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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! 

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