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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 !

Gratitude and Grace Wedding | Ithaca New York | Destination Wedding Photographer

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Stephanie and Dean’s wedding at Gratitude and Grace in Ithaca New York was an unforgettable day and would have been any wedding photographer’s dream to capture.  Stephanie and Dean had scheduled a ton of photo-time into their day with everything from a first look and portraits at Cornell University (where they first met each other and half of their bridal party) to post-ceremony portraits of her and Dean with a chaise lounge and sunset photos later that evening.  Beyond the portrait time,  it was the the sweet glances they shared throughout the night and the look on Dean’s face as he danced with his wife for the first time that made me feel what an honor it was both to witness and to capture every special moment of their wedding day.

After you’ve seen their pictures, it hardly warrants saying that Stephanie and Dean’s wedding was a blast.  Not only was every detail of their wedding fun, creative, and personalized, but they also had tons of activities to keep the guests entertained throughout the evening including a watercolor guest book, a personalized cornhole toss, bocce ball and a photo-booth. Stephanie and Dean kicked off the dance floor with an amazing display of what one year of dance lessons could do.  To my untrained eyes at least, they looked like they could stand a chance on Dancing with the Stars!

Stephanie and Dean, I wish you all the best as you enjoy your new lives together in Chicago as husband and wife with your mischievous kitty! 

Thank you to Julieanne and Alex for your help throughout the day.   I’ll never forget how much fun we had all day at the wedding and afterwards discovering Julieanne’s prodigious drum skills.

 

Sidney Morgan - September 11, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Stunning work as always, Caroline. xo

Jessica Miccio - September 11, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Amazing, amazing, amazing!

Bibi - September 11, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Absolutely stunning Caroline!

Tara Smalley Reimer - October 1, 2014 - 9:08 pm

What a great glimpse of S&D’s lovely day!! Such a pleasure working with you!

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