I am so excited to share this special styled wedding shoot! It started off with an idea–how can we bring elements of abstract expressionism into the style of a wedding day? This style embodies spontaneous creation and emotional intensity, which makes such a beautiful metaphor for love. Also, art is such an important part of the culture of New York City and I have been dying to find a way to tie artwork into a photo shoot.
With the help of Spectacular Affairs and the Top of the Garden, we pulled together a wonderful team of wedding professionals to create our shoot. Thank you so much to Merci New York for featuring our shoot!
Subtle touches carried through the design like flowers that resemble paintbrushes and earrings that fall like drips of paint. The custom painting in the paper products and table runner was specifically inspired by the art of Cy Twombly.
Thank you to the team who made the shoot such a success!
Over the summer I had the pleasure of working as a second photographer with the talented Sasha Felix to capture Mizuo and Jeff’s wedding day. As the second photographer, I started off the day with the groom at the Hilton Hotel in New York City’s fashion district.
Jeff and his sister shared a laugh well waiting for the car to take them to the wedding.
The wedding and reception took place at the gorgeous Desmond Tutu Center.
Mizuo and Jeff exchanged vows during an outdoor ceremony on a beautiful August day.
Just as the sun was setting everyone gathered for the cocktail hour.
Congratulations Mizuo and Jeff!
Thanks again to Sasha Felix. Sasha, I had so much fun working with you as your second shooter!
Mel and Aaron were married at City Hall on a very chilly day in New York City, eloping all the way from Australia!
The day began with a short and sweet ceremony.
After the nuptials, we took a tour of the city, stopping at many favorite spots including Grand Central Station, the red steps of Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and Trump Tower.
The evening ended with a champagne toast and dinner at a wonderful new Italian restaurant along Central Park West, Caffè Storico.
Congratulations Mel and Aaron!
Rings: Tiffany & Co.
Bracelet: Kate Spade
Natalia and Edward were married on a beautiful December day at the Hay-Adams in Washington, D.C.
Natalia’s accessories were ahead of the style curve. Emerald is the new color of the year. Gorgeous!
The Hay-Adams, Top of the Hay was such a beautiful location for the wedding. They had so many pretty Christmas decorations and an amazing view of the White House and Washington Monument.
Congratulations Natalia and Edward!
Photography by: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Special thank you to the team:
Ceremony and Receptions Venue: The Hay-Adams, Top of the Hay
Top of the Hay Catering: Rebecca Ventura
Wedding Coordinator: Engaging Affairs
Floral Design: The Ociana Group
Kristie and Clint had a beautiful wintery wedding in Arlington, Virginia. The day began with preparations at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.
This dress is STUNNING!
Clint got ready in a nearby room and then came over to meet Kristie for the first look before the ceremony.
Kristie shares, “There were so many moments that I will remember forever. Seeing Clint for the first time before the ceremony was probably my favorite. It was more emotional than I expected. We’ve been together for a long time, but seeing him for the first time the day of our wedding was so exciting.”
After the first look everyone gathered together to go to a special photo location in Old Town Alexandria: The Carlyle House Historic Park.
I had the great pleasure of photographing Kristie and Clint’s engagement portraits in April. We had a really fun styled shoot in Central Park. See the photos and read about the wonderful proposal story on their engagement session post.
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped to take some photos at the firehouse. Clint is in recruit school for the City of Alexandria Fire Department.
The ceremony area really captured the wintery theme, surrounded by gorgeous lit branches covered in snow.
“Every decoration was DIY,” Kristie shares. “My mom made all of our centerpieces and Clint and I made all of the save-the-dates, invites, place cards and programs. Needless to say, we were all covered with fake snow and glitter for the past few months as we finalized the details.”
After some beautiful and tearful vows, Kristie and Clint were married!
Now time to party!
Kristie continues, “Music is really important to Clint and me and we were excited to have three different styles of music at the wedding. Our friends, Jon and Chip, played Just Breathe by Pearl Jam (Clint’s favorite band) as I walked down the aisle. We loved having the Latin jazz trio during cocktails–they brought life to the party and we had fun dancing to them before the reception started. When Clint told me he booked The Moonlighters for the reception I was ecstatic! I love Motown and was so excited to have it be a part of our wedding.”
Kristie and Clint shared their first dance to the Beatles, In My Life, under dramatic chandeliers.
Dancing with Kristie was Clint’s favorite part of the day, “Kristie and I have always liked dancing together and for a long time people have commented on what a good couple we are from our dancing at other people’s weddings. It was nice to see that familiar smile on Kristie’s face when we danced at our own wedding. I also loved Mr. Murray’s toast. Kristie’s dad isn’t the sentimental type so hearing him say all of those kind and caring words about our relationship in front of so many people was a heartwarming experience.”
Aside from the first look and dancing together, Kristie also loved listening to her sister’s toast. She said, “It was unexpected and hilarious, but also heartfelt. My dress also turned out to be one of my favorite things about our wedding. It perfectly fit my personality and style and I loved its poofy pinkness! The size of the dress quickly became a running joke throughout the day.”
I’m trying something new: a blog slideshow! More photos, more love, more happy! Enjoy!
Congratulations Kristie & Clint!