Sami-Beth & Miles | Rainy NYC City Hall Elopement

It was a Saturday afternoon when I received an email from Miles, wanting to know if I was available to capture his wedding at City Hall in Manhattan — just six days later! He and his fiancée, Sami-Beth, were willing to take a gamble with my schedule, and on a rainy Friday morning just after 7:30 am, we were waiting in line at the marriage bureau! We didn’t have to wait long, as they ended up being the second couple for a ceremony.

These two are an effortlessly cool and laid back couple. They are very go-with-the-flow, taking in the rain, the old ladies flagging cabs behind them, bird accidents, and all the onlookers in lower Manhattan. Sami-Beth’s spectacular DIY bouquet featured gorgeous orange and white flowers (matching her manicure), greenery, and cabbage, wrapped beautifully with strings of pearls.

Thank you to Kristen, of Kristen Kiraly Films, for referring me to her amazing friends and being a pleasure to work with! Check out their video!

Miles & Sami-Beth, wishing you both all the love, happiness, and “first time as newlyweds” milestones in the world! Congrats!

Sara & Kelly | Musical Astoria Engagement Session

The best thing about Sara & Kelly is how strong their love for each other is. They are adorably silly and totally compatible, always laughing. And they are unbelievably talented! Music and performance is a big part of their lives, as individuals and as a couple. It was so special to capture this connection as part of their engagement session. I loved getting to explore their Queens neighborhood and photograph Sara’s custom designed engagement ring and those cool guitar string bracelets Kelly made.

A funny thing happened a few years ago. Sara and I were working together at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan when she told me that if she ever got married, she would want me to photograph her wedding. Weddings seemed like far off dream at the time, but I had taken her headshots and some photos of a show she and Kelly were in, and I guess she liked my stuff!

We recently reconnected over chocolate martinis, and now it’s all happening! So excited to know these wonderful people and to photograph their wedding next June!

Sanctity of Sinners | Coney Island Variety Show

"We are here! We are queer, straight, trans, WE ARE WOMEN!!!" -Nola Star

When my friend, Nola Star, first told me she was producing a project about women empowerment in Coney Island, I knew I had to get on board. "Sanctity of Sinners" was co-produced and hosted by Maestra Mayhem, and co-sponsored by Coney Island Brewery. These incredibly talented, body positive, fierce women know how to put on a show! See some of my favorite moments & check out the amazing performers below. 

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Jennifer & Manny | Coney Island Engagement Session

One morning, in Texas, Jennifer was scrolling Offbeat Bride when she happened upon a wedding I had photographed being featured that day. She and her new fiancé, Manny, had a trip to NYC planned and thought an engagement session in the city could be fun. When Jennifer reached out and told me they liked street art and bagels (two of my very favorite things), I knew we'd be friends.  

Their session ended up being on one of the hottest days of the summer during a week filled with thunderstorms. We got lucky with a lot sunshine! In order to beat the heat, we took a stroll down the pier to feel the breeze and obviously had to stop for ice cream! I loved their relaxed vibe, Jen's colorful engagement ring, and the way they had each other laughing the entire time.

Congrats to this super fun, very happy couple!