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Green Building Wedding : Alyssa & Brett

Brooklyn, NY - February 13, 2020

A late summer Green Building wedding in Brooklyn, NY.


On the most quintessentially perfect street corner in Brooklyn, Alyssa & Brett were married in the distressed brick walled space of the Green Building featuring a ceremony and cocktail hour with friends & family in the open air courtyard. Just steps away lie a number of great backdrops which made their portrait session a piece of cake.


Photos: Brian Hatton
Bride’s Dress: Alexandra Grecco, Lovely Bride
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s Attire: Alfredo
Event Planning: Fromsouptonutz – Madeline Santiago
Caterer: The Raging Skillet
Florist: Rosewood Floral Co
Hair: Glam Squad
Makeup: Tanairi Pagan
Stationery: Minted
DJ: Jose + Gill DJ Entertainers
Rings: Sarah O. Jewelry & Jewelry Unlimited




Old Field Club Wedding : Jess & Vin

East Setauket, NY - February 4, 2020

Jess & Vin’s East Setauket, NY, Old Field Club wedding was such a great example of how to take the typical construct of a wedding and make it entirely your own.  Getting ready at the Stony Brookside B&B, you really could get the sense of this being a reunion of friends, family and the marriage of two who are totally in sync.  With a ceremony that began with a guided meditation for all guests in attendance, you immediately knew this was going to be a unique wedding.


Photos: Brian Hatton
Venue: Old Field Club
Getting Ready Location: Stony Brookside
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Bride’s Shoes: Loeffler Randall
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
Groom’s Shoes: Tallia
DJ: Miles Francis
Stationery: Ryan LaMere & Jess Griscti
Cake: Butter & Scotch Brooklyn



Yale Club Wedding Review : Private Club

New York, NY - January 26, 2020

A Yale Club Wedding Review


Whether you’re a graduate or not, The Yale Club is an enticing location for a wedding thanks to its prominent, centralized location in Manhattan, classic old world ambiance, rooftop lounge for cocktails, and all in one amenities.  When I visit The Yale Club to photograph a wedding, I encounter a professional staff that manages the evening such that brides and grooms can enjoy themselves worry-free.  If you’re looking for an airy, open feeling venue that is formal and civilized (it carries the name “Yale” after all) yet not stuffy or pretentious, The Yale Club may be the perfect fit.


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Getting ready: Brides have access to a refurbished, on-site suite for their preparations leading up to the ceremony.  The suite is tastefully appointed and provides a good amount of room for a bride and small to moderate sized bridal party.  Although the room isn’t necessarily bathing in light mid afternoon, it is soft and directional and makes for very flattering bridal portraits.



Spaces for photography: The rooftop is an ideal spot for a first look and portraits of the bride and groom.  With skyscrapers towering all around you, you really feel immersed in the city.  Inside, the library, reading room, staircases, and ballroom provide the backdrops in the event of weather that limits venturing outside.  The predominant color scheme of the club includes a lot of white with soft blue accents.  It’s formal without being stuffy.



Proximity to photo locations: Staring right at the Yale Club is Grand Central Terminal.  Being directly across the street, it’s an obvious choice for photos of the bride, groom and bridal party.  Those who aren’t shy can even opt for a first look in the middle of the station which makes for quite a moment.  Many couples travel the short distance to Central Park to add some natural elements and color to their day.



Ceremony: Ceremonies onsite take place in the main ballroom which is subsequently flipped for the reception.  With the tall ceilings and open feel of the room, large flower arrangements tend to look best to fill it out.



Cocktail hour: After being in the ballroom with its ornately carved ceiling for ceremony, elevators await guests to whisk them to a more modern modern roofop space which offers indoor, covered outdoor and open deck areas.  Multiple bars serve guests quickly and there is rarely a queue for a beverage.


Reception: The Yale Club is a well oiled machine where service is simply something you dont have to think about.  Consistent, well prepared entrees  are dropped to tables efficiently with no appreciable lag to delay any toasts that might occur during this time.  Use of seasonal ingredients like roasted winter squash elevate the typical steak or fish selection.  Coordination between vendors is always prompt with event management giving band/photo/video members a heads up before something important is about to happen.