In preparation for Jay & Tony's wedding, there was definitely a heightened sense of anticipation and collaboration buzzing amongst all the parties involved. This one was going to be a little different. Bits of information started to pour in: this would be the very first gay wedding at The Plaza Hotel, New York City's iconic centerpiece at the base of Central Park and Fifth Avenue. We knew that The Plaza ballroom would be transformed in a way that had never been done before. Food Network star and master chef Ron Ben Israel would personally present a wedding cake. Platinum recording star Donna Lewis would make an appearance to sing "I Love You Always Forever" for the first dance. And most notably, the wedding would be generously supporting and bringing awareness to the organization "It Gets Better" which assists struggling LGBT youth.
As excited as I was to capture all of these things, I was reminded upon entering the dressing room that like any wedding I would be telling a heartfelt story of family and new beginnings. Over the course of these images you will get to know our grooms, their families, and two children.
The tireless efforts of an all star cast of vendors and artists made this an overwhelming success. Check them out!.. they are the best at what they do:
Matt Rainey - my friend and fellow photographer whose talents are an integral part of this storytelling
Emily Reifel - manager for special events at The Plaza Hotel
Tantawan Bloom - floral design & event decor
Bentley Meeker - lighting design
Ron Ben Israel - wedding cake
Donna Lewis - recording artist
John Taylor - announcer/voice artist
NY Filmworks - cinematographers
- Gear -
Nikon D3s, D4 | Nikon 14-24 2.8G, 24 1.4G, 35 1.4G, 60 micro, 85 1.8G, 85 1.4G, 24-70 2.8G, 70-200 2.8 VRII
SB-900, SB-910 | Pocketwizard Mini TT1, FlexTT5 | Denis Reggie Bracket | LitePanels Micro Pro