But photographing a dream wedding at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden would have been nothing without the perfect couple to capture, and Amanda and Patrick were a dream to work with. Though some sad and unexpected events overthrew some of their plans for the day, their positivity and resilience was nothing short of inspiring. Rapturously in love, as you can see from their tearful first look, their captivated expressions towards each other all day made capturing romantic images easy. I’ve never seen a first look lessen the emotion of the ceremony. In fact, a groom who tears up when seeing her for the first time almost always does so again or more so at the ceremony, and Patrick who got misty-eyed at both was no exception. Though their ceremony was originally planned to be under the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s famous grove of cherry blossoms, after a long winter, they were not yet in bloom. However, I think it was a blessing in disguise because they instead got married under the grove of sweet-smelling Magnolias, which had burst into full bloom just a few days before. Besides the beautiful trees framing the ceremony, the intoxicating smell of the Magnolia blossoms lit by the setting sun created such a spectacular atmosphere for their guests. Their first dance was like something out of Dancing with the Stars, a fun and complex swing number to Hall & Oats, “You Make My Dreams Come True,” and they NAILED IT!
Tara at Exquisite Affairs Productions was an incredible organizer and manager of the day despite its unexpected twists and turns. Sally from Styles on B did an amazing job with the girls’ hair and Nicole Sievers did an awesome job with make up, and both finished so early! Finally I want to say thanks to my team. These pictures would not have been possible without my second shooter extraordinaire Mekina, a talented photographer who is always an upbeat and willing to help, and Amanda Pham my assistant and intern who is the master of film-rolling, social media and detail photos.
Amanda and Patrick: I feel so blessed that you guys chose me to capture your wedding day. It was such a pleasure. I wish you guys a blessed, long, happy, healthy and prosperous marriage!
All images are Copyright of NYC Film Wedding Photographer Caroline Frost. Film developed by Richard Photo Lab.
Spring in NYC is an event like I never experienced in California. The week the snow has finally all melted away, the weather starts reaching the 60s, and the trees seem to almost instantly burst into bloom everywhere, hoards of people from all five boroughs stream to Central Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden like prairie dogs emerging from their underground tunnels after the rain. Everyone is always abuzz about the cherry blossoms, including me, but in some ways the main event in Central Park is really the magnolias: huge pink and white, sweet-smelling flowers that grow in clusters all over the upper east side of the park. Like the cherry blossoms they burst into bloom very quickly but last only about a week, so it’s very hard to time a photo-shoot around them. I was lucky enough to have 4 scheduled the week they peaked including Michael and Manuela’s, who were especially hoping for a magnolia-themed engagement shoot.
My absolute favorite thing about my job is when a bride and groom become friends. Michael and Manuela found me in New York Magazine, like many of my couples do, and with very little knowledge of what to expect we scheduled to meet up, chat about their wedding and show them my sample albums over a glass of wine. Less than 5 minutes into the conversation, we realized we had so much in common and bonded over our faith and shared struggles of finding a church in NYC where we felt at home. My husband, Alex, who was nearby got roped into the restaurant and over a glass of wine, the four of us realized that we are probably going to be life-long friends. Alex was so touched to receive an invitation to the wedding last month and so now in addition to photographing their wedding, Alex and I also get to celebrate as guests and friends!
Much like Alex and me, Michael and Manuela have different strengths that complement each others. Manuela reminds me a lot of Alex with her reliability, faithfulness, honesty, organization, and down-to-earth practical look on the world. She is also has an artistic eye which with these aforementioned skills is a rare combination and makes her excellent at managing the business side of things for creative types! Michael is also very creative as well as genial, adventurous, insightful, spontaneous, and intuitive. Together they make one amazing couple, who I know will be an unstoppable force of love, innovation, and change wherever they decide to apply their gifts. I feel so blessed to have met Michael and Manuela and to have been asked to photograph their wedding at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club (coming up this week!)
All images by NYC Film Wedding Photographer Caroline Frost
Jonathan and Joyce are getting married in California, but they wanted engagement photos in NYC, where they are about to move and call their home. Though it was a chillier day than we have hoped, Jonathan and Joyce’s warm smiles lit up every photo, making it feel like summer had come early. We began at Bryant Park, on the steps of the New York Public Library, and moved up to Central Park where the magnolias had just burst, a sure sign of spring being around the corner. We also had various kinds of cherry blossoms cheering the landscape.
I am so privileged to have met this incredible couple. When I call them incredible, I’m not just talking about the fact they were warm, fun, easy-going people to work with (who also happen to have great style.) Jonathan and Joyce are the kind of people who use their honeymoon fund to go to developing countries and serve the poorest of the poor with free medical services instead – that kind of amazing! Just a couple hours with this couple had me totally inspired to live an even more purposed life!
Jonathan and Joyce – it was so wonderful spending the evening with you. I know your wedding will be incredible. I wish you a long happy blessed life together!
Every moment captured in film, by NYC film wedding photographer Caroline Frost and developed by Richard Photo Lab.