What I'm thankful for, Thanksgiving 2015
Seeking a casual, fun wedding, Robyn and Kåre opted to have their wedding ceremony and reception at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House in Queens, right on the Brooklyn border.
A gay couple living in Park Slope has engagement photos taken by Brooklyn-based wedding photographer Amber Marlow.
Amber Marlow, a wedding and elopement photographer in New York City, talks about taking ordinary wedding day moments and, by gently directing them, elevating the photos of them into heirloom status while maintaining the authenticity she is known for.
Artists Lena and Paul had a Housing Works Bookstore wedding in SoHo earlier this year, a venue that was absolutely perfect for them. They got married the day after the United States got marriage equality, which meant everyone was just sort of floating and really excited! You can see their engagement photos here, if you'd like.
The rain changed our portrait plans a tiny bit, as well as our first look plans, but we made it through beautifully, especially with my friend Viva Max planning the day and doing a great job of keeping everyone on schedule.
Planner: Viva Max / Hair and Makeup: L. Bates Jaffe / Henna: Kenzi Henna / Florist: Eunice Valerio/ Videographer: Motoko Fukuyama / Baker: Madison Lee / DJ: Sean Marquand of 74 Events / Caterering: The Works Catering
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Robyn Lee is a food blogger at The Girl Who Ate Everything. These are her engagement photos, photographed in the Lower East Side by Amber Marlow.
Denise and David eloped in Manhattan, in an intimate wedding ceremony officiated by Judie Guild.
This New York couple had an increasingly popular style of wedding that is a cross between a traditional intimate wedding and an elopement. It's a... wed-opement! Further breaking with tradition: they got married on a Monday, and started at 7:30 in the morning, creating a radical party time frame for them and their guests while most of the City was sitting behind their desks
Last month I photographed a beautiful classic Manhattan wedding at Studio 450. Between the planner, Ariel Perryman of Hold Your Hand Events, and the Riviera caterers from Brooklyn who were impressively awesome, I felt like I was part of a great team. Of course, Robyn and Terrence are amazing - plus their families can DANCE! - and I'm so grateful to have been a part of their day.
We started getting ready with the girls at an Air BnB a few blocks away from the venue. This idea is so brilliant. You have to work a little harder to find just the right space to get ready in, but when you find one, it saves you a ton of money over a hotel room, plus it lets you live like a local while you're visiting a new city.
The details at their event were thoughtful: the groom wore a memorial boutonniere with a photo of him and his late mother on it, and his sister wore a daisy pin on her bridesmaid dress in memory of her, too. His hilarious Vans shoes featured his favorite character: Snoopy!
After being pronounced husband and wife everyone danced the night away, and the newlyweds cut into a delicious cake by Baked (I will gleefully take credit for this suggestion - their not-too-sweet frosting is soooo good.)
I got this sweet email from them after they got their photos:
Thank you so much our family and friends had a blast and it really shows in your photos! You did an amazing job of capturing us and our family at our happiest and we thank you so much for that!
You are welcome, Robyn and Terrence. Congratulations!
p.s. If you'd like to see, here are their engagement photos.
Alina and Brian are an amazing couple. Throughout their entire wedding process, from our first meeting to the end of the night at their wedding when they squashed me up in a HUGE hug, I felt truly honored to be photographing their wedding.
When I started photographing weddings I had a lot to figure out, but one thing I knew for certain was that a hallmark of my business would be that it was "inclusive to a degree beyond lip service". Never would a couple find my website, flip through it and wonder "is she alright with us being gay, trans*, queer?" Inclusiveness has been woven into the fabric of everything I do since day one.
I got the "safe shot" during the family photos: three sisters in a row, clutching bouquets, two bridesmaids flanking their oldest sister in in her wedding gown. Gorgeous. Perfect. "Let's do one without the bouquets," I said. The flowers were passed over to others, and the sisters looked at me expectantly. "Now just... hold each other." I instructed.
Lina and David came to New York and eloped on their own at City Hall in Manhattan, then joined me in DUMBO for some post-elopement photos. I noticed that Lina had a tiny blue temporary tattoo on her ankle. She was gifted it from a friend back home in Germany, and it served as her "something blue", which I thought was such a sweet idea. You can do something similar with a Tattly temporary tattoo. They even have a wedding collection.
When you're getting ready for your wedding, you need a few things:
1. Your bestest friends in the whole world.
To that last end, here is a playlist crafted by yours truly, of the best songs to listen to while you are getting ready. I titled it Putting On Your Wedding Dress, and like the way it came out; I think even Rob Gordon would approve!
Molly and Kevin (you can see their Christmas tree engagement photos over here) got married at City Hall in the morning with a few close friends and family. After, everyone family went to lunch while Molly, Kevin and I headed uptown for wedding photos at the American Museum of Natural History. It was where they had their first date and first kiss, and I love that they posed next to the dinosaur skeletons in their wedding clothes! That evening they hosted a cocktail reception at Home Studios, Inc. on Broadway in Manhattan. The many, many cakes were provided by Magnolia Bakery, and I love the LOVE mylar balloons (you can find similar ones at the newly opened Oh Happy Day party shop!)
Krrb (pronounced ‘curb’) is an online classifieds website. It's fun, and feels more secure than Craigslist when you're selling your goods because everyone has a sellers profile already. The founders created it out of their "love of garage sales, flea markets, street fairs and any place someone can rummage, dream and discover local treasures" and they started a blog "to celebrate the world wide web of collectors, scavengers, hunters and gatherers that make up our collective universe."
When we took Lena and Paul's engagement photos at the New York Historical Society after it had closed down for the day, it felt like good, sneaky fun, ala Claudia Kincaid in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. We had permission, of course - Paul works there and arranged it in advance - but I still had that giddy feeling of getting away with something! He is a museum guide that works with children, and she is a teacher that also illustrates children's books. I love that their hearts are in service to art and kids, and this made me so excited to take them on as clients! Plus, thesetwo are so in love that it is an absolute joy to watch them interact.
I met Carissa in 2001 when Jen - my closest friend from high school, who second-shoots with me occasionally - went to college where they were roommates. Carissa is pretty awesome, which is why I found myself piled in a car with Jen, Jen's four month old daughter, and Jen's sister headed to Rochester to go to her baby shower, which ended up being her baby shower / shot gun wedding. I do not drive to Rochester for just anyone.