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Crystal Springs Golf Resort Wedding | New York and New Jersey Wedding Photographer

 

The first thing I found out about Patrick in Christy is that they work together,  live together directly across the street from their work in NYC and that coincidentally their apartment building happens to be an ex-NYU-dorm where I lived my sophomore year of college!  It quickly became very clear to me that only do these two spend every waking minute with each other, but they still can’t seem to get enough!  Patrick is clearly enamored of Christy whose beauty commands his full attention, and no one else can make Christy laugh through a tough situation (like an outdoor e-session in 40 degree weather) like Patrick can.

After having a blast at their e-session and getting to know them a little bit,  I couldn’t wait for their big day.  Christy was beaming and radiant and Patrick, relaxed and cracking jokes as per usual, couldn’t take his eyes of her.  The most important thing for Patrick and Christy on their wedding day was to spend lots of time celebrating with friends and family so they opted to do a first look in place of missing their cocktail hour.  The day was full of personal touches like an old Irish tradition of  “tying the knot”  that they revived for their ceremony and a surprise slideshow from the bride’s sister which had everyone with a heart (including yours truly) misty eyed.  Dark clouds loomed in the sky giving the ceremony a beautiful textured backdrop, and much to everyone’s relief they didn’t decided to pour out their contents until the indoor reception had started.

P & C forewarned me that their family and friends knew how to party and they were right.   From a 10 year old boy showing the DJ how it’s done  on the dance floor, to a whole table of senior citizens being the first ones on the dance floor, to Patrick himself performing an Irish jig with a friend…the fun went on and on.   After a delicious dinner, guests were kept full and happy with the red velvet wedding cake, a dessert bar, and a banana fosters station.  The flambé and chocolate fountain were spectacles in and of themselves and managed to draw guests from the dance floor.   Though both the bride and groom made a point to mingle with their guests for most of the reception, throughout the night there were many moments, smiles and looks between Patrick and Christy that made clear to anyone watching, they couldn’t be happier to right where they are – together.

 

Thanks to Michelle Lange for your help second shooting and this cool pic of Patrick getting ready!

Thanks Michelle for this awesome pic

Had to include this….these are two Frost Photography brides getting down on the dance floor!  Dee and Peter’s wedding is coming up next weekend and I can’t wait! (Patrick and Christy will be there as well)

Here comes the Irish Jig…Complete with beer in hand!

Love this moment between these two couples…the bride and her sister.

Prospect Park Family Session | NYC and Brooklyn Family Photographer

Meet John Mark-  the happiest little guy I know.   His Dad, Colin, says that I happen to get lucky and see him on his good days, and his mom, Sofia, says she thinks he’s good because he likes my face (why thank you John Mark, I’m smitten),  but I know better – this guy is a little angel!   No surprise there – his parents are two of Alex and my closest friends and really the nicest people in the world.  In such a joyful, peaceful home, what does this little guy have to cry about?  It’s really a disappointment, I  do love a good wailing baby pic, but lucky for me He LOVES to make funny faces instead…  He made them as a newborn, as you may remember, and still as a 9 month old now with four adorable!

It was a gorgeous spring day in Brooklyn with fallen tree blossoms polka-doting the grass in Prospect Park (which John Mark thought looked yummy enough to eat) and gorgeous light reflecting off the Brooklyn Museum’s modern facade.  I had the best time capturing this little guys’ smile and vivacious energy and couldn’t wait to share these pictures with the rest of you, internet. :)

His parents treated me to a breakfast at Tom’s Restaurant afterwards which was seriously the most killer diner breakfast ever.  Whoever you are reading this, no matter where you live, you gotta get to Brooklyn try the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes!

And now for some pictures…

 

Bryant Park Grill Wedding | NYC Wedding Photogrpaher

When I was first starting out in wedding photography, second shooting used to be the thing I wanted to graduate from into having my own clients and shooting my own weddings, but now that I am shooting my own, second shooting has really become more like an occasional treat!   It’s a lot more laid back than being the primary shooter, and you have the chance to really step back and think of a wedding in a more documentary way.  Because you aren’t directing portraits, it also forces you to look for the “less obvious” shot to get some variety from what the primary shooter is getting.   It’s a unique way to challenge yourself to help you grow as a photographer for your own weddings.  I especially enjoyed this wedding because Lindsay Madden is one of my fave people to hang with, and because this couple, Eric and Suzanne,  just knocked it out of the park with wedding day sweetness.  I loved how Eric’s two girls and boy were so involved in the day and how much they seemed to adore their new step-mom.  It was clearly a joyous celebration for everyone.  Plus these two were so stylish: her in her Vera Wang and Jimmy Choos, and him and his party wearing classic black and white tuxes.  There was truly an air of Manhattan elegance to the whole affair.  Thanks Lindsay for inviting me to second shoot this with you :)

While we waited for Lindsay and Suzanne in the first look location, we did some portraits. I love this one on the right.  Eric looks so James Bond.
My fave portrait of the day

 
The ceremony was on the top of Bryant Park Grill…a truly killer place to get married.
The inside was equally stunning with a gorgeous view of Bryant Park which was lit up through the night.
As a photographer, let’s just be real, the receptions aren’t usually the part of the wedding we are most looking forward to.  The lighting is often challenging and three hours of dancing pictures can get tiresome, however  with a crowd of partiers like these guys, I couldn’t help but have a good time.  I was dancing a long with everyone even though my camera was glued to my face.  Whaaat?  I’m on the dance floor anyways!  O and yes, in both of the last two weddings I did someone tried to dance with me…or more like dance up on me…but that’s another story…. In all seriousness though this couple and their family made my heart melt and this reception  was a bundle of fun.
The kids gave a speech saying that they knew Suzanne would be the best step mom ever.  Love her reaction.

Instead of the groom/mother dance, Eric danced with his two daughters…so sweet.

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.

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