Have you watched the fantastically-entertaining TLC show, ’90-Day Fiancé’? Well, I recently shot a wedding that is the real-life story of one such romance. Meet Joanna and Ruben, who started their tale of romance across the pond in Oxford, UK where they were both attending grad school. What started with a chance meeting at a wine tasting grew into a true international love story when Ruben returned home to the States. Joanna eventually moved to NYC to be with Ruben, and with a 90-day deadline before her visa expired, Joanna and Ruben tied the knot. [You can read all about their tale in the pages of the London Times here.]
It is my pleasure to report that several of my weddings have made the news lately. Click on the links below to get inspirations for your wedding.
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…as the song goes. In celebration of the season, I wanted to share with you a summer engagement shoot with two locations: the Hudson Hotel and Central Park.
Rani and Will are a delightful couple who have shared many good cocktails at the Hudson Hotel. As such, they wanted to include the hotel and its many fond memories in their engagement shoot. Shooting in any private location is nine times out of ten a problem. The venue will either charge a (usually hefty) rental fee, or not allow any photography at all. In this case, we decided to play it sly and get in a few shots while no other patrons were in the bar. [Many thanks to the bartender who turned a blind eye to us!] Be prepared that you are going to face these restrictions if you have any such locations in mind for your engagement shoot. We lucked out this time, but normally this is not the case.
We moved on to Central Park where we ventured from the Bethesda Fountain and Bow Bridge up to Umpire Hill. As you can tell from the photos, Rani and Will chose a weekday where there weren’t as many tourists in the background. I can’t emphasize enough that for optimum photos at a location that is popular tourists, you need to shoot in the off hours. Even so, still come prepared with plenty of patience. Good photos take time, but they are well worth it.
Enjoy the Central Park and Hudson Hotel engagement pics!
To book a room at the Hudson Hotel, please visit the hotel website.
To view more photos by Hudson Hotel engagement photographer Kelly Williams, please visit my website.
Happy summer to you all! I’m sure most of you, like myself, will be attending a lot of weddings this season (of course, I’ll be behind the camera). As such, I thought I might share with you a particularly lovely summer wedding that was held at the Round Hill House in Washingtonville, NY. Emily and Mike were blessed with beautiful weather for their big day. The ceremony was held outside with cocktails on the front veranda. To keep guests cool and comfortable, the wedding program was printed on fans which were handed to each guests.
I am so pleased to announce that the lovely wedding of Danielle and Rich has just been published on Wedding Wire! Check out their wedding at the Brooklyn Winery here. As everyone knows, Wedding Wire is a great one-stop-shop for all sorts of things, people, and advice for your Big Day.
Please allow me to introduce you to Kirsten and João, who recently celebrated their engagement with a photo shoot on the High Line. These two met a few years ago across the dance floor at BAM Cafe in Brooklyn. João, a native of Brazil, and Kirsten, originally from Illinois, are huge fans of Brazilian and African dance. Their skills on the dance floor are evident in this photo shoot as they show the world how they make beautiful music together. Enjoy the pics!
I am so happy to introduce you to Michelle and Michael, whose lovely Alger House wedding I recently shot in NYC. Like most of us, this couple met the modern way…online. And after a blossoming romance, Michelle said OK to cupid this past New Year’s Eve when Michael popped the question to Michelle on the roof of their apartment building.
Every detail of this intimate wedding was designed and coordinated by Michelle. Michelle focused on including unique details that reflected her and Michael’s elegant, artistic tastes. From the vintage-inspired, engraved wedding cake silverware, to the personalized coloring books, no detail went overlooked.
Furthermore, Michelle incorporated two fun DIY projects into her wedding: the first was to create personalized pens with her wedding colors using moldable clay. These pens were given to guests to use with their ‘mad libs.’ The second project was to create thank you packets of homemade cookies for guests to enjoy as they left the wedding. Michelle simply bought craft bags and ribbon separately at a craft store, then attached the ribbon to the bag using a hole puncher. She used thank you tags and a customized monogram stamp to finish the bags, which she found on Etsy. The packets included such tasty flavors as chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and dark chocolate peanut butter cup. Guests adored the homemade touch.
