T Studio Wedding - Astoria Queens, NYC - Kelly and Johannes

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“This is her favorite song,” Kelly said. Although the little girl was fast asleep at the wedding reception, Kelly gently scooped her up, headed to the dance floor, and proceeded to rock the little girl through the entire song, ensuring that she stayed fast asleep in her arms.

This is who Kelly is. Where most would have seen a losing situation (either wake the girl or have her miss dancing to her favorite song), Kelly saw a way to give this girl the best of both worlds.

Johannes and Kelly met at a jazz club while Johannes was visiting New York City from Germany. The two hit it off but didn’t think it could actually become anything, given the distance. However, they found themselves Skyping every night and visiting each other every few months for 5 years until Johannes moved to New York to be with Kelly.

You see, they both realized there wasn’t another Kelly or Johannes that was more conveniently located. This was the one. The only one.

Kelly and Johannes, I couldn’t be happier for you two. Kelly, you are the epitome of grace, kindness, and compassion, and you make everyone feel as though they are the most special person. Johannes, you are equally kind and so thoughtful and loving; your presence puts others at ease The two of you deserve each other, and that is a high compliment for both of you!

I’m so honored to have been trusted to capture your beautiful wedding day, and I’m thrilled to share these photos with you. Congratulations!

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Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Church, Astoria

Reception Venue: T Studio Event Space

Caterer: Vite Vinosteria

Kelly’s dress: BHLDN Cassia Gown

Kelly’s shoes: Banana Republic

Kelly's and bridal party’s earrings: Etsy - Pink Carnation Design

Johannes’ suit: Hugo Boss

Johannes’ shoes: Bugatti

Hair and Makeup: E.Z. Wright Hair/Makeup

Florist: International Garden, Inc.

Decor: DIY

NYC Church Wedding - Brooklyn - Lily and Kevin

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“I don’t have a dress yet,” Lily told me over the phone. It was a week before the wedding.

The thing is, there was no panic in her voice, no worry, no trouble at all. Instead, there was a playfulness and a sense of ease and joy. Because the dress isn’t what mattered to Lily and Kevin on their wedding day. The truth is, they could have worn paper bags down the aisle, and their generous, caring, loving, beautiful souls would have radiated throughout the church and would have still made everyone weep with joy. (Sidenote: everyone looked impeccable.)

Lily and Kevin, your wedding was so clearly about love and family. Personally, I love that you walked each other down the aisle. It was so moving that your fathers officiated the ceremony as your children stood on the altar with you. The love and support around you was so clearly a reflection of the people that you are.

Congratulations to you both and to your family! Enjoy this sneak peek from your wedding day.

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Ceremony and Luncheon: Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Dinner Reception: Alma

1 Hotel / Bison and Bourbon Wedding - DUMBO Brooklyn - Shira and Jason

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How can two people be so chill and calm and also be the life of the party?

Shira and Jason, your wedding was magical in so many ways. You achieved your goal of having an epically celebratory dance party (I personally could not stay off the dance floor), and it was elevated because at the center of it was a union that is so clearly right.

While the big dance party was so perfect for you, so was the intimate ceremony where your parents stood under the chuppah with you as you became husband and wife. Your love is so effortless and so constant, and I could not be happier for you both. Mazal tov!

Enjoy this sneak peek of photos from your wedding day!

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Wedding planner: Life by Laura

Officiant: Rabbi Aryeh Spero

Venue/Caterer: Bison & Bourbon

Shira’s dress: Dessy

Shira’s shoes: Stuart Wetizman

Shira’s jewelry: Kenneth Jay Lane

Jason’s suit: Enzo Custom

Jason’s shoes: Johnston & Murphy

Rings: E C Jewelers

Hair and Makeup: beGlammed

Band/DJ: Jay McElfresh Events

Florist: Manhattan Garden

Stationer: Paper Culture

Magnets: Magnetic Memories

Martha Clara Vineyards Wedding - Long Island - Megan and Schuyler

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“No crying. It’s a happy day,” Megan reminded her parents while they were all getting ready in her childhood home.

While yes, it was a very happy day, even Megan broke her own rule before she made it out of the house. In fact, the happy tears flowed throughout the ceremony right on into the reception. Megan and Schuyler had a crowd of beautiful souls who couldn’t contain their joy and had to let it out through tears. But Megan, hopefully this next observation will make you feel a little better:

For all the happy tears, there was about 50 times more laughter.  The energy of this wedding was off the charts, and it was contagiously joyful.

Megan and Schuyler, your wedding was magical.  The two of you set a tone that allowed everyone to sit back, chill out, and just have the time of their lives.  It was a wedding where everyone was truly happy to be there and so totally in love with your love.  And I know your marriage will contain that same magic.  Thank you for inviting me to celebrate with you and your amazing families and friends.  I truly felt like a guest (who was allowed to be obsessively taking photos), and I was laughing along with everyone.  And I'll admit I even found myself shedding a few happy tears.  And it wasn't because that ice cream cake is one of the best things I've ever tasted... it's because the two of you are just so dreamy together.

So excited about your full gallery of photos!!  In the meantime, enjoy this peek into your wedding day.  :)

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Ceremony venue: Saint Isidore Roman Catholic Church

Reception venue: Martha Clara Vineyards

Wedding planner: Spectacular Events by Erin

Caterer: Irish Coffee Pub

Megan's dress: Allure Bridals

Megan's shoes: Badgley Mischka

Schuyler's suit: Brooks Brothers

Hair: Prism Wellness Salon

Makeup: Deidra O'Brien

Band: Silver Arrow Band

Florist for bouquets: Wildflower Floral Events

Centerpieces: Hither Brook Floral

Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting

Videography: Blake Hemmel

Cake: Magic Fountain Homemade Ice Cream

Stationer: Minted

Surprise Wedding! - Allegria Hotel in Long Island - Stacie and Brian

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One by one, their jaws dropped.

