I’m so excited about this amazing couple’s engagement session! Brendan and Jenna met about 4.5 years ago while both working for the NY Mets. Brendan now works at Barclays Center and was able to get us access to a completely deserted MCU Park – home of the Brooklyn Cyclones! Can you tell they are HUGE baseball fans? After the park, we explored my favorite location in all of Brooklyn…Coney Island! :)
M for McKeon Family – assuming Jenna takes his name! :)
Save the date!
Oh, you know, just hanging out in the dugout…
Jenna’s hot pink dress was oh-so-perfect for Coney Island!
Sharing a kiss on the swings!
This is probably one of my favorite pictures of all time. I love seeing all the fun colors of the park below them and a beautiful ocean in the background! It’s simply magical!
Jenna totally beat him!
You can’t go to Coney Island and not get a corn dog. It’s sacrilegious.
Brendan and Jenna, I’m sooo excited for the wedding next year! :)
Remember that thing called Myspace? Well, apparently it was good for something…and not just being the predecessor to Facebook. Oleg and Donna wouldn’t be together if it wasn’t for Myspace, and that would be a tragedy! Don’t worry, Oleg wasn’t a total stranger. He went to school with Donna’s BFF, and even though she advised not going on a date with him, Donna knew she had to. Fast forward through 5 awesome years of dating, Oleg decided to pop the question at the family’s country house upstate. He arranged for all of their best friends to get up there early to decorate the house and line the driveway with candles for their arrival. As they pulled up to the house, Donna was so unaware of the planned proposal that her first instinct was to assume someone broke into the house! When she realized what was going on, she of course said yes, and they celebrated all weekend long with their friends!
I knew they were a super fun couple from the second I saw their save-the-date, so we had to have lots of fun with their engagement session – sharing a cheesecake at Juniors, a romantic stroll through Prospect Park, and…a big ole COLOR FIGHT! :)
After Juniors, we enjoyed the beauty of Prospect Park…
I looove the Prospect Park Boathouse!
Hey duckie, duckie…
And the fight begins! Just when I thought my love of bright colors couldn’t get any bigger, Oleg and Donna took it to a whole new level! I am obsessed with these, and I can’t wait until the wedding this August!
Note for Photographers: You may have seen this post by LensRentals.com, so I’ll tell you what I did to keep my gear safe. I shot with my 100mm 2.8L macro lens and stood really far away from the couple while shooting. I would have used my 70-200 but daaaang that thing is too heavy to carry around. The couple only threw one hand-full at a time so I could make sure I wasn’t down wind of it. I didn’t touch any of the powder myself. And lastly, even though there was no visible dust anywhere on my camera, I cleaned everything when I got home. Hope that helps!
I’ve been wanting to shoot a Brooklyn Bridge engagement session for a while and was starting to think it would never happen thanks to rain-a-thon-2013! After lots of rescheduling, Tiffany, Chris and I finally got our beautiful Brooklyn Bridge day…even if we had to fight through a butt-load of people and some not-so-pretty construction! It was totally worth it! :)
Chris and Tiffany met while attending Pratt Institute and have been together for 4 years. Ironically, Chris (a project engineer) helped to build a new building on the Pratt campus after they graduated, and he incorporated that into his proposal! Unsuspecting Tiffany thought they were just going to check out the new building and then get dinner in their old Brooklyn neighborhood. While walking around Pratt, the two revisited old areas where they had built memories and explored the new areas. Chris seized a quiet moment, got down on one knee, and asked the most important question he’d ever ask! She was completely surprised and even broke down in tears during the “yes!” Later he surprised her again with dinner reservations at Peter Lugar’s – the location of their first date! Well done, Chris, well done! :)
Tiffany, can I borrow your outfit? It’s seriously adorable!
Can you believe this rock?!
Oh hello stunner! You are breathtaking!