Here are the details on the wedding:
Ceremony and reception venue: The Alger House, NYC (www.ManhattanPenthouse.com)
List of Vendors:
- Dress – Kleinfeld Bridal (www.KleinfeldBridal.com)
- Bridal accessories (hair sash, bracelet and earrings) – Etsy, Lavender by Jurgita (www.etsy.com/shop/LavenderByJurgita)
- Shoes – Ballasox ‘Prince’ Ballet Flat (www.barefoottess.com)
- Make up – Dwayne, Gotham Beauty Lounge (www.GothamBeautyLounge.com)
- Florist – Gabrielle Aronas, G! Designs (www.GabrielleAronas.com)
- Guest Book ‘Tree’ – Etsy, Peachwik (www.etsy.com/shop/peachwik)
- Broom – Etsy, Winter Finds (www.etsy.com/shop/WinterFinds – this shop sells random vintage items)
- Bouquet charm – Etsy, Susabella (www.etsy.com/shop/Susabellas)
- Catering – Green Mansions Catering (www.ManhattanPenthouse.com)
- Cake – Momofuku Milk Bar (apple pie flavor!) (www.MilkBarStore.com)
- Engraved silverware for cake cutting – Etsy, Angelorian Tradition (www.etsy.com/shop/AngelorianTradition)
- Personalized cake topper – Etsy, Enamor Weddings (www.etsy.com/shop/enamorweddings)
- Napkins – Etsy, Indie Napkins LLC (www.etsy.com/shop/IndieNapkinsLLC)
- Personalized guest ‘mad libs’ – Etsy, Lindsay Lee Designs (www.etsy.com/shop/lindsayleedesign)
- Personalized pens – DIY craft project using moldable clay
- Personalized coloring books for children – Etsy, Sugar Pie Studios (www.etsy.com/shop/SugarPieStudio)
- Crayon packet for children –
- Cookie bags – Michelle purchased the craft bags separately. She used a hole punch and ribbon bought separately at a craft store.
- Thank you tags for cookie bags – Etsy, Nice Package Design (www.etsy.com/shop/nicepackagedesign)
- Custom monogram stamp – Etsy, Studio G Designs (www.etsy.com/shop/studioGdesigns) (Michelle used this monogram stamp in a few places throughout the wedding)
- DJ – DJ Center (www.PushTheFader.com)
To view more recent photos, such as that of Michelle and Michael’s Alger House wedding, please visit my website.
I am so happy to introduce you all to Rich and Danielle, whose wedding I recently shot at the Brooklyn Winery. This couple met while working at JetBlue Airlines. And though they met rather un-romantically at work, Rich more than made up for it by popping the question to Danielle on a very romantic trip to the Amalfi coast in Italy.
Calling all Brooklyn brides-to-be: I invite you to check out the recent Ici Restaurant wedding of Sarah and Jomy in Fort Greene! It was a small wedding with 80 guests and no bridal party, but the room could not have been filled with more love and laughter. The bride’s lovely dress was by Wedding Atelier, and her shoes (of course!) were Jimmy Choos. Florist Rachel Gordon provided the foliage throughout the space which accented the architectural details of the restaurant. And speaking of the restaurant, for future brides, check out Ici’s great patio lit with string lights.
And in case you were wondering, this modern couple met online (OK Cupid, no less), and Jomy’s proposal — which took Sarah completely off guard — came over a night of freshly made pizza at home. What a tasty surprise!
Ceremony and reception venue: Ici Restaurant
Catering: Ici Restaurant
Dress: Wedding Atelier
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair: Leslie Hutchens
Florist: Rachel Gordon, Taproot
To view other examples of my work, such as these Ici Restaurant wedding photos, please visit my website.
I had the sincere pleasure of photographing the wedding of Aldrin and Mike earlier this year at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. Their day was magical, and both of them said their vows surrounded by family and friends. Kudos need to be said to the groom and ‘best lady,’ Yuen, whose creative DIY skills were entirely responsible for the hand-stamped invitations, menu cards, and programs. Aldrin and Yuen also designed the guest book, which was a balloon of best wishes to the couple. Some highlights of the day include the full pig roast which was a nod to Aldrin’s Philippine heritage, as well as the fantastic introduction dance presented by both grooms. A few other details worth noting: the ceremony included both a unity candle and wine box ceremony, and the wine box ceremony included the couple melting wax to seal the box until they open it for their anniversary. And it goes without saying that this crazy crowd really knew how to use the photo booth!