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Giando on the Water Wedding | New York Wedding Photographer

I was thrilled to work with Lindsay Madden again on yet another beautiful wedding, but even more thrilled because this couple is the very definition of sweetness!   While Lindsay captured Julia’s getting ready photos, I hung out with Peter and the boys.  Peter and his groomsmen actually grew up about 15 minutes from my hometown in California, so – go figure- us laid back Northern Californians had an easy time getting a long.

Julia and Peter’s love for one another was so evident….the minute we met Julia she was asking “Have you seen Pete? How is he doing?”  And Peter’s reaction to reading Julia’s letter for him, “Did someone cut an onion in here?  Jeez.  That girl’s a good one!”  They barely required any direction during their portraits and first look as the love and romance was just radiating from them!   Their ceremony and reception which took place at Giando on the Water, between the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges at sunset was one of the prettiest ceremonies I’ve seen.   I love when couples write their own vows and Peter and Julia’s personal words to each other had me tearing up a long with everyone else.

At the end of the night I received a hand written note, which I’ve never received as a second shooter or primary shooter,  thanking me for being a part of their day.  They had written it to me personally – when they hadn’t even met me yet!  These two kindhearted people deserve each other and remind me what weddings are all about: two beautiful but separate people coming together to make an even more beautiful whole.

 

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.

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.

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.

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