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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!

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Los Angeles Wedding - The Jeremy Hotel LA - Christopher and Jason

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“I’m everything I am because you loved me.”

Jason stopped dancing with his mother during their dance together, he looked her in the eyes, and he made sure she heard the lyrics to the song as it played. “I’m everything I am because you loved me,” he mouthed, to make sure she got the impact of her contribution to his life.

This wasn’t the only moment of true connection and expressed gratitude during Jason and Christopher’s wedding. In fact, there seemed to be a steady ebb and flow of deeply powerful and moving expressions of love and appreciation followed by moments where we could all laugh and catch our breath. Those beautiful moments just kept coming, and that speaks to Jason and Christopher and their community of friends and family.

Jason and Christopher, I was blown away by the wave of love, joy, gratitude, self-expression, and generosity that flowed throughout your wedding. I feel so lucky that I was able to be part of it and that I was welcomed as one of your tribe. Of course there were also moments of utter silliness, giddy excitement, and fierce photo shoot realness. That balance is what makes you two so special. I couldn’t be happier that the two of you are starting your life together as husbands.

Enjoy this sneak peek from your gorgeous wedding.

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Venue: The Jeremy West Hollywood Hotel

Planner: Jason Mitchell Kahn and Co

Suits: Generation Tux

Jason’s tie: Origin Ties

Jason’s shoes: Stacy Adams

Christopher’s shoes: Florsheim

Rings: Larson Jewelers

DJ: Aaron Elvis

Photo Booth: Jake Ross

Desserts: Donut Snob and Super Baked Goods

Furniture styling: Christine Fazzino

Upper West Side Engagement - NYC - Douglas and Jason

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Douglas and Jason are not running for office. But they ARE getting married!

Douglas and Jason, I’m so excited for your wedding in mere DAYS! It was so great finally meeting at your engagement shoot, and what I love most about you two is how playful you are. I’m obsessed with the fake running-for-office photos, and I love that you wanted to venture into the subway station for photos in a place you frequent daily. You’re so right: Love is in the everyday activities and places. That’s where it really lives, not just in the once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Enjoy these photos from your engagement shoot, and I’m so super thrilled about your wedding on Saturday!!

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NYC Engagement - Alex and Anthony

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Are these my wedding clients or my new best friends?

Alex and Anthony, I love that we share a love of ice cream (yummm!), dogs (sorry if I gave Ernie more attention than I gave you), our mothers (Mom always knows best), and of course love. Although you definitely have me beat on the fashion front! :P It was so wonderful meeting the three of you, and I don’t know how I’m going to wait until 2020 for your wedding!!

Enjoy these pics from your heavenly fall engagement shoot. :)

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Central Park Engagement - NYC - Caitlen and Matthew

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I’ve known Caitlen for many years, and she’s always been a light, a joy, a completely authentic energy that is inspiring to be around. I first met her when I was hired to go to Coastal Carolina University to take headshots for all the senior theater majors. My 45-minute shoot with Caitlen is still so memorable to me, as she was so sweet and bubbly yet grounded at the same time.

We did another round of headshots a few years after she moved to New York City, and we also hung out socially (although not enough!!). When she contacted me about taking her engagement photos, I was giddy at the prospect of shooting with her again, and I was also looking forward to meeting the guy that was lucky enough to be marrying this beautiful soul.

Matthew, I have to say that your sweetness and kindness make me so happy. Your love for Caitlen is so apparent and is so obviously grounded in respect and admiration. She has always been able to light up the camera, but your presence makes her shine even brighter.

Caitlen and Matthew, I’m so happy for you both! Our sunrise engagement shoot was everything I hoped it would be, and I’m so excited to share this sneak peek with you. Enjoy!! :D

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Planting Fields Arboretum Engagement - Jackie and Chris

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You would never know that it was 40 degrees and windy by looking at these photos. That’s because Jackie and Chris are rockstars. Even though her legs and arms were completely bare, Jackie’s spirit was warm and positive, and this session was such a blast!

Jackie and Chris, you two make my heart sing. I love that you support each others’ dreams and that you create joy and fun even in instances where it would be easy to be cold. You look like you walked out of a fairy tale, and I’m so excited to be part of your journey towards your happy ending. Enjoy this sneak peek from your engagement shoot! :D

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Carroll Gardens Engagement - Brooklyn NYC - Sarah and Jeff

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This engagement shoot was 8 years in the making…. even though Sarah and Jeff didn’t even know each other 8 years ago.

Sarah and I met in 2010 when we were hired to be flown to Salt Lake City to sing in a concert. The day before we left for the 5-day gig, I bought myself my very first professional quality camera. Needless to say, I took hundreds of pictures on the trip, and Sarah was one of my very first muses.

A few months later, when Sarah was looking for new headshots, she was one of my very first clients.

And when she and Jeff got engaged, I’m flattered that one of her first thoughts in planning the wedding was “David Perlman.”

It was so much fun to once again photograph Sarah during the engagement session! But what I loved most about this shoot was getting to know Jeff and getting to see how well he treats my friend. We all want our friends to end up with someone that we feel is deserving of them, and in this case it warms my heart to see that Sarah and Jeff share an easy-going zest for life and that they treat each other with love, admiration, and respect.

Sarah and Jeff, I’m beyond excited to be on this journey with the two of you. You are so much fun to be around, and I couldn’t be happier that you’re marrying each other and that I get to be along for the ride! Enjoy this sneak peek from your engagement shoot!

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