Lacey and Steven – Reggae, rum and romance – You’d expect a Rockefeller event at the family’s Kykuit estate to be formal, but this was in the playhouse, and play they did! At Lacey and Steven’s Caribbean-themed engagement party, Hawaiian shirts, straw hats, rum cocktails and limbo sticks ruled, all to the beat of steel drums and reggae. A far cry from the dorm they met in at Boston College or the solitary reservoir walk they took last Thanksgiving weekend, where Steven proposed. The way this group partied, the wedding should be even more of a blast, though we bet those Goombay Smashes will be replaced by champagne.
Allie and Josh: Love right on the nose –
All engagements are about the future, but this one is about the past too… we’ve watched Allie grow from gangly teen to a gorgeous, and accomplished, woman. She’s a psychologist PhD now, about to marry Josh, her Brandeis undergrad friend, himself an accomplished film maker. He also moonlights as a comedian, which explains his proposal offering a ring inside a Walgreen’s red nose. Funny, yes, but sentimental too: they bought red noses on their first date after reconnecting in Chicago, and wore them the whole night. We wish them a lifetime of continued laughter!
Melissa and Matt
A man walked into a bar…
Westchester’s refined Blue Hill at Stone Barns is about as far as you can get from a bar at the Jersey Shore; but Melissa and Matt made the journey! That bar is where they met six years ago, and Stone Barns is where he proposed in May. We conjured a plan with Matt for the staff to magically appear from the root cellar with a champagne toast, and the magic continued with dinner at Blue Hill. Good thing he waited outside for her to walk out of that Jersey bar–soon he’ll wait as she walks down the aisle.
Maris and Ryan – They’ll take Manhattan –
We love feedback, especially when it includes phrases like “perfectly captured the essence of who they are…” That’s from Maris’ stepmom, viewing our engagement-party shots of Maris and Ryan’s stroll through a verdant Central Park and later, at the elegant Lotos Club nearby. The Club may be known for its refined tradition, but this couple is totally modern: they met on a dating website!
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Chloefaith and Daren – Share the Wealth –
We’ve seen our share of rituals during wedding shoots, but this was a new one: the Money Dance. An old ethnic custom, guests pay to dance with the bride and groom, and this couple’s generous guests showered them with bills. Not a typical accessory on a strapless ball gown, but there wasn’t much that was typical here. Talk about globalization: Chloefaith is Filipino, Daren African-American, and their reception was at an Indian restaurant. They met at church when Daren joined the choir, and their harmony still soars loud and true.
Karen and Matthew – No place like home –
We feel emotion at all the weddings we shoot, but this one was personal. The lovely bride was our daughter’s high school classmate, and her dad, our son’s soccer coach. And the venue was essentially in our backyard: our hometown of Sleepy Hollow. Karen and Matthew returned here from their home in Virginia to say their vows in her childhood Church of the Magdalene. Okay, so there was rain– it didn’t stand a chance against the sunshine in our hearts.
Stephanie and Joe – A Cafeteria Crush:
Most courtships unfold in restaurants or movie theaters, not a school cafeteria, but Joe was up for the challenge. Stephanie was a nutritionist there, and he’d take breaks from his social studies classroom to flirt with her. It took many visits, then 10 “friendship” dates, but she finally acknowledged a romance. The rest of the school did too after the principal spotted them at a restaurant! There was nothing secretive about their August wedding, with plenty of co-workers celebrating at Hasting’s riverside Harvest on Hudson. We give their story a definite A plus.
Margaret & Zack – A nonstop celebration
Margaret and Zack met at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, and their New Jersey wedding had a lot of racing around. Let’s see– vows at church, photos at Spring Lake’s landmark footbridge, more photos at the bride’s house beneath a sentimental tree, an ice cream stop at Strollo’s, the beach, the reception at the oceanfront Breakers Hotel with endless dancing and a fraternity brothers’ goblet gulp. We only stood still once, amazed to view our very first hatchet toss at the house stop! A lot more fun than a bouquet toss, for sure.
We’re so proud and excited!
We won the “Best Wedding Photographer – 2017” in the Westchester Magazine’s “Best of…” survey for 2017.