Thursday, May 23, 2013
Nora and Andy's wedding was the stuff this photographer's dreams are made of: that color palette, that beautiful lace dress, a perfectly overcast beach, cute kids at every turn, a good solid dance party. A lovely bride and a groom who was grinning so hard during the ceremony I thought his cheeks might explode. Nothing--not a little drizzle, not the post-Superstorm Sandy construction on this cute Jersey shore town--could take away from the loveliness of this day. Thanks for including me, Nora and Andy! Congratulations!
Flowers and wedding coordination by Alexandra Townsend. Wedding Venue: The Belmar Fishing Club. Cake & Desserts from Good Enough to Eat. Photo of groom getting ready & overhead ceremony shot by my second shooter, Oliver Snure.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Shawn and I met in High School, though we didn’t really become close friends until after graduation. We talked daily from our respective freshman year dorm rooms via AOL instant messenger, and would meet up when we were home each break, at the same booth at Pizzeria Uno (in our defense, we were broke and their deep dish is amazing). A few years later, he met Krista, and I remember the night he told me about her. He told me about how much they had in common, how amazing their first date was, and their weird, shared love of Yoohoo. It was about two weeks into their relationship, and he was in love. Lucky for me, as soon as I met Krista I loved her too. A couple of months ago, Shawn told me he was going to propose and asked if I’d photograph it. He scouted locations and emailed me diagrams with arrows plastered all over them indicating where we’d all be standing, before ultimately deciding on the beautiful rooftop of his parents’ building. On the day of the proposal, I found myself more nervous than I’ve ever been for any professional gig. A few minutes before Shawn and Krista arrived on the roof, I set myself up on a deck chair pretending to read with the hood pulled up on my baggy sweatshirt (the best we could come up with for a disguise). The next few minutes were a blur: Shawn got down on his knee, Krista burst into tears, I grabbed a camera. Presumably somewhere in here, she also said yes. Shawn had done a good job throwing her off course- the poor girl was shocked. She asked if her family knew and right on cue, they all burst onto the roof too. More tears: hers, theirs, mine. As the sun started to set, we headed out to Park Avenue, where the two of them got into a cab to get to their reservation at Eleven Madison Park and I got into a cab to try and come down from my shaky adrenaline high and contemplate a future career as a spy. Congratulations, Shawn and Krista. Love you both!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Ellen and Richard's wedding was unlike any other I've photographed. They chose a gorgeous giant cherry blossom tree in Central Park for their rain-or-shine ceremony, and in the weeks leading up to the wedding, I pictured their sun-dappled photos. On the day of the wedding, the skies threatened big storms. The thunder started about four minutes before the ceremony did, and as Ellen began walking toward Richard, everyone's phones buzzed with flash flood warnings. (We didn't need AccuWeather to tell us that, though- we were ankle deep in water). Ellen and RIchard's loud, joyful I do's rang out over the (loud!) torrential rain. After the ceremony, guests were bussed over to the Upper East Side's cozy Joneswood Foundry to eat, drink and be merry. Thanks to Alexandra Townsend for not only her wedding coordination skills, but for holding an umbrella over my head and stopping my camera bag from floating away. And most importantly, congratulations and thanks to Ellen and Richard, one of the nicest couples I've worked with. Enjoy your lifetime of wedding day rain luck!