Kaitlyn & Luke - Celestine Brooklyn Wedding

Stunning views of the New York City skyline served as the backdrop of Luke and Kaitlyn’s wedding celebrations and the energy of the day was on a track to outshine the twinkling lights of the city’s nightscape. The couple prepared for the day at One Hotel in Brooklyn and then had their first look filled with gorgeous, silly, and love-filled moments on the hotel’s roof. Surrounded by the city, the East River, and their friends and family, all the magic and love was felt.

We migrated from an outdoor view to an indoor view for the couple’s nighttime wedding ceremony at Celestine—one of their favorite restaurants. The venue was cozy and intimate, even as the hubbub of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges burbled below our feet. Giant glass windows on all sides of the restaurant gave the impression that the party was floating on a huge cloud and photos of the ceremony featured plenty of cameos from the New York City skyline.

After Kaitlyn and Luke kicked off the ceremony by toasting adorable cupcakes, there were many smiles and happy tears in the room as people came up to the microphone to give their blessings. Luke and Kaitlyn then read their vows to each other as many more happy tears continued to fall around the room.

As the reception continued later into the night, there was an abundance of laughter, hugs, and beautiful food to fill the room. Family and friends of the couple further regaled us with stories that ranged from sweet and tender to almost scathingly hilarious. With savory bites to fuel the night, people convened on the dance floor to celebrate and enjoy time with their loved ones. A magnificent party set on a magnificent city skyline—Luke and Kaitlyn’s wedding was so beautiful and fun! Congratulations to the happy couple!

Getting Ready Venue - One Hotel Brooklyn

Ceremony/Reception Venue - Celestine

Florals - Cosmos/Rachelle Rickert

Rebecca & Darryn - Central Park Elopement

When Rebecca reached out saying she dreamed of eloping in Central Park and walking down literary drive, I knew we’d absolutely have to capture her dream! Rebecca and Darryn shared a few intimate moments reading vows to each other, then sealed it with a kiss and huge hug :) After that we wandered around Central Park enjoying the views and taking lots of photos. Congrats to you both!

Michelle & Eduardo - Walpack Valley NJ Engagement

So happy to have come back to Walpack for a second time! Michelle & Eduardo were amazing and walked their way through the plants, even though a lot of them had thorns! Such troopers! We were treated with a gorgeous sunset though so it was all worth it. Congrats to you both!

Ilyse & Max - The Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst Wedding

Imbued with tradition, filled with fun, and overflowing with style—Max and Ilyse’s wedding festivities were a beautiful sight and we had a blast being part of their big day! The whole wedding party was a striking sight to behold in their black attire and Max and Ilyse looked so happy and carefree as they took photos with their favorite people. We made sure to feature Ilyse’s gorgeous bouquet as well because the wrapping on this bouquet contained a special touch—it was actually a piece of cloth taken from Ilyse’s mother’s own wedding veil!

We loved watching the Jewish wedding traditions come to life and seeing the joy on the guests’ faces as the reception continued into the late hours of the night. The spread of refreshments was immense, colorful, fun, and eclectic as it featured snacks served in cocktail glasses, sushi, ice cream sandwiches, fruit, Italian cuisine, and innumerable offerings from the artistry that was the main buffet.

In addition to the delicately crafted morsels of yummy food, the liveliness of the reception, and the overall grandeur of the event, there is no doubt that sometimes the smallest details are the most meaningful ones. One such detail was nestled on Ilyse’s earlobes all day; the earrings she wore were of particular importance because they originally belonged to her Grandmother Dolores and were also worn by Ilyse’s mother, Gail, on her own wedding day. We love seeing these treasures that are passed down through generations!

As the night drew to a close and the smiles mellowed from their six o’clock wattage to their sleepier (but equally ecstatic) nighttime energy, we were so grateful that we got to share Ilyse and Max’s special day with them. It was a wild night filled with dancing, push-up competitions, and many generations of love and heritage. Congratulations to Ilyse and Max!

