“Let me know if you and Cody want to do an engagement photo shoot! Like, for free. I’m trying to build up my portfolio for non-headshot stuff, AND plus it would be super fun!! :D”
That text to Alysha resulted in an audio text response where she said she wanted to pick my brain about maybe photographing their wedding. “I mean, obviously we would pay you… But like, also, FULLY say ‘I would rather just be a guest’ and I will be like ‘Absolutely. Understood.’ because, you know, first and foremost you’ll be a guest… I don’t know. Thoughts? Feelings?”
Thoughts: YES YES YES YES. Feelings: joy, excitement, happiness, glee.
Alysha and Cody's wedding, in the words of the bride herself, was “a magical celestial neon galactic dream.” The Monday night affair (that’s the night off for theatre people) had no less than three surprise drag queen performances, two dogs, and an unabashed amount of neon, moons, and stars. True to their hashtag, it was lit AF.
But underneath all the glitter, the evening was, simply, about the joining of two people whose relationship is authentic and inspiring.
Alysha and Cody, thank you for having me as your guest and for trusting me with the honor of photographing one of the most spectacular evenings I’ve ever been a part of. You are two people who are so charming, talented, and driven that you could get away with being not much else. But those things pale in comparison to your kindness, warmth, and generosity. So thrilled for you and Dizzy (the dog). Enjoy the sneak peek!
Venue: The Green Building
Wedding Planner: Jason Mitchell Kahn
Officiant: Jeff Blumenkrantz
Decor: The Color Condition
Neon: Name Glo
Dress: Hayley Paige
Shoes: Chiara Ferragni
Suit: Suit Supply
Hair: Billie Aken-Tyers
Makeup: Bryan Campbell-Leavitt
Alysha's Jewelry and Cody's ring: Catbird
Engagement ring: Phoenix Roze
Alysha's wedding ring: Sofia Zakia
Sign calligrapher : Michelle Eliza Beatty
Invitation: GoGoSnap Vintage
Dessert: Zac Young and Pineapple Express
Rentals: Broadway Rentals
Photo Booth: Dirty Sugar
Videography: Fine By Media
Drag Queen: Busted