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 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.
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.
Surely you have your winter 2014 issue of New York Magazine Weddings in hand, no? If not, then run out and get yourself a copy today for a listing of the best wedding vendors, from florists to photographers. While flipping through the pages, you might note page 88, which features the wedding of Aldrin and Mike. I was honored to shoot their wedding this year at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. [You can check out a link to the article here.] I’ll be blogging their photos shortly, but just as a sneak peek check out the fantastic dance moves of Aldrin and Mike along with a look at the photo booth I provided for the party.
To check out the issue online, check out http://nymag.com/weddings.
And just in case you’re interested, take a gander at my own listing in the photography section:
I am so pleased to present the announcement in the New York Times of Julianne and Matt’s wedding! I’ll be blogging photos from both their engagement and wedding a bit later, but in the meantime, enjoy the announcement which was headlined by a photo I shot during their engagement shoot in Central Park. If you are interested in having your own love story featured in the ‘Vows’ section, just write to the New York Times with information on how you met, how you got to the altar, and how you proposed — it’s that simple! The photo accompanying your entry should be a portrait of you two with your heads together (‘eyebrows on the same level,’ as the Times puts it), in horizontal format, and in color.
I am so pleased to bring with you the Library Hotel wedding of Tamara and Brian! As you can easily see from the photos, Tamara and Brian are a fun, fun couple whose wedding was filled with laughter and love. The Library Hotel in NYC proved to be the perfect venue for this intimate event. With fantastic views near Grand Central, the party took over the entire roof deck bar of the hotel.
Congrats to Robin and Chad, who were recently married at Battery Gardens Restaurant! This wedding was a long time coming: Robin and Chad were each other’s first true loves 17 years ago. They finally reunited the modern way — over Facebook. As Robin puts it, “the connection hadn’t changed.”
Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a good weekend. The weather here is abysmal, and so I thought I would spread some cheer by sharing the joyously colorful photos from the wedding of Rupa and Ian. They chose to have a traditional Indian wedding, complete with Hindu fire ceremony, to celebrate and honor Rupa’s cultural roots. The wedding took place at East Wind Inn out on Long Island. This is a family that loves to dance, and the mix of Indian and American house music was hopping. Enjoy the pics!
Heartfelt congratulations to Jennifer and Barry, who recently were married at St. Peter’s Church downtown. Their reception was held at a lovely private club and featured lots of family members who came over from Ireland to help the couple celebrate. Sláinte (‘cheers’ in Irish)!
The whole family came together to celebrate the recent wedding of Chris and Lisa at City Hall. The wait wasn’t too long, and the couple said their ‘I do’s’ surrounded by love. As the photos indicate, this is a fun couple who loves to laugh. Most importantly, they were ready to get on to the party, so we kept the photos afterwards to a minimum by going just to the little wedding garden and to the main City Hall building. Enjoy the pics.
If you would like to see more photos like these by City Hall wedding photographer, Kelly Williams, please visit her website.