Theresa & Chassitty | Astoria Engagement Session

A year ago, Theresa and Chassitty contacted me about booking an engagement session. They openly shared their story with me right away. The couple wanted me to know that they were doing things "out of order" and had privately eloped six months earlier, but never had photos taken. "Since we're a queer couple," they said, "we decided to get married before [the most recent] inauguration." Doing things non-traditionally is my favorite and while I was very happy for them and the start of their new life together, my heart also broke a little for all the queer couples who feel as though their love is less than.

As a queer photographer with an offbeat vibe I was able to make "out of order" work perfectly for these two. Our session took place in Astoria Park in Queens, New York, where the couple often jogs and watches the sun set together. 

Theresa and Chassitty met in 2015 at a BBQ hosted by a mutual friend around the time they both started their PhD programs. The party guests were enjoying a bonfire and playing Psychopoly (psychology-themed Monopoly) when it turned in to a drinking game involving fireball. During the game, several friends ventured off to the snack table and eventually these two were the only players left. Theresa realized she was interested in Chassitty, who was oblivious to the flirtation. Their friendship grew deeper and they bonded over shared interests in psychology, volleyball, hiking. It took a couple of years of Theresa dropping subtle and not-so-subtle hints before she finally sat Chassitty down directly to share her feelings. Everything immediately clicked. The couple just so happened to be planning a week-long hiking and meditation trip together and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. It was like they were in love from the very start and felt right in a way that no other relationship ever had for either one.  

Wishing you both the happiest year and a half anniversary!

Coney Island USA 2018 Mermaid Parade

One of my favorite things to do at the start of summer in NYC every year is attend the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. It's a magical, sparkly, colorful kick-off to the summer season that celebrates art, inclusivity, and creativity, combining all my favorite things in life.  

According to Coney Island USA's website, "The MERMAID PARADE specifically was founded in 1983 with 3 goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as 'entertainment'; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public."

See some of my favorite "sea-quinned" moments below!

Thomasin & Alex | Brooklyn Rock Show Wedding

One of the first details I knew about Thomasin & Alex’s wedding was the reception was to be held at The Knitting Factory, a Brooklyn concert venue, and I just knew I had to be part of something so cool. Both the bride and groom are musically gifted; choosing a venue that reflects them so well is just the kind of thing that makes my couples so unique. 

It was an unseasonably warm day in October, filled with so much sunshine and even more love. We started out with portraits in Brooklyn Bridge Park before trolleying over to the gorgeous Plymouth Church. The lovely ceremony included both the bride’s minister parents giving special readings, and a very memorable performance by Cantori New York, a choir the bride is a member of, accompanied by the majestic Aeolian-Skinner organ.  

Once arriving to The Knitting Factory, there were almost as many musical acts as there were wedding guests! It was so important to the bride and groom to showcase their talented friends and to have every room filled with music and laughter. My personal favorite performance of the night was when the bride and groom snuck away for a quick costume change for a duet of “Happy Together” by The Turtles. It was the perfect way to kick off the party! 

Congratulations Thomasin & Alex!

See below for all the amazing vendors.

 

Coordinator: Leah McVeigh

Photographer: Kate Alison Photography

Venues: Getting Ready - Hotel 1 / Ceremony - Plymouth Church / Reception - Knitting Factory

Dress: Carol Hannah

Shoes: Rachel Simpson

Hair: Nora Croft & Lauren Byrne 

Makeup: Kerry Kaleja

Florist: Daphne Floral

Musicians: Choir - Cantori New York / Trumpet Player - John Bailey / Main Band - Diego Voglino 

Catering: Fig and Pig

Cakes: Luckybird Bakery

Linens: Big Dawg Party Rentals

Transportation: New York Trolly Company

Officiant: Micah Bucey

Kerri & Josh | Classic NH Barn Wedding

You may remember Kerri and Josh from their engagement session this past winter. The bride and groom were married at the New London Historical Society over Labor Day Weekend. It was one of the most beautiful and personal weddings I've witnessed. The happy couple could not have had a more perfect New England day, with sunny, blue skies, and late summer warmth. Kerri planned every detail with personal touches, making most of the beautiful decor by hand and putting thought into every small decision along the way. It did not go unnoticed and was deeply appreciated by her wedding party, her guests, and her vendors. 

When both Kerri and Josh referenced "Planet of the Apes" during their vows, which they saw on their first date, they had everyone laughing. They also shared many tears as they touched on all the happy moments throughout their relationship and the love they promised to share for the rest of their lives. Even I was sobbing behind my camera! 

Things got wild during the reception! There was a conga line, a handle of fireball being passed around the dance floor, and the mother of the groom cutting a bridesmaid's dress in half! Needless to say, this was a very memorable affair start to finish. Congrats to my lifelong friend, Kerri, and her new husband, Josh, on the wonderful start of their marriage!

 

Getting Ready Venue: New London Inn

Wedding Venue: New London Historical Society

Catering: Alan's of Boscawen

Makeup: Savanah Tsang / Emily Diggins

Hair Styling: Hair by KG

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Officiant: Diane DeSimone

DJ: Music Fantasy Weddings

Cake: Cakes By Becky