Chakra Restaurant Wedding of Gina and Hector

A very happy wedding day for Gina and Hector! The festivities were held at the beautiful Chakra Restaurant, run by Gina’s sister and brother-in-law.

Gina had two beautiful dresses for the day.
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new jersey nj wedding

new jersey nj wedding

For her something blue, Gina’s sister-in-law added an ‘E’ to her veil, for her new last name.
new jersey nj wedding

Gina’s sister with her son, ready to go in his fancy tux. I think he was most excited about his new sneakers.
new jersey nj wedding

You know I can’t resist a super cute dog. Hello Ginger!
new jersey nj wedding

Adorable flower girl: Hector and Gina’s niece
new jersey nj wedding chakra restaurant

A very sweet ceremony, with lots of laughter
new jersey nj wedding chakra restaurant

new jersey nj wedding chakra restaurant

new jersey nj wedding chakra restaurant

I loved their place cards
new jersey nj wedding chakra restaurant

So many lovely details at the restaurant
new jersey nj wedding chakra restaurant

new jersey nj wedding chakra restaurant

A happy mom, dancing with her new son-in-law!
new jersey nj wedding chakra restaurant

Very happy couple!
new jersey nj wedding chakra restaurant

For more of the day, watch the slideshow below:

Brooklyn and Long Island wedding of Lorena and Andrew

Last fall I had the pleasure of helping my friend (and super talented photographer) Laura Ivanova shoot the wedding of Lorena and Andrew. What a sweet couple they were! Thanks so much, Laura, for inviting me along.

brooklyn wedding prep getting ready

brooklyn wedding prep getting ready

brooklyn wedding prep getting ready

brooklyn wedding prep getting ready

brooklyn wedding prep getting ready

brooklyn wedding prep getting ready

brooklyn wedding ceremony

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wedding morgan park glencove long island

wedding morgan park glencove long island

wedding morgan park glencove long island

wedding morgan park glencove long island

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Starved Rock Wedding of Lucinda and Josh

A beautiful fall wedding at the amazing Starved Rock State Park! I’ve known Lucinda for quite a few years, and was so happy for her when she announced her engagement to Josh. These two are positively adorable together and I was constantly grinning while editing their photos. This was an unusual scenario as I was asked to shoot the portraits only and then slip into the guest roll once the ceremony started. I loved it!

I love doing first looks with couples, and these two had fabulous reactions!
starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

There was lots of laughter throughout the session
starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

I adored Lucinda’s beautiful feather hair piece.
starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

A special shout out to Molly, the Maid of Honor and Officiant. She was ordained just for this occasion and lead a very sweet, funny, and personal ceremony.
starved rock state park fall wedding

starved rock state park fall wedding

The ladies carried lovely orange candles instead of flowers for the ceremony.
starved rock state park fall wedding

The centerpieces were so nice, with apples and pumpkins brought in from one of Molly’s places of work, Earth First Farms.
starved rock state park fall wedding

Fox Hollow Wedding of Stefanie and Lee

A very fun celebration of Stefanie and Lee! I headed out to the Fox Hollow on Long Island to capture the festivities.

A special thanks to Details by Gina for making sure everything ran smoothly throughout the day.

Beautiful Stefanie!
fox hollow long island wedding

I loved their reactions for their first look; very cute!
fox hollow long island wedding

fox hollow long island wedding

fox hollow long island wedding

I was having fun playing with the lights and smoke machine that the DJ provided.
fox hollow long island wedding

Smoke makes for a fun backdrop for their first dance.
fox hollow long island wedding

I was amused by the dots of light.
fox hollow long island wedding

The party was going strong!
fox hollow long island wedding

fox hollow long island wedding

fox hollow long island wedding

fox hollow long island wedding

Studio 450 Wedding of Dawna and Pablo

Dawna and Pablo had such a beautiful and fun celebration at Studio 450 in Manhattan. There was so much laughter and joy from everyone!

Many thanks to Sheavonne Events and Weddings for making sure everything ran smoothly throughout the evening.

Dawna had decorated her shoes
manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

Pablo with his nephew and ring bearer
manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

Moments after the marriage license was signed
manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

Studio 450 has a fabulous rooftop with a great view.  Someone jokingly suggested doing a jumping shot, but with no guards around the platform, I shot down that idea quickly.
manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

Their first dance was a fabulous Salsa; they looked great!
manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

They enjoyed the toasts
manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

There were tons of great dancers at this wedding, and everyone was having a blast.
manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

Dawna’s brother entertained folks with the worm
manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

manhattan nyc studio 450 wedding

For more images from the wedding, watch the slideshow

Queens County Farm Museum Wedding of Estera and Will

I had the pleasure of spending a beautiful (and very hot) day with the lovely couple, Estera and Will, at the Queens County Farm Museum.

