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