Most weddings are pretty routine: flowers, ring bearer, vows. But clown noses, red wagons, costumes? Allie and Josh’s Brooklyn event had them all. Those noses have been with them from first date to proposal to our pre-wedding shoot to ceremony, with extras for guests to pop on! And no ambling down the aisle for the flower girl—theirs was pulled in a wagon. If someone wanted to tone down their formal wear, the family childhood costume collection was available. Nope, not your typical affair, and not one any of us will soon forget.
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All weddings join two lives, but this one also joined two cultures. Mari and Aki are wine-tasting, marathon-running Americans but also heritage-loving Japanese. They met at NYU, and married a bit uptown, at White Plains’ modern light-filled Kanopi Restaurant atop the Ritz-Carlton tower. Shooting was a dream in the expansive windowed space, complete with winding staircase and sprawling views. We can’t take credit for introducing them, but we can for marrying them: we referred them to the officiating judge!
How dreamy is a marriage proposal on an Italian seaside hill? That’s what Francesca expected on her upcoming trip to the Cinque Terre, but her fiancé had another hill in mind: Pocantico’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Watching her great surprise, we’re sure the day was just as dreamy. There was romance: an intimate dinner in the private dining room. There was weather: rain had just cleared. And there was that gorgeous new ring! The couple, who met dancing in a Bowery bar, will finally waltz off to Italy, where the ring will sparkle on that seaside hill.
Candice and Tom – Clear skies ahead –
We hear online dating can be shady, but it proved sunny for Candice and Tom. Blue skies gleamed at their June wedding in Hastings’ Harvest-on-Hudson’s garden, the bride glowing in satin and lace. Ok, there were rain clouds threatening Tom’s mountaintop proposal at the Hudson Valley’s Breakneck Ridge, but even they held off in time for Candice to say yes. Surrounded by family and friends amidst Harvest’s blooms, we forecast continued marital sunshine!
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.
Forget Paris – for Amanda and Aaron, New York is the City of Love. Their romance spans all Manhattan: first date at the Boat Basin restaurant on the Upper West Side, marriage at City Hall downtown, and reception at Palma’s garden in Greenwich Village. In homage to another New York romance, their wedding day limo was a Harry Met Sally Checker Cab. Naturally we had to include the Brooklyn Bridge, the perfect backdrop for their photo shoot. What more could a girl from small-town Indiana and a guy from midland England want? Maybe a honeymoon in Bali, but we bet they won’t be gone for long. See the full gallery of images from Amanda & Aaron’s Wedding.
If you wanted an image for springtime romance in the city, this wedding would be it. The setting: the elegant landscape of Manhattan’s Gramercy Park. The couple: the stunning blonde Ana and her handsome leading man, Sam. Add a sashed satin gown, elegant French-twist updo, white roses and black tux and our cameras almost shot by themselves! We wished they could have, since we almost wept along with Sam when reading Ana’s pre-wedding letter, and with Ana during her vows. No matter that Paraguayan-born Ana took her vows in Spanish… words were almost beside the point. Take a look at a select group of photos from Ana & Sam’s big day.