A Traditional Korean Pyebaek Ceremony in NYC

Have you ever had the pleasure of watching a bride get a piggyback ride from her groom at a Korean wedding? Yep, you read that correctly. It was a new experience for me with Susie and Mike and I am so glad I had the opportunity to photograph this fun day of celebration. I did plenty of research before they said ‘naneunhanda’ (that’s ‘I do’ in Korean) and will share with you everything I discovered about photographing a traditional Korean pyebaek ceremony in NYC in today’s blog post.

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Wedding Photography Timeline Tips

Portrait of bride and groom with veil for an article on wedding photography timeline tips

‘How Long Should My Wedding Photos Take?’

This is the question I always get asked by couples taking a first stab at their wedding day schedule. While no one wants their photography to take all day, photographing certain groups of people does take a certain amount of time. And in general, the longer the amount of time allotted the better the photos. In today’s blog post I unravel the mysteries of what goes into planning the schedule for your big day with a few wedding photography timeline tips.

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A Terrace on the Park Wedding

Bride and groom in front of the Unisphere for article on a Terrace on the Park wedding

For those who don’t know, Terrace on the Park is the former heliport of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. And while I have lived in New York City for 16 years, I have never had the pleasure of stepping inside, much less photographing, a Terrace on the Park wedding. That is, not until Kathryn and Barry gave me the fantastic opportunity to peek inside this historical venue in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. In today’s blog, I reveal the mysteries of a Terrace on the Park wedding.

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Dayna & Tarrell’s Kew Gardens Wedding

Kew Gardens wedding photo

It was a perfect day on Thursday for a morning wedding in my home base of Kew Gardens, Queens. Surrounded by their dearest loved ones, Dayna and Tarrell took advantage of the beautiful weather to say their vows on the patio of Austin’s Ale House. Find out all the details!…

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How to Become a Wedding Officiant in NYC

The Foundry wedding photos for an article on how to become a wedding officiant in NYC by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

It’s the new trend that is sweeping the wedding industry: having a friend or family member preside over your ceremony and officially declare you married. How do you get ordained quick?  Today’s blog will tell you all you need to know about how to become a wedding officiant in NYC.

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Event Entertainment Ideas: What Works, What Doesn’t

Astoria wedding photos by NYC event photojournalist, Kelly Williams, for an article on event entertainment ideas

For most events that I photograph, there seems to always be a party within the party.  It’s not enough anymore to just feed your guests and have a DJ.  Now you have to entertain them as well.  As an outside observer to several events a year, here is my take on what works and what doesn’t for event entertainment ideas.

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Memories: Melanie & Jalani’s Flushing Meadows Park Wedding

A Flushing Meadows Park wedding, by NYC wedding photographer, Kelly Williams

So my maternity shoot with Melanie and Jalani is today, but I wanted to first introduce them to you with photos from their Flushing Meadows Park wedding in April of this year.  This couple are Queens natives, and proud of it!  Their ceremony was held in the shade of the World’s Fair Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and the reception followed at the Rainhas Churrascaria.  As a resident of Queens myself (team Kew Gardens!), I was proud to photograph these two.

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Real Life 90-Day Fiancé: A Housing Works Wedding

Bride and groom portrait at a Housing Works wedding by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

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.]

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Jace and Michael’s NYC City Hall Wedding Photos

NYC City Hall wedding photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I am so pleased to introduce you all to Jace and Michael — whose wedding I recently shot at NYC’s City Hall. This transgender couple met in 1997 while on a bus to school when Jace was Jennifer.  Michael chased Jace for ten years off and on before Jace finally gave in and said ‘yes.’  The proposal took place while sitting at the bar at Tia Pol Restaurant in NYC.  Jace convinced Michael that he didn’t have to wait to buy an engagement ring before asking him to be his spouse, and Michael proposed on the spot.  Jace said ‘yes,’ announced to the whole restaurant that they just got engaged, and then the couple split a delicious bottle of wine!

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