Erin and Joseph were married on a spring day in May at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
The day began at the Aloft Hotel where Erin’s family and friends helped her get ready.
Erin’s Vera Wang wedding dress was STUNNING!
Two special commemorations were made in honor of Erin’s grandmothers. The necklace Erin wore was a gift to her grandmother on her mother’s side from her cousin Russell. She also carried a blue handkerchief with her that was made by her grandmother on her father’s side.
Rain covered the gardens in the morning, but ended just in time for the guests to close their umbrellas and enjoy the ceremony.
Erin walked down a stone aisle at the Brooklyn Botanic Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.
The celebration continued with a brunch at Park Slope’s Watty & Meg’s.
Union Square is a very special place for the couple. Erin shares, “Our first real date ended after an evening in Manhattan. We walked the city and talked until midnight when we ended up in Union Square. For some reason we both felt the urge to dance with each other, even though there was no music around us at all.
As we were dancing, our foreheads together, he told me he was falling in love with me and I told him I felt the exact same way. So, naturally, almost two years later he proposed in the exact same spot with his grandmother’s engagement ring.
Since we knew we wouldn’t be having a traditional wedding with dancing, I still wanted to have a first dance. I’m a professional dancer and it felt wrong to not dance at all! And, of course, what better place to dance than in the place where we first danced together two years ago. I sang The Shins Simple Song into his ear, although I couldn’t get much past the first verse and chorus and just let the sounds around me take over.”
Congratulations Erin and Joe!
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Sophie and Michael are an incredible couple who work together as photographers and business owners of Michael Kormos Photography. They reached out to me with the specific idea of taking the wedding photos they had always wished to capture.
Sophie shares, “It’s never too late to capture your wedding portraits. It’s been five years since our wedding. Our wedding photographer cancelled on the morning of our big day. His wife thought she was having contractions (two months early!), which turned out to be a false alarm, but the damage was done…. The best images we have from our wedding were captured by family and friends, mostly on their phones or point-and-shoot cameras. As much as we love and appreciate these images, we never had a chance to capture the beautiful works of art that we’d dreamed of displaying in our home.
Sophie wanted the majority of her photos taken against a white brick wall. This is different from what I normally do with many different locations and backgrounds.
But sometimes all you need is a happy couple in love and a really great wall.
Happy anniversary to Sophie and Michael!
Happy 4-month birthday, Josie!
This is my new favorite photo of my sweet little French bulldog puppy. She looks like a little alien of cuteness.
Josie has earned some new nicknames: smush, mushy face, pipsqueak, munchkin, little girl, baby girl, sweetie pie, cutie pie, snuggle bunny, psycho, weirdo, gremlin, crazy dog, chewy, chewbacca, pooper, poop monster, annnnnnd… love bug.
Last week I had a wedding and a few engagement sessions in Maryland so Eric and I brought Josie along to experience a yard for the first time at my parents’ house. Josie was ready to check it out right away.
She LOVED running through the yard with Eric and chasing my parents’ beagle, Jenny.
Our NYC vet told us we need to keep her inside until she has all of her shots because being out in the city she will be susceptible to disease. He also told us if she is in a suburban area with dogs we know that she will be ok. We were so excited to finally let her outside! She learned how to go up steps, became very fond of eating dandelions and has grown a fear of airplanes flying overhead that will make her hide under patio furniture.
Next week she gets her last shot and we can finally take her to Central Park and walk her through our neighborhood on the Upper West Side.
She just got a brand new collar so she can be ready to go out to the park next week.
At first she hated it and had “collar depression.” But she is getting used to wearing it.
She gets bigger and cuter every day since we brought her home in March.
Happy 4 months Josie!
Olga and David are coming up on their one-year wedding anniversary in June and decided to celebrate by going to the beach as a family. Before their trip, we took a mini-trip to a dog beach to celebrate the new addition to their family, a puppy named Misha.
We met at the Down’s Park Dog Beach in Pasadena, Maryland.
Misha loves his big sister, Maggie, and is always following her wherever she goes.
Olga continues, “Misha loves to play tug, chase his tail, pounce, and is eager to learn having already mastered a few simple commands. His name means “bear” in Russian. We chose this name for him because I had another dog named Misha who had passed away and I miss him dearly.”
Congratulations to Olga and David on your new puppy and upcoming anniversary!
Katie and Tom were married on a beautiful spring day at the Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The cherry blossoms and magnolia trees were in bloom and looked gorgeous in the historic setting.
Katie’s mom helped her get ready in Woodend’s bridal suite.
The pin on the bride’s bouquet was her something borrowed from her great grandfather.
Tom waited patiently for Katie to share their first look before the wedding ceremony.
Katie tells me she had so many favorite moments from the day. “I loved our personal vows and the advice from our parents during the ceremony. We really wanted the ceremony to be intimate and personal and I think we achieved that. I also can’t stop smiling every time I think of the cute ring bearer posing for pictures. Cheeeeeeese. I also loved having my best girlfriends in the bridal suite before the ceremony. We did not have a big bridal party but having my best friends from high school, college and law school with me was awesome. It let me relax and take a few deep breaths and enjoy the day.”
Tom’s sister performed the ceremony.
Katie and Tom decided on their location for a few reasons, “We chose Woodend because we originally wanted a backyard wedding but it proved too impractical. We thought this was close and it was important to us that our money was going to the Audubon Society rather than a country club. We were so lucky with the weather – it was such a perfect day.”
They shared their first dance to Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding.
Congratulations Katie and Tom!
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Thank you to the team:
Venue: Woodend Sanctuary
Officiant: Lauren Koelbl, sister of the groom
Caterer: Marco Polo Caterers, Pizzeria Moto
DJ/Band: Out of Town Blues Band
Florist: Jennifer Lodato
Invitations: DIY bride and her mother
Hair and Makeup: Bella Bethesda Salon
Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller
Alterations: Designs by Nicole, Olney, MD
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony Music: Hasse String Quartet
Photography: Jessica Schmitt