Veronica and Louis were married on July 9th, with a ceremony and reception at Roundhouse Beacon Falls.
Veronica was actually the sister of one of my old brides—Jennifer, who was married back in 2011 at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, NY. It was an honor to be asked to photograph their family again, not to mention a joy to see Jennifer and Korey again, with not just one by two kids in tow! Watching couples expand from a family of two to three or more is one of the best parts of the job.
I was also excited about shooting at the Roundhouse, since I’ve wanted to visit it for years. I love the little town of Beacon, tucked about an hour up the Hudson River Valley from Manhattan, not to mention the venue itself. The ballroom has been made to feel rustic and industrial despite being a modern construction, and the bridal suite is stunning, with a large patio overlooking the waterfall just out front.
On the day of the wedding, Veronica got ready at the bridal suite with her young nieces. I loved how curious they were about the whole thing, and I’m sure they’ll remember looking on in awe as their aunt got ready!
Veronica and Louis had opted not to have a first look as they wanted to preserve that moment of walking down the aisle. But that didn’t mean Veronica wouldn’t have a moment with her father as he came outside to see her all dressed up for the first time. That was my favorite image of the day, especially because you could see Veronica’s reflection in the window so that you can see both of their expressions.
The weather called for rain, so the ceremony was held inside in front of the expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows that pulled the outside in. As the sun came down, guests made their way outside for cocktail hour, and by the time they re-entered the ballroom, it was transformed for dinner!
The greatest thing about documenting this particular wedding was seeing the close family bonds that they share. There were so many grandparents as well as deep, loving relationships between parents and their children, and it was touching to witness.
Louis & Veronica, thank you for honoring me by letting me be part of your celebrations. And thank you to the Delahoz family for inviting me to photograph another family wedding.
Florist: Frank’s House of Flowers
DJ: Josh Torres
Cinematography: Frank Ahn Films
Wedding Gown: Rosa Clara
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Pappell and Jenny Yoo
Makeup & Hair: Britt & Ellie
Kim and Jason were married on October 15th, with a ceremony and reception at The Garrison in the Hudson Valley.
I had been excited about shooting at The Garrison since Kim & Jason approached me about shooting their wedding back in 2015. Not only are the views magnificent, but one of my great joys in life is driving up the Hudson River in October. Though, honestly, the view isn’t my favorite thing about the venue—it’s Todd, the venue manager, who is on top of everything and so easy to work with.
On the day of the wedding, my great friend, Diane Stredicke, came with me to help me capture the whole day. We started out with Kim and Jason as they got ready, with Kim at the Garrison and Jason at the Hyatt House in Fishkill, NY, before we met up for a first look on the Garrison grounds.
After the first look, we hopped in the golf cart to tour the grounds for some pictures before the ceremony. Driving the golf cart is sort of one of my favorite things ever, and we had a blast together!
As the sun nestled down in the perfect spot for the ceremony overlooking the Hudson River Valley, guests started to file in. Then, the ceremony itself was so touching and personal. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place—even mine! I do 40 weddings a year, and I need a tissue from time to time!
They shared their first kiss, and then I ushered them away for a few pictures of the newlyweds as the sunset slipped away to dusk. I love those moments immediately after the ceremony when a couple has just become husband and wife. There is a closeness and nearness that is special—especially when paired with the golden light of the end of the day.
The décor at this wedding was simply beautiful and made for the best pictures. It’s so easy to get carried away with the fall themes, but Kim’s choices were so tasteful, with fall colors and berries, mixed with greens and subtle flower varieties in orange.
From there, it was on to the reception, where I didn’t fully anticipate the energy that would ensue on the dance floor. It was so easy to get caught up in the fun and excitement—and before I knew it, it was over far too soon!
Kim & Jason, it was a joy shooting your wedding in the most gorgeous spot upstate in autumn. Thank you for the opportunity to document your day. And thank you also to 15 Minutes of Frame for helping us to capture that in video and record those memories.
Rebecca and Josh were married on August 5th, with a ceremony and reception at the Brooklyn Winery.
On the day of the wedding, Rebecca got ready at the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, near their home, where Josh got ready. That way, we were able to use the balcony connected to the hotel room for a unique first look that turned out amazingly.
From there, we headed out into the neighborhood, surrounded by the smell of pastrami from Katz’ Delicatessen, the mecca of meat on Houston Street. We got some pictures out front and, of course, next to their dumpsters before we hopped on a bus to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for the ceremony itself.
The venue, Brooklyn Winery, is an artisanal, urban winery that sources from New York State and Sonoma in California. The guests were all seated in the area that, during harvest, is filled with barrels and tanks, grapes and wine equipment—all of which had to be cleared out to make room for the wedding. It looked absolutely stunning, especially with beautiful weather outside casting the perfect soft light on the ceremony and easing into the warm glow of candlelight from the tall taper candles everywhere.
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also celebrate Molly Oliver, the florist, whose work helped to shape the atmosphere there. Her work is 100% local and sustainable, and she is an organic farmer herself who sometimes cuts her flowers mere hours before she puts them together for weddings. The whole vibe of the setup was warm and rustic—yet right in the middle of one of the coolest neighborhoods in Brooklyn! The smell of oak barrels was somehow relaxing, and the ambient light in the room allowed us to preserve that organic feel to the entire day.
After the ceremony, it was time for a celebratory feast, where a family-style Southern menu was served. I get hungry just looking at the images of some of this food and remembering how amazing it was. Lots of venues in Brooklyn are leaning lately toward non-traditional wedding cuisine, and the guests just love it. Crispy fried chicken after saying “I do”? Yes, please.
After dinner, the guests moved back into the bar area to meet up with the band and dance the night away. I particularly loved seeing Josh, who is a reserved guy, light up as they were lifted up in chairs during the hora part of the dancing!
During the reception, Josh stopped to say ‘hi’ to his parents, and one of my favorite images was captured as they told him how proud they were of him and how amazing his wedding was. My favorite aspect of my job is the chance to see families join together and to see loved ones express their pride and joy, so I’m always touched by these little stolen moments.
Rebecca & Josh, thank you for trusting me with your photography for this exciting time in your lives! It’s been so fun to get to know you more and more since the engagement shoot in your neighborhood and now coming full circle to your fun, rustic wedding!
Venue – Brooklyn Winery
Florist – Molly Oliver
Cake – Nine Cakes
Band – Dexter’s Lake Club Band