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Highlands Country Club Wedding | NY Wedding Photographer

They met at the wrong time and the wrong place.   Stephen was a bartender at the restaurant where Bianca was a waitress, but they were both spoken for when they met.   Shortly after, Bianca was whisked away for 6 months on an Asian Tour of 42nd Street and when she returned fate arranged things a little better for them and both were single and interested.  They tried to call it quits next time Bianca had to go on tour, this time for a year, but they just couldn’t let go.  They kept calling and video chatting and stayed together and 2 years later Stephen proposed at Bryant Park under the Christmas tree.

Stephen’s heart for social justice keeps him in NYC studying for his masters at Columbia, and yes, Bianca still goes on tour.  When I asked how they made it work during the long distance stints (see, I am a big baby about leaving Alex and get seriously whiny apart from him for even one night), but they said they are used to it and Stephen loves the excuse to travel to different parts of the country and world to visit her.  It’s clear that Bianca’s easy-going,  fun-loving spirit, and Stephen’s quiet strength get them through any situation.  Even on their wedding day, Bianca and Stephen were the most relaxed bride and groom- even when there was a hiccup that delayed the schedule by an hour- both took it in stride and refused to let it hamper the enjoyment of their day.

Bianca, an avid reader of the Style Me Pretty Blog, styled this upstate New York wedding to perfection.   I love when a bride puts so much thought into her day and Bianca left no nook or cranny undecorated.  The mint and pink color scheme was so unique, refreshing and fun for spring.  Their ceremony was moving and had the guests talking about it for the rest of the night which was a long time because boy, did this group know how to party!

Thanks Carmen once again for your help capturing this beautiful day and for keeping me company :)

Um…WOW.  Isn’t she breathtaking?

Love that her dress had pockets!

Their ceremony was extremely unique- here you see the set up in the round.

Stephen’s,  father who is a pastor, officiated the wedding along with Bianca and Stephen’s current pastor from their church in the Bronx.

 Their service was so moving with poem recitations, a song performed by friends, a choral piece interpreting psalm 23 and finally this community blessing where their friends and family laid hands on them and prayed for their future life together.  Yes, they are a God-loving, Musical-theater-acting,  social-justice fighting couple after my own heart and I’m so blessed that they asked me to photograph their beautiful wedding.

 

 

 

All the single ladies

Bianca and Stephen’s friends were not only kind and easy going people like Bianca and Stephen, but they know how to party!  The dance floor was full before the DJ even invited anyone up!

Bianca changed into a shorter dress so they could dance the night away.  And they did!

Also wanted to give a shout out to Adrienne at the Highlands Country Club who was a dream to work with for both the bride and the vendors- nothing was to big a problem for her to solve.  Brides and Grooms – if you are still looking for a wedding venue- I highly recommend this romantic location only an hour and fifteen minutes away from New York City.

Michelle Lange - May 22, 2012 - 7:29 pm

What a gorgeous bride and handsome groom. Love the mint dresses too!

judypak - May 23, 2012 - 7:29 am

Such beautiful and honest images. Great work!

Ciara - May 24, 2012 - 8:44 pm

The photos are gorgeous! I love the bridal party under the trees. What a beautiful wedding and couple!

Bianca - June 5, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Caroline was such an amazing addition to our wedding. We were so lucky to have found her. Stephen said immediately that of all the photographers we interviewed she was the most interested in us and doesn’t it show through these photos? We are so lucky to have these gems of photographs to commemorate our day. I specifically wanted photos that used natural light and Caroline knows exactly how to capture not only the best light filled pictures , but also the energy of the moment and the event throughout.

Caroline, you were so wonderful to work with. You helped remind me of things that even I hadn’t though of. I loved how you came to scope out the venue before hand so that when it was time to shoot you knew exactly where the best light would be and where the most photo ready locations were for us to shoot.

Oh, and I’m still amazed at how quickly you posted all of these lovely photos. Everything was still fresh in our minds and we were able to have so many memories to show our friends and family right away. Thank you. Thank You!!!!!!!

Lily - June 11, 2012 - 7:20 pm

WHAT A GORGEOUS COUPLE with beautiful wedding party and friends too! I had trouble picking a favorite photo. The ones of the wedding party under the humongous trees is breathtaking. Another very unique and special one, though, is the close-up of a bridesmaid and friend holding the bride’s hand (during the group blessing?)! Very touching that one. The dancing photos really portrayed the mood of the crowd and made me wish I was invited. They are the best candids of dancing that I’ve seen!

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