Save the date! :)
I know that I’m extremely blessed to not only get along with all of my couples, but to also call them friends. Carl and Shawna have felt like friends since our first meeting, and that friendship continued over delicious dinners, double-date brunch in Brooklyn, and hot chocolate get-togethers at City Bakery. By their wedding day, I felt like I was watching friends I’ve known forever get married! Carl and Shawna are “old souls” that bonded over their love of old movies, history, reading and, in their words, “all things nerdy!” I think Shawna’s love of reading has also made her a fantastic writer! Here are some words from the bride about their wedding day! :)
“From the beginning, Carl and I both knew that we wanted to stay clear of the “wedding hall” reception. Additionally, we wanted to incorporate our mutual love for reading and history, but beyond that we were not sure how we wanted to develop our theme for the wedding. After doing some research and scouting, I came across a blog that described some of the filming that had been done in Park Slope, Brooklyn for HBO’s, “Boardwalk Empire.” One of the sites used was The Montauk Club, a gorgeous late 19th century building with features of the 1920′s. We paid a visit and instantly fell in love! The venue really inspired us, and with the help of Sean Psomas of Wildflowers, we developed an “invitation to the reading lounge” concept in which we wanted our guests to feel as though they had been invited for a party in our antique study. Not wanting the theme to be purely vintage, however, we incorporated some modern elements. This really came into play in all of our paper goods used. Golden Rectangle Press created a ”Gatsby” suite that winked at the 1920′s, but was still fresh and modern.
Just as important to us as the reception venue, was the ceremony location. We were very fortunate to find a BEAUTIFUL church just two blocks from our venue! Saint Augustine, another treasure of the late 19th century, is adorned with remarkable marble, stained glass, and dark, hand carved wood. It truly is a work of art, and I cannot imagine a more beautiful place to have exchanged our vows.
For our cocktail hour, we brought in a jazz pianist, Bunny Beck, and guests lounged in over sized leather chairs and on antique sofas. Continuing with the literary element of our theme, reception centerpieces were created using books dating from as early as 1900 and low arrangements of bright flowers. Each table also held a dozen votives adding a warm, romantic glow. In lieu of table numbers, each table was named after a notable author, and Alan Rencher designed markers using text from a book by that author, creating a book page effect. Guests were given bookmarks and tins of Jordan almonds as favors. DJ Ceremony kept guests dancing all night with a mix of our indy, alt, and 80′s favorites!
Overall, we feel we were successful in creating a celebration that was both unique and classic at the same time, just like us! We like to think our wedding was one for the books!“
I adore this photo! The look of determination on Shawna’s mom’s face is absolutely adorable!
A penny for good luck! And two of the most adorable bridesmaids ever!
Shawna = modern Audrey Hepburn. Hello stunner!
I can almost hear her thinking “my daughter is all grown up…”
Carl and Shawna arranged for a 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom to escort them around the city!
Shawna! Your eyes! You kill me!
Five beautiful Italian sisters dancing the Tarantella! And they all danced the night away!
Credits //Venue: The Montauk Club // Church: St. Augustine of Park Slope // Hotel (Bride): The Sophia Inn // Hotel (Groom): Hotel Le Bleu // Hair: Sheila Chung // Make-up: Lan Beauty (Nancy) // The dress & veil: White by Vera Wang // The shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids dresses: J. Crew // Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Florist: Sean Psomas of Wildflowers // Invitations, place cards, menus, bookmarks: Golden Rectangle Press // Table “Numbers” (book pages): Alan Rencher // Favor Tins: A Light in the Box // Cocktail hour musician: Bunny Beck // DJ: DJ Ceremony // Videographer: White Diamond Video // Cake: The Hudson Cakery // The End!
Hello world! Meet your next big country music artist, Leanne Weiss!! I’ve known this beautiful lady since middle school and she hasn’t stopped singing since. I can’t wait to hear her new record, and I can’t wait to see which image she uses for her album cover! To get a taste of Leanne’s amazing songwriting and vocal skills, check out her single “Thanks Anyway” via the media player on the home page of her website. It’s seriously so catchy…I’ve listened to it twice today already! :)
The Cop Cot in Central Park was the perfect backdrop for a “country vibe.”
Those eyes are au-naturale! Crayyyy-zay right?
The Swedish Cottage in Central Park was the closest resemblance to a country barn we could find in NYC! But hey, it came with its own wind supply! :)
Leanne, you are gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see where your music career takes you! Try and remember us little people when you get to the top, okay? xo! :)
With all the roommates, college friends, and work friends that they have in common, Dave and Christa should have met many years before they actually did! And although they only lived one block from each other in Hoboken, they actually met while attending a mutual friend’s wedding down the shore. Two years of bliss later, Dave proposed in the same spot they met! :)
We started off their session on the Hoboken waterfront – where Dave asked Christa’s dad for permission to marry her! So cute!! :)
Oh hello gorgeous!
