Jenna & James | Prospect Park Engagement Session | Brooklyn, NY

James proposed to Jenna in February, after six years of dating. Following a busy fall season in their respective careers, the pair had time to finally think about scheduling an engagement session when Jenna found my work on Instagram. We hit it off over the phone. She mentioned that they are a Taurus and an Aries, love color, and are always laughing together.

The couple knew they wanted beautiful, autumnal foliage, as well as their candid and casual style, to be reflected in their photos. Being mid-November, the leaves were already rapidly falling, but we were lucky to get a session in on one of the very last weekends with lush, colorful trees! Would you believe NYC got hit with six inches of snow two days prior?! Thankfully, it melted away just in time.

It was so much fun wandering around Prospect Park and playing in the leaves with these two! Congratulations on your engagement and future together, Jenna & James!

Jennifer & Manny | Coney Island Engagement Session | Brooklyn, NY

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 | Bacchus Bistro Wedding | Brooklyn, NY

“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

2018 Mermaid Parade | Coney Island | Brooklyn, NY

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!