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I am so excited to share that I have won the award for 2017 The Knot Best of Weddings!
This is an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by actual wedded couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot. For 2017, less than 2% of the wedding professionals in the entire country received this distinguished accolade.
I want to thank all the awesome couples I had the joy of photographing this year! I have the best job and every review means so much to me. I hope I can make all my couples feel like they have received the best service and have been given wonderful photographs they can cherish for always. I’m looking forward to 2017!
From views of the park through a towering hotel room window to an evening overlooking the Planetarium–this wedding is full of gorgeous moments. Jena and Rahul were married on a lovely summer day in New York City. The day began with bridal preparations at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle.
The ceremony took place in the beautiful church, St. Paul the Apostle.
Rahul shares, “We had a lot of fun planning this wedding. Jena was the coolest bride! I kept waiting for us to crack under the pressure of wedding planning, but it turned out to just be lots of laughter! We wanted it to be a fun party! I cant speak for the rest of our guests, but we certainly had fun.
We loved that St. Paul’s and the Mandarin hotel are on the same block as our apartment, a daily reminder of the most beautiful day in our lives (also helpful when we forgot things the day of).
Seeing Jena for the first time walking down the aisle was amazing and very emotional and is definitely a memory I will treasure forever.”
After the ceremony the wedding party set off for portraits in Central Park before heading into the Museum of Natural History.
Jena’s favorite moments include a wonderful surprise toast Rahul gave in Chinese during the reception and she also says, “I loved taking pictures in the dinosaur exhibit. A fact about me that probably only Rahul knows is that I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a child.”
Rahul shares, “We loved how beautiful the venue was, with the outdoor cocktail space and view of the Planetarium. But it was pointed out to us (thank you, Krit!) that the Powerhouse was the perfect venue for us to celebrate our wedding since we met working together financing power plants – so we sealed our union on the site of the power plant that used to power the Museum.”
Specialty cocktails with Mexcal, grapefruit juice and jalapeño were served during the lovely outdoor cocktail hour.
The reception was filled with gorgeous bunches of white and purple roses, peonies and unique geometric vases.
Jena shares, “It sounds cliche but it was definitely the best day of our lives. A perfect day – much love and laughter. We are so grateful to all our family and friends, many of whom traveled great distances, for joining us to celebrate our special day.”
Congratulations Jena and Rahul!
Check out their engagement session here.
Special thanks to the whole team:
Hotel Venue: Mandarin Oriental
Church: St. Paul the Apostle
Reception Venue: Powerhouse at American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Catering: CxRA – Catering by Restaurant Associates
Planner: ever swoon
Hair: Pinned & Proper
Makeup: Jennifer Margaret
Florist: L’Atelier Rouge
Cake: Slyvia Weinstock
Cocktail Music: Justin Vance, Flutist
DJ: Beat Train Productions
Photo Booth: We Love Photo Booths
Rentals: Taylor Creative
Lighting: Levy Lighting
Transportation: Luxor Limo Inc. and M&V Limo
Videographer: Love in Progress
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! This means chocolates, paper hearts and, of course, flowers! I pulled together some of my favorite wedding flower photos from last year. Enjoy!
Bouquet by Jonathan Gilland
Florist: Ariston Flowers
These white and lavender bouquets are made of the Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized gay marriage in the US. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
Paper Bouquets: With Love and Petals
Florist: L’Atelier Rouge
Florist: Petals and Roots
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
I met Hannah and Nat in Central park for their engagement session. It was a beautiful fall day!
You guys are so much fun! Hannah, when I look at this picture I can still hear you laughing.
Nat shares, “I met Hannah two summers ago through a blind date set up by a friend of a friend. This was a truly blind date, with neither of us having even looked at the other’s Facebook profile (we both have generic last names, and I didn’t even know what hers was at the time). Immediately after we started talking, I knew Hannah was special. Sure enough, what was planned to be just drinks turned into a four+ hour dinner – and neither of us have looked back since. We both soon felt as though we’d known each other far longer than we actually had, and it wasn’t long before I knew Hannah was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I’ve always felt completely comfortable around her, and she’s so warm and loving and has such a big heart that I well up now just thinking about it.”
Hannah remembers being very nervous for their first date, “Luckily, Nat didn’t seem to notice that my hands were shaking and that I almost spilled my beer. We had planned to meet for a drink at a bar by his office. One drink turned into dinner, which turned to dessert and the next thing I knew we had been talking for 5 hours. I had never felt so comfortable with anyone on first meeting them. It turned out that he was reading my favorite book, he made me laugh, was sweet, and the conversation was some of the easiest I’ve ever had. We talked about everything from our top names for dogs to my beloved banana costume. I could have talked to him all night. As I got on the subway I remember having a very odd feeling that I was going to marry him. A few months into dating, that feeling only intensified. Needless to say I was pretty pumped when I found out that Nat felt the same way.”
Nat continues, “By next February, I had bought the engagement ring and knew I wanted to propose not long after. Since I am terrible at keeping secrets, Hannah knew both that I’d bought the ring and that I’d soon be asking her dad for his blessing. Still, I wanted the proposal to come as a surprise in some way. The very day I’d gotten her dad’s blessing, I left work to get dinner with some friends. On the bus ride home, I thought to myself – Hmm, I’ve got the ring, I’ve got the blessing – why wait? I’ll propose the minute I get home. It’ll be a surprise for her because it’ll be one for me too! After making me do it over*, she said yes. I love her with all my heart, and I always will.
*Hannah was quick to point out that my initial proposal was “Will you make me the happiest guy in the world?” and so not technically one of marriage. I quickly rectified it.”
Happy engagement Hannah and Nat!
Melissa and Justin were married on a beautiful, windy day on Block Island, Rhode Island.
Melissa and Justin shared a first look at the lighthouse.
After we took photos at the Southeast Lighthouse, we drove over to the amazing Mohegan Bluffs. The bluff’s cliff’s are nearly 200 feet high and showcase stunning ocean views.
Melissa continues, “Early on in the planning process, I decided I wanted to knit the flowers for our wedding. Despite a lot of people thinking I was crazy, the idea quickly snowballed into incorporating yarn throughout all of our décor. Together with an army made up of my mom, sister, aunts and cousins, we made knit flower bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres, bow ties and over 1,300 yarn pompoms used in our centerpieces, ceremony aisle and backdrop. After all of the hours put in making everything, seeing it all come together on the day was amazing.”
Congratulations Melissa and Justin!
Venue and caterer: Spring House Hotel
Hotel Coordinator: Brittany Cardinal
Officiant: Mary Janigian (Melissa’s aunt)
Cake: Sugar Rush BI, Kate Musso
Cake topper: Deadcraft
DJ/Band: Silver Arrow Band
Invitations: Minted, Lace & Kraft design by Katherine Watson
Hair and Makeup: Beehive Hair Design, www.beehivehairdesign.com, Dorisa and Molly
Rings: Village Jewelers
Bride’s Dress Designer/Shop: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Jewelry: Earrings Macy’s, Necklace Jared
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Suits: The Black Tux
Knit Flowers, ties, and pom pom decor: Knit by Melissa, the bride
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography