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Rainey Park Engagement - Astoria Queens NYC - Jessy and Dart

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Jessy and Dart, it was so wonderful to finally meet you in person! It’s clear that your love runs so deep, and I cannot wait to celebrate your wedding day with you… next month! Enjoy this sneak peek from your engagement session. :)

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T Studio Wedding - Astoria Queens, NYC - Alison and Kris

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Alison and Kris, I knew we would hit it off from your initial inquiry email when you mentioned ugly crying.

The truth is, what I love most about weddings (and there’s *a lot* I love about weddings) is when unfiltered emotion and humanity come to the forefront. Alison and Kris, I love that you were both so present and that you allowed yourselves to fully feel and experience the incredible joys of your wedding day. I’ve totally fallen for you, and I’m so happy that I was able to celebrate with you and capture your stunning day!

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Venue: T Studio Event Space

Officiant: Linda Rasins

Caterer: Krisp Events

Alison’s dress: Catherine Deane

Alison’s shoes: Imagine by Vince Camuto

Alison’s jewelry: family heirlooms, vintage, BHLDN

Kris’ pants: Theory

Kris’ Barong Tagalog: custom

Kris’ shoes: Novacas

Alison’s ring: custom by Fred Aviso (groom’s godfather)

Kris’ ring: WoodAround

Alison’s hair: Linda Velasco (sister)

DJ: 74 Events

Florist: Sunnyside Florist NY

Cake: Ovenly

Stationer: Minted

Theatrical Flushing Town Hall Wedding - Queens, NYC - Kellie and Marshall

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“I’ve had enough of this mockery!”

It was the first time I had ever been to a wedding where somebody openly and loudly objected to what was taking place. There was a rush of adrenaline and shock when Brandon voiced his concern about Kellie and Marshall becoming husband and wife.

OK, it’s not as bad as what you’re thinking. Brandon’s interruption of Kellie and Marshall’s first dance was part of an elaborate show that was written and directed by the groom himself. Marshall is an award-winning director, writer, and composer, so it’s only fitting that their first dance had dialogue, plot twists, fight sequences, and of course some choreography as well. Not coincidentally, Kellie is a beautifully trained actor, singer, and dancer. The first dance was only one of the many theatrical highlights of the evening.

While the first dance was certainly electric, the most moving moment of the day was actually not for public consumption. Kellie and Marshall chose to read their vows to each other off microphone while some powerful music filled the ceremony space. Nobody could hear what Kellie and Marshall were saying to each other, but we could all see their emotion, and it was a beautifully intimate moment that moved many (myself included) to tears.

Kellie and Marshall, your wedding was so inventive, beautiful, and authentic to who you are. You both contribute so much to this world just by using your voices to create. And beyond all the artistic genius, you two are kind, generous, gracious humans. That’s the part that is most moving and makes me so happy about your wedding. I’m honored that you trusted me to capture your wedding day, and I couldn’t be happier for you two!!! Congratulations!!

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Venue: Flushing Town Hall

Officiant: Scott Hedgecock

Caterer: Tortilleria Nixtamal and Bareburger

Planner / Stage Manager: Courteney Leggett

Kellie’s dress: Sottero and Midgley - Zelinda

Kellie’s shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson

Kellie’s jewelry: family heirlooms

Kellie’s hairpiece: Avigail Adam

Marshall’s suit: Topman

Marshall’s accessories: drama face pins made by Kellie and Kellie’s Mom

Rings: Mr. Diamond USA

Kellie’s hair and makeup: Kat Nejat

Makeup for bridesmaids and moms: Jillian Jarrett

Hair for bridesmaids and moms: Kristy Cavanaugh

Sound: Jared Loftin

Florist: NYC Flower Mart, assembled by Kellie and Marshall’s moms and Kelsey Medlin

Decor: DIY from Etsy and Amazon

Lighting: Jake Degroot and Jen Schriever

Set: Caite Hevner

Videography: Bryan Berrios

Cake: Bake with Bo

Stationer: Minted

Bartenders and staff: Platter Matters Catering & Staffing LLC

Getting ready venue: Hyatt Place Flushing

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

Gantry Plaza State Park Engagement - Chelsy and Will

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Chelsy and Will make my heart sing. One of my favorite parts of the session came as we were just getting started, when Will admitted that he doesn't love having his picture taken. This was great because it gave me the opportunity to set a context for our engagement session -- it wasn't about taking photos, it was about Chelsy and Will taking some time to be with each other, to breathe and relax together in the very park where he proposed to her a few months ago. I also loved Will's confession because it revealed something huge about him -- that he is willing to do what it takes to make Chelsy happy.

I have to say, it took Will about five minutes to come around, and if he wasn't enjoying himself, he was really great at faking it. :P

Chelsy and Will, thank you for inviting me to spend the afternoon with you during this exciting time in your lives! You wear your generous spirits and warm, giving attitudes on your sleeve. It makes absolute sense that you both spend your days in service to others, working at hospitals to improve the quality of people's lives. It also makes sense, and makes me warm and giddy, that you've committed your lives to each other. I am so happy for you and for your upcoming wedding!