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Central Park Spring Engagement Sesssion | NYC Film Wedding Photographer

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Spring in NYC is an event like I never experienced in California.  The week the snow has finally all melted away, the weather starts reaching the 60s, and the trees seem to almost instantly burst into bloom everywhere,  hoards of people from all five boroughs stream to Central Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden like prairie dogs emerging from their underground tunnels after the rain.  Everyone is always abuzz about the cherry blossoms, including me, but in some ways the main event in Central Park is really the magnolias: huge pink and white, sweet-smelling flowers that grow in clusters all over the upper east side of the park.  Like the cherry blossoms they burst into bloom very quickly but last only about a week, so it’s very hard to time a photo-shoot around them.   I was lucky enough to have 4 scheduled the week they peaked including Michael and Manuela’s, who were especially hoping for a magnolia-themed engagement shoot.

My absolute favorite thing about my job is when a bride and groom become friends.   Michael and Manuela found me in New York Magazine, like many of my couples do, and with very little knowledge of what to expect we scheduled to meet up, chat about their wedding and show them my sample albums over a glass of wine.  Less than 5 minutes into the conversation, we realized we had so much in common and bonded over our faith and shared struggles of finding a church in NYC where we felt at home.  My husband, Alex, who was nearby got roped into the restaurant and over a glass of wine, the four of us realized that we are probably going to be life-long friends.  Alex was so touched to receive an invitation to the wedding last month and so now in addition to photographing their wedding,  Alex and I also get to celebrate as guests and friends!

Much like Alex and me, Michael and Manuela have different strengths that complement each others.  Manuela reminds me a lot of Alex with her reliability, faithfulness, honesty, organization, and down-to-earth practical look on the world.  She is also has an artistic eye which with these aforementioned skills is a rare combination and makes her excellent at managing the business side of things for creative types!   Michael is also very creative as well as genial, adventurous, insightful, spontaneous, and intuitive.  Together they make one amazing couple, who I know will be an unstoppable force of love, innovation, and change wherever they decide to apply their gifts.  I feel so blessed to have met Michael and Manuela and to have been asked to photograph their wedding at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club (coming up this week!)

All images by NYC Film Wedding Photographer Caroline Frost

Mini Engagement Sessions Part II

Wow this has been a busy spring!   Five weddings, and eight engagement shoots plus a few other jobs here and there in the span of less than two!  These are the last two mini-engagement sessions from the wedding channel deal.  I had a lot of fun getting creative with these two couples.  Enjoy!

Update from the last mini-engagement session post: remember Matt and Vivi’s mini engagement session with their dogs? They just hired me to shoot their wedding Spring 2013, can’t wait!!!

Nick + Isavela

Nick and Isavela got engaged at Niagra falls and are getting married by the Hudson river,  it only seemed fitting to them to have their engagement shoot be at another aquatic location – Glen Island Park, their favorite spot for taking the dogs.  It was so fun to shoot a new location that looked nothing like the locations I’m usually shooting in the city and the light was absolutely perfect.   Loved these two and their dogs and I wish them the best for their Spring 2013 wedding!

David +  Stephanie

David and Stephanie met at school, but were friends first for a few years before they started dating.  Now they are marrying their best friend!  We had a lot of fun trampling through Central Park and dodging several other photographers shooting engagement shoots at the same time…lucky I know some quieter secret spots where we could get some shots of these two sans the central park mobs.  I wish them so much happiness for their 2013 wedding!!

A Surprise Engagement Session | New York Proposal Photographer

Hiding like a sniper up on a tower of Central Park’s Belvedere castle I sat and waited with my 70-200 2.8 (for the camera illiterates- basically a really powerful zoom lens that is also HUGE and heavy) hoping and praying that Kelvin’s soon-to-be fiancee, who had no idea what was coming, wouldn’t see it and get creeped out ruining the whole mood for Kelvin.  I arrived 15 minutes early as usual, and thank goodness, because  Kelvin and Glennis arrived 5 minutes early.  You can see Kelvin looking around to make sure I’m somewhere up there and Glennis suspiciously follows his gaze.  I duck.

Kelvin had told Glennis that morning to dress nice because he had a romantic surprise for her.   She didn’t suspect anything so big as a proposal, as this is the norm from Kelvin.  You see her laughing as he moves her onto the lawn (in the pre-approved shady location),  probably because he was saying “We are here!” after leading her around the park for awhile.   Of course “here” is just a patch of grass.   The rest of the pictures tell the story better than I could from there…

After she said “Yes!!” (of course she did) and Kelvin turned down a nice couple nearby who asked if they wanted a picture.  “Why not?” Glennis later told us she was thinking.  Little did she know every moment had already been captured!  Kelvin lead her up the steps to Belvedere castle and introduced Glennis to a total stranger (me) who had been spying on her for the biggest moment of her life and told her I’d be taking engagement photos for them for a couple hours.  Sweet Glennis was still in total shock over the whole thing, but graciously let me pose her and direct her for the next two hours.  Needless to say, their joy and excitement of their future life together shined through in every photo.

And I got my first experience as a secret agent photographer!

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.

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