He Said Yes - NYC Proposal and Central Park Engagement - Luke and Ben

“Hi David it's Luke, today is the day!!!!”

Yes, indeed. The day had finally arrived, and as Luke and I texted about our plans, I could sense the adrenaline, the excitement, the nerves.

Luke and Ben, visiting New York City from their home in the United Kingdom, planned to stop into the Nintendo store since Ben is a huge gamer and has wanted to visit the flagship store for years. Luke knows that he could have proposed anywhere, but he wanted to do it somewhere that would mean a lot to Ben… and somewhere he might not see it coming!

Luke and Ben, I am SO thrilled for the two of you! Your joy and your love is absolutely contagious! I don’t think you came down once during the few hours we spent together. I’m honored that I was able to share this incredible moment with the two of you, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek from your proposal and engagement session! Congratulations!!!

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The Roundhouse Wedding - Beacon, NY - Douglas and Jason

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I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of
And I wish you joy and happiness
But above all this I wish you love
And I will always love you

These words, spoken during a speech at Douglas and Jason’s wedding, were met with both laughter and happy tears. Now, it’s normal for a wedding to contain both laughter and tears, but usually they are alternating, not concurrent. Douglas and Jason, and apparently their friends and family, have the magical ability to be deeply vulnerable and authentic while also being ironic and witty at exactly the same time.

Douglas and Jason, following you around on your wedding day was like getting to be part of one of the funniest and most emotionally satisfying movies that I wish everyone could see. Somehow you don’t take yourselves too seriously, finding the ability to make a joke (that lands) pretty much at any moment, while at the same time, you are completely present to the miracle that you actually found each other and are creating this life together as husbands.

I’m so happy to know you two, and I wish you nothing but joy, happiness, and love.

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Venue and Caterer: The Roundhouse

Planner: Jason Mitchell Kahn and Co.

Florist: Heart and Soil Flowers

DJ: Nate at Terrace DJ

Officiant: Daniel Kane

Lighting: LNJ Tech

Tuxes: Paul Smith

Bow Ties: Brackish

Socks: Happy Socks

Ice Cream Bar: The Beacon Creamery

Stationer: Minted

Minton's Playhouse Wedding - Harlem NYC - Rose and Terrence

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“I never want this feeling to end.”

I was fourteen years old, and I was hanging out with Rose and Deena in Manhattan (they were real city girls), and we had just ordered in some food and were singing show tunes. We were camp friends (shout out to French Woods!), but we had graduated to also becoming real friends and hanging out even outside of camp. I remember being with them and feeling so free, so accepted, so full of warmth, and I vividly remember thinking “I never want this feeling to end.”

A few months ago, Rose reached out to me as she was putting together her wedding. We hadn’t spoken in over 15 years, but all those feelings came flooding back, and it was like no time had passed at all. It was incredible to catch up, and it was profoundly moving to realize that I would get to be part of her wedding celebration, despite having lost touch over the years. “And Deena will be there!” she said.

Rose and Terrence (and baby bump!), there were so many very special parts of your wedding day. The most obvious was that I was able to reunite with two favorite childhood friends. The most satisfying part, however, was seeing the connection between you two. Terrence, you were instantly warm and inviting (and with a killer sense of humor), and although it’s not surprising, it makes me so happy to see that Rose has found herself a husband that is worthy of her. Rose, I’m so glad we were able to pick up right where we left off, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for you and your growing family. Congratulations to the two of you!

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Ceremony Venue: Minton’s Playhouse

Reception venue / Caterer: Cecil Steakhouse

Florist: Franz James Floral Boutique

Band: King Solomon Hicks

Officiant: Sarah Charlop-Powers

Rose’s dress: Séraphine luxe Collection

Terrence’s suit: Jack Victor

Guest book: Paper Lux Stationery

Cake: Lloyd's Carrot Cake

Williamsburg Engagement Photos - Brooklyn NYC - Lisa and Peter

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They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. What about rain at your engagement shoot?

Lisa and Peter, I loved trouncing around Williamsburg with the two of you looking for overhangs, walking with umbrellas, and eventually just giving in and getting all wet. I think it’s safe to say that rain at your engagement shoot is totally good luck, or in our case, at least it’s a great time!

Enjoy this sneak peek from our shoot, and I’m so excited for the wedding in March!!

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City Hall Wedding - NYC - Carolyn and Blake

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There’s something so beautiful about an intimate wedding. Carolyn and Blake had two: their ceremony at City Hall and an intimate dinner a few weeks later. And just for good measure, we took photos in Washington Square Park with their adorable pup Teddy!

Carolyn and Blake, I’m so thrilled for the two of you. Something that really stood out to me was how in sync you are with each other. I’m honored to have been able to capture these beautiful moments with you, and I’m so excited to share this sneak peek of photos. Enjoy!

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Ceremony: NYC City Hall

Dinner: Bobo

Central Park Engagement - NYC - Caroline and Michael

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I’ve known Caroline for eight years, and my husband has known her for even longer. She’s one of the most loving and generous and super-fun people, and it made me so happy to finally meet her fiance Michael at their engagement shoot! (They live in Virginia now or I certainly would have met him sooner.)

I love that Caroline and Michael met at a wedding where she was the maid of honor and he was a groomsman… and they were paired together during all of the photos! It’s so wonderful that the next time they walk down the aisle, it will be at their own wedding.

Caroline and Michael, enjoy these photos from your Central Park engagement shoot! I am so thrilled for you, and I love you.

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Hair and makeup: Who Does Your Makeup by Pamela Bob

Caroline’s dress: Rent the Runway

Leonard's Palazzo Wedding - Long Island - Sarah and Matthew

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Every once in a while, a couple comes along and absolutely steals a bit of my heart. Sarah and Matt are one of those couples.

Sarah and Matt, it makes total sense to me that you hit it off immediately on your first date and have been connected ever since. The way you two work together and understand each other blows me away. While your wedding was momentous, stunning, and had all the grandiosity of a once-in-a-lifetime event, it also didn’t seem like an ending or a beginning. It felt like another part of your journey together. Another step closer in the bond that began at your first date.

You know I am smitten with you two, and we’re now friends for life. :P I am beyond excited to share with you this sneak peek from your wedding day. Enjoy!

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Venue: Leonard’s Palazzo

Sarah’s dress and veil: Wedding Atelier - Martina Liana

Sarah’s shoes: Michael Kors

Matthew and groommen’s tuxes: Vera Wang

Matthew’s tie and pocket square: Hermes

Matthew’s shoes: Allen Edmonds

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo

Hair and makeup: Beautini

Flowers: Dalsimer Spitz & Peck Florist

Band: Silver Arrow Band

Invitations: Celebration Bliss

Kippas: Zion Lion

Videography: L.J. Morelli

Getting-ready venue: Marriott Long Island

Cake: Dortoni Bakery

Cake topper: Etsy

She Said Yes - NYC Proposal by candlelight - Katie and Nathan

Nathan and Katie had gone to see The Nutcracker for their 5 year Anniversary. He then took her to dinner and afterwards brought her to Le Cheile to meet up with some friends for piano karaoke. When she walked into a side room, she saw a path of candles that led to a table with a record player and a note.

The note instructed Katie to put the needle on the record so their song would start playing. She then began to read the letter of Nathan’s proposal, and as she read, Nathan started reciting it behind her.

Katie and Nathan, I’m so honored I got to be in the room for this incredible moment, and I’m so happy for you both!!! Congratulations!