Donna and Daniel came from Canada to Central Park for a beautiful intimate ceremony in Shakespeare Garden.
Donna and Daniel met working at the Department of Industry in Ontario, Canada.
Donna shares their story, “We were colleagues for more than two years before we started dating. In fact, we sat across from each other most of that time. We always had that sparkle in our eyes when we talked at work, but neither of us made any attempt to ask the other out during that time. One day we just started flirting with each other about taking a trip to New York City, because Daniel had been there before but I hadn’t, and we even talked about all of the places we would go and things we would do there while visiting. I thought he was joking, so I continued to play along. After a couple of weeks, he invited me for ice cream, and all of a sudden, I knew it was a real date. I remember getting ready for that date in my condo, and feeling like a teenager again, as I was so excited. We had a fantastic date, and afterwards, we both knew how much we really liked each other, and we pretty much became joined at the hip from that point on.”
She continues, “While visiting Maine one weekend, standing on the beach in Ogunquit under the stars, Daniel asked me to be his wife. We were very excited about getting married. Because it was so late, there was only one small pub open where we could celebrate, so we went inside and shared a toast to our future. The next day we started spreading the news with family and friends.
We wanted an intimate and personal ceremony where we could say personal vows to each other. We chose New York City to be married, because it was our first trip we took together as a couple, and it was very romantic. And we fell in love with Shakespeare Garden in Central Park right away.”
Congratulations Donna and Daniel!
Special thanks to the team!
Wedding Coordination: A Central Park Wedding
Wedding Officiant: Jim Covington, Nondenominational Weddings
Florist: Saks Flower
Wedding Dress and Jewelry: Baroness Bridal Salon, Ottawa, Ontario
Bride’s Wedding Ring: Vera Wang Love Collection
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography
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!
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!
For more photos check out the slideshow:
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
Dawn and Dan were married on a sunny day in April on Long Island. Preparations began at Dawn’s parent’s home with help from her sister and mother.
The bridesmaids looked so beautiful in lavender gowns.
The ceremony took place at Saint Agnes Cathedral.
Dawn shared with me, “We love St. Agnes Cathedral. It is incredibly beautiful, and Agnes is Dan’s mother’s name. We know she will be watching over us on our wedding day.”
The flower girl, Dan’s niece, Lily, has the sweetest smile!
The reception was held along the water at the Bayview House in Bay Shore, Long Island.
Dan proposeed on October 21, 2011. I had the pleasure of photographing Dawn and Dan’s engagement portraits at the Cloisters last fall.
They shared their first dance to Overwhelmed by Tim McMorris:
“From the first time I saw you
I knew that you’d be mine
And from the first glance you gave
My world it slowed, you stopped the time
And in that moment I could see all of the things that we would be
You were the girl I was waiting for, that I would ask to marry me“
Dawn’s father, Mike, grew up ballroom dancing with his sisters. He shared a beautiful father-daughter dance with Dawn to You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban.
And then the party got started!
Check out more photos in the wedding day slideshow.
Congratulations Dawn and Dan!
Special thanks to the team:
Church: St. Agnes Cathedral
Venue: The Bayview House at Captain Bill’s
Flowers: Flowers by Rosemarie
Dress: Bridal Reflections of Massapequa
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Hair Effex Salon
Ring Restoration: Gennaro Jewelers (Gennaro’s restored Dawn’s grandmother’s heirloom ring)
DJ: Big Hits Entertainment
Cake: The Chocolate Duck
Photography by Jessica Schmitt and Eric Swartz