We started at the cute Anastasia’s Bed & Breakfast with the ladies.
Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Happy to be married!
Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

The whole wedding party was lots of fun to work with
Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

I enjoyed exploring the farm and searching for the animals.
Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Estera and Will had some great details at the reception
Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Instead of place cards, they wrote everyone’s names on this old window for the table settings. I loved the idea!
Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

Queens County Farm Museum Long Island wedding

For more of the day, watch the slideshow:

Coindre Hall Wedding of Andrea and Scott

I had the pleasure of second shooting for the fabulous Nasilele Photography studio last month.  We headed out to Coindre Hall on Long Island to document the lovely celebration of Andrea and Scott. Thanks for having me along, Nas!

I spent time with the guys before the ladies arrived. Scott’s two sons were having fun hanging out and playing chess.
Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

First Looks for couples are always fun; Andrea certainly was having a great time!
Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

All smiles with mom and dad
Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

I love birdcage veils
Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

A very heartfelt speech by Andrea’s twin sister
Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

A great dance party!
Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

Coindre Hall Huntington Long Island wedding

A Maine farm wedding portrait session with my sister!

So my sister Becca was married earlier this month, and we officially welcomed Kyle into the family. We all had such an amazing time throughout the weekend; it was so much fun seeing many family members, and I loved seeing my sister in such a happy state. I was asked many times and by countless people in the year leading up the wedding if I would be shooting. My answer was usually “oh HELL no!” I have photographed the weddings of many friends and family, but I draw the line at my siblings. So I was very happy to just be a sister and bridesmaid that day and let Whitney of Emilie, Inc. document the festivities. However, we had been talking for months about doing a day-after portrait session around the family farm (where the reception was held), which I loved.

The beautiful farm and a couple of mom’s horses in the background
New Gloucester Maine farm wedding portraits

Inside the barn where the dance floor had been. Note the nice wreath of lights behind them; lots of Christmas lights were used to light up the barn.
New Gloucester Maine farm wedding portraits

Becca wanted a couple with the horses, and the horses were happy to munch on her bouquet
New Gloucester Maine farm wedding portraits

The front of the beautiful barn
New Gloucester Maine farm wedding portraits

So I know that American Gothic is parodied way too much by photographers, but it’s not very often that I get a real pitchfork to use!
New Gloucester Maine farm wedding portraits

Tanner the wonder dog wanted to join in on the fun, and promptly sat on Becca’s dress.
New Gloucester Maine farm wedding portraits

MIT Wedding of Becca and Adam

What a joy it was to spend the weekend with Becca and Adam and their wonderful friends and family in Cambridge.  I had met Adam a couple years ago when we both lived in Chicago, and had heard about this long-time college friend of his with whom he had fallen madly in love, so I was thrilled to finally meet her!  They traveled to their old stomping grounds of MIT in Cambridge to say their vows and celebrate with loved ones.

On the car ride to the ceremony we were laughing as Becca’s dress tulle filled up a good portion of the front seat.
MIT cambridge wedding mass

I think Adam is happy to see Becca!
MIT cambridge wedding mass

Their ceremony was in a large lecture hall on MIT (room 26-100) where they had many freshman classes
MIT cambridge wedding mass

I had been told that there would be chalkboards to photograph, but wasn’t given any further details.  I think if you have your wedding at MIT, it’s a requirement to have geeky references throughout.  They had found fabulous diagrams from xkcd and Brown Sharpie for their ceremony backdrop.
MIT cambridge wedding mass

Quotes from Albert Einstein, Robert Heinlein, and Dr. Suess
MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

Thumbs up!
MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

Portraits in the beautiful Lobby 7 at Rogers Building
MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

At some point during the portraits, someone said “Adam! Smile!” And he responded “I just married Becca. I’ll be smiling all day!”
MIT cambridge wedding mass

One of their gifts to guests was packs of Nerds candy, so I sprinkled some on their invitation
MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

The kids at the wedding kept very active!
MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

A shout-out to Tom, their officiant, and his lovely wife Jill. He led such a wonderful, funny, and personal ceremony; many people commented how much they enjoyed it.
MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

MIT cambridge wedding mass

A surprise to the guests: an ice cream truck! They had hired Parties Over Boston to treat the guests toward the end of the night.
MIT cambridge wedding mass ice cream truck parties over boston

MIT cambridge wedding mass ice cream cone

Gown: Madeleine’s Daughter
Ceremony & Reception: MIT Campus
Flowers: Jessica Robertson
Food: Red Bones, Brown Sugar Cafe, Red Lentil
Ice Cream Truck: Parties Over Boston

Press play below for the slideshow!

Published! California Wedding Wave

I’m so excited to have Becky and Jack‘s wedding published on the blog California Wedding Wave! This was such a fun wedding and I worked with some amazing vendors that day. Congrats to Becky and Jack!

California Wedding Wave blog screen shot
California Wedding Wave blog screen shot