Hair Stylist – Nancy | Makeup Artist – Nancy | Florist – Dalsimer, Spitz, & Peck | Wedding Rings (Mike) - Robert’s Jewelry | Getting Ready Venue - The Marriot of Long Island/The Sephardic Temple | Ceremony Venue - The Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst | Reception Venue - The Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst | Wedding Planner - Avi (of Genadeen Catering) | Officiant - Rabbi David Algaze | DJ/Entertainment Services - Hank Lane | Cake - World of Chantilly | Invitations - Minted.com | Bride’s Dress Place of Purchase - Kleinfelds Bridal Bride’s Dress Designer - Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dress Designer - RenzRags | Groom’s Attire - Blacktux.com | Groomsmen Attire - Blacktux.com

Manoucheka & Jay - Dumbo Engagement

Such a fun session with Manoucheka & Jay! We started the day on the Brooklyn Bridge in traditional outfits from their island homes! Then we wandered around Brooklyn Bridge Park a bit. They were such troopers, willing to take off their coats every chance they got for great photos even though it was freezing outside! Congrats to you both!

Sheena & Brian - Madison Square Park Engagement

Fun story about Sheena and Brian. Once a month, every month for a year, they would go to a different Michelin star restaurant. As both of them are huge foodies, it was a great way to connect and enjoy time together over a shared love of food. On their 12th restaurant, the last of the year, they went to Eleven Madison which they were both excited for. It got even better though, when Brian proposed to her that very night! When they asked us to do some of their engagement photos in front of Eleven Madison and in the local area, we were so happy they chose somewhere that held so much meaning for them. Can’t wait for their wedding this year!!

Abigail & Andrew - Forest Hills Gardens Engagement

Abby and Andrew chose Forest Gardens Hills because it was almost where they lived. They fell absolutely in love with the homes and the neighborhood, but ended moving nearby. We had such a fun time wandering around and enjoying the gorgeous views, congrats Abigail and Andrew!

Michael & Angela - Mountain Terrace California Wedding

We had the absolutely amazing opportunity to fly out to California for Michael and Angela's wedding! Playful energy fueled this beautiful wedding and the smiles only grew wider as the day went on. The morning was spent taking photos at a local wooded area near the Mountain Terrace venue. We even got to stop by and say "hi" to some horses! In addition to Angela’s beautiful dress and Michael’s dapper attire for the day, the bride was also wearing a special pair of earrings. For her wedding day, Angie chose to wear the earrings that were the first jewelry gift that Michael had given her! After taking some romantic shots of these lovebirds, we were all giggling as they started letting loose their inner children. It’s impossible to frown when swinging on swings and getting piggyback rides!

As the sunshine and clear skies persisted through the outdoor ceremony, we saw the day’s positive energy reflected in the faces of the guests. The gorgeous Redwoods were towering behind, providing a stunning backdrop. Family and friends could be seen making the most of the event by pushing each other on the swing and playing games like Giant Jenga and Connect Four. With the harpist’s tranquil melodies flowing in the event’s background, celebrations continued into an evening reception that was made bright by strings of lights hanging above the seating area. The playful atmosphere of the day even touched the bite-sized offerings for guests to munch—tiny burgers, spring roll bites, and small pastries. To top off the night, they lit a bonfire and offered everybody a taste of childhood (a.k.a. all the fixings for making freshly roasted, deliciously gooey smores)! Yum! There’s nothing like sitting around a fire and watching the sparks fly. We couldn’t be happier for these two! Check them out below:

Ceremony and Reception Venue - Mountain Terrace | Florist - Farmgirl Flowers | Wedding Rings - Brilliant Earth (Mike’s) / Blue Nile (Angie’s) | Wedding Planner and Coordinator - Brooke Bauer (works at Mountain Terrace) | Officiant - Angie’s Uncle (Joseph Peng) | DJ/Entertainment Services - Denon & Doyle Entertainment | Invitations - Natasha Bhushan (Angie’s friend) | Harpist - Liz Mier

Jessica & Caleb - Central Park Couples Session

We had such a blast with Jessica and Caleb for their wintery 10 year anniversary session! They came all the way from Texas to enjoy NYC for this special occasion. Jessica is also a wedding photographer and it’s always fun working with fellow photogs! She let me know they wanted a mix of more editorial style photos, with some fun candids. I said, say no more! We started the day around The Plaza Hotel where they were staying, and then made our way to Central Park. We wandered around, enjoying all the gorgeous sites and they even kept their coats off for most of the session! I mean, look at their crazy amazing outfits, how could they not? We wrapped up the day with some seriously delicious hot cocoa (and whipped cream of course!) then headed to the skating rink. Such a fun session, congrats on your anniversary Jessica and Caleb!

Elizabeth & Andrew - Tudor City Engagement

We love doing engagement sessions in our couples neighborhoods! We had such a great time wandering around this adorable little park in Tudor City and then headed up to their building’s rooftop for some epic views and a gorgeous sunset! :) Can’t wait for their wedding this year!