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Sara & Kelly | Musical Engagement Session | Queens, NY

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!

Karina & Tom | One Year Later

It's crazy to think an entire year has passed since Karina and Tom said "I Do"! May 22, 2016 was a perfect day. The bride, groom, and their families all pitched in to make this Sunday evening, DIY wedding one they would always remember.

Maid of Honor, twin sister of the bride, Maria, did her beautiful makeup. Maria's boyfriend (now fiancé, congrats!), Brooklyn artist, Erik Jones, performed their ceremony. The mother of the bride cooked tamales for all the guests. Many other family members took time to assemble their flowers that morning. All to make it the most beautiful celebration of love for these newlyweds.

My favorite part about Karina and Tom's wedding day was how simple they wanted to keep everything. The whole day really was all about celebrating their love and new lives together. This truly reflected who they are as a couple.

Congratulations Karina & Tom! Happy one year anniversary!

Take a look back below. 

Kristin & Daniel | Winter Central Park & Top of the Rock Engagement Session | New York, NY

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 | Clark's Landing Wedding | Point Pleasant, NJ

"There may be something there that wasn't there before." - Beauty and the Beast

You may remember Emma and Connor from their midtown Manhattan engagement session this past spring. We spent an amazing, chilly afternoon exploring the city streets near their studio apartment. (Read about how they met unexpectedly and see their photos here!

Fast forward to the Friday before Thanksgiving 2016, just as the sun began to set, when they became husband and wife. Over the last five years their closest friends and family members from coast to coast have surrounded, supported, and celebrated them. On November 18th, they all came together to share in the love of one of the happiest, most wonderful couples I have ever known. It was such an honor to witness and capture all the special moments throughout their romantic, glamorous wedding day, with just a touch of Disney magic.

"Please, be our guest!" - Beauty and the Beast

There were so many stunning details which made Emma and Connor's wedding unique. They shared many laughs during their sunset unity sand ceremony. Cocktail hour featured an ice sculpture of the Enchanted Rose, along with themed signature drinks. One of the best men played guitar and sang Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" during their first dance. The most special detail was how much love you could feel!

Emma and Connor are meant to be. She is the Beauty to his Beast, he is all the books in her library. Congratulations to this happy couple!

"Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme." - Beauty and the Beast

Don't forget to check out all the vendors who helped make this wedding this beautiful below

 

Vendors

Venue: Clarks Landing Caterers

Hotel: The White Sands Hotel

Makeup: Milan Melendez

Hair: 217 Beauty

Dress: Essence of Australia

Tuxedo: Indochino

Flowers: Narcissus Florals

Cake: Bovella's Pastry Shoppe

DJ: Unforgettable DJs

Videographer: Bahr Cinematography

 

Special thank you to Alie of Love Charm Photo for being the best second shooter!