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Elizabeth and Harry’s City Hall Ceremony | NYC Wedding Photographer

This sweet couple wanted to make it official as soon as possible, and only three weeks after Harry proposed (I know many of you brides reading this have headaches at the thought!) they held a city hall ceremony with close friends and family as a pre-cursor to their July wedding.  The wait at city hall was so long, it was almost as though the world was ending and everyone was running to city hall to get married to their sweethearts.  By the time Elizabeth and Harry were able to tie the knot, the kids were starving and we had no time for portraits.  However,  this duo rolled with the punches and their love shined through in every candid moment.  Here are some of the sweet moments from their special day.

Peter and Dee’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden Engagement | New York Wedding Photographer

Been looking forward to this couple’s engagement session since October, but we postponed it to wait for the spring blossoms, and were we rewarded for our wait!   The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, bathed in the glow of the warm afternoon light,  never looked better with its cherry blossoms blooming,  willow tree branches bristling and blankets of purple flowers covering the ground.   What a quintessential place to celebrate the new love of this sweet Brooklyn couple who will be getting married in May.  Afterwards we captured these city-dweller’s more urban side,  spending a little time at the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn as well. We had to call it a night for the sake of Dee’s fingers and toes.  It’s not summer yet, people!  Though these photos would almost fool you.  Can’t wait for this lovey duo’s May wedding!

 

Metropolitan Building Modern Marie Antoinette Styled Shoot | NYC Wedding Photographer

Playful, fun, and girly are the first words that come to mind about the shoot below which is in such stark contrast to my last post, the Hunger Games Inspired Shoot that the only thing I can think of that these two styled shoots have in common is the high fashion standard that the vendors and visionaries’ set.   Judy Pak Photography envisioned a shoot that would play on Sofia Copola’s depiction of Marie Antoinette in her movie where we met a young, lavish, playful, if somewhat lost girl instead of the frilly, stuffy detached aristocrat we all have come to know as part of history and legend.    It was so fun to work on this shoot at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, a Versailles-worthy location for a wedding,  with four beautiful models and a ton of extremely talented vendors (listed below).  Judy did such an amazing job of putting this together and finding the right vendors for the job, that no wonder it was featured on Style Me Pretty’s main page last week!

 

And if you are planning your wedding definitely check out the vendors below, you will not be disappointed!

Venue: Metropolitan Building in Long Island City, New York / Floral Design: Barbara’s Flowers / Event Styling: Michelle Edgemont / Desserts: Big City Little Sweets / Wedding Invitations: Papel Paper & Press / Wedding Dresses: Samuelle Couture + Galit Levi via Designer Loft / Hair + Makeup: Jina Pak + Wendy Wang

The Reed Family | NY Family Portrait Photographer

Check out this adorable Upper West Side fall family portrait session…Look first, talk later!

 

Oh, what to say about this family that I love.  This dear  husband and wife who pastor the New York Dream Center together, whose home is open practically 24-7 for anyone who might be in need, whose lives they have wholeheartedly given to serving a city and a God that they love; they have personally impacted my life a lot.  This beautiful family is such an inspiration and it was my honor to do their family photos and capture the love that they have for each other.

Six year old Emma LOVED my camera which was so fun for me, and I eventually actually had to ask her to stop changing her pose for me every click.  She was moving around so fast at first I couldn’t capture anything at all!  (It was like she’d watched America’s next top model or something…no it must have been all the High School Musical I always hear her talking about…)

Tyler was the stark opposite.  It was hard to get the three-year-old tike to sit still or to look at the camera and smile.  Essentially I had to chase him around the playground or we had to trick him for some of those smiling shots and yet somehow I feel that every shot whether he was smiling or serious managed to capture his cute, curious and playful personality.  I love that Brad and Stella Reed were so good at bringing out the smiles and personalities of their kids.

The Reeds were going for a fall family portrait look in their upper west side neighborhood and Riverside park, but unfortunately it was extremely hot the day we did this shoot.  After a series of cold days, I too had over dressed that day.  By the end of the shoot we were all hot, sweaty and exhausted.  After the shoot, I actually got a migraine from being dehydrated and overheated and had to cancel my plans for the evening, (yikes!) So I was sooo thrilled to find later when I had recovered that we had captured so many precious moments despite the antsy kids and my overheated brain.  There were so many good ones it was literally PAINFUL to whittle it down to just these.  The warm evening light cast the perfect orange glow for fall, and as beautiful as they were in color, I couldn’t believe how cool they were in black and white as well.

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