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!

Janelle & Clint | Summer Brooklyn Bistro Wedding

“Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.” -The Notorious B.I.G.

Janelle, Clint, and 55 of their nearest and dearest traveled from all over the globe for their July 5th wedding. Their guests came together in Brooklyn (many for the first time ever!) from England, Poland, Switzerland, South Africa, and the U.S. to celebrate this very important occasion.

Falling in love is like finding a home in the heart of a person that you have never known." -IN-Q

All weddings are special, but this one truly tugged at my heart strings. Their love was felt by all throughout the day, the constant smiling and laughter from both of their worlds was infectious. Janelle and Clint complement each other so perfectly, creating a balance, just like they were made for each other. They were married by Daniela, of Once Upon A Vow, who highlighted the couples hopes and dreams of growing old together, included a ring warming ceremony, and quoted lyrics from rap and spoken word artists (she also introduced us!)

Congratulations to this very happy couple!

Photographer: Kate Alison Photography

Venue & Catering: Bacchus Bistro & Wine Bar

Officiant: Once Upon A Vow

Flowers: Stems Brooklyn

Hair & Makeup: Bespoke Beauty & Bridal

Paper Goods: To the Moon & Back Paper & Laser Studio

Rings: Nichols Jewelers

Dress: Luella's Bridal

Accessories: BHLDN

Suit: Ted Baker from Moss Bros., Thomas Pink, Loake Shoemakers

Doughnuts: Dough

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!