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Laura & Doug | Beards & Beers NYC Wedding

Laura and Doug are easily one of the most down-to-earth and fun couples I've ever photographed. On the Fourth of July they came in to have a drink at the dive bar I work at part time. We clicked almost instantly, and as our casual conversation turned to wedding planning, I learned they were searching for a photographer! 

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On the day of their wedding, the groom dropped off the sweetest present for the bride made up of items from a dollar store. He included a card which read, "Morning Beautiful" (the first text he sent her the day after their first date) and explained how much he was looking forward to showering her with cheap gifts on this day for the rest of their lives. It was perfectly thoughtful and had us all in tears. From that point, I knew this day was going to be filled with so much love, laughter, and personality. 

All the men in their families grew out beards, at the groom's request, and took a trip over to the local barbershop for trims, just across the street. This place had serious pizazz and all the guys came out looking so fresh. The bride and her ladies sipped champagne while having their hair and makeup done. Once everyone was ready, we all took a stroll around the Lower East Side for portraits before their ceremony. 

Loreley Beer Garden was the perfect place for Laura & Doug to host their intimate wedding. There were many highlights of the day, including a best man speech inspired by The Fast and the Furious series that had everyone laughing, three delicious food bars (Bavarian, Tacos, Sliders), all the beer inspired details, and the deep love and affection shared by this awesome couple.

Congrats to Laura & Doug! Wishing you many years of happiness, softball, and pints of beer!

Vendors:

Getting Ready Venues: Off Soho Suites / Freeman's Sporting Club

Wedding Venue & Catering: Loreley Beer Garden 

Styling & Coordination : Jack and Grace Events

Hair Styling: Appease Inc.

Dress: Adrianna Papell

Suit: Men's Warehouse

Officiant: Judges for Love

 

Nikki & Kevin | Modern & Classic NYC Wedding

Nikki & Kevin | Modern & Classic NYC Wedding

Nikki and Kevin flew in from Los Angeles for their New York City wedding to get married in the same beautiful church where her parents were married years before. I was so touched by the sweet sentiment behind their decision. It was immediately easy to see why they chose this bright, gorgeous setting for their closest friends and family to witness their intimate ceremony. Once Nikki and Kevin were pronounced husband and wife, we took some family portraits in the pretty garden at All Souls Church before heading to iconic Central Park with the wedding party.

Kristin & Daniel | NYC Winter Engagement Session

Years ago, I met Kristin while working at Disneyland. When she and her fiancé, Daniel, booked their very first visit to New York City, she contacted me right away to plan their engagement session. Although he had proposed a year before, they had been holding off on having engagement photos taken, waiting for something truly unique for them. What could be more iconic than Central Park after a snowstorm and a view of the skyline?! We broke their session up into two days because NYC was experiencing a deep freeze their first weekend here. Coming from year-round perfect weather in Southern California, they were such troopers in the cold! A few days later the temperature shot up to the 50s when we visited Top of the Rock for part two! You just never know what to expect in the Northeast. 

When they were in sixth grade, Daniel gave Kristin a Valentine that she ended up throwing in the trash! Daniel was heartbroken when he saw it there later, but she eventually decided to give him a chance and 14 YEARS later, the rest is history! Capturing the goofy, fun, spirited love these two share was the perfect way to start 2017 and will remain a highlight. I am so happy and excited for their future. Congratulations! 

See more of Kristin & Daniel's Central Park & Top of the Rock session below!

Emma & Connor | Spring Midtown Engagement Session

In 2011, Emma was hired to be the hair stylist on the set of an independent film. One of the actors was "extremely late" which, to be honest, she found annoying! When he finally showed up, Connor introduced himself, Emma got to work and they started chatting. Within minutes, she was no longer annoyed with him for being late and found they were hitting it off! There was an instant connection they both were feeling that neither had experienced before. They got to know each other better each day on set, even causing scenes to shoot late because they couldn't help wanting to be around each other! Feelings grew and it was on the last day of filming when they hugged goodbye that Connor knew he had to kiss her. 

Five years later, Connor proposed and Emma said yes! These two are absolutely perfect together. They keep each other laughing, and both have this infectious, positive energy that is just so fun to be around. They are looking forward to spending the rest of their lives enjoying bagels for breakfast and date nights snuggled up with wine, takeout and Netflix. 

See photos from this gorgeous pair's city springtime engagement session below. Their wedding day is exactly one month away and I can't wait to be a part of what is sure to be the most beautiful day! Congrats, you two!