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Metropolitan Museum Engagement | NYC Wedding Photographer

What does an NYC wedding photographer do for an engagement session on a rainy day in NYC with a couple who is unable to reschedule?  Well, luckily we can often reschedule to a sunny day which gives us a bit more flexibility, but for when that’s not possible there are lots of beautiful indoor options for engagement photos in NYC.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art (also known as “The Met”) is a fabulous place to get natural light engagement photos done.  The guards are usually pretty busy with the amount of people that visit and don’t seem too worried about photos – as of yet.  Unfortunately it wouldn’t be possible to get in here unnoticed in a wedding dress, but for engagement photos it worked very well!  The other option is a cute coffee shop like Jeffery’s Grocery in the West Village (check with them beforehand), a cool subway station (I like the one at 72nd and Broadway), or just getting a pretty coat and a sturdy umbrella and toughing it outside!  Another option we didn’t make use of this time, and that works even in a wedding dress, is Grand Central Station.  With its beautiful architecture and throngs of travelers on the go, it is an iconic NYC spot!  Thankfully no permits are required to photograph a bride and groom there!

When Diana and Stephen reached out to me about photographing their wedding (and included a video of their proposal),  I knew instantly that I wanted to photograph this couple’s wedding!  Stephen lured Diana to their high school auditorium where they first met, and he screened a video he had worked on for months.  Though it began with some sentimental words and memories of their first moments together (intertwined with some hilarious re-enactments by friends) he ended with, “I would like to do something sappy and extremely romantical to show you just how much I love you…  But, that just wouldn’t be us.”  That was followed by 4 minutes of a homemade music video of the song “Teenage Dream” in homage to how they met as teenagers with various family members dancing and lip syncing to the song including a hilarious deadpan reading of the lyrics by her grandma.  At the end of the video, Stephen and Diana’s entire family appeared from behind the auditorium curtain and he proposed.  The video had me laughing and crying over this couple I had never met.  I wrote Diana and Stephen back,  “After watching your proposal video I’ve become extremely attached to you guys and your story, so I really hope we can work together!”

These two were such troopers on our freezing, rainy day adventures for their engagement shoot and despite all the inconveniences, we were able to get some awesome photos.  I know we are going to have an awesome time together at their NYC wedding on August 15th.  I can’t wait!


Lauren - May 5, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Even on a rainy day, you captured this couple’s love for one another very well. Thanks for sharing these images!

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