Amazing things happen when a group of talented people come together to share a vision.
Throughout the year I get to work with wonderful couples to help them carryout the vision for their wedding day. But, with a styled shoot the vision is ours–the coordinator’s, the florist’s, the team’s. Rarely do I get to be a part of such a collaborative effort. It makes me super excited and so honored to work with some of NYC finest wedding pros.
Yesterday I photographed a styled wedding shoot at the gorgeous garden-restaurant, Acqua Santa, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Designer and planner, Jove Meyer Events, created a style that combined the Italian garden with a fun hipster Brooklyn vibe. The Wild Ivy brought in florals with bursts of color and unique dramatic pieces including an arch of blooms and an ombre petal aisle.
This is just a sneak peek, but I am so, so, SO excited to share more of the amazing work from the whole team including, stationery by Fourteen-Forty, wedding cake by Sugar Flower Cake Shop, cake cups by Alana Jones-Mann, cinematography by Valerie Barnes, hair styling by Once Upon A Bride, make-up by Sally Duvall, and fashions from Brooklyn Tailors, Hushed Commotion, Catbird, Chromatic Gallerie, and Comfy Clothing. Also, a big thanks to our models, real couple, Lilian and Kayden. You guys are awesome!
You may be wondering, What is a styled shoot? Styled wedding shoots have become very popular as a way for professionals to showcase their work, try new and interesting things that they want to share with their clients, update their portfolio, get press, and network. The team comes together with the plan to trade their services and products for photos and press. This is not a real wedding, but we hope it give couples inspiration. It is a lot of hard work, but it is very rewarding and a lot of fun. The last styled shoot I did had a whimsical retro theme. Check it out here!
I’m looking forward to sharing many more photos from this garden shoot soon!
I am so excited to announce that my photographs from Caitlin and Timothy’s wedding at Bluemont Vineyard have been published on a blog. Check out the full post at Wedding Chicks!
Check out my original post of wedding photography at Bluemont Vineyard here.
Jeremy and Nicole met on January 5th in 2012 on a cold dry winter evening in Washington, DC. He was sitting on a stool at Dickson Wine Bar, looking out a window waiting for a woman whose full name he did not yet know. They had “met” a week prior on match.com, exchanged a few messages, and then decided it would be a good idea to meet in person. Needless to say… the date went well!
Before the ceremony we had lots of time to go around to some favorite spots in the city for pictures. We began in Greenwich Village and then went to the High Line.
New York City is an awesome place to get married. You never know what you might stumble upon walking down the street in Chelsea–like graffiti that says “MARRY ME?”
The ceremony took place at the Prince Street Lofts.
The rooftop ceremony had gorgeous sweeping views of the city skyline with the Freedom Tower on one end and the Empire State Building on the other.
Pretty pink details popped up everywhere including pink lemonade with whimsical straws.
The lights of the city lit up the rooftop.
Congratulations Nicole and Jeremy!
For more photos check out the slideshow:
Photography by Jessica Schmitt
Slideshow song: Make you Feel My Love, Adele
Maria and Matt were married on a beautiful June day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Maria got ready in her hotel room overlooking the city skyline.
Everyone met on Mount Washington where the couple shared a first look and we took some portraits before the ceremony.
The view of the city was incredible!
Matt and Maria met at Penn State in their first year of graduate school. He was studying conducting and she was studying violin.
For their first date, Maria and Matt cooked traditional food from Louisiana and danced at a Latino party.
Maria’s father walked her down the aisle.
After the ceremony, everyone made their way to the ballroom where the newlyweds shared their first dance.
The cake candles were brought from Hong-Kong as part of an Asian tradition from Melissa Creedon, Matt’s Godmother.
At sunset, we slipped away to get a few more photos overlooking the skyline at Mount Washington.
Congratulations Maria and Matt!
For more photos, check out the slideshow:
Slideshow Song: Chasing Cars performed by Vitamin Quartet
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Station Square
Caterer and Cake: Sheraton
DJ: Mark Yester, North Pittsburgh Music
Florist: Linda Baldy
Bride’s dress: Made in Paraguay, Dressmaker: Gloria Gali
Invitations: Designed by Chelsea Sheppard, printed by AlphaGraphics
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