Rob + Rachel / Wedding at Snug Harbor

It was a crisp and overcast autumn day when I pulled up to Rachel’s parent’s home in Staten Island. The party was already swinging as bridesmaids ran around with champagne, the family dog looked for back scratches and Rachel as calm and radiant as ever finishing up her make-up.

Rob and Rachel met freshman year of college back in 2005. It was a quintessential college love filled with dorms, frat parties and school spirit. Ten years later, as they dined in their favorite restaurant, Rob took Rachel by surprise and asked her to marry him. They decided to marry in Snug Harbor, a few minutes away from her parent’s home which held sentimental value to her family since they helped establish the gardens.

After an intimate first look and a long stroll around the Snug Harbor grounds, Rachel and Rob exchanged vows in the Tuscan-inspired garden of Snug Harbor. They were cheered off by friends and family who then made their way to the reception after a leisurely walk through the grounds. The newly-weds danced to “In my life” by the Beatles (which is honestly the best Beatles song ever). They and the bride’s brother surprised everyone with a special toast to Rachel’s late grandfather. As he began his toast, the band began to play the Addams Family theme song which was composed by him many years ago. Soon everyone was singing, snapping along and wiping tears.

Before the night was over, Rob and Rachel decided to do an intimate sparkler “exit” with only their bridal party. It was a lovely way to spend a few minutes alone before going back to the party which I was told later, was one for the books.

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Venue & Catering: Snug Harbor | Wedding Planner: Whimsy Weddings| Florist: Mimosa Floral Design Studio | Invitations & Paper Goods: Confetti Grey | Music: Times Square Orchestra | Cake: Palermo’s bakery | Videographer: Joel Kuhn Creative

Devin + Carly / Wedding at the Raleigh Hotel

Sometimes no matter how much we plan and pray, things just don’t go our way. It’s a sucky fact of life and a lesson the weather decided to teach on Devin and Carly’s wedding day. When they first began planning their wedding, they chose February 6th, the historically driest day in Miami, to better their chances of having their dream outdoor wedding go uninterrupted. As luck would have it, the rain had other plans.  Tents went up and we braced ourselves for a big storm while still keeping our hopeful fingers crossed.

Luckily everything went on perfectly. The rain took pause while Devin’s late dad’s best friend helped them exchanged vows under a Chuppah. The clear tent that gave us refuge during the reception rain looked absolutely magical reflecting all the string lights and as luck would have it, the storm held off until everyone was safely underneath it, ready to party.

Published in BRIDES 

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Venue & Catering: The Raleigh Hotel | Wedding Planner: JCG Events || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Reem Acra, purchased at Ever After Miami | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair & Makeup: Art of Hair by Claudia | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu | Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Olivia Landau at J. Birnbach Jewelry | Florist: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Invitations & Paper Goods: Sarah Hawkins Designs || Music: A Prime Event | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery & Café | Rentals: Tents ‘n’ Events; NOMAD Stretch Tents | Photo Booth: Shutterbarn | Videographer: Lexoria Wedding Films

Allan + Erica / wedding at the Loeb boathouse in Central Park

As obvious as it may seem by my profession, I’m a pretty big romantic. I love romantic comedies, I cry when I hear real life love stories and my heart always melts a little at every wedding I attend. When I started photographing weddings, it seemed like the perfect fit for my romantic soul and when Erica and Allan wanted me to document their central park wedding, well, that was the epitome of my romantic-comedy loving heart (27 dresses, anyone?!?)

As luck would have it, their wedding day was just as perfect as any movie staring Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson or J.Lo. It was timeless, classic and with hints of their fun-loving personalities. They came into the reception via gondola (Allan’s idea!), had a momofuku birthday cake surrounded by Dough donuts and at the end of the night, Erica and the band surprised Allan with a little Beyonce serenade. It was an honor to be a part of their magical day!

Published in Style Me Pretty

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Event Planning: Whimsy Weddings |Venue: The Central Park Boathouse | Floral Design: Cress Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament Church  | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Glamsquad | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Groom’s Attire: Black Lapel | Doughnuts: Dough Brooklyn | Cinematography: Mint Wedding Cinematography