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  • Meet Caroline

    A few things you should know about me...I am passionate about creating wedding photos that are natural, romantic and timeless. My approach to portrait time is to create timeless imagery that captures you two and your unique love in an honest, but gorgeously composed way that looks almost candid. Not a model? No problem! I believe it's a photographer's job, not yours to help you look and feel comfortable in front of the camera! I work in both medium format film and some digital. Film because of its beautiful, soft, fine art qualities and perfect skin tones, and digital because of it's reliability in low light situations.

    In my spare time I read, write poetry, music and mentor other women. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day and my drink of choice is a French 75.

    But enough about me... I look forward to hearing more about you and your wedding plans!

Jane and Nate’s Central Park Engagement Session

The first time Jane knew Nate was “a keeper”  they were on their first date at a park and Nate took the time to help a little kid fly a kite.   Because of the significance of that moment,  Jane wanted to include a kite in their engagement session, which ended up being a blast.   Their romantic central park engagement shoot also included a gondola ride for two and a trek over to Shakespeare’s garden- one of my favorite places in New York City,  where the winding, stone-paved garden is lined with gorgeous flowers and Shakespeare quotes about plants.

These two smarty-pants sweethearts met at undergrad at Yale and will be getting married there in August – I can’t wait!!!

[…] life” as Nate’s best man put it in his speech.   I had so much fun with them during their engagement shoot, that I knew this wedding was going to be a blast.  Jane was the breeziest bride ever, answering […]

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!

Peter and Dee’s Landmark Loews Wedding | NYC Wedding Photographer

As soon as I met Peter and Dee and heard about their wedding plans I knew two things about them, these are two ambitious people who will not settle for a “it’s been done before” kind of wedding.   Every detail was thought out carefully to reflect their personality and to create a unique and fun party for the guests.  From the drop dead gorgeous views at the Millenium Hilton downtown where Dee got ready, to the charming NYC east village garden, “La Plaza Cultural” where their ceremony took place, and last but not least the stunning Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre, originally built by the Hollywood film studios for showcasing silent films this wedding was a showstopper.   While their wedding showcased the timeless charm of  a silent film with the classic car, cobblestone streets, and long navy gowns and dapper black tuxes,  Peter and Dee also paid homage to Dee’s culture with the incorporation of  South Asian drummers, traditional Indian wedding outfits and henna for all the bridesmaids.  The guests were taken back to the theatre’s glamorous past with Dee and Peter’s names shining lights, at the ticket taking booth by a model dressed as a flapper passing out candy cigarettes and movie posters (photographed by yours truly ;-)) that advertised the night’s feature presentation, “The Wedding.”  Jumping out of my chair excited to show you our captures from their beautiful, unique and o-so-cinematic wedding.

Thanks to Carmen Santorelli for her invaluable help on the wedding day.  I just love having a second shooter whose taste and abilities have me confident that if by chance I were to drop like a fly mid-wedding she could carry on the show seamlessly.  Some of these beautiful photos are from her perspective of the day.

Love this moment- one of Dee’s bridesmaids sewing in Dee’s grandmother’s ring into her dress
I love when couples opt to see each other before the wedding, not only does it allow more time for portraits, but you capture that special joy of their “first look” at their future husband/wife on their wedding day
Precious moments and genuine emotions like these are why I love first looks so much!

Love these two photos below that Carmen took….

Throughout the day random strangers on the street were calling out congrats to Dee and Peter from the street

I love the meatpacking district…doesn’t it look like they could be in Portugal or Spain?

Peter and Dee decided to stop in at Pastis, their favorite Manhattan brunch spot,  and share a quick Mojito
Does it get any dreamier than this drooping willow tree at the Plaza Cultural?
Love this moment…Peter with his parents about to walk down the aisle.
 
Hey, the photo on that poster looks familiar!  ;-)  Not going to lie, I can’t get enough of seeing my photos on movie posters!  I just Peter and Dee’s creativity!

Carmen captured the first dance from the balcony above while I stayed on the floor.

judypak - May 17, 2012 - 4:01 pm

wow! speechless! what an amazing wedding. i had such a fun time looking through these! beautiful work caroline and carmen!

Debra Lawton (Mother of Groom) - May 17, 2012 - 4:40 pm

So beautiful and elegent. My hopes and dreams have come true for the two of you.. May you always stay so much in love and very happy as you were on your wedding day..

Love you both very much

Mom
xxoo

David Ludwig - May 21, 2012 - 10:31 pm

A wonderful photo selection… left me wanting to see more! Best wishes for Dee & Peter’s everlasting happiness!

Michelle Lange - May 22, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I am in love with all the details in this wedding, especially the henna and seating chart. You captured this wedding perfectly!

Ciara - May 24, 2012 - 8:49 pm

How fun! You really captured the beauty and energy of that momentous day.

Published | Featured on Borrowed and Bleu

Happy Monday Internet!  I am still recovering from Friday’s Brooklyn wedding, which I can’t wait to share with you all, but luckily I was able to squeeze in a massage on Friday which is truly a wedding photographer’s best friend!  Any Astorians out there?  If so you have to check out Angel Spa on Steinway and 34th Ave….miracle workers.

Enough randomness, I’m so excited to see my dear British friends, Debra and Lloyd,  featured on Borrowed and Bleu today, a super sweet wedding blog chalk full of wonderful photos and inspiration.

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