Posted on June 14, 2013
Mike came to me with a special request – to photograph his proposal to the love of his life, Stacey. We arranged a paparrazi-style proposal shoot, wherein I was positioned in just the right spot to capture the proposal but where she wouldn’t notice me. The proposal was perfect. Sweet and natural, intimate but in front of many hundreds of DC tourists.
We met up a few weeks later for a proper engagement session, down by the National Portrait Gallery.I can’t wait to shoot your wedding in October, Mike and Stacey! It will be as perfect a day as all the rest …
Posted on April 9, 2013
Two weekends ago, I had the absolute pleasure of traveling to NYC to shoot the wedding of Danielle to Peter. This trip was long awaited. The wedding was originally scheduled for October 2012. The plans were made, engagement session done, flights arranged for hundreds of guests. Danielle said to me: if the weather is terrible (likely in late October in New York), it doesn’t matter. We have a gorgeous venue on the water, with amazing views. So it will be beautiful no matter what. Who would have seen Hurricane Sandy coming the week before their wedding? For someone who intentionally selected their venue as one with a great bad weather alternative, the irony was just too much. But Danielle and Peter are sincerely fun-loving, roll-with-it kind of people. They rescheduled for March 30th (and though my family clients weren’t happy about giving up a prime time Cherry Blossom weekend to an out of town wedding), I was thrilled to still be able to go up and shoot.
The wedding was held at Chelsea Piers (if you haven’t been, look it up!). They had a picture – perfect day. No traffic snafu’s, incredible weather, a gorgeous and happy wedding party, and about a million guests who were all about celebrating them that weekend. It could not have been more perfect.
Danielle and Peter, I wish you guys a lifetime of happiness together. My very best to you both – and have so much fun on your Spain honeymoon!
The first three pictures in this post were taking by my second shooter, the fabulous Abby Greenawalt…more on her at the bottom of this post.
Danielle’s mother said to me that she wanted the photos to be able to be passed down over time. To be timeless. I hope that I fulfilled her goal….as that’s my goal each and every time I shoot a wedding. The emotional first look. Danielle and her brother. She tried on the hat for just a second….and then thought better of it! Danielle and Peter were so excited about the Chelsea Piers venue. She said that she loved the “carnival feel” of the piers surrounding each of the spaces. I love the geometry of the doors, windows and stairwells, and the primary colors balanced with her white dress. Just perfect. I love the gorgeous, springtime colors that Danielle picked for the girls. Given that the wedding was originally planned for October, I think that the palette worked out quite well! One of the best bridesmaid gifts EVER! Customized Converse sneaks, coordinated with the girls dresses, and with their names written on the heels. So perfect for kicking up your heels and dancing, that the girls broke out into dance the second they put them on for the pics. Danielle with her brother and sister-in-law Peter with his brother and sister. The venue was spectacular. Tea lights hanging from the ceiling, cherry blossoms overflowing in tall vases. So elegant and classically romantic. It’s like they took a picture-perfect garden reception and brought it into the big city. For you photographers out there, yes, that is a 12 foot black ceiling. One of the greatest photographic challenges we face. Danielle’s dance with her Dad.
Thanks to the amazing Abby Greenawalt for her second shooting this wedding with me. She’s not only hilarious and a great friend, but an amazing shooter as well. Check out her work here: www.abbygreenawalt.com