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Hunger Games Inspired Wedding Shoot | New York and New Jersey Wedding Photographer

I had finished reading the first Hunger Games a few weeks ago when my super talented photographer friend Carmen Santorelli asked me if I would join her to second shoot in digital a Hunger Games Inspired Wedding Shoot she was planning to shoot in film.   In spite of the very early start time (I was up at 5:30 AM that day) I was thrilled and said yes immediately!  We had such a fun day working in upstate New Jersey with our two gorgeous and quite funny (though you wouldn’t tell by looking at these photos) models.  All the vendors on this project were not only extremely talented, but also very fun to work with.  The pies by Pickles and Pies had me literally stuffing my face and the decor by Stacy Shea Events was perfect to every detail.   It was so clever the way they incorporated key elements of the book into a truly romantic wedding: woods, berries, and mocking jay motifs really made this styled wedding full of beauty and class.  The moody clouded skies kept the mood just right for this wedding giving it a slightly dark edge.  See links to all of the amazingly talented vendors at the bottom of this post…

A few fun facts about this shoot: 1) Katniss’ bow was handmade by Stacy Shea… I imagine she would have done well if she had to be in the Hunger Games 2) I got my first tick bite 3) I found out that Toms are NOT water proof or even water resistant…my shoes were squishing like water shoes by the end of the day just from the dew on the grass…

“There are several other weak spots in the fence, but this one is so close to home I almost always enter the woods here”

There will be twenty-four of us.  Odds are someone will kill him before I have to.

Sick and disoriented, I’m able to form only one thought: Peeta Mellark just saved my life.

I give Peeta’s hand one last squeeze as a signal, as  goodbye, and we begin counting.

See the full gallery for more of my images from the day HERE

See Carmen Santorelli’s Website for the shoot HERE

 See a behind the scenes video of the day by Matt of DMO films HERE

Also, see more of this shoot on Style Me Pretty, posted on the movie’s opening night!

Planner: Stacie Shea Events / Stylist Assistant: Lauren Megerdichian / Video: DMO Films / Makeup and Hair: Erica Ogawa / Wedding Gowns: Monique Lhuillier and Lazaro from Kleinfeld Bridal / Tuxedo: Hugo Boss provided by Kleinfeld Bridal / Shoes: Aruna Seth provided by Gabriella New York / Hair Accessories: Kleinfeld Bridal and Gabriella New York / Floral Design AvaFlora / Paper: Jessica Haley Ink / Food: Pickles and Pies / Cake & Cupcakes: Sweet Lisa’s / Vintage Rentals: The Vintage Rental Company / Female Model: Flavia Barbat / Male Model: Randall Harris

P.S. I saw the movie last night and I have to say…though the theater was overflowing with pre-teens who felt the need to laugh and romantic moments and sob loudly and uncontrollably at the sad parts (continuing even once the scene had ended)…it did not disappoint.  Don’t miss it!  Maybe just see a later showing that’s past the pre-teens bedtimes!

Stephen and Bianca at the Cloisters | NYC Engagement Photographer

Get ready for a warm and spicy autumn treat! Ironic because this session was shot in 40 degree weather for which Bianca bravely donned an adorable Urban Outfitters dress bare-legged (props girl!).  Nevertheless, this session is reminiscent of a steamy cup of mulled apple cider… spiked with a little rum.   The last 6 months while Bianca was in Oregon performing in the cast of Oklahoma, Stephen remained in NYC studying for his Masters at Columbia University.  Finally the show ended and the two are reunited, and their love for each other seems to have grown all the stronger in their time apart.  Now these two are able to get a jump on planning their wedding taking place upstate in May of 2012.   Bianca wanted a fall themed engagement shoot in a unique location.   When she suggested New York’s Medieval art and architecture museum called “The Cloisters,” I was elated.  This museum, constructed from ruins of castles and cathedrals in Europe (each stone transported to the US and reconstructed) is one of my favorite places in the city and is perfectly placed right next to a long beautiful park on the Hudson.  Though most of the leaves fell the weekend before this was taken,  we were able to find some areas that still had the rich fall colors.  With the beautiful autumn sunset light and a couple so passionately in love, I felt that I had stumbled into a autumn fairytale dream.  Can’t wait to shoot their wedding in May!



An NYIT de Severskey Mansion Wedding | NY Wedding Photographer

I was so privileged to shoot this Cinderella Wedding with Lauren Gabrielle.  With a to-die-for mansion (that might as well be a castle), the crystal chandeliers, the dramatic renaissance ballgown (which the groom Loc actually designed and made himself!), the cutest fairy-like flower girls, a beautiful princess with a heart of gold, and her handsome prince…I really don’t know how else to explain this perfect wedding except fairytale elegance!

Above is my favorite image above from Loc and Sabrina’s wedding… Are you pumped to see the rest of them now?  I hope so because,  I’m excited to show you!  I hadn’t blogged in two weeks and I’m having withdrawals…


I got this shot below completely by accident and it is one of my faves of the day.  Sabrina’s bridesmaids were all tending to her, and at the moment I tried to capture their mothering, Sabrina happened to look right up at my camera.

This is how it was most of the wedding…all the guests wanted to capture every moment of their gorgeous wedding

In addition to designing the wedding gown,  Loc, who works in fashion, designed the flower girls’ dresses.

Don’t these photos remind you of Pride and Prejudice and The Secret Garden? This location evoked a mood of English Countryside Romance

The ballroom was one of the prettiest I’d ever seen.

This one above is just plain sexy…Don’t they just emanate love and romance?

“The Prince stole Cinderella away from the crowds in order to profess his love to her…”  I love the ability of the wide angle lens to tell a story such as in the picture above.  It’s especially fitting in such a storybook wedding.

I had a great time working with Lauren and this adorable Bride and Groom, but after this wedding, I felt just like this kid…

Dan and Liliana at High Line Park | NYC Engagement Photographer

So excited to share Liliana and Dan’s playful engagement session with you!!  Remember my engagement photo contest last fall? These are my winners! Besides being a fun couple to work with, Liliana and Dan were so great to photograph because their love for each other was continuously bubbling over throughout the shoot.  They just couldn’t hide it!  You know what I say to that?  “AWESOME!”  Makes my job easy.

The High Line was a beautiful location to work at and really gave a mixture of the urban NYC feel and a soft natural beauty that highlighted their relationship that developed in the city.  But photographers beware, we got yelled at and threatened several times by High Line staff for venturing off the path and into the greenery,  but luckily in this long skinny park it’s unlikely you’ll see the same staff person twice.   We then moved down to the West Village for some playful shots of this football loving couple.  How cool does Liliana look playing football in heels?

It rained all day before the shoot, and we were worried that we’d have to cancel, but in a true love story fashion, the clouds parted just long enough for the hour and a half session and resumed raining as soon as we finished.   We still had to play with the umbrella for some of the shots though!  Special thanks to my hubby Alex who came a long for the shoot in case I needed an umbrella holder (isn’t he amazing, ladies?) but he ended up just holding all of our bags…what a guy!

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