Battery Gardens Wedding: Congratulations Lynn and Steve

July 17, 2012

Lynn and Steve were married on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Battery Park, on the very southern tip of Manhattan.

The day began with preparations in a nearby hotel and then everyone walked down to Battery Gardens.



One of my favorite things about shooting a wedding in New York City is that no matter where you turn you can find a wonderful place to take a photograph. Lynn, Steve and I walked throughout Battery Park, over to Broadway, and around Bowling Green.

We stopped at the beautiful fountain surrounded by red blossoms in Bowling Green. I was surprised to find out this gorgeous little tear-drop shaped space was built in 1733, making it the oldest public park in New York City. It is even surrounded by its original 18th-century fence. The historic charm created a perfect romantic spot for a kiss! 

The ceremony and reception were held at Battery Gardens, a fantastic venue that has wall-to-wall windows and a view of the Statue of Liberty.
I asked Lynn about planning her wedding and she shared with me, “We wanted to keep the wedding small and simple, and I think we succeeded. It was a true Do It Together wedding! My mom, aunt, cousin, Steve’s mom, grandma and sister helped me make all the paper flowers (over 1300 total), and we designed the invitations and programs ourselves. My mom sewed the “Yay!” signs; my aunt, Steve’s mom and I made all the cookies for the favors; and we had a DIY photo booth.”
Lynn, these paper flowers were AMAZING!

The ceremony carried over the DIY style, Lynn continues, “My aunt and uncle provided the instrumental music, and five of my favorite people sang. Our ceremony was incredibly personal and meaningful because our friend, Mike, officiated and did an amazing job. So many guests came up to me afterwards to exclaim about how great the ceremony was.

We included a ring warming as part of the ceremony, during which our rings were passed among all of our guests and they were asked to hold them and bless them or think happy thoughts for us and our marriage. I think that was my favorite part! Weddings go by so quickly (our ceremony and reception combined were only 3 hours and there wasn’t enough time to talk with our friends and family as much as I wanted, but I know they each had a few seconds with our rings, and every time I look at mine, I’m happy remembering the wonderful love that surrounded us! The insides of our rings are engraved with our fingerprints (his on my ring, mine on his ring), and I love the dual nature of having something so personal inside the ring, and having had the outside of the ring warmed by so many amazing friends and family.”
The cake incorporated Lynn and Steve’s love of calculus and science and further expressed the personal touches that were so evident throughout the day.
I had the pleasure of photographing Lynn and Steve’s engagement portraits at the Natural History Museum and Columbia University in April.
Congratulations Lynn and Steve!
Special thanks to all the vendors:
Ceremony and Reception Venue and Catering: Battery Gardens
Location Coordinator: Michele Cavallero, Battery Gardens,
Flowers: Handmade by the bride with her family and friends, arranged by Laura Acito, Silks That Look Fresh, Staten Island
Shoes: Toms
Suit Designer: Joseph Abboud
Steve’s Cufflinks: Kathy Lo Rocks (Etsy site here)
Rings: Fabuluster by Brent and Jess (Etsy site here)
Cake: Betty Bakery, Brooklyn -  The inspiration for the cake comes from this comic.
Cupcakes: Cake Chef’s Cookie Jar, Staten Island

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Pink Daisy Wedding: Congratulations Amanda & Lucas

June 30, 2012

Amanda and Lucas were married on a beautiful afternoon at the Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, Maryland. The decor was centered around these beautiful, bright pink gerber daisies.

The day began with a first look. I love Luc’s expression here as he sees Amanda for the first time.

During the ceremony the bride’s brother read from Henry David Thoreau’s essay, Paradise to be Regained:

Love is the wind, the tide, the waves, the sunshine. Its power is incalculable. It never
ceases, it never slackens; it can move the globe without a resting place; it can warm
without fire, it can feed without food: it can clothe without garments, it can shelter
without roof: it can make a paradise within which will dispense with a paradise without.
In love we impart, each to each, in subtlest immaterial form of thought or atmosphere,
the best of ourselves and mutually enrich each other. Love tends to purify and sublime
itself. It triumphs over the flesh, and the bond of its union is holiness.

The tables were designated by unique places that Amanda and Luc have traveled to together,  from Portugal to Chicago.

They shared their first dance to the song Another Like You by Sean Fournier.

Congratulations Amanda & Lucas!

Special thank you to all the vendors:
Ceremony and Reception Location: Rock Creek Mansion, Bethesda, Maryland
Location Coordinator: Julie Buckingham Carter
Wedding Dress: Dessy, Nordstrom Bridal
Hair: Rebecca, Bella Bethesda Salon
Violinist: Jonathan Goren
Caterer and Cake: Teatime Delicacies, Ruth MacBean
All Invitations and Paper Materials:
Bride’s Hair Flowers: FineNFleurie, Etsy

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Music & Photos Tuesday: The Lumineers

June 26, 2012

I’m starting something new. I love photography. I love music. It only makes sense to put the two together. For the summer, I am planning Tuesday Music & Photo posts to share some of my favorite songs paired with some of my favorite photographs.

