it was inspired by my wedding photos and generously gave me full rights to use the song on my website.  Little did I know, I’d be photographing her wedding just a few years later!

This Tralee Farm wedding up in the Hudson Valley was the rustic wedding of every bride’s dreams.  Besides the gorgeous pre-war house for getting ready and the lovely barn for the reception, the property had the friendliest horses of all time: Tribeca, who was particularly attached to Mara and followed her wherever we went.  The guests enjoyed bottomless sangria served in mason jars,  a delicious buffet of southern BBQ as a nod to Mark’s roots, and throwback tunes that kept the dance floor full all night long.

A big thanks to second shooter, Ash Gardner, and my husband, Alex,  for your assistance in making my dual identities of bridesmaid and photographer possible that day! :)

New York Wedding Photographer: Caroline Frost Photography Venue: Tralee Farm Catering: Hickory BBQ Rentals: Sav-On DJ: Chinua Green  Hair and makeup: Dallas Williams Photobooth (Mark and Mara’s New Company): The Bowtie BoothSave-the-Dates: Hello Wedding Invitations: Minted / Hooray Creative Dress: Vera Wang  Bride’s shoes: Calvin Klein  Suit: Thick as Thieves LA (Custom) Groom’s shoes: Ralph Lauren  Bowtie and pocket square: J.Crew

Mara Beryl Measor - October 28, 2014 - 8:20 pm

You make me cry Caroline.

Carmen San San Tsui - October 29, 2014 - 4:33 am

Such a lovely support and talented young ladies to be best of friends with! A toast to friendship, faith, creativity and God bless your marriages!

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