A photo I took at a wedding was featured in the New York Times!
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.
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!)
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.
Almost a year ago at this point, Hannah, Kirsten and I Skyped about their elopement in New York City, so it's been a long time of anticipation for this wedding. I was excited to finally meet these New Zealanders and get them married! They expressed concern at finding good places to eat as Hannah is a vegetarian. I assured them that New York City is an amazing place to have any sort of special diet, and that they would have no trouble finding suitable entrees. Since they were arriving a few days before their wedding to explore, I made a reservation for them them at my favorite vegetarian restaurant in New York City, Dirt Candy. On the day of their wedding we did a first look at their hotel on the roof, followed by tequila shots for the brides and their friends. Then we all headed to the Shakespeare Garden in Central Park for their wedding. Judie Guild officiated a sweet ceremony under the flowering magnolia tree, and these brides celebrated their newly married status with a kiss and a perfectly executed fist bump.
These two live in North Carolina, but are coming to the City they love to get married. We did their engagement photos in Chelsea, visiting and followed up with a visit to Studio 450 where they are having their wedding in a few months. I've never photographed engagement photos at a wedding venue before but it was awesome. Studio 450 is a big white space, and I loved having a few near-studio shots to show them in addition to my typical documentary style photos on the City Streets.
Since most of my clients elope in the morning Monday through Friday, they want to have lunch right after to celebrate and often turn to me for suggestions. One of the great joys of New York City in the spring is al fresco dining, so here I've rounded up my official picks for a romantic noontime meal outside to celebrate your newly married status.