Let’s get things started with my favorite song of the moment, The Lumineers, Ho Hey.

I’m excited to share and I hope you enjoy my new summer series!

Also, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Alex and Ryan!

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Wedding by the Chesapeake: Congratulations Marisa and Ben!

June 22, 2012

Marisa and Ben were married along the shore of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay at Camp Letts.

The morning began with preparations at the home of the bride’s parents. Here the ring bearer, the bride’s nephew, climbs down the staircase on his way to the ceremony.

I asked Ben and Marisa to share their favorite moments from the day. Ben said, “My top favorite moment was probably the first look. I had gotten so used to seeing Marisa so much that going so much time without her before the wedding was really weird. It was nice to see her for the first time, especially looking as good as she did. It wasn’t so much happiness that I felt seeing her, but more completeness, like something was gone, I found it, and it was right where it needed to be.”

Marisa also shared their story,  ”It was our very first day of high school and a good friend of ours introduced us. Sparks did not fly, there was no dramatic pause of passionate stares, just a “Hi, what’s up?” After getting to know each other we both became very good friends.

We started dating in our junior year of high school, then in November of our sophomore year of college we had our son, Nate. Things were very tough for awhile and there were times where we we didn’t know if we could make it, but by God’s grace, we made it.”

On June 18, 2011, Ben drove Marisa down to her neighborhood beach and proposed to the song The Luckiest by Ben Folds.

Marisa and Ben have an adorable son named Nate. Here he is the center of attention with his parents and grandparents.

Marisa had many favorite moments from the wedding day, but “My absolute favorite part of the wedding day was at the very end of the night when Ben and I were dancing with a lot of other couples to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and, unlike our first dance, this dance felt so comfortable, natural, and romantic.”

Ben’s brother, the best man, Greg Palmer, gave a really sweet toast, ”I always had suspicions that you’d be the one for Ben. That’s part of the reason why I’ve seen you as a part of the family long before today. And even though you’ve decided to move everything around in the house so I can’t find anything, I’m really glad to have you join this family.”

A photo booth was set up during the cocktail hour and reception for guests to take fun photos. The booth was a huge hit! Check out the slideshow including mustaches, sunglasses and a ducky tie!

Congratulations Marisa and Ben!

Special thanks to all the vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Location: Camp Letts in Mayo, Maryland

Location Coordinator: Trevor Dalton

Catering: Camp Letts Catering, Chef Betsy

Linens, Chairs, & Glassware: Absolute Party Rental

Officiant: Pastor Steve Myerhoff

Florist: Little House of Flowers in Gambrills, Maryland

Cake: Cakes by Rachael

Ceremony Musicians/DJs: Brian Clarke & Dan Ledger

Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse

Wedding Dress: Galina at David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: JC Penney’s

Earrings: Anna Bellagio, Necklace: Zales, Bride’s Shoes: Jacqueline Ferrar

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Put Your “I Do” Shoes On! Congratulations Olga and David!

June 19, 2012

Olga and David were married at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew. Before the ceremony the bridal party and family members gathered in historic Sandy Spring, Maryland, at the Woodlawn Manor.

The day began with a first look. David and Olga, you two have the sweetest expressions here!

This part of the day ended up being one of the couple’s favorites. Olga told me, “We both really enjoyed the first look photos and having that time with each other. It was a much more private moment than if we had chosen to first see each other at the ceremony.”

Olga and her sister, Maria, were adopted. Olga’s locket held a special tribute to her birth parents that passed away thirteen years ago. She explains, “I wanted to do something special just as a reminder that they were both still in my heart and made me who I am today and that, without their love, I would not have been standing at the altar on my wedding day.”

Olga and David were engaged on New Year’s Eve in Moscow.

Olga shared the story with me, “I grew up in Russia until I was 12 years old and then was adopted and brought to America. David knew that my dream was to always come back to Russia with him so that he could meet my family and see where I grew up. We arrived in Moscow on New Year’s Eve 2010. David knew that I really loved The Cathedral of Christ the Savior and planned to propose there that evening. After a long walk in the cold, icy weather to the church we carefully made our way inside to come upon a candlelight service. It was beautiful, warm, and romantic.

As we came upon a corridor, David turned to me with a big grin on his face. He said he had a question to ask me, got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. I said yes. I told him to get up off the floor and he kissed me. We walked outside the church to celebrate the moment with midnight fireworks on the bridge over the Moscow River.”

After the portraits, everyone made their way to the church for the ceremony.

At the end of the day, all the guests lined the path in front of the church for a bubble send-off.

Congratulations Olga and David!

Special thanks to the vendors:
Pre-ceremony location: Woodlawn Manor
Church: Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, Silver Spring, Maryland
Caterer: Bella Napoli Restaurant
Wedding Cake: Classic Bakery, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Florist: My Creative Floral
DJ: Andy Gotsch, DJ Sparks
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses: Natalie, Allure Wedding, Celebration Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: Isola
Hair and Make-up: Belle Soeur Bridal
Tux and Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding and Engagement Rings: Zales

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