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Blue Hill at Stone Barns Proposal / Fooling Francesca

October 1, 2018

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.

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Brooklyn Waterfront Session

September 5, 2018

Leia and Jim – From office to official –  Until our own kids get married, we’re most sentimental when our friends’ kids do. Three years ago, it was our high school chum’s daughter, and in October, it’ll be his son, Jim. He met Leia at work four years ago, but it took a job change and a few more years for romance to blossom. And blossom it did, as the family photos here on the Brooklyn waterfront show: their adorable son will be the ring bearer at the wedding under vintage chandeliers at Manhattan’s 19thCentury venue, Harding’s. We’ll be bearing cameras and tissues for our tears!

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Harvest on Hudson Wedding

August 18, 2018

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!

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Rockefeller Playhouse Party

August 16, 2018

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.

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Brooklyn Bridge Engagement

June 30, 2018

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!

 

 

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Blue Hill at Stone Barns Proposal

June 30, 2018

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.

 

 

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Maris and Ryan

April 5, 2018

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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Wedding Album

April 5, 2018

When your wedding celebration ends (sob!), it doesn’t haves to fade–that’s what photo albums are for! And yours can be as uniquely personal, and beautiful, as your wedding itself. Choose page colors, borders and backgrounds, design montages, vary photo sizes and angles, write caption text, and pick cover styles and typography for a visual keepsake you’ll cherish “until death do you part.” Of course we can also provide an electronic image file, but–as we all know too well–storing files can be risky. Computers crash, files get deleted, disks become damaged or obsolete. A photo album is forever. Imagine, one day your children will hold it in their hands and thrill to it as much as you have. No jpeg file can match that!

 

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Royal Palace, Elmsford, NY Wedding

April 3, 2018

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.


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Sleepy Hollow, New York Nuptials

March 21, 2018

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.

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