Stacie and Brian’s family and friends thought they were attending an engagement brunch. After a small cocktail hour, which the engaged couple attended in regular brunch-wear, the unsuspecting guests were led to a room where they thought they’d be enjoying a nice brunch. What they saw instead, an obvious ceremony room where Brian stood wearing a suit, caused shock, joy, excitement, and happiness.

Stacie and Brian, when I met you both a few years ago, I honestly thought you were already married. Your relationship had such ease, and you were so clearly each others’ rocks. The way you support each other is inspiring! Clearly you love to laugh together, and to say your surprise wedding was a joyful success is an understatement.  I was honored to be trusted with the secret and to be invited to capture this incredible day.

Enjoy the sneak peek of photos, complete with an epic post-ceremony portrait session on the beach!

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Venue: The Allegria Hotel

Stacie's dress: David's Bridal

Hair: Be Inspired Hair Salon

Makeup: the bride with eye makeup by Be Inspired Hair Salon

Cake: La Guli Pastry Shop

The Loft by Brideview Wedding - Long Island - Sarah and Michael

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The Loft By Brideview Wedding Long Island

This was the big moment. Sarah and Michael had gotten ready separately and were about to see each other for the first time on their wedding day. They were about to do… their second look.

Huh? Don’t I mean a first look? The thing is, Sarah and Michael did their first look a few months prior to the wedding. They knew they wanted some wedding photos with the sunset, with some landmarks around town, and of course with their dog Winnie!! They knew it would be logistically stressful to add all of that into the wedding day, so instead of a traditional engagement session, we used that time to get some wonderful wedding portraits. Sarah made it sound so simple when she said that Michael is her forever, he can see her in the dress before the wedding day.

The reason I bring this up is because it actually says so much about Sarah and Michael. They are a couple who, when faced with a seemingly impossible scenario, thinks outside the box. They had a list of certain things that were important to them, including pics with Winnie AND a stress-free wedding day, and they were able to be creative while keeping the experience fun and easy for everyone. And that’s, I think, the heart of it. Not only did they want the wedding to be stress-free for themselves, they wanted that for all of their friends and family.

Sarah and Michael, I have no doubt that this is something you apply to every area of your lives. It’s so clear to me that you’re a couple who is able to have so much richness with each other, while also being so generous to those around you. I love that you work as a team, with a seemingly effortless sense of fun and ease. I’m so honored that I was able to celebrate and photograph your wedding!

Enjoy this sneak peek!

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Venue: The Loft by Bridgeview

Decor: the bride

Florist: Laskas Florist

Sarah's dress: Sottero and Midgley Bexley Dress from Bridal Reflections

Sarah’s shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Michael’s suit: Ted Baker

Michael’s shoes: Florsheim

Michael’s tie: The Tie Bar

Michael's watch: Swatch

Michael's ring and Sarah's engagement ring: Gershon Jewelers

Sarah's wedding band: Fine Jewelry

Michael's second ring: Staghead Designs

Hair: Veronica Bang and Tricia Ferraro

Makeup: Becky Rothmaler

Bridesmaids dresses: Rent the Runway

Band/DJ: Ricky Roche

Cupcakes: The Sweet Peace

Stationer: Minted

Marine Park and Skazka Restaurant Wedding - NYC - Sophia and Mike

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“Oh my goodness, it’s 6:55!”

I was shocked when I looked at my cell phone and saw the time as I was supposed to have stopped shooting Sophia and Mike’s wedding at 6 pm. I accidentally stayed for almost a full extra hour! But it makes sense. I lost track of time because I, along with the rest of the guests at the wedding, felt so fully present to the magic of the day.

These two seem to be a match made in heaven, and they’ve attracted such an amazing group into their lives. Their reception was full of impromptu speeches and performances. There were outbursts of joyful dancing and off-the-cuff singing. There wasn’t a typical schedule, but instead it was a room full of people celebrating in their own, unique, self-expressed ways! (Not to mention an abundance of incredible food) And I simply got swept up in it and forgot about the time.

Sophia and Mike, it’s no wonder that you two have surrounded yourself with such a beautifully joyful crowd. You are both clearly so present to the love around you, and that makes it uplifting to be in your presence. The way you look at each other, which such love in your eyes, absolutely melts my heart. I am so happy for you both!

Enjoy this sneak peek of photos from your wedding day!

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Ceremony: Marine Park

Reception Venue: Skazka Restaurant

Officiant: Tommie Wehrle

Flowers: Flowerland Decor

Hair and Makeup: Tatiana Li Mua

Cake: Rimini Pastry Shoppe

Musician/MC: Guitaro 5000

Sophia's shoes: Exe

Mike's suit: Joseph Abboud

Mike's shoes: Sarreti

Rings: Zales

NYC City Hall Wedding - Reed and Balmeet

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“So how did you two meet?”

Normally it’s a question I ask months or even years before a wedding. In this case, I was getting to know Reed and Balmeet during their portrait session in Fort Tryon Park, after I had already had the honor of photographing their abundantly joyful ceremony that morning at City Hall.

You see, at 10:30 pm the night before, I got a text from their best man, who was frantically looking to find a photographer after theirs bailed at the last minute. Just my luck to stumble into a wedding day filled with so many laughs and two kind and beautiful grooms.

Reed and Balmeet, if you two handle a wedding day with this much grace, kindness, and good humor, I can only imagine the ease and fun that you bring to everything you do. You were somehow so laid back while also being so vibrant, present, and full of life. I'm so happy for you, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of photos!

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