Isabelle and Jonathan were married on October 13th, with a ceremony and reception at Studio 450.
After photographing their engagement session at Coney Island, when I arrived at the Dream Hotel in Midtown to do some getting ready pictures for Isabelle, I was so excited to see them tie the knot. Jon was getting ready at the Kimpton Ink48 nearby. Both venues have a modern vibe that perfectly fit their sensibilities.
Their first look location was a first for me: the James A. Farley Post Office Building, right across from Penn Station. I loved this idea of Isabelle’s not only because it was centrally located between the hotels and the venue but because it was a totally unique place for a first look. The columns added a dramatic flair and it was easy to forget we were standing in the middle of New York City.
A short walk later, we were at Studio 450 for a rooftop ceremony surrounded by the skyscrapers of Manhattan with the Empire State Building in view. This is one of my favorite venues. Between the rooftop view and the wraparound windows, you can see that stunning horizon from anywhere inside as the sun goes down. It’s also totally unassuming—you’d never know just walking down the street that one of the coolest NYC loft wedding venues is upstairs.
After a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to honor family members, it was time for hilarious speeches, dancing, and plenty of fun all around. I was particularly entertained by the fact that Isabelle and Jonathan had given their dog free rein throughout the night! He’d run around, say hello to some guests, and then plop down right on top of Isabelle’s dress while she danced. It was hilarious. LOL
I also had the pleasure of running into some musicians that I went to school with 10 years ago. Bianchi Musica Productions is a professional ensemble that reads music from iPads, so there’s no fumbling around with paper music, which was perfect to keep the focus on Isabelle and Jonathan during their ceremony. I can’t believe it took over 500 weddings to run in to a few people I know! I have to give Blue Smoke Catering a shout too because they added the perfect personal touch to the reception. What’s better than getting married and then chowing down on your favorite BBQ comfort food?
Jon & Isabelle, I thoroughly enjoyed documenting your story, from engagement to wedding. Thank you for trusting me with these important moments in your lives!
Caterer: Blue Smoke
Florist: Rachel Cho
Makeup & Hair: NY Bridal Beauty
DJ: Scratch Weddings
Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux
Ceremony Music: Bianchi Musica
Stacy and Stan were married on October 7th, with a ceremony and reception at the Mandarin Oriental New York.
The great thing about a wedding in a space like the Mandarin Oriental is that everything takes place on-site, and the facilities are gorgeous throughout. With an amazing space to work with, and with Andrea Freeman’s team keeping the day on track and stress-free, I was amazed at how beautiful this wedding was—in the main events and behind the scenes as well.
Stacy got ready in one of the spacious suites, while Stan got ready on another floor. Even though there was a lot of activity and plenty of people getting ready, we managed to slow down and keep one side clean so we could get some final “getting ready” images of Stacy in the wraparound light. The floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Central Park truly make for some stunning bridal pictures.
From there, we made our way to the hotel terrace for a first look, with the buildings of the Time Warner Center towering around us. The bridal party joined us as we made our way across the street to Central Park for some portraits before we headed back to the Mandarin for the ceremony itself.
Normally, the curtains are raised for ceremonies at the Mandarin, but I really liked the moody feel they created by keeping them lowered. It drew attention to the ceremony itself, not the surroundings. Of course, that just meant everyone had a perfect view of Stan’s reaction coming down the aisle at the end of the ceremony. You could tell he was excited and ready to celebrate—it was my favorite moment of the whole day.
I think the real heart of the day was the reception. Stacy and Stan and their families were in their element, and everyone in the room took part in the celebrations. It was high energy, nonstop.
At some weddings, the different sides of the event more or less keep to themselves—but not so with this reception. Here, everyone became one. Work friends, old friends, Russian family, Korean family—everyone was not only out on the dance floor but dancing around with each other. I especially loved to see the connection made between their siblings, with lots of love flowing both ways.
Stan & Stacy, thank you for trusting me to capture your wedding day. It was amazing to be part of such a wonderful celebration of joy and love.
Planning: Andrea Freeman Events
Cake: Fancy Cakes
Florist: Ariston Flowers
Stationary: East Six
Makeup: Kimara Ahnert
Officiant: Corey Kennedy
Lighting: Fusion Productions
Band: Kevin Osborne at Hank Lane
Videography: Clark Walter Studio
Wedding Dress: Wedding Salon of Manhasset
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Suit: Enzo Custom
Nichole and Michael were married on September 30th, with a ceremony and reception at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York.
I was particularly honored to be chosen for this wedding, because Michael is a photographer himself, and whenever a fellow creative trusts me to capture these important moments, I take that trust seriously.
And it turned out to be the perfect match of a couple, a venue, and the weather, too. Even though rain is one of those things that no one really wants on their wedding day, to say that the clouds passing over Oheka that day were dramatic would be an understatement. They added a whole new dimension to the famous castle that perfectly suited Michael, since he loves landscapes and travel.
As the clouds rolled in, Nichole got ready in the bridal suite, while Michael and the guys put on the final touches downstairs. Nichole looked stunning in her Monique Lhuillier wedding gown—elegant and soft, complementing the atmosphere of the wedding perfectly.
Just as we set up our first look, almost on cue, the rain came to a stop, and we were able to go outside. I tend to tread lightly in situations like this, because I completely understand if a bride isn’t up for being outside in her dress moments after a storm has passed, but Nichole didn’t even flinch as we marched outside onto the wet grounds for some amazing photos all the same.
Soon after that, the guests began to arrive for the ceremony, and once again, the skies parted just enough for this moment. The sun shone through, illuminating Nichole and almost nothing else as she stood with Michael during the ceremony. Those pictures are not altered—that’s what it really looked like.
After the ceremony ended, I couldn’t help but steal Nichole and Michael for a few more photos as the drama in the sky continued to unfold. One of my favorite photos of the whole day was the one of the two of them as Nichole’s veil blew in the wind. I loved how clean and smooth this looks in black and white, with the action of the veil completing the look.
Now that I’d sated my dramatic photographer needs, it was time for the reception. The speeches were touching, and there was plenty of laughter and good times to go around. I was even thrilled to see that a former couple of mine got out on the dance floor.
Nichole & Michael, I had so much fun shooting for you. I look forward to following your travels through the years to come on Instagram!
Florist: Flowers by Brian
Stationary: Ceci New York, Bella Figura, EAST SIX
Hair & Makeup: VickyC5
Lighting: Ambient Events
Band: Hank Lane Music
Cinema: 15 Minutes of Frame
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale
Groom’s Attire: Sebastien Grey Clothiers
Strings: Highline String Quartet
Photobooth: Sweet Booths