I always encourage couples to incorporate unique locations into their engagement session – whether it be a bakery that they frequent every Sunday morning or a favorite hot spot in town. For Dave and Christa that hot spot is Onieals! It’s a super cozy bar near their apartment that they’ve gone to since the beginning of their relationship!
I’m obsessed with these colors!!
We ended the day with some lifestyle photos in their first apartment together! Sooo sweet! Can’t wait until their Spring Lake wedding this October!! :)
Congratulations to Rory and Kaitlin for having all their beautiful wedding plans recognized by Style Me Pretty (the #1 wedding blog in the country)! Check out their feature! To see their original blog post, click here!
Also, I know it’s silly, but I looooove seeing my photo as a thumbnail cover on the SMP homepage! I feel like I’ve won some sort of “top 10″ award haha! Ch’yea, I know…I’m nutso! :)
In a way, I can’t believe it’s only been two years.
I feel like we’ve had a lifetime of laughter, happiness, admiration, encouragement,
joy, snuggles, kisses, hugs, and love.
People always say the first two years of marriage are the hardest, and if that’s the case, I really can’t imagine
what the “easy years” will be like. These have already been two of the easiest years of my life.
When I’m sad, he’s there to hug me and hand me tissues.
When I’m laughing, it’s usually because of something he said.
When I’m happy, it’s usually because of something he did.
When I’m feeling insecure, he lifts my ego until I feel like I can rule the world.
I always have someone to tell my silly stories to.
Someone to wake up in the middle of the night if I’m feeling scared.
Someone to carry the basket when we go grocery shopping.
Someone to hold my purse when I’m trying to fight the crowds at the mall while searching for the perfect dress.
Someone who is patient and kind and forgiving.
Someone who makes me want to be a better me.
If these two years were the “hard ones,”
then I count my blessings, because they are many.
I love you bapels, my darling Christopher.
Weddings come in all different shapes and sizes, and for Lorna and Andrew their wedding came in the form of a one-month adventure across the US! Having been together for more than 10 years, they decided to celebrate by hopping across the ocean from Scotland into the hustle and bustle of NYC. After officially tying the knot at city hall, their honeymoon will consist of New Orleans, Texas, the Grand Canyon, and more! I’ve got to say that I’m super jealous of all their travels and it’s encouraging me to cross some more borders and acquire some more stamps in my Passport! :)
I’m kind of obsessed with Lorna’s dress…especially the beading and detail work!
Apparently the subway system in Glasgow ain’t got nothin’ on NYC!
I’m pretty much ALWAYS in the mood for silly faces! :)
We ran into another Scot in the park! Did you know Robert Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne? I know it’s kind of weird, but that’s one of my favorite songs. I have to listen to this version every New Year and get into a sappy nostalgic kind of mood as I reminisce about the past year. Ahhh, memories.
I love Dina’s interpretation of this photo (from Facebook) – “Time stands still when you’re in love!” – Thanks Dina!
Speaking of Passports, for any of you Scottish soon-to-be-brides I have my Passport and I would LOOOOVE to travel! I can even fake a Scottish accent if you need me to blend in! :)
I had been wanting to do an engagement session at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden since my first visit over a year ago! Sadly we just missed the cherry blossoms, but lucky for us there were plenty of other beautiful trees and plants to keep us happy. You might recognize Arielle as she was one of Keri’s beautiful bridesmaids last year! And after this gorgeous session, I’m even more excited to photograph Joe and Arielle’s wedding day this Septemeber! :)
Joe gave Arielle a little spin…
And then Arielle gave Joe a little spin! :)
The trees might not be pink, but they are seriously still SO beautiful!
Arielle could literally stand completely in front of Joe with 4-inch heels on and not block him! If I remember correctly, Joe is 6’5″ and Arielle is 5’0″! So stinkin’ cute!
Obsessed with this ring by Simon G.!
All good things end with ice cream! :)